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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,451
Reviews: 858
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 49
Gots: 261 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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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Ratings: 2,451 | Reviews: 858
Photo of dv8sean
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of MistahBeah
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
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

Photo of artoolemomo
3.31/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of archyquaffer
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
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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