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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,279
Reviews: 837
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 40
Gots: 158 | 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 BB1313
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful transparent copper with a slight amount of haze, decent head and lacing. Wow, I was expecting a ton of hops just because it's Lagunitas, but NO! The aromas are very subtle, but enjoyable. Lots of caramel and toffee, malts, breads and grains found in the nose, and taste as well. Tastes like a real beer, no more/no less; very earthy. I've never had a beer from Lagunitas like this, it's so subtle and not aggressive at all. Mouthfeel is awesome.. very smooth and creamy, perfect amount of carbonation. This is a fun beer to drink and a great change of pace from IPAs, stouts, etc.

Great amber ale.. this is one of, if not the best one I've come across to date. They took the style, amped up the ABV, but stayed true to style. I've been sleeping on this beer for awhile, and now I'm kicking myself for waiting until now to try it. This could be a new summer beer, too bad summer is just about over. Recommended!

Note: Label on bottle reads 6.75% ABV.

BB1313, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice copper hue with a pretty clear body and nice effervescence. Head is a thin layer of frothy ivory foam, which is not really interesting.

Smell: relatively big malt aroma with caramel and some sweetness, but the caramel is not overdone. It reminds me of a well-crafted Scottish ale.

Taste: good malt with a little caramel and a bit of dry biscuit toward the end. Bitterness is good and balanced; hops are earthy and tasty. It's a well-formulated beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess. I like it -- it especially works well with the malty flavor.

Overall: this is a pretty decent beer. Lagunitas never fails to deliver beer that I enjoy.

flagmantho, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours copper with a white, short lived head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of caramel malt, ripe fruit and hints of chocolate and alcohol. The body is medium and smooth. Caramel, peppery hops and ripe fruit nicely balanced on the palate. Medium, dry finish. Tasty brew.

mikeg67, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of tito42
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. No date.

A: Rich copper with foamy off-white head that sticks around and leaves very nice lacing.

S: Faint aroma of biscuit and toasted malt.

T: The taste makes up for the lack of nose. Toasted malt and biscuit up front with grassy hops throughout. Milk caramel and fruit notes. Very well balanced and pleasing. A nice hops bite at the finish.

M: Medium-light bodied with creaminess throughout until a dry, carbonated finish. Pleasant and easy-drinking.

O: Very enjoyable copper ale. Probably the best I've tried to date.

tito42, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of cdkrenz
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My thanks to Dave for passing this on to me as part of my payment for fixing up his wife's bike. Cheers ~

A - Clear red body with a head having moderate stamina in a color of light tan.

S - Slightly roasted malty goodness that fills the air.

T - Flavors of grassy hops in the background are complimented well by the sweetness of the roasty toasty malt.

M - Smooth, rather thick bodied for a red, a hinting of coarse bubbly texture on my lips as it fills nicely on its way down.

~ This is a very good red. All the characteristics here are exactly what I would expect out of a quality amber beer. It reminds me of another highly recommended beer of this style, Point Amber. I would definitely recommend this beer to a friend and will certainly be seeking out this beverage again in the future.

cdkrenz, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
4.43/5  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.

jondeelee, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of SDtastentune
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Rich darker copper/bronze, lots o bubbles... No head and small no lacing.

S - Smells of Belgium like bready lager'ish kinda thing, not much hops in there. Kinda has the lagunitas sweet thing hidden in there.

T - Taste is mostly medium malty and a kinda Belgium yeast kinda thing, kinda bready and has a hint of that lagunitas sweet thing going on, but turns into a caramel sweetness.

M - Larger carbonation, kinda fizzy. Easy drinker with a malty/bready aftertaste.

O - Overall ... Good representation of a copper ale, but I think it might need more of something... But I am a hop head so???

SDtastentune, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of Supes
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Amber with a hint of orange. 2 finger head that mostly sticks with it all the way down.

Smell- Sweet malt and toffee.

