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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 williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass

A - Clear copper with 1.5 finger khaki head with good retention and good lacing.

S - Sweet malt, floral hops, caramel, bread, toasted oats.

T - Follows the nose, very sweet with a decent hop bouquet and a bit of booze, and sweet till the finish. Pretty malty overall and a bit too sweet for my liking. Pretty looking but just a bit lackluster in flavor boldness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Above average but Lagunitas has so much better to offer. The advertising is rad though.

03-12-2012 17:15:34 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of glid02


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Got this on-tap at Twain's in Atlanta.

Pours a nice clear copper color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and leaves spidery lacing.

Smells alright. There's not a whole lot going on - some sweet malt aromas along with some mild bready and light citrus aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Big sweet malt flavors up front, followed by some caramel flavors and some light citrus tones.

Mouthfeel is pretty solid. The thickness and carbonation are both good, but I like the way it coats my mouth - a very juicy beer.

Drinkability is good. This beer goes down pretty quickly, and I could certainly drink a lot of these.

Overall this was a solid beer, but nothing spectacular. A good choice for a session beer, and worth a shot.

09-13-2008 16:43:15 | More by glid02
Photo of GilGarp


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

12oz. bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Golden copper color with good clarity. The head is thick and tenacious. As it settles, some lace is left behind.

Aroma is all citrusy hops but not that pungent.

Flavor is somewhere between sweet malty red ale and citrus pale ale. Well balanced for sure but not all that exciting.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and appropriately carbonated.

Overall one of the few disappointments from Lagunitas.

12-16-2010 05:52:08 | More by GilGarp
Photo of pmcadamis


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

A - Murky copper/orange brew with a generous off-white head that leaves big waves of lace down the side of the pint glass.

S - Malty caramel and brown sugar, with a big dose of herbal and grassy hops.

T - Malty and rich, but it's cleaned up and balanced by a nice hoppy midpalate. This isn't outrageously complex, but its very balanced and well rounded.

M - Relatively aggressive carbonation and a dry finish make this one come alive on the palate. The finish is all about the hops, and the aftertaste sticks with you.

D - A very drinkable red ale. I always find that many good red ales make up for their lack of complexity with balance and drinkability, and this is no exception.

01-12-2008 12:44:23 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of tugdriver7


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Copper. The label says "Copper." This one looked exactly as I would have guessed. Deep copper color in the glass, little foam that laced nicely all the way down. Malty with a hint of hops in the nose, and taste was the same. Unfortunately, a bit tin or (pun intended) "copper" in the aftertaste. Didn't ruin it for me, but would definitely keep me from making this a session beverage.

05-14-2008 03:25:42 | More by tugdriver7
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured a deep amber hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a some light caramel malts and a faint citrus hop.

The taste consisted of a toasted caramel malt and some balancing hops. Clean ands grainy.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

An overall good ale. I expected a bit more hops presence however.

05-15-2008 00:03:59 | More by plaid75
Photo of natemort13


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Beer pours A golden amber with ruby highlights and a fizzy short head that disappears quickly.

Nose has slight grass with a decent amount of pepper. Amber malt (duh) with a subdued caramel note to it. Hops are very vegetal over the sweetness of the malt.

First sip is crisp and bready with earthy hops. Slight metallic kick to it. Finish drops off a lot and is quite watery with nothing outstanding. Just a very light version of the mid palate. As it warms the sweet malt takes over and the earthy hops stand as a nice contrast.

Mouthfeel is medium light with a stinging carbonation to it.

Overall a decent but pretty unremarkable beer.

03-29-2012 03:28:10 | More by natemort13
Photo of meathookjones


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Interesting bottle with the word censored written across the front blocking something out. Poured out a cloudy copper with a cream colored head. A bubbly webbing of lace was left around the glass. Caramel malt with some earthy hops made up most of the nose. A bit of doughy malt but mostly sweetness. Taste was similar with a strong sweet caramel being the main component. Some earthy spicy hops are lurking in the back as well as biscuit and some roastiness. A bit too much sweetness in my opinion. Medium and smooth this goes down easily and is tasty enough I would have had another. Something interesting enough I would try again.

