Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #178
Ranked #35,390
3.75 | pDev: 11.47%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Notes: 35 IBU
Reviews: 896 | Ratings: 2,757 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Sigmund from Norway

3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

355 ml bottle, as Lagunitas The Censored Rich Copper Ale, from Ølkonsortiet, Aalborg. ABV not mentioned on the label. Amber to copper colour, moderate off-white head. Fairly nice aroma of caramel and fruity hops, hints of old orange marmalade. The medium sweet flavour has also notes of caramel and a little fruit, but lacks hops and "freshness". Drinkable, but I expected more from Lagunitas.

Apr 18, 2021
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes 10/31/11: Pours slightly hazy copper orange with 1.5 fingers of rapidly dissipating head. Aroma is bready, fruit, toast, roasted nuts, black pepper and thin coco. Taste is toasted bread, sweet malt, dark fuit, dried apples floral and earthy with little intrusion of other hop flavors. Well married to provide a very balanced beer. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied with decent carbonation, smooth and dry.

Dec 23, 2018
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty spectacular and a welcome change from a slightly boring along with an overdone flavor profile of beers. This one breaks away from the pack with tastes of copper and malty sweetness.

Oct 10, 2018
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Libeertarian from Montana

4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From notes taken 06/28/17:

Clear copper-amber with pulpy, weightless, abundant but loose flecks of varying size. Foamy, frothy head of cream, both color and texture. A “mustache" of lace, so to speak. Aroma is rich indeed, reminds me of a number of good Belgian ales, some spiciness, touch of vinegar, candy sugar, vegetable broth, nothing super hoppy or even boozy, more so malt and yeast. Palate only partially bears this out in the balance, it is toasty, metallic, spicy, with heavy suggestions of caramel and toffee, but with a more substantial showing of hops ranging from resin and faint lemon throughout, to leaf matter and almost leather around the finish, to peppercorn in the retro-olfaction via combination with a boozy afterbreath. Full-bodied, creamy, with fine tingly suds soon stretching themselves to the finest velvet. Good, in an unexpected way. Compare and contrast both with American Ambers and Belgians ales along the lines of the Double, the Saison, and the Dark.

If you are reviewing the Dry Hopped version, it has a separate page!

Apr 14, 2018
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Navanation from Pennsylvania

2.07/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

How to ruin a classic, Dry Hop it. I missed that label and thought I was getting an old favorite. Too hoppy for me. I've been mixing it 50/50 with Dead Guy Ale to make it drinkable.

Feb 12, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Clear dark amber with a massive creamy white head. Fairly good retention, sheets of gloppy lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee, rich toasted brown bread, earth, pennies, tobacco, pine, orange peel.

T: Toasted brown bread, caramel, toffee, and orange peel throughout. Bready and rich without being as sweet as the nose implied. Fairly crisp and clean. Some earth and pine offers a gentle touch of sappy bitterness on the finish. Overall, it's quite light while being immensely flavorful, malty and neither too sweet nor too bitter.

F: Medium-light, yet well-carbonated for a smoothly rounded sensation. Well-balanced between sweet and dry, so fairly clean, so it's extremely drinkable.

O: Confession: This is over seven months old, and yet, it did not suffer. I'm assuming it lost a lot of hoppiness, but instead of being a malt bomb, it's a balanced and tasty red ale with tons of flavor. I love it!

Jul 23, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a clear red colored body with a foamy two finger lumpy white head that lasted for thirty seconds and slowly died to a half finger coating the top of the body. Though the body was fairly clear, no carbonation was seen rising. Some nice foamy ringy lacing graced the sides of the glass. The smell was centered around caramel malts, a bit of light toffee all mixed in an earthy sort of way. The taste was the same ingredients from the aromas blended very nicely. On the palate, she sat at/about a medium almost closer to heavy with nothing harsh on the tongue. Overall, well once again another Lagunitas brew impressing me that I would have more than another.

Jun 27, 2017
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jadpsu from Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Still in Laurel.
Pours crystal clear amber with a tan head that has decent retention and sticky side glass lace.
Smell: Musky malts, bread, some caramel sweetness.
Taste: Malts lead along with some sweetness. Caramel hops come across and add a little bitter bite in the finish.

May 15, 2017
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Chasegator from Florida

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look- pours an Amber color with off white head
Smell- caramel and malt.
Taste- more of the same. Caramel, malt and bread. Very sweet
Feel- medium to thick
Overall- good beer. Sweet malts and caramel flavor make for a good amber ale.

