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Ratings: 2,376
Reviews: 843
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 45
Gots: 194 | 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 clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a red body with a light head that left no lacing. A light caramel malt smell along with minimal hops. Smooth and lighter bodied this beer has a buttery, sweet malt edge that is more about the malt than the hops. Hops are noticeable with some citric notes in the backgroun and give the beer a slight dry edge. I enjoyed this beer but not something I will seek out if I'm looking for a red ale.

Photo of ralree
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Beautiful copper color with a 2-finger head, decent retention, perfect lacing. Cloudy. Love it.

S: Very caramelly, sweet, smoky malt. Chocolate, dark fruit, lots of hops. Wonderful.

T: Dark fruit and hops jump right out there, followed by sweet rich smoky malt. Metallic taste ruins some of the flavor. Aftertaste is a bit bland, but contains some smoky malt flavor. Hops are premium, as they are in most Lagunitas beers. With a little work, this could be really good.

M: Watery, very dry, non-astringent, good carbonation. Thick and chewy. Medium-heavy body.

D: Goes down alright, but it's just average. Could drink it with a meal.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - reddish to copper color with a 1 inch thick white head

S - smells of malt and some toffy and caramel I can tell its gonna be sweet

T - taste is very sweet (not my favorite in beers but still good) some caramel and fruit hints in it very little hop flavor

M - very smooth feel and refreshing

D - its refreshing but for my taste i couldn't take more than one because of the sweetness

Photo of ckeegan04
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper in color with a thick, creamy light tan head. Good retention and light lacing.

S - Sweet roasted malts with hints of caramel and a doughiness underneath. Lightly spicy hop aroma as well.

T - Very sweet and creamy up front before a spiciness quickly overtakes the mouth. Finishes with a light breadiness. Very balanced amber ale.

M/D- Medium bodied and very smooth. Easy drinking as well.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very fiesty sopperyt, orange peel hue with lots of bubbling and plenty of lacing left over from each sip. Looks more like a red ale than an American Strong Ale. Lots of citrus in the nose along with an aftermath of roasty, toasty malts. A little hint of grapefruit and mimosa like like tendencies were noticed in the almost avergare palate.

Photo of Grundle20
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber hued copper color in to a pint glass. The yeast that is present kind of floats in suspension which I found to be odd. There is a minor off white head that has poor retention and lacing.

The scent is built up on piney oily hops and caramel malts with a slight citrus rind note.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The beer drinks with some moderate smoothness and a bitter crispness up front. The flavor is that of, again, piney hops and a medium caramel malt body. The finish is crisp and slightly unclean with a lingering hop presence in to the aftertaste.

I find this beer falling somewhere in between a really full mild ale and a really crisp mild IPA in terms of drinkability. It's good but it doesn't really cater well to a drinker of either persuasion.

Bottom Line:
It's pretty good and a solid brew no doubt. I have my suspicions as to this bottles age, but I would still have to give this one a thumbs up.

Photo of Neecee513
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured: Pint Glass

Appearance: Deep amber. Minimum head w/ slight retention.

Smell: Sweet, fruity aroma

Taste: Toasty w/ caramel notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium/high carbonation.

Drinkability: Balance very much leans towards malts. Hop character is very much subdued, so low hop bitterness. A little bit more sweet than other ambers/reds. Finish is roasty. Overall, if you like sweet and low bitter beers, this is a 'sweet' selection!

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by matt9875. Thanks Matt!

The beer is copper hued with a quarter inch of off white head. The aroma brings a touch of fruit and some sweet malts. Bready with a touch of hop character in the finish. Medium bodied with subtle alcohol. Overall, this was ok.

Photo of Seanibus
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is merely an OK entry into an increasingly crowded genre.

Pours a clear amber with a medium head. It has a clear, fruity aroma. The flavor has fruity hops, with a corn-like finish, and a bit of hop bitterness.

This is a perfectly OK beer, but there are plenty of more exciting competitors out there.

Photo of lstokes
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper orange color with a light caramel nose, not enough hops in the nose, which carries through to the underwhelming taste. Too sweet, not really hoppy enough, some citric hops with very sweet caramel malt, some nice dry earthy aftertaste and a nice creamy mouthfeel, but still, I didn't find the taste to be a stand-out.

Photo of brewdoc75
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: As the name implies, copper in color with an orangish hue. Everlasting half inch head present as well.

S: Sweet toffee and caramel accentuated by citrus and floral hops. Despite this not terribly aromatic.

T: More caramel and toffee with some breadiness as well. The hops provide the necessary bitterness with a touch of citrus. I do get some earthy tones as well. Unfortunately it finishes a bit metallic for me.

M: Smooth but crisp. Light to medium body.

D: A good beer, but it stops there. More like an ESB than an amber. At its price of 8 bucks for a sixer it is definitely worthy of a purchase.

Photo of jdelenikos89
3.58/5  rDev -4%

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a real nice amber copper color (duh). Loose carbonation with good retention. Aroma is malt forward, smells really toasty. No hop aroma at all. Taste is also really malt forward. Toasty and roasty without being heavy, cereal flavors backed up by slighty hoppy bitter finish. Could have some more hops in there, even for the style. Beer has a nice round full mouthfeel without being cloying or heavy. Not my favorite style but its pretty drinkable.

Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lagunitas' "Censored" pours a glowing hazy copper with a fizzy light tan head that quickly goes to a thin film. Very nice looking.

Its aroma is caramel malts, buttery toffee and a little bitterness and fruitiness.

The flavor is buttery toffee and caramel initially with a fruity and piney hop bite at the finish. An interesting mix of flavors. It has a smooth and lively palate.

Overall, an interesting beer. It's different from anything else I've had. I'm not quite sure if I really like it or not.

