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Reviews: 855
Hads: 2,528
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 54
Gots: 320 | FT: 0
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Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

35 IBU
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Reviews: 855 | Hads: 2,528
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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. (941 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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. (704 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (900 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (987 characters)

Photo of TotallyGomer
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (974 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
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! (694 characters)

Photo of fank2788
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (830 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear medium amber in color with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some golden yellow + orange highlights. The beer has a four finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized two finger tall dense cap surrounded by a very thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sweet caramel malts and a very light amount of pine/resin hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sweet caramel malts and some light amounts of toasted malts. There is a light flavor of slightly dank and pine/resin hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly thin.

O: Relatively easy to drink and enjoyable - a touch sweeter than I usually enjoy my beers and I would appreciate just a touch more bitterness and hop presence in it. Alcohol is well hidden. (1,069 characters)

Photo of singtothesun
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Copper color, just like the name says. Head dissipates into extremely thin layer of foam
Smell- earthy, floral and hoppy
Taste - Earthy, caramel, somewhat bitter, malty
Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation
Overall - Enjoyable copper ale. (257 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I love Lagunitas and the nuts who work there. These beer poured a nice copper color with a thick head that fizzed away after a minute but left nice legs. The smell was very hoppy with a lot of floral notes to it. The taste was even better though, because even though the beginning had a lot of hop flavor, the middle and end were much more balanced and created a nice smooth beer. Very refreshing with earthy tones in the end leaving a clean finish. Would definitely pick up another six of this. (495 characters)

Photo of gerite
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a nice golden amber with a double finger head that quickly dissipated to a single finger and then died. There was good lacing in-spite of the bad head.

S: Initial smell was sweet and earthy with a slight biscuit aroma.

T: The taste was light and crisp with a little hops, close to a pale ale. I thought there was a slight flowery aftertaste but it may have been the 6.7% ABV.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Well balanced mix of hops and malt.

O: This beer really lives up to it's Copper Ale name. A very balanced and refreshing brew that would be great on a spring or summer day. Just close your eyes and think of an Alpine meadow. (655 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a. Copper in color, as described on the bottle (copper ale). Single finger hear in a pint glass. Lacing on the glass.

s. Smell was on the yeast side - barley maybe. Good, nothing standing out.

t. Sweet taste - brown sugar, bread, spice (but not overpowering) barley.

m. Heavy in the mouth. Carbonation lasted quite well.

O - This beer reminded me a lot of Evil Twin Hipster, which I also scored above the average. I think the Lagunitas IPA's shine above their other offerings, but I would revisit this beer on a fall or early spring day. (542 characters)

Photo of tbraun1
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden, clear amber with nice lacing rings on the glass. Smells are sweet, caramel malts, some fruit from the hops in this brew. Tastes balanced. Nice malt/hop ratio. Biscuity and sweet with just enough hop profile. Mouthfeel is also balanced with some carbonation and fullness. Overall, a pretty decent brew. I would buy it again although there are a few other Lagunitas brews I prefer over this one. Cheers. (417 characters)

Photo of LuvLagunitas
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep amber. Even bronze-like. Thin off-white head. Not too much lacing.

S: Very bready and earthy. Mineraly. When cold, you smell the hops more, but as it warms, it brings out the more malty and earthy tones.

T: Less hops than I expected. Quite peaty at first and goes to the dark bready and malt flavors. Slighty abrasive, but in a good way.

M: Medium to light bodied. Light carbonation. Not too bad. Not to heavy on the stomach.

O: Not too bad. A decent offering from my favorite brewery. It's nice to know that they can make something that's not bombarded by hops. Personally, it strongly reminds me of a scotch ale because of the very earthy and peaty tones. For one of my first copper ales, I like it. Definitely recommended. (739 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/26/2014. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy orange copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit, caramel, toast, biscuit, floral, grass, slight pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of citrus/floral hops and caramel/bready malts; with good strength. Taste of orange zest, lemon zest, grapefruit, caramel, toast, biscuit, floral, grass, slight pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Slight amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, grapefruit, caramel, toast, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of citrus/floral hops and caramel/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice amber ale. All around good balance of citrus/floral hops and caramel/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,351 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear hazy copper color with a tanish head. Lacing is difinitely there.

