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Censored | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
35 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

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Reviews: 878 | Ratings: 2,680
Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a six-pack at my local Trig's grocer. No bottled on date, but the fact that I pulled this one out of a box that had just arrived and was awaiting placement is a pretty good indication that this is fresh. Poured right from the fridge into my Lakefront pint glass.

L: Pours a deep amber with about a half-inch of off-white head that sticks around for a bit, falls to a healthy film, and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Crystal-clear, with a moderate level of visible carbonation.

S: Sweet caramel malts define this bouquet. There's a bit of a cider quality, as well. Some more subtle toasty malts, as well as some other earthy notes in the mix.

T: Sweet caramel malts, along with some toasty malts right out of the gate. Nice malt profile, in general, on this one. Again, I'm getting a bit of a cider flavor from this. The middle sees the introduction of some earthy tones, along with a touch of raisin and cracked pepper. There's a tart that builds in the middle and continues into the back end. The close has more of that nice balance of malts, with the addition of a nice resinous hop presence--not overtly bitter or overpowering, but providing some balance.

F: Medium-bodied, crisp, a bit creamy in the middle, and quite clean-finishing, though there is a bit of tart/bitter from the hops that lingers on the palate. This one has a very nice level of carbonation.

O: This is a tasty amber from Lagunitas. If you're expecting some of that familiar Lagunitas hop profile and taste, this one might disappoint a little. This is a very malt-forward beer, but the hops do provide a nice balance. While this isn't one of my favorite offerings from the brewery, I would probably come back to this one again.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This looks perfect, it's how a beer should pour. Great two finger head on pour that lasts and has great lace. Golden copper color with nice carbonation. Very inviting. Not a lot in the smell but it there just not complex, one note. Taste is straight forward nice balance of hops and malt. Not overpowering, light bitter and sweetness. Very smooth with great mouthfeel. Right amount of carbonation and nothing that tires the pallet. This could be a session ale for me, good price for the enjoyment and drink-ability of the beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours ruby chestnut under a 3” finely bubbled white foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: malt and fruit aromas
T: Starts with sweet malt, a trace of cola, fruit and then finishes crisp and dry.
F: Medium body, medium low carbonation.
O: A very drinkable American Amber/Red Ale.

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Photo of mmesce2
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on tap in a Lagunitas custom "mason jar" glass. Great color, medium head. Taste is malty and rich on the front end, but finishes a bit hoppy and citrus on the end. Overall, a really good beer. This is what is expected from Lagunitas, though.

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Photo of ARoman
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap, poured into a sampler. The aroma is a mellow honey, roasted malts, and a defined grass combination. The beer is a deep, rich, clear caramel copper color with a dense and fuzzy, off white head that retains and laces a generous amount. The taste is a balanced medium bitter and sweet. The beer is oily in texture and has a fuzzy carbonation. The medium light body contains flavors of bread crust, grapefruit and oranges, as well as a pine freshness and finishes with roasted grains and light citrus. The aftertaste is roasted grains, bread crust, and bitter citrus.

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Photo of NerveStorm
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A very fine carbonation and a little bitter, somewhat oily feel not very complex and a little overpowering bitter at the finish. Overall an average result that I won't rush to duplicate.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - 3.75 - Poured a medium/dark copper, caramel amber color. Formed about a finger of quickly dissipating, yellow-tinged white head. Medium/low head potential, low head retention. No lacing.
S - 3.5 - Simple. Little bits of malt and hops and an earthiness such as fresh rain water.
T - 3.5 - Once again, simple. Lightly sweet and balanced malt and hops. Ends on an ever so slight bitter finish.
F - 4.75 - Really excellent mouthfeel on this. Very oily and a bit creamy. Goes down quite smooth.
O - 3.5 - Simplicity is the theme here. It isn't anything to write home about, nor sip slow and savor. This is a session beer. This is a good food pairing, yard work and shower beer. As it stands, I would have liked either a little more malt or a little more bitterness, but it does its job nonetheless as a standard, basic amber ale. Definitely better than many I've had.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.54/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What is not to love about this beer? I love the description as a rich copper ale, because is is gloriously rich for such a simple beer. Easy to overlook, but this just has everything that is great about amber ales.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice copper color with an off-white head but a huge amount of floating chunks of yeast. Not at all appealing.
Aroma is big on toffee and caramel notes.
Tastes pretty good. Biscuits and toffee with a nice bitter bite at the end.
Mouthfeel is medium and fairly well carbonated.
Not bad but the floaties were not pleasant. Won't buy again.

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Photo of KC9LDB
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally got to try this one after having the whole line-up mutiple times over. It is a great copper ale well balanced with just the right amount of bitterness.

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Photo of melstein
2.91/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its look is definitely copper and the taste has a pretty smooth yet a little bitter taste. But the taste isn't super flavorful. Its an okay beer for this brewery. They have a lot better beers.

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Photo of Tilly
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a copper color. Very little head which is a khaki froth. Smells like carmal, malt, some floral, just atiuch of citrus. Tastes if malt, pine and of course, orange. Mouth feel is carbonated with a real nice back of the tongue bitterness. Dry. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of Jonoesh5
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: A true, deep copper body that sat somewhere between translucent and opaque. Residual off-white head. I notice some yeast suspension as well.

Smell: Fruit punch aroma, sweet, sugary. An interesting vanilla aroma came in towards the end.

Taste: Strikes a nice balance between bready malts and citrusy hops. Orange peel and caramel notes added a wonderful depth to the profile. As with other Lagunitas brews, this beer favors hops over malts, but not as heavily as their IPA or Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale.

