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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:
#42,109
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
450
pDev:
16.08%
Bros Score:
3.52
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
119
Trade:
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Ratings: 450 |  Reviews: 111
Photo of psmith161
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
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

Photo of Moose88
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Squire123
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of nyrblue2
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of JordanlikesAles
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Delta0619
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Scottsan
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
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 +2.3%
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%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Omniwar
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Appearance - dark copper in color. Smell - traditional smell, cookie cutter. Taste follows the nose with a hip bite. Overall - good, not great. But not bad. Girlfriend cringed and said it was horrible. Says it gets worse over time.

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Photo of avisong
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a golden color, with a small white head. The aroma is malt with some citrus. The taste is mostly malt with a little fruit in the back end. A good ale.

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Photo of DavePsutka
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rorjets
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tiernan
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shanty76
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Laughing Skull Amber Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 450 ratings
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