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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,229 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,229
Reviews: 834
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 36
Gots: 140 | 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:
35 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002)
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Photo of baiser
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours a clear copper colour, with white lace, good retention. Aroma of caramel, toffee, sweet malt and some fruitiness. Very pleasant, smooth beer. Lightly hopped and very refreshing. The fine bubbles tingle you palate. Finishes dry and flavourful. Another great beer from Lagunitas.

baiser, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of marc77
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

Brilliantly clear dark copper hue. Covered by a thick, rutted, persistent ivory white head that leaves rough lace. Spicy hops with contrasting soapy citrus hit the nose at first, then are contrasted by medium lovibond caramel malt with a tinge of toffee. Swirling releases mellow, ripe red currant like fruity esters. Pleasant, but not quite unified in aroma. Snap of candyish sweetness initially in flavor is tapered by moderate, well calculated hop bitterness and a slight acidic twang. Pronounced, lingering tang of salty biscuit emerges mid palate along with a mellow floral and citric hop flavor combination. The high apparent attenuation lends a crisp, agreeably smooth mouthfeel that belies the alcohol content. Finishes mostly clean with fleeting bready malt yielding to soft hop bitters. The Kronic is an odd, enjoyable brew. Not complex, but dangerously balanced and well brewed. Easily as drinkable as insipid American ambers of much lower strength. There is absolutely no reason why it has to be almost 8% ABV, though. Gimme a 40 of this in a brown paper sack and I'm good to go...

marc77, May 01, 2003
Photo of gonzo000
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

a. Copper in color, as described on the bottle (copper ale). Single finger hear in a pint glass. Lacing on the glass.

s. Smell was on the yeast side - barley maybe. Good, nothing standing out.

t. Sweet taste - brown sugar, bread, spice (but not overpowering) barley.

m. Heavy in the mouth. Carbonation lasted quite well.

O - This beer reminded me a lot of Evil Twin Hipster, which I also scored above the average. I think the Lagunitas IPA's shine above their other offerings, but I would revisit this beer on a fall or early spring day.

gonzo000, May 04, 2014
Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

A- Copper-red body with an off-white head, about one finger in size with decent retention. A pretty nice coat of lace.

S- Old caramel malt, raisins, nutty hints, some fruit and slight hops.

T- Stale caramel malt (like it is aged), raisin, some yeast bread, brown sugar and fruit. Hops lend floral and citrus notes.

MF- Creamy light body with high carbonation that feels smooth on the palate. Slight bitterness.

DB- Pretty straightforward but not bad because of that. The malt confuses me because it tastes a bit old or something. Either way, a nice straight up ale.

cbutova, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of Clydesdale
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

A: A deep, reddish-copper color with a bit of haze. A medium sized, creamy off-white head with decent retention and some lace.

S: Some caramel/toasted malt sweetness. Some citric and herbal/floral hops, with a pleasing, tangy orange aroma. Some whiffs of alcohol as well.

T: Sweet, toasty caramel malt up front. Herbal and citric hops (mostly orange, some grapefruit as well). Some more sweet/tart orange flavor. A bit of bitterness, nothing overwhelming. A nice balance overall.

M: Medium bodied. Light carbonation. A bit slick and coating on the tongue. Some light dryness into the finish.

D: This is interesting and rather flavorful for the style. I would drink this again. I wouldn't say it's sessionable, as it's kind of estery and boozy, but a nice change of pace beer.

Clydesdale, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of eberkman
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours a clear golden-copper with a short white head that diminishes to a ring. Big caramely malt notes in the aroma with some citrus and floral essence too. The taste is mostly sweet caramely malts, again with some fruity backbone. Modest hop twinge in the finished. A little unbalanced, weighing heavily in the malt direction, but still tasty. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Exceptionally smooth and drinkable. Great session beer, though a little pricey for what it is.

eberkman, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of kkosmoski
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured hard into a large Ayinger glass. Dark copper color topped by a large fluffy cream colored head and crystal clear. Smells of burnt toffee, caramel apple, earthy hops, pumpernickel toast. Flavors include toast, pithy citrus, lemon, and caramel. Finish is bitter and slightly metallic. Mouthfeel is medium, as is the carbonation. A fairly easy drinking ale with solid bitterness - I think the metallic finish would get in the way after a while. I have enjoyed some of the hoppy ales from Lagu very much - this was a bit of a change of pace. I would love to try it fresh on tap.

kkosmoski, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of Oakenator
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

Great darker ale. Color is brown with slight reddish hue; good head retention through the duration of the beer. Taste is sweet compared to other similar beers in style - molasses & brown sugar taste resulting from generous malt. Very subtle hopping. Overall: great versatility - workedmona hot summer day yet likely even better into cooler months.

