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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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870 Reviews
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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 yoko
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
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...

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.02/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of Hhawk06
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of SwillinBrew
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of shapudding
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of troutmask96
2.98/5  rDev -21%
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...

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Photo of meathookjones
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.98/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of HogHill
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

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Photo of KoG
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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

This beer pours a clear copper color with a stiff light tan head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick ring around the surface of the beer leaving a fair amount of lace on the sides of the glass. An aroma of pine with a hint of sweet malt greets you before each sip.

The beer is smooth with a slightly thick mouthfeel. A hoppy flavor of pine and grapefruit begins each sip. Some caramel malt is hidden in the background and a hint of alcohol with a dry finish is found at the end leaving some citrus and alcohol notes behind.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single at The Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear amber brew. Head lasts reasonably well, but shows minimal lacing. Aroma is deeply of malts husks, with some light hops presence. Taste follows the nose to a T, with the solid grain husks giving way to a slight sourness, and then quickly switching a slight hops crispness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent, especially for such a strong abv brew. Check this one out.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty sexy looking ale, a chill-hazed fruity copper which increases in chroma from the bottom of the glass to the top. Quick, someone take a picture! The head is thin and off-white however, poor retention. The aroma is rich and full, caramel and toasted malts, dates and currents, some citrus along with a full boquet of hops, it all blends and balances out so nicely. The flavour is not as action packed in the beginning, subdued malt and dried fruit, carried along by a full mouthfeel, the alcohol can be felt but not tasted as much. Things pick up towards the end, everything slowly surfaces at once, sweet buttery malt, meaty dried fruit, with citrusy hops that go herbal on the aftertaste. Very drinkable for a strong ale, smooth mouthfeel, light flavour. But it loses me in the flavour department a bit, is lacking in more character to make it memorable, to leave an impression. A wallflower when it should be out there breakdancing, it has all the right moves, it just doesn't utilize them to their fullest. If it were less shy this would be an excellent strong ale. Perhaps the ganja has mellowed it out a little too much.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

slightly hazy copper with a thin tan head. fuity hop smelling with a significant amount of maltiness as well, caramlel and toffee, and a little bit of yeasty biscuit. very well balanced with a good amount of maltiness to back up the citric hops. the caramel comes through with a slight amount of fig and brown sugar to back it up. it has a well carbonated medium body. very drinkable, lots of flavors, none over powering, it would be easy to sip these all night.

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Photo of Gavage
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber in color with a very short head that quickly disappeared. The aroma is fruity, piney, and has a caramel sweetness. The flavor follows the nose, as caramel, bread, piney hops, hint of alcohol, and fruit are well balanced.

Medium bodied. The mouthfeel is smooth and the aftertaste has caramel and pine lasting briefly. Extremely drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great beer from out west. I've recently noticed this company more and more out here in Mass, I think they must be doing well for themselves. The Moan and Dove seems to frequently have a keg of theirs on tap and the better beer stores around here seem to have a lot of their sixers now, which they didn't about 6 months ago. I'm glad, because I like this stuff. Pours a nice dark "rich copper" color, as suggested on the label, with a little tan bubbly head. Smell is great, and complex. Swirls of sweet carmely malts and fruity piney hops combine here to create a great scent. The taste just screams balance. Malty up front with notes of carmel, vanilla, other sweetness, followed by a great bitter hop ass kicking. Fruity and floral like a pale ale too. Smooth even mouthfeel and super easy and pleasureful to put back. I'll definately be getting this stuff again. What a great beer.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a top notch session beer. Pours a dark copper color with amber hints. The head is off beat tan with great retention. The smell is of lemons and pine, the caramel malts seem well done, the flavors intertwine into a great symphony. The taste is exceptional, with every taste you will pick up flavors. The floral/citrus hops in the taste get attacked right away by deep roasted caramel malts. The flavors are perfect. Perhaps my favorite session beer, goes good with meats.

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Photo of MediocreatBest
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

burnt sienna in color with very little head, disapeared so quickly i couldn't even tell you what color it was, from the tiny bit floating on top i would guess white like soap bubbles. pungent, almost pumpkin-ish smell. i dont think pumpkin is right, but i cant place the smell even though i just sniffed it for a good 5 minutes trying to figure out what it reminded me of. when i asked my dad, he said beer. Uber-smooth with malty caramel taste. dont expect a typical lagunitas hop punch with this one. no pumpkin taste, but i cant match that smell up with any of the tastes in there. did i read this had 7% alcohol? cant tate it. as it warms up slight chocolate taste hints through. very smooth, almost no carbonation, but blends well. very drinkable for a bigger beer. almost dangerously so, but not complex enough to make you want to come back for a second one right away in an attempt to understand it.

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like the bottle says pours a rich copper color with an slightly off white head that sticks around for quite awhile I was also suprised by the higher carbonation level wich I wasn expecting.Wow alot of difeerent melding aromas going on somecaramel and butter toffee with a nice underlying piney hop that made this very delectable on the nose.The taste is big and sweet up front but man do the hops come in to dry this out just enough to make a perfect balance,caramel and roasted nuts turn into pine and grapefruit in the finish.Now this was a joy to drink complex and flavorful,I will buy again in the future.

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Photo of carln26
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber to copper color (I know it’s known as a “copper ale”, but to me this was more amber). Thick, dense off white head leaves a light sheet of lace as I drink the beer. The aroma has a great fruity hop aroma, grapefruit and maybe just a hint of pine. The hops share aroma with some of the malt character, maybe ribbon candy or figs. Nice malt aroma. The taste has more malt up front than I expected. A rich character that I would associate more with a dark lager than an ale. Very pleasing with a thick mouth feel. The hops show up on the finish with a cleansing bitterness that leaves you wanting more. This is a very interesting beer. I was expecting more hops, but am surprised and impressed by the depth and strength of the malt in this beer.

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

Apperance: Foamy, off-white head. The beer is copper, with a slightly red tint. Retention is better than most, but not as good as some. Lacing is nice.

Nose: Butter, toffee, carmel, fruity, slightly hoppy. Even a little strawberry. The more i think about the butter and the strawberry, that is all I smell. Very pleasant nose.

Taste: Soft in the mouth. Toffee, dry, slightly hoppy. the taste is a slight version of the nose without the strawberry.

Notes: The nose is better than the taste with this brew.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer comes courtesy of clvand0. The beer pours a deep amber color with a coat of head over the beer. The nose is caramel. orange with hints of biscuit and some hop bitters in there. The flavor is full on caramel, with a nice hop to balance it out on the finish. Not bad at all. The feel is moderate, and smooth with a light carb that makes things flow nicely. The drinkability is fantastic on this beer. Its easy drinking and well balanced. More of the biscuit comes through as it warms, but it still has a nice balance. Good beer.

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Photo of clvand0
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tried my first bottle of this last night. It's somewhat of a treat because we can't get Lagunitas in KY. I like the idea behind the name. Pours a slightly dark amber color with a tall white head with excellent retention and leaves tons of lumpy lacing on the glass. I actually couldn't just rinse the lace off after drinking, had to actually wipe it. The aroma had caramel malts with some citrus and pine hops. Very pleasing aroma. The flavor has a very strong caramel backbone, but it is not overpowering. The hops come through well - citrus and pine mostly. This is exceptionally balanced. The mouthfeel is very good as it has a very thick body - I respect a copper ale that's not thin. Drinkability is great as well. I must say, this is one of the best amber/copper ales I've had.

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85 out of 100 based on 870 ratings.