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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,452
Reviews: 858
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 49
Gots: 261 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 2,452 | Reviews: 858
Photo of MistahBeah
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

Lagunitas Censored pours a crystal clear ruby brown with a nice two finger off white head. Sudsy around the edges. Retains a half a fingers worth of head for the duration. Very little carbonation. Some lacing marks where it sat when the glass was full

Smells of rich caramel and a little toffee. Grainy bread. I smell a hint of coffee beans, but its fleeting. A bit of sweet apple. Some musty earthiness but its hard to place exactly what. Also a faint whiff of citrus fruit rind

Taste is of caramel malts with a touch of toffee. Some sweet stone fruit. Big bready malt. Slightly spicy graininess. Hops are slightly grassy. Decent

Feels medium bodied. Mostly smooth with a spicy crispness in the middle. Finish is sweet and long

Overall pretty good. Reminds me of an altbier more than an amber. Not Lagunitas' best effort but worth a try. Much sweeter than I expected - especially from these guys

Photo of Spiekerbox
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Definitely is a deep copper as the bottle says, pours with a decent tan head that is medium thick and dissipates at a normal rate.

S- Malt, a little toastiness, a little hops, nothing too powerful

T- Lots of malts, both toasted and not toasted, with a decent amount of malt sweetness. A light citrus hop character is detectable.

M- Medium body, medium-high carbonation, very crisp in mouthfeel.

D- Pretty good beer, a good example mix of flavors with hitting both the red and amber aspects of style.

Photo of Lovethemhopps
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of ckeegan04
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
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 Bitterbill
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A. This pours a gorgeous amber color with a couple fingers of head and lingers and leaves lacing on the glass.

S. It is pretty light on the nose, some sweet malt and an almost orange citrus aroma.

T. The flavor is some mildly sweet hops with just a touch of hops on the finish. It is pretty mild.

M.It has a thin to medium body with just a little carbonation.

O. Its a decent presentation of an amber ale and worth a try if your a fan of this style.

Photo of TheyCallMeYukon
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
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 Lexluthor33
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper brown. Tiny head,almost no lace. The aroma is of malts,hops,caramel and some citrus notes. The taste is malts,caramel,hops and a well balanced sweetness that has nutty notes.
The overall feel is medium carbonation,smoothness and a slightly bitter finish with bread & grains.

Notes: Session for sure . Good feelings all around. Not complex,but who cares? It gets the job done.

Photo of Beerzebub
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orangish amber, nice white head that dissipates but leaves a thin layer. Smells mildly of red apple, fresh bread, spice and vanilla.

Taste is balanced between appley yeast, grassy hops, caramel malt, and alcohol. Everything is restrained, by Lagunitas' standards, except the alcohol. Alcohol and slightly minty grassiness in the finish. Tasty and drinkable, for the style.

Photo of bonsreeb85
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear copper with a thin head(not much to speak of in the appearance category)

S - buttery caramel malts with slight apple and minimal hops

T - a lot like the nose, mostly malty w/ a kiss of hops and a super clean finish. very sessionable and balanced

MF - again, balance is the key word. moderate carbonation levels, medium body. goes down smooth

D - excellent session brew. great balance across the board and a decent amount of flavor for a beer under 6 percent.

Photo of Heavenisbeer
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Welp, I'm gonna go little imagination here and describe the color as...copper. Not much better way to describe it. Some bright amber spots around the edges as the light hits it. Very little head even off the pour with some legs but no lacing.

S: Some light musty malts, with a metallic undertone. A touch of grass and hay notes. Bready.

T: A nice balance between bitter hops and malts, with not much sweetness, and a somewhat dry, fresh cut grass and tart green apple skin finish. Light on the palate.

M: The highlight, for sure. Wonderful balance between a viscous porter and a sharp carbonated pilsner. Not much warmth from the alcohol. A decent amount of carbonation to balance eveything out.

A sessionable Amber ale. Not my favorite though, by far.

Photo of Grundle20
3.57/5  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 Seanibus
3.57/5  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 spoony
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 355 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-The brew pours mostly clear with a few visible streams of carbonation...fine bubbles. The head maxes out at just over a finger of dense, light-khaki foam. The foam drops slowly into a thin cap. The beer is deep amber/copper color.

S-I smell some spicy citrus and a touch of earthy pine from the hops. The dominant flavor, however is a doughy, sugary, blast of pale and roasted malts. The doughy malt character is almost like piecrust or gingerbread. Its a bit uninspiring, but not awful, either.

T-The taste follows the smell with just a little punch of piney hop bitterness that is mostly drowned out the by rich, toffee-caramel, doughy malts. Alcohol is well-concealed, but you get a little fruity warmth as the beer gets close to room temp.

M-The feel is medium bodied with some mild carbonation and a slightly syrupy, heavy finish. Feel fits the flavor profile.

