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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,192 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,192
Reviews: 833
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 34
Gots: 131 | 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 PBRstreetgang


4.38/5  rDev +17.4%

Pours and exceptionally clear orange-amber hue. Creamy off-white head just reaches two fingers and holds well leaving spotty lacing. Toasty pale malt, crystal malt, and strong dextins make up the malt aromas, with a healthy whiff of herabl and grassy American hops. First sip is sweet with caramel and toasty Biscuit malt, with a background roasted note. Flavor becomes deeply dextrinous for a brief moment before slipping into a delicate buttery fruit taste. This quickly gives way to a semi-dry aftertaste of piney resinous and bitter herbal American hops. Balanced and complex flavor, a credit to the style. Medium bodied, with a light carbonation that gives the illusion of extra body while retaining enough fine bubbles to ward off cloying from the large malt base. Finishes with residual caramel and roast tones, a touch of pumpkin fruitness and a mellow but full pine cone hop flavor. here is an amber ale with enough flavor top keep your attention but drinkable enough to be considered a session ale; likely to change some people's opinion of boring Red ales.

03-05-2007 09:42:26 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of drseamus

New York

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

I was surprised to see this beer on tap at the local college bar, The Ruck. This beer is amber is color with a light hop aroma. I was quite surprised how creamy it was though. There was a strong hop flavor, but not an equal level of hop bitterness. Although perhaps not to style, this is a good hoppy beer.

02-28-2007 14:19:07 | More by drseamus
Photo of Talisker


3.73/5  rDev 0%

Pours a very attractive clear deep red with copper highlights. Nice dense head that stick around throughout, rich lacing.

Nice malty nose - some toasted bread, very little bitterness. Taste is good but not great - not anonymous. Well integrated with the aroma - some toast, some bread, not much sweetness, maybe some wood in there, a drying bitterness on the finish. Maybe a tiny bit too much alcohol bite for the style, but still drinkable.

I may not *actively* chase this one down again, but I would be happy to encounter it on tap or as a choice on the shelf.

02-27-2007 06:34:28 | More by Talisker
Photo of jwc215


3.38/5  rDev -9.4%

Pours light copper with a thin head that immediately becomes a thin patch.

The smell is of some caramel, a hint of earthy leafiness. Very mild and subtle.

The taste is of sweet malt with a touch of leafy bitterness, more in finish than in taste. Traces of peppery alcohol. Slight mettalic tinge.

Thins a bit, though fairly coating.

A decent brew. Easy enough to drink, despite a slight alcohol sharpness. To be honest, I didn't find anything particularly special about this brew. Seems pretty basic - sweet malt with a touch of bitterness and a bit too alcoholic for the style. Still in all, it's okay.

02-22-2007 03:22:44 | More by jwc215
Photo of rudyarmand


4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Hello Beer Fans!
I just watched this ridiculous movie with Michael Douglas and Kiefer Sutherland about Secret Service Agents and a plot to kill the President. What a horible movie! My daughter (now disinherited) recommended it.

The only saving grace was that I had a six pack of Lagunitas CENSORED Rich Copper Ale to drink during the movie.

Movie--NO Stars
Lagunitas-4 Stars!

Really tasty stuff! Try it! I bet it tastes great even while you are watching a good movie.

02-16-2007 23:53:18 | More by rudyarmand
Photo of rajendra82


4.35/5  rDev +16.6%

The beer arrived in standard Lagunitas packaging consisting of 12 oz. brown bottles with the ubiquitous dog on the label. The pint glass I used was barely enough to contain the foamy head and the clear copper colored liquid. The smell was quite mild and sweet, with almost no hint of the hops typical in the offerings of this West Coast brewery. The taste was crisp, caramelized, and airy . The hops showed up as spicy overtones and citrus peels and were quite a bit more prominent than first hinted at by the smell, but the malt was clearly in charge of the whole taste. This was quite a deliberately balanced offering. As a result this beer felt full but subtle, and effect that is rarely seen in these days of ever bigger creations. This is one hell of a drinkable beer for being 7.7% ABV strong. Superb in most aspects, except for that dull smell.

