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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,280
Reviews: 837
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 40
Gots: 158 | 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 Lenny2884
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber, copper color with a one finger creamy white head. Great lacing left behind as the head falls back into the beer.

Smells of carmel malt and light citrus hops. I was expecting a bigger aroma from a beer also known as the Kronic.

Nice balance. Starts with a subtle hop bitterness followed by a nice matly sweetness. Citrus hoppiness re-enters the taste in the end ever so slight and ends dry. It seems to be lacking some punch as it flirts with a big flavor explosion but never really follows through. Maybe the name is deceiving but I was expecting something a little bigger.

Overall, a nice balanced brew and different offering from Lagunitas. Good session beer in my opinion. More flavors and character reveal itself the more I drink. Time to grab another one. Cheers!

Lenny2884, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of WJVII
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured an orange copper color with a cream colored 1/4 inch head with minimal lacing. Once settled the beer became very transparent with a thin body and moderate carbonation. The overall smell of this beer was of slight roasted malt, some caramel, and a bit of vanilla. My first taste has notes of honey, orange, and some mild hops.

Overall feeling of this beer, it is a little thin with moderate carbonation, not too strong of flavor. This is just an OK example of a red ale. Worth a try, but nothing too extravagant.

WJVII, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy dark copper/amber in color with an off-white head and good lacing. floaties are present, which detracts a bit from the appearance. aromas of toffee, caramel, and burnt sugar dominate, with some resiny pine and fruitcake notes. taste was a rather rich, bready caramel malt profile balanced by a moderate hop bitterness, overall a bit on the malty side. medium-bodied with a spritzy, lively carbonation. overall a very well done session beer, and i'm sure this is great fresh at the brewery.

MrMcGibblets, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of kkipple
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled hauled back from an excursion to PA.

Great label! Made me laugh. Eye-catching and clever.

The K - er, I mean "Censored" is a very hazy copper-red ale with a wimpy head that fizzles out in a few minutes to a barely-there cover on my pint. Tons of particulate in this one. I mean, metric #*@! tons.

Smells deliciously malty and sweet, oatmeal cookies and caramel. Some solid hop bitterness lurks in the background to balance this <censored> good smellin' beer. Sometimes, less is more.

Mmm... toasty malt sweetness... Censored is a pretty darn solid malt-heavy amber ale, medium bodied and slightly grainy. The bittering citrus hops balance out the big sweet malt flavors very well, and the finish is light caramel and just a hint of grapefruit. This is a simple, sweet, well balanced ale.

Mouthfeel is thin, but ample light carbonation (not prickly, thankfully) makes this a very easy drink. Reminds me of a weaker, less hopped version of Lag's own Undercover Shutdown ale.

Censored is $%*(!ing easy to drink and well put together. I have been getting lucky with out of state beers lately... would love a six pack of this. Anyone out there?

kkipple, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of cichief
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep orange-copper, somewhat hazy, but with a nice white head.

S- Somewhat malty, with a citrus hop scent.

T- Very big and malty, but finishes nice and bitter.

M- Very smooth, almost buttery, medium body.

D_ A very good and drinkable brew, but Lagunitas has so many others to try.

cichief, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Censored pours a strange burnt orange copper color with a bit of a haze. The lid on it is eggshell with good size and a modest creaminess that thins to leave nice lacing. The nose is surprisingly fruity. Tangy tangerine and sweet orangey citrus unite with sweet caramel and lightly toasted malt aromas. A drop of vanilla and floral hops help to meld the fruit and grains together. Medium in body with a smooth and creamy texture. Tangerine returns in the taste along with sweetly toasted caramel malts. Fresh, orangey citrus rounds out the edges while a bit of bitter rind comes through with toasted malts in the finish. Throw in a dash of earthly black pepper spiciness and you've got yourself the kronic. I didn't really know what to expect from this brew, but it really impressed me. I would liken it to a censored version of a barleywine or strong ale. Great flavor, while incredibly drinkable. This is a great everyday offering from a brewery that hasn't let me down yet.

Slynger, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short, fat, 12 oz single bottle copped for $1.99 from Total Wine and More in Union, as a big fan of Lagunitas, had high hopes for this one... "Rich Copper Ale" on the white, logo sticker... Pours an attractive copper and bronze appearnce with an impressive head that lingered for a while... smell was on-target for the style, with a nice mixture of caramel and hops... taste was equally on-point, with noticeable vanilla, bittersweet sugar-candies, grapefruit, esters, and a noticeable amber essence... very good, crisp, clean flavor that burst through and was loaded with quality and character... very good stuff from Lagunitas and another winner from a terrific brewery... nice, creamy mouthfeel with amazingly easy drinkability for a rather modest 5.9% ABV... I could drink this stuff all night... Very good sample... Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big "pop" of carbonation as I twist off the cap.
Medium copper with a small, almost soapy looking off white head.
Nose is picking up caramal malt in a big way with a hint of hops. The malt is dominating the nose for sure.
Taste is big with malts, very sweet and almost a bit too much if one isnt ready. I like the big malt taste. Sweet and thick with a lingering bitterness.

dmamiano, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting label/name, above average beer.

Pours red with a white head. Smells fainly of hops and malt. Has some nice balance and a decent, semi-creamy mouthfeel, but not a good example of the amber/red style, IMHO. The hops are piney and there isn't much fruit to this.


Overlord, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of schoolboy
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am pretty well traveled (compared to someone who NEVER travels). But I have never been to Northern California. When I do, and I am sure I will soon, I need to seek out more of these guys' stuff or their brew pub (if they have one) and pay homage.

I don't have blind faith breweries. But so far these guys have totally impressed me with everything they do.

This one, like some of their others, is on the sweet side. But they do sweet better than anyone.

