Drinking It All is a document of my attempt to try every beer in circulation. It’s a Herculean and tragic attempt at best. But it’s the means, not the end that counts here.
I’m trying to clear out the build-up of beers I’ve saved inteding to post about them here, so today I’ve got another beer from the Peachtree Brewery (Red Brick Beers) in Atlanta, GA: Laughing Skull Amber Ale. I’ve been saving this beer for a while–the rest of the six-pack has long been gone. We were hanging out with some neighboorhood friends yesterday, and they were drinking the Red Brick Pale Ale and Blonde Ale, so I figured, let’s go ahead and pull out that last Laughing Skull today.
To be an amber ale, this beer doesn’t really resemble other ambers I’ve had (i.e., Abita Amber, Dos Equis Amber, Amber Bock, which, I know, are all lagers–I can’t think of any other amber ales that I’ve had). The beer is obviously amber in color, but it doesn’t taste as malty as ambers usually do. There is a distinctive hop flavor to this beer. So much so that if I had to taste it blind, I might call it a really funky pale ale. Actually, what I said about it not tasting malty isn’t true. Laughing Skull tastes malty but also hoppy in a way I didn’t expect.
And it’s good. The beer slightly reminds me of Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale. (Although I haven’t had Dead Guy Ale in at least 6 months or so.) The hypnotized skull on the label may just be suggesting to me that this should resemble Dead Guy, but I also think this beer has the same slightly dark color and prominent bitterness that I remember from Dead Guy Ale. But so Laughing Skull should be considered in its own right; it’s a solid beer.
Which this seems to be the trend for my characterizations of the Red Brick beers. They’re solid beers that are good entryways into other Pale Ales, Blonde Ales, and Amber Ales. I was telling my aforementioned friend (who was drinking the Red Brick beers) about my conclusion that they’re good starter beers, and I was a little afraid of coming off as a beer snob (even though I’m pretty sure I am). But I didn’t then and don’t now mean it in a negative or condescending way, and he didn’t seem to mind one way or the other.
As he probably shouldn’t. He, and you, dear reader, know(s) what beer he/you like(s) to drink. I know what beer I like to drink. The people who make these beers know why they made them as they did.
So the Red Brick beers aren’t necesarily my favorites, but they are well-made and good to drink.
Thumbs up or thumbs down? The Laughing Skull is the best of the Red Brick’s I’ve had. If you haven’t tried it, you should.