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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 858
Hads: 2,556
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 55
Gots: 340 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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: 858 | Hads: 2,556
Photo of rousee
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is caramel brown in the top 2/3 of glass that tapers into an amber bottom third. Nice head of 2-3 mm with some spider-web lacing appearing along the sides of my glass. A very neutral malty smell. Some hints of fruitiness are apparent. A good upfront maltiness on the tongue with some piney-citrussy hop kick. Pleasantly coating mouthfeel with a nice velvet-like character. A smooth beer but there are other Lagunitas that are more drinkable. (447 characters)

Photo of tobyandgina
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon pour, there was great color and clarity. It had a nice golden color with a hint of red. The head on it was pretty good. The smell was rich with honey, hops and little citrusy. The flavor lingers for a while. I would recommend this beer on a warm summer day out by the pool. It is very refreshing and full-bodied. (317 characters)

Photo of misterscooter
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don’t judge a book by its cover or a beer by its first taste. I’ve had lots of beers that initially seem really good but don’t hold up. The “Censored” was the opposite. It is rare for me not to like a Lagunitas brew from the first mouthful but I did not like this one at first. This review is on my second bottle.

A clear copper/brown color, the head was big and shortened quickly as the bubbles on the outside went from fine and small to big and clear.

The smell contains apricots and nutmeg. Not quite a cobbler but close.

The flavor is dry and bitter with a apricot and plum on the edges for a nice balance. As it warms, the beer gets less bitter and sweeter.

I’m not sure why I didn’t like this one as much the first time but maybe I drank it too cold. That’s all I can figure. That was my bad. Bad me. (828 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with plenty of suspended yeast particles into a pint visible in a dark peach hued pour topped off with a wafer of thin spotty khaki lace.

Bright fruit syrup & candy aromas. Almost scents of cotton candy and caramelized sugar.

First swigs: Twisted flavors of lemonade and sugar malts. The best aspect of the flavor is the clean crisp narrow shot that leaves little aftertaste. This kinda has a party that wakes that neighbors and then disappears. Reminds me of a malternative bever-ahge with the clan sweet aspects.

Smooth soft gentle carbonation.

Last swigs: Thick tea. Drinks like a soda with no ABV detection. Wow!

Beer is good. Happy beering. (668 characters)

Photo of mentor
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle obtained from Superior Liquor (Colorado) in July 2005 and consumed a couple days later. Poours a half-finger nearly white head over a crystal clear copper rust liquid. Smells of caramel and toffee with some sugar and esters yummy that is very enticing. There is some citrusy hop character that comes across as oranges to me. Taste starts toasted malt sweet with caramel, honey and a hint of toffee. Oh yummy. Mild fruity esters rise to mingle with the malt in the middle of the taste and then these settle as a light tang steps in as part of the aftertaste. The tang has a really nice orange zest flavor...no pith, just the thinest of the zest. There may be some hop bitter with the tang but the settle quickly as fruity esters (apricot and pear) rise up my throat to leave a wet sweet in my mouth. Fine carbonation still forms on my tongue to fight the thick body. It's mildy carbonated and very refreshing. (915 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slow fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It has a toasted scent with a wonderful hop aroma. It's well balanced. The taste is good also. It has a malty base provide by pale, crystal, and roasted malts. It goes down easy with a very bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. It's solid on all fronts as well as being highly drinkable for having an elevated abv. . (575 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a copper gold beer with a big head. The nose was a brewery smell which I love. This was a malty beer with an incredibly drinkable profile. Not overly hopped this is quite a soft touch for such an aggresive name. Unlike Snoop I didn't have to back off on it. (265 characters)

Photo of dauss
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: twist off 12oz. stumpy brown bottle. 7.7% ABV, OG: 1.076, IBU: 29.50.

Apparance: Pours a vey deep amber color with a copper tinge. A small tan head struggles to form and dissapates quickly. No lacing.

Smell: Tons of malt, deep rich, toffee, caramel, and very sweet. Light floral boquet of hops with a good amount of alcohol.

Taste: Very malty and sweet, but not cloying. A suprising light body. Gentle floral hop flavor and a tiny bit of hop bitterness in the end. Alcohol is well hidden.

Notes: I think this is a nice balance of body and malt. The hops are just right and its highly drinkable. I like it. (631 characters)

Photo of 1whiskey
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was interesting..not qiute what I expected.
Pours out somewhere between "copper" and brick. Fairly clear, with a 1" head that fades quickly to thin lace. First smell is very sweet and malty, floral hops are present, but less than I expected from a Lagunitas brew.
Taste is similarly sweet and quite malty, with some bisquit and wheat toast notes. Nutty (cashew?) flavor is present in the background. Again, hops are present but very mild.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth on the palate. Ideal carbonation level.

