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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 PeatReek
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ah, the copper ale that got everyone's panties in a bunch up in Petaluma. Let's see if it was worth the hassle. Pours a nice amber-copper color, clearish, with a thick, rocky, slightly yellow head that tells me a lot of malt went into this beer. Alrighty. Smell is cool, jelly-bean-sweet, and a little American hoppy. Kind of a typical amber ale taste, with a slightly sweet body, moderate bitterness, and stiff dose of hop flavor... still, very well done over all. Light toasty flavors start the sip and are followed up by clean citrusy hops; body is solid but not heavy. This is not one of those bash-you-over-the-head Lagunitas beers; they're going for drinkability here, and they've done it. Surprisingly sippable for nearly 8% abv. I'd better not have 2, but I'd like to.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper with large creamy head and lace in glass. Noticeably hoppy aroma, with sweetness: toffee, maybe sugar. Body is thinish. Hoppy taste with grapefruit at finish and drying aftertaste. Not offensive, but unsatisfying a I find Irish style oft to be, and in this you get hit with a lot of alcohol, limiting consumption of further beer.

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Photo of SethB2
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Beer pours a deep copper color, just like the label says. It is also transparent with a small head and a little lacing. Smell is almost entirely sweet malts, in my opinion. Candy sweet smell with a very, very slight hop presence. The taste reveals a better hop profile and the malts are not as sweet as they were on the nose. There is a very distict toasted quality too. Mouthfeel is meduim and smooth. Drinkablity is also not bad.

Overall, this is a decent beer. I'm not sure I agree with the ASA classification though. To me, this seems like an Amber. Not that it matters much.

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Photo of clabaugh
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey-yellow topped with a thin, greyish-white head. Retention is labored, as the head just manages to hang on post pour. Lacing is relatively weak.

Smell: Caramel malts, floral hops, a bit yeasty, and emitting aromas of peach. Perhaps some brown sugar, but in any case, sweet-smelling.

Taste: Floral hop bitterness up front, followed up with a mellow, malty bread character. The peach is still there without question, as is the brown sugar. A sweet beer for sure, but still cool and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and sticky. The carbonation is strong, and the finish is pretty clean. Somewhat drying on the palate.

Drinkability: A strong attribute of this beer. Goes down easy, and supplies a lot of flavor. Lives up to the billing of "rich." I'm pretty pleased with the experience.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep but clear copper red with a finer of off-white head that quickly subsides to a spotty cap, leaving some scattered lacing behind. Nose is subdued but nice, a caramel and nutty malt with a spicy hop note. Taste is a nice bready and yeasty malt, light caramel, some spicey hops, and finishes with a lingering sweetness and a slight hint of alcohol. Pretty nice tasting beer, a little on the thin side though, but overall very drinkable.

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Photo of nickg902
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fan of some other Lagunitas offerings so I figured I'd give this a try.

A: Pourse a deep red/copper color with little to no head and no lacing. Very low carbonation and somewhat cloudy.

S; First impression is of carmel with a faint hint of citrus. The aroma is not very pronounced, but a little sweet smelling

T: First taste that hits the palate is of carmel and sweet malts. As you continue to drink, a mild hop bitterness starts to show and remians only for a short while. There is little to no hop aftertaste, but some metallic undertones remain (hope its just from the bottle)

M: Little carbonation, smooth, perhaps a little watery

D: Easily drinkable as nothing overpowers. Beer that I could easily have 2 or 3 at and not be bothered by the flavors.

Not the best Lagunitas product. Not very complex and doesnt have the same hoppy kick as other strong ales I have had, quite mild and easily drinkable though. Possibly would buy again, but Id stick with the stronger hopped American strong ales.

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Photo of trep
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer reminds me so much of the esteemed arrogant bastard.

Looks awesome. Deep, rich golden brown with a creamy white head. Dissipates to leave beautiful lacing.

Sweet juicy hops in the nose, however not dominant. Light malt backbone and alcohol presence.

Very malty tasting. Sweet caramel malts with very little hop flavor surprisingly. A little hop bitterness but not much. Sugary tasting almost like a Nukey Brown. Alcohol isn't present at all.

