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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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 MACrist
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

LOOKS: Darker amber, not quite rust colored, clear. Nice steadily rising small bubbles. Poured into a Nonic pint glass, about a finger of khaki head. Pretty good head retention, nice bit of lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Sweet bready malt, Some dark dried fruit-raisin like. A little nutty, a little black pepper. I want to say just a tiny bit of chocolate.
TASTE: Lots of bready, sweet malt, dark dried fruit. No hop bite or citrus/pine quality, but there is a pretty good balance to the beer. It's not overly sweet and is not really bitter at all...middle of the road
MOUTHFEEL: Very nice, adequate carbonation, medium light body...a little watery but not in a bad way. Very smooth beer that finishes pretty dry.
OVERALL: A decent amber ale, bordering on a light brown ale. Similar to Fat Tire but less obnoxious :)

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

12oz brown stubby.

A: Beautiful amber-red, clear brew with a fluffy white head.

S: nicely balanced aromas of sweet malt and hops bitterness.

T&M: I'm biased as a fan of Amber/Red Ales to begin with, so I went in with high hopes and was not disappointed! This is a very tasty, well balanced Amber Ale that goes down smoothly and is quite drinkable.

M: Medium-bodied and smooth, with enough hop bite to round out the experience. A very nice brew.

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Photo of beerbutcher
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

long lasting off white head atop a amber beer (shock)

aromas wafting from glass are remarkable. this beer smells like dessert. it's loaded with carmelly and toffee aromas. there is also an underlying bright hop not, well integrated and appealing.

on the palate, it is rich and heavy with more intense malty and carmel flavors. the hop note comes back on the finish, delicate but noticeable. the bitterness is never enough to take away from the sheer decadence of this beer. truly delicious.

this finish is perhaps a tad sweet for the average session but as a night cap or even with a rich dessert (think creme breulee) this would be marvellous.

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Photo of IPAescotch
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I can see why they call this the kronic.

A: Poured into a stange glass it created a luminous light bronze.

S: Slight sensation of charcoal mixed with plum.

T: An almond-y full bodied flavor with some fruit and noticeable hops.

M: Very creamy and full. Just enough bitterness

D: Delicious fulfilling beer, a good first exposure to amber ale.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a nice clear amber color, not cloudy or dark at all.

The smell is pleasant. It has a balanced combination of malt, sugar, and barley. Literally, every scent is present.

The taste is, of course, directly related to the smell. The malt is in the forefront of the flavor but is quickly balanced by a a sweet aroma that is like brown sugar and and caramel at the same time.

The mouthfeel is nice. I am drinking these in February but wouldn't be unhappy drinking them in July. This beer is smooth, I think because of the sweetness. At 6.75% the beer isn't light but also isn't too heavy, which is why it would still be drinkable in the hotter seasons.

Overall the beer has a great balance of flavor, sweetness, density, and alcohol content. It seems like the kind of brew that you could drink all night. Good beer!

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Photo of Lothar666
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Just as the name implies, this brew has a dark red copper body that is translucent and topped by a creamy white head. Not all that different from many red ales I have seen.

S- Smell is barely present at all; what is noticeable is some sweet malts, grass and metallic notes. There is little else.

T- Taste is better than expected. Sweet malts and sugar up front balanced by a bit of hops in the finish. What almost ruins it is the copper penny aftertaste that sets in a few seconds later, though even this becomes quite tolerable after a few sips, and the rich malts become more complex with each sip.

M- Full bodied, smooth and very rich and creamy. The translucent body is very deceptive in this regard, leading me to believe this would be a thin gulping beer, the kind one can only tolerate ice cold. Not so. A very pleasant surprise.

D- For what it is worth, this one goes down very easy and the fairly low ABV makes this a good one to enjoy while cooking, doing homework or working on the house.

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Photo of iBeer16
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a tulip glass.

A: pours a nice coppery color with about 1 finger white head t when dissipates leaves nice lacing around the glass.

S: very earthy aroma, mostly sweet malts.

T: Very light flavor, mostly bread like flavor. A sweet malty flavor with a slight presence of hops toward the end of the drink.

M: highly carbonated. Great body. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Overall, does not compare to the rest of lagunitas line up. Easy to drink, some flavor but nothing stands out. Not very impressive but not bad at the same time.

