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Ratings: 2,404
Reviews: 849
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 46
Gots: 218 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

35 IBU
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Reviews by magictacosinus:
Photo of magictacosinus
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Contains a big censored label, but what definitely made me want to try it was its advertised "rich copper ale" inside. I dunno, it just sounds like it'd be really warm and good. Or metallic, to some. Or maybe remind us of the horrors of hoarding pennies. Whatever. Let's see how this is!

With a pour, they definitely weren't lying in the description: a copper-reddish tone definitely permeates in the beer, and when poured properly, a 2.5 finger of foam abounds. It takes quite a while to die down, but when it does, the pretty color this remains. Carbonation is pretty light, and there isn't much stickiness or lacing... But I would never guess this at a first glance to be a 6.75 ABV beer. Still, pretty good looking.

Even as this warms up, I've having some difficulty picking out all of the individual flavors. I get a strongish alcoholic sweetness, as well as some notes of honey, some biscuit, caramel infused maltiness, and a little bit of spice and hoppiness to back it all up. Fruity esters resembling orange peel and cider seem to come and go. Pretty mellow after the alcohol whiff settles down, to be honest. A little messy but not bad at all.

The flavor seems to be a partially opposite experience from the aroma, as the malts definitely charge straight ahead to produce a brown sugared biscuit flavor that is pretty warm, wholesome, and satisfying overall. Even when this warms up, these malts, along with the strong sugary backdrop, seem to hold up the fort pretty well and this beer never feels thin or watery as a result. There's a little bit of spiciness that dangles on the tongue after each gulp, but only so much. What is definitely unsurprising is how fast I drank one of these, as the alcohol is NOWHERE to be found no matter what happens. One of these got me pretty tipsy, so I advise caution on how fast you drink them.

Now HERE'S a holiday-esque beer I would be more than happy to buy again. This is a true meat and potatoes amber ale - except for the fact that it has a very strong-yet-hidden alcoholic backbone that can whack unsuspecting drinkers crazy hard if they don't watch it. It's surprisingly balanced nonetheless, and should provide an especially merry time with the holidays coming along.

More User Reviews:
Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the label proclaims this has a rich copper hue and a stiff thick head of off white foam. There's a large number of carbonation bubbles that course through the body that weakens the appearance.

The nose is a malt bomb. Molasses, maple, tea leaves, even prune, date and raisin all come to the surface.

The flavor reminds me of figs, with sorghum and caramel malt. I get a bit of molasses and maple with a back of pecans.

The feel is quite thick, very smooth with a bitter after taste.

Very unorthodox in its approach this copper ale is nicely diverse and quite flavorful.

Photo of Mortarforker
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Great beer,well balanced and easy drinkin'.CHEERS!

Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like the bottle says pours a rich copper color with an slightly off white head that sticks around for quite awhile I was also suprised by the higher carbonation level wich I wasn expecting.Wow alot of difeerent melding aromas going on somecaramel and butter toffee with a nice underlying piney hop that made this very delectable on the nose.The taste is big and sweet up front but man do the hops come in to dry this out just enough to make a perfect balance,caramel and roasted nuts turn into pine and grapefruit in the finish.Now this was a joy to drink complex and flavorful,I will buy again in the future.

Photo of mojohawk21
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – It’s copper all right. The dark brownish-orange coloring looks just like a copper pipe. The head was nice but went down rather quickly. It did leave a little lacing though, so all is well.

Smell – Nice orange rind hops are complimented by floral scents and a light sweetness.

Taste – The hop flavor is sharp yet not over-the-top. It’s a wonderful mix of different types of hop flavors. The pine taste is big as well. It ends very dry and hoppy, but not bitter. This is good stuff.

Mouthfeel – Almost no carbonation and very dry. Not a hint of the 7.7 ABV.

Drinkability – I could easily get trashed on this stuff. It went down extremely well and failed to warn of the rather hefty ABV.