Photo of Kraken
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Fordham Maibock pint glass. Fairly vigorous pour resulted in minimal head with almost no retention. the Kronic poured a lovely coper color. Smells of malts and slight hoppiness. Nice rich taste, slight hop bitterness immediately on the tongue followed by a solidly malted body, slight sweet finish. Another very tasty product from Lagunitas. Well Done!

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of 1whiskey
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was interesting..not qiute what I expected.
Pours out somewhere between "copper" and brick. Fairly clear, with a 1" head that fades quickly to thin lace. First smell is very sweet and malty, floral hops are present, but less than I expected from a Lagunitas brew.
Taste is similarly sweet and quite malty, with some bisquit and wheat toast notes. Nutty (cashew?) flavor is present in the background. Again, hops are present but very mild.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth on the palate. Ideal carbonation level.

It finishes with some bitter hops finally making their presence felt, and it leaves a semi-bitter herbal aftertaste that is pleasant enough. This is definately a sipping beer, not a sessioner. The alcohol creeps up on you pretty fast.

This was interesting, if nothing else. The high ABV , creamy mouthfell and supringly heavy body would makes this a brew worthy of a cool winter night. I'd love to try it with my smoky bacon and potato chowder.

Photo of rootbeerman
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours reddish copper with a half finger of light brown head.
S: sweetened grapefruit, light ipa like hops.
T: does not taste nearly as sweet as it smells. more of a bitter slightly wrap under the tongue grapefruit hop. reminds me of a east coast ipa.
M: medium body, flavors are coating. carbonation is low to medium
D: rather easy to gulp, so i can agree with the label of "life is short, dont sip"

Photo of gbarron
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Brickstore Pub.

A - an absolutely beautiful beer. Deep orange, almost glowing. Slight haze. Head is bright white and very bubbly, only a couple of centimeters thick, though. Outstanding lacing and head retention.

S - light malt sugar, some citrus, pine. Not a ton of aroma coming off this beer. Primarily hops, American NW variety. I would guess Columbus.

T - taste is much more subdued than I had anticipated. Only after it warms up a bit do you start to get some significant hop flavor and bitterness. Very tart, citrus, grapefruit, pine aftertaste. Malt flavor is well hidden, as is the alcohol.

M - a little chewy, medium bodied brew. Finish is slightly sweet, but well balanced. Carbonation average.

D - a little disappointed in this beer. After it warms up, you start to get some of the hop flavor/aromas, but the malt content, which clearly must be substantial given the alcohol, is MIA.

Photo of NEhophead
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, pale copper in color. Creamy, off white head that lasts as a semi-creamy sheet, nearly to the finish. A few trails of ringed lacing, but not great strength.

Sweet caramelized sugar and molasses. Ripe, dark fruit: cherry, grape, apple. Sweet, warming whaffs of alcohol. Hints of rounded, malted wheat.

Initial malted wheat sweetness with hints of fruit-esters: pear, orange, apple. Pine and earthy wheat and grains causing an unbalanced and musty bitterness. The aftertaste is a slightly unpleasant, bland wheat flavor. The sweetness and fruitiness present in the aroma is nearly absent in the taste.

Medium bodied; slightly rich, but more grain-like than anything else.

Too heavy on the wheat/grain character for the style. Not a great effort stylistically; a bit of a disappointment for the hype.

Photo of TXGenX
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful clear rich copper color with creamy tan head.
S: Spicy hop aroma with some sweetness
T: Mellow caramel flavor, not too sweet, followed by a slightly bitter, burnt but not unpleasant finish. 
M: Smooth
O: A very aesthetically pleasing beer. Really beautiful to look at and smell. I enjoyed the experience of drinking this beer.

This was a wonderful buy of the week at Specs. Definitely the best $6.99 six pack I've had. I can't wait to try this one on tap.

Per a company rep at the Galveston Brewmasters beer festival, the original censored name was Kronik. Apparently the Cali ABC frowned on what they saw as glorification of illicit substances.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a red-tinged copper with a single-finger head. The smell is malt and a bit of citrus. The taste starts off with some caramel malt and orangey citrus that's balanced pretty well by the hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with some fine carbonation. This is pretty drinkable for a strong and fairly hoppy beer, I might just end up getting this one again sometime.

Photo of tpd975
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a reddish orange, more on the orange side than red with a head that quickly builds and then fades to nothing. No lacing to speak of.

S: I really like the aroma. Has a honey caramel sweetness that stands out. There are some floral qualities in the background with a hint of citrus. Very perfume like.

T: It's just okay. Has a nice malty sweetness with a touch of honey goodness. Way way in the back there is a touch of piney hops, but you really have to savor this one to notice it.

M: Light and smooth.

D: It's drinkable, would probably be a good session beer for a gateway drinker.

Overall: An okay offering my Lagunitas. I will stick to the big hop bombs they put out in bombers. This is an average beer that would probably be enjoyed by those just getting into the craft brew scene.

Photo of Overlord
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting label/name, above average beer.

Pours red with a white head. Smells fainly of hops and malt. Has some nice balance and a decent, semi-creamy mouthfeel, but not a good example of the amber/red style, IMHO. The hops are piney and there isn't much fruit to this.


Photo of Bitterbill
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour is a copper colour with about an inch of foam and some good lacing.

The smell is on the very weak side with notes of caramel and biscuit.

The taste, however, is good. Biscuit and light caramel representing the malt with the hops being bitterish but kind of hard to categorize. Maybe grassy? Anywho, a good taster though it does get sweeter as it warms, usually ok with me but not always.

Medium covers the body and carbonation..a good mouthfeel.

Drinkability? The flavours are good but I don't feel like having another after this one. For me, for occasional use only.

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84 out of 100 based on 2,376 ratings.