03-16-2005 20:45:41 | More by meathookjones
Photo of TheQuietMan22


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Appearance: Poured a light, clear copper. About a half finger of head developed and dissipated quickly, leaving a spotted lacing and ring around the outside.

Smell: Invigorating citrus -- orange and grapefruit -- and honey. I also got some hints of caramel.

Taste: Mmm -- very nice. The citrus and caramel from the smell came through, and also a hint of floral malts and grassiness. It became progressively hoppy as the pint warmed, but it wasn't as overpowering as I thought it would be.

Drinkability: Censored is very smooth and easy drinking. It's a well-balanced amber ale.

02-14-2009 07:33:47 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of Edgecrusher

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Apearance: Get this-a nice deep copper color. Minimal lacing with a decent head.

Smell: Sweet malty aroma

Taste: Heavy on the malt flavor, but not overpowering. Hops are there but do not stand out.

Mouthfeel: Low to medium on the carbonation. Avery smooth drink for an ale.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink.

Overall a good beer if you crave some malty goodness-but not a malt bomb.

11-02-2008 18:25:24 | More by Edgecrusher
Photo of bifrostguard


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

A- Translucent copper color with a fluffy white head.

S - Malty sweetness with a hint of citrus hops.

T - Sweet malts with just enough hop bitterness to keep things in check.

M - Smooth and creamy

D - Could drink a few of these and would be happy to do so.

10-15-2008 23:24:11 | More by bifrostguard
Photo of Keffa


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Copper in color, with a nice 2" off white head that slowly fell back to a 1/8" cap, leaves some nice, fine lacing on the glass. Carbonation is constant with tiny bubbles slowly working themselves up to the top.

S: Toast, caramel, biscuits, slightly floral hop, a little bit of yeast. Not a ton going on, but not bad.

T: Sweet caramel, toast, a tiny bit of cherry, a little bit of floral/herb like hop. Not a ton here either. But still not bad.

M: This one is nice. Smooth carbonation, body is nicely weighted, and it is borderline creamy. Nice.

D: Very easy to drink. The sweetness is nice, and it doesn't overpower the beer. The body keeps it easy to drink, as it's not overly heavy on the palate.

This one is a nice drinking beer, and by that, I mean that it's easy to just drink and drink and drink. My score may show that it's lacking, and it is somewhat IMO, but at the same time, this would be a fantastic intro beer into the world of craft. Easy to drink, not overly powerful or hoppy. Not shabby at all.

10-05-2010 17:59:20 | More by Keffa
Photo of tbeck


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

I picked this up from the Beer Shoppe in Yakima, WA.

Pours a dark copper, slightly clear with a thin brownish-white head that dissipated into a thin collar. No laciness. Aroma was very malty and sweet and a slight hint of hops. Taste was also malty and sweet, with a hint of caramel and hops. There was a slight bitterness, not much aftertaste. Good texture for an ale, almost chewy. Good beer with excellent flavor but much to sweet for me to consider as a session beer.

09-09-2008 03:57:56 | More by tbeck
Photo of DaggerEyes

New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

poured a coppery amber with a one finger high off white / slightly light tan head, tight bubbles in the head, with a few big bubbles floating around.

Caramel malty aroma with some cirtic piney hop bite, keeping the malts from being too sweet. Some grassy herbaceous qualities to the hops.

Some light fruit notes, strawberries perhaps, mingle with the caramel melt Bitter on the back of the tongue dry finish

Medium bodied, foams up a bit on the mouth, medium carbonation cleanses the palette nicey. I'm not overly enamored with this beer but I think it'd go great with a burger or a nice big sandwich.

06-01-2008 22:13:40 | More by DaggerEyes
Photo of lovindahops

New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

I am a big lagunitas fan, yet I have never had censored

A- pours a beautiful amber red look with a decent head that slowley dissapates to having some modest residue on the sides

S- toffee and carmelized sugars kick off with a little biscuity scent. It's on cue for an amber

t- no question on the malt presence and unfermented sugars make the brew. It's malt forward and decent

m- bubbles of flavor and syrupy

o- look, it's no nugget nectar... it's a decent amber from the king of american strong ales

10-01-2011 18:16:37 | More by lovindahops
Photo of mithrascruor


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yet slightly hazy, tarnished copper color. Slightly off-white head is more of a film. Some visible carbonation.

