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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,407
Reviews: 849
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 46
Gots: 224 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

35 IBU
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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dwilson01
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CBlack85
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rootbeerman
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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"

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

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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of IPAescotch
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of NWer
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Long813
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of chickenflea
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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

Pours a dark orange with two finger cream colored head, leaves a nice ring of lace for a couple of inches. Smell: a bit resinous, leafy, slightly tannic, light caramel sweetness. Taste: quick sweetness, vinous, pretty fruity - almost like a strawberry finish, with a leafy and slightly citric hop character. A bit light and crisp, but nice carbonation. Not as sweet as many in the style, but would make a refreshing sessioner.

Photo of sfprint
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark orangy brown in color. It's quite a nice color, though theres nearly no head.

Smell: Sweet, almost syrupy IPA smell.

Taste: IPAish and secondly amber like.

Mouthfeel: Dry with not so much carbonation.

Drinkability: Great, interesting beer, that I could drink all evening.

Photo of JMad
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Smells like caramel malt and dried fruits, nice and sweet scent.

Tastes like it smells, just a hint of bitterness. a lot of maltiness.

Very smooth almost creamy. Can hardly feel any carbonation.

This beer is very drinkable, I might smash this whole 6 pack faster than i really wanted too.

Photo of MOB210SA
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-orange copper with a half inch nice frothy tan head. Some particles are present. Some light scattering of lacing around the glass.

The smell is somewhat alcoholic for it just being only 6%. A rich sweet smelling dark frutiness comes through the most. The scent is reminding me of a toned down old ale. North Coast's in particular.

Wow. Smooth and pretty velvety mouthfeel. Goes down easy and leaves an almost metallic and malty lingering finish. Lightly carbonated, enjoyable mouthfeel/drinkability.

Drinkability is there. Nice bodied and smooth, this beer is a pleasure to drink and don't realize how easy it disappears. I enjoy The KroniK.

Photo of Procrastinator
3.97/5  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.

Photo of malty
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.82/5  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.

Photo of Seanstoppable
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of cruzncomet
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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

Photo of andyfrancis
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of ralree
3.61/5  rDev -3%
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.

Censored from Lagunitas Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,407 ratings.