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Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
35 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

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

Wish I would have read more reviews, then I might have swished this one. Oh well. Chunky. Dirty brown. Little head with light carbonation but it was hard to tell with all the debris floating. Don't be afraid.

Carrot cake is my first impression for smell. Sweet with a cinnamon note and the alcohol smack at the end was pleasant. Not pungent. Very appetizing.

Yes, this is chewey beer. Very thick with a thick wash. Alcohol controlled, minimum foaming, strong roasted malt aftertaste which stuck as advertised. More!

Bitterness was stong but nice, raisin detectable, but the hoppy bitter was center stage. Rich malts, slight orange note, I knew this was a stronger beer but like some of the other Lagunitas beers, the alcohol only adds to the palette. Damn.

Would I? This is the last beer. This one will put you away. Like some of the other Lagunitas products I've had, it's the dessert for crazy hop heads. Yes. Try one.

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

Slightly hazy darkish red-orange body. Light carbonation streams. Two fingers of level of just-off-white highly whipped cream head. Some nice stretchy lace.

Aroma works both sides of the street with piney citrus mixing with some fresh bread.

Inviting rich malty start kicks off the taste, caramel, toffee, and a hint of chocolate way in the back. Some juicy citrus follows. Pleasant hop bite near the finish and some piney/citrus residue carries into the aftertaste.

Good creamy mouthfeel carries well. Good drinkability, goes well with food or solo.

An above average everyday beer.

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Photo of Jonoesh5
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
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 ThaneMcC
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely clear and dark amber with copious white head. Pleasantly effervescent. Smells of bread, roasted malts, citrus, some floral notes. Tastes sweet malts forward, bready, yeasty, pleasant hoppy pine mid to end note with a clean finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Not syrupy despite its sweetness.
Overall, quite good. This is not a style I would expect to like, but this is a solid, highly enjoyable exemplar of a copper/amber ale. Well balanced. Grows in complexity as it warms

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Photo of BeerSox
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear copper color with a one finger light tan head that quickly settles to a thin rim.

A little bit of caramel malt and a good amount of citrusy hoppiness.

The malts don't really show up as much in this one, like most Amber / Red Ales. The malts are toasty, and usually don't do much. But in this one they set up a somewhat sharp hop flavor, which is welcome in my opinion. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

This is a great beer. Lagunitas took a relatively unperforming style and gave it some pep. Recommended.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copperish color with a 1 finger head.

Smells of toasted malts and a bit floral.

Taste malty and biscuity.

A solid beer.

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Photo of Chapter40z
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Medium brown color seems to have little carbonation and minimum head.

S. Has some sweet biscuity malts. A slight herbal spice in the background.

T. The taste is where this beer is. Flavors all combine great to create a really enjoyable beer. Mild bitterness with some herbal spices matching the smell.

M. Decent body not super strong but enjoyable.

D. Great brew and being the first brew I've tried from Lagunitas I'm highly pleased.

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Photo of zachloveshisbeer
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my favourite go-to, chill beers. It goes down pretty easy and isn't too "in your face". I've split a few with some friends who never drink anything funky, and they quite liked it too. It pours a nice copper colour with some notable hop nose, but you definitely pick up a sweet malt. Low head due to the alcohol, but nice lacing throughout. I actually find it to be one of the most pleasant-smelling beers around and I think if someone made a scented candle that smelled like this one, I'd light it and have a nice relaxing bath with a glass of this in hand. This pairs really well with pub food and is a good, higher gravity beer that should get any parted started. The alcohol is slightly warming and very pleasing.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My thanks to Dave for passing this on to me as part of my payment for fixing up his wife's bike. Cheers ~

A - Clear red body with a head having moderate stamina in a color of light tan.

S - Slightly roasted malty goodness that fills the air.

T - Flavors of grassy hops in the background are complimented well by the sweetness of the roasty toasty malt.

M - Smooth, rather thick bodied for a red, a hinting of coarse bubbly texture on my lips as it fills nicely on its way down.

~ This is a very good red. All the characteristics here are exactly what I would expect out of a quality amber beer. It reminds me of another highly recommended beer of this style, Point Amber. I would definitely recommend this beer to a friend and will certainly be seeking out this beverage again in the future.

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Photo of phisig137
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a slightly off white head. No lacing.

Roasted malts and caramel dominate the nose, with a tinge of hops at the end.

Flavor is incredibly smooth and enjoyable. Deep malt complexity, brown sugar, hoppy finish, honey, a very slight pleasant hint od diacetyl, and some other odd flavor that I just cannot explain what it is... I want to say carapils malt, but I'm not 100% sure. It's good enough to enjoy and contemplate each sip.