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

Orange-red brew with a generous creamy head. The head is dissipating slowly. I smell malt, spicy and floral hops, and some bread-like yeast. So far, very nice. Bread and malt is definitely in the taste, along with a prevalent hop bitterness and spiciness. While the bitterness is quite forward, its not elbowing out the other qualities in the taste. This beer also has a nice medium mouth feel.

Overall this is a nice balanced beer with a lot of good things going on. This one can easily become a regular with me.

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Photo of gerite
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a nice golden amber with a double finger head that quickly dissipated to a single finger and then died. There was good lacing in-spite of the bad head.

S: Initial smell was sweet and earthy with a slight biscuit aroma.

T: The taste was light and crisp with a little hops, close to a pale ale. I thought there was a slight flowery aftertaste but it may have been the 6.7% ABV.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Well balanced mix of hops and malt.

O: This beer really lives up to it's Copper Ale name. A very balanced and refreshing brew that would be great on a spring or summer day. Just close your eyes and think of an Alpine meadow.

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Photo of uberabr
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured well from a 12oz bottle into a tulip, filling the glass perfectly with a one finger head up top that settles quickly. Appearance is clear and color is a deep amber with a sparkling golden gue. Good carbonation. Smell is moderate but nice, fruity and sweet like sugar candy.

Taste is a pine hop followed by bitter woodsy aftertaste. It has a mild sweet maltyness of honey and brown sugar. The subtle fruity malt complements the sweetness and hops well, making a superbly well rounded and drinakble brew. Mouthfeel is excellent as well: full, satisfying and clean without being overly watery. A very pleasant brew all around, another great California ale from Lagunitas.

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Photo of beerfairy
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper look with a small head

Smell: Sweet malty smell with hints of hops and a slight biscuit smell

Taste: Malt sweetness balances out the hop bitterness nicely

Mouthfeel: Nice mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I could drink more than one of these

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Photo of Serge
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color; creamy head. Simple aroma, with some caramel, brown sugar, fennel; at times perfumy (I guess they are by-products of the fermentation). Good body strength, huge caramel flavor, a bit dry, some toffee. The hopping is both bold and also lightly aromatic. Simple but enjoyable.

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


Smell: Aroma is quite earthy with strong notes of sweet bread, ripe fruit, honey and caramel.

Taste: Compliments the nose quite well. Strong notes of freshly baked bread and sweet yeast. Syrupy sweet taste come through in the background.

Mouthfeel: Heavy amount of carbonation and slight dryness come through.

Drinkability: Overall this was a very malty beer with little presence of hops. I greatly enjoyed the balance of baked bread and caramel in the taste. Very good representation of an amber ale in my opinion.

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Photo of PSUBeerman
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, nonic glass

Pours a clear deep amber (copper) color with a 1 finger light tan foamy head. Nice lacing.

Decent aroma of predominantly malts with hoppy notes.

Sweet malty flavor with hop bitterness on the finish. Citrus notes also stands out. Balance is decent, but a little too malty for me.

Mouthfeel is slightly viscous, but over all decent. Carbonation is nice and fairly smooth.

I liked this, but the malty flavor caught up to me.

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Photo of gnaussea
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-copper hue with a light, off white head that settles quickly. Smell is much more bold than I would have though. Very sweet and caramelly malty. Smells highly of alcohol. Beer is thick, and definitely was sweet, but i dont think it holds up to the smell. Less bold than I predicted. The ops are subdoed, but come poking out arbitrarily in the flavor, making for an overall nice herterogenous mixture. Taste is finished off by a grapefruit like, citric acidity, which I dont believe fits very well with the rest of the beer. Overall, I'm quite pleased, but mostly with the smell.

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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 BobbyBeerman
4.8/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was my second beer from Lagunitas. I'm becoming a big fan of the label.

A - Pours amber/copper in color, settles quickly to a clear body with a thin, off-white head.

S - Malty caramel comes through. Slight hops. No one major dominating aroma - well balanced.

T - This is a rollercoaster of a beer. Smooth all the way through though. Starts off with the caramel malt, then the citrus hops, then a sweet finish.

M - Well built, not overly carbonated, not overly alcoholic.

D - Good session beer. I liked it and now that I can get it locally I'll be getting more.

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Photo of scarfield
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

APP- Copper with a half inch head and good lacing

Smell- Medicinal, sweet, floral

Taste- Bready, malty and sweet with an earthy aftertaste, a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste as well, and floral hops.

