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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,255
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 38
Gots: 149 | 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 mattster
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened 12 fl oz bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Pours a low head that dissipates quickly. Brew is a copper brown/cola colored ale that is clear.

Smell is of dark malts, slight fruit. Taste of caramel malts, slight hoppyness. Very smooth on the palate with a nice finish. Quite well balanced. I'd enjoy finishing another couple of these.

mattster, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of kiddynamite920
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper with minimal head that diminishes to ring in no time. The head is not needed with this beer, as its taste does all the work. A delectable red ale, don't want to go as far as saying one of the best I've had, but it's up there. Has a spiced flavor to it, forgive me if I'm wrong but I also pick up anise and licorice scents. Mouthfeel is extraordinary, very thick for a red. Lingers on the tongue and roof of the mouth. I really enjoy this brew and am becoming a big fan of Lagunitas.

kiddynamite920, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty red, and it's well-filtered, giving the color clarity and shine. Head is quite thin despite a pretty aggressive pour.

Aroma has the sweetness of succulent berries and red fruits, along with a pronounced hopping that brings to mind all those great West Coast and Pacific NW "C" hops. The blend of this bright sweetness and grassy/earthy hops is as balanced as can be.

Tastes just a bit tamer than the aroma lets on, the sweet berry-ness is the main feature, but seems dialed down from its assertiveness in the nose, while the hops are sensible and polite. The fruity sweetness almost veers toward strawberry soda, if it weren't for the leafy bitterness and kiss of alcohol warmth coming in behind it. Coppery mineral-ness comes into the finish too.

Decent balance of smooth texture and ample carbonation--and a little stickiness too. Mouthfeel simply does what it should. Doesn't detract, but it doesn't leave any great impression either. With warming it starts peeking into a creamy area, but never goes far enough in.

Pretty good to darned solid Good. Like all the Lagunitas stuff, it's solid, enjoyable, high quality and very drinkable--but never outstanding or world class (IMO, OK?). Hey, gotta give them props, their beers always range from good to kick-ass across the board. Seems like a low score for this one, but no, I like it just fine, it's totally solid, but nothing that I couldn't live without. Serviceable, I think they say.

Metalmonk, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of soupermirl
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, Lagunitas pulled it out on this one. Great beer with a very good flavor. Very nice smell. Not that hoppie, not that sweet. Just an all around good beer. I'd have it on more than one occasion. Kronic is a very good beer. If you are looking for a good Californian beer, with a great flavor and very good all around tast, this is the one.

soupermirl, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of jayfarley3
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Appearance is a clear amber color with a small white head that disappeared very quickly. Smell is sweet and malty. Taste is of sweet caramel malt with a slight hop bitterness. This beer is medium bodied and goes down smooth. This beer is good but a bit sweet for my liking.

jayfarley3, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at european street cafe. It was a solid amber ale. I would get it again, but never go out looking for it.

appearance: copperish amber

smell: mild hops

taste: very clean, carmel slight falvor

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very very easy and smooth

CampusCrew, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - reddish to copper color with a 1 inch thick white head

S - smells of malt and some toffy and caramel I can tell its gonna be sweet

T - taste is very sweet (not my favorite in beers but still good) some caramel and fruit hints in it very little hop flavor

M - very smooth feel and refreshing

D - its refreshing but for my taste i couldn't take more than one because of the sweetness

JoEBoBpr, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of HeyItsChili
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear amber with a thin, weak, foamy ecru head.

S - Exceedingly sweet, with a tinge of alcohol, malty goodness, and understated citrus.

T - Brown sugar and roasted malts dominate this with very little hops to balance things out, so keep that in mind if you're a hophead.

M - A little sticky, not full bodied but still viscous.

Notes - I found this delicious and utterly drinkable, but it sort of plays to my sweet tooth.

HeyItsChili, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of rgrholmes168
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

The beer pours a very nice orange (copper) color, but there was no real head to speak of. The slight bit of foam that appeared, quickly disappated.

A pretty strong, citrus aromas rises up from this beer.

