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2,194 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,194
Reviews: 833
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 34
Gots: 131 | FT: 0
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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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lovetranquillity

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a coppery redish color. Small head.

Good balance of hops and malt, smells good and inviting.

Mostly malty with some hop bitterness.

Medium body, average carbonation.

Very easy drinking. Almost a mix between lager and pale ale in character.

It is a good easy drinking quality simple beer. Nothing outstanding but a good beer. I would buy it again if I was in the mood for something with not too much complexity.

10-18-2010 04:56:39 | More by lovetranquillity
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PintOHops

California

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%

Glass - Nonic

A - A clear copper color with moderate-high C02. It didn't really produce a good head, almost a 1-finger and it died down fast. It didn't leave any lacing but held a thin ring atop my beer.

S - An almost balanced malt/hop aroma. I definitely notice chocolate and biscuit, along with a bit of caramel and bread. I get mild prune fruit and herbal like hop notes, overall I would say the malt slightly dominates the aroma. It almost reminds me of New Belgium Fat Tire with a bit more hop character.

T - The malt character doesn't come out as much as I thought it would. I get an herbal hop flavor upfront and throughout that sorta dominates the malts. I only get slight caramel and lots of bready flavors for the malts, a bit of black cherry or prune fruit as well. It finishes with a hop zip of rind like bitterness and a bit of citrus flavor, the soft malt notes just sorta become absent after awhile.

M - Smooth and medium bodied with soft crispness.

D - Pretty darn drinkable, I could easily put down a few especially with food. I was disappointed with the malt profile in the flavor though, it was subdued and overall it just reminded me of an Alt style beer. Not bad if there's nothing else being served at a restaurant or bar, but at home, eh I'd say pass.

10-15-2010 22:41:26 | More by PintOHops
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JosiahS

California

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

glass: Nonic

Aggressive pour resulted in less than a finger of white head. The body is a copper-brown color. It's pretty clear, looks near a complete filter. Scattered small bubbles are visible. No lacing.

Smell is of slightly citric and floral hops with a strong base of caramel, tart cherry and dates. Blended together almost brings out a copper-like aroma. Toasty, dough-like overtone.

soft and light mouthfeel(but medium in body). Co2 is low. Up front and towards the middle is a balancing act of light citrus and floral hops along with rich cherries, toasted bread and caramel/brown sugar. Towards the end the floral hops kick in and lend a nice, yet mild, bitter finish.

Decent beer, i question the style though, Lagunitas could have probably got away with calling this an Alt or ESB. I like it but for the style and price, there are better choices.

10-15-2010 22:37:00 | More by JosiahS
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velosuds

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness dating apparent. Single purchased from local natural foods store for $1.29 on sale.

A-Pours a medium amber with virtually no head and scant lacing.

S-Faint floral hops and a mild caramel malt aroma.

T-Fruity with ample hop bitterness and malt sweetness but kind of more like an Old Ale than an Amber. A little too fruity.

M-A bit harsh from over carbonation.

D-Another mediocre offering from Lagunitas. I never buy more than a single since they don't use bottle dating.

10-12-2010 03:26:42 | More by velosuds
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Keffa

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Copper in color, with a nice 2" off white head that slowly fell back to a 1/8" cap, leaves some nice, fine lacing on the glass. Carbonation is constant with tiny bubbles slowly working themselves up to the top.

S: Toast, caramel, biscuits, slightly floral hop, a little bit of yeast. Not a ton going on, but not bad.

T: Sweet caramel, toast, a tiny bit of cherry, a little bit of floral/herb like hop. Not a ton here either. But still not bad.

M: This one is nice. Smooth carbonation, body is nicely weighted, and it is borderline creamy. Nice.

D: Very easy to drink. The sweetness is nice, and it doesn't overpower the beer. The body keeps it easy to drink, as it's not overly heavy on the palate.

This one is a nice drinking beer, and by that, I mean that it's easy to just drink and drink and drink. My score may show that it's lacking, and it is somewhat IMO, but at the same time, this would be a fantastic intro beer into the world of craft. Easy to drink, not overly powerful or hoppy. Not shabby at all.

10-05-2010 17:59:20 | More by Keffa
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

10-03-2010 01:56:19 | More by AndyAvalanche
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JoePat

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours a very dark copper probably closer to amber color with a frothy kaki head that leaves a lot of lacing as it dissipates.

The aroma is a little light. I get some piney hops and some grainy caramel aroma.

The flavor is a nice sweet caramel malt flavor and some spicey hops. Very well balance.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel that roles over the tongue with ease.

A great flavorful beer that goes down with ease.

09-30-2010 00:46:13 | More by JoePat
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +8%

Had this one on cask tonight at Busy Bee. Served in a standard pint glass a crisp dark orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is crisp citrus hops and some sweet malts. The taste is a nice balance of citrus hops and sweet caramel malts. The beer is quite light, crisp and oh so smooth. This is a very enjoyable cask beer, one I would love to have on cask again.

