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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,173
Reviews: 831
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 33
Gots: 124 | 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 BucBasil

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

Appearance: Poured from the 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. This doesn't contribute to the rating, but I must say the pack that this comes in is one of the most hilarious things I've seen in a while. The beer is a bright, clear orange color with reddish hues. Offwhite head grew to two and a half fingers and stuck around for a good while.

Smell: Caramel malts balanced nicely by a refreshing citrus hop aroma.

Taste: The beer is quite hoppy for the style, in a good way, starting out with fresh citrus (grapefruit?), balanced with a light malty note that seems slightly caramelly. Finishes with a big, fresh, somewhat floral hop character that I expect from a brewery like Lagunitas.

Overall a nice refreshing beer. Nicely hopped but well balanced.

05-09-2008 20:58:43 | More by BucBasil
Photo of amiles


3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

A: Pours a dark copper color, hence the name. Decent lacing, and thin later of white head.

S: Sugar, Carmamel, and mild hops.

T: Pretty much tastes how it smells. This is very well balanced.

M: Mild carbonation, a little creamy with a bit of a bite.

D: Session beer with good flavor. Very enjoyable to knock back 3 or 4 of these.

05-09-2008 03:10:04 | More by amiles
Photo of happygnome


3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

a: pours a nice dark rich copper color with about a half inch of head that has fairly good retention time leaving a good amount of lacing
s: sweet caramel malts with citrusy and floral hops that balance this brew out
t: sweet caramel malts with the nice floral and citrus hop bitterness really is very enjoyable
m: medium bodied beer with good amount of carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this

05-05-2008 22:19:42 | More by happygnome
Photo of Redwood21


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

A: it could have a more luscious head, but the almost glowing red amber color is well heavenly

S: caramel, faint, not sugar sticky, but well balanced with a hop earthyness. not hoppy like a pale ale or stronger, but more like there being hops in beer balancing other aspects, not as the show. this a balanced beer skewed towards a malty sweetness

this is a great beer, the kind that you go "this is a great beer" it wont redefine the world, but it will make you love your love for beer

05-03-2008 05:46:01 | More by Redwood21
Photo of Jottpe


3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours out a beautiful dark amber. The head is light and disappears quickly. Smell is a little hoppy/flowery. It tastes crisp at first, smoothing out quickly and has a definite hoppy character . A moderate hopsy flavor throughout but an odd aftertaste at the end (my friend calls it "perfumey") that isnt entirely unpleasant. Mouthfeel is great, very smooth but almost oily leaves a bit of a coat on the tongue and throat. Definitely drinkable, you could easily follow the advice on the bottle "Don't Sip".

04-29-2008 00:09:56 | More by Jottpe
Photo of Portertime


4.22/5  rDev +13.1%

Again hilarious name you crazy potheads at Lagunitas. You can't not like a beer named The Kronic. I enjoyed it well chilled in a pint glass. Powered the same color it says on the bottle: a rich copper. The smell was nice floral hop but not overpowering and a pinch of sweet malt. The taste was about equal to the aroma with a nice complexity and good balance. Dude, I think I'm getting the munchies.

04-28-2008 20:56:08 | More by Portertime
Photo of donteatpoop


4.22/5  rDev +13.1%

Poured a rich copper with a thick pale head, good retention that clung nicely to the glass.

Smelled mostly of hops and caramel malts.

A little creamy in the mouth with a light hoppy taste, great taste.

A well balanced ale, goes down smooth; very drinkable.

Amazingly good.

04-26-2008 22:51:42 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of Kraken


3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured from 12oz bottle into Fordham Maibock pint glass. Fairly vigorous pour resulted in minimal head with almost no retention. the Kronic poured a lovely coper color. Smells of malts and slight hoppiness. Nice rich taste, slight hop bitterness immediately on the tongue followed by a solidly malted body, slight sweet finish. Another very tasty product from Lagunitas. Well Done!

