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Reviews: 859
Hads: 2,571
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 19.95%
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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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Photo of Chiefy770
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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Photo of AlmaMatters
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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

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Photo of fudgecm
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of Act25
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feels like they're going straight after my favorite APA - best selling dale's pale ale. But this is more of a traditional PALE ALE, ENGLISH OR IRISH, more malt, sweeter, and less hoppy than Dales.

( Well, much as I like Lagunitas, guys you are going have to can and you're going to have to find out how to beef up the aroma and the mouth feel. )

Appearance: bright, coppery hue, with a thick, full, creamy head, plenty of lacing. Pretty close.

Aroma: Malt forward, then hoppy, sweet, roasty, strong, hints of citric fruits, lively. Not quite as vibrant, piney or strong as Dales.

T: Similar profile to Dales, but missing the intense hop pine tingle and the long finish. Longer on the sweet, caramel and roasty malts. Rich, good balance of malt, sweet, spicy, strong, with the nice hint of hops.

Addictive like Dales, easy drinking, always inviting to take another inhale and another pull.

I think of this beer as a kind of ideal pale ale, more of an ode to the original RedTail Ale than an Irish red ale imitation.

CENSORED : Originally called the Kronik, this beer was censored by the federal label-approving agency, the BATF — they claimed the word had some sort of Marijuana reference. We slapped a “Censored” sticker on it as a joke and they accepted it. Whatever.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 23, 2014.

This is a highly attractive pour with its copper-amber color, moderate carbonation, and lingering off-white, fluffy head. Lots of lacing.

The nose is of roasted barley malts but also a touch of orange or tangerine along with a perfume-like hop character.

The body is medium.

The taste begins with a barley malt character but it does not take long for this juicy orange fruitiness to kick in and moderate into a lingering bitterness at the end.

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- a deep clear copper with a creamy white head. Head has decent retention and leave some nice lacing on the glass

S-has a nice rich malty aroma with notes of biscuit and dark fruit

T- the is similar to the aroma with the addition of a pleasant hit of hops toward the finish to balance the malt

M- a little hops bite at the end and a slightly thinner mouthfeel both fit nicely with the beers flavor

O-it's not mind-blowing but it is tasty and well made.

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Photo of lochef81
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This ale pours a beautiful clear red copper color with a small off white head which is short lasting resolving to a slight cream colored lacing. The nose is roasty and sweet. A lot of maltiness with a slight touch of bitter hoppiness. This ale sips smooth and light to medium bodied. Easy on the palate; definitely an ale that could be sessioned easily. The flavor is balanced between sweet malt and bitter hops. It's not a complex beer by any means but definitely well balanced and brewed. As a long time fan of this brewery, this is by far not my favorite of their offerings by a good solid beer none the less.

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Photo of wiscokid920
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle poured into Pint Glass

A- Clear copper in color with a nice two finger rocky tan head. Nice retention and lacing

S- Malty and Roasty with a nice light hop presence as well.

T- Roasted malt, biscuity, caramel with a nice balancing act of floral hops and subtle alcohol profile.

M- Medium bodied with a nice carbonation. Silky smooth and finishes with a nice drying feel.

O- A very nice Amber Ale. Nice balance of malty sweetness, nutty notes, and floral hop flavor.

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Photo of Beric
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 1 January 2014 -- first beer of the new year!

Appearance: Reddish brown, pouring with a one finger soapy white head. Head collapses pretty quick, but got excellent lacing down the sides.

Smell: You can definitely smell the hops in this one, though there is a notable malt backbone also present in the nose. Smells piney and a touch grapefruity. Malts smell similar to an Oktoberfest- caramel and toffee coming through.

Taste: Basically just like the smell. You get a solid hop presence, which might even be a bit too much for the traditional representations of the style. Malts taste of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Bitter finish, but not dry. I had a few sips that really tasted boozy and I'm not sure why, since this isn't really a boozy beer. Perhaps the body wasn't enough to mask it through the whole bottle. Weird.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, even as the beer sat for a while. Felt decent on the tongue, if a little thin at times.

Overall: Overall, a decent brew. A good take on the amber ale style, especially with the more noted hops. I'd happily drink this again.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: definitely this beers most attractive feature, true to its name the beer is a rich copper with a hint of red, pours a finger of off white head that has excellent retention.

Smell: yeast. Hint of citrus, some corriander a bit of resin and a touch og malt notes, possibly caramel in the finish.

Taste. Exactly like smell, but more mild, and the citris is replaced by a generic hop taste with the caramel just being a bit if malt, that almost provides good balance.

Mouthfeel: body is light/medium, but carbonation is strong, leading to mismatched textures.

Overall; not bad, definitely not my favorite from lagunitas. But is very drinkable. Don't regret buying but wouldn't buy again in a hurry

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Photo of vkv822
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz : tulip

Clear, amber-red with a foamy light beige head.

