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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,424
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 47
Gots: 247 | FT: 1
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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 droomyster
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, darker hue of copper with a small, off-white head that lasts for a couple of minutes. Aromas a predominantly toffee, with hints of dark fruits, perhaps raisins. The flavors and feel are nothing short of terrific. Very complex, medium-full bodied, almost chewy feel. A lot of sweeter notes, like toffee and caramel, that don't descend into the cloying range due a dull background haze of hops that are hard to describe. Maybe they're earthy, maybe they're more tea-like...it's hard to say because they only whisper through the powerful maltiness. Far chewier and maltier than the other amber ales out there, but regardless of style category, this is one hell of a beer.

Photo of larryi86
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Clear red with a hint of copper and a one finger off-white head.

S- Some spicy notes, little bit of citrus hops, all balanced by sweet caramel malts.

T- A lot like the smell. The malts balance the slightly hoppy finish.

M- Light, refreshing, smooth.

D- Easy to drink. I feel that this a decent craft beer that a non-craft drinker can enjoy.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - deep rootbeer hue, nice bubbly off white head that dissipated to random covering,, some lacing
S - sweet and nutty with resiny and spicy hints and slight metallic
T - very malty with smoky sweet prominence along with a nutty tinge, balanced with light leafy and spicy hops with a caramelly finish
M - medium body smoothness with a balance of sweet and slight bitter balance, a great taste bud mixture
D - there is something about this beer that is enticing from many angles, it didn't really wow me until i was almost finished the bottle and I was dying for another (almost like "The Kronic" does to me). Lagunitas does not dissapoint!

Photo of roddwolff
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Taken on a rainy afternoon. Served in a duve tulip glass. Look: Copper cloudy color, thin foamy head with great lacing. Smell: Toffee and prune malt with character of earth hops. Taste: Eart hops with toffee malt and pumpkin notes. Mouthfeel: Warm and dry, slightly woody with high bitterness and robust body. Drinkability: Feels that it's more alcohol than 5.9 but overall i liked.

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a good thing they call this a "rich copper ale", as it's too pale to be called a red, in my opinion. For some reason, I was kind of expecting a darker beer to come out of the bottle, but was reminded by the label that I shouldn't be surprised. There was a fair bit of loose, large sediment at the bottom. I left the last little bit in the bottle, because it just didn't look right to me. There was a bit of head, which reduced to a creamy skim. Lots of lacing.

The smell is like a combo of an IPA, cream ale, and a red ale. Fruity, malty, smooth.

Interesting taste... the IPA smell is misleading. I would definitely put it in the cream / red ale category now. It reminds me a bit of Innis & Gunn and Greene King. It has that sweet red flavour... with the toffee and sugar notes. It has a bit more going on, too... a little earthy.

The feel at first is smooth and creamy, with a bit of a lasting tingle from the carbonation. The finish is a bit dry, and a bitterness kicks in that leans towards the IPA side of things.

A pretty drinkable brew! That odd-looking (and unexpected) sediment threw me off, but this is a good beer.

Photo of lovetranquillity
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery redish color. Small head.

Good balance of hops and malt, smells good and inviting.

Mostly malty with some hop bitterness.

Medium body, average carbonation.

Very easy drinking. Almost a mix between lager and pale ale in character.

It is a good easy drinking quality simple beer. Nothing outstanding but a good beer. I would buy it again if I was in the mood for something with not too much complexity.

Photo of PintOHops
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Nonic

A - A clear copper color with moderate-high C02. It didn't really produce a good head, almost a 1-finger and it died down fast. It didn't leave any lacing but held a thin ring atop my beer.

S - An almost balanced malt/hop aroma. I definitely notice chocolate and biscuit, along with a bit of caramel and bread. I get mild prune fruit and herbal like hop notes, overall I would say the malt slightly dominates the aroma. It almost reminds me of New Belgium Fat Tire with a bit more hop character.

T - The malt character doesn't come out as much as I thought it would. I get an herbal hop flavor upfront and throughout that sorta dominates the malts. I only get slight caramel and lots of bready flavors for the malts, a bit of black cherry or prune fruit as well. It finishes with a hop zip of rind like bitterness and a bit of citrus flavor, the soft malt notes just sorta become absent after awhile.

M - Smooth and medium bodied with soft crispness.

D - Pretty darn drinkable, I could easily put down a few especially with food. I was disappointed with the malt profile in the flavor though, it was subdued and overall it just reminded me of an Alt style beer. Not bad if there's nothing else being served at a restaurant or bar, but at home, eh I'd say pass.

Photo of JosiahS
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

glass: Nonic

Aggressive pour resulted in less than a finger of white head. The body is a copper-brown color. It's pretty clear, looks near a complete filter. Scattered small bubbles are visible. No lacing.

Smell is of slightly citric and floral hops with a strong base of caramel, tart cherry and dates. Blended together almost brings out a copper-like aroma. Toasty, dough-like overtone.

soft and light mouthfeel(but medium in body). Co2 is low. Up front and towards the middle is a balancing act of light citrus and floral hops along with rich cherries, toasted bread and caramel/brown sugar. Towards the end the floral hops kick in and lend a nice, yet mild, bitter finish.