Very nice mouthfeel. Almost perfectly in balance with the rest of the beer. A bit oily feeling as it coats your mouth.

Pretty drinkable considering the 7.something% abv.

A solid beer from Lagunitas.

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Photo of akahn
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear copper color (as the six-pack carrier jokes, this beer is called a copper ale because of its color, not because it's brewed with copper, heh) into my glass with a slightly off-white big-bubbled head. Lasts as a thin skim, leaving mountainous lace behind.

At first a sharp hoppy aroma, followed by pale and caramel malt. A nice, mellow aroma, reminiscent of Fuller's ESB.

Taste is mildly sweet and malty, also reminding me of an ESB, maybe a bit less hoppy. Hops show up in the finish, giving a slightly dry exhale.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and round. Carbonation is unusually mild. Drinkability is extremely high; this beer went down quick. Watch out for the ABV, though!

So, this used to be called The Kronic and the authorities complained? Or what?

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6 pack at my LHBS.
Pours a nice coppery amber color with a nice off white 1 inch head that left a decent amount of lacing.
A nice sharp hop smell mixed with a sweet malty aroma. Maybe a slight fruit presence.
Caramel and malt flavors are balanced out by some sharp hop spice. A slight alcohol presence becomes more evident as the beer warms.
Well carbonated. The hop bitterness lasts just long enough in the mouth. It might be a bit watery.
Censored is an allright beer. It's defineitely worth a try, but not my first pick on the shelves. I tried this before at the KROQ Microbrew Fest at Santa Anita Race Track and seemed to like it a little more.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear copper color with a full, craggy, off-white head that disappears to fine lacing which coats the glass nicely.
Aroma is of toasted malt and honey with a touch of hops at the end.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy, due to the nice fine carbonation. Only hints of the high alcohol on the back end.
Taste is surprising for such a big beer...smooth and mellow with lots of malts, brown sugar, and a tame hop bite at the end.
This beer is so drinkable, I think it can really sneak up on you if you aren't paying attention. Nice good solid beer. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of phisig137
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a slightly off white head. No lacing.

Roasted malts and caramel dominate the nose, with a tinge of hops at the end.

Flavor is incredibly smooth and enjoyable. Deep malt complexity, brown sugar, hoppy finish, honey, a very slight pleasant hint od diacetyl, and some other odd flavor that I just cannot explain what it is... I want to say carapils malt, but I'm not 100% sure. It's good enough to enjoy and contemplate each sip.

Mouthfeel is full, heavy, and chewy. Drinkability is high. Hides the alcohol very very well, but seems just a bit timid for being a strong ale.

I've yet to find a Lagunitas that I dont like.... they're all fantastic!

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Photo of JMD71
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. This was my first beer by Lagunitas Brewing Co. & it was a pleasant experience. I found it had a good amount of malty sweetness along with a nice hoppy finish which lent to a well balanced beer. A wonderful copper color, as well. I would definitely buy this beer again, & would also be interested in some of the other Lagunitas beers.

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

Deep, pale copper in color. Creamy, off white head that lasts as a semi-creamy sheet, nearly to the finish. A few trails of ringed lacing, but not great strength.

Sweet caramelized sugar and molasses. Ripe, dark fruit: cherry, grape, apple. Sweet, warming whaffs of alcohol. Hints of rounded, malted wheat.

Initial malted wheat sweetness with hints of fruit-esters: pear, orange, apple. Pine and earthy wheat and grains causing an unbalanced and musty bitterness. The aftertaste is a slightly unpleasant, bland wheat flavor. The sweetness and fruitiness present in the aroma is nearly absent in the taste.

Medium bodied; slightly rich, but more grain-like than anything else.

Too heavy on the wheat/grain character for the style. Not a great effort stylistically; a bit of a disappointment for the hype.

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Photo of scottoale
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Censored for what reason? 12oz bottle pours as the label says a "rich copper" ale with a hearty, thick light-tan head that laces nicely. Looks mighty tasty.

