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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,234 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,234
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 36
Gots: 142 | 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 pershan
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a rich copper color (hence the name!), with a thin almond-colored head into a 12-oz pilsner glass. The smell was of sweet malt, with earthy undertones - no discernable hop aroma. Kind of a fizzy beer, with nothing extraordinary as far as malt or hop flavor - a bit of a disappointment, given some of their other excellent beers (i.e. Kill Ugly Radio, Maximus, Imperial Red).

pershan, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber that has a small crème head at first and then it falls quickly. Nose is hoopy, earthy, sweet. Those are three words that come to mind. And they mesh well together and one doesn't stand too far out in front of the other. Flavor is more along the lines of earthy with a cereal like aftertaste hitting at the very, very end. That aftertaste doesn't show up after the initial hits and is replaced by a zingy tang. Feel has a good carbonation to it and the liquid is pretty good too. Overall this is fairly good. I can't say it is blowing me away by any means. But it certainly is well made.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of flexabull
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been a while since I had this one...

Pours a bright and clear red color with a decent white head.

Aromas are dusty, sweet, with hints of cereal grainy roasted malts and pine like hops.

Flavors are full, thick and creamy. Lots of malt flavors that are sweet, bready, spicy, and tart. Finish has a clean hop bite, that is bitter, and with a sharp pine like quality.

Mouthfeel is nice. Feels think and a bit syrup like in the mouth. But it's not to heavy.

Drinkability is good. Lots of nice flavors, without being overly strong. Definitely a beer that can be enjoyed more than once in the same seating.

flexabull, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of oelergud
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby brown 12oz glass bottle with a twist-off cap. The label has been 'CENSORED'.
Transparent copper body with low carbonation. Light tan head of tiny to medium bubbles. Good retention and decent lace.
Good strong hop scent with a swirl of butter and bread.
Taste of butter and harsh hops, a hint of licorice and salt. Aftertaste of lingering soft buttery salty hops.
Medium body and good coating, buttery sensation.
Good drinkability and a nice fix if in the mood for hops.


oelergud, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of JamesS
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an excellent dark red color, they were on with calling it a copper ale. Had a nice head and good lacing, as well. Nice scent, a good malt/hop mixture. Same for the test, a great flavor with good malts going down and nice hops for an aftertaste. Went down great, I hope my buddy brings more back from California next time.

JamesS, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a brilliant copper with a off white head the quickly dropped into a think haze covering the top of the beer.
the aroma is malty with hints of an unidentifable fruity smell and ahint of alcohol.
the flavor is rich and malty with a firm bitterness, there is a toffee flavor in the background, grassy, herbal, ending with a lingering hint cocoa flavor.

plaztikjezuz, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of argock
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Pretty copper-brown color with medium off-white head and average amount of lacing

S: Caramel and toffee with hint of citrus and spice. Malty.

T: Tasty caramel and munich malts with low-medium herbal hops bitterness in the finish. Great blend of sweet and bready malts with savory hops flavors to keep it from being malt-dominated.

M: Dry finish but pleasant aftertaste. Crisp carbonation but somewhat glazed feel on the palate. Medium body.

D: A really delicious, solid malty red/amber ale. Probably will appeal to a wide audience due to its nice balance with no flavors or aromas being overwhelmingly strong.

argock, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an all-around nice session ale, and well-suited to any social occasion.

Deep amber tone with a good two fingers of foam that threaten to spill over. Clean citrus in the nose, with a healthy dose of bready maltiness to back it up.

Very light bitterness, which makes it approachable to the average micro drinker. Again, a clean caramel malt dominates the flavor, fruit cocktail and mild citrus, with puffed wheat aftertaste. Pretty satisfying, and a session-beer extraordinaire.

emerge077, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz from the Coop for about $1.50... shared with my brother.. my half from a shaker pint.. listening to Donald Glaude Live at Ruby Skye.

Very pretty rusty copper color.. crystal clear.. deep orange.. short head that dropped in no time... no lacing.

Bready malts and piney hops are front and central.. some fruitiness.. warm toastiness as it warms up.

Nice medium body is appealling.. carbonation is fairly explosive but really only shows itself on my tongue.. palate is good but not great.. caramel and munich malts.. American hops... biscuity finish with a blast of pine... sorta getting some pineapple in there.. with a little green apple fruitines.