09-17-2010 01:43:12 | More by atsprings
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SolomonGrundy

California

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

Ahhhh, last of the beers from my old job (I kept a fridge full in my office for the other employees to enjoy after work...About 10 were in there as of my last day)....Pours a, you guessed it, copper amber-ish color. Lots of carbonation and a rich, creamy head. Tiny amounts of lacing. Aroma is very faint and shows some pineapple, vanilla and hint of piney hoppiness. Flavor is very rich - they were dead on that - showing excellent balance between the hop bitterness and maltiness. Very full mouthfeel and very flavorful, though not super complex: hops and malt and yeast. Good beer, but not elite. Alwasy well-priced, too, so worth keeping a sixer around all times in your beer fridge.

09-15-2010 20:12:58 | More by SolomonGrundy
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pmlondrigan

New York

3.58/5  rDev -4%

Pours a real nice amber copper color (duh). Loose carbonation with good retention. Aroma is malt forward, smells really toasty. No hop aroma at all. Taste is also really malt forward. Toasty and roasty without being heavy, cereal flavors backed up by slighty hoppy bitter finish. Could have some more hops in there, even for the style. Beer has a nice round full mouthfeel without being cloying or heavy. Not my favorite style but its pretty drinkable.

08-29-2010 22:22:34 | More by pmlondrigan
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Lagunitas Censored is the exact opposite end of the spectrum its other red ale, Lucky 13. In this beer, the caramel malts are the focus with the hops taking a back seat. The deep copper color was topped with a off-white that clings and sticks around til the end. The aroma was dominated by the sweet, rich caramel with a little of oxidized sherry and fig. The taste was similar with a lot of chewy toasted malt and a hint of citrusy hops. The beer was full bodied with thick complex malts. The sweetness for me makes this a beer that is difficult to drink more than bottle of. I think that a blend of Lucky 13 and Censored would be a really good amber ale that complements each other and better than the sum of the parts.

08-25-2010 01:43:21 | More by Soonami
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Halcyondays

California

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium amber with a light off-white head, fair retention, light lace.

S: Strong malty nose, barleywine-esque, nice sweet smell.

T: Strong crystal malt flavour with a light hop character. Definite American flavour, some orange, grapefruit.

M: Light/medium-bodied, smooth, creamy, light carbonation.

D: Solid amber, not overhopped which I like in this style. Something to try for sure, nice red ale.

08-23-2010 03:45:57 | More by Halcyondays
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Hmmm, connotations? Lusty and full of sugar? Not too far off. Bold and interesting? More of less, I would say. Been on a Lagunitas kick as of late...I think I will make metaphors for all of their beers that I have had, starting with this one.

Censored is a swaggering Irish boxer who hasn't showered in a day, not two, so pungent, but not too pungent--you can still smell the sweetness behind the odious facade.

Still, it doesn't stop him from looking good, I mean, red hair is slicked back, he's lookin' sharp for an Irish guy.

Then he comes at you, boxer that he is, and when he hits you (in the mouth, hey I didn't make the sexual joke, but if you want to, that's your call) it's like your grandma punched you with a caramel brick, it's sweet and a little bitter, and like your grandma's punch, it's kind of soft.

If only our Irish boxer had a little more meat on his bones, he might pack more of a punch, still, he does well in his division. Nobody's complainin' here.

08-17-2010 00:11:25 | More by TenHornsProud
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dwilson01

California

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

poured from a 12oz into an indian wells brewing co pint glass. They named it right, it's 100% copper in body color with a light tan sandy colored head which dissipates evenly, slowly, and leaves a nice layer on top throughout the tasting.

The scent is of a light bread and caramel/brown sugar sweetness. Not too much hop in the nose, mostly that sweeter malty smell, but it does have a small amount of spicing in there lightening it somewhat.

The flavor of this beer is great, it's got a great malty sweetness to it, almost like a brown ale. But at the same time you are hit with a subtle fall spiciness, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. If I had to draw a corellary directly to a food i've had this brew is seriously a maple brown sugar muffin.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, the malt thickens it and backs the sweet taste with a solid bready feel but it's not too thick beacuse of those spices lightening it on the palate. Very little carbonation enhances the effect of the spices and the flavors as well.

Very drinkable, a great amber ale to be sure and another excellent offering from Lagunitas.

08-12-2010 08:18:03 | More by dwilson01
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CBlack85

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +8%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Clear deep copper/amber color with red-ish highlights. A moderately aggressive pour produces a thick off white head that takes a long time to fade and leaves behind an impressive amount of lacing.

Rich caramel malts and earthy floral hops are the most noticable aromas, but there are some interesting sweet candy like notes, and some slightly toasty notes as well.

