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Ratings: 2,507
Reviews: 866
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 54
Gots: 316 | FT: 0
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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: 2,507 | Reviews: 866
Photo of carln26
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber to copper color (I know it’s known as a “copper ale”, but to me this was more amber). Thick, dense off white head leaves a light sheet of lace as I drink the beer. The aroma has a great fruity hop aroma, grapefruit and maybe just a hint of pine. The hops share aroma with some of the malt character, maybe ribbon candy or figs. Nice malt aroma. The taste has more malt up front than I expected. A rich character that I would associate more with a dark lager than an ale. Very pleasing with a thick mouth feel. The hops show up on the finish with a cleansing bitterness that leaves you wanting more. This is a very interesting beer. I was expecting more hops, but am surprised and impressed by the depth and strength of the malt in this beer.

Photo of Dudeletter
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

O, Atlanta Brewing Company, now Red Brick, why do you and I have it so hard right now? You disappointed me this weekend, but, when I had your beer at Taco Mac, all was forgiven. The original Laughing Skull died right as I was starting to love beer; the last one I had had been sitting around and was oxidated and flat. However, as the new version came out, I decided it was my job as an Atlantan to give the beer a new taste. I was impressed. The malted sweetness in this beer is highlighted by the addition of roasted grain. This beer is possibly one of the most drinkable beers made in the city. The body is fairly medium and finishes with a good balance. If you can find this beer on tap, drink it. It turns over fast and really packs a refreshing punch.


Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Light copper, slight head.
smell: some piney fruitiness. Subdued caramel malt.
taste: Ummm...much better than I would have expected. I should have more faith in Lagunitas. Much like the nose but perfectly balanced and just right.
This is just another great Lagunitas. Great example of the style. Excellent session beer.

Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a medium copper color (who would've guessed?) with a 1/4 inch head that bears little retention before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and faint spots of surface foam. Full ring of lacing.

S- What's this? There isn't the in-your-face hop aroma Lagunitas usually brandishes. This is decidedly more malty and sweet with a toasty backbone.

T- This drinks more like a semi-hoppy pale ale than a red ale. Hop bitterness is more of an afterthought with biscuit-like malts being the main attraction. Very smooth for an alleged 6.75% ABV.

M- Very crisp and refreshing with some prickle from the little bit of hops. Medium carbonation.

O- Lagunitas can even produce a great session beer proving there's just about nothing these guys can't do.

Photo of AylwinForbes
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas has made a big impression around here with a collection of well-made IPAs (Undercover) and others like this Censored. We had this on draught and enjoyed it a lot. Deep clear copper red in the glass with a modest head. Fairly muted nose. Palate is complex mixture of fruit, malt, caramel, baking spices, no sharp edges or overstatement, but an interesting and rewarding and easy drinking pint.

Photo of twelvsies
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great beer from out west. I've recently noticed this company more and more out here in Mass, I think they must be doing well for themselves. The Moan and Dove seems to frequently have a keg of theirs on tap and the better beer stores around here seem to have a lot of their sixers now, which they didn't about 6 months ago. I'm glad, because I like this stuff. Pours a nice dark "rich copper" color, as suggested on the label, with a little tan bubbly head. Smell is great, and complex. Swirls of sweet carmely malts and fruity piney hops combine here to create a great scent. The taste just screams balance. Malty up front with notes of carmel, vanilla, other sweetness, followed by a great bitter hop ass kicking. Fruity and floral like a pale ale too. Smooth even mouthfeel and super easy and pleasureful to put back. I'll definately be getting this stuff again. What a great beer.

Photo of littlelorib
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange-red brew with a generous creamy head. The head is dissipating slowly. I smell malt, spicy and floral hops, and some bread-like yeast. So far, very nice. Bread and malt is definitely in the taste, along with a prevalent hop bitterness and spiciness. While the bitterness is quite forward, its not elbowing out the other qualities in the taste. This beer also has a nice medium mouth feel.

Overall this is a nice balanced beer with a lot of good things going on. This one can easily become a regular with me.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark golden with some ruby highlights. The head is moderate and light tan and leaves some slight lacing. The smell is sweet malt and a late hit of piney hops. The taste is sweet malt forward and is followed by a nice hit of spicy and piney hops. Biscuity and fruity flavors as well. Quite sweet,but well balanced and not at all insipid, the sweetness is deeply rich and malty. Mouthfeel is nice- supports the flavors well and isn't overcarbonated. Very drinkable, a great session beer.

Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Lagunitas shaker, The Cronic is clear bubbly bronze with a smaller ivory head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is very sweet, pure brown sugar with the slightest hint of grain.

Taste is, thankfully, not as sweet, more classic American amber, caramel malt, only slightly grainy, grassy hops, with just enough sugar to give it distinction. I prefer them slightly sweeter, and have to say this is one of my favorite classic style ambers for that reason, and also that it's very clean and smooth.

Mouthfeel is creamy, lighter bodied, but with a drier, crisp finish.

Drinkability is high. I've never sessioned these before, but think it's a great all occasion beer, also one that would be a good transition brew for non-craft drinkers.

Photo of beerphan
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> pint
no date

Pours a clear deep orange hued amber with a tight one inch off white head. Crusty sheets of lace. Carbonation is robust

Nose: Citrus, a little soapy, sugar, a little spicey also

Good caramel maltiness, with some breadiness.A little sweet molasses seems present. A few hop flavors sneak in, mostly the citrus kind. Bitterness is tame, but lingers lightly which is well done. Good balance.

Drinkability on this one is off the charts. Seems to show off a different side which each sip.. Wish I had more than 2 of these.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear copper color with a full, craggy, off-white head that disappears to fine lacing which coats the glass nicely.
Aroma is of toasted malt and honey with a touch of hops at the end.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy, due to the nice fine carbonation. Only hints of the high alcohol on the back end.
Taste is surprising for such a big beer...smooth and mellow with lots of malts, brown sugar, and a tame hop bite at the end.
This beer is so drinkable, I think it can really sneak up on you if you aren't paying attention. Nice good solid beer. Very enjoyable.

Photo of rajendra82
4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer arrived in standard Lagunitas packaging consisting of 12 oz. brown bottles with the ubiquitous dog on the label. The pint glass I used was barely enough to contain the foamy head and the clear copper colored liquid. The smell was quite mild and sweet, with almost no hint of the hops typical in the offerings of this West Coast brewery. The taste was crisp, caramelized, and airy . The hops showed up as spicy overtones and citrus peels and were quite a bit more prominent than first hinted at by the smell, but the malt was clearly in charge of the whole taste. This was quite a deliberately balanced offering. As a result this beer felt full but subtle, and effect that is rarely seen in these days of ever bigger creations. This is one hell of a drinkable beer for being 7.7% ABV strong. Superb in most aspects, except for that dull smell.

Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like the bottle says pours a rich copper color with an slightly off white head that sticks around for quite awhile I was also suprised by the higher carbonation level wich I wasn expecting.Wow alot of difeerent melding aromas going on somecaramel and butter toffee with a nice underlying piney hop that made this very delectable on the nose.The taste is big and sweet up front but man do the hops come in to dry this out just enough to make a perfect balance,caramel and roasted nuts turn into pine and grapefruit in the finish.Now this was a joy to drink complex and flavorful,I will buy again in the future.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy copper color. Off white head that is thin and disappears quick. Seemingly bursting with juicy hop aroma, piney, citrusy and floral. Very nice caramel like flavor, which seems to fit well, as it is not overwhelming but very flavorful. Hops seemed restrained compared to the aroma, however some piney flavors shine through. Low carbonation and medium in body. This is very enjoyable. Great malt flavor that stops short of being cloying, along with a great hop aroma and just anough bitterness to keep things in check. Very nice work.

Photo of grub
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

pours a nice orangey copper colour with a dense tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is great. lots of nice caramel malt. bit of sweetness. mild alcohol. bit of resiny hops.

taste is great. nice malt. biscuity. mild bitterness. caramel. bit of raisin. hint of some and toastyness. resiny hops.

good mouthfeel. nice body and good carbonation level.

drinkability is great. tasty and well balanced beer. i liked this one a lot, more than anyone else at the table. thanks eric!

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light cloudy orange; the look of freshly squeezed orange juice. Obvious yeasty, chunky sediments. Luxurious, thick off-tan head; stringy lacing. The nose reveals west coast piney hops, orange juice and hints of caramel during warming. Powdery sweet-n-sour creaminess with slick flavorings of caramel malts and grassy hops. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Dry, zippy grapefruit left to graze the palate. Slender cleansing; smooth and hopped up. Pretty well balanced as some dry malts are noticeable near the end. Darn nice. For an amber/red--one of the best!

