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Ratings: 2,240
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 36
Gots: 145 | 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 SourBitterSweet
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber/copper hue. Clear. Head less than a finger, and not lasting.

S: Malty, brown sugar, with an indescribable pungency. Sour? Grassy?

T: Brown sugar, malty with that pungency detected on the aroma. Fairly simple. Flavors are a bit dull. Reminiscent of root beer.

M: Medium bodied. A little on the sweet side. Creamy.

O: A good solid beer, but really not that captivating. Too much sugar noted.

SourBitterSweet, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tanish brown, copper tint. SLight 1/4 inch head, some lacing.

Smell - Malts, rye, Some hops and sugars, not aroma heavy.

Taste - Huge malt and carmal flavor starts this beer off. Hops are mild, and sugars are light but both do add some flavor. The rye is a little lost but a bold nutty flavor is mix in as well.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and thick, mouth is coated with malts, carmal and sugars. Palette gets bittered a little from the hops.

Overall - Soild and easy to drink with fairly low alcohol. Its nothing groundbreaking, or world class, just soild and done pretty well. Worth trying for sure.

wvsabbath, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of cbo2122
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A solid installment from Lagunitas. A Tasty beer that looked great in the glass. Not a big tasting beer by any means, but one that was seemed to know what it wanted to be. My only complaint is the body could have been fuller, but it was satisfying nonetheless.

cbo2122, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of PearlJammer10
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Right away I was pleased with the copper color and rich caramel malt aroma.

Upon first taste, the heaviness of the caramel and toffee malts hit the palate right away. The complexity of the malt can be picked up immediately and the initial flavor is very sweet. Then the hops come in to help balance out the sweetness but I feel they get lost in the flavor of the malt. I feel this beer would actually have benefited from more of a hop bite. After the taste of malt and hops fade away from the palate all that is left is the lingering flavor of the alcohol in the aftertaste. This is something a little extra hop bite would have masked.

This criticism did not deter me from enjoying this beer and I am sure down the road I will revisit it. But Lagunitas Brewing Company does offer better beers and I would recommend trying one of those first.

PearlJammer10, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of NODAK
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma here is toasty and malty, with a good deal of sweet caramel malt on the nose. Somewhat rich, as the label would indicate, but not too much so.

The taste starts out sweet and malty, with caramel malts obvious...though I will say it's not THAT sweet..it's at a pretty good level. There's definitely a toastiness there as well alongside the caramel. Then there's a small but stingy bitterness appearing on the sides of the tongue, allowing for some balance to the malts, though malts do win the "battle" in this one. A small graininess shows up after the swallow as well.

Not bad stuff here, Very drinkable, and pretty darn tasty. A little hoppier than many other ambers, but still overall a malty brew.

NODAK, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear dark amber color with a small tan head of active bubbles that was gone within about 20 seconds. Only 20 or so bubbles are in transit to to the top at any time within the first couple minutes after the pour. There is no lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I initially got a pretty big amount of American hops mixed with some already very noticeable sweet caramel malt and some toasty notes that seem Munich Malt derived, so this is pretty nice. There seems to be a bit of oxidation in this beer, but I can't fault the beer for that as I don't see any date.

Taste: The flavor is pretty rich for a beer this big. It has a big caramel flavor that is more dominating than the aroma even suggested. Though there is a good bit of hops in the first part of the flavor profile, it fades pretty quickly to the sweetness to let the beer finish with a mild balance toward the malt. There are quite a bit of toasty notes, and there is a lot of dark caramel and toffee to linger on the back of the palate for quite a while after the sip. The alcohol is reserved and doesn't cut through the sweetness that is left on the back of the palate. The carbonation is a bit light for what I would like from this beer, so it makes it finish a bit syrupy, where some more CO2 would make it a bit more acidic and finish a little nicer.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer overall. I am a malt-head, so this balance suits me pretty well. I would like it to be a bit more fizzy so that it was a bit lighter in the finish, but I imagine that this beer on tap would take care of that, and I will give it a shot the next time I see it available. I would go back to this one, so give it a shot if it is convenient.

SkeeterHawk, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden brown appearance with a head about two finger wide. Very nice retention and lacing.

S: Malty. Very rich smell with only a slight floral, hoppy aroma.

T: Malty sweetness that is really nice. Very caramely which ends with just a nice hint of alcohol.

M: For me, it was a bit thick. Still enjoyable.

