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Ratings: 2,427
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 47
Gots: 248 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

35 IBU
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Photo of nukem5
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into glass a reddish amber color with rich tan pillowy cap of tan creamy goodness. Clings dearly to walls of glass and like magic a swirl of the glass and the head resurfaces again and agaxtin.

S: Aroma is a great balance of malts and hop, right away you get the warm carmel and toasty malts which glides effortlessly into its hoppy notes. Slightly piney and a bit floral.

T: Taste is the same as smell, first the warm roasty malts with hints of caramel in there. The hops smack the tongue next with the perfect balance.

M: Nice medium body which is smooth with a slight alkaline taste in back well carbonated.

O: A very drinkable beer with a pleasantness about it. You barely n notice the 6.9%.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle Lagunitas Censored a couple weeks ago for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I have been wanting to try this beer for a while so when I saw it on the shelf I new I had to pick it up, I have high hopes for this beer so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a short brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- The label is pretty plain and boring, but I guess the controversy surrounding the original name gives it a little cool factor, the Kronic sounded like a good name to me, some people are too uptight. It poured a nice slightly copper amber color with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring with a lump in the middle that left a little bit of spotty lacing.

S- There's lots of malts in the aroma of this beer. The malts have a high amount of medium sweetness to them and impart some nice aromas of caramel. toffee, brown bread, and dark fruits. There is a light hop presence that smells like a subtle mixture of earthy and citrus hops.

T- The taste starts of with loads of malts that impart some pretty nice flavors like caramel, toffee, light dark fruits, and a little bit of brown bread. This beer isn't nearly as sweet as the aroma led me to believe, it had a nice light amount of sweetness that was great for an Amber Ale. The hops were on the lighter side, which is pretty unique for a Lagunitas brew, but the lighter hops helps keep this beer balanced and keeps it malt forward like and amber should be, the hops impart a light earthy hop taste with a medium bitter finish.

M- Smooth, slightly crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied and it had a good medium amount of carbonation.

Overall this beer turned out to be a pretty damn good Amber Ale. With most Lagunitas beers, I find that they have a pretty dominating hop profile, but with this beer they turned down the hops and let the malts take the lead, and I think that worked pretty well and made for a more balanced Amber Ale and it let the great malt base of this beer shine through and not be overpowered. This beer had pretty good drinkability. the bottle went down faster then I thought it would and if I had another bottle I would drink it. What I like most about this beer was the flavor and the balance, it had a good malt base, and for a change Lagunitas didn't throw a shit load of hops into the brew so it lets those great malt flavors shine through with just enough hops to keep things balanced, the mouthfeel was right were it should be and was also pretty good. There wasn't anything that that I really didn't like about this beer, but a maybe a slight bit more of hop flavor would make this beer perfect. I would buy this beer again, it is a good example of a balanced Amber Ale and I also recommend it to Amber Ales fans, it's a must try for the style. I really liked how Lagunitas restrained themselves on the hops, they already have a hoppy Red Ale, so it's nice that they added a balanced Amber Ale to their lineup. This beer doesn't beat out Bell's Amber Ale as my favorite Amber Ale, but it comes pretty close. Lagunitas continually makes great beers and this one is no different, I'm down to try any beer from them that I can get my hands on.

Photo of JWU
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a curved pint glass.

A- beautiful, deep translucent copper color, with a big, pillowy off-white head. Nice lacing down the glass.

S-Smells is quite balanced and pleasant, hoppy, with a nice balancing malty sweet component, almost has a english bitter quality to the smell of the malts.

T- BALANCED! Which I can't say for all of Lagunitas' offerings. Starts with a bitter hop component, but quickly transitions into a malt bill that is much like a English bitter, like I had picked out on the smell. The back end turns a bit nutty.

M- lighter side of medium, medium level of carbonation. Dries nicely on the backend, which begs you to take another sip.

O- An outstanding hybrid-styled beer from Lagunitas. I'd seek this one out. Case-worthy.

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 12oz. Tumbler

Appearance - Dark Amber Color with a slight red hue. Leaves behind a good finger head that makes a good amount lacing

Smell - Healthy Caramel Aroma mixed in with a sweet bread/biscuit taste. There is a more prevalent toffee smell later on

Taste - Rich Caramel and yeast flavor with slight hoppy kick to go along with it. Leaves a toffee aftertaste after every sip.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and easy to drink beer. There isn't too much carbonation here, though I think a little more would've been appropriate for this type of beer.

