Laughing Skull Amber Ale | Red Brick Brewing Company

BA SCORE
78
okay
447 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Laughing Skull Amber AleLaughing Skull Amber Ale
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-30-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
447
Reviews:
111
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
16.42%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
116
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 447 |  Reviews: 111
Photo of Zekenyce
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of patre_tim
3.82/5  rDev +12%
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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Photo of MAJ85
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of alawhorne
4.59/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of speedlimit7
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
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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Photo of BeerTest
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of psmith161
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
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 +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Moose88
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of psoriasaurus
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Squire123
3.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Giangio
4.29/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Midlifejacoby
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
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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Photo of Oakley
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nyrblue2
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jkermitj
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SouthernBuckeye
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JordanlikesAles
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Delta0619
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Scottsan
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bitter finish I didn't like. Sharp.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy coppery/reddish color with off-white/ivory colored head. Caramel malt, some bread, and light grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with malt and bread.

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Photo of Thrashers
4.48/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Omniwar
3.24/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Laughing Skull Amber Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
3.41 out of 5 based on 447 ratings.
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