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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,427
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 47
Gots: 248 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

35 IBU
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Photo of PatrickJR
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Textbook amber, clear, with 3+ fingers of light, rust colored head. Great retention with a half inch cap staying around for a while. Moderate lacing. There was some sediment floating around after the pour but it has since settled to the bottom.

S - Mild to moderate caramel aroma with some toasty aromas; something like bread that's been slightly overbaked. Some herbal and citric character from the hops (almost soapy) is present on the backend, albeit in small amounts.

T - I think the word "average" next to the 3.0 I gave this is the perfect word to describe this. It isn't bad, but certainly doesn't hold a candle to most other ambers out there. Censored starts off with caramel and toasted dark bread flavors and just a hint of bready sweetness. Mild grassy and citric notes from the hops kick in mid to late palate providing just enough bitterness to counteract the malt sweetness. Toastiness lingers in the finish.

M - Light bodied with a nod towards medium. Medium high carbonation.

D - Censored certainly isn't what I think of when I think of an amber. Nothing about it tastes terrible but it just isn't appealing. The toasty character is a bit strange in such large amounts and I would prefer a bit more sweetness. Hop flavor is restrained and what flavor is there doesn't meld beautifully with the malt. Kind of a strange combination of weakish flavors here.

Photo of bfields4
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light crystal clear amber with a constant effervescence and large frothy head.

Rich and roasted malt aroma toffee sweetness.

Crisp flavors toffee flavor is abruptly met with a nice citrus hop. Nothing too exciting, but good nonetheless.

A real refreshing high carbonated balanced beer. Very smooth likable beer. Would be nice for a light session beer.

Photo of brewdoc75
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: As the name implies, copper in color with an orangish hue. Everlasting half inch head present as well.

S: Sweet toffee and caramel accentuated by citrus and floral hops. Despite this not terribly aromatic.

T: More caramel and toffee with some breadiness as well. The hops provide the necessary bitterness with a touch of citrus. I do get some earthy tones as well. Unfortunately it finishes a bit metallic for me.

M: Smooth but crisp. Light to medium body.

D: A good beer, but it stops there. More like an ESB than an amber. At its price of 8 bucks for a sixer it is definitely worthy of a purchase.

Photo of wordemupg
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

contents not on bottle, 350ml is my guess poured into pint glass aug 12 2009

A clear reddish copper, an off white head that has fair retention with little lace

S hoppy, nutty, and a fair bit of caramel

T nice caramel flavor with mild hops and a little nutty spice mix.

M/D not the best beer for this hot sunny day but quite nice anyways.

i liked this beer but for over 20$canadian for a 6 pack it might not see my gut again for a while

Photo of mothman
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a stub and herbs on cask.

Poured into pint glass. Pours 1 finger of creamy head. Good retention and nice lace Color is copper amber.

Aroma: Caramel malts, very faint grassy hops. Not to much to the aroma.

Taste: Very big smooth malt flavor. Caramel and bready. Some citrus fruits blended in.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy for a big rd. Hardly any bitterness. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends wih a slight dry hoppy aftertaste.

Overall, not a bad red. Not very hoppy which I really enjoyed. My pint is going moderately fast, but only 1 for me.

Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a red body with a light head that left no lacing. A light caramel malt smell along with minimal hops. Smooth and lighter bodied this beer has a buttery, sweet malt edge that is more about the malt than the hops. Hops are noticeable with some citric notes in the backgroun and give the beer a slight dry edge. I enjoyed this beer but not something I will seek out if I'm looking for a red ale.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at Stub and Herb with mothman and John as company. Served just above room temperature.

Dark copper with red and orange highlights when held into the light. Thick creamy tan head courtesy the cask conditioning. Great lacing and great overall look.

The nose is very mild, but that too might be from that cask conditioning. I get hints of caramel malts and spiciness. Nice mild hop aroma.

The taste, typical of a cask ale, is very mellow. It allows the flavors to come through without the bite or aftertaste of the bitterness. I get caramel malts, fruity hops as well as earthy and floral.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, with no bite from carbonation or bitterness. I love this part. Drinkability is very high too.

Overall, a good beer, and glad I got a chance to try it.

Photo of david18
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I thought Censored was an old or strong ale and i'm surprised to the the alcohol by volume for this beer, which seemed much stronger and maltier than the abv suggests. I liked this beer but would not put it in the same catergory as many of the other beers in this category. As low as the abv is, it's really more of a winter drinker than a typical amber ale.

