Censored | Lagunitas Brewing Company

2,729 Ratings

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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Ratings: 2,729 |  Reviews: 890
Photo of evanackerman
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of ThomasG19
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of andrewinski1
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. There is a nice copper/amber color. There is a large light tan head with slight amber hues.

The aroma has a nice lightly hoppy aroma with some melon mixed with a touch of caramel.

The taste has a decent blend of hoppyness and slight caramel malt flavor. At first the flavors don't really mix well, but about half-way through the glass I get more caramel and it drinks a bit nicer.

This is medium bodied with nice soft carbonation. This isn't too bad, I don't think I'd get it again though. It's kind of strangely between hoppy and not.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Censored beer - my first Lagunitas CA beer. Picked it up for the bottle art and thought copper ale sounded interesting

Appearance - Lives right up the expectation when you pour it out of the bottle, a beautfiul orange to red beer that shimmers in the light.

Smell - The only downside is that the beer has an off smell, metallic but maybe too much hops.

Taste - A smooth ale that runs into the hoppy heaven that is sweet and bitter at the same time.

Mouthfeel - the beer has a nice carbonation and metallic end taste that really makes it for me. I also pick up maybe citrus and fresh herbs

Overall - This is a nice drinker. I might have to get Lagunitas again and try some more of their styles

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Photo of tsherm91
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Acoma
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color (surprising, huh ;) ) with a fingers worth of off-white head

S: Some light citrus and floral hops with a big malt backbone and slight earthiness

T: Starts off with a slight hoppiness consisting of grassy and fruity notes that are quickly taken over by the malts, which provide slightly sweet caramel notes. Also slightly earthy in the finish along with the light sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nothing special

O: A solid beer that is easy to drink given the nearly 7% abv and works any time of the year. Affordable, and appeals to the masses. Worth a try

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Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of plateoshrimp
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of LIbeerguy
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith Imperial Pint Glass.

A: Pours a copper-orange with a small head that dissipates quickly. Small amounts of carbonation can be noticed. not much lacing.

S: Toffee, toasty, somewhat reminiscent of a doppelbock's aroma, dark caramel, malt forward, dates.

T: Toffee, biscuit, assertive bitterness but not very hoppy, again malt forward, medium-bodied with a very slight tingle on the palate, sweet aftertaste.

A good offering by Lagunitas. Pretty good job balancing the maltiness that can be expected of this beer with a bit of bitterness. Would make a nice pairing with some grilled caramelized meats i think.

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Photo of cantfindme
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An excellent copper body lends itself to a grainy aroma, definitely on the malty side. Hops are pretty mild considering how much of the Lagunitas line relies on big hop character, which is a nice change of pace for them. There is a certain brown sugar note that is nice. It's a good drink, if unremarkable. One I can drink plenty of, but not one I would press all my friends to try.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pour a rich copper brew. It holds a two finger light brown head, showing nice retention. Spotty and patterned lacing is left around the glass, and over half the liquid is topped with thick foam. This is easily reproducible with a swirl of the glass. There is a thorough haze but no sediment, and carbonation appears active. The aroma is big with butters and bread, with the malts approaching roasted caramel, metals, and wheat. Booze-soaked raisons give a sweet and fiery punch to the back, with clove, toffee, red grape, a soft yeast, and fig to finish things off. Our first impression is that this is a very rich drink, and much hoppier than the nose would suggest. Our first sips give coppery caramel, sour pale malts, and deeper caramel malts. There is toast and chalk. The middle peaks with bright herbal hops, browned fermented apples, hollow booze, and more of those pale malts. An interesting plastic comes in with the malts, adding a spiciness. The finish is with tannin tea leaves, sour grain, and lemon freshness of citric rind and hop. There is a quick revival of the buttery sweetness before brown sugar and caramel wash the palate clean. The aftertaste breathes of bitter citrus and hops, coppery coin, and thick souring grain. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. There is a serious astringency felt around the entire mouth, with a chalky dryness. There is soft slurp, cream, and froth with each gulp. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we found to be the best thing about this beer was the rich aroma and beautiful look. The nose was very complex, and we kept coming back to words like “thick” and “rich” when trying to describe it. The flavoring is a little light, as the fruit and sugars ease up too much around the edges, dropping the robustness and balance. This, however, is a classic West Coast red, and reminds us quite a bit of Red Seal out of North Coast, but a tad sweeter.

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Photo of rClockwork
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Mat_Rampson
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mattparsons
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Nage37
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of dasunder
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper color with a big billowing head. Very grassy and earthy nose. Picking up piney and floral notes as well. Craggy sticky head.

A bit thin in body with brisk carbonation. Bright whisp of citric fruit, lightly toasted grain, with balancing hop bitterness. Very good drinkability at the near 7% abv but overall the beer is pretty straightforward and simple and doesn't stand out much. The flavors are nice and the beer makes for a good high abv slam it down beer but as my one friend who doesnt drink much craft beer described it: "tastes very much like a craft beer"

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Photo of WDJersey
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Ryan011235
2.33/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter on 7/15/12

Sunburnt copper; deep in color. One and a half finger head dissipates to a soapy layer over half the beer and a thinner skim over the other half. There are a few drippings of lace.

The aroma is deeply malty and smells primarily like spiced bread. The aroma calls to mind some of those used in the the winter time ales. Hops are timid - earthy and herbal. The flavor is spicy too; maybe not as much as the aroma. It tastes tinny, which makes for a bad combination with the herbal hops. Dry bread. Maybe a hint of piney hop resin. The feel is somewhere between thin and medium and is a tad watery despite some granular undercurrents. Carbonation is sufficiently puffy.

Overall, this one is drinkable, but it doesn't cut it for me. While not entirely bad, too much about the beer screams "hollow." It's been a long time since I've had one. I reckon it'll be a long time before I have another.

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Photo of thebigredone
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Oakenator
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great darker ale. Color is brown with slight reddish hue; good head retention through the duration of the beer. Taste is sweet compared to other similar beers in style - molasses & brown sugar taste resulting from generous malt. Very subtle hopping. Overall: great versatility - workedmona hot summer day yet likely even better into cooler months.

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