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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Photo of byronic
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a beautiful copper with minimal head. Smells fantastic, a balance of sweetness such as caramel and maltyness. Tastes fantastic, a bit on the sweet side but goes down smooth and a little bit dry. Could drink this all night.

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Photo of CraigS119
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Tastes of cocoa and dark fruit in an ESB ("English") body (low head, high clarity). Low hop presence; light, dry, crisp, with hints of honey malt. Good evenin-time easy-drinker. Not my favorite style, but has it's place.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clean golden copper with a massive head of creamy off-white suds. Attractive spoke lacing.

Aroma is caramel malts, bready and subtle.

Taste: Sweet up front, with notes of caramel, honey, toasty bread being most prominent. A hint of fruity hops bitterness materializes at the finish. This is a standout amber ale with tons of flavor.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A really nice ale. Citrus and malts flavors combine really well here, letting both have a presence and compliment each other really well. Very drinkable.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Daily Growler. Boston Shaker.

Appearance: Dark Copper with 1 finger off-white, foamy head. No visible carbonation. UNREAL lacing, fair retention: thin skim of white and a ring.

Aroma: Very English; bananas? Butterscotch? Mild; grows more malty and butterscotch as it warms, but never really overpowers the senses.

Taste: Hefty, mild arrival; esters appear midway. Bananas and butterscotch; turning to a soothing bitterness. As it warms, the bitterness seems to strengthen.

Mouthfeel: Midweight, little carb., but more than some ambers. Quite slick on the finish, but not as slick as Bell's or Mt. Carmel. More slick than Sixpoint, Jackie O's Firefly, or Fat Tire.

Overall: That may be the best Amber Ale I've had. Really balances the hops and malt perfectly. I'd put this above Bell's and Mt. Carmel; barely below Sawtooth (or what I imagine non-nitro Sawtooth would be, I though the nitro took away from the experience). Could easily substitute for a pale ale in my rotation (actually, remarkably like Sam Adams Boston Ale). Some amber ales are over-hopped cream ales; others are sickly sweet malt bombs; others are IPAs in disguise. This is a perfect amber ale, balancing all sides: malty, estery, and clean.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of Lagunitas and I have tried most of their IPAs, but have not tried this one so I grabbed some from the shelf and popped it in the fridge. It has 6.75% ABV and 35 IBUs. It is a Rich Copper Ale which is a great beer type to stumble across.

Look-It pours a reddish copper amber color that is absolutely beautiful and a creamy thick white head. The lacing is persistent and foamy. The clarity of this beer is substantial and one can easily see the carbonation trails. I cannot stress enough how beautiful the red hues are in this beer, even without a strong backlight.

Smell-I get a nice variety of malt components to this beer. I pick up on caramel and cereal grain oats as well as some earthy notes and maybe cider and even applesauce which make for an excellent and unique aroma!

Taste-The flavor is more spicy and rich than the nose foretold, but it is neither overwhelming nor overly sweet. The malts are present the whole way through and can be described as toffee, orange, and a hint of pine. I also get some toasted oak, bread, and grains from the malts which are amazing. Biscuit flavors abound also.

Mouthfeel-It has a medium-bodied and creamy feel, but neither syrupy nor overly sweet. The carbonation is medium as well and the bite from the alcohol is appropriate and well placed. It almost has like an oily texture and finishes moist and clean. Very nice!

Overall-This is a very drinkable session red ale, as I would describe it and is so well-balanced. It came from Lagunitas so it should come as no surprise that it is delicious. The alcohol and carbonation play together perfectly and each shows up at the end primarily. There is a mild lingering coating on the tongue which is definitely from the grassy hops, but no bitterness gets through. You must try this beer at least once!

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Photo of jhartley
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cuvee glass. Julian dated: 077 5 2

Dark orange to golden brown body with a light white head that leaves a faint amount of lacing in the glass.

Kind of a butterscotch, burnt sugar aroma. Nothing too overwhelming.

Sweet, slightly spicy malts come through with a nice light finish.

Overall, not an awesome beer but an easy drinker that would be a great on a cool fall day.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a six-pack at my local Trig's grocer. No bottled on date, but the fact that I pulled this one out of a box that had just arrived and was awaiting placement is a pretty good indication that this is fresh. Poured right from the fridge into my Lakefront pint glass.

L: Pours a deep amber with about a half-inch of off-white head that sticks around for a bit, falls to a healthy film, and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Crystal-clear, with a moderate level of visible carbonation.

S: Sweet caramel malts define this bouquet. There's a bit of a cider quality, as well. Some more subtle toasty malts, as well as some other earthy notes in the mix.

T: Sweet caramel malts, along with some toasty malts right out of the gate. Nice malt profile, in general, on this one. Again, I'm getting a bit of a cider flavor from this. The middle sees the introduction of some earthy tones, along with a touch of raisin and cracked pepper. There's a tart that builds in the middle and continues into the back end. The close has more of that nice balance of malts, with the addition of a nice resinous hop presence--not overtly bitter or overpowering, but providing some balance.

F: Medium-bodied, crisp, a bit creamy in the middle, and quite clean-finishing, though there is a bit of tart/bitter from the hops that lingers on the palate. This one has a very nice level of carbonation.

