Censored | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a medium copper topped off with a thin off-white head that quickly settles to a ring around the glass. Left no lacing.

S - A toasty nuttiness comes to the forefront along with caramel malts. Sweet candy and dates also come through.

T - Caramel malt and sweet candy up front shortly followed by a bit of sour cherry and toasted nuts.

M - Medium bodied with virtually no carbonation.

O - Overall, It was good, but far from great. Not complex in any way, And more than one or two would quickly get too sweet.

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3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6.75% ABV confirmed. 35 IBU. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded gold pressure cap acquired at a local beer store in SoCal and served into a conicla Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I like Lagunitas but their beers often lack diversity. I don't see a bottled on/best before date. I acquired this recently so I'm pretty sure it's fresh.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger beige/light khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, good froth, and good (~5 minute) retention. Body colour is a vibrant clear translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty typical of the style. No overt or obvious flaws, but it's far from unique or special. Uneven inconsistent lacing as the head recedes.

Sm: Generic floral hops. Pale and caramel malts. Brown sugar. Honey. Light nectary hops. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A mild strength aroma. I'm excited to try it.

T: Floral hops, brown sugar, pale malts. Caramalts. Bready and grainy. Balance is key here, not complexity. There's not a whole lot going on, but what few flavours it has are well balanced and integrated. A very approachable ale, though I don't feel comfortable calling it an amber. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Maybe a hint of a minty herb. Well built, if simple.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good body. Good thickness. Good carbonation. Suits the flavour profile well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Dr: Another good-but-not-great beer from Lagunitas. It's solid well priced stuff, and I'd happily put a sixer in my fridge, but it just doesn't really try for anything more. It's a very safe beer to put out. I doubt I'll get it again just because it's so forgettable - in spite of its quality. Drinkable, approachable stuff. Just not special or unique.


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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a pint glass.

A - nice head that diminishes slowly with nice lacing.

S - nice rich malty aroma. Nice fruity note - hint of raisin? toasty and sweet.

T - Dark fruit taste with raisin, cherry? and a nice grainy taste Hint of a floral to earthy hop flavor at the end was not expected. Also some yeast esters noted.

M - crisp carbonation, medium body. No ill aftertaste.

I was not sure if this would be another red ale like Killian's and normally avoid them, but this is nice. Sweet but enough complexity to make it a very worthwhile beer choice.

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