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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,340 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,340
Reviews: 841
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 43
Gots: 179 | 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 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
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Censored poured amber with a 2 finger foam head and some pancake batter head composition. There was a little lacing but not much.

The aroma was strongly malted with some sweetness. The taste was mostly malt dominated again and it seemed to leave an odd flavor on the tongue that I could not shake. I powered it down and left it at that. It was nice carbonated but not high on the food chain in the Amber category.

cswhitehorse, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of bifrostguard
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Translucent copper color with a fluffy white head.

S - Malty sweetness with a hint of citrus hops.

T - Sweet malts with just enough hop bitterness to keep things in check.

M - Smooth and creamy

D - Could drink a few of these and would be happy to do so.

bifrostguard, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of RobH
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz brown stubby.

A: Beautiful amber-red, clear brew with a fluffy white head.

S: nicely balanced aromas of sweet malt and hops bitterness.

T&M: I'm biased as a fan of Amber/Red Ales to begin with, so I went in with high hopes and was not disappointed! This is a very tasty, well balanced Amber Ale that goes down smoothly and is quite drinkable.

M: Medium-bodied and smooth, with enough hop bite to round out the experience. A very nice brew.

RobH, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper in color with a thick, creamy light tan head. Good retention and light lacing.

S - Sweet roasted malts with hints of caramel and a doughiness underneath. Lightly spicy hop aroma as well.

T - Very sweet and creamy up front before a spiciness quickly overtakes the mouth. Finishes with a light breadiness. Very balanced amber ale.

M/D- Medium bodied and very smooth. Easy drinking as well.

ckeegan04, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. pours an amazingly rich copper color with a brilliance most beers along these lines fail to achieve. A bubbly and slightly spongy thick head of creamy yellow sits atop the pint for a good while before releasing itself into a beautiful thick lacing.

s. sweet malts dominate, mixing with freshly baked hawaiian sweet rolls. It comes close to smelling like a cinnamon roll, as there are some hidden raisin and spice notes that come out as the beer warms. Other fruit notes of green apples and sour cherries keep it from going overboard on the sweet bready aroma.

t. Sweet caramel malt dominates. There's some subtle hoppiness that comes in and out at random and disconcerting times, but on the whole it balances the sweetness nicely. There's a nice bittersweet finish with just a hint of pine, but not outright hoppy, which is nice.

m. smooth and thick, with decent carbonation. Full-bodied and thick, on the verge of syrupy, but the carbonation brings in a crispness that keeps the syrup at bay.

d. Very drinkable. This has become my go-to six-pack when I can't make up my mind. It usually fits the bill, and always tastes great and it's no problem to drink a few in a row... a pleasant surprise for something as flavorful and thick.

djeucalyptus, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of seanpachefddfa
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance-clear copper color with one finger offwhite head that dissipates quickly.
Smell-getting sweet malts, piney hops, and some light bready aroma.
taste-big sweet malts almost a caramel taste to it.
mouthfeel-is ok nice body and carbonation
drinkability-this was an ok beer a bit to sweet for me

seanpachefddfa, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of midaszero
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty clear cooper pour with just under a finger of tan head

S - Bready malt with faint hint of strawberries and oranges

T - Nice mixture of malt flavor with a little bit of caramel and some fruit. A little rough on the back and leaves an after taste that isn't bad but isn't welcomed either.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - One of the more generally enjoyable Red Ales I've had. Pretty easy to session and not a bad offering in a sea of hoppiness

midaszero, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of beerfairy
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper look with a small head

Smell: Sweet malty smell with hints of hops and a slight biscuit smell

Taste: Malt sweetness balances out the hop bitterness nicely

Mouthfeel: Nice mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I could drink more than one of these

beerfairy, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of nicholasdes
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer looked tasty in the glass. Great copper color with small off white head. I was surprised by the strong smell of hops as I expected a more subdued roasted smell. In flavor it really comes off as an IPA which I was not expecting. The alcohol comes out in the flavor more than I expected even in a beer the is almost 6%. It leaves a fantastic aftertaste that shows off the complexities and sweetness that are lost to the hops and alcohol during the actual drink. It goes down easy though almost like flat soda. Overall this taste like a nice easy IPA. But for myself I would choose something else even if I was looking for an IPA.

nicholasdes, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of BierFan
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Poured a rich red-brown copper color. It had a small off-white head but still left a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Strong smell of hops. I'm glad I saved this one for the last beer of my review session.

Taste: Hop taste is more subdued in the taste than it was in the smell. Almost tastes like someone blended an IPA with a brown ale.

BierFan, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of elniko
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Deep amber coloring, nice head and lacing with large amount of carbonation. Very nice looking brew.

S: Quite malty and bready on the nose.

T & M: Nicely done, wonderful balance of malts with just the right touch of hoppiness on the finish for this style of beer. Mouthfeel quite nice as well, very crisp and clean. Just a little bit of cloying sweetness.

D: Definitely drinkable, my favorite beer of this style is Red Seal and this is close behind it.

elniko, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single of this after seeing it at the package store forever and never trying it.

Pours an absolutely beautiful copper color, one of the best I've seen in a beer, very inviting. Smell is just average, with some hops and malts slightly. The taste is of caramel malts and is well balanced with a great drinkability. Great overall beer.

oriolesfan4, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nose is home to playful hop characters - Citric, Floral, and the shyer little Herbal are the main players and they play all day on the rolling fields of lush, bread-like malt.

The scenery is indeed rich and copper, clear as a breezy day with mildly-sized sparsely populated fluffy light brown clouds.

The story begins. Picture this: thick field of caramel-laced bready malt, thick with bitterness and wonderment, all Autumn-orange like a Van Gogh wheatscape, right outside the !CENSORED! and Citric inches up close to Floral to whisper, sensually !CENSORED! "we can't -, Herbal will" "Herbal's asleep, I !CENSORED! and all was happily ever after with a slightly bitter ending that was surprisingly dry after such a sweet beginning.

MrHungryMonkey, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of bahumutx
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours copper with a small head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Sweet malt. There is also a biscuit aroma and a very slight hop aroma. I can also detect caramel.

Taste: Starts with a piney/citrus hop flavor... Moves onto a biscuit flavor and ends with a nice malt sweetness that balances out the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nice mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I could have a few of these in a sitting. Very balanced with a nice malt backbone.

This is another good beer from the Lagunitis brewing company.

bahumutx, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of hunteraw
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Color is, unsurprisingly, a rich copper. Almost red-tinted. Thinnish off-white head, with little retention. Some thin lacing.

Smell: Piney hops, with cool and subdued malt behind.

Taste: Caramel and grain, backed up by resinous hops. Well-balanced. Interesting, somewhat fruity finish. Not as much toast/biscuit as I like to see in American Ambers.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with small bubbles. Medium body. Slightly oily.

Drinkability: Quite nice, a good representative of what is for me an under-appreciated style. I'm very curious what the brewery's original name for this beer was, before they had to change it to [censored]!

hunteraw, Sep 15, 2008
Censored from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 2,340 ratings.