Photo of jono0101
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of MikeSJbeers
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of explosivebeer
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a great amber color and is very clear. It has a healthy head, mild aroma, and great initial taste. A solid mouth feel with moderate sweetness and only a hint of hops finishes it nicely. It was much better than other Lagunitas offerings I've tried. I'll definitely have it again.

Photo of blackwingedhorde
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of JMD71
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. This was my first beer by Lagunitas Brewing Co. & it was a pleasant experience. I found it had a good amount of malty sweetness along with a nice hoppy finish which lent to a well balanced beer. A wonderful copper color, as well. I would definitely buy this beer again, & would also be interested in some of the other Lagunitas beers.

Photo of Dmann
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one that I have been wanting to try for awhile and I just got around to it. The beer poured a nice burnt orange/copper color with a decent white head that settled into a small layer of head that left great spider web lace down the glass. The smell did not impress that much, with a pretty earthy malt scent and not much else. The taste is quite simple with a great malt profile, not much in the way of hops but the malt is not overly sweet so it tends to balance out. Slight carmel notes in the flavor as well. The mouthfeel is excelent on this one though, very smoothe and crisp and very drinkable. The 7.7% cannot be tasted at all but can for sure be felt so I think this one would make a very good session beer by flavor but the session would not last that long! Good stuff though.

Photo of blackearth
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours a bright, clear copper color with no head to speak of. Aroma of bready malts and sweet toffee. Medium bodied and fairly smooth with subtle carbonation. Sweet flavor with barely a hint of hop bitterness in the finish. I wouldn't call it balanced, but it is very good if you like sweeter ales.

Photo of blitz134
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As expected for a strong ale, copper/caramel color. Half inch off white head, reduced to a thin layer of bubbles.

Light aroma in my opinion. Mostly hops though consisting of all kinds of aromas. A little floral mainly but has some herbal characteristics as well. Sweet bread and a touch of caramel malts come through as well. Just not as complex as other strongs I've had.

Fairly bitter brew and it is noticable as soon as it hits the tongue. Resiny and herbal hops. A touch of bread malts show though. A little too much hops for the style for me, not quite enough malty characteristics. Tastes a lot like an IPA really. One high point though is that it hides the alcohol very well.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, pushing medium bodied, but I'd expect a bit more body. Has a fair amount of carbonation which gives it a crisp feel.

Decent drinkability overall as an IPA, as a strong ale falls short compared to others out there. Decent flavor with lots of hops, and goes down really easy. This is a decent beer, but falls short within the style.

Photo of nickadams2
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Copper with a slight reddish tint. Small white head with little lacing.

S_Floral hops and sweet malt.

T_Sweet malt,caramel and floral hops. A malt forward red with a hefty addition of hops for back up. Sweet and semi bitter. Nicely balanced with a little spice.

M_Medium bodied and creamy.

D_Very drinkable. One of my favorites of the style.

Photo of EastBay_Nick
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jonny1138
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Drunkenass
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of NWer
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Updated review:
12 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.
A - Dark copper body with coppery head retains well. Nice lace.

S - Unable to pick out anything significant.

T - Wonderfully smooth. Nice clean caramel taste.

M - Smooth, malty feel, kind of tart.

D - Very drinkable. A nice break from my usual hop forward preferences allowing my mouth to recover. Good to relax with.

Photo of andyfrancis
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish copper with a thin head. Roasty malt on the nose, a little chocolate, cherry perhaps. Sweet, but not overpowering. Nice flavor. Malt lingers and dances on your tongue.

Nicely complemented by some Achadinha Capricious aged goat cheese. Makes for a great Petaluma 1-2 punch.

Photo of csmartin6
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Lazaro
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lagunitas' "Censored" pours a glowing hazy copper with a fizzy light tan head that quickly goes to a thin film. Very nice looking.

Its aroma is caramel malts, buttery toffee and a little bitterness and fruitiness.

The flavor is buttery toffee and caramel initially with a fruity and piney hop bite at the finish. An interesting mix of flavors. It has a smooth and lively palate.

Overall, an interesting beer. It's different from anything else I've had. I'm not quite sure if I really like it or not.

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