02-09-2007 04:46:32 | More by rajendra82
Photo of rocketmotor


3.23/5  rDev -13.4%

Bottle with hard to find bottled date (located around the borttom of the bottle in dark, tiny print), beer is 100 days old.

Nice appearance in glass, copper reddish color. Head has circles of hop oil once it settled down.

Smell is almost all of malt with a tiny touch of hops. Tastes nice, malty flavour turns into noble hops and finishes rather sweet from the malt. The hops come through nicely but not too strong.

Mouthfeel is good, nothing outstanding here. Drinkability, I could have a few or several of these...

02-06-2007 05:05:32 | More by rocketmotor
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

This turned out to be a really nice example of an American Amber, I thought. The pour was copper in colour, just as the wording on the label suggested, and the head was big and soapy, leaving sloppy clumps of sticky foamy lace. Nice. Smell was fairly average for the style, but nice nevertheless. Plenty of that West Coast citrus and pine style hoppiness, though it wasn't as assertive as I thought it would be. There is also a mild aroma of toasted malt that, while you don't have to search very hard for it, is still somewhat subtle.
Taste is bitter hops in the beginning and middle, with a very lovely dry malt/biscuit finish. Mouthfeel was pretty standard for the style.
This was very drinkable, I felt; very sessionable. As I said earlier, a nice example of the style.

02-04-2007 05:32:56 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of Vancer


4.22/5  rDev +13.1%

Whoa – good brew from Lagunitas. Tasty and enjoyable for multiple bottles. This one will be quaffed again. WTF is a copper ale?

Amber pour, rich and creamy ivory head, ring laces throughout the quaff. Aromas of malts and grains – but the taste is where this one stands up. At first, sweet molasses kicks in – but it was quickly balanced with floral hops in the finish, and even a little burst of bourbon.

Full bodied, rich and even a bit slick in the mouth. A very unique taste, this would be a good fair weather brew (spring or fall). I’m guessing 5.5% - let’s see…

01-31-2007 16:42:16 | More by Vancer
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%

Censored pours a golden orange, clear without much head. Smell is sweet and malty, not too much else. Taste is sweet crystal malts, with a slight biscuity flavor. Hops are very light, and there is an almost black tea like flavor as well. There is a slight grainy aftertaste that I would ussually associate with cheap macros, but it's mild. Definitely a good session beer, easy drinking and delicious.

01-26-2007 02:08:12 | More by ericj551
Photo of uberabr


4.18/5  rDev +12.1%

Poured well from a 12oz bottle into a tulip, filling the glass perfectly with a one finger head up top that settles quickly. Appearance is clear and color is a deep amber with a sparkling golden gue. Good carbonation. Smell is moderate but nice, fruity and sweet like sugar candy.

Taste is a pine hop followed by bitter woodsy aftertaste. It has a mild sweet maltyness of honey and brown sugar. The subtle fruity malt complements the sweetness and hops well, making a superbly well rounded and drinakble brew. Mouthfeel is excellent as well: full, satisfying and clean without being overly watery. A very pleasant brew all around, another great California ale from Lagunitas.

01-25-2007 22:58:44 | More by uberabr
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%

Got it on tap locally at Beff's from a brand new keg they'd just tapped yesterday afternoon. . . .

A: Cloudy reddish-coppery in color with a 1-inch, bubbly off-white head that settled somewhat slowly to leave rings on the way down.

S: Some caramel malt but mainly citrusy hops and a bit of spice. I thought the beer was a tad bit too cold for my sniffing pleasure, which may have deadened the nose a little -- and I drank it too quickly for it to warm up.

T: A nice balance of caramel malt up front with citrusy, florally hops providing some flavor towards the back of the sip, which is then followed by a dry, slightly piney hop aftertaste. I swear I can taste three different hop-type flavors in this, and yet the hops are not at all over-the-top but rather take their appropriate place at the back of the mouth and in the aftertaste after the malt has provided some weight at the front of the sip. Well done.