Oakenator, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of WanderingFool
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

This beer pours a clear copper color with a stiff light tan head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick ring around the surface of the beer leaving a fair amount of lace on the sides of the glass. An aroma of pine with a hint of sweet malt greets you before each sip.

The beer is smooth with a slightly thick mouthfeel. A hoppy flavor of pine and grapefruit begins each sip. Some caramel malt is hidden in the background and a hint of alcohol with a dry finish is found at the end leaving some citrus and alcohol notes behind.

WanderingFool, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of williamherbert
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

Very good reddish, copper-penny color. Thick, bubbly head. Hazy and formidable, not at all like a light ale. Really rich looking. Near perfect. Spotty lace.

Smell contains the dual bitters of a dry but bitter malt smell, with a top layer of flowery, bitter hops. Bittersweetness of a Kolsch. Underlying flowery sweet smell.

Bold and rich ale flavor, with a bitter aftertaste. Hops come out here, very flower-bitter; a tiny bit woody. The thick malt is wetter, nicely balanced. Hint of caramel; rather strong molasses. Really rich flavor. Slight alcohol flavor.

Thick and rich. Really is chewy, in a good way. Feels like a real ALE. Creamy. Overall, very good: rich, thick, bold, bitter, slightly sweet, and balanced.

williamherbert, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of Freethyhops
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

A- pours a dark reddish amber that gets some nice orange tones when held to light. a finger of white head reduces to a thin film within a minute. a decent amount of lacing.

S- a load of caramal malts and toffee. a little bready and maybe some sweet brown sugar in there.

T- the taste is much better than the smell. very well balanced. a nice caramal/brown sugar sweetness mixes with bready malts and a finishes with a pleasant amount of bitterness for an Amber. nothing really mind blowing here but it's good stuff.

M/D- a crisp refreshing beer with a little more creaminess than I would expect, which is a plus. It's got ultimate drinkability, a solid session beer, even though it's probably not technically a session beer.

Freethyhops, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of Hhawk06
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

My first impression of this beer is, of course, what's beneath the "Censored". The Kronic huh? It's ridiculous that has to be censored. Anyway, another story for another time. As far as the beer itself goes, the presentation is awesome. The head is substantial, fluffy, off-white, and very consistent. The body is a beauty as well, amber with an orange haze to it. The nose is sugary with hints of a caramel presence. The mouthfeel strikes me as clean and wholesome. Overall the maltiness is prevalent, but there is some nuttiness lingering and its quite juicy really. The finish stays sweet and is a little more grainy. I suspect a hint of apple preceding a mouth coating dosage of subtle caramel sweetness. It's a pretty good brew.

Hhawk06, Mar 19, 2005
Photo of ZBerkeleyan
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured from a bottle to create a generous head with thick webs of lacing when the glass was tipped. The brew was a cloudy amber color with some bubbles visible.

The nose was sweet and malty with notes of caramel and honey. A little mild and difficult to discern but this improved as the beer warmed.

The taste was similar to the smell, with big caramel flavors and significant but not overwhelming sweetness. The substantial alcohol is hardly noticeable in the taste. Tasty and balanced.

The mouthfeel is balanced as well, and while the beer doesn't feel heavy as it is being sipped, I found the beer quite filling by the end of the bottle.

Overall a thoroughly enjoyable amber ale that is balanced and would seem to make a good go-to beer for all sorts of occasions.

ZBerkeleyan, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

Served on-tap at G.W. Tavern in Washington Depot, Conn.

A: Poured a rich, golden copper color with a thin head of white carbonation. The carbonation within the dark golden brew was lively.

S: Smells clean and malts with a little hop bitterness in the nose. Mostly sweet and slightly alcoholic.

T: Taste that sweet caramel malt and how it's balanced with a slight hop bite. That's how a nice copper ale is made, albeit this is a tad watery in the finish.

M: Medium-light mouthfeel with nice carbonated tingle.

D: This would make for a great session beer for the copper ale/amber ale fan. It's a great flavor, with a manageable ABV, and a really natural taste.

Another score for Lagunitas. I'd say this is definitely a great session brew, as it's inoffensive enough to give to the indecisive and satisfying enough for the avid beer drinker.

Gambrinus1184, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear dark amber color with a small tan head of active bubbles that was gone within about 20 seconds. Only 20 or so bubbles are in transit to to the top at any time within the first couple minutes after the pour. There is no lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I initially got a pretty big amount of American hops mixed with some already very noticeable sweet caramel malt and some toasty notes that seem Munich Malt derived, so this is pretty nice. There seems to be a bit of oxidation in this beer, but I can't fault the beer for that as I don't see any date.

