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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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 Procrastinator
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz, brown bottle poured into pint glass. No bottled on dating can be found. This is the last of my six-pack purchase.

Appearance: as you'd expect, a deep copper-red color with a 1" creamy small-bubbled head, which breaks down to form nice lacing. The carbonation is a bit difficult to see in a rather murky brew.

Smell: the scents are rather sweet as in caramel and overripe plums. The hops are floral and secondary to the malts.

Taste: the flavors are upfront, sweet fruit, maybe plums and dates along with caramel and equalled by a floral hop bitterness. A bit of alcohol can be detected towards the finish. Known for their hoppy brews, Lagunitas comes back with some decent maltiness.

Mouthfeel: medium in body with adequate carbonation. The balance of sweet maltiness to hop bitterness is pretty spot on.

Drinkability: good all around red ale. Nice balance and good flavors. Where this style rarely stands out for me, this one stands out within the style. I really wish I knew how fresh this bottle was.

Procrastinator, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of malty
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. stubby brown bottle with no visible best before/date stamp.

Poured into my stemmed tulip glass a slightly chill hazed deep reddish copper color with a dense, fluffy 1 1/2" off-white head. Fine and moderate visible uprising carbonation. Nice even rings of lace all the way down.

I could smell the sweet caramel malts from 2 ft. away after I set the glass down as I began to type. It's still 2 ft. away and I can clearly detect caramel apple and molasses. I bring the lip of the glass under my nostrils and after a few swirls I smell apple cider and burnt brown sugar. Very sweet, fruity and rich scents for sure. A bit peaty, maybe?

The flavors mimic the scents very accurately along with an herbal hoppy edge to counterweigh the sweetness. There is a slight woody note that works nicely in here too.

Mouthfeel is a little lighter than medium bodied with a nice. soft and airy moderate amount of carbonation that feels gentle and welcoming on the tongue. A sweet, dry and long flavorful finish.

Drinkability is decent. Lots of lingering carmel flavor can either be good or bad.

Overall an ale that feels and drinks more like a 7.5% ABV beer. It's a bit hearty for a 5.9% IMHO. On a cool night around a campfire is where this beer would fit right in. I can't find anything really wrong, but I really can't say I'd buy it again in the store or on tap. Decent.

malty, Jun 09, 2010
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Imperial pint glass.

A: Good head retention, with minimal lacing. Nice copper body with a off white head.

S: A subtle aroma of both slight hops and toffee like malts. A mild lagerish aroma from this ale, not its strong point.

T: Hoppy bitterness on the start, with a nice toffee malt finish. Very much like the aroma of this ale, although the taste is much more on the bold side. Still This is a medium bodied beer. Light carbonation with a smooth easy drinking finish.

M: A smooth, easy going beer. Nice and silky for the style. Very good lingering taste, that releases a subtle spicy finish.

D: Great all around drinkability, with a nice and a balanced beer that calls back for more drinking to find new flavors.

GDBEERMAN, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of Nerudamann
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Very heavy foam, slow to dissipate. Dark, reddish color.

Mouthfeel - Medium, not too heavy, but a good ale's density.

Smell - Malty, a little earthy.

Taste - a bit raw and worty, slightly more sweet than bitter, but close in between. Subdued IPA taste, strong at the back, upper part of the palate.

It's density alone is fine, but it's the wortiness of it that makes me lessen its drinkablity, at least as far as multiple beers go. If you're just have a nice beer at the end of the night, I think this one would do just fine.

Nerudamann, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of Seanstoppable
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was pretty much a year ago when I was last in San Fran, sipping some Lagunitas. Now, one of the local beer shops carries a few, and I can try some of the stuff I missed.

The Censored pours a dark reddish copper color with a finger of solid white head. Head retention is decent.

Some light roasted malt in the nose, as well as a creamy flavor.

Initial sip gives some sweet malt flavor, but this quickly deepens into a nice thick malt flavor. Very chewey flavoring at the end, with the malt flavor lingering after the swallow. Mellows out a bit as it warms up, or as I drink more.

An interesting switch from the big bold IPAs I have had as of late, the Censored is big and bold in its own way. Not your standard subdued Amber/Red, this one has a bit more taste and feel to it. Very nice overall.

Seanstoppable, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of cruzncomet
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a fan of Lagunitas I was very curious when I saw this beer for the first time. As always I was not dissappointed.

The copper color of this beer just makes me smile, after you pour this beer the head rentention is superb and stays with you until the end. I love the carmel notes and appreciate it mild bitterness.

I normally have only seen it at Whole Foods but was very please to now see it at my safeway in San Francisco

cruzncomet, May 22, 2010
Photo of andyfrancis
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish copper with a thin head. Roasty malt on the nose, a little chocolate, cherry perhaps. Sweet, but not overpowering. Nice flavor. Malt lingers and dances on your tongue.

Nicely complemented by some Achadinha Capricious aged goat cheese. Makes for a great Petaluma 1-2 punch.

andyfrancis, May 18, 2010
Photo of ralree
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Beautiful copper color with a 2-finger head, decent retention, perfect lacing. Cloudy. Love it.