Censored is a good beer... not mind blowing but very West Coast balanced (and I like that MO.) I really have no idea how to make it better.. I just know it could be... still a pretty drinkable brew.. but I would only really want 1-2 and after that it would be just because I don't have anything else in the fridge.

JohnGalt1, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz stubby bottle. Not sure where or when I came across this one.

A: The ale has a copper color, relatively clear from afar. Up close, there is a significant amount sediment. The floaties have the appearance of orange juice pulp (minus the color, of course). A huge head has left its mark, leaving thick lace all around the glass.

S: The nose is somwhat restrained, showing off a citrusy hop profile with caramel malts.

T: Caramel malts set the stage, creating a sweet flavor that coats the tastebuds and acts as a nice foundation for the hops. As the first wave of maltiness fades, the hops with a citrusy burst of intensity that adds a nice twist to the malts. The hops linger before fading back into the malts at the end of the sip. A decent drink, much better than I remember it being.

M: The mouthfeel is restrained, compared to most Lagunitas ales that I've had. I like the hop bite that pops up midway through.

D: This is a good offering, the taste is mild (relatively speaking). A nice sessioner.

akorsak, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at G.W. Tavern in Washington Depot, Conn.

A: Poured a rich, golden copper color with a thin head of white carbonation. The carbonation within the dark golden brew was lively.

S: Smells clean and malts with a little hop bitterness in the nose. Mostly sweet and slightly alcoholic.

T: Taste that sweet caramel malt and how it's balanced with a slight hop bite. That's how a nice copper ale is made, albeit this is a tad watery in the finish.

M: Medium-light mouthfeel with nice carbonated tingle.

D: This would make for a great session beer for the copper ale/amber ale fan. It's a great flavor, with a manageable ABV, and a really natural taste.

Another score for Lagunitas. I'd say this is definitely a great session brew, as it's inoffensive enough to give to the indecisive and satisfying enough for the avid beer drinker.

Gambrinus1184, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of SargeC
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Copper-gold color with an impressive golden-tan head.

Smell: caramel, sweet malt, butterscotch and alcohol.

Taste: Smooth complex malt flavor. Excellent blend of smoky and sweet malt flavors. Low hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a clean finish for an ale.

Drinkability: Good session ale. It has an excellent amount of flavor coupled with an amazing cleanliness for an ale.

SargeC, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of Byeast
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice clear orange / amber color with a smallish head.

Smell: A bit of mildly bready malt and honey , some herbal and lightly citric hops, and just a hint of alcohol-surprisingly.

Taste: Flash of malt sweetness then hops pretty much come first with some floral bite in the back as well as some very light citrus flavor, the malt does a good job of bringing balance with tasty caramel malt sweetness and bread, bit of yeast towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied.

Drinkability: Definatly a quaffable amber with some good flavors and balance. Nothing that really stands out exept it's exquisit balance- but a very worthy session beer none the less. The beer im reveiwing is somewhere around 6%, i wish i was tasting the beer of the same name that apparently used to be closer to 8%, then i would not be -quite- as inclined to call it a sessioner ;)

Byeast, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of NitroGen
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 oz. squat brown bottle, O.G. 1.065 I.B.U. 25.08

A: Amber pour that is brilliant and a fat finger of intense white foam which slowly lowered to a cover and lacing.

S: Sweetness with some green grass and hints of grain.

T: Slight bitter hopiness that is quickly overridden by a smooth malt flavor and sweetness with a nice dry taste on the palate, which is where the hops appear in a mild manner that I find pleasing. .

M: Would have a number of these as it is a very nice mixture of tastes that is very pleasant.

D: This one does not slap you in the face but I really like this one and will try to keep on hand for guests who need to be coaxed into finding out what a micro could offer in taste.

NitroGen, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No Freshness info.

12oz brown bottle

a: Pours a nice amber with a thin white head and patches of lacing.

s: Sweet caramel malt.

t: Caramel malt with a nice hoppy finish, maybe some spices too.

m: Medium body, average carbonation.

d: Very sessionable, the flavor is very balanced and light on the palate.
Nothing too amazing, just a well-rounded brew.

BradLikesBrew, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of Jerzdevil1116
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased at Circle Liquors in Somers Point, NJ.

Appearence: Rich dark amber (copper) color. Very small head dissipated quickly. Plenty of carbonation. Leaves some minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet and malty.

