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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,109 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,109
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 33
Gots: 107 | 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 funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured into my glass a nice dark red, some off white head floating at the top. Smell is sweet and malty, not hoppy like most of these guys' brews. Taste is very nice, perfectly balanced between sweet malts and hop bitterness. Everything comes together as it should. Aftertaste has a hint of alcohol and some hop aroma as well. Pretty easy to drink as well.

Another very good solid beer. I'd recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 19:43:41 | More by funkengruven
Photo of tpd975


3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a reddish orange, more on the orange side than red with a head that quickly builds and then fades to nothing. No lacing to speak of.

S: I really like the aroma. Has a honey caramel sweetness that stands out. There are some floral qualities in the background with a hint of citrus. Very perfume like.

T: It's just okay. Has a nice malty sweetness with a touch of honey goodness. Way way in the back there is a touch of piney hops, but you really have to savor this one to notice it.

M: Light and smooth.

D: It's drinkable, would probably be a good session beer for a gateway drinker.

Overall: An okay offering my Lagunitas. I will stick to the big hop bombs they put out in bombers. This is an average beer that would probably be enjoyed by those just getting into the craft brew scene.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 17:47:30 | More by tpd975
Photo of albern


3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a nice copper and amber color, a decent white head, some lacing, some retention. The smell is very good and you'll detect nice piney notes in the hops, some toasted malts, maybe some fruits in the fig/apricot/raisin family. The smell is better than the taste. The hops became a bit more bitter than I would have liked and the malts were more than toasted, rather burnt and too caramely for my liking. The aftertaste was a bit bitter and it lingered too long on the tongue. The mouthfeel was a bit creamy and this was accentuated a bit by the moderate carbonation in the beer, so this aspect gets a slightly better grade. Overall, I appreciated the hoppy character of the beer and its enticing smell, but the beer was also compromised by its rough edges and bitter aftertaste. This one is a one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 17:06:00 | More by albern
Photo of Minkybut


2.38/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I poured this skunky smelling flat beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was copper colored with a tan head that went away really fast. The tast was sour hoppy and reminded me of hay. The lacing was pretty decent but that is all I have to say good about this beer. I will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 15:55:36 | More by Minkybut
Photo of Murchmac


3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good looking beer bubbling over with frothy potability. Havent been smelling well lately, but the hoppy, grainy, sweet wort shines through in this pontiac firebird red/orangey body. A well balanced beer with a left jab of hops followed by a blow of sweet sweet malts to the head. A hint of alcohol cuz it's a lagunitas, but, sweet balanced, big mouthfeel. I havent had a lagunitas I didnt like, and this one's no different.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 01:24:10 | More by Murchmac
Photo of dbatch

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had these for a while (not years, maybe a month or three), just havent had the time to sit down and write the review.

A: Reddish, blood orange color with a good amount of carbonation. Leaves a little head, very light, no lacing.

S: Not particularly strong, but it is sweet, possibly some caramel, and some maltiness.

T: Sweetness and maltiness balance each other here, definitely caramel flavor, very slight citrus taste, but barely discernable.

M: Not particularly dry, carbonation is not overwhelming at all. Smooth

D: Not a session beer, feel it would be good with a hearty meal, maybe a beef stew or nice roast beef.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 22:18:18 | More by dbatch
Photo of DoubleJ


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The word "Censored" stands out on the bottle. I'm trying to figure out what word would be so bad that they would have black it out; something's written beneath that block. Well, on to the beer:

In color, it's copper to bronze, crowned with a soapy head. Subtle aroma of tropical fruit makes way for esters. This amber ale is a good one packed with flavor. It starts with fruity esters and ends with a punch of hop flavor in the back, leaving biscuity notes on the palate in the aftertaste. Quite tasty. I'll be coming back for more of this later.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 02:22:33 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of macster


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A surprisingly well done "Copper Ale".

Pours an attractive clear copper-orange color under a 1/2" tight white head. Good head retention throughout the glass. No lacing noted.

Aroma seemed very reserved and muted. Nothing off, just too mellow. Faint notes of caramel malts and some Noble or English hops barely make a presence.

Palate was very pleasant; smooth, round and creamy with a subtle carbonation.

Flavors were very well balanced here. Starts off with a Sugar Daddy caramel and dark honey flavor followed by a quite firm herb and spice hoppy bitterness. Finishes smooth and slightly sweet. Easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 04:39:10 | More by macster
Photo of kernalklink


4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice pour- reddish amber with a quickly dissipating off white head. Crisp aromas flowed form the pint glass- earthy hops, and slightly caramelized malty goodness. Taste was amazing- clean flavor, excellent piney hops pair perfectly wth the slightly roasted malts which have a sweetness that is balanced and refreshing. This would be a great sessioner, it goes down very easy. The mouthfeel has a chewiness to it but it is not overly malted and heavy and has no off flavors to speak of. There is hardly anything negative to say; im glad that an american style can hold its own against old school heavyweights.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 02:12:50 | More by kernalklink
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tis was not one of the more differentiated beers I can remember drinking recently, and it reminded me more than a bit of Leinenkugel Red. This beer was fairly light, a shade fruity and decently peppery, went well with my meal (a nice barbequed-beef sandwich).