Fairly even balance of floral, citric hops and bready, caramel, toffee malt notes.

Medium bodied, foamy carbonation.

A well done beer. Nothing particularly intriguing, but a solid example of the style.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lagunitas' take on the amber/red ale style pours a rusty red to brownish color, a little hazy and with ample carbonation to start. My initial pour yield nearly an entire glass of off-white to light tan foam that quickly settled down. Nice lacing as per most Lagunitas beers I've had. Aroma was malt forward and fruity ... Caramel creme, biscuits, sultanas, some grass and lemon. One of the more complex and nuanced red ales I've had, plumb this one for different flavors although the complexity does not detract from the drinkability. You can dissect this beer or you can just knock a few back and be content either way. Ginger snap cookies, graham crackers, and dry biscuits, red grapes, orange and lime hop flavors, powdered sugar, some other sort of fruity but floral note (plums? almonds?) ... All reveal themselves but no one flavor overpowers or dominates. Some light brown sugar character is the backbone, with a semi-dry finish of unripe pears, hop bitterness, and metal that might be a little coarse. Alcohol blooms as you go and this is high ABV for the style, a nice touch. Quite a lot of diacetyl character but this is a positive for me, with hopping like a pale ale and a nice balance between mainstream appeal and nuance for someone who wants to go slow.

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Photo of brurevu
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is Lagunitas’ version of an Amber and it pours a nice deep copper color with a significant creamy head. Lagunitas has dialed back the hops a bit with a much maltier profile that exudes caramel, toffee, and rum. There are the signature hops on the back end to leave you with a slightly bitter finish, because this is Lagunitas after all. I am having trouble finding a bad Lagunitas beer and each new offering I try keeps leaving me impressed.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - 3.75 - Can't knock it too much on the appearance, nice copper/amber hazy color with a thick film of off white bubbles on the top. Leaves a decent lacing on the glass. Bottle is lagunitas standard stuff.

S - 3.25 - Caramel, bready malt. Dirty, floral hops smell, not that great. Harshness that I don't want there.

T - 3.0 - Harsh. Caramel and bready malts. Some floral hops and dirty hop bitterness, not citrusy at all.

M - 3.0 - Medium. No alc taste. Aftertaste is caramel/bready malt.

O - 3.0 - NOT a great beer. Completely unexpected for lagunitas. Missing the citrusy hoppiness and sweet malts I want in an American red ale. It compares more to Bell's Amber Ale (Also not good) than it does to Oskar Blues G'knight.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, burnished copper color with a big, eventually rocky, tan head. Great retention, very good lacing.
Smell is malt with some roast, light hops, a green grape sweetness, and a hint of biscuit. Well balanced but not as complex as hoped for.
Taste is more developed with floral hops more pronounced, roasted malt, a touch of lightfruit probably pear, caramel (faint), and a noticeable alcohol bloom. Nicely done.
Medium body barely, middle of the road effervescence. Slightly drying but very warming for the style. Feels like an Imperial stout in that regard. A well done brew "hat isn't a hop bomb thankfully.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a reddish copper color. good clarity. a finger or so of a tannish head

Smell: toasty grains, citrusy hops and a pronounced caramel taste

Taste: opens up with a mixture of caramel malts and toasted malts. hops are low and slightly citrusy. has an irony/coppery metallic taste.

Mouthfeel: pretty light. a metallic like bitterness is left behind that can sometimes be off putting

Overall: a decent beer but falls short of what i expect of lagunitas.

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Photo of dv8sean
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a 0.47l tulip glass.

What a beautiful beer! Reddish burnt orange, brilliant clarity, small dense bubbles. Careful pour yields perfectly compact head and fractal patterns of lace in glass.

The smell is mostly dominated by the malts with hints of floral hops and a bit of breadiness. Maybe even a hint of almond-Amaretto?

Taste is good. Very good. But, somehow didn't strike be as fully balanced and integrated as I recalled from previous experience. Malt gets the leading role with hops playing 2nd chair.

Excellent use of malt and nearly perfect carbonation provides the backbone for great mouthfeel. This beer looks and feels good.

Overall, I'm still pleased, but was left just a little shy of expectations.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

Lagunitas Censored pours a crystal clear ruby brown with a nice two finger off white head. Sudsy around the edges. Retains a half a fingers worth of head for the duration. Very little carbonation. Some lacing marks where it sat when the glass was full

Smells of rich caramel and a little toffee. Grainy bread. I smell a hint of coffee beans, but its fleeting. A bit of sweet apple. Some musty earthiness but its hard to place exactly what. Also a faint whiff of citrus fruit rind

Taste is of caramel malts with a touch of toffee. Some sweet stone fruit. Big bready malt. Slightly spicy graininess. Hops are slightly grassy. Decent

Feels medium bodied. Mostly smooth with a spicy crispness in the middle. Finish is sweet and long

Overall pretty good. Reminds me of an altbier more than an amber. Not Lagunitas' best effort but worth a try. Much sweeter than I expected - especially from these guys

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very robust head which seems to want to make me wait. The head is slightly off-white with hints of yellow while the body is a medium to dark amber that appears medium when held up to the light. Good lacing is left behind.