O: This is a tasty amber from Lagunitas. If you're expecting some of that familiar Lagunitas hop profile and taste, this one might disappoint a little. This is a very malt-forward beer, but the hops do provide a nice balance. While this isn't one of my favorite offerings from the brewery, I would probably come back to this one again.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This looks perfect, it's how a beer should pour. Great two finger head on pour that lasts and has great lace. Golden copper color with nice carbonation. Very inviting. Not a lot in the smell but it there just not complex, one note. Taste is straight forward nice balance of hops and malt. Not overpowering, light bitter and sweetness. Very smooth with great mouthfeel. Right amount of carbonation and nothing that tires the pallet. This could be a session ale for me, good price for the enjoyment and drink-ability of the beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours ruby chestnut under a 3” finely bubbled white foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: malt and fruit aromas
T: Starts with sweet malt, a trace of cola, fruit and then finishes crisp and dry.
F: Medium body, medium low carbonation.
O: A very drinkable American Amber/Red Ale.

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Photo of mmesce2
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on tap in a Lagunitas custom "mason jar" glass. Great color, medium head. Taste is malty and rich on the front end, but finishes a bit hoppy and citrus on the end. Overall, a really good beer. This is what is expected from Lagunitas, though.

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Photo of ARoman
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap, poured into a sampler. The aroma is a mellow honey, roasted malts, and a defined grass combination. The beer is a deep, rich, clear caramel copper color with a dense and fuzzy, off white head that retains and laces a generous amount. The taste is a balanced medium bitter and sweet. The beer is oily in texture and has a fuzzy carbonation. The medium light body contains flavors of bread crust, grapefruit and oranges, as well as a pine freshness and finishes with roasted grains and light citrus. The aftertaste is roasted grains, bread crust, and bitter citrus.

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Photo of NerveStorm
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A very fine carbonation and a little bitter, somewhat oily feel not very complex and a little overpowering bitter at the finish. Overall an average result that I won't rush to duplicate.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - 3.75 - Poured a medium/dark copper, caramel amber color. Formed about a finger of quickly dissipating, yellow-tinged white head. Medium/low head potential, low head retention. No lacing.
S - 3.5 - Simple. Little bits of malt and hops and an earthiness such as fresh rain water.
T - 3.5 - Once again, simple. Lightly sweet and balanced malt and hops. Ends on an ever so slight bitter finish.
F - 4.75 - Really excellent mouthfeel on this. Very oily and a bit creamy. Goes down quite smooth.
O - 3.5 - Simplicity is the theme here. It isn't anything to write home about, nor sip slow and savor. This is a session beer. This is a good food pairing, yard work and shower beer. As it stands, I would have liked either a little more malt or a little more bitterness, but it does its job nonetheless as a standard, basic amber ale. Definitely better than many I've had.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What is not to love about this beer? I love the description as a rich copper ale, because is is gloriously rich for such a simple beer. Easy to overlook, but this just has everything that is great about amber ales.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice copper color with an off-white head but a huge amount of floating chunks of yeast. Not at all appealing.
Aroma is big on toffee and caramel notes.
Tastes pretty good. Biscuits and toffee with a nice bitter bite at the end.
Mouthfeel is medium and fairly well carbonated.
Not bad but the floaties were not pleasant. Won't buy again.

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Photo of KC9LDB
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally got to try this one after having the whole line-up mutiple times over. It is a great copper ale well balanced with just the right amount of bitterness.

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Photo of melstein
2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
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 Tilly
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a copper color. Very little head which is a khaki froth. Smells like carmal, malt, some floral, just atiuch of citrus. Tastes if malt, pine and of course, orange. Mouth feel is carbonated with a real nice back of the tongue bitterness. Dry. Not a bad 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 Drew03cmc
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

As ambers/reds are my favorite style, I had to give this a try. It's not bad and you can taste the higher alcohol content versus a beer of the same type like Avalanche or Fat Tire, but this beer is wonderful on the palate.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass, this nice copper ale brilliant copper color with a thick white head that lingers to a thin pooling layer and great lacing. Nose of rich caramel malts, spicy hops, and figs. Flavors are delightful for the style, sweet malt up front with hoppy bitterness to the rear. Flavors of fig and as it warms vanilla become pronounced and vying for pole position over the hops. A great session ale with a lingering bittering hops aftertaste. Very sessionable. Worthy.

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Photo of theh3rbalist
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Drank 3 straight out of the bottle.

Smooth well put together "copper ale". Subtle hop presence and medium carbonation somewhat balance the malt sweetness. Very drinkable but with a decent kick at 6.7%.


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Photo of Copper_Is_Thy_Beer
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Just like "Fred's Slacks" http://www.hark.com/clips/hvhqvlswbf-freds-got-slacks

is a winner, so is this beer. Deep copper visually, smooth, creamy flavor that has a slight bitter after-taste... love it. A burp taste will leave lasting memories. I was paying $5.50 a glass at a local craft brewery for a beer that is similar, but not as good. Hopefully, when America's fascination/fad with session IPA's wain and those overly hopped, citrus maximus beers are no longer it, great beer such as Lagunitus Censored will get it's chance to shine.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4/5  rDev +6.4%

12 oz Bottle. Slight smell of grapefruit maybe slight Lemon and of course Hops.Taste is a fairly smooth beer with a 6.7ABV.I just can`t say enough about Lagunitas products.They consistently put out quality beer at a great price.Give this a try it rocks.Not as good as there Imperial Red but still pretty good.

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