Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,507
Reviews: 866
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 54
Gots: 316 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 2,507 | Reviews: 866
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear polished copper color with a creamy tan/yellow head and a sea of tiny bubbles rising through the body.

S- The smell of light toasted malt with a slight sweetness and a slight dry note to the pale malt after that has some complexity.

T- The taste of toasted malt with a slight sweetness is followed by a slight dry pale malt, like the smell, and a grapefruit bitter earthy hop finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-full with a creamy texture.

D- This beer is smooth and light which makes it pretty drinkable but not to complex.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Harvest Market
Deep copper color rich caramel light sulfur. Big sweet caramel maltiness with little to counter. Needs more hops imho.

Photo of jdhilt
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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

A 12 oz stubby bottle. Not sure where or when I came across this one.

A: The ale has a copper color, relatively clear from afar. Up close, there is a significant amount sediment. The floaties have the appearance of orange juice pulp (minus the color, of course). A huge head has left its mark, leaving thick lace all around the glass.

S: The nose is somwhat restrained, showing off a citrusy hop profile with caramel malts.

T: Caramel malts set the stage, creating a sweet flavor that coats the tastebuds and acts as a nice foundation for the hops. As the first wave of maltiness fades, the hops with a citrusy burst of intensity that adds a nice twist to the malts. The hops linger before fading back into the malts at the end of the sip. A decent drink, much better than I remember it being.

M: The mouthfeel is restrained, compared to most Lagunitas ales that I've had. I like the hop bite that pops up midway through.

D: This is a good offering, the taste is mild (relatively speaking). A nice sessioner.

Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

'Censored' is thankfully not blocked out by any obtrusive black lines. All the loveliness of its coppery and clear amber body is granted full exposure and made quite lustrous by even an overcast afternoon sky. Head is present without being pompous. All Lagunitas beers are hotties, I wish they would publish their own calender, if you know what I mean!

The nose actually brings to mind a Belgian amber - quite a surprise for a brewery that spearheaded and continuously exemplifies West-coast American hop-bombs. It has a dry, semi-musty malty scent with hints of yeast, caramel and sulphates. A slight cognac-like air also registers, albeit with some weedy hoppiness in place of the alcohol complexities.

'Censored' calls itself a "rich copper ale" and, indeed, it tastes chalk full of rich caramelly amber malts. There's flavour of toffee sponge cake, laced with candied fruits, and a giant slice of cheesecake. It is sufficiently rich to make me suspect the French had a hand in its creation, especially as the aftertaste so strongly takes on a cheesecake-like taste and richness.

The beer has a very dry, almost biscuity character, that smacks of (on the dry end) communion wafers and (on the sweet end) honeycomb toffee; vinous, herbal hops, however, break through with an earthy element that disturbs the sweetness and adds candied citrus to the list of lingering flavours. The alcohol has been omitted where it counts.

Lagunitas is, as the kids might say, the bomb diggity. They make a whole bunch of beers, each every bit as characterful and simultaneously palatable as the other, that give a beer geek - no matter how picky or pliable - nothing to complain about. This particular offering of theirs is far from my favourite but, as I mentioned, is nonetheless an easily enjoyable tipple.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a cloudy, mid-amber-copper coloring that is moderately hazed. It pours with a thin, flat, smooth off-white head that settles rather quickly into sparse film. Aromas are mostly sweet, with characteristics of caramel and toffee blending together. The flavors are overly sweet, with a heavy caramel backbone that rides through into the aftertaste. Other flavors are a slight nut sweetness, some citrusy highlights, and a toasted note, as well. Great body, which is light and crisp, yet leaving a great lacing on the glass while you drink. As said before, the aftertaste is mostly caramel malt sweetness, and the finish is quick and clean, with a slight slickness to it at the end of the palate. Decent beer. Avoids the cloying and overpowering qualities despite the abundance of sweet flavors.

Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a some light caramel malts and a faint citrus hop.

The taste consisted of a toasted caramel malt and some balancing hops. Clean ands grainy.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

An overall good ale. I expected a bit more hops presence however.

Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz from the Coop for about $1.50... shared with my brother.. my half from a shaker pint.. listening to Donald Glaude Live at Ruby Skye.

Very pretty rusty copper color.. crystal clear.. deep orange.. short head that dropped in no time... no lacing.

Bready malts and piney hops are front and central.. some fruitiness.. warm toastiness as it warms up.

Nice medium body is appealling.. carbonation is fairly explosive but really only shows itself on my tongue.. palate is good but not great.. caramel and munich malts.. American hops... biscuity finish with a blast of pine... sorta getting some pineapple in there.. with a little green apple fruitines.

Censored is a good beer... not mind blowing but very West Coast balanced (and I like that MO.) I really have no idea how to make it better.. I just know it could be... still a pretty drinkable brew.. but I would only really want 1-2 and after that it would be just because I don't have anything else in the fridge.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So my car died today!!! Piece of SH%T! In the middle of no-where Illinois!!! Thank the Lord for GPS....and Cell phones...it was the only way the tow truck could find me!!!! Anyway...the situation was made good by several individuals....and of course this beer! The color is defiinitely Red/Copper! Im not a fan of floaties....so watch out pouring the entire beer into yo glass! There is a thin head which looks like it will lead to a delightful lace. Something sweet in teh smell....perhaps some molasses, taste comes across a lil sweet as well. This is a very good RedAle/Amber Ale. Very well balanced and not too much booz! Session you betcha!!! I am raising my glass in salute to those that made this day tolerable!!!

Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, rustic copper color with a dull white head that was moderately lasting leaving a minimal lacing.

S: sweet caramel and citrus with a floral hopping.