04-26-2008 01:17:59 | More by Kraken
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

A: Poured a clear, rustic copper color with a dull white head that was moderately lasting leaving a minimal lacing.

S: sweet caramel and citrus with a floral hopping.

T: sweet dry malt, some toasted caramel, woodiness, dry brown sugar and a big breadiness. There was a nice dry floral hopping in the finish but was the dry, malty nature of this beer that defined it.

M: medium full and creamy.

D: Drinkability was ok, not a session ale. A big dry, malty red with a good hop bitterness makes for a good try.

04-24-2008 22:37:51 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of SchmoTerp


4.28/5  rDev +14.7%

A friend of mine spoke very highly of this beer so when I found it on a trip outside Alabama, I was sure to pick it up. I was not disappointed. This beer is smooth but delivers such a powerful punch for a red ale. No overpowering aftertastes which is great in my book. Thoroughly enjoyed this one. Will certainly buy again.

04-22-2008 23:31:41 | More by SchmoTerp
Photo of ccrida


4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into Lagunitas shaker, The Cronic is clear bubbly bronze with a smaller ivory head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is very sweet, pure brown sugar with the slightest hint of grain.

Taste is, thankfully, not as sweet, more classic American amber, caramel malt, only slightly grainy, grassy hops, with just enough sugar to give it distinction. I prefer them slightly sweeter, and have to say this is one of my favorite classic style ambers for that reason, and also that it's very clean and smooth.

Mouthfeel is creamy, lighter bodied, but with a drier, crisp finish.

Drinkability is high. I've never sessioned these before, but think it's a great all occasion beer, also one that would be a good transition brew for non-craft drinkers.

04-07-2008 00:23:29 | More by ccrida
Photo of ommegoose


3.48/5  rDev -6.7%

Served 3-31 at Prairie Moon in Evanston, IL. Pint glass.

A bit of a stadium pour here. Very little head, but filled nearly to the brim. Did not look promising initially, but after a few sips there was some nice looking 360 degree lacing going on. After a certain point this did not sustain. Color was a nice amber-brown.

The nose was not really impressive. I'm going to give this the benefit of the doubt since there was very little head on the pour. And I was in a bar. Granted, a non-smoking bar. Still, I mostly only got some English-smelling hops out of it.

Interesting. If it were up to me, I would not have put this beer in the amber/red category. It comes closer to an English brown ale or bitter. I thought the hops really overpowered the malts. Not too bitter, but more on the earthy/spicy side. The general hop profile reminded me of English beers, and I suspect Goldings were used. Like the hops Sam Adams uses, and I sampled a bunch recently. I liked, but was looking for more balance in the malts. It finished very well.

Good mouthfeel. Medium. Nothing I can point to as being weak, nor much above average. Crisp.

Easy to drink. I had previously had a bottle while drunk/not paying too much attention, and it didn't do much for me. I will say that I found this to be much better. I could have had another, but this was my choice for last call. I probably won't get this beer again for a while, unless it's on special, as it was tonight.

04-04-2008 05:24:07 | More by ommegoose
Photo of Brianmerrilyn

New York

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

Poured into mini heffe glass at 08 Long Island Crew Brew festival. The suds came out in force on this one and were a finger or more, perhaps more to chilling for the festival, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The smell was a good mix of hops but not overpowering. The Taste was a suprising creamyness. Rich and thick for my mouthefeel and I'd go back to this one easily.

03-31-2008 02:26:41 | More by Brianmerrilyn
Photo of Rootdog316


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours a clear red color with no head retention at all. The nose is of rich caramel toffee and caramel malt with some earthy hops. The flavor is smooth caramel and butterscotch toffee with an initial bitter tartness on the tip of your tounge. Personally enjoy the sweet candy sugar that coats your mouth like a film. The finish is kind of bland all you can taste is the left over sugar but the flavor is not as intense as it is when the beer is in your mouth.

03-29-2008 22:30:01 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of BeerZack

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%

Dark reddish copper color with minimal white head, no lace.