S: Brown sugar and barley. Bready notes as well.

T: Brown sugar still- alot of it. Not as hoppy as I anticipated it to be. A lot sweeter. Sugar cane, honey, cinnamon, ginger, raisins, and roast.

M: Medium but the light side of medium. The mouth isn't super great, but not a lost cause.

O: A descent beer, but kind of all over the place. Nothing really sticks out strongly to me. The mouth isn't too bad, as said, but could use a little thickness. (529 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours clear dark amber with a half inch head. Small amount of lacing.

Smells quite malty, with some caramel, brown sugar, and bread coming into play.

Very similiar taste. Not much hoppiness. Not sure if this is an old bottle, or it's just not a hoppy beer. But it's incredibly malty- with good malt flavors- the caramel, brown sugar, bread, maple syrup, etc.

Medium bodied, well carbonated. Crisp.

A good effort, but a little unbalanced in the malt department. If the body was thicker, the malt flavors would come out better, I think. But at the thickness of the body, some more hop flavors are needed. (664 characters)

Photo of levineju
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Formally "the Kronik", this Amber Ale is poured from a 12oz. stub bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - marketed as a "Rich Copper Ale", and there is truth in the marketing; penny red-orange, hardly any carbonation and a finger & 1/2 of fluffy cream head. Head retention is excellent with beautiful lacing all the way down.

S - rich caramel malts, toasted marshmallow, pine, and very light hops.

T - translates from the aroma well; not sharp at all; rich but not decadent.

M - smooth and creamy; very drinkable; a good session beer.

O - great beer, and one of my favorites of the style. A go-to during the week, and a great paring beer for many styles of cooking. (668 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Bottled in November 2013.

Appearance: Very impressive off-white head forms atop a copper body with a tint of amber. The head slowly collapses and leave very good lacing. Pretty much a textbook example of how an Amber Ale should look.

Smell: Sweet malts. Minor floral notes. Not much going on in the nose.

Taste: Sweet malts. Subtle toasted grains. Minor hit of grapefruit from the hops. The hops really come to life in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Low-medium carbonation. Pretty average for the style.

Overall: Lagunitas Censored is a decent take on the Amber Ale style. It was a bit too sweet and lacked complexity in the malts. Solid beer but not my first choice. (728 characters)

Photo of alphagnome
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Rich, copper colored body. Translucent. Plenty of carbonation and fine sediment create a mesmerizing spiraling effect. Crowned with a soft, thick bone-white head that sticks around for the duration of the beer leaving an incredible amount of lacing behind. Easily the best beer I've ever seen.

Aroma:
Gobs of sweet, sweet caramel and trace brown sugar are front and foremost. Very malty with no detectable hop presence. Faint notes of dark fruit break through.

Taste:
Plenty of malt with equal amounts of toasty caramel. Fresh biscuits and light almond character. Not as sweet as the nose and light, earthy bitterness probably has a lot to do with this. Roasted character becomes more prevalent as temperature increases. Nice roasted aftertaste is always present.

Mouthfeel:
A smooth, medium body houses plenty of carbonation. Finish is on the drier side of things but enjoyable. Sediment is decent in size and can lend a chewy character towards the end of the glass.

Overall:
I was blown away by this one. I expected a good product, but wow! I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Easy to drink, easy to enjoy. Refreshing... What are you waiting for? Grab this one! (1,174 characters)

Photo of AlmaMatters
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A - translucent reddish and orange hue

S - Tangerine peel, sugar, salty pretzel and rope

T - Very sweet and yet enjoyably subtle; somehow manages to mask the aforementioned aromas with a sweet and and biting, hoppy taste

M - Silken and just a bit carbonated, though not too much

O - A middling beer from a great maker...perhaps mine had sat for a long time, not sure (370 characters)

Photo of fudgecm
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good, easy drink from the bottle. Great color and mouthfeel. Taste slight over powering of grain malt taste. Rich - but not with the full mouth fell - classic red ale flavor as it should be. Right balance between malt and hop. I prefer the more hop taste versus a more malt taste. Nice beer. Would drink again. (310 characters)

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