Nose- Not much from the glass but the bottle shows a bit of caramel mixed with grain. Tiny bit of citrus (I would say lemon) but not something most would catch. I'm not even sure I smell it. But my nose might not be working so well at the moment. Swirling shows a bit of sourness to the grain that is present.

Taste- Starts off with the same lemon of the nose and moves in to a mix of light caramel which is mixed with a light bitterness. Some hints of spice. All of this pretty clean but also pretty boring. At the moment, it seems to lack both complexity and presence. Some malts that taste mostly of grain, cereal, and a receding caramel. Lots of balance but nothing that stands out. Touch of rye probably describes the spice adequately. At times, it flirts with complexity but never really does. This is not a bad beer but it is a safe beer. Touch of wood (pine) at the end. Very sessionable. No heat despite the relaxed profile.

Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied. At bit thicker than would expect. A little bit of zip at the end but at the lower end of carbonation for the style.

Drinkability- Very easygoing. Otter Creek Copper was one of my first go to beers and I think this is probably even cleaner and more crisp than that beer. Standard Lagunitas prices. Not an amazing beer but I will buy this again. Doesn't hurt that it's almost 7%.

Overall- Above average, almost good beer. I like its accessibility but it is a little boring. It's a drinking beer more than a sipping beer. Worth a try. I know I will keep buying it from time to time.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce stubby into a shaker pint. A moderate pour produces a billowy, creamy white head that threatens to overfill. This settles down into sticky clouds of froth coating the sides of the glass. The beer is well-described as a copper color, and is well carbonated with a light haze of visible particles in suspension.

Lots of lovely malt flavors/aromas coming through. Hops are subdued in comparison to most of this brewery's offerings. Every sip tastes a bit different- there is so much complexity here. I get a good bit of citrusy hops all right (a bit of ruby grapefruit and some orange), but also a good deal of dark cherry, oak, honey, pomegranate, dank bread, and caramel. The flavors recirculate and linger in the aftertaste, producing myriad burpy combinations of the above flavor-aromas.

I've been sampling this brewery's offerings fairly regularly lately. I think they discovered that it's worth shipping a few cases of brew to such backwaters as my town (hint- Butte, Montana, Hennessey Market, Front St. Market, Albertson's, etc). In any case, I find this beer to be one of the very best I've had in the past year. The hops compliment, rather than overpower, all the great malt complexity of this beer. Send more! (and other varieties too!!).

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Photo of dwren89
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: amber with gold highlights, thick, fluffy off white head and pristine clarity. A delicious beer to behold

Aroma: rich bread and caramel aromas with some toast and sweetness, as well as slight bitter notes

Taste: bready, caramelly, and warming with some sweetness on the drink and enough bitterness on the finish to stiffen it up. Medium finish and terrific balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation that leaves a tingly mouthfeel, medium body, very crisp

Overall: Balanced, bready, caramelly, but with a bitter and tingly finish. Impressive in every way.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured out a clear copper color with 3 plus fingers of tan head. Great retention and quite a bit of foamy chunks of lacing stuck to the glass.

S: Scents of toasted malt, breadiness and a sweet touch of toffee.

T: Similar to the smell with a terrific hop balance. I'm also tasting a little bit of a lemony tartness likely from the hops.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation. Nothing fancy.

O: Very impressed with this brew. The surprising hoppiness is what made this beer for me. Other similar beers seem to be baseless and the hops are what really made this beer rich and full.

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Photo of Jonada
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a standard pint glass

Appearance: As the label says, it pours copper in color with with 1+ finger of an off white head. Some fine suspended sediment is visible.

Smell: Bready and toasty malt, hint of nuttiness, fruity esters, hint of caramel.

Taste: Toasted malt, bread crust, nuts, floral hops. Malt sweetness dominates the palate upfront before yielding to a medium hop bitterness in the finish. While the bitterness is far from high, it took me a bit by surprise given the lack of hop presence in the aroma

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, soft mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good stuff. It's nothing special or worth going crazy over, but it delivers as advertised.

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Photo of beergoot
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Solid copper-colored body with a foamy, sticky head. Hop spiciness and roasted malt grain aromas; mildly heady esters and alcohol combo. Graham cracker flavors; sweet and bitter. Medium body, dry finish.

Warm feel, rye-like spiciness with a honey-toasted grain roundness makes this a delightful beer. It's nothing to get overly excited about, but still offers some intriguing possibilities for your taste buds.

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Censored from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 859 ratings.