Laughing Skull Amber Ale
Atlanta Brewing Company

Laughing Skull Amber AleLaughing Skull Amber Ale
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From:
Atlanta Brewing Company
 
Georgia, United States
Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #395
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
78
Ranked #29,235
Avg:
3.42 | pDev: 16.37%
Ratings:
465
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 15, 2021
Added:
Dec 30, 2009
Wants:
  13
Gots:
  125
SCORE
78
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Laughing Skull Amber AleLaughing Skull Amber Ale
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3.39 by jeschaefer from Texas on Jun 15, 2021
 
3.5 by Samnem from Georgia on Apr 15, 2021
 
3.52 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Nov 13, 2020
 
3.27 by Eychung from New York on Nov 05, 2019
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3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

I am CANtinuing my Hallowe'en theme with The CANQuest (tm) until the site's clock strikes November in about three hours since they go by Zulu time (+0 UTC), making 1900h. (Local, EDT) my cutoff. This is CANother from my local, in-person trader, @tone77 .

From the CAN: "Brought to you by Atlanta’s original craft brewery, this unique amber ale is sweet, mild, and extremely well balanced. It goes down easy and won’t leave you feeling like a bloated tick, making it the perfect choice for tailgating, barbecuing, or just kicking back on the couch. Crack open a Skull and taste the difference quality brewing makes."; "EverCAN [-] Certified Recycled Aluminum".

I happily Crack!ed this Skull open & emptied its CANtents in the most ghoulish way possible. It responded in kind, roaring up to form just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with great retention, leaving loads of sticky lacing in its wake. EEEK! Color was a beautiful Deep-Amber/Light-Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity, resembling the dried blood pooled in the corner. Nose had a bready maltiness, but I did not find it overly sweet or even caramel-like as some have mentioned. Hmm. Mouthfeel was medium with a good bit of carbonation. The taste actually struck a pleasant balance between breadiness & crackery-ness with a mild hop presence intertwined. This was more of a nu-skool type of AA/RA as CANpared to the late-'80s when this style ruled the nascent brewpubs & sweetness was the norm. Here, the sweetness of the malt is dialed back so as not to be a sugar bomb, but at the same time, it is not so hoppy and bitter as to get CANfused with an AIPA. Finish was in that twilight realm between semi-sweet & semi-dry, but I was beginning to itch for a lupulin fix. Next! YMMV.

Oct 31, 2019
 
3.75 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia on Mar 21, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ArchimedesSox from Georgia

A: Copper color, 1 inch khaki colored head, good lacing
S: Cereal, caramel
T: Sweetness up front, caramel comes in with nice breadyness at end, slight bitterness
M: Medium
O: Really quality beer. I could drink a lot of these.

Mar 07, 2019
 
5 by Kwright from North Carolina on Jan 22, 2019
 
3.02 by eppie82 from Illinois on Jan 18, 2019
 
3.43 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Dec 03, 2018
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2.4/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by Nass from Florida

This is a bland tasting amber ale. I have had amber ales that were too hoppy & I have had ones that were too bland. I think I am pretty much done with this beer style. I think Irish Red Ales are decent but the American Amber Ales are trying to be too much like an IPA. Cheers! C-

Nov 12, 2018
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3.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Purdom from Georgia

Inoffensive Amber. Nothing really stands out.

Oct 20, 2018
 
3.83 by BTexpress from Georgia on Jul 15, 2018
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5/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Wscapps from New Mexico

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

Jun 09, 2018
 
3.52 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on May 04, 2018
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3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by ClaraAllen from New Mexico

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

Apr 19, 2018
 
3.55 by kybeerdrinker from Kentucky on Sep 27, 2017
 
3.28 by Labeorphile from Texas on Sep 24, 2017
 
3.17 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Aug 26, 2017
 
3.5 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on May 28, 2017
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3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by patre_tim from Thailand

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.

Apr 13, 2017
 
3.35 by MAJ85 from Georgia on Mar 10, 2017
 
4.59 by alawhorne from Georgia on Mar 06, 2017
 
3.06 by speedlimit7 from Georgia on Feb 01, 2017
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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
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

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!

Jan 28, 2017
 
3 by BeerTest from Florida on Jan 14, 2017
 
3.83 by psmith161 from Indiana on Nov 20, 2016
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3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

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.

Oct 13, 2016
 
3.5 by Irish57 from North Carolina on Aug 17, 2016
 
2.95 by Moose88 from Georgia on Aug 14, 2016
 
3.5 by psoriasaurus from Thailand on Jul 08, 2016
 
3.68 by Squire from Mississippi on Jun 27, 2016
 
4.29 by Giangio from Italy on Jun 18, 2016
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4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Midlifejacoby from Florida

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

Jun 05, 2016
 
3.53 by Oakley from North Carolina on May 28, 2016
 
3.52 by nyrblue2 from New York on May 26, 2016
 
3.5 by jkermitj from Mississippi on May 26, 2016
 
3.25 by SouthernBuckeye from South Carolina on May 25, 2016
 
3.58 by JordanlikesAles from Georgia on May 01, 2016
 
3.53 by Delta0619 from Michigan on Apr 24, 2016
Laughing Skull Amber Ale from Atlanta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 465 ratings