Feel: Lightly carbonated and bitter, but not dry

Overall: After reading other reviews, I wasn't expecting very much from this brew, but was pleasantly surprised! A little too sweet for my taste, but combined with a malt complexion, Censored has enough going for it to help round out the hoppy character. One of my new favorite Ambers!

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Photo of Drew03cmc
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

As ambers/reds are my favorite style, I had to give this a try. It's not bad and you can taste the higher alcohol content versus a beer of the same type like Avalanche or Fat Tire, but this beer is wonderful on the palate.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass, this nice copper ale brilliant copper color with a thick white head that lingers to a thin pooling layer and great lacing. Nose of rich caramel malts, spicy hops, and figs. Flavors are delightful for the style, sweet malt up front with hoppy bitterness to the rear. Flavors of fig and as it warms vanilla become pronounced and vying for pole position over the hops. A great session ale with a lingering bittering hops aftertaste. Very sessionable. Worthy.

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Photo of theh3rbalist
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Drank 3 straight out of the bottle.

Smooth well put together "copper ale". Subtle hop presence and medium carbonation somewhat balance the malt sweetness. Very drinkable but with a decent kick at 6.7%.


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Photo of Copper_Is_Thy_Beer
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Just like "Fred's Slacks" http://www.hark.com/clips/hvhqvlswbf-freds-got-slacks

is a winner, so is this beer. Deep copper visually, smooth, creamy flavor that has a slight bitter after-taste... love it. A burp taste will leave lasting memories. I was paying $5.50 a glass at a local craft brewery for a beer that is similar, but not as good. Hopefully, when America's fascination/fad with session IPA's wain and those overly hopped, citrus maximus beers are no longer it, great beer such as Lagunitus Censored will get it's chance to shine.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4/5  rDev +6.1%

12 oz Bottle. Slight smell of grapefruit maybe slight Lemon and of course Hops.Taste is a fairly smooth beer with a 6.7ABV.I just can`t say enough about Lagunitas products.They consistently put out quality beer at a great price.Give this a try it rocks.Not as good as there Imperial Red but still pretty good.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Thanks, Brenda, for sneaking this back from LA in your suitcase.

A: A beautiful copper hue, opaque, with a thick, off-white heat that lingers. Billowy lacing.

S: Grapefruits arrive with caramel malts and piney hops.

T: Thick and full bodied. A terrific hop/malt tango with a slight bitter finish. Smooth and sessionable. The caramel malts and piney hops really mix well.

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation. A dry finish.

O: Don't censor this Kronic joy. It's tasty and smooth. Another Win for Lagunitas.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours a finger of head on a clear dark straw colored body.
The aroma is rich caramel.
The taste is sweet caramel with some lemon bitterness to balance it out.
The texture is sticky and a bit thicker.
It's a nice ale.

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Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich dark copper amber with a large creamy lasting beige head and good lacing throughout. Aroma is of sweet caramel malt, pine hops and a bit of citrus. Taste same as aroma. Palate is medium body, good carbonation and a smooth mouth feel. Finished with a flavorful caramel malt taste and some nice pine floral hops for balance. Aroma and Taste slowly intensify as it warms up. Overall a very good and nicely balanced brew.

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Photo of T100Mark
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Copper color (no surprise). Amazing clarity. Nice tan head. Good stickage.

Smell - Malt combined with a not-so-mild hop nose.

Taste - A toasty malt flavor. The slightly acidic hops, however, elbow their way onto the stage.

Mouth - Oily. Fizzy.

Overall - A nice beer but not a true Amber. The malt flavor is a little thin and the hops are a little more prominate than they need to be (like most west coast ales). Regardless, this is a nice beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

one of the better amber types in the game, this one is clear reddish in color with a frothing and lasting off white head over an inch tall. it has a pleasant nose of tangy hops over a robust copper malt body. much less sweet than other American takes on the style, which lends to increased drinkability for my palate. not over hopped, but certainly aggressively done, which makes this sort of a style hybrid between the more conventional amber ale and the new red ipa types. not quite on the ipa level, this one finishes much more balanced, with the rich caramel malty flavors sticking around on the palate for a little while after the swallow. the mouthfeel to me is the best feature, full bodied but drinkably dry, creamy and expansive, and well enough carbonated. not a reinvention of the genre by any stretch, but a clever Americanization of a style that probably needs a facelift more often than not. well done beer from lagunitas here.

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Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant amber with a billowing, frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Aroma is catty and dank, with a prominent caramel malt, nutty, sweet undertone. Good balance of malt and hops.

Flavor reveals sharp citrus and skunk underpinnings, with sweet, bready caramel malt hitting mid palate and carrying into a lightly bitter, dry finish. Grapefruit pith contrasts the caramel sweetness nicely.

Body and carbonation are moderate, with light alcohol warmth and a bit of hop astringency.

The sharp citrus hop notes and moderately bitter finish counter a slightly rich malt character to make for an overall pleasant experience. Nothing spectacular, but very easy drinking.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent copper color with a substantial head of sudsy, khaki foam. Aroma is pleasantly light and fruity, consisting of lemon grass, banana, clove, and grassy hops.

The taste features a light caramel malt up front along with a healthy kick of grassy hops that make way for an equally potent kick of peppery/herbal hops. A grain husk musk shores up the back end. The peppery hops are the clear focal point here, as they practically sizzle on the back of the tongue whilst the other flavors recede. It's an interesting sensation, albeit a little heavy-handed. The mouthfeel is a little thin, perhaps passably semi-creamy, propped up by some perky carbonation.

Overall, this is an interesting and flavorful brew. The closest analogue I can muster is Domaine Dupage, although the flavors here are more coarse and strident. It's not something I would seek out to enjoy, but it's worth trying.

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Censored from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 878 ratings.