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Ratings: 2,407
Reviews: 849
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 46
Gots: 223 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

35 IBU
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Photo of Tone
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of of slight hops, slight alcohol, earthy malt, some caramel sweentess, and lots of grass. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a high carbonation level. Tastes of grass up front, slight hops, some sweet malt, and slight hint of spice. Wow, a decent beer, but nothing to brag about - I would not recommend trying this beer.

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

A - honey amber with creamy white head and sticky lacing

S - the only lagunitas beer I have tried that didn't have a huge nose... sweet malt and a hint of C hops

T - sweet malt and c hops. very tasty. not what you expect from lagunitas.

M - very smooth. perfect amount of carbonation

D - this is a perfect session beer. it wont overwhelm your taste buds but wont bore them either.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degres

Pours a clear copper color. One-finger head of foam, which has a slight tan tint. Not much retention or lacing to speak of.

A nice level of maltiness comes through. Hints of caramel and brown sugar. Very slight hop notes.
A light, subdued, nose.

The taste is better. Sweet malty kiss. Light citrus and tropical fruit notes. Sweet hints of honey. Light toffee presence. The finish is of bitter hops. Kind of out-of-place here, and not welcome.

Middle-of-the-road medium body. Carbonation level is okay, but could benefit from some 'tweaking'.

I'm sure that this one would be a great session beer. Probably for a lot of people. Just not for me. The bitter hop finish kills what is otherwise a very nice brew.

Photo of PDXHops
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

An aggressive pour from the 12 oz bottle directly into the middle of my tulip coaxes close to a finger's worth of head that's gone within 20 seconds. Dark orange/copperish body underneath. Minimal lacing.

Smells very sweet- honey, caramel, baking bread. Hint of floral hops, but very sweet overall.

Tastes even sweeter than it smells. In fact, sweetness is about all there is too it. Lots of caramel, toffee, brown sugar and baking bread. Very sticky, cloyingly sweet, with mercifully a hint of hops in the finish. Too sweet for my taste.

Mouthfeel is sticky, highlighting all that sweetness. I don't love this. Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is not good for me. Struggled just to finish the bottle.

Overall impression: Not a balanced or enjoyable amber ale, IMO. Too much sticky sweetness and not enough roasted/toastedness here. Lagunitas seems to be a love it or hate it brewery for me, and this brew is unfortunately not on the 'love it' end of that equation.

Photo of matty
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is caramel.Taste is the same caramel maltiness and maple flavoring.A very good beer that has good flavor and is good from first to last sip.Highly recommended and I would definetly seek this out again in the future!!

Photo of drizzam
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't even sure what beer I was reviewing with the big "Censored" block over the beer name. Thought I would give it a try nonetheless:

A - Pours a beautiful dark copper color...completely clear. Nice foamy head that seems to have a pretty decent head retention. Looks good so far.

S - Very subtle scent of caramel and malt. The scent is very understated...especially compared to the taste.

T - This is a yummmy little minx. On the front end I'm getting caramel and malts, with a slight twang of honey. Very light hoppiness on the swallow.

M & D - Medium bodied and creamy. Decent amount of carbonation. Finishes dry with little to no aftertaste. This is a brew with a high drinkability factor, and one I'll be buying in the future.

Photo of eberkman
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden-copper with a short white head that diminishes to a ring. Big caramely malt notes in the aroma with some citrus and floral essence too. The taste is mostly sweet caramely malts, again with some fruity backbone. Modest hop twinge in the finished. A little unbalanced, weighing heavily in the malt direction, but still tasty. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Exceptionally smooth and drinkable. Great session beer, though a little pricey for what it is.

Photo of surfer4life
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle

A - Light brown, small head quickly recedes to thin film.

S - Smells like fresh waffels with maple syrup, some citrus and caramel malt notes with the balancing hop boquet although slight.

T - Nice toffee sweetness on the front followed by slight bitterness, with more sweetness on the finish. Tastes like candy cherries! Not strong but quite tasty.

M - Medium carbonation with a medium body. just right!

D - Dangerously drinkable. This could be a great session beer.