O-This might be my least favorite Lagunitas brew, but that doesn't mean its a bad beer. I just found it a little pedestrian, especially for 6.75% ABV. Also, when I see copper in the label, I guess I expect a little more citrus hops or intriguing rye spiciness or something...whatever it is that I was expecting, it wasn't here.

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice copper color with an off-white head but a huge amount of floating chunks of yeast. Not at all appealing.
Aroma is big on toffee and caramel notes.
Tastes pretty good. Biscuits and toffee with a nice bitter bite at the end.
Mouthfeel is medium and fairly well carbonated.
Not bad but the floaties were not pleasant. Won't buy again.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear polished copper color with a creamy tan/yellow head and a sea of tiny bubbles rising through the body.

S- The smell of light toasted malt with a slight sweetness and a slight dry note to the pale malt after that has some complexity.

T- The taste of toasted malt with a slight sweetness is followed by a slight dry pale malt, like the smell, and a grapefruit bitter earthy hop finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-full with a creamy texture.

D- This beer is smooth and light which makes it pretty drinkable but not to complex.

Photo of dbossman
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copper hue with a big, billowing head; lacing is good

S: Sweet and malty: biscuits, toast, grains, grasss, hay, even some earthy barnyard aromas; interesting malty, grainy presence

T: Slightly sweet and malty but a grainy, bready, musty, malt presence is at the core; there is also some tea leaves and subtle toffee and caramel on the finish

F: Medium, creamy body with great, even mouthfeel

O: A complex malty, rich, yet drinkable beer; fairly high alcohol for the style but masked well

Photo of wedge
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed deep copper color; creamy loose head thins quickly. Light malty aroma, some toffee and fruits - pretty delicate. The first sip is a punch in the mouth. The aroma did not suggest this level of flavor. Dry maltiness is first followed by waves of fruity bitterness and a bit of caramel. Very rich and warming.

Very flavorful. Pretty solid for such a strong one.

Note: 7.7% abv version.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Censored (Kronic) pours, well, copper. With a nice fluffy head that hangs in there.

Aroma is light. Lemon, pale maltiness, sweet caramel.

Grassy and hoppy profile. Mouthfeel is a bit light and watery.

The girlfriend 'called' this one, so i just got to taste and review. Drinkability is certainly there, so I wish I had dibbs on it first.

Oh well.

A real nice amber, great balance.

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle was purchased at the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA during a recent beer haul.

Poured and enjoyed in a DFH Signature glass

A - Beer pours a semi-translucent, golden amber color. A half to three-quarters finger head that fades to a raged skim. Decent lacing left after sampling.

S - A faint malt aroma. Underwhelming.

T - A malt forward, moderately hoppy beer. A mix of various flavors that include a caramel-like sweetness, pine and a grassy/earthy taste. Very easy drinking. The ABV isn't noticeable.

M - Moderate carbonation. Medium consistency.

O - I'm a huge fan of Lagunitas but this beer just didn't do it for me. It's not that it isn't good, its just that it's a bit of a let-down . Lagunitas' Sucks was a top-5 beer for me last year but this pales in comparison, even though it's a different style. This is the first beer from them that I haven't raved about in my reviews.


Photo of SportsandJorts
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a reddish copper color. good clarity. a finger or so of a tannish head

Smell: toasty grains, citrusy hops and a pronounced caramel taste

Taste: opens up with a mixture of caramel malts and toasted malts. hops are low and slightly citrusy. has an irony/coppery metallic taste.

Mouthfeel: pretty light. a metallic like bitterness is left behind that can sometimes be off putting

Overall: a decent beer but falls short of what i expect of lagunitas.

Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours copper with a white, short lived head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of caramel malt, ripe fruit and hints of chocolate and alcohol. The body is medium and smooth. Caramel, peppery hops and ripe fruit nicely balanced on the palate. Medium, dry finish. Tasty brew.

Photo of SteveB24
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: definitely this beers most attractive feature, true to its name the beer is a rich copper with a hint of red, pours a finger of off white head that has excellent retention.

Smell: yeast. Hint of citrus, some corriander a bit of resin and a touch og malt notes, possibly caramel in the finish.

Taste. Exactly like smell, but more mild, and the citris is replaced by a generic hop taste with the caramel just being a bit if malt, that almost provides good balance.

Mouthfeel: body is light/medium, but carbonation is strong, leading to mismatched textures.

Overall; not bad, definitely not my favorite from lagunitas. But is very drinkable. Don't regret buying but wouldn't buy again in a hurry

Photo of Naes
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is dark amber in color with a small off-white head.
The aroma is modest, but has a bit of toasty maltyness.
The flavor is mostly of malts; toasted, caramel and it is a bit bready. There is also a slight presence of hops near the finish.
Mouth feel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated.
Drinkability is not hindered by the alcohol content, as it is almost unnoticeable.

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