Mar 09, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I LOVE Laguniats, but this is the first beer I've had by them that I did not particularly care for. It had a very odd flavor that I can't quite place. Not that this isn't a good beer by any means, but it just isn't for me.

Feb 15, 2017
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keithmurray from Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Crimson/copper body with faint off white head

Smell - caramel, cherry, malts

Taste - caramel, bread, tea, malty

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, lower level of carbonation, slight caramel sweetness on this

Overall - decent amber ale here

Price Point - $1.79/12 oz single

Jan 27, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brings out the reddish amber ale color scheme to fit the bill style wise. Good clarity, reeks of caramel and copper stuff.

Slightly boozy, already doesn't do what most of the hoppy offerings from Lagunitas does. Furthermore, this one really hits up the brassy coppery hop mouth feel, while hitting the caramel by the truckload red ale vibe. Significant bitterness. Originally named Chronic, I guess this is also pretty similar to Pizza Port's Carlsbad Chronic. Which I guess I do need to point out, this is better than your average red ale, I just have really high expectations with Lagunitas.

If you like C hoppy reds, I would recommend it, but at the same time, this isn't even their best hoppy red ale. But it does come in the 6 pack format so it has that going for it unlike Lucky 13 (as far as I'm aware).

Dec 24, 2016
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fscottkey from New York

3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.50] The bottle lists the ABV (6.7%) it also has a date code that translates to 07/10/16. Seriosly... Julian date guys? The beer has 1/2 finger of off white head with fair retention. The beer is a nice caramel color.

S: [2.75] There are no strong scents. Maybe some brown bread.

T: [3.25] Follows the nose. Very mild flavoring. Some caramel and brown bread. A dusting of hoppiness on the finish. The flavor does intensify as it warms up a bit.

M: [3.50] Average body and slightly above average carbonation. Nothing lingering too long on the finish.

O: [3.25] Underwhelmed bu not turned off. If has nothing to make me seek it out but nothing to make me stop drinking it. This is a "meh" beer.

Nov 04, 2016
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StJamesGate from New York

3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear copper with piles of honeycombed ecru foam. 4
Orange rind, caramel chews, + a surprise bit of pencil erasers. 3.75
Toffee on crispbread, some banana taffy, a bit of tin, then middling grass, herbal + lemon peel hops. 3.5
Almost medium, some chew, round. 3.75

This sat or got warm or… something. “197” dating code is July, so this is actually pretty fresh, but there are some odd fruity esters popping out that I’m not expecting in anything Lagunitas. That pineappley house yeast playing tricks with crystal malts? I don’t know but - along with being underhopped + a bit thin - this is totally falling flat for me.

Mr Magee, please report to the Heineken QC Dept. immediately. 3.25

Oct 02, 2016
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am really beginning to believe that this brewer can do no wrong...

From the bottle into a pint glass the beer pours a slightly reddish color with very good head that sticks around along with distinctive lacing all the way down the glass. The smell has hints of caramel which mix well with the hops and it's just a simple scent, but appealing, on the nose. The mouthfeel at first is very carbonated but it has a smooth almost watery finish that most times I wouldn't like, but in this instance seems to work (at least for me.) The taste was mostly ale with some spicy notes I couldn't quite pull out, so overall I find it a solid and very good brew. Lagunitas just continues to show me why they are so hyped...

Sep 10, 2016
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Red amber colored body floating a persistent 1in whitish head.
Aromas include malt and stone fruit, and is that cardamum?
Flavors are all malt with some slight caramel and a late bitter taste.
Feel leans heavy, full, but not creamy.
A very nice red.

Jul 09, 2016
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laketang from Arizona

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12 oz. bottle
rich copper hue with medium bubble head
tiny bit of carbonation
subdued notes of a bit of farmyard, estery hop notes.
balanced hops with sweetness from malts.
thin mouthfeel, creamy and smooth

Jun 30, 2016
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AleMan66 from Minnesota

3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It does pour a copper color, but cloudy. A one finger white head quickly dissipated. The smell is yeasty and malty, much like the worts i made when I home brewed. What's unusual, to me, is the lack of hops; something unusual for this brewer. I like it! It doesn't have that staple Lagunitas flavor that seems to run through all their beers.