Photo of Drew966
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Censored pours a copper color with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is mostly malty but there is a noticeable amount of hops. The flavor has a strong malty component but there is a fair amount of spicy hops too. Overall, just a bit better than average.

Photo of bboven
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep clear copper body with little head, but what's there does leave a little lacing.

Grassy, citrusy hops balance very well with a rich caramel malt.

Taste is a bit sweet and metallic, great hop punch throughout for balance though. Warming alcohol.

Crisp, highly carbonated, very drying.

In a word, balanced. This is a great example of a hoppy version of the style that doesn't go overboard in any one area.

Photo of Chapter40z
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Medium brown color seems to have little carbonation and minimum head.

S. Has some sweet biscuity malts. A slight herbal spice in the background.

T. The taste is where this beer is. Flavors all combine great to create a really enjoyable beer. Mild bitterness with some herbal spices matching the smell.

M. Decent body not super strong but enjoyable.

D. Great brew and being the first brew I've tried from Lagunitas I'm highly pleased.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a red-tinged copper with a single-finger head. The smell is malt and a bit of citrus. The taste starts off with some caramel malt and orangey citrus that's balanced pretty well by the hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with some fine carbonation. This is pretty drinkable for a strong and fairly hoppy beer, I might just end up getting this one again sometime.

Photo of Nick3
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer holds true to its name with its rich copper color. Heavy handed pour doesn't help the head as it vanishes quickly. Beer has a malty smell but a bit metallic as well. Was hoping for a much smoother beer based on look and smell. A bit more hops than I would have expected from an Amber ale. However, beer does mellow as you drink it and becomes pretty quaffable. Mouthfeel is rather thin but appropriate for this style. Beer is well carbonated.

A worthy effort from Lagunitas but I wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of Jasel
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big fan of copper ales but this one was actually pretty good.

Consumed with a pilsner glass.

Appearance - Great copper/amber color. A little dark for a copper beer. Small head even after an that didn't last long even after an aggressive pour. Partial lacing dissipated very quickly.

Smell - Strong metallic smell with a hint of caramel.

Taste - On the side of the bottle it said "Life is uncertain. Don't sip." So I drank accordingly and had no problem. Good taste for a copper ale. Caramel with a weak metallic taste.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and carbonated.

Drinkability - I don't think I could drink more than 2 with the amount of mucus build up in my mouth, but I would drink it again if I cam across it. Remember...don't sip.

Photo of seanbhudson
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a medium size off-white head that dissipates quickly. Small amount of lacing.
Malts and orange like citrus. Hints of caramel and surprisingly I am picking up some scents of alcohol.
Similar to aroma but caramel is more predominant and I don't taste the alcohol. I also pick up some grassy hops, especially as the beer warms.
Medium body with slightly syrupy texture. Soft carbonation.
Very easy drinking beer. Flavorful and smooth. Just a tad too sweet for me.
NOTES: BBCSD-200901-Danielle

Photo of mwa423
2.58/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours a very dark but clear copper color (big surprise for a copper ale) very small head that quickly dies down to no lacing

S - Overpowering caramel sweet smell

T - No hops, the overpowering smell carries over to the beer, lots of caramel and malt, but nothing else.

M/D - Overpowering smell and taste make this something I will finish but hope to never encounter again. For those who enjoy the types of flavors evident here, this will be a big winner. However, for me it's a loser.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a light, clear copper. About a half finger of head developed and dissipated quickly, leaving a spotted lacing and ring around the outside.

Smell: Invigorating citrus -- orange and grapefruit -- and honey. I also got some hints of caramel.

Taste: Mmm -- very nice. The citrus and caramel from the smell came through, and also a hint of floral malts and grassiness. It became progressively hoppy as the pint warmed, but it wasn't as overpowering as I thought it would be.

Drinkability: Censored is very smooth and easy drinking. It's a well-balanced amber ale.

Photo of hoplover82
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Light amber color with a medium tan head that dissapates too fast with ok lacing.

S-Sweet caramel malts and floral, and earthy hops and biscuit on the side.