Smells good and malty, of caramel and honey. Not too sweet, a little nutty and slightly roasted. It's mighty fine tasting, like the smell, with a slight hop bittering plus a warming alcohol in the finish...yum!

Nice full body, well balanced with a smooth and tingley cream texture that lingers on the tongue. This is a fairly strong brew that goes down too easily. Wish I'd bought the whole sixer of this one, good stuff !

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Photo of blackie
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour produces a low off white head that soon recedes. The beer is a medium orange amber in color, with a few floaters in suspension.

smell: I first notice that there is plenty of hop aroma, the kind that reminds me of English hops. There's also a moderate malt sweetness giving notes of caramel, toffee, and sugar cookies. Maybe some hints of lighter fruit such as apple and plum. There's also a sourish note that I can't quite pin down...I think it may be a tealike hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body a light medium.

taste: Lightly sweet, with flavors of tealike hops upfront with watery caramel and fruit notes. Just a touch of bitterness. Not much else to it, a little tame for a strong ale.

drinkability: Easy to put down, but not very interesting. Seems kinda like a beefed up red ale, which I like. Still, one of the easier drinking >7% ABV beers I've had.

Received in BCG BIF from Zorro.

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Photo of bignick
2.2/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at TPH 2/22/06.

My pint of The Kronic poured a deep copper with a suitable head. I have been meaning to try this beer for a while now and once I saw it on draught, I just couldn't resist. Unfortunately, it did not meet my expectations. I could not smell much of anything, and there definitely was no discrenable hop smell. Even worse, it tasted sickeningly sweet. It truly tasted like a pack of starburst. There was nothing to balance out the sweetness upfront, and until the slight hop bite as it went down, it was horribly unbalanced. The alcohol was well-hidden only because of the excessive sweetness. I just simply did not enjoy this brew.

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Photo of rallison
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in Chimay goblet, poured 20 minutes after removal from fridge.

Appearance: Color is a very nice copper - a nice dark amber infused with red. Head was decent looking at pour, approximately 1/2 an inch of light tan color. Soon came down to almost nothing, just a bit left on the sides. Only a slight trace of lacing.

Smell: Nice, hearty, yeasty smell. This smell was malty and somewhat sweet with no discernible hop presence. However, I don't have the greatest sense of smell.

Taste: The first taste is malty, some yeast. Good level of sweetness - just enough to make your tongue notice. This is followed by a moderate level of hops on the finish, just enough to balance out the malt. Sticks around for about 5-10 seconds after the swallow. You can taste just a bit of alcohol back here too, mainly after it has warmed. Not much, but just enough to remind you. There is also just a touch of tartness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin before warming up, but it gets pretty good after another 20 minutes in the glass. Still just a bit thin, but at least it's not syrupy.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. Nothing too extreme about it in any way. Well-balanced, not too heavy.

All in all, a good, but average, brew. While I found the taste pleasing, it was not very complex either. I'd take either of Stone's offerings (Arrogant or Double Bastard) over this any day. However, this is a solid brew that I would happily drink again (and I shall, seeing as how I have 5 left from the 6er).

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Photo of Naes
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is dark amber in color with a small off-white head.
The aroma is modest, but has a bit of toasty maltyness.
The flavor is mostly of malts; toasted, caramel and it is a bit bready. There is also a slight presence of hops near the finish.
Mouth feel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated.
Drinkability is not hindered by the alcohol content, as it is almost unnoticeable.

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Photo of jmz62565
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear reddish amber with foamy tan one finger head. The smell is very pronounced with a real "bisquity" aroma. Like walking into a bakery. The taste is very sweet,carmel or toffee?, and malty. This does not have the super sweetness that some of the strong ales have,this is very drinkable. The m/f is light and the alcohol is very subdued which is nice from a high alcohol beer. This is a very tasty brew and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit I spent some time trying to figure out what the word was behind the black bar. Dark copper color with a thick light orange/beige head. Thin lacing. Aroma of strong malt and subtle fruit. Medium-bodied and balanced nicely between sweet malt and citrus fruit. Light touch of pine as well. The finish is mildly bitter and lasting. Above average.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature.