The beer has a pretty decent taste. It is very crisp and light, but balanced. This does somewhat make up for the terrible head that it poured with. The caramel malt really comes through and I don't detect any bitter hops.

rgrholmes168, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of LordHammer
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a brilliantly clear copper, with about 1/2 inch of off white head that fades quickly to a thin layer that remains on top of the beer.

S: Aroma is light, but with distinct notes of roasted malts.

T: A light note of citrusy hops at the open, followed by sweet and roasty malt notes that linger until the next sip. A well balanced beeer that is pleasant at most any rate of consumption.

M: Carbonation is light, and the feel is a bit thin, especially considering the roasted malts in here.

D: Really a pleasant, sessionable brew. Would have no problem drinking and enjoying several of these.

LordHammer, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper pour with off-white head. Caramel, cinammon, some dried fruit make up the nose. Astringent taste with hops and grain up front, which is really out of place for a Lagunitas product. Malty middle with caramel flavors that leads to the more familiar Lagunitas sweetness in the back. Tasty beer.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of dstc
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orang-ish copper color with a nice tan head. Nice lacing.

Mild malts and decent hops in the nose with a slight sweetness to it.

Hops hits the tongue first then the taste mellows to sweet caramel malts. Lingering bitterness in the finish.

Smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Decent beer, easy to drink but nothing spectacular.

dstc, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of koopa
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Well....Copper but a tad on the orange side of the spectrum. TONS of sticky lacing on the slightly off white head which had moderate retention.

Smell: Nothing going on other than a caramel malt. Not off putting but really lack luster.

Taste: Think maple syrup, caramel, and honey mixed into one. The finish is lingering in a way I'm not enjoying.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin with high carbonation.

Drinkability: Its thin, well carbonated, and lightly sweet so its an easy session drinker. But I'm not sure I'd want to :)

koopa, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of gdfan47
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a red coppery color
a little head that hangs out a little..

it smells like malt, hard to smell the hops on this one

it tastes like a malty beer, not much hops... pretty smooth

its really hard to taste the hops, not bad.. but not overly memorable

gdfan47, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of slvrmon82
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep dark amber red. Little head that fades fairly quickly.

S - Lots of hops and malt. Very floral. Maybe apple at the end.

T - Very nice with lots of sweet amber malt upfront that fades into a great very hoppy beer. A little citrus and fruit at the end. Apple I pick up.

M - Nice and smooth with a nice carbonation. Medium body. Goes down very smooth.

D - Thats a lot of hops at the end with a little too much bitterness for my liking.

slvrmon82, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to tpd975 for this one.

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear, light amber in color with a one finger sized, offwhite head. A good amount of lacing as well and the retention is decent.

Aroma is very malty, very bready, very sweet, and very fruity. A touch of hops and maybe a hint of alcohol. Loads of caramel as well.

Pretty sweet at first taste. Again, more caramel and a significant toasty and bready flavor. A slight hop bite and some citrus fruitiness; mango and papaya.

Decent on the tongue. Medium bodied. Clean and dry. A little too sweet for my liking. One of these and I grow weary.

SaCkErZ9, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
2.6/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- the chronic is a clear copper amber with a standard bubbly buff colored head. looks like a canned biscuit. good amount of lace and retention.

S- intriguingly malty, cereal grains of all sorts, very nutty, pineapple, orange banana, actually alot like that dole pine-orange-banana juice. some caramel and diacetyl undertones.

T- dammit it has that wet dog taste. otherwise malty and semi-sweet, caramel, toasted nuts, sweet grains, toasted bread, stale tobacco, low earthy bitterness and somewhat lacking in character. i had hoped a beer with such a name would be... better. dr dre's been rapping about it for years.

MF- feels a little strange on the palate, somewhere in between cloying and sticky, pretty one dimensional, medium carbonation, a little syrupy.

D- not too good, tastes and feels awkward as the scales are tipped on the malty side.

hustlesworth, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of tburkhart
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amberish with uber thin lacing on top. No lacing to be found.

Smells malty. No hops, just malts.

Tastes slightly of bitter malts. Not a fan of this flavor. Sticks around on the palate for awhile with an off taste, don't quite know how to describe it.

Not a huge fan of this beer as it sits awkwardly on the palate. Definitely had better Red Ales.

tburkhart, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of adamette
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Taco Mac in Cumming, GA into a clean, clear glass.