Smell: Raisins and caramel; fairly sweet.

Taste: A generally sweet ale that gets sweeter towards the finish. Lots of caramel, some raisins and other spices, and a bit of spiciness from the hops (most apparent in the aftertaste). There's also a hint of alcohol, but it isn't too strong.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and pretty smooth, with a bit of light carbonation. Fairly warming too.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable, if you're ok with the more boozy factors in the flavor.

Feels surprisingly strong for an ABV of less than 6%. Not exactly to my tastes, though - in some senses this tastes a bit closer to a winter warmer (not what I'd expect from a "rich copper ale").

12-23-2010 22:58:08 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of lsummers


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a rich copper, cloudy and somewhat viscous. Moderate carbonation creates a three finger offwhite creamy head. Just Fantastic.

Smells of some subtle piny hops with a dulce de leche note. The caramel sweet malts are fairly prominent.

Taste is actually quite light. The citric hops blend nice with the pine notes. Light cherry and sweet caramel notes. Overall it's balanced, reminds me of a maltier pale ale more than a red. It is good just not as flavorful in malty or hop notes as other red ales.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Actually fairly creamy for the moderate carbonation.

Overall, I was really excited going in. The look, and smell set this beer off to be great. The taste lacked some body and felt a slightly watered down. I am being hard on this beer since I wanted and expected it to be great initially. It's still really good, I will definitely have this again.

05-10-2013 03:53:28 | More by lsummers
Photo of mjurney


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Copper color, clear. Some carbonation. Soapy head, disappear quicky.

Very light aroma… but I’m getting sweet malts and some citrus hops.

Sweet malts up front with bitterness at the end. Malt character is rich, I’m getting caramel-toffee, sweet toast, biscuity. Hop is about medium, spicy, slight citrusy. I’m getting a little fruitiness from the yeast, peach-orange. Medium bodied, carbonation is sharp.

Very dry aftertaste. Fairly smooth.

Pretty good Amber Ale. I love the malt character, but the aftertaste is way too dry.

04-24-2011 01:29:38 | More by mjurney
Photo of malty


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

12 oz. stubby brown bottle with no visible best before/date stamp.

Poured into my stemmed tulip glass a slightly chill hazed deep reddish copper color with a dense, fluffy 1 1/2" off-white head. Fine and moderate visible uprising carbonation. Nice even rings of lace all the way down.

I could smell the sweet caramel malts from 2 ft. away after I set the glass down as I began to type. It's still 2 ft. away and I can clearly detect caramel apple and molasses. I bring the lip of the glass under my nostrils and after a few swirls I smell apple cider and burnt brown sugar. Very sweet, fruity and rich scents for sure. A bit peaty, maybe?

The flavors mimic the scents very accurately along with an herbal hoppy edge to counterweigh the sweetness. There is a slight woody note that works nicely in here too.

Mouthfeel is a little lighter than medium bodied with a nice. soft and airy moderate amount of carbonation that feels gentle and welcoming on the tongue. A sweet, dry and long flavorful finish.

Drinkability is decent. Lots of lingering carmel flavor can either be good or bad.

Overall an ale that feels and drinks more like a 7.5% ABV beer. It's a bit hearty for a 5.9% IMHO. On a cool night around a campfire is where this beer would fit right in. I can't find anything really wrong, but I really can't say I'd buy it again in the store or on tap. Decent.

06-09-2010 01:24:38 | More by malty
Photo of Alextricity


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Appearance: Pours a murky dark brown/copper color. Off-white head stays at about a finger, and the lacing's not too bad.

Smell: Caramel malts and spice -- not overpowering. Coffee and alcohol too? Smells a little bit like a darker beer at times.

Taste: The front has a sweet caramel and almost honey sweetness, but the back has an excellent balancing of floral hops and quality malts that creates a very pleasant aftertaste. The bitterness is there in the finish a little bit, but it's a nice way to take away the sweetness that comes with the beginning of each sip. Mouth feel's prickly at first, but creamy on the finish -- probably the best part about the beer, as it helps to make everything come together.