Taste: The flavor is pretty rich for a beer this big. It has a big caramel flavor that is more dominating than the aroma even suggested. Though there is a good bit of hops in the first part of the flavor profile, it fades pretty quickly to the sweetness to let the beer finish with a mild balance toward the malt. There are quite a bit of toasty notes, and there is a lot of dark caramel and toffee to linger on the back of the palate for quite a while after the sip. The alcohol is reserved and doesn't cut through the sweetness that is left on the back of the palate. The carbonation is a bit light for what I would like from this beer, so it makes it finish a bit syrupy, where some more CO2 would make it a bit more acidic and finish a little nicer.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer overall. I am a malt-head, so this balance suits me pretty well. I would like it to be a bit more fizzy so that it was a bit lighter in the finish, but I imagine that this beer on tap would take care of that, and I will give it a shot the next time I see it available. I would go back to this one, so give it a shot if it is convenient.

SkeeterHawk, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of GruvisHops
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

A: 12 oz. stubby, brown bottle. 1/2" of cream head rests on top of a slightly hazy, copper body with active carbonation throughout. Big patches of foam stick to the sides of the glass.

S: Not much of a nose, I'm afraid: bready, slight caramel, maybe some grassy hops.

T: Caramel malt hits the taste buds first; sweet and toasty. The hop bitterness is just right. There's nothing too fancy about this beer. It's pretty straight forward, but it has a great flavor.

M: Medium-Full.

D: It disappeared from my glass very quickly.

Notes: A great session ale!

GruvisHops, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of amiles
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

A: Pours a dark copper color, hence the name. Decent lacing, and thin later of white head.

S: Sugar, Carmamel, and mild hops.

T: Pretty much tastes how it smells. This is very well balanced.

M: Mild carbonation, a little creamy with a bit of a bite.

D: Session beer with good flavor. Very enjoyable to knock back 3 or 4 of these.

amiles, May 09, 2008
Photo of MaxBrews
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

Presentation: 12oz bottle poured in tumbler

Appearance: really light head, not the greatest head retention, thin lacing, medium reddish amber. Lacing is non existent later on.

Smell: Floral hops, black cherry smell, chocolate malt

Taste: much lighter then smell, caramel, light floral taste, slight caramel, light dark cherry

Mouthfeel: medium balanced, moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: an overall well drinkable beer. Smells nice tastes alright not necessarily an intense drinking beer

MaxBrews, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of BGSteveU
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%

BGSteveU, Yesterday at 09:29 PM
Photo of jharmon
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%

jharmon, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of ironlung
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

12oz single for 2 bucks up the street. Into Marin Brewing Co. "pint" glass.

A: Rich copper. Tiny white head that left as quick as it came.

S: Muted. Can make some floral notes.

T: Well balanced. Nothing pops out at me as far as the hops and malts. Has a floral undertone and aftertaste. Not too sweet for me wich is suprising.

M: Very smooth. Perhaps a bit more carbonation would really make this beer "pop".

D: High. I say session. This one's not outstanding like their Imperial Red, but it's a solid ale that I'd drink from time to time.

ironlung, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

A: Pours a deep reddish amber color with smallish tan head. Head has good retention but leaves little lacing.

Smell & Taste: The roasted malt component has a darker aroma than expected, and it smells a tad darker than it tastes. Good balance of malts and hops, for style, so that the sweet and toasty malts are accompanied by spicy and floral hoppy notes. Very lightly smokey and a bit earthy.

M: Nice creamy head; medium body; smooth; well carbonated.

O: A very flavorful, well-balanced and aromatic red ale.

chinchill, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of aval89
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

A: dark amber /copper color..1 finger of soapy head.. kinda clear body..

S: malt sweetness, nuttiness, slight toastiness.. caramel with a spicy hoppiness.. also some fruity esters..

T: sweet malts upfront.. toasty malts with a soft nuttiness.. slight toffee with an underlying fruity ester.. semi-spicy hop finish..

Mf: medium bodied with good carbonation ..smooth finish..

O: this beer grew on me after a few sips.. great change of pace from the usual lagunitas hop bombs..

aval89, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of morimech
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours dark amber with a small head that quickly recedes to a thin ring. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass.

I smell caramel malt with some faint hops.

The taste is much more bitter than the aroma would lead you to believe. Has a citrus hop flavor to begin with then it has a spicy hop flavor with caramel malt. Even more bitterness on the finish.

Has a medium body. Carbonation is low and allows cloying flavors to linger in the mouth.

Good drinkability. Low ABV allows it to be sessioned.

morimech, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of dexterk1
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours from bottle to pint glass with a nice copper/ reddish color and a head of about two inches.
Odor is a little weak. I get fruity or citrus.
Taste is very good. At first I get malt and then maybe some breadyness. Finishes with a nice light hop flavor.
Mouth feel is smooth and is very nice.

dexterk1, Feb 29, 2012
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84 out of 100 based on 2,229 ratings.