Taste: Malty beginning with some nice hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Would make a very good session beer. I could drink a few of these over the course of a night.

Jerzdevil1116, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear copper color with a one finger light tan head that quickly settles to a thin rim.

A little bit of caramel malt and a good amount of citrusy hoppiness.

The malts don't really show up as much in this one, like most Amber / Red Ales. The malts are toasty, and usually don't do much. But in this one they set up a somewhat sharp hop flavor, which is welcome in my opinion. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

This is a great beer. Lagunitas took a relatively unperforming style and gave it some pep. Recommended.

BeerSox, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear copper color with reddish hues. A small white head fades with mild lacing on the glass.

Nice caramel malty aroma with a bit of herbal hops. Slight fruitiness.

Caramel malt taste and a bit of herbal hops upfront. A rather aggressive bitterness sets in and rides through the finish. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness.

Medium-light body, mild carbonation.

This beer obviously got it's notoriety from the name/label than the contents of the bottle. Overall, a very mediocre and unbalanced beer.

MaltyGoodness, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of AylwinForbes
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas has made a big impression around here with a collection of well-made IPAs (Undercover) and others like this Censored. We had this on draught and enjoyed it a lot. Deep clear copper red in the glass with a modest head. Fairly muted nose. Palate is complex mixture of fruit, malt, caramel, baking spices, no sharp edges or overstatement, but an interesting and rewarding and easy drinking pint.

AylwinForbes, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- A ruby red amber color- nice fluffy head- sticky lacing throughout.

S- Smell was of caramel and hops, but overwhelmingly sweet.

T- Taste was of unexpected hops, caramel, molasses, pine, and some malt.

M- Mouthfeel was great- not too heavy on the stomach and sessioable.

D- Could drink a bunch of these in a sitting. Perfect for watching football all afternoon.

DavidSeanNJ, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of scottyshades
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked one up from ABC mix n' match out of pure curiousity
A: Medium amber color, 1.5" head with a good lace, very well carbonated
S: very hopy, almond, alcohol, toasted nuts
T: Good balance of hops and malts, a smoky taste, surprisingly hopy for an amber ale, but good none the less
MF: Bitter, somewhat dry, clean and crisp
D: I could drink a few of these in a row...

scottyshades, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of Brad007
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice copper amber color with a thin head. Aroma is a mixture of both hops and malt with a sweetness as well. Taste starts out malty upfront and fades with a nice sweetness/bitterness at the back of the throat. It's even a bit smoky. It feels like a well-balanced amber ale to me. Very sessionable too!

Brad007, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Jax Deli & Ale House in Lake Mary, Florida. This one pours a clean copper color, as advertized, with a sturdy dull white head and good lacing. The smell is malty with spruce hops. The flavor jumps out as a nice chocolatey mixture with piney hops. Nicely carbonated with a respectable body just short of a slick feel. There is a peppery presence that remains throughout, keeps it lively to the last. There is a yeasty quality, dry tartness that contrasts nicely with the sweetness of the malt/hops combination. Good complexity with great drinkability. Another hit from the Lagunitas gang. This should appeal to most anyone while giving a bit of hops to those in need.

Durge, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of JayQue
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really nice beer. Many IPA like qualities up front, but in the end it is, as advertised, an Amber/Red Ale. Looks good..coppery red color, medium sized slightly off white head and good lacing. Smell is very good....hoppy like an IPA. Taste starts out hoppy (not pine, not grapefruit...just hoppy) but then balances out (a West Coast hoppy balance to be sure) with a somewhat sweet, caramel maltiness. I now know what caramel malt flavor is all about. The mouthfeel is rich and crisp. The flavors hold up well...even better as the beer warms. Drinkability is good. I could see swilling several of these and enjoying every one. An excellent beer...really enjoyed it.

JayQue, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 10-6-07

Pours a very nice amber color, with a fizzy white head that leaves big-time lacing.

Smell is lots of fruity hops, with a subtle malty backbone.

Taste is sweet at first, with a nice fruity quality. The hops come in next and add a good kick.

Mouthfeel is good, the carbonation adds a spiciness to the hops.

Drinkability is good, although the aftertaste is quite earthy.

Overall an good amber ale. Right in the meaty part of the curve.

BMoney575, Oct 07, 2007
Censored from Lagunitas Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,234 ratings.