01-02-2013 16:07:36 | More by Alextricity
Photo of kaseydad


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Pint glass pour and a nice amber colored ale with an off-white bubbly head with staying power is produced. An unexpected fruity aroma is present with grapes being showcased and some plum as well. Was expecting a malty aroma but was pleasantly surprised. A bit on the bitter side with the taste. There’s the malt. A big malt presence on the swallow and there is a slight distracting medicine-like taste. Nice hearty mouthfeel. Overall this was an easy drink and multiples can be consumed with ease…just not by this drinker. I love Lagunitas though I would be reaching for another of their beers before attempting this again.

07-03-2011 23:20:46 | More by kaseydad
Photo of zerofear13

New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Very nice looking pour, although the head is a bit thing. It's a very deep red/brown color. It smells of maple syrup to me. I don't know if anyone else gets that, but it has a very caramel-y and syrup smell. Has a great sweet, malt taste without much of a hop after-taste. Not much complexity to the taste. It just gets maltier and sweeter as it warms up. Overall, a good beer. I was shocked to find that it was 5.9% on ABV, because the alcohol is not at all present. I'd have again if it were available. Great drinkability and worth the try, I think.

01-23-2009 02:38:23 | More by zerofear13
Photo of MusicaleMike


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Wouldn't I fucking love to know what it says under that label! No freshness date on the 12oz. bottle. I poured this rich copper ale into a pint glass.

A: It was a beautiful pour! The color was an amazing deep (rich) copper color. Surprise, surprise... There was very active carbonation and the white head sat nicely on top with compact bubbles. There was no lacing and the head eventually died down to a thin lace, which is why it didn't score higher.

S: A big hop smell mixed nicely with the sweet, caramel malt aroma. The hops became more intense the more I smelled the beer.

T: Much more malty that expected. There was some bitterness, but mostly I got the taste of sweet caramel. It was less complex than I wanted.

M: This beer could use more body.

D: It was actually very enjoyable and I could finish off a six-pack easily.

06-16-2008 17:19:08 | More by MusicaleMike
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a rusty red, and it's well-filtered, giving the color clarity and shine. Head is quite thin despite a pretty aggressive pour.

Aroma has the sweetness of succulent berries and red fruits, along with a pronounced hopping that brings to mind all those great West Coast and Pacific NW "C" hops. The blend of this bright sweetness and grassy/earthy hops is as balanced as can be.

Tastes just a bit tamer than the aroma lets on, the sweet berry-ness is the main feature, but seems dialed down from its assertiveness in the nose, while the hops are sensible and polite. The fruity sweetness almost veers toward strawberry soda, if it weren't for the leafy bitterness and kiss of alcohol warmth coming in behind it. Coppery mineral-ness comes into the finish too.

Decent balance of smooth texture and ample carbonation--and a little stickiness too. Mouthfeel simply does what it should. Doesn't detract, but it doesn't leave any great impression either. With warming it starts peeking into a creamy area, but never goes far enough in.

Pretty good to darned solid Good. Like all the Lagunitas stuff, it's solid, enjoyable, high quality and very drinkable--but never outstanding or world class (IMO, OK?). Hey, gotta give them props, their beers always range from good to kick-ass across the board. Seems like a low score for this one, but no, I like it just fine, it's totally solid, but nothing that I couldn't live without. Serviceable, I think they say.

01-15-2009 23:41:33 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of TownDunkel


3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

Censored beer - my first Lagunitas CA beer. Picked it up for the bottle art and thought copper ale sounded interesting

Appearance - Lives right up the expectation when you pour it out of the bottle, a beautfiul orange to red beer that shimmers in the light.

Smell - The only downside is that the beer has an off smell, metallic but maybe too much hops.

Taste - A smooth ale that runs into the hoppy heaven that is sweet and bitter at the same time.

Mouthfeel - the beer has a nice carbonation and metallic end taste that really makes it for me. I also pick up maybe citrus and fresh herbs

Overall - This is a nice drinker. I might have to get Lagunitas again and try some more of their styles

08-15-2012 02:40:35 | More by TownDunkel
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