Overall - Solid Amber Ale that manages to leave me satisfied on all fronts. This being my first beer from Lagunitas, I'll be more than happy to try out more of their products in the future

Photo of SawDog505
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 13 oz tulip. Pours a dark amber, with a half inch of sticky head, nice amount of lacing. Smell is biscuit, some clove, brown sugar, carmel, and a hint of grapefruit. Taste up-front clove and in the finish mainly carmel, just a hint of grapefruit. Nice body and carbonation. Very easy drinking for it's abv. Hard beer to describe, nice and very unique. Lagunitas always good and different. Bottled on the 286 day of the year, thanks for the marking.

Photo of TXGenX
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful clear rich copper color with creamy tan head.
S: Spicy hop aroma with some sweetness
T: Mellow caramel flavor, not too sweet, followed by a slightly bitter, burnt but not unpleasant finish. 
M: Smooth
O: A very aesthetically pleasing beer. Really beautiful to look at and smell. I enjoyed the experience of drinking this beer.

This was a wonderful buy of the week at Specs. Definitely the best $6.99 six pack I've had. I can't wait to try this one on tap.

Per a company rep at the Galveston Brewmasters beer festival, the original censored name was Kronik. Apparently the Cali ABC frowned on what they saw as glorification of illicit substances.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a milkshake pilsner glass. Batch/date stamps on the neck and bottom, but what they mean isn't obvious to me.

Appearance: Hazy tarnished copper with an off-white to light tan head on the top. The head is quite thin, and is bit thicker at the edges. Tiny islands and very thin delicate strands of lacing noted, but not very persistent.

Smell: Quite malty, with a smell of grapes (reminds me a bit of a doppelbock). With a swirl, I can pull out some orange citrus hops, but not a lot. Still quite malt forward.

Taste: Malty again. Caramel, sweetness, white grape juice all tempered with some pine-like resin + orange citrus bitter finish. The finish lingers a bit, but then goes away as the carbonation cleans it all away.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, maybe just a bit scouring on the tongue but not fizzy. Some definite thickness in here, but it's hard to pull out past the carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: I think this beer would be richer if the carbonation wasn't so high - I could pick out more of the malt, and it's definitely a malt rich beer but with some hops thrown in for good measure to temper the malt. Good, but in the end, not as good as some other Lagunitas brews I've had. Not sure if I would have it again or not.

Photo of jmerloni
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Rich light copper color with nice head. Lacing is decent.

S - Smells super beery and delicious. Dry malts, hops, some citrus.

T - Good taste. Molasses type malts, some citrus. A little bit of spice, maybe sage.

M - Nice medium body, very dry. Hoppy and a little bit tastebud-numbing.

D - Solid beer. I can see myself getting this frequently this winter. I would also recommend it to others.

Photo of lovindahops
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a big lagunitas fan, yet I have never had censored

A- pours a beautiful amber red look with a decent head that slowley dissapates to having some modest residue on the sides

S- toffee and carmelized sugars kick off with a little biscuity scent. It's on cue for an amber

t- no question on the malt presence and unfermented sugars make the brew. It's malt forward and decent

m- bubbles of flavor and syrupy

o- look, it's no nugget nectar... it's a decent amber from the king of american strong ales

Photo of blackcompg
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle into my 12oz beer glass -

Appearance - Pours a quick finger of yellow head, color is a deep orange/amber.

Smell - Smells of carmel and toffee, some ripe summer fruits and a touch of freshly baked bread. If you poured carmel over a warm slice of fruit cake, that would be a bullseye.

Taste - I was expecting a really sweet beer but was very pleasantly surprised. It starts sweet, carmel malts come first but are then quickly joined by fresh breads, some lite grassy hops, minerals, and finished with dry breadcrust. Really a nice, flavorful, well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel - Not quite medium carb which makes this beer silky smooth. Just enough bittering and dryness long into the finish makes you look forward to the next sip. Very drinkable.

Overall - I would drink this beer anytime. While I prefer IPA's this is still a great full-flavored beer. Lagunitas took an amber ale and ramped up the flavor and the ABV a bit and threw in some hops for a nice finish - well done, and should be tried.

Photo of Gatch
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber with an off-white, fluffy head that settles quickly.

S - Fruity, sweet malt. Caramelized sugar.

T - Creamy, bready, malty. Slight hop presence but the malt character is fantastic.

M - Very smooth with little carbonation. Gets better as it warms.

Goes well with food. Highly recommended. Great example of the style.

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has no visible signs of carbonation. It poured with an off white head that died down leaving some lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of caramel in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has notes of caramel and toasted malts in the flavor along with hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and goes down rather smoothly.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As the name suggests, poured a dark, clear copper color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV (6.75%) on the label.
Nice one finger head that dissipates fairly quickly with good carbonation.
Aroma is all malty and bready with hints of fruits, some sweetness and yeast coming through.
Taste is close to the aroma, malty and chewy with just a little lingering bitterness in the finish.
Easy to drink and leaves behind some decent lace. Worth a try.

Photo of BB1313
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | 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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  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.

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