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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 858
Hads: 2,554
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 55
Gots: 339 | 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: 858 | Hads: 2,554
Photo of rocketmotor
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle with hard to find bottled date (located around the borttom of the bottle in dark, tiny print), beer is 100 days old.

Nice appearance in glass, copper reddish color. Head has circles of hop oil once it settled down.

Smell is almost all of malt with a tiny touch of hops. Tastes nice, malty flavour turns into noble hops and finishes rather sweet from the malt. The hops come through nicely but not too strong.

Mouthfeel is good, nothing outstanding here. Drinkability, I could have a few or several of these... (527 characters)

Photo of albern
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a nice copper and amber color, a decent white head, some lacing, some retention. The smell is very good and you'll detect nice piney notes in the hops, some toasted malts, maybe some fruits in the fig/apricot/raisin family. The smell is better than the taste. The hops became a bit more bitter than I would have liked and the malts were more than toasted, rather burnt and too caramely for my liking. The aftertaste was a bit bitter and it lingered too long on the tongue. The mouthfeel was a bit creamy and this was accentuated a bit by the moderate carbonation in the beer, so this aspect gets a slightly better grade. Overall, I appreciated the hoppy character of the beer and its enticing smell, but the beer was also compromised by its rough edges and bitter aftertaste. This one is a one and done for me. (825 characters)

Photo of rinhaak
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours red rust color with about one finger of head, which dissipates very quickly.

The nose is full and unexpected: sweet overripe fruit, strawberries, and malts mixed in with an almost astringent rust odor.

The mouth is full of sweet malts and has fruity overtones. Hops are there, but barely present. The mouth gives way to a darker, burnt malt flavor.

This is a unexpectedly complex beer which surprised me at every stage. Pleasant enough and worth having once, but not something I really want to have a second time. (524 characters)

Photo of PSUBeerman
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, nonic glass

Pours a clear deep amber (copper) color with a 1 finger light tan foamy head. Nice lacing.

Decent aroma of predominantly malts with hoppy notes.

Sweet malty flavor with hop bitterness on the finish. Citrus notes also stands out. Balance is decent, but a little too malty for me.

Mouthfeel is slightly viscous, but over all decent. Carbonation is nice and fairly smooth.

I liked this, but the malty flavor caught up to me. (453 characters)

Photo of SourBitterSweet
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber/copper hue. Clear. Head less than a finger, and not lasting.

S: Malty, brown sugar, with an indescribable pungency. Sour? Grassy?

T: Brown sugar, malty with that pungency detected on the aroma. Fairly simple. Flavors are a bit dull. Reminiscent of root beer.

M: Medium bodied. A little on the sweet side. Creamy.

O: A good solid beer, but really not that captivating. Too much sugar noted. (402 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear copper color with reddish hues. A small white head fades with mild lacing on the glass.

Nice caramel malty aroma with a bit of herbal hops. Slight fruitiness.

Caramel malt taste and a bit of herbal hops upfront. A rather aggressive bitterness sets in and rides through the finish. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness.

Medium-light body, mild carbonation.

This beer obviously got it's notoriety from the name/label than the contents of the bottle. Overall, a very mediocre and unbalanced beer. (529 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Lightly hazy coppery amber color with a flash head and minimal lacing. Smells and tastes like an IPA. Absolutely no different than any other boring sub-standard IPA. Caramel and grapefruit peel / pith, a touch of pine resin, that's all there is to it. Medium body and carbonation levels. I don't understand what marketing niche passing a simple IPA off as a "rich copper ale" fulfills. If it were up to me, I would have either had a hell of a lot more malt complexity in there or I would have just given up and marketed it as a strangely-colored IPA. (580 characters)

Photo of pershan
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a rich copper color (hence the name!), with a thin almond-colored head into a 12-oz pilsner glass. The smell was of sweet malt, with earthy undertones - no discernable hop aroma. Kind of a fizzy beer, with nothing extraordinary as far as malt or hop flavor - a bit of a disappointment, given some of their other excellent beers (i.e. Kill Ugly Radio, Maximus, Imperial Red). (390 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz stubby