T-Caramel up front with floral and earthy hops with biscuits coming through with a very solid bitterness.

M-Crisp couldv'e been a lot creamier though. A little dry in the end.

D-Very drinkable.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber/copper with a decent head of foam. Lots of caramelly, malty aromas, hints of metal, and floral hops. Flavour is sweet and dense, rich with fruit and hop bitterness. Sticky caramel and molasses malts give this brew a heavy body and also a bit of a solvent undertone. Finishes quite bitter. Pretty much as advertised - rich and copper... not what I would call refreshing and a bit coarse for my taste.

Photo of farrago
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Credible finger+ head, mostly tiny, dense bubbles which allows it to last well, even as the lacing slides off the glass back into the muck. Metallic red rust color, inclines more towards red and orange but has some brown in it as well. In the nose the hops come through clearly bringing grassy, herbal notes in front of pine, lemon peel, pink grapefruit pith, honey glaze, spring flowers, no really overt malt presence although smoothly textured. Full-bodied, steadily expansive across the palate without becoming leaden. Here caramel and butterscotch supplement the honey to sweeten the pot. More pie dough and pancake mix as well. Never toasty nor roasty, and on the hop side there's the pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus and diminished herbaceousness. The carbonation at once percolates things slightly and then removes rough spots from the overall texture. It's very drinkable and approachable but the anticipated higher gear never kicks in.

Photo of TStandley13
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice rusty amber red color with two fingers of head that stuck around for a bit. Looks very nice when held up to the light. Lacing was average.

S - A nice combination of malts and hops with a citrussy background.

T - Average taste. Kind of lacks a real "wow" factor. Sipped like most other average ambers. Looking back, I am comparing it to Nugget Nectar, which dominates this brew.

M - Light and smooth. Decent carbonation.

D - not bad. I would drink again if offered but won't seek out buying this.

Photo of Shadman
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow...if this brew could hold that awesome initial look it would have scored a 5 on appearance. Clear, reddish copper brown in color. Big 2.5 finger width off tan head, gobs of lacing. Receeded quite fast, but still left a nice cap after 5 minutes.

Tried this brew cold and slightly chilled and it still manages to disappoint in this category. Floral sweetness, with a hint of toffee/caramel.

Decent taste. hop/malt balance is quite good. Roasted malt followed by a balanced hop bite. Hop bitterness wins the flavor battle, but by a small margin only.

smooth, maybe a tad on the watery side.

Given it is lumped into the Ami Amber/Red ale's and given the broad interpretation within this grouping, it is a very drinkable brew even @ the 6.2% abv.

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

This "Rich Copper Ale," as the bottle proclaims, pours a--wait for it--copper color with a nice finger and a half of pillowy head. Smell is a touch hoppy with herbal notes. The taste follows suit with light herbal hops, a balanced amount of malt, and some orange and lemon zest in the finish. The balance makes for a nice mouthfeel and a pleasant, leafy finish. As smooth and easy as this bottle went down, I found the drinkability to be excellent. What a great surprise from Lagunitas!

Photo of bort11
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an over-sized shaker pint. Not much head, thing ring of lace around the surface. Color is a clear honey red.

Smell has a sweet brown sugar with some honey suckle. Taste is raw honey and floral hops. A little bit of ginger. A little gritty in the texture but still a lighter body. This would be OK in small doses.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep, reddish-copper color with a bit of haze. A medium sized, creamy off-white head with decent retention and some lace.

S: Some caramel/toasted malt sweetness. Some citric and herbal/floral hops, with a pleasing, tangy orange aroma. Some whiffs of alcohol as well.

T: Sweet, toasty caramel malt up front. Herbal and citric hops (mostly orange, some grapefruit as well). Some more sweet/tart orange flavor. A bit of bitterness, nothing overwhelming. A nice balance overall.

M: Medium bodied. Light carbonation. A bit slick and coating on the tongue. Some light dryness into the finish.

D: This is interesting and rather flavorful for the style. I would drink this again. I wouldn't say it's sessionable, as it's kind of estery and boozy, but a nice change of pace beer.

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