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Laughing Skull Amber Ale | Red Brick Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company
Georgia, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-30-2009

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Bulldog in Baton Rouge.

Clear amber color with a small white head.

Faint amber malt smell but really not much on the nose.

Much more robust taste. Sweet and malty with a really good caramel flavor.

Good beer, not great but easy to take some down. Well carbonated and easy to drink.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.23/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear amber with a thick, yellowish, light tan head that sticks around - very appealing for any beer, and superior to nearly all amber ales. Aroma is crisp and malty with fruity and hoppy underpinnings. Pleasing flavor is mainly malty and has hints of fruit - mainly apple - and hops, with just a touch of bitterness. Texture is quite fizzy and lively. This is one of the best amber ales I’ve ever had. I have downed this before, but didn’t realize how good it is - maybe because previously I’ve had it only from a bottle.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown glass prytop bottle. Purchased at Knightly Spirits OBT, Orlando, FL.

Medium amber ale. Clear, very little head. Nose has a faint aroma of toasted barley and faint hops. Palate is crisp but not a whole lot going on here. Decent but nothing to get too excited about. Label is better than the beer.

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Photo of katan
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a pint

A - Pours a light brown color. Very clear, not hazy. White head formation, breaking down to a film.

S - Very light nose. Not much there at all. Light amount of nutty and caramel malts.

T - LIght malty flavor, simply a sweet twang. Mid-stream gets more grainy, bready, slightly nutty. Hopping is nowhere to be found. Finishes very clean, a result of the very light overall taste of the beer.

M - Moderate to light beer body, light carbonation as well. Clean finish. No alcohol warmth.

O/D - Easy drinking beer. Flavors are very light, very easy on the palette. ABV is manageable.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, I forget the date but a fresh sample.

Pours clear light amber with a two finger off white head that leaves nice cobwebs of lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma is pretty typical for an Amber, a little fruity, a little caramel, a little nutty, some light floral and grassy hops. Good strength.

Flavor is caramel malt, light fruits, light citrus hops, somewhat sweet, moderate bitterness, little to no alcohol.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, a bit oily, medium carbonation.

A solid Amber Ale, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of cbn
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy amber body with a thin off-white head, some lacing.

Dextrinous aroma, a hint of alcohol, not much there.

Flavor is thin and sweet, rather pedestrian.

Dull on the palate, wants a crisp bite.

Overall: Fair drinkability, nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.99/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Have to admit that the zany skull on the cover grabbed my attention. Who doesn't love zany skulls?

Pours a coppery rust color, so "amber" it is...the head is a firm, foamy, creamy thing that has great staying power.

Aroma, however, is not real promising. There's almost nothing there. Very neutral. I get very light soggy grains, and an even fainter sweet kind of smell, but it's so faint I can't report much more than that. Hmm.

Taste is also nothing special. Graininess is weak and only mildly sweet, caramel comes in a bit, otherwise kind of bready but just not all that interesting. The flavor of years-expired powdered cinnamon peeks into the mire as does a hoppiness that, while not strong at all, leans to the bad side of bitter. I hate to pick on Magic Hat, because they have some pretty damn good beers, but in several ways Laughing Skull reminds me of the sort of fair-to-middlin' offering Magic Hat sometimes throws out there: passable and decent but nothing more.

Texturally it's decent, not over-carbonated, medium-bodied, slick and nearly sticky but goes down with a pleasing enough smoothness.

Pretty lackluster stuff. It's drinkable and probably something one can throw back a few of on a muggy summer's day, but why take in the calories if it's not gonna deliver a reasonable amount of flavor?

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rooster's Beak.

A: It is a beautiful amber-orange color with a frothy finger of snow-white head that holds and laces very well.

S: Toasty malts, caramel, some light citrus notes, and mild hoppiness.

T: It begins with citrusy hoppiness and becomes progressively more malty with caramel, earthiness, and light toasted bread notes late.

M: The body has average thickness and carbonation; no surprises here.

O: This is tasty and sessionable. I'm sorry I waited so long to try it.

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Photo of plfahey
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance-Medium gold with a tall, fluffy ivory head with fair retention. Clear. Definitely not amber.

Aroma-Grainy malt, low hop aroma, and a sort of grassy, vegetal aroma. Not terribly appealing.

Flavor-Tastes better than it smells-grainy malt with just a hint of biscuits. Decent hop presence has a sort of grassy floral flavor, with moderately low bitterness growing in the finish. Less apparent than in the aroma, but there is a slight vegetal note (old celery?) buried in the flavor as well. Lightly sweet, it finishes moderately dry, and without much fanfare.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderately high carbonation.

Not terrible, but not anything I would purchase again. The aroma was a bit off and the flavor, while not bad, was nothing special. Also, its somewhat of a stretch to classify this as an Amber ale. Just sayin’.