MF Crisp on the high end for carbonation

Overall Good for the style, abv hidden well, would have this beer again.

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Photo of DannyHartman
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As I pour a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass I see a moderate head develop over a beautiful golden orange/burnt red brew....

I take a few deep smells, and the first thing that pops out is a malty dominated fragrance.... Following that, is earthy and caramel notes.... There's even the slightest hint of cocoa....

I take a sip and a mostly malty flavor grabs me.... There's also caramel, raisin, and a bit of hoppiness to the flavor....

I would describe the mouthfeel as a well carbonated brew with a medium body that's almost prickly and messes with the palate a bit....

Overall, this beer isn't bad at all.... Just another decent brew out of Lagunitas.

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Photo of jonnylieberman
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Ounce bottle.

POured well and really is a gorgeous copper color. No fooling!

Smells delectable. Intense maltiness that is just delicious to the nose. Pears, raisins, black currant, licorice, candy-corn, Indian gum--just awesome.

Taste is good. There is this majestic caramel flavor that you just cannot shake. A little too sharp probably due to the water. The abscence of hops exposes this. Different water would make this a world-class brown ale.

Mouthfeel is nice and medium. Not too big, not too small.

A six pack of this will be gone shortly. Great stuff.

Notes: I love Lagunitas!

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Photo of ale1
1.18/5  rDev -68.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1

we found this at Moe's Center Street Beer Store Jupiter,Fla
poured into a pint glass , good carbonation which settles down quickly
copper colored and light amber malt nose
tastes of malt , honey, slight hop finish, not strong however
drinkability ?
considering the price we probably wont purchase another 6 pack it's ok

The Censored rich copper ale is what they call this on the label.
rather weak almost watered down ?

this reminds me of a another brewer that makes Monk in the trunk ale, so close it could be the same , come on quit rippin off the ale drinkers make some ale
instead of this corporate rripoff blaaaa

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Photo of SAxDRC5
2.38/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

appearance: copper colored. fairly small head, quickly recedes to a nice lace

smell: sweet with fairly strong hops scent.

taste: very sweet, then bitter and hoppy. not as balanced between sweet and bitter as i would have liked. very slight caramel malt after-taste.

mouthfeel: light carbonation. slight alcohol feeling

drinkability: pretty drinkable. not as balanced as i was hoping for after reading other reviews. I probably won't buy it again but if i did i could have quite a few in one sitting.

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Photo of Jonoesh5
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: A true, deep copper body that sat somewhere between translucent and opaque. Residual off-white head. I notice some yeast suspension as well.

Smell: Fruit punch aroma, sweet, sugary. An interesting vanilla aroma came in towards the end.

Taste: Strikes a nice balance between bready malts and citrusy hops. Orange peel and caramel notes added a wonderful depth to the profile. As with other Lagunitas brews, this beer favors hops over malts, but not as heavily as their IPA or Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale.

Feel: Lightly carbonated and bitter, but not dry

Overall: After reading other reviews, I wasn't expecting very much from this brew, but was pleasantly surprised! A little too sweet for my taste, but combined with a malt complexion, Censored has enough going for it to help round out the hoppy character. One of my new favorite Ambers!

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Photo of ZBerkeleyan
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to create a generous head with thick webs of lacing when the glass was tipped. The brew was a cloudy amber color with some bubbles visible.

The nose was sweet and malty with notes of caramel and honey. A little mild and difficult to discern but this improved as the beer warmed.

The taste was similar to the smell, with big caramel flavors and significant but not overwhelming sweetness. The substantial alcohol is hardly noticeable in the taste. Tasty and balanced.

The mouthfeel is balanced as well, and while the beer doesn't feel heavy as it is being sipped, I found the beer quite filling by the end of the bottle.

Overall a thoroughly enjoyable amber ale that is balanced and would seem to make a good go-to beer for all sorts of occasions.

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Photo of seanpachefddfa
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance-clear copper color with one finger offwhite head that dissipates quickly.
Smell-getting sweet malts, piney hops, and some light bready aroma.
taste-big sweet malts almost a caramel taste to it.
mouthfeel-is ok nice body and carbonation
drinkability-this was an ok beer a bit to sweet for me

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Censored from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 870 ratings.