Jun 26, 2016
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Albianfire from Texas

1.46/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

Look- pours with a copper hue and 1 finger head dissipating quickly. Almost no lacing on the glass. The particulate matter (oh my!) I wish I could post a pic here. Looks like when you feed aquarium fish! Seriously, for a professional brewery there is no legitimate reason not to filter a copper ale. This is where the majority of the points are lost for me. I have to go into it reminding myself that it won't hurt me to drink it. So, here goes. . .

Smell- some Carmel malt. Nothing else.

Taste- Hmm . . . Sour, is this a bad bottle I wonder? Malt backbone is there but the sourness or possibly the hop bite kills it. I'm half way through and will be a struggle to finish. There are some Busch Signature Copper Lager series in the fridge from marinating some ribs. And, THEY, are calling my name over this stuff.

Mouthfeel- light with moderate carbonation. No issues for me here.

Overall- I may try one more in the future to see if this was a bad bottle. I generally like what Lagunitas puts out and appreciate their hops profile. But, this falls wayyy short of the mark.

May 16, 2016
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twage04 from North Carolina

3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep gold, not really anything approaching copper or amber. Aroma is a vegetal thing with flavor being the same. Wholly forgetable and unremarkable. Kinda reminded me of undercover shutdown strong ale but I'm not entirely sure how. I drank it and it wasn't offensive to the senses or anything but a little disappointing.

Apr 17, 2016
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MeanMotaScootah from California

4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As far as ambers go this is leans more on the hoppy side. Not overly bitter but not a super sweet. Aroma is very bready, some butterscotch for sure, almost smells like a big lager - I wonder if they used lager style yeast for this one? Carbonation is about right. Mouth feel is real nice, a bit creamy but definitely not overly carbed. Taste is very malty on the front end, bright/sweet hop finish. This might be a good gateway beer for those who are trying to ease into the IPA craze. Overall a great beer although not sure it's a true amber due to the bittering hops.

Mar 07, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a copper color with a large white head. The aroma is malt and sugary sweetness with fruit. The taste is very fruity with caramel malt. A very nice beer.

Feb 20, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Lagunitas gets the dubious award of being the brewery I like the most, yet has the highest percentage of beers (75%) that I rate below average (16 of 21). I like them for their independent spirit and their having brought Heineken's capital to Chicago's West side ghetto and making it work; a great brewpub and plenty of room for contract brewing great recipes.

As for Censored, it Looks like a great ale. It even Smells close to great with lots of pine. But it catches up with me in the Taste and after-taste... but then I'm no hop-head. (But at only 35 IBU, it would to be more bitter before I didn't like it.) I give it credit for being very refreshing ale... just not kind to my buds.

Feb 17, 2016
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Czarkazm from New York

3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/12/2016. Body is clear, a duller amber orange, copper color with slow streaming carbonation floating towards a rocky off-white head. The smell is very atypical of Lagunitas, much more malt forward but the hops are certainly there, fighting to keep a balance. Caramel malt sweetness, clover honey, fresh baked bread, yeast fruitiness, and the hops contribute a spicy earthiness like black tea, some citrus, and pine. The mouth feel is on the lighter side of medium, nicely carbonated, pleasantly easy drinking, and has a clean, sweet finish. The taste follows the aroma with its sweet breadiness, caramel, toasted grains, slight oakiness, floral hops, and citrus. This has been one of the only widely distributed Lagunitas beers that I have had yet to try.

Feb 14, 2016
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(12 oz bottle, code 301 5 2 - poured into a teku)

L: beautifully crystal clear, except for some speck-y sediment that made it in - kept out most of it... amber color liquid, slight tinge of red... wonderful, bouncy tuft of creme-colored spongy suds... foam falls, but stays rocky, sticking in clumps around the glass... very pretty

S: soft, fleshy sweet orange peel-y hops... hard candy, of a generic red berry fruit... hint of mildly-crystal-ed malt, only a passing whisper of cereal graininess... overall intensity moderate... no overt booze

T: unexpected depth in vibrancy and sustain to the hops - their copious resins supported by a subtly supple-y-sweet syrupy malt combine to create a sort of fruit n' honey hard candy flecked with shards of lemon zest... watch for the swift, smooth sweep of malt in the finish underneath the glowing green-yellow above

F: curvature, for certain, but disgustingly (delectably) light-bodied... creeping, subsonic hum of alcohol... deadly drinkability, period

O: could use a smidge more balance with the malt, but that ain't what they does... really a love or hate thing with these guys, but they hit a grand slam on this one - or maybe a 6-run dinger, as in, I will buy a six pack of this... harharhar..... har

Feb 14, 2016
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 2757 ratings