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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Not Rated.

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very good

864 Reviews
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Reviews: 864
Hads: 2,595
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 19.89%
Wants: 59
Gots: 372 | 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: 864 | Hads: 2,595
Photo of david18
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I thought Censored was an old or strong ale and i'm surprised to the the alcohol by volume for this beer, which seemed much stronger and maltier than the abv suggests. I liked this beer but would not put it in the same catergory as many of the other beers in this category. As low as the abv is, it's really more of a winter drinker than a typical amber ale.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to tpd975 for this one.

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear, light amber in color with a one finger sized, offwhite head. A good amount of lacing as well and the retention is decent.

Aroma is very malty, very bready, very sweet, and very fruity. A touch of hops and maybe a hint of alcohol. Loads of caramel as well.

Pretty sweet at first taste. Again, more caramel and a significant toasty and bready flavor. A slight hop bite and some citrus fruitiness; mango and papaya.

Decent on the tongue. Medium bodied. Clean and dry. A little too sweet for my liking. One of these and I grow weary.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice looking beer, rich copper color with a big fluffy off-white head that has good rentention. Leaves a little bit of lacing. There is some sediment floating around also.

Smells of mostly sweet malts. Caramel, molasses,and a little bit of spiciness.

Mostly dominated by malts in the flavor. Caramel and mollases flavors up front. I seem to notice some cinnamon. Finishes with just a little bitterness from hops, but very faint. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly well-carbonated.

Pretty good beer, but I just want more hops.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: This is a deep amber color with a red tint. There is a small light tan head with moderate retention and little lacing.

S: The smell is weak but deep and malty. There is a caramel sweetness to the malt. Behind that is a faint pine or herbal smell.

T: Sweet caramel malt is the most notable flavor. There is a very light hops flavor to counter the sweetness. I can taste notes of fruit. Some bitterness develops in the aftertaste.

M: Fairly thick and moderately carbonated.

O: A malty ale. It lacks a strong smell. All I seem to taste is malt; I wish this was balanced with more hops.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Textbook amber, clear, with 3+ fingers of light, rust colored head. Great retention with a half inch cap staying around for a while. Moderate lacing. There was some sediment floating around after the pour but it has since settled to the bottom.

S - Mild to moderate caramel aroma with some toasty aromas; something like bread that's been slightly overbaked. Some herbal and citric character from the hops (almost soapy) is present on the backend, albeit in small amounts.

T - I think the word "average" next to the 3.0 I gave this is the perfect word to describe this. It isn't bad, but certainly doesn't hold a candle to most other ambers out there. Censored starts off with caramel and toasted dark bread flavors and just a hint of bready sweetness. Mild grassy and citric notes from the hops kick in mid to late palate providing just enough bitterness to counteract the malt sweetness. Toastiness lingers in the finish.

M - Light bodied with a nod towards medium. Medium high carbonation.

D - Censored certainly isn't what I think of when I think of an amber. Nothing about it tastes terrible but it just isn't appealing. The toasty character is a bit strange in such large amounts and I would prefer a bit more sweetness. Hop flavor is restrained and what flavor is there doesn't meld beautifully with the malt. Kind of a strange combination of weakish flavors here.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a standard shaker glass. Appears a clear rich amber color with about two fingers of off white foam. The foam leaves minimal lacing on the inside of the glass. Nose and flavor consists of sweet caramel malt, bitter hops, slightly metallic twang. Medium in both body and carbonation. The metallic notes are a little off putting for me but still nothing terrible. Worth a try.

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Photo of rocketmotor
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
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...

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Photo of albern
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of PSUBeerman
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of SourBitterSweet
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of pershan
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
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).

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Photo of u2carew
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of NerveStorm
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of Nick3
3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of nicholasdes
3.13/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of Psilo707
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of WJVII
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.07/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Censored from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 864 ratings.