Laughing Skull Amber Ale | Red Brick Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
atlantabrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,992
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
454
pDev:
16.37%
Bros Score:
3.52
 
 
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3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wscapps
5/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best Amber I ever had. Shilling 90 was my favorite prior to this.

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Photo of hozersr
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ClaraAllen
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I hate flying, I'm at ATL and this beer is helping me love travelling

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3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zazzi82
3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of patre_tim
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown and cloudy like apple cider, little carbonation and 2 fingers of beige head.

Smells of apple cider, and caramel. Toasted malts as well as a hint of fruitiness.

Slightly fruity, apple cider, and caramel.

Medium, almost pulpy body, with moderately low carbonation.

Got in Kunming, China, drinking in Chiang Mai, April 13th, 2017. Good, standard, amber ale.

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3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.59/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a coppery amber with a large vibrant head, which lasts. A touch of malt in the nose, and the same in the mouth. A touch of pepper in the mouth, I am not sure why. Hits the spot!

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3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Don't get me wrong, Red Brick's amber ale has that quintessential American hop kick, but the real star of the show here is what's going on with that tasty, savory, peppery malt balance.

Laughing Skull Amber Ale fills the nose with a savory grilled grain fragrance. Bread crust, medium toast, roasted peanut, peppery pumpernickel, lightly scorched caramel and an almost meaty scent preludes its dark bronze and amber hues and leads to a savory-sweet taste that's transcendent of its scent.

As the beer opens up, the middle palate shows a release of sweetness but those toasty, savory, seared flavors remain. Along side, the hops finally share their taste of white grapefruit, orange peel, grassy and piney flavor. As the ale trails into the finish, its hop balance is moderate but the ale remains malt-centric at its core.

Medium-bodied and with a crisp and snappy bitterness, the taste trends malty-dry but with a drying resinous quality of hops. The beer's bold toasty and peppery edges also facilitates dryness; enough to take and edge off of the lingering sweetness and bring the deep finish into proper "American" balance. A trailing aftertaste of peanut skins, rye and grapefruit peel extends deep into the gullet.

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Photo of Irish57
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.29/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Midlifejacoby
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a good amber beer, kind of strong and malty, beautiful copper color. Good smell to it. But over powerful in taste for my liking. Sells fantastic

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3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Laughing Skull Amber Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 454 ratings