A) Pours with a finger thick head that slowly settles. Clear copper colored body.
S) Not very aromatic. Very mellow hints of caramel malts.
T) Rich, toasty malt. Caramel. Grainy and subtle hops in the in finish.
M) Medium body. Smooth. Mellow carbonation. Dry in the finish.
O) An okay brew. (306 characters)

Photo of NerveStorm
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A very fine carbonation and a little bitter, somewhat oily feel not very complex and a little overpowering bitter at the finish. Overall an average result that I won't rush to duplicate. (186 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber/copper with a decent head of foam. Lots of caramelly, malty aromas, hints of metal, and floral hops. Flavour is sweet and dense, rich with fruit and hop bitterness. Sticky caramel and molasses malts give this brew a heavy body and also a bit of a solvent undertone. Finishes quite bitter. Pretty much as advertised - rich and copper... not what I would call refreshing and a bit coarse for my taste. (414 characters)

Photo of Nick3
3.14/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer holds true to its name with its rich copper color. Heavy handed pour doesn't help the head as it vanishes quickly. Beer has a malty smell but a bit metallic as well. Was hoping for a much smoother beer based on look and smell. A bit more hops than I would have expected from an Amber ale. However, beer does mellow as you drink it and becomes pretty quaffable. Mouthfeel is rather thin but appropriate for this style. Beer is well carbonated.

A worthy effort from Lagunitas but I wouldn't seek it out. (507 characters)

Photo of nicholasdes
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer looked tasty in the glass. Great copper color with small off white head. I was surprised by the strong smell of hops as I expected a more subdued roasted smell. In flavor it really comes off as an IPA which I was not expecting. The alcohol comes out in the flavor more than I expected even in a beer the is almost 6%. It leaves a fantastic aftertaste that shows off the complexities and sweetness that are lost to the hops and alcohol during the actual drink. It goes down easy though almost like flat soda. Overall this taste like a nice easy IPA. But for myself I would choose something else even if I was looking for an IPA. (637 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - 3.75 - Can't knock it too much on the appearance, nice copper/amber hazy color with a thick film of off white bubbles on the top. Leaves a decent lacing on the glass. Bottle is lagunitas standard stuff.

S - 3.25 - Caramel, bready malt. Dirty, floral hops smell, not that great. Harshness that I don't want there.

T - 3.0 - Harsh. Caramel and bready malts. Some floral hops and dirty hop bitterness, not citrusy at all.

M - 3.0 - Medium. No alc taste. Aftertaste is caramel/bready malt.

O - 3.0 - NOT a great beer. Completely unexpected for lagunitas. Missing the citrusy hoppiness and sweet malts I want in an American red ale. It compares more to Bell's Amber Ale (Also not good) than it does to Oskar Blues G'knight. (730 characters)

3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured as a nightcap after a long day at work. The head barely got to one finger and faded very fast to a thin pencil line of lacing. It's got a wonderful golden clear amber color with little visible carbonation. (Although my new Sam Adams glass' etched circle at the bottom did create a wonderful circle of floating bubbles)

Smell was un-impressive with little notes to speak of. What did come up was small hop, malt, and slight spice. Mouthfeel is interestingly heavy and wet which is not what I expected.

Taste was good and exactly what I was looking for. Crisp refreshing acidity, good sweetness, and rounded by a slight hop character. (645 characters)

Photo of Psilo707
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found a 6'er of these at my local liquor store, picked it up right away. Came home and poured... Clear and lively mahogany color in my Rieder mug. Lacing is decent, head is decent but dissipates very quickly. It has a very interesting and good smell to me. I can't quite place what the smell is related to, though, and it's bugging me. A little bit like a violet (flower) mixed with nuts/seeds/bark, and a swirl of alcohol scent thrown in there. Very crisp and refreshing to smell.

Taste, unfortunately, doesn't quite live up to the smell's standards. I find it to have too much of a negative bite at the beginning that fades into an average taste as it clears the head. It's not "bad" so to speak, but the positives could be much higher. Very malty, a bit hoppy.

Mouthfeel is mediocre.. there is a weird taste as you hold it in. At least it's creamy though. Drinkability is about the same, maybe a bit higher.