M: Moderate in feel, pretty well carbonated but not too much so.

D: Highly drinkable. This one went down very quickly.

Notes: Not sure about the ABV on this one. I didn't notice any alcohol, yet I see from some other reviews that this is listed as 7.7%. On the other hand, BA lists it above as 5.9%. Regardless, it's a pretty flavorful beer and is very drinkable. Definitely recommended.

01-18-2007 15:47:55 | More by Kendo
Photo of BeerManDan


3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

When poured it was clear dark amber in color with a red hue. There was some white foam and a fair amount of lace on the side of the glass. The smell of malts and hops filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. The taste was of lighty roasted malts and spice with tart slightly piney hop flavor. Nicely balanced with the malts, spice and hops.

01-16-2007 01:49:19 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of jackorain


3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

A beer club slection by me.
A-Dark amber to brown with ruby highlihgts. 3/4 inch light tan head that holds up well. nice lacing sticks to the glass until the end.

S-fresh green hops, carmel and biscuit malts nice but not real complex

T-nice freash hops-green, vegatal, spicy- all come and are followed up and backed down a bit by a nice biscuity malt texture. It is a bit grainy as well. The finish is of a nice leafy hop bitterness.

M-These beer is of nice medium body that thins out a little it warms up. Carbonation is excellent not too fizzy, and not to creamy or flat.

D-very good, the alcohol content is not over the top so I could drink this all night, fals just short of a session.

Overall-This is a fine beer that starts to thin out when it warms much above beer fridge temps (45 or so). But has a lot f flavor and good flavor at that.

01-16-2007 01:48:46 | More by jackorain
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

Pours a nice dark golden with some ruby highlights. The head is moderate and light tan and leaves some slight lacing. The smell is sweet malt and a late hit of piney hops. The taste is sweet malt forward and is followed by a nice hit of spicy and piney hops. Biscuity and fruity flavors as well. Quite sweet,but well balanced and not at all insipid, the sweetness is deeply rich and malty. Mouthfeel is nice- supports the flavors well and isn't overcarbonated. Very drinkable, a great session beer.

01-14-2007 22:30:43 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of hckyfn9999


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours an orangish red with a very nice cream colored head that leaves tons of lacing on the glass. Aroma is of sweet caramel malt, fruit, a little herbal, and floral hops. Taste is more of the same with a little spice in there hops are pretty faint. An easy drinking red, nothing too earth shattering but very solid.

01-10-2007 03:00:40 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +14.7%

Slightly hazy darkish red-orange body. Light carbonation streams. Two fingers of level of just-off-white highly whipped cream head. Some nice stretchy lace.

Aroma works both sides of the street with piney citrus mixing with some fresh bread.

Inviting rich malty start kicks off the taste, caramel, toffee, and a hint of chocolate way in the back. Some juicy citrus follows. Pleasant hop bite near the finish and some piney/citrus residue carries into the aftertaste.

Good creamy mouthfeel carries well. Good drinkability, goes well with food or solo.

An above average everyday beer.

01-04-2007 23:05:52 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

12 ounce bottle, nonic pint glass.

A - Nice translucent amber color. One finger off white head.

S - Sugary malt sweetness.

T - Malty, fairly sweet brew. Tinge of hops provide some bittering balance.

M - Medium bodied ale.

D - An easy drinker, nice smooth ambeer ale.

01-01-2007 01:51:53 | More by EStreet20
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours a clear copper, big off white head forms, some nice thick lacing, good retention. Smell is malty, some floral, toffee, bit of citrus, dark fruits and grain. Taste is grainy, toffee, burnt grains, raisins, dark fruits, clean bitterness, bit of a weak finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, bit of a strange flavour. Not bad but didn't really do anything for me.