It poured a nice copper color with good head formation. Smell was pretty minimal, with a bit of caramel but nothing special. Flavor was more peppery than anything else, with a very small amount of fruitiness balanced with some caramel. All-in-all I didn't find this beer to be extremely flavorful though, although it wasn't bad. There is some style mismatch here, but this beer reminded me quite a bit of a Leinenkugel's Red with a significantly softer mouthfeel. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 20:01:12 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of RichardWalter


4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very easily from the bottle; giving a copper strong ale color. Nice aroma. Thick, bubbly off white head. Great rich look. Caramel malt smell and full sweet dark sugar candy like flavor.

Mouthfeel thick and rich. Sweetness stays on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 03:41:09 | More by RichardWalter
Photo of kimcgolf


4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Taco Mac. Pored to a deep amber color with thick off-white head that lasted long and left very good lacing up and down the glass. Pleasant malty aroma blended with a touch of citrusy hops. Mouthfeel was full and tingly, and the taste was a continuation of the malt-hop blend.

This all led to a finish that was long and good. This was another very fine offering by Lagunitas.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2007 01:16:37 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of cjgator3


3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a reddish copper color with a nice off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the edge of the glass. The aroma is sweet toasted malt with some caramel and citrusy hops. The taste is malt up front but the hops kick into full gear shortly after leaving a nice long bitter finish from the hops. Overall, this is a delicious Amber that is highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 23:45:02 | More by cjgator3
Photo of BretSikkink


3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definitely copper colored, with some orange highlights. Creamy head is quite attractive, leaves some thick lacing.

Aroma and flavor are minimal - though there's nothing off, the whole thing is a bit too unobtrusive. Slightly peppery, caramel malt dominated, with a note of citric hopping.

Body is just fine, maybe a touch on the full side of medium. Quite smooth and enjoyable, but the emphasis is definitely on drinkability rather than loads of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 22:11:14 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good reddish, copper-penny color. Thick, bubbly head. Hazy and formidable, not at all like a light ale. Really rich looking. Near perfect. Spotty lace.

Smell contains the dual bitters of a dry but bitter malt smell, with a top layer of flowery, bitter hops. Bittersweetness of a Kolsch. Underlying flowery sweet smell.

Bold and rich ale flavor, with a bitter aftertaste. Hops come out here, very flower-bitter; a tiny bit woody. The thick malt is wetter, nicely balanced. Hint of caramel; rather strong molasses. Really rich flavor. Slight alcohol flavor.

Thick and rich. Really is chewy, in a good way. Feels like a real ALE. Creamy. Overall, very good: rich, thick, bold, bitter, slightly sweet, and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 01:46:44 | More by williamherbert
Photo of udubdawg


3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

pours a deep coppery orange color, very inviting. For a second it doesn't look like I'm going to get a head, but then it shows up with a vengeance with only a slightly harder pour. Head is pillowy before fading to a 1/8" cap, light tan/cream colored, and laces much of the glass as I drink. Really well done.

Nose is not the highlight by a longshot. A little sweet and light biscuity malt show up but the aroma can only be called faint.

better taste. Just a bit fruity on top of plenty of caramel malt. Sweet, crisp, and just a bit of doughy aftertaste. The 7.7% is nearly invisible here. Combined with the medium-to-full body this was a very satisfying and drinkable beer. Carbonation was a bit low, but perhaps my efforts to get a bit more head lowered that a bit - whatever, I have no complaints about the result.

If I DO have a complaint it is that this doesn't seem like a 7.7% beer, which makes me want to session it...and I don't think that would be a good idea. (and I'm not sure, but the sweetness could get annoying after a few of these)

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 21:57:17 | More by udubdawg
Photo of badbeer


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with a quickly receding white head, leaving bits of lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel-like with a touch of floral hops. Taste gives a trace of toffee, plenty of caramel sweetness that lingers, accompanied by just about the right amount of hops. Medium body and soft, yet higher carbonation. The numbers in my review do not fully match my opinion of this beer. Taste is higher than 4, but not quite a 4.5. This is one that I think I may be picking up more regularly. Well played, Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2007 07:14:59 | More by badbeer
Photo of kdoc8


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired at the Bier Stein, Eugene, OR. This was my favorite beer in my six-pack "Salute to Lagunitas" Adventure. It poured out a rich golden-amber color with a thin frothy white-tan head. The smell was sweet with some hints of caramel malts, but not at all strong. Which made the taste surprising, because the it tasted very strongly of caramel/toffee malts and was quite sweet and complex. I liked this quite a bit - probably my favorite Lagunitas at this point.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 00:58:31 | More by kdoc8


3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured as a nightcap after a long day at work. The head barely got to one finger and faded very fast to a thin pencil line of lacing. It's got a wonderful golden clear amber color with little visible carbonation. (Although my new Sam Adams glass' etched circle at the bottom did create a wonderful circle of floating bubbles)

Smell was un-impressive with little notes to speak of. What did come up was small hop, malt, and slight spice. Mouthfeel is interestingly heavy and wet which is not what I expected.