O: Excellent amber ale. Very enjoyable and considering how easily available it is, this is a beer I pick up quite often.

avaldivia, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of kaseydad
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass pour and a nice amber colored ale with an off-white bubbly head with staying power is produced. An unexpected fruity aroma is present with grapes being showcased and some plum as well. Was expecting a malty aroma but was pleasantly surprised. A bit on the bitter side with the taste. There’s the malt. A big malt presence on the swallow and there is a slight distracting medicine-like taste. Nice hearty mouthfeel. Overall this was an easy drink and multiples can be consumed with ease…just not by this drinker. I love Lagunitas though I would be reaching for another of their beers before attempting this again.

kaseydad, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of elginirishpunk
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out of the bottle a deep almost crimson red color. Barely any aroma of hops only of the caramel and roasted malt. Unlike many other red ales, this beer has little to no bittlerness and is one of the smoothes red ales I have had. Little to almost no lacing. This is a very suttle and gentle palet tasting.

elginirishpunk, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a cloudy, mid-amber-copper coloring that is moderately hazed. It pours with a thin, flat, smooth off-white head that settles rather quickly into sparse film. Aromas are mostly sweet, with characteristics of caramel and toffee blending together. The flavors are overly sweet, with a heavy caramel backbone that rides through into the aftertaste. Other flavors are a slight nut sweetness, some citrusy highlights, and a toasted note, as well. Great body, which is light and crisp, yet leaving a great lacing on the glass while you drink. As said before, the aftertaste is mostly caramel malt sweetness, and the finish is quick and clean, with a slight slickness to it at the end of the palate. Decent beer. Avoids the cloying and overpowering qualities despite the abundance of sweet flavors.

GarthDanielson, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of garymuchow
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

English ale type malty presentation. A nice cripness from the malt, but also a spiciness from the hops. Nice.
Dark very clear amber with golds and browns. Dense off-white head with good stamina.
Nicely balanced drink with a firm solid malt foundation with spiciness, a little fruit and grassiness/earthiness from the hops. Complex without excess. Nice nuttiness and sweetness to the malt.
Nice body. Fullness without excess in the carbonation. Creaminess and softness.
This is a nice drink. Interesting malt primary with nicely done hops.

garymuchow, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of Stunner97
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- copper and brown in color low bubbles and nice tan head,

Smell- slight hop and malt, not to much going on the nose

Taste- really good balance of malt and nice bitter hops in the finish, neither aspect out does each other very beautiful balance,very tasty and well balanced

Mouthfeel- medium bodied and crisp

Drinkability/overall- very good balance makes this very easy to slam down, would make great session choice as its very balanced, its not as complex as some beers by lagunitas but balance reigns supreme and I would definitely buy this again

Stunner97, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of boneboy
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a rich, clear copper with some orange tones visible when held up to the light. The once finger width, off-white head dissipates to a thinner version of its former self, leaving behind minimal lacing.

S - The smell is all malt, having a rich, dark, sweetness. There also seems to be a faint aroma similar to that resulting from the use of a Belgian yeast strain. I could pick this up more as the beer warmed a bit. There is little to no hop presence I can detect.

T - The initial taste is big, malty, luxurious even. This gives way to alcohol and a slight hop bitterness.

M - The mouthfeel is medium/full. This brew coats the tongue in a very pleasing way.

O - Overall, this is a solid brew. I very much enjoyed it and will purchase this again.

boneboy, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty copper color and pretty much clear, the head was about two fingers and had some staying power, eventually leaving a nice thick sheen. Lacing was in sheets that slowly slid down the glass to rejoin the beer.

The aroma is light, but pleasant, consisting mainly of caramel malts and a light hoppiness.

Taste is quite fine, and great for the style. Biscuit and caramel malts and toast come through first, followed by a nice fruity hops flavor, rounded off with some mixed citrus.

Feel is smooth, slick, amply carbonated and medium bodied. Aftertaste is lightly bitter.

Overall, particularly in the category of amber ale, this one is delicious and highly drinkable. There aren't many amber ales that I'd buy a sixer of after I've reviewed them, but this is certainly one of them. Ace job on this one Lagunitas.

AlCaponeJunior, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of aval89
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark amber /copper color..1 finger of soapy head.. kinda clear body..

S: malt sweetness, nuttiness, slight toastiness.. caramel with a spicy hoppiness.. also some fruity esters..

T: sweet malts upfront.. toasty malts with a soft nuttiness.. slight toffee with an underlying fruity ester.. semi-spicy hop finish..

Mf: medium bodied with good carbonation ..smooth finish..

O: this beer grew on me after a few sips.. great change of pace from the usual lagunitas hop bombs..

aval89, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of tranehead
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This should be reclassified as an ALT beer. The style profile is SO much closer to one.

Make sure to pour it hard out of the bottle to minimize the carbonation.

The hops are a little much for a true altbier, but pretty darn close.

The maltiness and lack of esteriness really does it for me. I know its a bit out of style according to BJCP, but its a slightly large altbier.

Love it.

tranehead, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of richkrull
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper color with quite a bit of beige head on it.

Smell is mostly caramel malt.

Taste is largely malty and spicy upfront. A little bit of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is fairly light. This is a pretty smooth drinking beer that went down pretty quickly.

Overall a good quality beer. I enjoyed it quite a bit and wouldn't hesitate to buy it again.

richkrull, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of HugePlume
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint. This was bottle #2, as the first one I got at 99bottles had a problem. Flat, lots of floaters.... dumped that one.

A- Rich dark copper color with a 3 finger loose rocky head. Excellent head retention and great lacing. Well above average.