12-25-2006 07:29:58 | More by Viggo
Photo of DrJay


3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

Clear, light reddish amber with a short, whitish head. The foam thinned quickly to a ring, leaving behind a bit of lace. Malty and fruity aroma with some gingerbread and toasty caramel. Moderate bitterness with some toasted malt, fruity hops and a bit of raisin. Still, the flavour seemed a tad thin. Carbonation was on the low side and the lightish body contributed to a soft mouthfeel. The finish was a little metallic. Not bad, but it didn't make a huge impression. Thanks for sharing Viggo!

12-25-2006 03:26:43 | More by DrJay
Photo of tgbljb


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured a slightly hazy tannish foamy head. Great retention.
Smell is summer fruit malty, with notes of peaches and apriciots present.
Taste is strongly malty on the front side, but a firm hop bitterness takes over for the finish. The hops and malt compliment each other well.
nicely rich and creamy in the mouth.
Well done, very enjoyable beer.

12-20-2006 23:44:12 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Grundle20


3.58/5  rDev -4%

Pours an amber hued copper color in to a pint glass. The yeast that is present kind of floats in suspension which I found to be odd. There is a minor off white head that has poor retention and lacing.

The scent is built up on piney oily hops and caramel malts with a slight citrus rind note.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The beer drinks with some moderate smoothness and a bitter crispness up front. The flavor is that of, again, piney hops and a medium caramel malt body. The finish is crisp and slightly unclean with a lingering hop presence in to the aftertaste.

I find this beer falling somewhere in between a really full mild ale and a really crisp mild IPA in terms of drinkability. It's good but it doesn't really cater well to a drinker of either persuasion.

Bottom Line:
It's pretty good and a solid brew no doubt. I have my suspicions as to this bottles age, but I would still have to give this one a thumbs up.

12-18-2006 21:34:19 | More by Grundle20
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

pours a nice orangey copper colour with a dense tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is great. lots of nice caramel malt. bit of sweetness. mild alcohol. bit of resiny hops.

taste is great. nice malt. biscuity. mild bitterness. caramel. bit of raisin. hint of some and toastyness. resiny hops.

good mouthfeel. nice body and good carbonation level.

drinkability is great. tasty and well balanced beer. i liked this one a lot, more than anyone else at the table. thanks eric!

12-17-2006 16:57:33 | More by grub
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -18.8%

Lagunitas- Censored Rich Copper Ale

Appearance- Copper brown with no head.
Smell- Barely anything there, light malt, candy sugar, pilsbury biscuits.
Taste- Starts off very watery, light bready/ biscuity malt with a light sweet bread crust finish.
Mouthfeel- Light and watery up front but the flavor does build and intensify at the end.

Overall- This just didn't do it for me! The flavor didn't blossom until the end. I want big chewy malt up front with an Amber. Drinkable but nothing memorable.

12-06-2006 20:56:30 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of SwillBilly


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured from 12 oz stubby bottle:

Appearance: Pours deep copper in color with a slight haze, iced tea like in appearance. Rather small frothy head fades quickly to a sheer lacing. Nice rings of lacing lines the glass.

Smell: Aromas of ripe, dark, fruits with plenty of caramel and brown sugar thrown in the mix. Very slight hints of citrusy hops make a brief appearance.

Taste: Starts with plenty of caramel malt with a somewhat fruity edge, the middle is crisp and lively then transitions to a finish that is more caramel and brown sugar but this is also where the hops finally shine through with a nice citrusy twang that lingers on the tongue leaving behind a combination of sweet and bitter. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Fairly creamy for an Amber with a nice amount of carbonation that makes for a lively and somewhat dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A really nice, everyday drinker. Plenty of malts upfront but also nicely balanced with a citrusy hop bitterness in the finish. A true session beer in every sense of the word with a moderate abv and plenty of flavor. I could see this making a home in my DBF. Definitely recommended and one I will buy again. Seek and enjoy.

11-30-2006 00:37:19 | More by SwillBilly
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