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Photo of JesteR14
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very little head that leaves a nice copper colored beer.

S- I get some nice mild hops, and a very mild smell of apple.. Its not much but it smels good.

T- Great ale taste, one of my favorites. Fruit and some wheat/barley taste. Its a good ale and one that keeps me comming back.

M- Im not going to say this is a boozy ale, but it definatly packs a good punch. It tastes great and i could drink a few, but not remember much after that. Take that as a good thing or a bad thing..

O- Good but a little over the top for a drinking beer. Its smooth and enjoyable but nothing perfect. Love the bottle design though!!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy copper-gold coloring with a sparse film of head over the top. Steady flow of A LOT of carbonation. Awesome caramel malty-sweet nose with some nutty and roasted highlights. Smooth, sweet malt with a muddled blend of nu, toffee, and caramel head the flavors, with a balance of hops on the back end. The beer shifts a little on the sweet side. Bitter hops and slightly sour towards the finish, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Light, but leaves a good lacing. Decent beer.

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Photo of Fieldzy27
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance-I gave it a little bit of a lofty poor to get it to display a little more head and lace which worked out really well. Pours on the more orange side of amber with a very fluffy white head. As the head deflates it leaves some pretty sticky scattered spiderweb like lace. The bubbles that make the head up are mostly tiny and though it started out a bit rocky it has thinned down to pretty fizzled but still about a 1/8th of an inch of head still staying strong after a minute or two.Honestly I think this is on the better looking side as far as amber ales go.

Smell-The nose is a bit on the weaker side but not non-existant. Some mild hop aromas along with a little bit of sweetness. Cant pick out any stand out scents per say but no off-putting or funny smells.

Taste-First taste is a mild bite of hops. A little on the above average side for an amber ale and quite welcomed as this style can sometimes be fairly lacking in the hops department. It's then carried by a small amount of sweetness and rounds with with a short bitter finish. Im looking for the roastedness that the website claims but cant detect it really, could just be my pallet I suppose. Good tasting but nothing really jumps off the page here.

Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is light borderline on the thin side but the carbonation(also light) keeps it from falling flat. There is a mild amount of creaminess going on that really aides drinkability.

Overall- All and all this is good beer, not excellent beer, but good beer. It has flavor and looks great, plus the drinkability is really high. If they turned up the aroma three fold and the flavor and the mouthfeel it would be great beer. But hey, that may not be what they were going for. Once again the label art is really cool and i'm sure that aides this beer in sales very well.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
2.53/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: nice solid glowing amber color, but enormous, annoyingly huge white head. the liquid wasnt in the glass for more than a split second before it just blew up with froth.
S: so faint its almost non existent. little bit of sweetness, little mustiness if you really get your nose in there. not really impressive.
T: its just kind of a dank sweetness that really doesnt do much for me.
M: the pinprickly carbonation kills it for me. i dont mind a decent amount of carbonation in some cases, but this one just ruins it. its almost harsh.
D: well... not much. id drainpour it if it were any worse, but ill just make it through this one and call it a day.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - low loose eggshell head. Perfect amber color.

S - nutty. With a few stone fruits. One can't help but wonder if a few Georgia peanuts got in the mix. Some meaty German hops.

T - zesty fruits. Some spices. Cumin or parsley something like that. Citrus tang and malt sweetness. Not overly hoppy for an amber. I like it.

M - sparkling and evervescant. Just right. I want to try it again in summer.

D - overall a surprisingly refreshing beer. Stands out compared to so many of the hop only NW Anvers.

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Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a snifter that settled into a nice ring of lace with a little sheeting that billows nicely. the body is a bright amber color.
s - biscuity, sweet maltiness.
t - crisp hop bite with biscuit malts.
m - medium thickness.
d - highly drinkable and a solid amber.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Copper head with no head really to be anything appreciative about, no lacing around the glass

S- Mettalic, nothing crazy, not to pleasant of a smell

T- Very grassy and earthy no hops and nothing to rave about in taste very generalized for an amber/red ale

M- Smooth with slight carbonation

D- Not a beer I will try again, just wanted something cheap to add to my Taco Mac List

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Photo of Nerudamann
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Had some trouble pouring this one as the head was super intense..took three tries after waiting for about 5 minutes after each pour to let the foam go down.

Look - somewhat murky, copper color.

Smell - fairly hoppy and with a slight citrus and sappy like quality.

Taste - Again hoppy and very bitter through all of the stages, a little bit of a lingering bitter aftertaste. Texture is fairly well-balanced but a little on the creamy side.

Drinkability - not terribly impressed, but there may have been a problem with this bottle due to the weird foam.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Laughing skull pours a light golden amber, quite pale for an amber ale, with a thin off white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing however.

