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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,372 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,372
Reviews: 843
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 44
Gots: 190 | 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 pasdachuri
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a rich copper, as expected.

Scents of caramel sweetness, plus a fair amount of lemon and grapefruit.

Tastes of caramel/brown sugar sweetness mixes with bready malts and a finish with a welcoming amount of bitterness.

The medium body is oily, slightly dry and has a nice level of carbonation.

This beer went down very easy and would probably remain that way all night.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a mostly clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Had an aroma of hops, malt, caramel, and a hint of pine. Not what I expected.

T: Tasted of malt, caramel, pine needles, and West Coast hops. An interesting flavor, not exactly in keeping with the style.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: A solid, drinkable beer.

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

Copper orange color with a light caramel nose, not enough hops in the nose, which carries through to the underwhelming taste. Too sweet, not really hoppy enough, some citric hops with very sweet caramel malt, some nice dry earthy aftertaste and a nice creamy mouthfeel, but still, I didn't find the taste to be a stand-out.

Photo of SAxDRC5
2.35/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

appearance: copper colored. fairly small head, quickly recedes to a nice lace

smell: sweet with fairly strong hops scent.

taste: very sweet, then bitter and hoppy. not as balanced between sweet and bitter as i would have liked. very slight caramel malt after-taste.

mouthfeel: light carbonation. slight alcohol feeling

drinkability: pretty drinkable. not as balanced as i was hoping for after reading other reviews. I probably won't buy it again but if i did i could have quite a few in one sitting.

Photo of Radome
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 2.0- Beer was medium amber color with strong red highlights. Moderate white head and lots of large bubbles coating the glass on initial pour. It was very clear but seemed to have some opaque particles suspended in it. It did not seem bottle conditioned, so the particles put me off a bit.

Aroma - 4.5 - Strong aroma of sweet malt and American hops. Very appetizing.

Flavor - 4.0 - Excellent balancing act. There is a backbone of hops bitterness along with equal parts hops flavor and malt roundness. A hint of alcohol adds some complexity.

Mouthfeel - 4.0 - Moderate body along with light carbonation. Fits the flavor experience very well.

Overall Drinkability - 4.0 - A great session beer with wonderful balance. Not very visually appealing due to the strange protein particles, but perhaps there was something wrong with the bottle I had.

Photo of bark
2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is deep copper, the liquid is clear. The two finger head is off-white. It sinks quickly leaving some lumps of lacing.

The smell is hoppy and sweet. Distinct notes of dried apricots and apples. Some lightly roasted malt and a touch of caramel. It is not very bitter; rather it is a bit dusty.

The taste is mildly roasted with quite a lot of sweet malty flavours. Some hints of vegetables and dried fruits. The bitter flavour passes quickly, leaving some notes of wax crayons, dried apples and a touch of rye bread. The aftertaste is a bit dry with some bitterness, alcohol and vegetables.
The carbonation is medium to light, the small bubbles are smooth. The liquid is a little sticky.

I am not a big fan of American red/amber ales, and this one didn't make me much more positive.

Photo of trbergman
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Pours a clear red-orange with a thin, but dense, light tan head.

S - Toffee, caramel, candied orange peel. Somewhat dank, leafy hop character.

T - Chewy malt character with toffee and caramel, a hint of tobacco, and some orange peel. Herbal, leafy hop flavor and moderate hop bitterness. Long, balanced finish.

M - Medium body, toward the full side for an amber/red.

D - Pleasant. I could easily drink a few of these. At the same time, it's not particularly special.

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

A - Pours with one finger of light brown head on top of a clear, dark copper colored body. The foam settles slowly and leaves moderate lace.

S - A light aroma of caramel malt with some toast and a hint of toffee. Some light, musty pine hop character in the background.

T - Sweet toffee and caramel malt up front with some lighter flavors of toasted bread and honey malt. The toasted malt flavors intensify in the middle with some emerging spicy hop flavor. Finishes with lots of sweet, amber malt and a mild pine hop flavor as well as moderate balancing bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable, with a distinct emphasis on the malt. There is significant hop bitterness and flavor, certainly enough to balance and keep the sugar in check, but it is still a malt oriented beer. The caramel flavor is dominant and lingers on the palate after the other flavors have dissipated.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Brilliant copper color, with an off-white head that settles slowly. Lacing is decent.

S: Not much on the nose. Grainy malt character, with some caramel and fruit. Hops linger in the back with hints of straw and a bit of citrus.

T: More to offer than the aromas. Malt-forward, with caramel, biscuit, and dried fruits. There is also a flavor that I can only describe as flinty and somewhat steely. Hops balance the beer very well, lending a dry, somewhat floral character.

M: This medium-bodied beer is a bit grainy on the palate, but still pleasant.

