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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
35 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

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Reviews: 878 | Ratings: 2,680
Photo of Groomsy
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured in to Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Bought as a single for $1.89.

Appearance: Very nice and clear amber/copper body, with hints of bright orange and fire red in the light. Topped by a two-finger off-white head of foam, which eventually dwindles down to a full cap, leaving behind dragging curtains of lace about a quarter of the way down the glass. Decent carbonation noted. Nice looking brew, a little disappointed with the lacing though.

Aroma: Heavy caramel and malt out front on the nose. There's also some dark fruit and figs in there too, but it's all masked by a heavy sugary and sweet smell. I barely detect any hop presence here - except for some fruitiness - but there's a slight metallic/copper note? Makes me wonder how fresh this beer is. Way too sweet smelling for me, but about right for the style.

Taste: I definitely pick up the sweetness expected from the malt - notably toffee and caramel. Beyond that, the only flavors I pick up are some sugar and some slight earthy/citrus bitterness which goes as quick as it arrives. Maybe some bread in the finish. Not bad but not great. I didn't have any expectations for this beer, but I'm not too impressed by this. Needs more hop flavor for balance.

Mouthfeel: Thin but creamy? Slightly drying finish but coats the mouth with sweetness. Not bad. Fairly refreshing at first.

Overall: After the joy that was Little Sumpin' Sumpin', this is disappointing. Not terrible, just a middle of the road amber ale with some fairly nice sweetness to it. I hope to try it either fresh or on tap to change my opinion.

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Photo of JDV
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on draft at Alioto's in the Fisherman's Wharf in S.F. Nice amber, inviting colored pour, with a good white head. Very nice hop smell mostly. Taste bordered on the edge of great hop flavor and too much hop bitterness, but never really crossed it. A touch over ideal bitterness, but a good, drinkable refreshing beer nonetheless.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a hazy copper/amber pour with 2 fingers of off white head.
smells of sweet molasses, burnt caramel, cereal.
the taste is very sweet up front followed up by a fresh grassy hop taste. hints of honey, caramel, slightly bready. light-medium body, moderate carbonation, slight amount of creaminess.

overall not a bad beer.. very traditional tasting red ale.. not very complex but refreshing and quite tasty for the style.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cream, one finger-head that goes slowly leaving a decent lace. Nice clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is slightly hoppy. Starts with a mix of hops and malt, finish has a hoppy/soapy edge. Some bitter aftertaste but not bad. $1.60 for a 12oz from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of david131
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A slightly hazy orange/ amber liquid with a thick and craggy off-white head that has some pretty good retention and leave some good lacing.

S- Apple juice, tomato juice, and some caramel. The tomato aspect is not enjoyable to me.

T- Caramel, apple cider, watermelon, and a hint of hoppiness.

M- Clean with a surprisingly long lasting bitterness.

D- A decent beer that drinks nicely once accustomed to.

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Photo of samyoung
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bodega purchase late night.

A - Pale, ruby red.
S - Fruit and malt
T - Malty, vibrant and flat (to some degree).
M - Non-existent
O - A tasty, drinkable beer.

This is a beer that amateurs will enjoy, but for seasoned beer drinkers it will be a disappointment.

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Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I haven't had one of these in a couple years, so I was happy to revisit it. But I was bit disappointed. I remember this beer being a lot bolder and fuller. As it is, this is just an average version of the style, perhaps a touch hoppier than some. This isn't a bad beer by any means, but it's not special like I remember. Worth having if you're in the mood for the style, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of ranger7
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Amber with a small white head.

S - Hint of floral and hops, smells sweet.

T - Not bad. Kind of bitter, but not enough to turn me off. Some hops linger at the end, but not a terrible aftertaste.

M - Smooth for the most part, not much carbonation.

Summary - Meh, it's just okay. I don't mind some hops on occasion. It's fine for a red ale.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice color from the bottle, with a healthy dose of carbonation. The smell is full of malt and sugar. The first sip was very appealing, but then subsequent sips hit me as a little over-the-top on the flavor. That's a good flavor, mind you, there's just a lot of it in there! I don't think I'd have more than one or two in a sitting.

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Photo of thepassingofdays
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

a- copper is the name of the beer, and it is quite accurate. Very little head from my pour, just a thin layer at the top.

s- weak scent, but smells like a typical red/amber ale. A very plain smell.

t- creamy, rich amber ale, strong taste with a metallic aftertaste which turns me off a bit.

m- feels extremely metallic between sips, like I just drank something that was in a can for too long. The initial creaminess was great but shortlived.

d- Smooth going down and great taste, just not for the leisurely drinker due to the feeling between sips.

Overall, an interesting beer, lives up to its name, but not something I'm crazy about.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok, first off this is not The Chronic. It is a red colored ale with a decent head that fades fast. The smell is a malty sweetness. The flavor is that of a bland amber ale with the trademark Lagunitas sweetness. This beer is ok but not something I look for when I think of west coast red ales.

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

Appearance- Body is a good, clear, copper/orange. Head is 1 finger, off-wite that recedes very quickly. Lacing is almost non-existant.

Aroma-Mostly malt sweetness with a hint of caramel and a citrusy hoppiness.

Taste- Decent blend of malt sweetness and bittering and flavoring hops. Just a hint of caramel sweetness. Fairly malty.

Mouthfeel- Meium body (for the style. CO2 is just about right.

Drinkability- Not bad, not great.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yeah, Raul done it, he drank it, and it was aite. Aite like going out with a honey, and all you're thinking about is doing the thang thang, but all you end up with is the thang. Nice lil red hue, decent aroma, taste was decent for what it was...

Yeah, just "the thang."


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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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