Appearance- Glows a crystal clear, rich reddish amber... and I emphasize the red here. Just beautiful, although the head (which starts off two fingers thick) settles gradually to nothing more than a thin film. No lacing to speak of, just that phenomenal color.

Smell- Initially I get metal, then some malts come forward, becoming sweeter and fruity as the beer warms up. Just a whiff of hops trail behind. Burying my nose deep in the glass after a good swirl, the alcohol is revealed.

Taste- A bready, medium malty character comes forth in the mouth and intensifies further. The alcohol is slightly burning, but is overcome by an English (it seems) hop bitterness that closes in the swallow.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Easy to drink but slightly out of balance in the mouth, with a wavering carbonation that leaves room for improvement. Medium weight, and the ABV does not interfere with the experience IMO... a decent ASA, a surprise to find it here in NY/NJ.

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Photo of EPseja
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz. bottle in a pint glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Pours a honey orange amber color with a weak and quickly receding head that all but disappears, revealing the naked beer underneath. Eh. Some bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass through the semi-viscous liquid. No lacing at all.

S - Clean, sweet toasty maltiness with a west coast hoppy flair. Some notes of orange blossom. Nothing else to distinct.

T - Begins rather nondescriptively, but blossoms into a nicely blended malt and hop body. Sort of like a subdued Pale Ale in its taste. Notes of toasted grains are evident. The finish is clean and easy, leaving a very pleasant bitterness and not a trace of the fact that you were drinking an alcoholic beverage... Nice, and dangerous.

M - Excellent. Light and clean going in, growing to a comfortable volume in the mouth. Finishes with the fluidity of a waterslide. Bombs away!

D - This beer is one freakishly drinkable beast. The alcohol content is up there, but not readily discernible, and the body of this beer is tasty without being heavy in any sense of the word. Too easy to suck down. Beware. It's a shame that it looks blah and smells only OK.

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Photo of Bcant
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From the 120z bottle to the pint glass; pours a deep caramel, OK rich copper, with a ½ inch white head made of tiny bubbles. A small amount of sediment accumulated at the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is has some floral/citrus hop notes blended with fruit, including plumbs. It reveals a slight medicinal side, really the only indicator of the abv and 1.065 o.g.

Some toastyness, fruit and caramel, but not sweet; there are some hops in here to balance things out but they don’t go so far is to offer much in the way of character.

Very oily, almost luxurious on the tong. The drinkability is a detriment in this case. I want to feel a bit of warmth or spice from the alcohol, with, if this is possible, is too understated.

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

I had no idea this one was no where near 8% abv. Appearance: Ruby copper hue nice tan head leaves fine even lacing down my glass. Aroma: Hops contain a bit of everything pine, earthiness, grassy, floral, and a touch of underlying citrus sweet caramel malts touch of alcohol. Taste: Bready caramel malts doesn't come off too sweet blends nicely with the loads of hop flavor and solid bitterness presented definitely a welcomed brewery to the Pittsburgh market. Hop flavors that standout earthy, piney, and grassy for sure. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied evenly carbonated smooth ale low on hop oils pretty clean. Drinkability: Tasty hoppy ale that I will invite back anytime I see it especially if I ever catch it on draft gotta love the Kronic.

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Photo of Ego
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

head is scarce and then gone (although it fizzes audibly on the pour), nice light ruby copper color, consistent and nice to behold, looks good, nothing great

caramel malt, sugary alcohol, cheap blush wine (best way for me to describe the smell), like the view, nothing special but better than average...

taste etc...
oily floated on a small vessel of carbonation making it smooth (not in a creamy way), very easy drinking, mild hops, malt is more up front here, on second thought this is WAY too easy to drink for the ABV, not really a "great" taster but pleasant and it goes down (unlike my ex, but that is another issue)

Way Way to easy to down this sucker with this ABV... but at the same time it didn't do anything for me that made me "have" to have another... I would not go out of my way for it but wouldn't turn it down (kind of like the semi fat chick at the frat party at 3am)

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85 out of 100 based on 870 ratings.