S- Not much nose, improves as it warms. Lots of malt, sweet biscuity and husky.As it warms further a nice spice note is detected.

T- Again, very heavy on the malt, but its smooth and not overpowering. No real hop notes, but it has a nice crispness to it and a light finish, thats actually fairly wet.

M- Average body, carbonation is spot on. Does not thin out on the tongue as it warms. Very sessionable.

O- Well done malty medium bodied ale. Might be the best overall amber I have had.

HugePlume, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of dbmernin83
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a nice white pillowy head a good lacing.
Biscuity malts and a light caramel on the nose
Crisp malts followed quickly by big biscuity malts. A faint black tea. Sweet, smooth, and delicious. Balanced, delicate.
Perfectly carbonated, smooth, and sexy.
This is a fantastic amber. Not my favorite style, but this beer is a stand out.

dbmernin83, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of Whiteweasel
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a pint glass, poured from a bottle.

A: Copper, brownish, clear. Nice balanced head with a fair amount of lacing.

S: A little piney, with sweet hoppiness. Nutty and fresh. Balanced flavour with malt.

T: Nutty, bittersweet hops. Heavy delicious malt.

M: Very smooth, little alcohol taste. Great balanced aftertaste.

Hell of a beer, very good. Extremely refreshing experience, and I really enjoyed everything

Whiteweasel, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

'Censored' is thankfully not blocked out by any obtrusive black lines. All the loveliness of its coppery and clear amber body is granted full exposure and made quite lustrous by even an overcast afternoon sky. Head is present without being pompous. All Lagunitas beers are hotties, I wish they would publish their own calender, if you know what I mean!

The nose actually brings to mind a Belgian amber - quite a surprise for a brewery that spearheaded and continuously exemplifies West-coast American hop-bombs. It has a dry, semi-musty malty scent with hints of yeast, caramel and sulphates. A slight cognac-like air also registers, albeit with some weedy hoppiness in place of the alcohol complexities.

'Censored' calls itself a "rich copper ale" and, indeed, it tastes chalk full of rich caramelly amber malts. There's flavour of toffee sponge cake, laced with candied fruits, and a giant slice of cheesecake. It is sufficiently rich to make me suspect the French had a hand in its creation, especially as the aftertaste so strongly takes on a cheesecake-like taste and richness.

The beer has a very dry, almost biscuity character, that smacks of (on the dry end) communion wafers and (on the sweet end) honeycomb toffee; vinous, herbal hops, however, break through with an earthy element that disturbs the sweetness and adds candied citrus to the list of lingering flavours. The alcohol has been omitted where it counts.

Lagunitas is, as the kids might say, the bomb diggity. They make a whole bunch of beers, each every bit as characterful and simultaneously palatable as the other, that give a beer geek - no matter how picky or pliable - nothing to complain about. This particular offering of theirs is far from my favourite but, as I mentioned, is nonetheless an easily enjoyable tipple.

biegaman, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of BrewStoutMagic
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This a fine red amber ale,with a nice lil head on it that fades away.SMELL is sweetly caramel and refreshing,yes absolutely blissful.TASTE has a small hint some hops but what makes this a fine beer is that sweet caramel and lightly fruity taste. Mouthfeel has a slight aftertaste too it.OVERALL I really enjoyed this beer.I would definitely buy a six or twelve of this.

BrewStoutMagic, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of bsp77
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Bottled on Julian date 108 (April 18, 2011).

Appearance: Rich color that is more amber than copper. Thin off-white head with very minor lacing.

Smell: Caramel, sugar, bread and a very slight spiciness.

Taste: Nice malt backbone of caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Some dry spiciness and citrus hop bitterness creep in at the end providing great balance. That signature Lagunitas sticky-sweet citrus hop taste lingers a little.

Feel: Pretty smooth and creamy body with a fairly dry finish. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Unique amber ale with great balance due to the pretty complex malts and that signature Lagunitas hop taste. Top tier amber ale overall.

bsp77, May 30, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice solid amber with light red hues and a half inch of sticky white head.

S - The hops are there but glad to see a good amount of sweet caramel malts on the smell.

T - A very nice beer and it seemed a bit bigger than 5.9 I would have guessed 7 percent. Flavors of sticky sweet hops with a nice middle sweet toffee and caramel malt with a slightly hoppy finish.

M - Has a nice medium body. Drank rather quickly.

Overall what a great beer for a spring release. Not sure if people are finding older bottles since some reported no head, and I had a Maximus that had no head. Must have been over a year old that one. A solid brew fresh!

DrDemento456, May 28, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle). Pours clear copper with off-white head. Some lacing and moderate carbonation. Aroma has some caramel, alcohol, maraschino cherry (?) and biscuit. Taste is bitter hops and a sweet, sticky maltiness. Medium bodied with sticky/slick texture. Bitter finish. This is not my favorite flavor profile, but it does have loads of flavor. Malt-heads should enjoy this quite a bit.

trappistlover, May 13, 2011
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84 out of 100 based on 2,240 ratings.