Photo of chilidog
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only thing that needs Cencored here is that this is one good beer to be had.
My second from Lagunitas and they seem to have a good handle on sweeter, brown sugar leaning brews. Thisone is right there.
It pours a hazed copper color, nice off-white head atop and a fair trail of lace from this complex, yet medium bodied brew.
The aroma is caramelized toffee. The taste carries that caramel, toffee, brown sugar and biscuit. A good hop balance is had toward the finish. The hop aids the beer in crispness, mouthfeel and drinkability.
The mouthfeel is smooth while the hop dries or cleans the palate. Though the malty sweet beginning, this beer is not overly sweet, but rather a D(censored)M good beer. Enjoy!!

Photo of DukeBedford
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber, about an inch and a half of head. Smooth, good taste. Not bitter (which is good in my book). Long finish. Overall, a very good beer. Was given this by a friend from California, and I live in the Boston area. I'll have to look around and try to find it here.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So my car died today!!! Piece of SH%T! In the middle of no-where Illinois!!! Thank the Lord for GPS....and Cell phones...it was the only way the tow truck could find me!!!! Anyway...the situation was made good by several individuals....and of course this beer! The color is defiinitely Red/Copper! Im not a fan of floaties....so watch out pouring the entire beer into yo glass! There is a thin head which looks like it will lead to a delightful lace. Something sweet in teh smell....perhaps some molasses, taste comes across a lil sweet as well. This is a very good RedAle/Amber Ale. Very well balanced and not too much booz! Session you betcha!!! I am raising my glass in salute to those that made this day tolerable!!!

Photo of kpoole25
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer really surprised me. I really didn't know anything about this other than past experience with the brewery (Hop Stoopid etc). This was a malt driven beer (!), kind of reminded me of Fuller's ESB. I really liked it. Copper color, adequate but unremarkable head. First clue this wasn't a typical west coaster was no fruity-piney smell. Tasted very malty and balanced. Really got going as it warmed up, the malt shined. Very impressed they brew this style, I will check out some of their other beers.

Photo of Mark
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to try this one after it beat out some pretty choice beers in a blind taste test a co- worker of mine conducted with himself. I was not completely impressed with the appearance as the head retention was poor and lacing was almost non existent. The deep amber/copper color though was appealing. Aroma was fresh, bready, malty and slightly hoppy. A very nice nose indeed. Smooth did I say smooth taste? very nice and tilted towards the caramel malt with a alanced but back seat hoppiness. Very drinkable and could be one of the top ambers I have had, might have to do my own taste test soon. Suzanne liked it too. Upon trying a second bottle, said sample had a nice head and left good lacing, so I upped it's appearance a bit.

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful rich copper color as the label describes and I coulnd't say it any better. A solid quarter inch head forms and is everlasting. Aromas of plenty of hops with some bready background notes are really pleasant, a nice start. In the mouth a nice pillowy smooth mouthfeel almost like a nitro pour. Flavors are incredibly balanced: a nice hop flavor of citrus and mint followed by a delicious malty sweet flavor. At 25 IBUs, this is not a bitter beer like most of theirs, instead it is a session beer (at the upper ABV spectrum) that is so smooth and drinkable. The finish is so clean and begs for more sips, I wish this wasn't the only bottle for 500+ miles.

Photo of RootedFool
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Pours, well, copper! Bright, nearly opaque copper.

Smell is bright cotton-candy malts drizzled with rich, floral and citrusy hops.

Taste opens with a hook of hops, a slow hook, catching some peppery malt sweetness in the middle and through to the end. The sweetness is a milky caramel -- balances nicely with the mild hop kick. Very creamy, almost syrupy, and carbonated perfectly.

Aftertaste is a simmering sizzle of hops and some lingering alcohol heat.

Photo of dreedvol
4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a pint glass.

A - nice head that diminishes slowly with nice lacing.

S - nice rich malty aroma. Nice fruity note - hint of raisin? toasty and sweet.

T - Dark fruit taste with raisin, cherry? and a nice grainy taste Hint of a floral to earthy hop flavor at the end was not expected. Also some yeast esters noted.

M - crisp carbonation, medium body. No ill aftertaste.

I was not sure if this would be another red ale like Killian's and normally avoid them, but this is nice. Sweet but enough complexity to make it a very worthwhile beer choice.

Photo of Surefire
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice copper color with no faults.
S: Very amotic with malts, fruit, and hops.
T: Sweet malts with a nice bitter hop to add balance
M: Medium bodied
D: Very good, easy to drink yet offers plenty of flavors.

Overall, a very good amber/copper ale. Well balanced flavors.

Censored from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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