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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,200 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,200
Reviews: 833
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 34
Gots: 135 | 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 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.

03-19-2005 14:46:08 | More by Hhawk06
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.

12-03-2012 04:27:08 | More by ZBerkeleyan
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.

12-10-2007 04:55:18 | More by Gambrinus1184
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.

07-11-2011 02:14:15 | More by SkeeterHawk
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!

06-10-2009 22:20:51 | More by GruvisHops
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.

05-09-2008 03:10:04 | More by amiles
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

06-14-2009 18:54:10 | More by MaxBrews
Photo of jharmon

3.92/5  rDev +5.1%

08-15-2014 04:07:17 | More by jharmon
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.

04-21-2009 21:33:44 | More by ironlung
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

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.

12-20-2011 00:58:54 | More by chinchill
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..

06-15-2011 02:44:16 | More by aval89
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.

07-17-2008 22:20:55 | More by morimech
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.

02-29-2012 22:27:50 | More by dexterk1
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

A: Poured a clear, rustic copper color with a dull white head that was moderately lasting leaving a minimal lacing.

S: sweet caramel and citrus with a floral hopping.

T: sweet dry malt, some toasted caramel, woodiness, dry brown sugar and a big breadiness. There was a nice dry floral hopping in the finish but was the dry, malty nature of this beer that defined it.

M: medium full and creamy.

D: Drinkability was ok, not a session ale. A big dry, malty red with a good hop bitterness makes for a good try.

04-24-2008 22:37:51 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of akorsak


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

A 12 oz stubby bottle. Not sure where or when I came across this one.

A: The ale has a copper color, relatively clear from afar. Up close, there is a significant amount sediment. The floaties have the appearance of orange juice pulp (minus the color, of course). A huge head has left its mark, leaving thick lace all around the glass.

S: The nose is somwhat restrained, showing off a citrusy hop profile with caramel malts.

T: Caramel malts set the stage, creating a sweet flavor that coats the tastebuds and acts as a nice foundation for the hops. As the first wave of maltiness fades, the hops with a citrusy burst of intensity that adds a nice twist to the malts. The hops linger before fading back into the malts at the end of the sip. A decent drink, much better than I remember it being.

M: The mouthfeel is restrained, compared to most Lagunitas ales that I've had. I like the hop bite that pops up midway through.

D: This is a good offering, the taste is mild (relatively speaking). A nice sessioner.

12-16-2007 20:45:40 | More by akorsak
Photo of cbo2122


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

A solid installment from Lagunitas. A Tasty beer that looked great in the glass. Not a big tasting beer by any means, but one that was seemed to know what it wanted to be. My only complaint is the body could have been fuller, but it was satisfying nonetheless.

07-18-2011 17:30:20 | More by cbo2122
Photo of roddwolff


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Taken on a rainy afternoon. Served in a duve tulip glass. Look: Copper cloudy color, thin foamy head with great lacing. Smell: Toffee and prune malt with character of earth hops. Taste: Eart hops with toffee malt and pumpkin notes. Mouthfeel: Warm and dry, slightly woody with high bitterness and robust body. Drinkability: Feels that it's more alcohol than 5.9 but overall i liked.

10-20-2010 01:38:07 | More by roddwolff
Photo of yoko


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

The most noticable was the never-ending rolling stream of upward and falling carbonation as tiny bubbles. This dance was backdropped by a beautiful bright, clear copper-amber brew mounting a creamy off-white head of little height slipping to a soft covering. With each sip a sticky lace remained. I expected less from this beer but found it drinks as pleasing as it did on draught with a slightly different finish. The nose was smalll with malts and floral hops. The body was a medium feel with good length and a nice balance of malts and soft hops. The finish was dry with a delicate hop bitter which remained in memory. As I reread this review I must say the alcohol was well hidden until I began to write. Enjoy...

04-08-2005 23:21:05 | More by yoko
Photo of LarryV


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Pour results in a hazy amber colored brew with a 1/2" flufffy head that dissipated fairly quick. Nose is subtle maltiness. I don't readily perceive the hops in this beer, but they are there doing their thing to keep the sweetness in check. This is a nicely balanced beer with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Easy to drink while one ponders the woes of the world.

