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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,450
Reviews: 858
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 49
Gots: 259 | 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: 2,450 | Reviews: 858
Photo of jondeelee
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Censored Ale begins with a strong nose, heady with aromas of caramelized brown sugars, toasted wheat, fresh-baked bread, and vanilla, with a subtle rind of hops at the edge.

On the tongue, the beer is quite complex and flavorful, hitting the tastebuds with caramelized sugars and fruit esters that hint at fig and raisin. Subtle notes of cream ring the fruits, and all is underwritten by roasted nuts, mainly pecan. Some lemon does dance at the edges, but is extremely subtle, and far less noticeable than the perfectly-balanced piney notes coming from the hops. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a noticeable creamy smoothness, and carbonation is medium to medium-light.

Overall, this is excellent fare, and is one of the more well balanced copper ales I've had. Fruits, nuts, toasted grains, and hops are all placed in excellent proportions, resulting in a brew that is extremely flavorful, but at the same time, extremely drinkable. Well worth trying.

Photo of RyanAU
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of ChipMurray
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of alelover
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of mcdsports
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Ego
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

head is scarce and then gone (although it fizzes audibly on the pour), nice light ruby copper color, consistent and nice to behold, looks good, nothing great

caramel malt, sugary alcohol, cheap blush wine (best way for me to describe the smell), like the view, nothing special but better than average...

taste etc...
oily floated on a small vessel of carbonation making it smooth (not in a creamy way), very easy drinking, mild hops, malt is more up front here, on second thought this is WAY too easy to drink for the ABV, not really a "great" taster but pleasant and it goes down (unlike my ex, but that is another issue)

Way Way to easy to down this sucker with this ABV... but at the same time it didn't do anything for me that made me "have" to have another... I would not go out of my way for it but wouldn't turn it down (kind of like the semi fat chick at the frat party at 3am)

Photo of DruC4
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. This beer ironically comes out a copper color, hence the label. The good clarity of it makes it look a little amberesque as well. There is a big off white head that goes away fairly quickly but provides some decent lacing.

The smell is very good as well. Strong, smells both sweet and bitter at the same time. Caramelized malts and great large amounts of citrus hopes, and a hint of maple in my opinion. Has a slight barleywine type smell to it.

Taste is also really good. Sweet, caramelized malts jump out right away, then the hops come out and they linger for awhile. The flavors of sweetness and bitterness are really well balanced. They both have their individual parts but good.

Mouthfeel is very good, if you didn't catch on, I think it's well balanced. Full bodied and full of flavor. Good carbonation feel as well. Drinkablility is very good, goes pretty quick. Another solid beer by Lagunitas.

Photo of lochef81
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This ale pours a beautiful clear red copper color with a small off white head which is short lasting resolving to a slight cream colored lacing. The nose is roasty and sweet. A lot of maltiness with a slight touch of bitter hoppiness. This ale sips smooth and light to medium bodied. Easy on the palate; definitely an ale that could be sessioned easily. The flavor is balanced between sweet malt and bitter hops. It's not a complex beer by any means but definitely well balanced and brewed. As a long time fan of this brewery, this is by far not my favorite of their offerings by a good solid beer none the less.

Photo of Techichi
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of rallison
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in Chimay goblet, poured 20 minutes after removal from fridge.

Appearance: Color is a very nice copper - a nice dark amber infused with red. Head was decent looking at pour, approximately 1/2 an inch of light tan color. Soon came down to almost nothing, just a bit left on the sides. Only a slight trace of lacing.

Smell: Nice, hearty, yeasty smell. This smell was malty and somewhat sweet with no discernible hop presence. However, I don't have the greatest sense of smell.

Taste: The first taste is malty, some yeast. Good level of sweetness - just enough to make your tongue notice. This is followed by a moderate level of hops on the finish, just enough to balance out the malt. Sticks around for about 5-10 seconds after the swallow. You can taste just a bit of alcohol back here too, mainly after it has warmed. Not much, but just enough to remind you. There is also just a touch of tartness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin before warming up, but it gets pretty good after another 20 minutes in the glass. Still just a bit thin, but at least it's not syrupy.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. Nothing too extreme about it in any way. Well-balanced, not too heavy.

