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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,426
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 47
Gots: 248 | 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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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an all-around nice session ale, and well-suited to any social occasion.

Deep amber tone with a good two fingers of foam that threaten to spill over. Clean citrus in the nose, with a healthy dose of bready maltiness to back it up.

Very light bitterness, which makes it approachable to the average micro drinker. Again, a clean caramel malt dominates the flavor, fruit cocktail and mild citrus, with puffed wheat aftertaste. Pretty satisfying, and a session-beer extraordinaire.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It had nice retention and left some sticky rings of lace.

S - Very floral hop aroma with some roasted malt background. Smells like a hopped up amber ale.

T - It tasted of bready, sweet malts. A spicy hop bite added balance with a hint of citrus to go with it.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very nice amber ale. All the hype and the name had me thinking it would be a super-hoppy ale, but it is really quite balanced.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Take a stand against censorship: drink it away! Politics aside, though, this stuff pours a clear rusty copper topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises light mandarin orange flesh, toffee, very light cocoa, and a bit of ruby red grapefruit. The taste holds notes of mandarin orange, caramel, light cocoa, ruby red grapefruit peel, and a touch of grass. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a solid amber, nothing amazing, but something easy and pleasant to drink.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, deep amber-red with copper highlights. Full, foamy cream colored head that has excellent retention and leaves some really nice lace. Very nice lightly fruity, malty and hoppy aroma. It's medium bodied with a soft carbonation that gives it a really nice creaminess in the mouth. There's some lightly fruity, sweetish caramel malt up front (even lightly toasty), becoming creamier and more mellow as it crosses the palate - revealing some nice floral & grassy hop flavor. It finishes with a good blend of sweet malt and light hop flavor amongst a gentle, earthy bitter dryness - (kind of herbal in a way). The alcohol is very well cloaked. This is an exceptionally well balanced and well brewed beer, especially considering its original gravity and strength. Full flavored but not overwhelming as might be expected. It's not complex, but has a rich characeter that's very drinkable. Exceptionally enjoyable.

Photo of nickfl
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of light brown head on top of a clear, dark copper colored body. The foam settles slowly and leaves moderate lace.

S - A light aroma of caramel malt with some toast and a hint of toffee. Some light, musty pine hop character in the background.

T - Sweet toffee and caramel malt up front with some lighter flavors of toasted bread and honey malt. The toasted malt flavors intensify in the middle with some emerging spicy hop flavor. Finishes with lots of sweet, amber malt and a mild pine hop flavor as well as moderate balancing bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable, with a distinct emphasis on the malt. There is significant hop bitterness and flavor, certainly enough to balance and keep the sugar in check, but it is still a malt oriented beer. The caramel flavor is dominant and lingers on the palate after the other flavors have dissipated.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of tea, light malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is malty but light with flavors of caramel, tea and a little bit of fruit. There’s a mild hops presence that provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly bready with a bit of sweetness.

M: Crisp with some smoothness, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: Kind of tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, decent kick, it’s a beer that you can drink for a while but it’s not the first one that I would choose. This is a brewery that even the beers that have underwhelmed me have still been pretty decent, however this beer just seems to have that “just another beer” quality to it.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber that has a small crème head at first and then it falls quickly. Nose is hoopy, earthy, sweet. Those are three words that come to mind. And they mesh well together and one doesn't stand too far out in front of the other. Flavor is more along the lines of earthy with a cereal like aftertaste hitting at the very, very end. That aftertaste doesn't show up after the initial hits and is replaced by a zingy tang. Feel has a good carbonation to it and the liquid is pretty good too. Overall this is fairly good. I can't say it is blowing me away by any means. But it certainly is well made.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had no idea this one was no where near 8% abv. Appearance: Ruby copper hue nice tan head leaves fine even lacing down my glass. Aroma: Hops contain a bit of everything pine, earthiness, grassy, floral, and a touch of underlying citrus sweet caramel malts touch of alcohol. Taste: Bready caramel malts doesn't come off too sweet blends nicely with the loads of hop flavor and solid bitterness presented definitely a welcomed brewery to the Pittsburgh market. Hop flavors that standout earthy, piney, and grassy for sure. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied evenly carbonated smooth ale low on hop oils pretty clean. Drinkability: Tasty hoppy ale that I will invite back anytime I see it especially if I ever catch it on draft gotta love the Kronic.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
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)

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the most sudsy of beers. It can barely get up a foam cap, however thin. But the mouthfeel is spritzy and medium bodied. A robust sort of feel with a darker flavor and a touch of butter.