So this is a hearty endorsement and thumbs up.

schoolboy, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on draft at Alioto's in the Fisherman's Wharf in S.F. Nice amber, inviting colored pour, with a good white head. Very nice hop smell mostly. Taste bordered on the edge of great hop flavor and too much hop bitterness, but never really crossed it. A touch over ideal bitterness, but a good, drinkable refreshing beer nonetheless.

JDV, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of Surefire
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice copper color with no faults.
S: Very amotic with malts, fruit, and hops.
T: Sweet malts with a nice bitter hop to add balance
M: Medium bodied
D: Very good, easy to drink yet offers plenty of flavors.

Overall, a very good amber/copper ale. Well balanced flavors.

Surefire, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of explosivebeer
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a great amber color and is very clear. It has a healthy head, mild aroma, and great initial taste. A solid mouth feel with moderate sweetness and only a hint of hops finishes it nicely. It was much better than other Lagunitas offerings I've tried. I'll definitely have it again.

explosivebeer, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of Shaw
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice red color with a foamy head that quickly turns into wisps of foam in my glass.

It has a light malty and earthy hoppy aroma.

The taste is much better than the smell. It's big on biscuit and malt flavors but the hop flavors and bitterness outweigh the malt notes in the end.

The body is good, making this a fine ale and a good choice when you're looking for a flavorful, hoppy ale that won't get you falling down drunk after a few.

Shaw, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of PhageLab
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into the ole' Hobgoblin nonic.

A - Red/copper toned color, slightly murky. Produced a nice bit of froth that stuck around for the ride. Decent lacing as well.

S - Nice aroma which presented a blend of ginger, hops, brown sugar, malt, and assorted spices. Sort of like a potpourri mix in a glass.

T - Slight hop tinge with a malty backbone. More sweet than bitter. Spices linger a while in the aftertaste. Well balanced.

M - Light bodied, creamy feel, carbonation was a bit too high, so it took a hit in this department. Spices stick around on the palate.

D - Average I suppose, I would have no quarrels were I to drink this for an evening, though I imagine boredom would eventually settle in. Worth a try at any rate.

PhageLab, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish copper color with half an inch of light tan foam that dissipates quickly to islands and a ring. Not much in the aroma department. Taste is malty like an ale should be, nothing leaps out just a nice drinkable ale. Good carbonation and mouthfeel.

CDBeerDisappear, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - a clear deep copper. A thin layer of off-white foam falls back, leaving a thick ring of lace.

Aroma - lightly toasted, an odd bean-like smell.

Taste - good toasty malts, a slight following of metal mixed with mild to medium hops. Finishes with advancing hoppiness, pretty nice after I get used to it. A little more presence on the malt side would help, though.

Mouthfeel - very crisp, even-bodied, on par for the style.

Drinkability - not my favorite slant on hops, but it's okay.

brewdlyhooked13, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky copper/orange brew with a generous off-white head that leaves big waves of lace down the side of the pint glass.

S - Malty caramel and brown sugar, with a big dose of herbal and grassy hops.

T - Malty and rich, but it's cleaned up and balanced by a nice hoppy midpalate. This isn't outrageously complex, but its very balanced and well rounded.

M - Relatively aggressive carbonation and a dry finish make this one come alive on the palate. The finish is all about the hops, and the aftertaste sticks with you.

D - A very drinkable red ale. I always find that many good red ales make up for their lack of complexity with balance and drinkability, and this is no exception.

pmcadamis, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glassand served straight out of the fridge.

A - This one poured a nice crystal clear copper colored amber with a nice thick two inch head of white foam that capped off the top and gave it a nice appearence until it started to fade and left behind virtually nothing with no hint of side glass lace. Nice carbonation was visible throughout the session however.

S - The smell was very light, which to be honest kinda dissapointed me. What I could pick up was very grainy and boring with big notes of cereal grain very apparent as well as a musty kinda of bread smell. Some light grassy hops were present way in the back but to be honest were really a non issue as this was dominate by a musty bread like malt.

T - The flavor followed the aroma almost exactly with a big time musky bready like flavor that just was too strong to really get anything else to come out from behind it. There was a slight hoppiness in the finish, but again I stress light as it was really not a factor in the overall flavor. This was truly a malty lager and really not the normal flavor I would expect from the style but thats neither here not there.

M - Very light bodied ale, actually lighter then I thought it would be which was suprising, but still not terrible just neded a little bit more to put it over the top. It did come come off a little bit slick and thin despite having really good carbonation which was a shame, but what can you do.

D - Not bad here at all though. Now it may seem like a bit of a contradictory note, however it was not that terrible to put down. The flavor was not really what I was looking for but the profile fit in fine with being a session ale and this was definitlely a session ale.

Overall not bad, I will give it that it was above average but thats about it. It was nothing terribley great and the flavor seemed a bit dull and boring to me, but again it was not terrible, I do not think I would purchase it again, however I could drink it if it was offered for sure.

mikesgroove, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of irishkyle21
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a fluffy light head. Nice lacework and retention. Has a rich amber/copper color.

Smells of sweet malt, toffee, fruits and citric floral hops.

Tastes of caramel malt, spices, earthy hops (with a bit of citrus). Scores big in the drinkability department.

irishkyle21, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a rather small light tan head that dissipated into a slight ring around the glass. The smell is faint, I pick up some caramel malt and perhaps a trace of hops, a bit disappointed here. The taste is of caramel and slightly toasted malt, a touch of honey, and some grassy hop action to balance the brew out. The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Its not overly carbonated or watery but something reminds me of seltzer water. The brew finishes very balanced. A very easy drinking brew, not outstanding on flavor but enjoyable.

Gmann, Jan 04, 2008
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
Censored from Lagunitas Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,280 ratings.