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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 871
Hads: 2,630
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

35 IBU
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Reviews: 871 | Hads: 2,630
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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Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured (into 22oz pils glass) with a great copper color & a white thick head with buubles rising from below throughot the drink. Head retention was good and lacing impressed.

Smell: Maltiness up front & then fruitiness & piney hops

Taste: fruit, malt & then an spicy hops presence. Tounge edge & throat bear the the brunt of the hops

MF: Every taste syncroncizes (sp) great

Great session choice except for the price ($7.99 on sale)

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Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden copper color with a smaller off white head which maintained itself nicely. Lacing is slight. Aroma is bready and fruity with notes of apricot and herbal hop notes. Taste is caramelly and bready at the base. Fruit and grassy flavors on top. Finish is slightly piney and a bit warming. All in all a decent, above average offering, but nothing great. Cool name though.

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Photo of sockeye101
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hellooo Hops!

This is a nice beer that hits you with hops right off the bat. The color is a nice partially cloudy reddish/gold color with a small head. The aroma is sweet and floral, very pleasant. Nice hops with a touch of malt, and a lingering hop influenced aftertaste. I can't help but pick the slightest metallic twinge in the flavor and aftertaste, not sure where that could be coming from. Not a bad strong ale at all, definitely worth revisiting but probably not distinguishable enough to stand in the upper echelon of style.

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

12 oz. stubby bottle. Extremely hazy glowing peach, topped with a frothy ivory head. Nose is ripe with caramel malt, peach and hops. Very estery up front, and quite slick and viscous. Delicious notes of tangy plums and grapes, just a hint of citrus, apple and honey and topped off with sappy, piney hops. Alcohol hides well. Strangely reminiscent of HopDevil...though this is sweeter and maltier, while being much less hoppy. Nonetheless, very nicely balanced and quite enjoyable. Thanks to BeerBeing for this guy.

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

Pours a hazy deep copper color, some carbonation, small head, nice lacing though. Scents of malt, hops, fruits, and some caramel. Nice taste, kinda sweet, dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, but to call this a ASA is a bit to far I think. It's a nice brew, alcohol hidden very well, but not sure if I'll buy again.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy copper, forming a modest off-beige head with average retention and lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. The nose is punctuated by a clean ferment, moderate spicy floral hops, residual grainy sugars (akin to Dead Guy), some caramel when swirled. The mouthfeel is very smooth and silky with a medium-light body and clean, watery finish. The taste begins with floral hops, the middle is nicely balanced by grainy husk sugars, and there's a mild bitterness with a dry, toasty finish. Cleanly fermented with no appreciable off-flavors and only a hint of alcohol in the aftertaste.

A very nice West Coast amber style ale. I could drink plenty of this were it available here. Recommended. Kinda like a better, nuttier version of Dead Guy Ale.

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

Hazed deep copper color; creamy loose head thins quickly. Light malty aroma, some toffee and fruits - pretty delicate. The first sip is a punch in the mouth. The aroma did not suggest this level of flavor. Dry maltiness is first followed by waves of fruity bitterness and a bit of caramel. Very rich and warming.

Very flavorful. Pretty solid for such a strong one.

Note: 7.7% abv version.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours just like the label says " rich copper ale " . Copper color, clear and it has significant head and lacing. Clear body and lots of supporting carbonation.

Hopped up for sure, almost like a czech type hop aroma, caramel is evident and some raisin. Mouthfeel was light and kind of surprised me as everything leading up to this would point towards "rich" but it came across almost watered and light. Don't get me wrong this beer has tons of taste but its light on the palate. Nice hoppy/carbonation combo to finish clean and refreshing.

Notes: Solid offering from Lagunitas. With all the talk about what beers would go good with thanksgiving, I would have to say this one could work just fine. Versatile and not overpowering at least in feel.

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Photo of bcm119
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas has definately stepped up their game in the last few years.

Copperish amber with a small, soapy off-white head. Aromas of light caramel malt, with mild ripe orange and apricot hoppiness. Fleeting flowery apricot in the nose, then a husky, toffee malt body with hints of orange pekoe tea. Carbonation is medium to low with a fine, supple mouthfeel. Nice long finish with a mild ripe citrus bitterness. Overall, a very drinkable (dangerously so considering the abv) ale that isn't too far outside the box but doesn't fit any style perfectly. Very good, and a pleasant surprise for me.

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Photo of baiser
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper colour, with white lace, good retention. Aroma of caramel, toffee, sweet malt and some fruitiness. Very pleasant, smooth beer. Lightly hopped and very refreshing. The fine bubbles tingle you palate. Finishes dry and flavourful. Another great beer from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As per the label this pours a clear copper colored ale with a tan to off white head.

Smell is malty and fruity with a scent of peaches and apricots to it. Noticeable alcohol scent carries spicy and woody hops smells. Quite a unique scent for a non-fruit beer.

Taste is not sweet as expected from the scent. Flavor is neutral and mild with a tame hop aftertaste. Some woody flavors after a while. Frankly this is under flavored. What a disappointment it looks and smells so good.

Mouthfeel is a little thin.

Drinkability is OK but I really expected a more outstanding beer. Worth a try but the hairy eyeball tastes better.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Pours out clear dark copper color with a thick fluffy head.
Nice lacing.
Aroma is caramel, some bready aromas and some light hops.
Body is kind of thin
Flavor is lightly sweeet, with some caramel flavors finished of with some piney/resinous hops.
Good enough to drink more than one, but I wouldn’t go out searching for one.

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Photo of rousee
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of tobyandgina
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of misterscooter
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of mentor
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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. .

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Photo of canucklehead
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of dauss
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of 1whiskey
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of woemad
2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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