D: Though a bit different from other brews of this style, it is very good, and easy to drink. Not my favorite release from Lagunitas, but still very enjoyable.

Photo of danielharper
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark red, mostly transparent, with suspended bubbles all through the glass. Thin white bubbly head that becomes soapscum pretty much immediately. Significant lacing.

S: Lagunitas labels this one as a "copper ale," which generally refers to color, but I get a significant coppery aroma here, possibly by power of suggestion. Malty, slightly dry aroma, similar to a nice ESB.

T: Malty dryness also dominates the flavor, with a nice dry hoppy finish and aftertaste. Hops are less prominent than anticipated, although as the beer warms I get a more classic West-Coast hop flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is moderately thick, with a high amount of carbonation and some significant hoppiness.

D: Overall this is a very nice beer, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to someone interested in ambers. Not enough fruity notes. This, as mentioned above, reminds me more of a dry ESB than an amber, but fans of Laguintas will probably get a lot from this beer.

Photo of kpoole25
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer really surprised me. I really didn't know anything about this other than past experience with the brewery (Hop Stoopid etc). This was a malt driven beer (!), kind of reminded me of Fuller's ESB. I really liked it. Copper color, adequate but unremarkable head. First clue this wasn't a typical west coaster was no fruity-piney smell. Tasted very malty and balanced. Really got going as it warmed up, the malt shined. Very impressed they brew this style, I will check out some of their other beers.

Photo of berley31
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a small, diminishing white head. Body is amber and quite clear, with just a touch of haze throughout.

S: Surprisingly, the aroma was slightly weak for me... some malt and hops present, but not what I expected (compared to their other beers I've had, that is).

T: Great flavor, however... caramel malt is definitely present, along with a perfect balance of hops to the sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, with average carbonation.

D: Very drinkable amber ale, and very enjoyable at that. Lagunitas continues to impress... if only they were more available in the East Coast.

Photo of mpyle
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - Rich amber color, brilliantly clear. Medium sized off-white head, creamy and with mediocre retention.

Smell - Caramel maltiness dominates, little to no hop aroma. Pretty clean.

Flav - Malty sweet, caramel. Had some initial feelings that it was overly sweet, but felt more balanced as worked through the bottle. Finishes fairly neutral - not dry, and very slightly bitter.

MF - medium body, low-medium carbonation. No astringency, some gentle alcohol warming.

D'ability - Clean and balanced, with some prominent malt flavors. Felt a bit like an ale version of a doppelbock to me.

Photo of JTahoe
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear glowing copper amber color with nice one finger off-white head that recedes to a cap with a heavy ring and bits and pieces of sticky lace.

S - Subtle bread, slightly sweet with caramel richness.

T - Malty and rich with caramel and a hint of brown sugar. Nicely infused with layered hop presence than adds nice complexity and a slight bitterness.

M - Medium creamy body and slightly slick with moderate-low carbonation.

D - Super drinkable, and a really nice solid brew. This is a subtle one on many levels, and I'd gladly go for a few.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Poured dark copper with very little foam or evidence of lacing.

Mostly malty smell with notes of hops. Very nice blend of lightly spicy hop and minor malt. Peppery in the aftertaste. Slight pine & grassy notes as well. Some citrus.

Good drinkability - nice brew. Hoppier than a run of the mill Amber Ale.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. O.G. 1.065, IBUs 25.08, No date.

A - This pours a clear amber orange color with a one-finger, off-white head. Very creamy and decently retained, it sticks on the sides of the glass nicely.

S - The nose is robust with very sweet malts, almost dopplebock-like. Low fruitiness comes out too. No hops in the nose at all.

T - The flavor starts with a crisp malty presence that grows stronger and becomes a little more mellow. Its bready, dopplebock-like strong malts with low fruit undertones and a crisp finish. No hops in the flavor either.

M - Crisp starting with a smooth medium-full body and a long malty finish. Soft texture too.

D - Very robust and malty with a good feel, without knowing it's style, I'd guess it was a dopplebock with a lower alcohol percent. No hops leads to a sweetness like caramel. A good beer all around.

Photo of DoppleJock
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Top to bottom gradation of red to copper. Half-inch foamy head. Some lacing.

S: Mild spices, almost tangy. Some yeast.

T: Mild caramel, some spices. Slightest hint of bitter aftertaste. More complex with each sip.

M: Very smooth.

D: Pretty solid red ale. Would try this again.

Photo of colefsuwr
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Launitas' beer that I can add to my list of favorites. Remember when you were a kid and "accidentally" swallowed a penny? We all know that taste. I never imagined i would ever taste it again, especially in a beer. I didn't know I liked pennies so much, the copper tones in this beer work great.

Photo of vintajuess
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass stein.

A - Steep red-to-yellow gradient at liquid surface when tilted.