Decent beer, i question the style though, Lagunitas could have probably got away with calling this an Alt or ESB. I like it but for the style and price, there are better choices.

Photo of velosuds
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness dating apparent. Single purchased from local natural foods store for $1.29 on sale.

A-Pours a medium amber with virtually no head and scant lacing.

S-Faint floral hops and a mild caramel malt aroma.

T-Fruity with ample hop bitterness and malt sweetness but kind of more like an Old Ale than an Amber. A little too fruity.

M-A bit harsh from over carbonation.

D-Another mediocre offering from Lagunitas. I never buy more than a single since they don't use bottle dating.

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

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Copper in color, with a nice 2" off white head that slowly fell back to a 1/8" cap, leaves some nice, fine lacing on the glass. Carbonation is constant with tiny bubbles slowly working themselves up to the top.

S: Toast, caramel, biscuits, slightly floral hop, a little bit of yeast. Not a ton going on, but not bad.

T: Sweet caramel, toast, a tiny bit of cherry, a little bit of floral/herb like hop. Not a ton here either. But still not bad.

M: This one is nice. Smooth carbonation, body is nicely weighted, and it is borderline creamy. Nice.

D: Very easy to drink. The sweetness is nice, and it doesn't overpower the beer. The body keeps it easy to drink, as it's not overly heavy on the palate.

This one is a nice drinking beer, and by that, I mean that it's easy to just drink and drink and drink. My score may show that it's lacking, and it is somewhat IMO, but at the same time, this would be a fantastic intro beer into the world of craft. Easy to drink, not overly powerful or hoppy. Not shabby at all.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. This beer ironically comes out a copper color, hence the label. The good clarity of it makes it look a little amberesque as well. There is a big off white head that goes away fairly quickly but provides some decent lacing.

The smell is very good as well. Strong, smells both sweet and bitter at the same time. Caramelized malts and great large amounts of citrus hopes, and a hint of maple in my opinion. Has a slight barleywine type smell to it.

Taste is also really good. Sweet, caramelized malts jump out right away, then the hops come out and they linger for awhile. The flavors of sweetness and bitterness are really well balanced. They both have their individual parts but good.

Mouthfeel is very good, if you didn't catch on, I think it's well balanced. Full bodied and full of flavor. Good carbonation feel as well. Drinkablility is very good, goes pretty quick. Another solid beer by Lagunitas.

Photo of JoePat
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark copper probably closer to amber color with a frothy kaki head that leaves a lot of lacing as it dissipates.

The aroma is a little light. I get some piney hops and some grainy caramel aroma.

The flavor is a nice sweet caramel malt flavor and some spicey hops. Very well balance.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel that roles over the tongue with ease.

A great flavorful beer that goes down with ease.

Photo of atsprings
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on cask tonight at Busy Bee. Served in a standard pint glass a crisp dark orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is crisp citrus hops and some sweet malts. The taste is a nice balance of citrus hops and sweet caramel malts. The beer is quite light, crisp and oh so smooth. This is a very enjoyable cask beer, one I would love to have on cask again.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahhhh, last of the beers from my old job (I kept a fridge full in my office for the other employees to enjoy after work...About 10 were in there as of my last day)....Pours a, you guessed it, copper amber-ish color. Lots of carbonation and a rich, creamy head. Tiny amounts of lacing. Aroma is very faint and shows some pineapple, vanilla and hint of piney hoppiness. Flavor is very rich - they were dead on that - showing excellent balance between the hop bitterness and maltiness. Very full mouthfeel and very flavorful, though not super complex: hops and malt and yeast. Good beer, but not elite. Alwasy well-priced, too, so worth keeping a sixer around all times in your beer fridge.

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a real nice amber copper color (duh). Loose carbonation with good retention. Aroma is malt forward, smells really toasty. No hop aroma at all. Taste is also really malt forward. Toasty and roasty without being heavy, cereal flavors backed up by slighty hoppy bitter finish. Could have some more hops in there, even for the style. Beer has a nice round full mouthfeel without being cloying or heavy. Not my favorite style but its pretty drinkable.

Photo of Soonami
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lagunitas Censored is the exact opposite end of the spectrum its other red ale, Lucky 13. In this beer, the caramel malts are the focus with the hops taking a back seat. The deep copper color was topped with a off-white that clings and sticks around til the end. The aroma was dominated by the sweet, rich caramel with a little of oxidized sherry and fig. The taste was similar with a lot of chewy toasted malt and a hint of citrusy hops. The beer was full bodied with thick complex malts. The sweetness for me makes this a beer that is difficult to drink more than bottle of. I think that a blend of Lucky 13 and Censored would be a really good amber ale that complements each other and better than the sum of the parts.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium amber with a light off-white head, fair retention, light lace.

S: Strong malty nose, barleywine-esque, nice sweet smell.

T: Strong crystal malt flavour with a light hop character. Definite American flavour, some orange, grapefruit.

M: Light/medium-bodied, smooth, creamy, light carbonation.

D: Solid amber, not overhopped which I like in this style. Something to try for sure, nice red ale.

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.

Censored from Lagunitas Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,424 ratings.