Maltier than many in this category, as you would expect from Lagunitas. A pleasant lip-smacking sweetness to starty. Some hops, but more of the earthy flavor that shades into spoiled fruit. A touch of the winey taste with some dark roasted malt.

Kind of the hairless dog of amber ales. Less of the bite and more of the malt. From the 12 oz bottle.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: bright, coppery hue, with a thick, full, creamy head.
Aroma: hoppy, strong, piney, hints of citric fruits, exhilirating when inhaled deeply, fresh, alert, and very lively.
We sip, and...ah, mmmm, tasty, bright, mmmm, like a classic red ale, but super-charged in the hop department, and the alcohol accelerated, and easily apparent on the palate before too long.
Rich and full of malt, sweet, spicy, strong, with only a touch of hops.
Tasty, zingy, a big blast of everything...I can see how this could become addictive!
A very interesting experiment from Lagunitas...I've never heard of anyone tweaking with the Irish Red style, certainly not to such an extreme.
I like it very much...big thanks to Gromit!

Photo of drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I forgot I drank this beer tonight...that either means it is complete unremarkable or I drank way too much tonight...or both! It's both...what a fucking boring beer.

Beer is red and clear with an offwhite head of small bubble that leaves lacing on the glass...carbonation low.

Aroma is weak and low...malty nothing much else.

Beer is light to medium in body with a bright hoppiness to it, tropic and mild bitterness. Nothing new to report...I guess the CENSORED makes them seem not mainstream but this is a totally obtainable beer...boring...i'm bored.

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a dark amber color with two inches of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of bready malts, and some fruit.

t - Tastes of sweet fruits, bready malts, and caramel malts. Very sweet.

m - Medium body and light carbonation. Very smooth.

d - An ok red ale. The smell was pretty good but the taste was a little too sweet for me. Wouldn't look to have again.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single of this after seeing it at the package store forever and never trying it.

Pours an absolutely beautiful copper color, one of the best I've seen in a beer, very inviting. Smell is just average, with some hops and malts slightly. The taste is of caramel malts and is well balanced with a great drinkability. Great overall beer.

Photo of jwc215
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light copper with a thin head that immediately becomes a thin patch.

The smell is of some caramel, a hint of earthy leafiness. Very mild and subtle.

The taste is of sweet malt with a touch of leafy bitterness, more in finish than in taste. Traces of peppery alcohol. Slight mettalic tinge.

Thins a bit, though fairly coating.

A decent brew. Easy enough to drink, despite a slight alcohol sharpness. To be honest, I didn't find anything particularly special about this brew. Seems pretty basic - sweet malt with a touch of bitterness and a bit too alcoholic for the style. Still in all, it's okay.

Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6.75% ABV confirmed. 35 IBU. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded gold pressure cap acquired at a local beer store in SoCal and served into a conicla Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I like Lagunitas but their beers often lack diversity. I don't see a bottled on/best before date. I acquired this recently so I'm pretty sure it's fresh.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger beige/light khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, good froth, and good (~5 minute) retention. Body colour is a vibrant clear translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty typical of the style. No overt or obvious flaws, but it's far from unique or special. Uneven inconsistent lacing as the head recedes.

Sm: Generic floral hops. Pale and caramel malts. Brown sugar. Honey. Light nectary hops. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A mild strength aroma. I'm excited to try it.

T: Floral hops, brown sugar, pale malts. Caramalts. Bready and grainy. Balance is key here, not complexity. There's not a whole lot going on, but what few flavours it has are well balanced and integrated. A very approachable ale, though I don't feel comfortable calling it an amber. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Maybe a hint of a minty herb. Well built, if simple.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good body. Good thickness. Good carbonation. Suits the flavour profile well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Dr: Another good-but-not-great beer from Lagunitas. It's solid well priced stuff, and I'd happily put a sixer in my fridge, but it just doesn't really try for anything more. It's a very safe beer to put out. I doubt I'll get it again just because it's so forgettable - in spite of its quality. Drinkable, approachable stuff. Just not special or unique.


Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear copper color. Modest starting head that recedes to a single bubble layer. Nearly no lace.

Slight caramel aroma, light hop aroma.

The flavor matches the smell profile. Rich body. Good hop finish, but the aftertaste is short lived. No problems, an easy beer to drink, very middle of the road.

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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. .

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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