Overall, decent but I was expecting more. (955 characters)

Photo of WJVII
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured an orange copper color with a cream colored 1/4 inch head with minimal lacing. Once settled the beer became very transparent with a thin body and moderate carbonation. The overall smell of this beer was of slight roasted malt, some caramel, and a bit of vanilla. My first taste has notes of honey, orange, and some mild hops.

Overall feeling of this beer, it is a little thin with moderate carbonation, not too strong of flavor. This is just an OK example of a red ale. Worth a try, but nothing too extravagant. (530 characters)

Photo of coldmeat23
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degres

Pours a clear copper color. One-finger head of foam, which has a slight tan tint. Not much retention or lacing to speak of.

A nice level of maltiness comes through. Hints of caramel and brown sugar. Very slight hop notes.
A light, subdued, nose.

The taste is better. Sweet malty kiss. Light citrus and tropical fruit notes. Sweet hints of honey. Light toffee presence. The finish is of bitter hops. Kind of out-of-place here, and not welcome.

Middle-of-the-road medium body. Carbonation level is okay, but could benefit from some 'tweaking'.

I'm sure that this one would be a great session beer. Probably for a lot of people. Just not for me. The bitter hop finish kills what is otherwise a very nice brew. (763 characters)

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.07/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into sniffer.
A: pours a brilliant copper color, frothy one finger foam head that quickly fades leaving some big soapy bubbles, stringy lacing
S: caramel, malt, metallic aroma, fruity esters
M: medium, creamy carbonation
T: caramel, Pine, Hops bitterness, malt, metallic aftertaste that lingers more than I'd prefer.
O: okay brew in my opinion, I might have a off flavored brew. (398 characters)

Photo of Brunite
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep copper/red, good clarity with a brief white head.

S: Caramel malt smell with some bitter notes.

T: Similar to aroma. Caramel malt body, with light citrus hops.

M: Medium body and level of carbonation.

O: Average. Would drink this if given but likely not seek it out. (278 characters)

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Censored poured amber with a 2 finger foam head and some pancake batter head composition. There was a little lacing but not much.

The aroma was strongly malted with some sweetness. The taste was mostly malt dominated again and it seemed to leave an odd flavor on the tongue that I could not shake. I powered it down and left it at that. It was nice carbonated but not high on the food chain in the Amber category. (419 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orange colour with almost no head just some white lacing.

The smell is sweet malts and some hops.

The taste is malty, slightly bitter and a touch of alcohol.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and pretty well carbonated.

Overall I wasn't impressed, I'm a big fan of Lagunitas but this one wasn't up to their usual standards. (340 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint. Nice amber red color. No head. Slight lacing.

Aroma smells very grainy. Slight sweet malt.

Taste is similar but not as bad as aroma. Still grainy but a nice bit of malt.

Mouthfeel is ok. Nice carb.

Overall an ok beer. Probably wouldn't buy it again. (280 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lagunitas- Censored Rich Copper Ale

Appearance- Copper brown with no head.
Smell- Barely anything there, light malt, candy sugar, pilsbury biscuits.
Taste- Starts off very watery, light bready/ biscuity malt with a light sweet bread crust finish.
Mouthfeel- Light and watery up front but the flavor does build and intensify at the end.

Overall- This just didn't do it for me! The flavor didn't blossom until the end. I want big chewy malt up front with an Amber. Drinkable but nothing memorable. (504 characters)

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pure and clear, pretty light, pale ale light but topped with a thin cap of a head and zero lacing.

S: Slightly vegetal and a bit disappointing in this respect, slightly sweet maltiness but nothing to pull it away from this bruised fruity/cooked vegetable aroma.

T/MF: Maybe this twist off cap is to blame as the taste is not much different than the smell, less vegetables but as I tip the glass to my lips the aroma makes its way into the flavor. Otherwise there is a pleasant enough caramel maltiness, sweet crusty bread and slightly earthy hop bitterness. It's hard to say what's going on here, strawberry jam on toast (very light mind you). Decent mouthfeel, carbonation seems to be where it needs to be.

D: I've had a few of these and I enjoyed them well enough then, but on closer inspection this beer leaves me wanting more and more. Appearance is boring, smell seems a bit off, flavor isn't bad and mouthfeel is adequate. Nothing really lending itself for me to really like this beer at all. Not bad, not good either. (1,080 characters)

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85 out of 100 based on 858 ratings.