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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

863 Reviews
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Reviews: 863
Hads: 2,594
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 19.89%
Wants: 59
Gots: 372 | 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

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

35 IBU
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Reviews: 863 | Hads: 2,594
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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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy copper color with very little head or lacing

Smell: Rich caramel with just a touch of piney hops

Taste: This is one deceptive beer. Starts out with a caramel malty flavor very much like an amber ale. As it warms, the citrus hops start to come through, with increasing assertion. Very well balanced, overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied, a bit oily; fairly low carbonation

Drinkability: I used to like this a lot more than I do now. Just too sweet for me.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lagunitas' "Censored" pours a glowing hazy copper with a fizzy light tan head that quickly goes to a thin film. Very nice looking.

Its aroma is caramel malts, buttery toffee and a little bitterness and fruitiness.

The flavor is buttery toffee and caramel initially with a fruity and piney hop bite at the finish. An interesting mix of flavors. It has a smooth and lively palate.

Overall, an interesting beer. It's different from anything else I've had. I'm not quite sure if I really like it or not.

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Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a deep orange amber body with a sticky, one finger beige head. Excellent head retention and a generous amount of thick patchy lace adorns the glass.
Aroma has a strong malt profile that is bready, with molasses, brown sugar, toffee, and dark fruits. Some orange blossom citrus hoppiness manages to pierce through the malty veil and lend a bit of hop balance to the nose.
Surprisingly light bodied in the mouth for such a full strength brew, but the carbonation is smooth and ideal.
The taste kicks off with a presence of toffee, grapefruit, and apple cider. Plenty of maltiness is apparent in the taste, but the hops become more assertive as this ale reaches room temperature. Some grapefruit rind, lemon, and grassiness lend an excellent hops balance to the malt backbone as this warms. The finish has more grapefruit than toffee and caramel maltiness.
Very well balanced, overall, and dangerously drinkable. The abv is cleverly disguised. An excellent American strong ale.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich copper, as noted on the label, although there's a significant oranginess to the beer as well. The tangerine-tinted ecru cap of dense, creamy foam flatters the glass with abstract patterns of thick lace. The nose is surprisingly weak and smells of modestly spiced caramel malt. I thought that this was going to be a full-throttle aroma and flavor bomb, but the nose at least has dropped the ball. It isn't bad mind you, but Censored conjurs up images of lusty wantonness, not 'showing a little leg'.

The flavor regains some respect, but is also a bit tame. I taste sweet caramel and maple syrup with a thin overlay of citric hops. It's flavorful enough I suppose, but favors the low end of the American strong ale spectrum with regards to taste bud saturation. The smooth, rounded body/mouthfeel is medium in heft with a feint toward full.

Censored initially struck me as somewhat of a letdown. Once I recalibrated, however, I was able to appreciate it for what it is; namely, a drinkable strong ale that is unthreatening enough for all comers to enjoy. It is coming into its own with warming and I'm enjoying the bottom half of the bottle more than the top half. Or maybe it's the 7.7% ABV talking.

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Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. A bit too tinny for me. The hops are there and all that, piney grapefruity flavour, rusty bitterness, not round enough, edgey in flavour. Had the same characters as all the other Lagunitas beers i had. Different ingredients of course, but still this rough rusted tin edge comes through, as it does their other beers.

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Photo of alexgash
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank some of this controversial brew whilst visiting my brother in Palo Alto. Pours a medium golden copper with a dense off-white head. Smells of rich, caramelly malt, candy sugar, and quick, sharp hops. Taste starts off with chewy, caramel malt with some fruity/bready notes. Spicy hops kick in and are plenty bitter. Alcoholic and warming--almost medicinal. A tad too alcoholic tasting, otherwise a solid strong ale.

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

Ok served from the 12 oz brown short necked bottle.
Nice chesnut brown coloured ale..with a good half inch pure white head..though it does not stick around and subsides quickly but still remains.
Nice fresh aroma of slightly toasty malts and good hops
Good tasteing beer..mainly very malty, slighly astringent ( like liquorice)some nice hops show up at the end of the sip and leave a nice after taste.Slight hint of alcohol detected but it works well.
Nice and smooth on the palate..soft and easy drinking.
Another nice beer from Lagunitas..they may not do fantastic beers , but they do good beers consistently.

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Censored from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 863 ratings.