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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,284 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,284
Reviews: 837
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 40
Gots: 160 | 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 watermelonman
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice color from the bottle, with a healthy dose of carbonation. The smell is full of malt and sugar. The first sip was very appealing, but then subsequent sips hit me as a little over-the-top on the flavor. That's a good flavor, mind you, there's just a lot of it in there! I don't think I'd have more than one or two in a sitting.

watermelonman, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of Bear1964
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Bear1964, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of ferrari29
4/5  rDev +7.2%

ferrari29, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Shilt
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Shilt, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Mark
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Mark, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of RyanAU
4/5  rDev +7.2%

RyanAU, May 27, 2013
Photo of J-Bonestradamus
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

J-Bonestradamus, May 23, 2014
Photo of hoppymeal
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper to light gold in color and clear with an off white head. Aroma is sweet malts, there is a little honey grapiness, and rich date smell, a swirl also produces a lemon aroma. Taste is nice sugary maltiness, cereal, a little yeasty with a little lemon and honey. Beer finishes with a slightly dry grassy hoppiness. Nice medium and slightly chewy body from the malts. I was a little lost at times as to what this beer was trying to be, but it was fairly drinkable, and the large malt bill was enjoyable.

hoppymeal, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of JMad
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Smells like caramel malt and dried fruits, nice and sweet scent.

Tastes like it smells, just a hint of bitterness. a lot of maltiness.

Very smooth almost creamy. Can hardly feel any carbonation.

This beer is very drinkable, I might smash this whole 6 pack faster than i really wanted too.

JMad, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of CB2maltygoodness
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

CB2maltygoodness, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of Michaeldmanley
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Michaeldmanley, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of RobinLee
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

RobinLee, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of ruckus232
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

ruckus232, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of tourdot
3/5  rDev -19.6%

tourdot, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of Iamjeff6
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Iamjeff6, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of GeezLynn
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Though I haven't been overly impressed with Lagunitas in the past, the "rich copper ale" description on the label reeled me in.

A: Copper/red, good clarity with a brief white head.

S: Caramel malt with light tropical hops. Smells like it could be sweet.

T: Similar to aroma. Caramel malt body, with light citrus hops coming in a little heavier than in the smell. Also a little bitter pine. Not overly sweet, but more than I like in his style.

M: Medium body and level of carbonation. Carbonation is satisfyingly prickly.

Overall, not what I look for in this type of beer. Flavor had too much sweet fruitiness detracting from the bready characters. On the positive side, mouthfeel was clean and crisp.

GeezLynn, Dec 10, 2010
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 TicoCali
3/5  rDev -19.6%

TicoCali, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of beermanbrian
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color. Almost no head and no lacing. OK level of carbonation bubbles. Malty smell with an alcohol overtone. Taste follows suit. Bready, malty flavor. Some spiceyness - maybe a little pumpkin. I just don't know about this beer, there's nothing bad about it, but not anything that stands out either. Worth a try, and i'd have another. Kind of reminds me of Rogue Dead Guy Ale for some reason.

beermanbrian, Sep 07, 2006
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 JLapadura
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

JLapadura, Dec 02, 2012
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 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
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