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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 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 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 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 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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Photo of TheNightbird
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice red, deep amber color with fingers hight of head. After a few minutes a nice lacing and a small cloud on top the beer.

S- Very malty, bready and with a nice hop fruitiness.

T- Big upfront malt flavor that carries through out the taste. Nice fruitiness that comes after the malt flavor. Bready flavors are also in the taste.

M- Nice smooth mouthful and not too overly powering carbonation.

D- Nice drinkability great intreating taste. Would be great on a nice fall evening.

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Photo of melstein
2.91/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its look is definitely copper and the taste has a pretty smooth yet a little bitter taste. But the taste isn't super flavorful. Its an okay beer for this brewery. They have a lot better beers.

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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 robhunta
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a crisp clear orange copper with 1 finger of fluffy tan head which dissipates to leave a thin lacing.

S - Sweat and malty, but I also get a bit of a yeasty aroma, almost like a belgian yeast, though I know this is not the case, it just seems to smell a bit like that with the sweet toasty malt.

T - Starts with sweet fruity malt and finishes with a nice hops taste. This is a perfectly balanced beer in my opinion.

M - crisp and clean with a nice medium/light body.

O - I love this beer, I bought it with low expectations (not sure why, maybe I thought the "censored" label was a cheesy look, trying to be controversial) but this beer is fantastic and I think it could become a regular staple of mine as it is a very drinkable beer as well.

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Photo of Shibbykaiyai
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A high quality brew. Very easy to drink, pours beautifully, goes down smoothly with little or no aftertaste for a brew with a decently high ABV.

As past reviewers have stated, its a hard brew to describe outside of the fact that is just a damn good brew. Another highly recommendable brew from a great brewery.

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Photo of dbatch
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had these for a while (not years, maybe a month or three), just havent had the time to sit down and write the review.

A: Reddish, blood orange color with a good amount of carbonation. Leaves a little head, very light, no lacing.

S: Not particularly strong, but it is sweet, possibly some caramel, and some maltiness.

T: Sweetness and maltiness balance each other here, definitely caramel flavor, very slight citrus taste, but barely discernable.

M: Not particularly dry, carbonation is not overwhelming at all. Smooth

D: Not a session beer, feel it would be good with a hearty meal, maybe a beef stew or nice roast beef.

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

This a fine red amber ale,with a nice lil head on it that fades away.SMELL is sweetly caramel and refreshing,yes absolutely blissful.TASTE has a small hint some hops but what makes this a fine beer is that sweet caramel and lightly fruity taste. Mouthfeel has a slight aftertaste too it.OVERALL I really enjoyed this beer.I would definitely buy a six or twelve of this.

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