Photo of omnigrits
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well whaddya know - I've actually got a Lagunitas pint glass to drink this beer from! Might as well use it.

Pours a deep copper colour with a pale head that quickly disappears to leave almost no lacing. Plenty of bubbles rising throughout the glass. The lack of head leads to a disappointing nose. There's not much aroma, but what there is ain't bad - sweet, citrusy, very slight hop character. The lack of nose is more than made up with the taste. Not too sweet, a nice dose of hops, very nice bitter finish as it goes down. If you're looking for anything extreme you won't find it here. This is very well balanced and even. Medium to full body, good carbonation. Very drinkable.

Photo of jkc88
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper, almost ruby

S: Fruity sweetness with a hint of citrus

T: Sweet, almost strawberry flavor, with a slight kick of hoppy bitterness at the end.

M: Carbonated and light

I enjoyed the beer, and it was very easy to drink. I only wish that there would have been a little more early bitterness to cut the sweetness.

Photo of Amalak
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this before (below) from a bar that is known for skunked beers. So I will chalk that bad tasting up to that. I had again recently out of the bottle and I've found it to be quite flavorful with dark fruit and a jolly rancher taste to it...in a good way. Mild sourness, nice.

I had out of a pint glass at Boulevard Tavern in Brooklyn.
A- Rust gold color to it. No real head with a slight bubbliness.
S- There was no scent that I could discern.
T- Dull, slight bitter taste. Very smooth with a slight caramel to it, but it has something of a skunked taste to it, which could be attributed to the taps.

Photo of thain709
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The label says it all...a copper ale...deep copper body with a one finger cream colored head...the fluffy head falls into a ring pretty quickly...good lacing

S - Sweet sweet nose...lots of toasted caramel malts

T - Once again...pretty sweet...the caramel malts dominate all throughout the palate...I really enjoyed the extra flavors I picked up...chocolate, coffee, and some kind of fruits (not citrus)...the hops make the appearance right at the end to provide the faintest hop backbone

M - Medium bodied...a little thin but smooth

D - This beer is big on the caramel flavors...not much balance and little hop presence...if that's what you're looking for...a good session beer and a solid brew from Lagunitas

Photo of BDLbrewster
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a minimally raising head. Small thin ring of lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel and I almost want to say that I got a little whiff of fruit punch. Distant floral hop aroma.

Tastes of the same sweet caramel I found in the nose. Some fruity notes shine through as well, small traces of hop flavor in the finish. Very surprised how balanced this one is considering Lagunitas usual rocket fuel approach to things.

Mouthfeel is thin as expected, light body and perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is wonderful. Dictionary definition of sessionable brew. Low ABV, smooth and complex enough to keep most beer geeks happy.

Photo of alleykatking
2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle

A- Poured nice deep clear copper/amber color. After a hard pour I only ended with about a 1 finger head that quickly faded into nothing. No lacing on the sides of the glass. Kind of a average looking beer to be honest.

S- Sweet malty overtones (kind of smells like sweet potatoes). I don't get any sort of hop smell out of this at all. Kind of a shame I was expecting more from this. Some hints of brown sugar come and go. Nothing really else to this beer.

T- Really big upfront malt blast...once again that strange thanksgiving day taste to it. Sweet potatoes and an underlying brown sugar taste control this beer. Not good at all but at the same time strangely not bad. Not what I was expecting though.

M- Lighter mouthfeel to this. Carbination is a little off and the beer feels like it just sits in the mouth. Nothing really going on. Big malt aftertaste that sticks around.

D- I guess I must of had a bad bottle. I was expecting a lot more with this beer but to my suprise I didn't...not really at all. I will do another review on this if I can find a fresher bottle.

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

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours a bright, clear copper color with no head to speak of. Aroma of bready malts and sweet toffee. Medium bodied and fairly smooth with subtle carbonation. Sweet flavor with barely a hint of hop bitterness in the finish. I wouldn't call it balanced, but it is very good if you like sweeter ales.

Photo of berserker256
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce twist-off bottle. What's the word behind "CENSORED" on the label? I'd like to know. It pours out a reddish copper color with a medium eggshell-colored head. Big bubbles and it sticks to the side of the glass well. Smells like sweet malted barley and a little bit of hops. It just smells like real beer. Like beer should. If I were forced to explain further I may say carmel and prunes. Well, no surprise, but it tastes just like this style of beer should. Sweet malt with some hoppy bitterness to offset the sweetness quite nicely. Perfect carbonation and nice texture. Not too heavy. Easy to drink. Very slight bitter aftertaste. Good example of a beer just being brewed the way beer was intended to be brewed. I like it.