Taste- Same as the smell. A little sweetness and roasted toffee flavor. A nice hop bite in the end that was a surprise.

Mouthfeel- Nice creamy finish, good carbination.

Overall- Im never disapointed in a Lagunitas brew. This is another great beer in what I feel to be a under rated style. I will be buying more of this and other offerings from the Lagunitas gang.

Supes, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Bung
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Orangy amber pour, just a whispy layer of white head. Not too much going on here.

Rich malty aroma, caramel and toffee. Barely hints of earthy peat, tea and hops for that matter. Some would frown on that, I don't mind at all.

Taste, hops are slightly more assertive, but very well balanced. Unusual for a Lagunitas brew. Toffee blended with citrus. Some leather and treacle. Finishes with some caramel and light resiny bitter.

Light body but mouth filling. Carbonation keeps it drinkable, even with the sweeter than normal profile.

I enjoyed this more than most of their big beers.

Bung, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of jman892
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber color, with a small off white head, minimal lacing

S - Smells sweet, malty, with some dark fruit like a prune or fig adding to the mix

T - Taste is dominated by the caramel malt, a little bit of breadiness, and a mild touch of hop bitterness

M - Smooth with a dry finish. Low to moderate carbonation. Easy drinker

O - Very drinkable, yet another solid offering from Lagunitis

jman892, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of Groomsy
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured in to Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Bought as a single for $1.89.

Appearance: Very nice and clear amber/copper body, with hints of bright orange and fire red in the light. Topped by a two-finger off-white head of foam, which eventually dwindles down to a full cap, leaving behind dragging curtains of lace about a quarter of the way down the glass. Decent carbonation noted. Nice looking brew, a little disappointed with the lacing though.

Aroma: Heavy caramel and malt out front on the nose. There's also some dark fruit and figs in there too, but it's all masked by a heavy sugary and sweet smell. I barely detect any hop presence here - except for some fruitiness - but there's a slight metallic/copper note? Makes me wonder how fresh this beer is. Way too sweet smelling for me, but about right for the style.

Taste: I definitely pick up the sweetness expected from the malt - notably toffee and caramel. Beyond that, the only flavors I pick up are some sugar and some slight earthy/citrus bitterness which goes as quick as it arrives. Maybe some bread in the finish. Not bad but not great. I didn't have any expectations for this beer, but I'm not too impressed by this. Needs more hop flavor for balance.

Mouthfeel: Thin but creamy? Slightly drying finish but coats the mouth with sweetness. Not bad. Fairly refreshing at first.

Overall: After the joy that was Little Sumpin' Sumpin', this is disappointing. Not terrible, just a middle of the road amber ale with some fairly nice sweetness to it. I hope to try it either fresh or on tap to change my opinion.

Groomsy, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of mikechance
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had no expectations for this beer. The name and description didn't provide much for me. It pours to a nice amber color and half inch head. I definitely pick up heavy malt scents including caramel and fig. It has a very smooth malty taste. It has just a bitter aftertaste. For a hophead it’s a very good beer but different than my normal style. Another example of why Lagunitas is one of the best, yet underappreciated breweries in America.

mikechance, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of bayougutter
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter, one finger off white head, nice dark amber color.

Smell is of sweet malt, fig, mild hops, a little other dark fruit.

Taste follows aroma except that I sense a little more balance with the hops.

Mouthfeel is average

overall I like reds and will seek out again.

bayougutter, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of TheSarge
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one into a plain cognac sniffer, and it produces a finger of light tan head, and has a semi hazy copper colored body.

Aroma wise it's got a cherry vanilla thing going, with some metallic hints of hops character. I get the hint of brown sugar too.

Faint fig taste, herbal nuances, sugary in the end. I can almost feel the granulated sloppiness, which leads to the feel. Kind of refreshing, but a little mucky if you ask me.

A decent beer, but not something I'll seek out again.

TheSarge, Jul 23, 2011
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
Censored from Lagunitas Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,279 ratings.