Bready, toasty, and caramel malt notes top out the flavors. There is also a candy sweetness, and a huge hop finish, Hops are slightly citrusy, but more floral and earthy. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated with a very smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable, solid beer overall.

08-01-2010 18:39:33 | More by CBlack85
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jera1350

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.2%

Clear copper color with a tan sudsy head that is about one finger thick. Leaves a bit of sticky lace on the side of the pint glass.

Nice balance of citrusy hops and caramel malt. Has a candy apple scent to it as well.

Matches up to the nose pretty well. There is a bit more roast to the malt however with a bit of brown sugar as well. Nice balance of hops and malt sweetness.

Creamy mouthfeel in a medium body. Pretty dry finishing on the palate.

I could see myself tipping back more than a couple of these in a night. Yet another solid brew from Lagunitas. They just brew good beers and I love their hop profiles.

07-25-2010 01:00:16 | More by jera1350
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rootbeerman

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

A: pours reddish copper with a half finger of light brown head.
S: sweetened grapefruit, light ipa like hops.
T: does not taste nearly as sweet as it smells. more of a bitter slightly wrap under the tongue grapefruit hop. reminds me of a east coast ipa.
M: medium body, flavors are coating. carbonation is low to medium
D: rather easy to gulp, so i can agree with the label of "life is short, dont sip"

07-20-2010 08:44:19 | More by rootbeerman
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a reddish-copper colour with thin white head. Good head retention and some lacing. Smell has tons of sweet caramel with some grapefruit hops. Taste is very sweet up front with the hop bitterness more as an aftertaste. Quite a nice beer, but nothing too complex about it. It is sweet and a bit hoppy. If you want a sweet & hoppy beer, then I'd recommend this one.

07-19-2010 00:39:46 | More by kwjd
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -4%

Pours dark copper with alot of red. Head is off white and dissipates fairly fast. A skim remains, No real lacing.

Caramel malt and some hop leaf. Malt forward on this. I expected more nose, but this was adequate.

Rich toasted malt with some fruit and light caramel sweetness mixed in with the toasty bitterness. Some leafy hop bite, but less than I would have expected. Fruit and bitterness balance out well, but I needed something with a bit more bite.

Medium body. Nice carbonation and body. It works.

Overall, very good. Missing something? Probably, but not alot to bitch about here. Plenty of good things going on, and worth drinking by far.

07-18-2010 01:48:22 | More by OtherShoe2
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

Red amber appearance, smell of caramel.

Taste, a very hoppy beer. Ample malt backbone on this one, one of the more balanced Lagunitas offerings (but some of the unbalanced ones are phenomenal). Tasted the alcohol a little more than I would have expected. Not as heavy on the hops as the Lucky 13 red. I guess that's kind of their imperial hoppy red, and this is just a hoppy red. Enjoyable. For some reason, this stuff is just as expensive as the more limited release stuff.

07-17-2010 19:11:36 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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IPAescotch

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +12.1%

I can see why they call this the kronic.

A: Poured into a stange glass it created a luminous light bronze.

S: Slight sensation of charcoal mixed with plum.

T: An almond-y full bodied flavor with some fruit and noticeable hops.

M: Very creamy and full. Just enough bitterness

D: Delicious fulfilling beer, a good first exposure to amber ale.

07-09-2010 23:20:49 | More by IPAescotch
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NWer

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

06-29-2010 20:40:40 | More by NWer
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Long813

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -9.4%

Dated: NA
From: Premier Wine & Spirits, 341 ml

A: Pours a dark copper body with one finger of white fluffy head. Head doesn't retain quite well and leaves good lacing. Loads of yeast chunks.

S: Mild caramel malts, some fruitiness and hops.

T: Same as the aroma, loads of mild caramel hints of fruits and come bitterness.

M: Thin bodied and medium carbonation. Smooth creamy texture and leaves a slight bitterness.

D: Nothing to special here, not bad, but it doesn't do it for me.

06-22-2010 17:37:08 | More by Long813
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chickenflea

Florida

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

Bottle. Beautiful copper color. Small head that dissipated withing three minutes. Aroma roasty with some raisin and alcohol notes. Pleasant. Lightly sweet flavor fading into roasted coffee and then to a slightly bitter aftertaste. A very pleasant progression. Tasted better as it warmed a bit. Looked forward to each sip.

06-20-2010 22:01:51 | More by chickenflea
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beertunes

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -11.5%

I haven't had one of these in a couple years, so I was happy to revisit it. But I was bit disappointed. I remember this beer being a lot bolder and fuller. As it is, this is just an average version of the style, perhaps a touch hoppier than some. This isn't a bad beer by any means, but it's not special like I remember. Worth having if you're in the mood for the style, but not worth seeking out.

06-19-2010 21:22:53 | More by beertunes
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