T: sweet dry malt, some toasted caramel, woodiness, dry brown sugar and a big breadiness. There was a nice dry floral hopping in the finish but was the dry, malty nature of this beer that defined it.

M: medium full and creamy.

D: Drinkability was ok, not a session ale. A big dry, malty red with a good hop bitterness makes for a good try.

Photo of vfgccp
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep orange amber. Moderate sediment. Pours a fine white head that holds with average retention.

S - Malty raisin bread, dark sugar, caramel, a whisper of alcohol.

T- Loads of malt. Mild alcohol warmth. Raisin syrup. French toast sans the cinnamon. Finishes with toast and a thin layer of hoppy citrus-bitterness in the back of your palate.

M - Great mouthfeel. Robust body that thins a bit as the sweetness builds in the profile. Aftertaste leaves a light syrup in your mouth that keeps you salivating for more.

D - A little too sweet to session with, but tastes so good you could definitely have more than one.

O - A pretty fantastic beer. It drinks like a lighter bodied Belgian double, with a lot of the same dried dark fruit and brown sugar sweetness.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a coppery orange amber, thin white head and light lacing. Light aroma of caramel and sweet malt, somewhat earthy. Taste has caramel malt, dark fruit and non-aromatic hops. Light to medium bodied. Not assertive, but well balanced. Pleasant, but mellow and not remarkable.

Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I haven't had one of these in a couple years, so I was happy to revisit it. But I was bit disappointed. I remember this beer being a lot bolder and fuller. As it is, this is just an average version of the style, perhaps a touch hoppier than some. This isn't a bad beer by any means, but it's not special like I remember. Worth having if you're in the mood for the style, but not worth seeking out.

Photo of Tone
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of of slight hops, slight alcohol, earthy malt, some caramel sweentess, and lots of grass. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a high carbonation level. Tastes of grass up front, slight hops, some sweet malt, and slight hint of spice. Wow, a decent beer, but nothing to brag about - I would not recommend trying this beer.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice copper hue with a pretty clear body and nice effervescence. Head is a thin layer of frothy ivory foam, which is not really interesting.

Smell: relatively big malt aroma with caramel and some sweetness, but the caramel is not overdone. It reminds me of a well-crafted Scottish ale.

Taste: good malt with a little caramel and a bit of dry biscuit toward the end. Bitterness is good and balanced; hops are earthy and tasty. It's a well-formulated beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess. I like it -- it especially works well with the malty flavor.

Overall: this is a pretty decent beer. Lagunitas never fails to deliver beer that I enjoy.

Photo of DrJay
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light reddish amber with a short, whitish head. The foam thinned quickly to a ring, leaving behind a bit of lace. Malty and fruity aroma with some gingerbread and toasty caramel. Moderate bitterness with some toasted malt, fruity hops and a bit of raisin. Still, the flavour seemed a tad thin. Carbonation was on the low side and the lightish body contributed to a soft mouthfeel. The finish was a little metallic. Not bad, but it didn't make a huge impression. Thanks for sharing Viggo!

Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep copper/amberish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit like burnt malts, different. Taste is kind of mild, some hops, a bit of malts, somewhat underwhelming. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Photo of Viggo
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper, big off white head forms, some nice thick lacing, good retention. Smell is malty, some floral, toffee, bit of citrus, dark fruits and grain. Taste is grainy, toffee, burnt grains, raisins, dark fruits, clean bitterness, bit of a weak finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, bit of a strange flavour. Not bad but didn't really do anything for me.

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

Wow. A 7.7% Amber Ale. Cool.

Slightly hazed copper tone. Thin off white head. Lace comes in not so frequent rings. Aroma is sweet and malty. A little bready as well. The first thing I notice on the palate is a nice caramel malt base. Sweet and malty. The hops balance, but really don't add a lot of flavor or bitterness. Maybe there's a shimmer of spiciness coming from them. The alcohol is hidden well. The body is damn near full and the mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Pretty solid Amber overall. I would drop $8 for a six pack of this every now and then if it was available here.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Red amber appearance, smell of caramel.

Taste, a very hoppy beer. Ample malt backbone on this one, one of the more balanced Lagunitas offerings (but some of the unbalanced ones are phenomenal). Tasted the alcohol a little more than I would have expected. Not as heavy on the hops as the Lucky 13 red. I guess that's kind of their imperial hoppy red, and this is just a hoppy red. Enjoyable. For some reason, this stuff is just as expensive as the more limited release stuff.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour is a copper colour with about an inch of foam and some good lacing.

The smell is on the very weak side with notes of caramel and biscuit.

The taste, however, is good. Biscuit and light caramel representing the malt with the hops being bitterish but kind of hard to categorize. Maybe grassy? Anywho, a good taster though it does get sweeter as it warms, usually ok with me but not always.

Medium covers the body and carbonation..a good mouthfeel.

Drinkability? The flavours are good but I don't feel like having another after this one. For me, for occasional use only.

Photo of cjgator3
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a reddish copper color with a nice off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the edge of the glass. The aroma is sweet toasted malt with some caramel and citrusy hops. The taste is malt up front but the hops kick into full gear shortly after leaving a nice long bitter finish from the hops. Overall, this is a delicious Amber that is highly recommended.

Photo of wordemupg
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

contents not on bottle, 350ml is my guess poured into pint glass aug 12 2009

A clear reddish copper, an off white head that has fair retention with little lace

S hoppy, nutty, and a fair bit of caramel

T nice caramel flavor with mild hops and a little nutty spice mix.

M/D not the best beer for this hot sunny day but quite nice anyways.

i liked this beer but for over 20$canadian for a 6 pack it might not see my gut again for a while

Censored from Lagunitas Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,507 ratings.