A Generous light brown head over an appropriate translucent amber body. Nice.

S Some hops but more "amber" smell. Very good and inviting.

T A nice amber with a bit of hops kick. Really quite good.

M Moderate like an amber should/could be.

D Fair to good.

Notes: A successful offering from Lagunitas but nothing earth shattering for me. I do appreciate the attention brought on it by the whole "censored" label and everything.

adamette, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear amber gold with a small but thick beige head.

Malty aroma with kisses of caramel and toffee. Hops are floral but very light.

Nice taste of sweet malts and toffee. Again, hops are present but very light.

Medium bodied, smooth, with a light carbonation.

A solid amber ale from Lagunitas. Easy to drink and enjoy.

Monkeyknife, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of Edgecrusher
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearance: Get this-a nice deep copper color. Minimal lacing with a decent head.

Smell: Sweet malty aroma

Taste: Heavy on the malt flavor, but not overpowering. Hops are there but do not stand out.

Mouthfeel: Low to medium on the carbonation. Avery smooth drink for an ale.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink.

Overall a good beer if you crave some malty goodness-but not a malt bomb.

Edgecrusher, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of everetends
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle thanks to Ckeegan04 poured into my Terrapin Pint Glass.

A: Pours a nice and clear dark amber color. About a quarter ince of head rose of a rather vigourous pour and the lacing is weak and sparse. Lots of active carbonation bubble streams coming up through the glass. It looks a bit mediocre.

S: Smell is of some nice light toasted, super sweet malt presence. Just a ton of sweet malt and caramel smells coming out. The hops come in just a bit as floral and sweet. Still there is not much to talk about. It is simple but still smells appetizing.

T: Taste is once again dominated by a heavy malt presence. Lots of sugar goodness but it is just enough. It would be easy for this beer to have been too sweet, but it rides the line wonderfully. Caramel sweetness is lovingly coating the mouth. Over half way through the the flavor profile comes a touch of bitterness from the hops. The hops just take enough of the edge off the sweet malts.

M: Light side of medium in body. Nice heavy and crisp carbonation that comes into its own making this a nice drinker. The brew drys up a bit on the finish and really makes you want to take another sip. Pretty nice.

D: This is a nice simple brew. I can see why it was named the Kronic. It is simple but you want more after every pull. Goes down easy and the ABV isn't noticable at all. Good brew.

everetends, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the Marquee Lounge in Chicago.

A= This ale poured a clear, deep amber color with a 1/2" light tan head. The head dropped to a skim rather quickly and left just a bit of lacing down the glass.

S= The dominating aromas of this beer were sweet carmelly malts and earthy hops.

T= I thought this beer had a very interesting taste profile. At times the huge sweet malty presence had almost a borderline Scottish ale quality. There was very little hop presence, just enough midway through each swallow to take the sweet edge off the malts. The finish dried considerably and made me want another sip.

MF= Heavy side of medium bodied with a creamy, slick mouthfeel. Low-medium carbonation.

D= This was a damn fine brew and one I would happily seek out again. Very drinkable, very sessionable and full of flavor.

spointon, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to an imperial pint tulip glass.

Pours a clear amber with an offwhite one finger head.

Faint smells of citrus hops blend well with a biscuity malt.

Sweet malt, but then mellow and perhaps a little bland. I guess it is balanced like it should be.

A little thin in the mouthfeel.

Very drinkable amber ale.

aubuc1, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of kkosmoski
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured hard into a large Ayinger glass. Dark copper color topped by a large fluffy cream colored head and crystal clear. Smells of burnt toffee, caramel apple, earthy hops, pumpernickel toast. Flavors include toast, pithy citrus, lemon, and caramel. Finish is bitter and slightly metallic. Mouthfeel is medium, as is the carbonation. A fairly easy drinking ale with solid bitterness - I think the metallic finish would get in the way after a while. I have enjoyed some of the hoppy ales from Lagu very much - this was a bit of a change of pace. I would love to try it fresh on tap.

kkosmoski, Oct 24, 2008
Censored from Lagunitas Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,255 ratings.