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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,255 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,255
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 38
Gots: 149 | 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 KiMiRaiK
4/5  rDev +7.2%

KiMiRaiK, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of SargeC
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Copper-gold color with an impressive golden-tan head.

Smell: caramel, sweet malt, butterscotch and alcohol.

Taste: Smooth complex malt flavor. Excellent blend of smoky and sweet malt flavors. Low hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a clean finish for an ale.

Drinkability: Good session ale. It has an excellent amount of flavor coupled with an amazing cleanliness for an ale.

SargeC, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of JLapadura
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

JLapadura, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Dave1999
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orange colour with almost no head just some white lacing.

The smell is sweet malts and some hops.

The taste is malty, slightly bitter and a touch of alcohol.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and pretty well carbonated.

Overall I wasn't impressed, I'm a big fan of Lagunitas but this one wasn't up to their usual standards.

Dave1999, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of ToadiesForCody
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

ToadiesForCody, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of Thrasher
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A rich copper with good head and lace. Aroma of brown sugar and caramel. The beer begins with sweet malts, with quite a lot of brown sugar flavor, some maple syrup. A very slight roastiness and smokiness is apparent, but it is way down, deep down in there. The hops come along, with bright pine flavors to keep the beer from being too sweet. The alcohol mostly invisible, flavorwise, but there is definitely some spiciness happening here. The yeast adds a rich, buttery element that works nicely with the malts. Mouthfeel is smooth and full, with a slight prickliness. This is a fine, healthy brew, but like Lagunitas' other strong beers, I have to question why this has so much alcohol. To my tastes, it only serves to mask the flavor somewhat. It's like a blurry lens over the beer. Otherwise, this is a good, rich tasting red ale with an interesting and pleasing amount of hoppiness. I suppose one could give this strong beer good scores for drinkability, but I have chosen not to because I found the first sip to be the best-tasting, and each subsequent sip not quite as good.

Thrasher, May 23, 2004
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a light, clear amber with 1-2 fingers of soapy khaki head.

Nose shows the familiar "Lagunitas" brand of hops, sharp and bitter but without the juicy grapefruit or pine that I enjoy in a hoppy ale. Instead they are leafy and bitter, with a husky caramel malt finish.

Taste is a little more nuanced than most of their other offerings that I've tried. Booze, and Lagunitas hops rounded out by a nice biscuity caramel malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with sharp, biting carbonation.

Much more drinkable than some of their other stuff but I've yet to be too impressed by any of it. This is a big, beefed-up "So-Cal" amber and it does what it's trying to do fairly well.

Golden2wenty1, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of CB2maltygoodness
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

CB2maltygoodness, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of changeup45
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber/copper (go figure) color with some head that does settle down to almost nothing. Aroma is caramel malts with floral hops secondary with nothing really over-powering but it's nice. Medium-bodied and a pretty good tasting brew. The flavor starts off with malts, some fruits, honey, then turns to slightly bitter hoppiness to a dry, slightly spicy finish. Solid. Nicely balanced and a good mix of malts and hops. No problem getting this one again.

changeup45, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of blknikon
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

blknikon, May 08, 2013
Photo of Sturmthis
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Sturmthis, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of mzwolinski
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So A) It's Lagunitas, and they kinda kick ass, and B) It's called "Censored," and that just appeals to the miscreant in me. So I had to try it. Dark copper in color, almost amber, with a thin, unevenly bubbled head. The aroma is appealing and deceptively deep -- rich malt dominates, but hints of caramel and apple can be detected, along with a mild citric/piney hoppiness in the background.

Malt dominates the flavor as well, albeit with a toastier character than the aroma would suggest. Mild fruit flavors emerge mid-palate, with a decently bitter finish to balance out the sweetness. As the beer warms, the beer also develops a bit of an alcoholic burn toward the finish. Not terrible, but a bit too strong to be pleasant in my end.

All in all, a bit of a rough beer -- but not bad if you're a consenting adult and into that sort of thing.

mzwolinski, Jun 10, 2004
Photo of zenwatts
4/5  rDev +7.2%

zenwatts, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of sfprint
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark orangy brown in color. It's quite a nice color, though theres nearly no head.

Smell: Sweet, almost syrupy IPA smell.

Taste: IPAish and secondly amber like.

Mouthfeel: Dry with not so much carbonation.

Drinkability: Great, interesting beer, that I could drink all evening.

sfprint, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of beachbum1975
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer many times and frankly, I'm surprised I've never reviewed it! I picked up a sixer of this at the Safeway in Santa Clara, CA.

Pours a lovely, crystal clear mahogany brown with faint red highlights. The head on this is creamy and sticks around a while. Frankly, it looks like a freshly poured bourbon in color, minus the fizzy head. This is a very attractive looking beer!

The nose brings a light nuttiness, with traces of sweet caramel and earthy hops.

Light to medium bodied with a heavy caramel presence. I get a tinge of phenol and grains in the mix. It all finishes with a mildly bitter hoppiness.

This is a very nice example of an amber with more hops then an ordinary amber ale, not too sweet and simple to enjoy. Recommended!

beachbum1975, May 13, 2010
Photo of BigPlay1824
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a very nice medium golden color with a slight amount of bubbly head that dissipates rapidly, pours entirely clear, leaves
a nice amount of bubbly lacing

S: nice sweet scent with a slight underlying maltiness

T: nice sweetness, very slight malt character, possibly a slight raspberry note

D/M: drinks smooth and easy, slight carbonation tingle, sits light, good session brew

BigPlay1824, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of sgregory
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

sgregory, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of RobinLee
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

RobinLee, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of TheMarkE
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Rich copper with very good foam and lacing, noticeable carbonation.

Smell: Bready malts, caramel.

Taste: Malts: caramel, brown sugar, and barley.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, fresh, crisp, and creamy.

The Verdict: Good beer. Not much in the way of hops, just lots of malty goodness. A quality brew that goes down smooth.

TheMarkE, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of NWer
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Updated review:
12 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.
A - Dark copper body with coppery head retains well. Nice lace.

S - Unable to pick out anything significant.

T - Wonderfully smooth. Nice clean caramel taste.

M - Smooth, malty feel, kind of tart.

D - Very drinkable. A nice break from my usual hop forward preferences allowing my mouth to recover. Good to relax with.

NWer, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of bh123
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

bh123, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of tourdot
3/5  rDev -19.6%

tourdot, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of RyanAU
4/5  rDev +7.2%

RyanAU, May 27, 2013
Photo of bluesplit63
5/5  rDev +34%

bluesplit63, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of kegger22
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, red/brown with a two modest head that dissipated to a collar. The aroma was malty sweet. The taste was also malty sweet, but I got the faint taste of strawberries at the back of the throat, don't ask me where that came from. The feel was medium bodied, oily, with light carbonation. Drinkability was very good. I bought a sixer and could drink it if I hadn't already sampled a couple other brews.

kegger22, Oct 03, 2009
Censored from Lagunitas Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,255 ratings.