10-10-2006 00:34:30 | More by LarryV
Photo of hiku7


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours moderately clear copper, with a one-finger cream color head.

Fresh bread aroma, with some caramel. Also toasted malt. Light citrus, woody, resiny hop aromas. Whiff of esters. Slight alcohol warming fumes.

Very balanced brew. Assertive caramel malt flavor balanced by woody resiny hops with a moderate bitterness throughout. Dry finish.

Medium body, smooth, with lightly prickly carbonation.

Overall, not the citrus bomb I expected. Very well balanced. Feels almost like an ESB, with slight estery character.

02-29-2012 21:07:55 | More by hiku7
Photo of NODAK


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Aroma here is toasty and malty, with a good deal of sweet caramel malt on the nose. Somewhat rich, as the label would indicate, but not too much so.

The taste starts out sweet and malty, with caramel malts obvious...though I will say it's not THAT sweet..it's at a pretty good level. There's definitely a toastiness there as well alongside the caramel. Then there's a small but stingy bitterness appearing on the sides of the tongue, allowing for some balance to the malts, though malts do win the "battle" in this one. A small graininess shows up after the swallow as well.

Not bad stuff here, Very drinkable, and pretty darn tasty. A little hoppier than many other ambers, but still overall a malty brew.

07-13-2011 00:41:07 | More by NODAK
Photo of jmich24


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured into Duvel Tulip

A: Copper color, on finger light tan head. Some lacing.
S: Nothing spectacular here. Malty, sweet carmel, a little nutty and a touch citus hops.
T: Very malty as expected, but finishes with a nice bit of bitterness to balance it out.
M: Medium mouth feel, little lingering bitterness is nice.
D: This has very good drinkability due the hop bitterness that balances this brew out at the end.

Very nice for the style. Love that they didnt short us on the hops.

02-21-2011 21:50:35 | More by jmich24
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

A: Poured with a small, diminishing white head. Body is amber and quite clear, with just a touch of haze throughout.

S: Surprisingly, the aroma was slightly weak for me... some malt and hops present, but not what I expected (compared to their other beers I've had, that is).

T: Great flavor, however... caramel malt is definitely present, along with a perfect balance of hops to the sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, with average carbonation.

D: Very drinkable amber ale, and very enjoyable at that. Lagunitas continues to impress... if only they were more available in the East Coast.

02-06-2010 18:37:41 | More by berley31
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

A pretty copper color and pretty much clear, the head was about two fingers and had some staying power, eventually leaving a nice thick sheen. Lacing was in sheets that slowly slid down the glass to rejoin the beer.

The aroma is light, but pleasant, consisting mainly of caramel malts and a light hoppiness.

Taste is quite fine, and great for the style. Biscuit and caramel malts and toast come through first, followed by a nice fruity hops flavor, rounded off with some mixed citrus.

Feel is smooth, slick, amply carbonated and medium bodied. Aftertaste is lightly bitter.

Overall, particularly in the category of amber ale, this one is delicious and highly drinkable. There aren't many amber ales that I'd buy a sixer of after I've reviewed them, but this is certainly one of them. Ace job on this one Lagunitas.

06-15-2011 15:09:31 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of flexabull


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

It's been a while since I had this one...

Pours a bright and clear red color with a decent white head.

Aromas are dusty, sweet, with hints of cereal grainy roasted malts and pine like hops.

Flavors are full, thick and creamy. Lots of malt flavors that are sweet, bready, spicy, and tart. Finish has a clean hop bite, that is bitter, and with a sharp pine like quality.

Mouthfeel is nice. Feels think and a bit syrup like in the mouth. But it's not to heavy.

Drinkability is good. Lots of nice flavors, without being overly strong. Definitely a beer that can be enjoyed more than once in the same seating.

12-29-2007 04:57:17 | More by flexabull
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84 out of 100 based on 2,200 ratings.