Photo of tgdigital
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very standard amber ale. Very nice copper color in the glass with a nice foamy white head. Lots of malt sweetness up front and just a hint of hop character to balance. Feels full bodied in the mouth with a lot of sweetness at the finish. Very easy to drink a few of these.

Photo of MaxBrews
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle poured in tumbler

Appearance: really light head, not the greatest head retention, thin lacing, medium reddish amber. Lacing is non existent later on.

Smell: Floral hops, black cherry smell, chocolate malt

Taste: much lighter then smell, caramel, light floral taste, slight caramel, light dark cherry

Mouthfeel: medium balanced, moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: an overall well drinkable beer. Smells nice tastes alright not necessarily an intense drinking beer

Photo of GruvisHops
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 12 oz. stubby, brown bottle. 1/2" of cream head rests on top of a slightly hazy, copper body with active carbonation throughout. Big patches of foam stick to the sides of the glass.

S: Not much of a nose, I'm afraid: bready, slight caramel, maybe some grassy hops.

T: Caramel malt hits the taste buds first; sweet and toasty. The hop bitterness is just right. There's nothing too fancy about this beer. It's pretty straight forward, but it has a great flavor.

M: Medium-Full.

D: It disappeared from my glass very quickly.

Notes: A great session ale!

Photo of wmthorne
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a frozen mug- about a finger of pale head that fades quickly.

Nice, rich caramel color in the glass with a sweet smell. I felt like I was tasting fruit but noticed a review that said maple syrup and that may be the sweetness I was picking up.

Lightly carbonated. Smooth, sweet taste

This would be a good morning starter or afternoon brew but I don't think I could go it all day. I am enjoying it on the deck with a cigar and it is perfect for this mild day.

Photo of illidurit
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce stubby bottle poured into a pint glass. Clear, light copper color with an okay beige head. Christmas spice aroma with a deep caramel backdrop. Flavor is maple syrupy with a light citric fruitiness and a modest bitterness in the finish. A little muted in all aspects. Mouthfeel is thinnish, carbonation is good, finish is dry.

Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear copper color. Modest starting head that recedes to a single bubble layer. Nearly no lace.

Slight caramel aroma, light hop aroma.

The flavor matches the smell profile. Rich body. Good hop finish, but the aftertaste is short lived. No problems, an easy beer to drink, very middle of the road.

Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark amber color pour with a solid,lasting two finger head,some spotty lacing. Aroma is malty,nutty,with floral and spicy notes,very nice. Flavor is crazy, a little bit of everything, sweet caramel malt,ripe fruit,bready yeast,white grapes, a super balance between hoppy,bitter ,and sweet.The medium level of carbonation seems to keep it from being too heavy and helps mix all the flavors, finish is like a sweet rum fruitcake or something crazy like that. I would call this very sessionable, and interesting, Would love to try this on tap.

Photo of Psilo707
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found a 6'er of these at my local liquor store, picked it up right away. Came home and poured... Clear and lively mahogany color in my Rieder mug. Lacing is decent, head is decent but dissipates very quickly. It has a very interesting and good smell to me. I can't quite place what the smell is related to, though, and it's bugging me. A little bit like a violet (flower) mixed with nuts/seeds/bark, and a swirl of alcohol scent thrown in there. Very crisp and refreshing to smell.

Taste, unfortunately, doesn't quite live up to the smell's standards. I find it to have too much of a negative bite at the beginning that fades into an average taste as it clears the head. It's not "bad" so to speak, but the positives could be much higher. Very malty, a bit hoppy.

Mouthfeel is mediocre.. there is a weird taste as you hold it in. At least it's creamy though. Drinkability is about the same, maybe a bit higher.

Overall, decent but I was expecting more.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a standard shaker glass. Appears a clear rich amber color with about two fingers of off white foam. The foam leaves minimal lacing on the inside of the glass. Nose and flavor consists of sweet caramel malt, bitter hops, slightly metallic twang. Medium in both body and carbonation. The metallic notes are a little off putting for me but still nothing terrible. Worth a try.

Censored from Lagunitas Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,427 ratings.