Mouthfeel is full, heavy, and chewy. Drinkability is high. Hides the alcohol very very well, but seems just a bit timid for being a strong ale.

I've yet to find a Lagunitas that I dont like.... they're all fantastic!

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Photo of godlessape
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank this out of a pint glass. Of course it's copper colored like the bottle says, and the creamy off white head looks like something any beer geek would want to cannonball into at anytime.

The aroma has a nice complex mixture of spices, (I swear I smell cinnamon and maybe allspice in here), caramel malt, raisins, and bready yeast.

The taste reminds me of a crusty fruit pie--can't pin down what kind of pie but it's a pie nonetheless. I also note some brown sugar, and maybe a Cherry Coke kind of flavor going on in this beer. The citrusy hops make for a nice snap at the end that balances things off just perfect.

The mouthfeel is light, smooth, mellow, and slightly boozy in a good kind of way.

Overall this is a great beer from one of the best West Coast breweries out there.

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Photo of bboven
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep clear copper body with little head, but what's there does leave a little lacing.

Grassy, citrusy hops balance very well with a rich caramel malt.

Taste is a bit sweet and metallic, great hop punch throughout for balance though. Warming alcohol.

Crisp, highly carbonated, very drying.

In a word, balanced. This is a great example of a hoppy version of the style that doesn't go overboard in any one area.

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Photo of levineju
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Formally "the Kronik", this Amber Ale is poured from a 12oz. stub bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - marketed as a "Rich Copper Ale", and there is truth in the marketing; penny red-orange, hardly any carbonation and a finger & 1/2 of fluffy cream head. Head retention is excellent with beautiful lacing all the way down.

S - rich caramel malts, toasted marshmallow, pine, and very light hops.

T - translates from the aroma well; not sharp at all; rich but not decadent.

M - smooth and creamy; very drinkable; a good session beer.

O - great beer, and one of my favorites of the style. A go-to during the week, and a great paring beer for many styles of cooking.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce stubby into a shaker pint. A moderate pour produces a billowy, creamy white head that threatens to overfill. This settles down into sticky clouds of froth coating the sides of the glass. The beer is well-described as a copper color, and is well carbonated with a light haze of visible particles in suspension.

Lots of lovely malt flavors/aromas coming through. Hops are subdued in comparison to most of this brewery's offerings. Every sip tastes a bit different- there is so much complexity here. I get a good bit of citrusy hops all right (a bit of ruby grapefruit and some orange), but also a good deal of dark cherry, oak, honey, pomegranate, dank bread, and caramel. The flavors recirculate and linger in the aftertaste, producing myriad burpy combinations of the above flavor-aromas.

I've been sampling this brewery's offerings fairly regularly lately. I think they discovered that it's worth shipping a few cases of brew to such backwaters as my town (hint- Butte, Montana, Hennessey Market, Front St. Market, Albertson's, etc). In any case, I find this beer to be one of the very best I've had in the past year. The hops compliment, rather than overpower, all the great malt complexity of this beer. Send more! (and other varieties too!!).

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Photo of imblane
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this last weekend and shared it with a couple of friends after a local 10K race. I liked it so much initialy, I went back and got a 6-er for myself to conduct a thorough eval. Poured a glorious coppery color into my chalice with about 2 1/2 fingers of fluffy cloud-like head which took several minutes to dissipate, leaving a nice lacing on the glass. Smell was fresh bread/caramel, with a hint of fruity banana. I tried to find some of the 7.7% ABV, but it just wasn't there...Scary! Taste was initially going towards sweet caramel, but the 30 or so I.B.U.'s mellowed the sweetness to a glorious mild bitterness. I must admit, I am a hophead who loves it bitter, but this was a very smooth, drinkable, ever so tastey offering from Lagunitas! Mouthfeel was just right, with a mild carbonation and creamy, buttery smooth finish. Tastes like it would be a great session beer, but the 7.7% is there, so be forewarned. I love Lagunitas!!

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Photo of carln26
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber to copper color (I know it’s known as a “copper ale”, but to me this was more amber). Thick, dense off white head leaves a light sheet of lace as I drink the beer. The aroma has a great fruity hop aroma, grapefruit and maybe just a hint of pine. The hops share aroma with some of the malt character, maybe ribbon candy or figs. Nice malt aroma. The taste has more malt up front than I expected. A rich character that I would associate more with a dark lager than an ale. Very pleasing with a thick mouth feel. The hops show up on the finish with a cleansing bitterness that leaves you wanting more. This is a very interesting beer. I was expecting more hops, but am surprised and impressed by the depth and strength of the malt in this beer.