All in all, a good, but average, brew. While I found the taste pleasing, it was not very complex either. I'd take either of Stone's offerings (Arrogant or Double Bastard) over this any day. However, this is a solid brew that I would happily drink again (and I shall, seeing as how I have 5 left from the 6er).

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pure and clear, pretty light, pale ale light but topped with a thin cap of a head and zero lacing.

S: Slightly vegetal and a bit disappointing in this respect, slightly sweet maltiness but nothing to pull it away from this bruised fruity/cooked vegetable aroma.

T/MF: Maybe this twist off cap is to blame as the taste is not much different than the smell, less vegetables but as I tip the glass to my lips the aroma makes its way into the flavor. Otherwise there is a pleasant enough caramel maltiness, sweet crusty bread and slightly earthy hop bitterness. It's hard to say what's going on here, strawberry jam on toast (very light mind you). Decent mouthfeel, carbonation seems to be where it needs to be.

D: I've had a few of these and I enjoyed them well enough then, but on closer inspection this beer leaves me wanting more and more. Appearance is boring, smell seems a bit off, flavor isn't bad and mouthfeel is adequate. Nothing really lending itself for me to really like this beer at all. Not bad, not good either.

Photo of Dave1999
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of JSchock7
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Jonada
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a standard pint glass

Appearance: As the label says, it pours copper in color with with 1+ finger of an off white head. Some fine suspended sediment is visible.

Smell: Bready and toasty malt, hint of nuttiness, fruity esters, hint of caramel.

Taste: Toasted malt, bread crust, nuts, floral hops. Malt sweetness dominates the palate upfront before yielding to a medium hop bitterness in the finish. While the bitterness is far from high, it took me a bit by surprise given the lack of hop presence in the aroma

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, soft mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good stuff. It's nothing special or worth going crazy over, but it delivers as advertised.

Photo of CorgiDad
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of nanobrew
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mattparsons
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of hunteraw
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Color is, unsurprisingly, a rich copper. Almost red-tinted. Thinnish off-white head, with little retention. Some thin lacing.

Smell: Piney hops, with cool and subdued malt behind.

Taste: Caramel and grain, backed up by resinous hops. Well-balanced. Interesting, somewhat fruity finish. Not as much toast/biscuit as I like to see in American Ambers.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with small bubbles. Medium body. Slightly oily.

Drinkability: Quite nice, a good representative of what is for me an under-appreciated style. I'm very curious what the brewery's original name for this beer was, before they had to change it to [censored]!

Photo of jaemeno3
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dstc
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orang-ish copper color with a nice tan head. Nice lacing.

Mild malts and decent hops in the nose with a slight sweetness to it.

Hops hits the tongue first then the taste mellows to sweet caramel malts. Lingering bitterness in the finish.

Smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Decent beer, easy to drink but nothing spectacular.

Photo of scottyshades
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked one up from ABC mix n' match out of pure curiousity
A: Medium amber color, 1.5" head with a good lace, very well carbonated
S: very hopy, almond, alcohol, toasted nuts
T: Good balance of hops and malts, a smoky taste, surprisingly hopy for an amber ale, but good none the less
MF: Bitter, somewhat dry, clean and crisp
D: I could drink a few of these in a row...

Photo of RMelyon
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of gonzo000
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a. Copper in color, as described on the bottle (copper ale). Single finger hear in a pint glass. Lacing on the glass.

s. Smell was on the yeast side - barley maybe. Good, nothing standing out.

t. Sweet taste - brown sugar, bread, spice (but not overpowering) barley.

m. Heavy in the mouth. Carbonation lasted quite well.

O - This beer reminded me a lot of Evil Twin Hipster, which I also scored above the average. I think the Lagunitas IPA's shine above their other offerings, but I would revisit this beer on a fall or early spring day.

Photo of ToadiesForCody
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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