The aroma has a light sweetish malt scent with just a hint of hops.

The malt body of this beer is toasted biscuit with a enough background bitterness to keep things in check. Hops are earthy and somewhat herbal in in character. Not a lot of complexity here but it is balanced. It is a touch astringent and grainy on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light/medium, somewhat creamy and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. A faint impression of wateriness intrudes but oddly comes and goes.

A good basic beer, but I find little to recommend it over others. I prefer a bit more amber color and body to my amber ales. There is certainly nothing wrong with this beer and I feel it would go well with food and could even be a good beer to share with friends at a get together.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A clear copper body crowned with a decent size bubbly head that's off-white in color. No lacing.

S: A very simple nose that's not complex in the least or bold. What can be picked up is some bready malts with hints of floral hops.

T: A strong caramel & toasted bready malt amber ale. Some hops in the background, but are very faint. The beginning flavor definitely dips towards the malty end, middle is a slight hoppy, and ends with a yeasty bready, almost dry finish. Nothing too impressive, but decent.

M: Smooth and creamy texture with a light body and fair amount of carbonation.

D: A good go-to beer, but very standard. Nothing too amazing to point out on this one. My step-dad, who is a hardcore BMC drinker and has slowly started picking up craft brews, bought this one night for all of us to try.

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Photo of JayS2629
2.16/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Translucent copper color with white head. No lacing.

S- Not impressive. Faint, metallic, spoiled. Grain and floral.

T- Metallic, watery, and earthy. Grass and flat crackers. No hops.

M- Smooth, thin and watery. Slight carbonation. Dry.

D- Boring. Won't buy it again. Bought a six pack. After one, I didn't want to bother opening another.

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Photo of cdizinno
2.28/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Okay, I may have to re-review this due to the fact that I had a great DIPA prior. Poured into a pint glass from a bottle as pictured.

A: Nice copper-golden color. Clear with a fairly decent, fine white head that falls quickly to a thin film with moderate lacing.

S: Wow! Not so great. I'm almost afraid to taste due to the slightly spoiled spelling grain that is prominent on the nose. The smell isn't nearly as impressive as the looks. The beer has almost a metallic, spoiled earthy grain aroma. Some slight maltiness.

T&M: The taste is same as the nose. Slightly better due to the malty smoothness. Almost no hops. Slight citrus and lots of earthiness, not sure if it is hops or grains, but probably grains. Smooth mouthfeel, but the overall flavor is lacking tons. Fairly thin with only a solid malt backbone.

I only bought this because the rep was hanging out next to a stack of six packs, touting its quality and a 'free' pint glass that had a nice cool double print of their emblem. The beer is really as bad or worse than the 'special brews' that "Magic Hat" try to pawn off as 'original'. Very Scary. Not so sure that I'll be trying this again unless it is on-tap, fresh, and I can taste before putting down some coin.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown color with a white head and no real lacing.
Smells of malts and some hop aroma, fairly average.
Tastes of sweet malts, with hop bitterness to even out the exchange, some hidden vanilla somewhere. Mouthfeel is pretty nice with some bubbles. Drinkability is nice.

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Photo of phideltashaggy
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this at a bar while at a concert. From tap into (shudder) a plastic cup, so take this review with a grain of salt.

Brew looked interesting, a vaguely red, transluscent brew. Off white head that didn't stay long (again, probably because of the cup)

Boring nose. Not a lot to it, but it didn't smell bad. There was a little bit of a bready smell, but it was super faint.

It tasted similar to the smell. There was a crisp, slightly sweet, malty taste on the tongue, then a bit of a dry finish. Not bad, but a little underwhelming.

Nothing too noteworthy about the feel, nothing to complain about or praise.

This is a drinkable beer, all things considered. I could see me sessioning this brew, if the price was right.

Altogether, it's a decent beer. I wouldn't choose it over most craft beers, but it's definetly a little more fun than your standard domestic lagers.

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Photo of Transatlantic
2.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap at the local English pub.

A - A nice amber color with maybe a slightly hazy orangish copper tint. Small creamy head that dissipated quickly without lacing

S - Not much
Infact, I almost found it hard to pick up the only smell it had, which was a grassy and metallic smell. Not very impressive.

T - Not much different from the smell. It was slightly sweet malty upfront and finished pretty dry. Slight caramel was about all I could pick up before the dry finish.

M - Light but not watery
There's really not much to it.

D - It's an okay beer to quench your thirst but once that's done, it's hard to bother drinking another.

Kind of shame, I was expecting something at least half good but all I got was an average beer.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Irish pub. Little head and very little lacing. Faint hop aroma but very little nose to the brew. Surprisingly nice taste with just a little hoppiness. Not too much carbonation. Fairly drinkable brew and definitely the best offering on tap at this pub.

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Laughing Skull Amber Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.