It finishes with some bitter hops finally making their presence felt, and it leaves a semi-bitter herbal aftertaste that is pleasant enough. This is definately a sipping beer, not a sessioner. The alcohol creeps up on you pretty fast.

This was interesting, if nothing else. The high ABV , creamy mouthfell and supringly heavy body would makes this a brew worthy of a cool winter night. I'd love to try it with my smoky bacon and potato chowder. (977 characters)

Photo of woemad
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at the Rocket Market in Spokane for $1.29.

A mahogany colored brew with a 1/2-inch white head. The head dropped quicker than Jim West's chances for running for WA governor (look it up, Einsteins). More lace than I expected, and a foamy collar endured.

Smell was very sweet. Smelled like a malt bomb. There's some spicy hoppiness too, but they take a back seat to the sweetness of this. I really don't think this is how it's supposed to smell.

Taste was better balanced than the smell. Still, I'm not overly impressed. Big malt presence that would be decently balanced if the hops were more aggressive. They aren't, and come off wimpy by comparison. Oddly enough, it seems more boozy than a 7.7% beer should.

Not terribly impressed with this one, but it isn't awful, though I really doubt I could stomach another one in rapid succession. Have to wonder if this is a bad bottle. It just seems way too sweet to have been intentional. (965 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cream, one finger-head that goes slowly leaving a decent lace. Nice clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is slightly hoppy. Starts with a mix of hops and malt, finish has a hoppy/soapy edge. Some bitter aftertaste but not bad. $1.60 for a 12oz from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. (308 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a opaque and hazy rusted copper with a gooey white head that sticks some pieces of lace to the side of the pint.
Aroma of brown sugar coated toffee and some oily, floral hops. Just a touch of green apple in the nose.
Flavors of chewy caramel, slightly burnt toffee and brown sugar emerge with a lightly hopped finish more on the floral citrus side.
Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with some fullness on the palate.
Just a hint of alcoholic on the backnote causing it to finish with just a little bit of tongue puckering dryness.
Drinkability is good. Can see it earned it's name of nickname. A siz of these puppies would glide down the gullet effortlessly and casue me to reach for the cellpone to call a cab. Mellower than some of the other Lagunitas range that I've tried.

Turns slightly herbal (savory) in the aroma and initial taste as it warms. Remains balanced with a pungent but backdropped hoppiness. Finishes mildly hoppier, sprucy and with a mellow dryness. Another great bomber from the one-off specialists. (1,030 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date noticed. O.G. 1.065 I.B.U. 25.08 is listed.
It pours a dull sanded copper color with a good-sized off-white head and some sticky patchy and trailing lacing.
It has a light earthy horse stall smell, followed by a whiff of discarded citrus peels. An off smell reminiscent of a penny jar comes to mind.
A sweet caramel and doughy malt taste soon gives way to an edgy citrus and slightly metallic hop bite. As it warms, the flavors begin to meld into a more balanced, smooth mix. A warming alcohol is noticed in the brain before it begins to encroach on the breath. This can be a dangerous thing if you're not careful! (660 characters)

Photo of yoko
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The most noticable was the never-ending rolling stream of upward and falling carbonation as tiny bubbles. This dance was backdropped by a beautiful bright, clear copper-amber brew mounting a creamy off-white head of little height slipping to a soft covering. With each sip a sticky lace remained. I expected less from this beer but found it drinks as pleasing as it did on draught with a slightly different finish. The nose was smalll with malts and floral hops. The body was a medium feel with good length and a nice balance of malts and soft hops. The finish was dry with a delicate hop bitter which remained in memory. As I reread this review I must say the alcohol was well hidden until I began to write. Enjoy... (717 characters)

Photo of LuckySevens82
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz stubby bottle.
Pours a cloudy orange copper. No head per se and a very slight lacing along the sides of the glass.
Smell is caramel, apples, pears, a bit of warm toast and alcohol.
Taste is kind of impressive. Caramel dominates, followed by apple, peaches, toast, sweet malt, and just a bit of hop bitterness.
Very smooth and sweet. A good strong ale.
I'm not really sure why this one isn't called The Kronic anymore, I think it's a much cooler name than "censored," but I suppose it's a minor issue. I was also kind of surprised that this one wasn't a hop bomb like many other west coast beers. A well balanced and enjoyable strong. (645 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearence: Pours a nice copper with a one finger creamy off-white head.

Smell: Blah! This smells like goddamned horse manure. That's it!!