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Photo of Dudeletter
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

O, Atlanta Brewing Company, now Red Brick, why do you and I have it so hard right now? You disappointed me this weekend, but, when I had your beer at Taco Mac, all was forgiven. The original Laughing Skull died right as I was starting to love beer; the last one I had had been sitting around and was oxidated and flat. However, as the new version came out, I decided it was my job as an Atlantan to give the beer a new taste. I was impressed. The malted sweetness in this beer is highlighted by the addition of roasted grain. This beer is possibly one of the most drinkable beers made in the city. The body is fairly medium and finishes with a good balance. If you can find this beer on tap, drink it. It turns over fast and really packs a refreshing punch.


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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Light copper, slight head.
smell: some piney fruitiness. Subdued caramel malt.
taste: Ummm...much better than I would have expected. I should have more faith in Lagunitas. Much like the nose but perfectly balanced and just right.
This is just another great Lagunitas. Great example of the style. Excellent session beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a medium copper color (who would've guessed?) with a 1/4 inch head that bears little retention before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and faint spots of surface foam. Full ring of lacing.

S- What's this? There isn't the in-your-face hop aroma Lagunitas usually brandishes. This is decidedly more malty and sweet with a toasty backbone.

T- This drinks more like a semi-hoppy pale ale than a red ale. Hop bitterness is more of an afterthought with biscuit-like malts being the main attraction. Very smooth for an alleged 6.75% ABV.

M- Very crisp and refreshing with some prickle from the little bit of hops. Medium carbonation.

O- Lagunitas can even produce a great session beer proving there's just about nothing these guys can't do.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas has made a big impression around here with a collection of well-made IPAs (Undercover) and others like this Censored. We had this on draught and enjoyed it a lot. Deep clear copper red in the glass with a modest head. Fairly muted nose. Palate is complex mixture of fruit, malt, caramel, baking spices, no sharp edges or overstatement, but an interesting and rewarding and easy drinking pint.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great beer from out west. I've recently noticed this company more and more out here in Mass, I think they must be doing well for themselves. The Moan and Dove seems to frequently have a keg of theirs on tap and the better beer stores around here seem to have a lot of their sixers now, which they didn't about 6 months ago. I'm glad, because I like this stuff. Pours a nice dark "rich copper" color, as suggested on the label, with a little tan bubbly head. Smell is great, and complex. Swirls of sweet carmely malts and fruity piney hops combine here to create a great scent. The taste just screams balance. Malty up front with notes of carmel, vanilla, other sweetness, followed by a great bitter hop ass kicking. Fruity and floral like a pale ale too. Smooth even mouthfeel and super easy and pleasureful to put back. I'll definately be getting this stuff again. What a great beer.

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Photo of littlelorib
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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 Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark golden with some ruby highlights. The head is moderate and light tan and leaves some slight lacing. The smell is sweet malt and a late hit of piney hops. The taste is sweet malt forward and is followed by a nice hit of spicy and piney hops. Biscuity and fruity flavors as well. Quite sweet,but well balanced and not at all insipid, the sweetness is deeply rich and malty. Mouthfeel is nice- supports the flavors well and isn't overcarbonated. Very drinkable, a great session beer.

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Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Lagunitas shaker, The Cronic is clear bubbly bronze with a smaller ivory head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is very sweet, pure brown sugar with the slightest hint of grain.

Taste is, thankfully, not as sweet, more classic American amber, caramel malt, only slightly grainy, grassy hops, with just enough sugar to give it distinction. I prefer them slightly sweeter, and have to say this is one of my favorite classic style ambers for that reason, and also that it's very clean and smooth.

Mouthfeel is creamy, lighter bodied, but with a drier, crisp finish.

Drinkability is high. I've never sessioned these before, but think it's a great all occasion beer, also one that would be a good transition brew for non-craft drinkers.

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Photo of beerphan
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> pint
no date

Pours a clear deep orange hued amber with a tight one inch off white head. Crusty sheets of lace. Carbonation is robust

Nose: Citrus, a little soapy, sugar, a little spicey also

Good caramel maltiness, with some breadiness.A little sweet molasses seems present. A few hop flavors sneak in, mostly the citrus kind. Bitterness is tame, but lingers lightly which is well done. Good balance.

Drinkability on this one is off the charts. Seems to show off a different side which each sip.. Wish I had more than 2 of these.

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