S: Very caramelly, sweet, smoky malt. Chocolate, dark fruit, lots of hops. Wonderful.

T: Dark fruit and hops jump right out there, followed by sweet rich smoky malt. Metallic taste ruins some of the flavor. Aftertaste is a bit bland, but contains some smoky malt flavor. Hops are premium, as they are in most Lagunitas beers. With a little work, this could be really good.

M: Watery, very dry, non-astringent, good carbonation. Thick and chewy. Medium-heavy body.

D: Goes down alright, but it's just average. Could drink it with a meal.

ralree, May 14, 2010
Photo of beachbum1975
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer many times and frankly, I'm surprised I've never reviewed it! I picked up a sixer of this at the Safeway in Santa Clara, CA.

Pours a lovely, crystal clear mahogany brown with faint red highlights. The head on this is creamy and sticks around a while. Frankly, it looks like a freshly poured bourbon in color, minus the fizzy head. This is a very attractive looking beer!

The nose brings a light nuttiness, with traces of sweet caramel and earthy hops.

Light to medium bodied with a heavy caramel presence. I get a tinge of phenol and grains in the mix. It all finishes with a mildly bitter hoppiness.

This is a very nice example of an amber with more hops then an ordinary amber ale, not too sweet and simple to enjoy. Recommended!

beachbum1975, May 13, 2010
Photo of david131
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A slightly hazy orange/ amber liquid with a thick and craggy off-white head that has some pretty good retention and leave some good lacing.

S- Apple juice, tomato juice, and some caramel. The tomato aspect is not enjoyable to me.

T- Caramel, apple cider, watermelon, and a hint of hoppiness.

M- Clean with a surprisingly long lasting bitterness.

D- A decent beer that drinks nicely once accustomed to.

david131, May 10, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a dark amber color with two inches of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of bready malts, and some fruit.

t - Tastes of sweet fruits, bready malts, and caramel malts. Very sweet.

m - Medium body and light carbonation. Very smooth.

d - An ok red ale. The smell was pretty good but the taste was a little too sweet for me. Wouldn't look to have again.

mdfb79, May 07, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour is a copper colour with about an inch of foam and some good lacing.

The smell is on the very weak side with notes of caramel and biscuit.

The taste, however, is good. Biscuit and light caramel representing the malt with the hops being bitterish but kind of hard to categorize. Maybe grassy? Anywho, a good taster though it does get sweeter as it warms, usually ok with me but not always.

Medium covers the body and carbonation..a good mouthfeel.

Drinkability? The flavours are good but I don't feel like having another after this one. For me, for occasional use only.

Bitterbill, May 01, 2010
Photo of Haus
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Carmel colored... I guess you could say "copper" in color, very small cream colored head that lasts only for a couple of minutes resulting in a little bit of lacing on my glass.

S: Sweet caramel malt. A hint of pine hops but, mainly carmel malt though.

T: Sweet carmel malt gives way to a slight pine finish. A sweetness comes back at the aftertaste. Pretty well balanced...

M/D: Light to medium body as expected... Not very carbonated...almost seems a bit flat.

Not my favorite Lagunita's brew, but palatable.

Serving type: bottle

Haus, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of Offa
4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had this on tap and from the bottle many times but only now have I finally had it on cask at Toad in the Hole, Santa Rosa. It is excellent but the cask version is really quite different from the tap or bottle.

Faintly hazy red amber, it has a thin foamy tan top quickly shrinking to a thick foamy ring with some weak but nice lace.

Aroma is simple and not promising, being mostly grapefruit with a little pine and thus quite a simple, basic west coast style.

The taste, however, is quite different. It is mostly lemon, peach, with a spicy-peppery leafiness, some grapefruit, and other hints hard to pin down. It is well balanced in sweetness-bitterness, both noticeable, but tends very slightly to the sweet side. There is quite a bit of character and range of elements married nicely and it is well rounded, yet it is very light. It is zesty and engaging and in the end exceedingly drinkable.

Offa, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours copper with a small light beige head that leaves some spots of lacing.

Aroma is caramel, toffee, bread, toast, alongside some citrus hops, a little fruit and spice.

Flavor largely follows suit, somewhat sweet caramel, toffee, a little brown sugar, some citrus hops on the finish, very little bitterness.

Mouthfeel is slick, low to medium carbonation, easy drinkin'.

elgiacomo, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

Pours a deep copper hue with a bit of chill haze; the small half-finger of beige foam falls away quickly to leave behind a thin lingering cap and some light splotchy lacing on the walls of the glass.

The nose is quite sweet with big malt notes and a hint of honey. Very Bock-like, it's rather enticing for a malt-lover like myself.