Taste was good and exactly what I was looking for. Crisp refreshing acidity, good sweetness, and rounded by a slight hop character.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 16:20:53 | More by MYJELLOMISFIT
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of tea, light malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is malty but light with flavors of caramel, tea and a little bit of fruit. There’s a mild hops presence that provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly bready with a bit of sweetness.

M: Crisp with some smoothness, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: Kind of tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, decent kick, it’s a beer that you can drink for a while but it’s not the first one that I would choose. This is a brewery that even the beers that have underwhelmed me have still been pretty decent, however this beer just seems to have that “just another beer” quality to it.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 04:48:37 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of tavernjef


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Muggy looking dark honey gold. Small fluffy capping of off-white/lightly yellowed foam. Once faded it keeps a solid skim always present. Lacing is lightly sticking in a few spots and broken strings.

Aroma is muggy sweet with dullish citric notions of lemon, grapefruit, orange, and melon. A pithy dryness levels it off with a mild pine sense and some flowery hop oils.

Taste is developed well in a lightly gooey maltedness of tropical citrusy stuff. Wrapped around it is a nice display of fluffy pithyness of orange and lemon. Delicatley flowery and somewhat oily, perhaps a touch of honey, but most definately pithy. Lots of orangey stuff tanging it up, juicing it down, and squeezing it into the palate. Lightly toasted parts sneak through as it warms. Finish is easy-going on the bitterness, quite tame in that respect. It has a certain pithy/piney pull to it as it fades with orange oils, but never is a burden to handle.

Firm, medium bodied feel, creamy with a slight snap and crunch of citrusy hop and carbonation. Lightly toasted with an oily background and a frontal area that seems to always stay present of citrus orangey pith and dryness.

A nice drinker of an ale here. Good depth and hop character throughout, as it always keeps interesting with subtle layers of toasted citrusy stuff. Solid stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 20:22:46 | More by tavernjef
Photo of sheikyerbouti


3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Deep copper, reddish hue, slightly hazy in appearance. Pours a nice, creamy head, which dissipates shortly.

S- Very malty, and breadlike . Reminds me of one of my favorite malty brews-Paulaner Octoberfest. Smells like the beginning of a mash...very nice

T- Chewy and sweet with strong notes of caramel. Very subdued hop aroma, low to medium bitterness levels.

M- Medium to full mouthfeel, slightly alcholic. Good level of carbonation.

D- I could drink about 2 of them. I really like the beer and it is pretty unique, but it is on the sweet side and more than a couple may not be the best way to enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 23:45:33 | More by sheikyerbouti
Photo of TiMX


4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great Beer!!

It is crystal clear copper. A very nice looking beer with all the taste to back it up. Off white head that really clings to the side of the glass.

Good hop bitterness with out being too hoppy (for me). Sweet and Citrus are the flavors that come out to me. But not at all heavy like you many beers that you would call sweet.

All in all I really like this beer. I will be sure and get some more in the morning. If you get a chance be sure and "score" some.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 02:16:30 | More by TiMX
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, deep, crystal clear amber color with a nice slightly tan two fingers of head that takes its time disappearing. Looks pretty good. Nose is okay; a little grain, some sweet brown sugar malt. Nothing much else in there. Taste is solid; up front sweet caramel malt. Salty hops show up at the back, giving it an almost ESB flavor. Feel is solid, good carbonation and a nice bite on the tongue too. Overall, I liked this one, although I might throw it in the ESB style rather than Ambers (although it is a catch all, so what do I know?). Definitely a tasty one, in any case.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 22:14:06 | More by soupyman10
Photo of dfried


3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Toffee/copper in color, quite bright, thin off white head that was mainly a ring. The aroma is of sweet, caramelly and grainy malt, a lot of perfumy floral hops that show some citrus and resin as well. The taste is again slightly grainy malt with toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. Floral hops there again but very much in balance with the malt, a few citrus notes show up in the aftertaste. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: a pretty simple and strait forward beer, but put together pretty well. Sessionable for a higher alcohol beer. How floral the hops were stuck out to me the most.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 20:02:21 | More by dfried
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