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste isn't bad. It's got a really pleasent malt tone to it, but it's missing some balance. The yeast flavor is especiialy strong and kind of hinders the overall flavor of the beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Drinkbaility and Overall: This beer is ok, but not great. A little dissapointing when held against the the other stuff from Lagunita's I've had. This is a fun beer at best, but definitly not one to search for. (596 characters)

Photo of Hhawk06
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first impression of this beer is, of course, what's beneath the "Censored". The Kronic huh? It's ridiculous that has to be censored. Anyway, another story for another time. As far as the beer itself goes, the presentation is awesome. The head is substantial, fluffy, off-white, and very consistent. The body is a beauty as well, amber with an orange haze to it. The nose is sugary with hints of a caramel presence. The mouthfeel strikes me as clean and wholesome. Overall the maltiness is prevalent, but there is some nuttiness lingering and its quite juicy really. The finish stays sweet and is a little more grainy. I suspect a hint of apple preceding a mouth coating dosage of subtle caramel sweetness. It's a pretty good brew. (733 characters)

Photo of SwillinBrew
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice reddish copper color with a this cream colored head. The aroma was quite feint wit hints of malt and molasses. The taste was of a peppery hops with some mineral notes... kind of like the way pennies smell in a sweaty hand. Had a good feel to the mouth, rather smooth.

This brew didnt wow me, but is was solid and could be a nice session brew. (359 characters)

Photo of shapudding
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No dating, but purchased 2005 in PA- so should be this years...
Clear and light chestnut, some carbonation seen rising with just a tad of khaki head in a dusting and thick ring. Caramelly, molassess, buttery and sugar... Very nice and heavy/thick/chewy aroma. Very full mouthfeel. Smooth and sikly, the carbonation is just barely noticeable, just feels like it gently comes to life in your mouth with touch of foam. Bite of hoppy pepperyness with a bit of caramel malt flavor, nice darkened toast taste with grapefruit rind. Flavors are left in your mouth at the end of the sip for a good while. Catching a bit of fruityness -bit of orange peel -maybe clementines- in the flavor. Very drinkable, nice session, a lot of good flavor and feel without being too intense too compete with a good meal. (797 characters)

Photo of troutmask96
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nah, this beer didn't do it for me. Pours a beautiful mahogany brown, but my first taste was somewhat sour. Notable hops, but very little else to recommend. A very drinkable beer, this would be a decent session brew, but its limited complexity has me looking elswhere for my weekend six-pack... (294 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting bottle with the word censored written across the front blocking something out. Poured out a cloudy copper with a cream colored head. A bubbly webbing of lace was left around the glass. Caramel malt with some earthy hops made up most of the nose. A bit of doughy malt but mostly sweetness. Taste was similar with a strong sweet caramel being the main component. Some earthy spicy hops are lurking in the back as well as biscuit and some roastiness. A bit too much sweetness in my opinion. Medium and smooth this goes down easily and is tasty enough I would have had another. Something interesting enough I would try again. (633 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

03/14/05- Purchased at Safeway in Guerneville, CA

Presentation- Poured into a standard pint glass from a 12 oz bottle with no dates.

Appearance- Almost a cherry red pour with a large head and fair sheets of lacing left behind.

Smell- Some sweet scents along with some floral aspects.

Taste- Damn! This dude is sweet! Ultra heavy in the sweet malt department here. I was expecting to get some hops in the mix, but the sweet malt overpowers everything.

Mouthfeel- Kinda like a low grade cough sryup going down. Medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Sorry, but I didn't much care for this one. The sweetness just made it a bit hard for me to take. (666 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy ruby copper color, that is topped by a light brown one finger thick head that. The aroma is thick with crystal malt, a bit of candy sweetness, toasted malts and a hint of herbal, perhaps spicy hops. The taste is sweet up front, and stays that way as it finishes with a heavy handed crystal malt caramel notes. There is a bit of bitterness in the finish that helps to balance this malt dominated brew. This beer has a medium full body contributed by the malt. The biggest problem with this beer is that it is a bit simplistic, though admittedly this is a pretty weak problem. This beer is pretty straight forward, and I almost think that a beer with this many malt & caramel notes would more fittingly be a low alcohol session brew. (752 characters)

Photo of HogHill
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yo this brew is called the Kronic, but see, the authorities don't wantchoo to know dat, that's why it's crossed wit da wordz "Censored", kinda like Janet Jacksons right breast, you knowz wha' I'm sayin'?
Really nice copper color to this ale (duh), a 1 inch white head of froth tops it off, I smell sweetness in a fruity way. Hops are well represented in the nose too.
This could pass for an IPA any day of the week, appearance, aroma, and tast all fit the bill. Mouthfeel is really nice, a medium body brew with an ideal amount of fizz. This is a good beer, despite the higher ABV, I would drink this a plenty, would go well shooting pool and other drug lordz, yo. Lagunitas reprazent! (687 characters)

Photo of KoG
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper in color just as it says on the label. Good amount of head gives way to a ring of lace.

Smell is rich and full of malt with a hop offering that doesn't offend.

Taste is very nice. Well rounded in every aspect. Caramel and doughy mainstay with hops peeking out once in a while.

If this wasn't 7.7% abv it would make very excellent session beer as it is oh so easy to drink. (388 characters)

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