S - First whiff was gnocchi in vodka sauce or sun-dried tomatoes. Starchy and the tomato hints are very real. Sweet, a touch metallic, and vaguely floral.

T - Depressingly bland on first swig. I think this has to be drunk with food or else the metallicism and bitterness will overtake the sides of the tongue and inner-cheek, rendering the last 5 oz. flavorless.

M - It feels too thin and swallows too fast. It made me pucker more than I'd hoped. Too hollow overall.

D - Unfortunately, I tried this beer standalone. I don't think you can really enjoy it without something that will counterpunch the hops and make the voluminous feel a plus and not a defect. I imagine it would pair well with pizza, fried zucchini, fruta de mare, white fish, possibly salmon.

Photo of m1ked
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up an overpriced 6 pack at local supermarket....growlers are the way to go.

A- Pours a clear bright new penny copper with a 3 finger meringue like foamy head with a bunch of lacing as it recedes. couple of slow streamers. looks good.

S- Sweet sherry grains, a touch of brown sugar and marzipan. Smells rich and sweet.

T- Rich animal cracker biscuits, less than the nose sherry, vanilla and marzipan. A weak, barely appreciable pine bitter blip, but what is there seems to linger providing a malt heavy dichotomy. Enough hops so I don't feel like this is an Octoberfest/Marzen. I enjoy this malt rich brew.

M- Medium-moderate mouthfeel, low creamy carbonation, if this were a soda (somehow) it kind of reminds me of a homemade cream soda.

D- This is not a knock your socks off kind of beer, but like a winterish session beer. I feel this way about a lot of lagunitas beers. Solid, but not crazy. I'm very OK with that. Keep up the good work.

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

I poured into a pint glass to a modest head. It is dark amber in color and has some suspended yeast in it. It smells of caramel malt and has a faint floral hop smell. The taste mirrors the smell with the only exception being a slight burnt aftertaste. It goes down quite smoothly. It scratched my itch for an easy drinking beer while I watch football.


Photo of taxguyjase
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fortunately for Lagunitas, the beer actually looks like what it's called. The brew is a slightly cloudly copper color with a foamy white head. Nothing spectacular, but nothing bad. There is some light floral hops and refreshing malt aroma. Sweet caramel, malt, and a medium body that goes down very smooth and coats your mouth well. Not much bitterness in this on (only 25 IBUs). I found it tasty and good for mixed company. I enjoyed the fact that it was a relatively simple beer done right, rather than an overtly complex one that came out bad.

Appearance - 3.5/5.0 - slighty cloudy copper color, light white head
Smell - 3.5/5.0 - lightly floral, malt smell, refreshing
Taste - 4.0/5.0 - caramel, sweet, medium body, malt bite at the end
Feel - 3.5/5.0 - light and refreshing, smooth
Drinkability - 4.0/5.0 - tasty, good mid range beer, good for mixed company

Photo of AgentZero
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark golden amber color. One finger head that quickly dissipated leaving no head.

S - A bit of hops on the end, starts out with some malts and slight bit of grain. Little sweet.

T - Malty caramels with a hint of hops at the end. Little sweet, bitterness balances it out well but nothing spectacular.

M - Lighter end of medium bodied, could have used some more carbonation, was a bit lacking in tha department.

D - Easy to get down and smooth. Highly drinkable.

Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Is 'Kronik' really that titillating of a word to warrant such redaction on the label?

This beer pours a clear, bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, and rather bubbly pale beige head, which leaves a solid veil of cobwebbed lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of bready caramel and toffee malt, a bit of grapefruit and orange citrus pith, and some further earthy, floral hops. The taste is more innocuous caramel malt, some indistinct breadiness, a slight mineral character, and some fairly fragrant, herbal (heh) hoppiness - not very bitter, but rather earthy, woody, and musty.

The carbonation is moderate, and maybe a tad frothy at first, the body coming in at a decent medium weight, with an adequate attendant smoothness. It finishes off-dry, barely, the hops just as guilty as fading away as the malt.

Not a bad brew, a slightly different hop experience than usual, but that's just groovy enough to have me envision grabbing a sixer of these, if only they weren't so dear around these parts.

Photo of natelocc787
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great look to the beer with an orange copper body topped with a light tan creamy cap. Lots of sweet malt and citrusy hop character in the aroma. The taste is toasty sweetened caramel malt, a hit of ripe orange preserves, and a subtle bitterness form the hops. Not too complex and it doesn't need to be. It is fantastic the way it is, great mouthfeel, just fills every tastebuds with sweet, hoppy goodness, heavy for the style and while very crisp, it isn't dry or over carbonated. You know when you drink an ice cold Coca Cola in the burning hot sun after mowing your yard, that feeling you get like: WOW! That was wonderful! Same feeling you get when you put this back. i continue to be impressed with Lagunitas.

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85 out of 100 based on 2,372 ratings.