Sweet caramalts, toffee, bit of citrusy and woodsy hops.

Fairly light in body with strong stinging carbonation.

Fairy mild light caramalt flavor with a good dose of hops, some light pine and citrus, but still definitely sweet, too sweet for me.

Drinkable, but 12oz is enough for me I think.

03-13-2008 07:30:49 | More by BeerZack
Photo of SurlyDuff


3.58/5  rDev -4%

The Censored (Kronic) pours, well, copper. With a nice fluffy head that hangs in there.

Aroma is light. Lemon, pale maltiness, sweet caramel.

Grassy and hoppy profile. Mouthfeel is a bit light and watery.

The girlfriend 'called' this one, so i just got to taste and review. Drinkability is certainly there, so I wish I had dibbs on it first.

Oh well.

A real nice amber, great balance.

03-13-2008 04:20:46 | More by SurlyDuff
Photo of edskirk3


4.28/5  rDev +14.7%

Twelve ounces, brown glass. The original gravity and bitterness level are printed on the label; 1.065 and 25.08 IBUs respectively.

Pouring into a pint glass. It's a copper ale indeed, topped with half a finger of cream-colored froth. It's thin but it looks creamy and the lacing backs that up.

Light caramel malt aroma.

Right at the start we have a light and fruity, and also slightly toasted, caramel malt flavor. Not overpowering by any means. As the ale lingers, a subtle woody note slides into the profile. After we let it linger even more, we're treated to a grassy kiss of the hop. This is subtle as well. This beer is all about subtlety. It's so smooth and feels a little creamy.

I don't know what's exactly being Censored here, but it certainly isn't flavor.

03-12-2008 04:22:37 | More by edskirk3
Photo of Lothar666

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

A- Just as the name implies, this brew has a dark red copper body that is translucent and topped by a creamy white head. Not all that different from many red ales I have seen.

S- Smell is barely present at all; what is noticeable is some sweet malts, grass and metallic notes. There is little else.

T- Taste is better than expected. Sweet malts and sugar up front balanced by a bit of hops in the finish. What almost ruins it is the copper penny aftertaste that sets in a few seconds later, though even this becomes quite tolerable after a few sips, and the rich malts become more complex with each sip.

M- Full bodied, smooth and very rich and creamy. The translucent body is very deceptive in this regard, leading me to believe this would be a thin gulping beer, the kind one can only tolerate ice cold. Not so. A very pleasant surprise.

D- For what it is worth, this one goes down very easy and the fairly low ABV makes this a good one to enjoy while cooking, doing homework or working on the house.

03-12-2008 03:14:00 | More by Lothar666
Photo of Lenny2884

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%

Pours a nice amber, copper color with a one finger creamy white head. Great lacing left behind as the head falls back into the beer.

Smells of carmel malt and light citrus hops. I was expecting a bigger aroma from a beer also known as the Kronic.

Nice balance. Starts with a subtle hop bitterness followed by a nice matly sweetness. Citrus hoppiness re-enters the taste in the end ever so slight and ends dry. It seems to be lacking some punch as it flirts with a big flavor explosion but never really follows through. Maybe the name is deceiving but I was expecting something a little bigger.

Overall, a nice balanced brew and different offering from Lagunitas. Good session beer in my opinion. More flavors and character reveal itself the more I drink. Time to grab another one. Cheers!

03-07-2008 03:33:40 | More by Lenny2884
Photo of WJVII


3.1/5  rDev -16.9%

This brew poured an orange copper color with a cream colored 1/4 inch head with minimal lacing. Once settled the beer became very transparent with a thin body and moderate carbonation. The overall smell of this beer was of slight roasted malt, some caramel, and a bit of vanilla. My first taste has notes of honey, orange, and some mild hops.

Overall feeling of this beer, it is a little thin with moderate carbonation, not too strong of flavor. This is just an OK example of a red ale. Worth a try, but nothing too extravagant.

