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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,234 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,234
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 36
Gots: 142 | 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 JEdmund
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

Copper orange color; smallish head

Predominant malt aroma; notes of caramel, light chocolate and raisin; reminds me a bit of an aged barley wine

Malty in flavor too! (Didn’t know the style while drinking this.) Certainly some hops there—predominantly in the finish, with a leafy/tea-like quality—but overall it’s a malt-forward ale. Body is pillowy full and soft.

Pretty tasty overall, and a much bigger maltier take on an amber. However, it’s just a tad too sweet for me to want another one any time soon. Maybe I’ll warm up to it in the fall and winter.

JEdmund, May 23, 2012
Photo of Shadman
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

Wow...if this brew could hold that awesome initial look it would have scored a 5 on appearance. Clear, reddish copper brown in color. Big 2.5 finger width off tan head, gobs of lacing. Receeded quite fast, but still left a nice cap after 5 minutes.

Tried this brew cold and slightly chilled and it still manages to disappoint in this category. Floral sweetness, with a hint of toffee/caramel.

Decent taste. hop/malt balance is quite good. Roasted malt followed by a balanced hop bite. Hop bitterness wins the flavor battle, but by a small margin only.

smooth, maybe a tad on the watery side.

Given it is lumped into the Ami Amber/Red ale's and given the broad interpretation within this grouping, it is a very drinkable brew even @ the 6.2% abv.

Shadman, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of DrJay
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

Clear, light reddish amber with a short, whitish head. The foam thinned quickly to a ring, leaving behind a bit of lace. Malty and fruity aroma with some gingerbread and toasty caramel. Moderate bitterness with some toasted malt, fruity hops and a bit of raisin. Still, the flavour seemed a tad thin. Carbonation was on the low side and the lightish body contributed to a soft mouthfeel. The finish was a little metallic. Not bad, but it didn't make a huge impression. Thanks for sharing Viggo!

DrJay, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of tgorgz
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

A: Poured into a small goblet (all I had, actually)- one-finger head, ruby-red colour. Very nice!

S: Not as pungent as expected- dry, hoppy, but nothing too unusual or unexpected.

T: Solid tasting- Starts off with a touch of sweetness, actually. Then the hops come into play- they are not overly bitter, but I do like the bite I get. It lingers well, but, again, nothing that really "speaks" to me as particularly unique.

M: A little thinner than I would have expected or liked, but can't complain.

O: Solid, drinkable everyday beer. This is actually the first Lagunitas I've had, and I think I'll return to the brewery.


tgorgz, May 12, 2011
Photo of lovetranquillity
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a coppery redish color. Small head.

Good balance of hops and malt, smells good and inviting.

Mostly malty with some hop bitterness.

Medium body, average carbonation.

Very easy drinking. Almost a mix between lager and pale ale in character.

It is a good easy drinking quality simple beer. Nothing outstanding but a good beer. I would buy it again if I was in the mood for something with not too much complexity.

lovetranquillity, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of RJLarse
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

This one is in stock at a local lounge. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours an amber color and is clear. Sticky two-finger head forms, and is moderately resilient.

Smells of bitter hops and some sweet malty aromas.

Tastes of caramel malt, with a strong hop presence. It's a nice tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is full-bodoed, but a bit heavy, cloying and flat, but not bad though.

A fairly drinkable beer. I had three, and that was probably enough. It has a rich flavor, and full-bodied feel to it. I'd drink it again.

RJLarse, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of BeerTruth
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

This ale poured a cloudy burnt orange with a very generous head that appeared to die down quickly after pour. Lacing is quite sticky and granular throughout tasting. Smell has a bit of a metalic hint to it with a brown sugary undertone. Not an overpowering odor by any means, very pleasant. A very subtle crisp hop odor tickles the nose as well. Taste is very unique. Much more thick and chewy than I had anticipated, but very enjoyable. This is a tough beer to grasp a taste on, for some reason I feel as this is almost like an ESB. Mild hop bitterness with a sweet caramel malt that balances this out quite well. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Carbonation is minimal from start to finish. I find this beer to be extremely drinkable due to how very smooth it is. I really enjoyed this brew, nothing to seek out, but pick up a single if you have the chance.

BeerTruth, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of gerite
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%

A: Poured a nice golden amber with a double finger head that quickly dissipated to a single finger and then died. There was good lacing in-spite of the bad head.

S: Initial smell was sweet and earthy with a slight biscuit aroma.

T: The taste was light and crisp with a little hops, close to a pale ale. I thought there was a slight flowery aftertaste but it may have been the 6.7% ABV.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Well balanced mix of hops and malt.

O: This beer really lives up to it's Copper Ale name. A very balanced and refreshing brew that would be great on a spring or summer day. Just close your eyes and think of an Alpine meadow.

gerite, May 19, 2014
Photo of andyfrancis
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Reddish copper with a thin head. Roasty malt on the nose, a little chocolate, cherry perhaps. Sweet, but not overpowering. Nice flavor. Malt lingers and dances on your tongue.

Nicely complemented by some Achadinha Capricious aged goat cheese. Makes for a great Petaluma 1-2 punch.

andyfrancis, May 18, 2010
Photo of Soonami
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Lagunitas Censored is the exact opposite end of the spectrum its other red ale, Lucky 13. In this beer, the caramel malts are the focus with the hops taking a back seat. The deep copper color was topped with a off-white that clings and sticks around til the end. The aroma was dominated by the sweet, rich caramel with a little of oxidized sherry and fig. The taste was similar with a lot of chewy toasted malt and a hint of citrusy hops. The beer was full bodied with thick complex malts. The sweetness for me makes this a beer that is difficult to drink more than bottle of. I think that a blend of Lucky 13 and Censored would be a really good amber ale that complements each other and better than the sum of the parts.

Soonami, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of williamjbauer
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.

williamjbauer, Mar 12, 2012
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.

glid02, Sep 13, 2008
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.

GilGarp, Dec 16, 2010
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.

pmcadamis, Jan 12, 2008
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.

tugdriver7, May 14, 2008
Photo of plaid75
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.

plaid75, May 15, 2008
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.

natemort13, Mar 29, 2012
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.

meathookjones, Mar 16, 2005
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.

TheQuietMan22, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of Edgecrusher
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.

Edgecrusher, Nov 02, 2008
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.

bifrostguard, Oct 15, 2008
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.

Keffa, Oct 05, 2010
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.

tbeck, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of DaggerEyes
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.

DaggerEyes, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of lovindahops
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

lovindahops, Oct 01, 2011
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