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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 870
Hads: 2,627
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 19.89%
Wants: 64
Gots: 395 | FT: 0
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 870 | Hads: 2,627
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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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the label proclaims this has a rich copper hue and a stiff thick head of off white foam. There's a large number of carbonation bubbles that course through the body that weakens the appearance.

The nose is a malt bomb. Molasses, maple, tea leaves, even prune, date and raisin all come to the surface.

The flavor reminds me of figs, with sorghum and caramel malt. I get a bit of molasses and maple with a back of pecans.

The feel is quite thick, very smooth with a bitter after taste.

Very unorthodox in its approach this copper ale is nicely diverse and quite flavorful.

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Photo of u2carew
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz stubby

A) Pours with a finger thick head that slowly settles. Clear copper colored body.
S) Not very aromatic. Very mellow hints of caramel malts.
T) Rich, toasty malt. Caramel. Grainy and subtle hops in the in finish.
M) Medium body. Smooth. Mellow carbonation. Dry in the finish.
O) An okay brew.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into BarrelHouse Brewing pint glass

A: As promised it pours a coppery amber. A little agitation produces a bit of head that fades quickly.

S: I get toasty malty sweetness, floral hops, and what I could swear was a little almost Belgian yeast like funk.

T: Very malt forward which given the source caught me off guard. Earthy with some caramel malty sweetness, a little floral and resin hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium to heavy body with medium carbonation

O: Probably not my favorite from Lagunitas, but not terrible.

* Edit after tryin fresh on draft at the Lagunitas brewery in Petaluma

Completely different beer fresh. Citrus and pine hops come out nicely both in nose and taste to counter the malt; much more balanced, maybe even a bit hop forward. Lighter, cleaner, much more enjoyable.

All I can figure is I originally got my hands on an older bottle that hadn't fared well. Lesson learned, this one doesn't age well, drink it fresh and enjoy.

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Photo of TotallyGomer
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A: Like the label says, a rich copper color. Very little light passes through. Pours about a finger and half of of white head that dissipates slowly. Lacing is medium but beautiful top to bottom. In short, my version of near perfect presentation.

S: Roasted malts up front with a floral presence following. Inviting, but nothing over the top. That said, it has a decent, balanced nose.

T: This is where it really delivers. Malts up front, light hops in the finish, light floral throughout. Again, well balanced. A wonderful representation of a red ale.

M: Medium body here. Light carbonation. A little less that I would expect, but no real disappointment.

O: Considering that the original name for this ale was the "Kronick", and that it truly delivers on the rest of the label, this gets a big thumbs up for living up to the hype. Likely to be one of my favorite regulars to stock in the fridge. Truly enjoyable in the style.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. The pour is fairly clear and more bronze than red. A rough pour produces about a finger of fluffy white head that dies off quickly. Very subdued nose, but I do get some grainy cereal notes.

Medium-light body. Firm feel (a bit thin). Not very carbonated. Mild malt up front provides a nice sweet foundation for other flavors in the form of bread, cereal, and caramel. A slightly generous hop bill fleshes it out with rye, cedar, and some lemony notes. No booziness at all. Dry, herbal finish.

An enjoyable, yet unspectacular, example of the style. Solid, balanced, and tasty, but nothing I can't get from a local brewer.

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Photo of sommersb
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 07-07-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Gift from a friend

A: Beer is clear and copper in color, with a big head of offwhite. Shows very good head retention and a nice lace.

S: Aromas are malty — crystal and caramel malts, plus wheat bread. Smells like when I am steeping grain

T: The taste is semi-sweet from the malts, but there is also a dose of earthy/woody hops to add a light to moderate amount of bitterness.

M: Body is medium and the beer finishes with a balance of both hop bitterness and caramel malt notes.

O: Nothing too flashy here, but a good, balanced ale.

Thanks to Kirk for sharing!

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Photo of fank2788
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Mid to dark brown with a rather frothy head of two fingers that sticks around for a while and laces nicely. Rather malty smell with a mix of caramel and brown malts maybe a bit sweet smelling. Hop aroma is somewhat muted with only a touch of floral hoppiness coming through. The malts are there in the taste as well as the base of this beer is a solid maltiness, but it is not sweet. This is quickly followed by bitterness that comes through without much hop flavor with just a weird almost astringent bitterness, I'm not that thrilled honestly. This beer is relatively light with a good amount of carbonation the finish is dry with the strange bitterness. Overall I cant give this very much in the way of praise I did expect much better from this one given what I've heard about it from others.

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Censored from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 870 ratings.