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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 870
Hads: 2,629
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 19.89%
Wants: 64
Gots: 394 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

35 IBU
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Reviews: 870 | Hads: 2,629
Photo of dbrauneis
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of singtothesun
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of gerite
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of tbraun1
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of LuvLagunitas
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of levineju
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
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 +8.5%
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 -10.3%
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 -8.5%
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 +2.7%
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 -0.8%
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 +0.5%
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 +0.5%
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 +1.3%
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 +1.1%
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 -5%
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 -10.6%
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 +2.4%
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 +2.1%
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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85 out of 100 based on 870 ratings.