Medium-bodied and moderately effervescent; the palate opens up sweet and malty, with a bit of underlying biscuit, a bit of toasty melanoidins. Once again, it recalls a traditional Bock. Things change in the middle, though, where some rather bracingly bitter hops show through with a bit of a piney, resiny character, with a bit of a metallic tang. With the bitterness comes great dryness, allowing the biscuity malt base to show through in the finish, where a bit of toast and sweet honeyish malt linger a while, a touch of resin appearing in the fade.

A fairly drinkable beer, and certainly a recommendation for Bock lovers. Rich and malty, but with enough significant bitterness to please more diehard hopheads. Quite good.

superdedooperboy, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of maltlikker
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper, minimal head left light lacing.

Sweet, earthy molasses aroma.

Taste is moderately sweet with brown sugar, fresh baked bread and a dark plummy spiciness. Finishes with light piney bitterness.

Good body, coats the mouth and lingers. Nice, very drinkable cooler weather beer - like a Brown Shugga Lite!

maltlikker, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of herman77
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Copper orange, very small cream colored head that forms a film. Slightly cloudy appearance from the white "floaties" floating around. A little bit of whispy lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt. A hint of pine hops, citrus hops too? Mainly carmel malt though.

T: Sweet carmel malt gives way to a slight pine and citrus hop finish. The sweet malt comes back for the aftertaste. Well balanced. Tasty stuff indeed!

M/D: Light to medium body. Nice slick mouthfeel, not creamy, but slick. Lighter carbonation. Very drinkable since it is so well balanced. My glass was gone pretty fast.

Favorite amber to date.

herman77, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of pasdachuri
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a rich copper, as expected.

Scents of caramel sweetness, plus a fair amount of lemon and grapefruit.

Tastes of caramel/brown sugar sweetness mixes with bready malts and a finish with a welcoming amount of bitterness.

The medium body is oily, slightly dry and has a nice level of carbonation.

This beer went down very easy and would probably remain that way all night.

pasdachuri, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a mostly clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Had an aroma of hops, malt, caramel, and a hint of pine. Not what I expected.

T: Tasted of malt, caramel, pine needles, and West Coast hops. An interesting flavor, not exactly in keeping with the style.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: A solid, drinkable beer.

avalon07, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of lstokes
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper orange color with a light caramel nose, not enough hops in the nose, which carries through to the underwhelming taste. Too sweet, not really hoppy enough, some citric hops with very sweet caramel malt, some nice dry earthy aftertaste and a nice creamy mouthfeel, but still, I didn't find the taste to be a stand-out.

lstokes, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of SAxDRC5
2.35/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

appearance: copper colored. fairly small head, quickly recedes to a nice lace

smell: sweet with fairly strong hops scent.

taste: very sweet, then bitter and hoppy. not as balanced between sweet and bitter as i would have liked. very slight caramel malt after-taste.

mouthfeel: light carbonation. slight alcohol feeling

drinkability: pretty drinkable. not as balanced as i was hoping for after reading other reviews. I probably won't buy it again but if i did i could have quite a few in one sitting.

SAxDRC5, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of Radome
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 2.0- Beer was medium amber color with strong red highlights. Moderate white head and lots of large bubbles coating the glass on initial pour. It was very clear but seemed to have some opaque particles suspended in it. It did not seem bottle conditioned, so the particles put me off a bit.

Aroma - 4.5 - Strong aroma of sweet malt and American hops. Very appetizing.

Flavor - 4.0 - Excellent balancing act. There is a backbone of hops bitterness along with equal parts hops flavor and malt roundness. A hint of alcohol adds some complexity.

Mouthfeel - 4.0 - Moderate body along with light carbonation. Fits the flavor experience very well.

Overall Drinkability - 4.0 - A great session beer with wonderful balance. Not very visually appealing due to the strange protein particles, but perhaps there was something wrong with the bottle I had.

Radome, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of bark
2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is deep copper, the liquid is clear. The two finger head is off-white. It sinks quickly leaving some lumps of lacing.

The smell is hoppy and sweet. Distinct notes of dried apricots and apples. Some lightly roasted malt and a touch of caramel. It is not very bitter; rather it is a bit dusty.

The taste is mildly roasted with quite a lot of sweet malty flavours. Some hints of vegetables and dried fruits. The bitter flavour passes quickly, leaving some notes of wax crayons, dried apples and a touch of rye bread. The aftertaste is a bit dry with some bitterness, alcohol and vegetables.
The carbonation is medium to light, the small bubbles are smooth. The liquid is a little sticky.

I am not a big fan of American red/amber ales, and this one didn't make me much more positive.

bark, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of trbergman
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Pours a clear red-orange with a thin, but dense, light tan head.

S - Toffee, caramel, candied orange peel. Somewhat dank, leafy hop character.

T - Chewy malt character with toffee and caramel, a hint of tobacco, and some orange peel. Herbal, leafy hop flavor and moderate hop bitterness. Long, balanced finish.

M - Medium body, toward the full side for an amber/red.

D - Pleasant. I could easily drink a few of these. At the same time, it's not particularly special.

trbergman, Mar 05, 2010
Censored from Lagunitas Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,240 ratings.