03-06-2008 01:19:17 | More by WJVII
Photo of MrMcGibblets


3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

hazy dark copper/amber in color with an off-white head and good lacing. floaties are present, which detracts a bit from the appearance. aromas of toffee, caramel, and burnt sugar dominate, with some resiny pine and fruitcake notes. taste was a rather rich, bready caramel malt profile balanced by a moderate hop bitterness, overall a bit on the malty side. medium-bodied with a spritzy, lively carbonation. overall a very well done session beer, and i'm sure this is great fresh at the brewery.

03-04-2008 05:37:54 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

12oz bottled hauled back from an excursion to PA.

Great label! Made me laugh. Eye-catching and clever.

The K - er, I mean "Censored" is a very hazy copper-red ale with a wimpy head that fizzles out in a few minutes to a barely-there cover on my pint. Tons of particulate in this one. I mean, metric #*@! tons.

Smells deliciously malty and sweet, oatmeal cookies and caramel. Some solid hop bitterness lurks in the background to balance this <censored> good smellin' beer. Sometimes, less is more.

Mmm... toasty malt sweetness... Censored is a pretty darn solid malt-heavy amber ale, medium bodied and slightly grainy. The bittering citrus hops balance out the big sweet malt flavors very well, and the finish is light caramel and just a hint of grapefruit. This is a simple, sweet, well balanced ale.

Mouthfeel is thin, but ample light carbonation (not prickly, thankfully) makes this a very easy drink. Reminds me of a weaker, less hopped version of Lag's own Undercover Shutdown ale.

Censored is $%*(!ing easy to drink and well put together. I have been getting lucky with out of state beers lately... would love a six pack of this. Anyone out there?

02-24-2008 21:11:39 | More by kkipple
Photo of cichief


3.88/5  rDev +4%

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep orange-copper, somewhat hazy, but with a nice white head.

S- Somewhat malty, with a citrus hop scent.

T- Very big and malty, but finishes nice and bitter.

M- Very smooth, almost buttery, medium body.

D_ A very good and drinkable brew, but Lagunitas has so many others to try.

02-23-2008 16:30:50 | More by cichief
Photo of Slynger


4.2/5  rDev +12.6%

Censored pours a strange burnt orange copper color with a bit of a haze. The lid on it is eggshell with good size and a modest creaminess that thins to leave nice lacing. The nose is surprisingly fruity. Tangy tangerine and sweet orangey citrus unite with sweet caramel and lightly toasted malt aromas. A drop of vanilla and floral hops help to meld the fruit and grains together. Medium in body with a smooth and creamy texture. Tangerine returns in the taste along with sweetly toasted caramel malts. Fresh, orangey citrus rounds out the edges while a bit of bitter rind comes through with toasted malts in the finish. Throw in a dash of earthly black pepper spiciness and you've got yourself the kronic. I didn't really know what to expect from this brew, but it really impressed me. I would liken it to a censored version of a barleywine or strong ale. Great flavor, while incredibly drinkable. This is a great everyday offering from a brewery that hasn't let me down yet.

02-20-2008 04:45:46 | More by Slynger
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +12.6%

Short, fat, 12 oz single bottle copped for $1.99 from Total Wine and More in Union, as a big fan of Lagunitas, had high hopes for this one... "Rich Copper Ale" on the white, logo sticker... Pours an attractive copper and bronze appearnce with an impressive head that lingered for a while... smell was on-target for the style, with a nice mixture of caramel and hops... taste was equally on-point, with noticeable vanilla, bittersweet sugar-candies, grapefruit, esters, and a noticeable amber essence... very good, crisp, clean flavor that burst through and was loaded with quality and character... very good stuff from Lagunitas and another winner from a terrific brewery... nice, creamy mouthfeel with amazingly easy drinkability for a rather modest 5.9% ABV... I could drink this stuff all night... Very good sample... Definitely recommended...

02-19-2008 00:39:34 | More by dsa7783
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