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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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Reviews: 882 | Ratings: 2,700
Photo of nlmartin
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a deep clear coppery amber coloration. The beer nearly boils with carbonation. The head is thick and creamy. The head has major staying power.

Smell: The beer has nice citrus and pine hoppy smells. The beer has a nice caramel malty backbone.

Taste: The beer has plenty of pine and citrus flavors. The caramel maltyness shines in the middle of the taste. The after taste is kind of toasty and pleasant.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a creamy and smooth medium body. The beer is pretty dam drinkable overall. I enjoyed this beer alot and will have it on another occasion.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark copper color that is partly cloudy.Fluffy 1 1/2" white head with excellent retent.

S- toasted malts, grainy hops, earthy aromas, and sweet scents as well.

T- toasted malt flavors with sour bitter grain after taste. Middle is earthy yet sweet with a caramel taste. The hop flavor becomes less evident as the brew warms, allowing the malt flavors to satnd out.

M- syrupy yet smooth. has a great body.

D- Very unique. Sweet at times, bitter st times, but balanced enough to not let one or the other take over. Worth a try no doubt, but probably wont be stocking my frdige with it.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright red and orange, slight brown color with a medium cream white head and a solid ring of retention. Nose is very soft. Caramel is dominant with other sweet things...molasses, syrupy, oily and small bits of fruity + floral, grassy hops and spice. You have to search for anything beyond the sweet caramel though. First thing that hits the tongue is a bite of carbonation, then the various sweet flavors hit. Tastes of brown sugar, caramel, molasses, and nicely spiced with some pepper among others. Some nice citric and piney resinous hops balance the sweet malts in the taste. The sort of high carbonation is pleasantly complimentary as well. Taste is definitely a step up from the nose for me. (I've let it warm too). Mouth has nice medium to almost full body. Creamy, smooth, soft and resinous textures leave the mouth happy.

I wish the smell had more for me but the taste and mouthfeel make it worthwhile.

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Photo of flood
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really like this brew - not sure what a copper ale is but for such a strong ABV it is pretty tame - kind of dangerous actually - smooth and slightly caramel - you don't much notice until the tang at the end. Like other copper ales I have tried it is kinda of like an old house's tap water but without the deadly metals...both Lagunitas brews I have tried are excellent.

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Photo of Phocion
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark amber. Thin but creamy head, with a little bit of lacing left on the glass.

Wow, this one smells good. Very strong and sweet. Strong caramel scent nicely balanced by the bitter hops. Slight citrus scent as well.

Sweet caramel/molasses and malty toffee, with a strong hoppy aftertaste.

Medium-bodied, and very creamy. This beer is VERY smooth.

This is nearly 8%? I can't tell... The aftertaste is the only thing that's keeping me from giving the drinkability a 5. Very smooth, not too heavy, and the alcohol is high, but I really can't tell from the taste. This is one of the better beers I've tried. Would definitely recommend to anyone..

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Photo of DuqTroops
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Censored - loved the label and the story behind the beer. Apparently, the Liquor Control Board disallowed the name "The Kronic," so Lagunitas, sent the same name with "Censored" defacing the old label. Sure enough, it was approved and now we have this great name!

Appearance - amberish/copper color; creamy head atop the body.

Smell - hoppy aroma with a little pine and citrus to it.

Taste - flavors are great. lots of malt and a little hops to it. very good on the palate!

Drinability - of course! lots of it. it was great!

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours copper with a thin off white head that disappears almost immediately.

S - Sweet malt, caramel. Some citrus, piney hops linger in the background. Nice aroma but it is somewhat faint. I had to really stick my nose in the glass to get a good whiff.

T - Nice balance of malt and hops. Sweet caramel and citrus piney hops again.

M - Thin and slightly creamy. The alcohol is completely hidden on this one.

D - This one could be an everyday drinker if it wasn't for the 7.7% ABV. Very smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours with a very pretty amber color, quite clear, with little head. Aroma is a bit hoppy, with some apple esters and malt spiciness that adds up to a slightly ciderish character. A touch of bitterness up front, with smooth malts taking over before the hops kick in. The mid-palate has a bit of nickel, and the finish is bitter and grainy. All of this is pulled off with tremendous smoothness, especially for a beer with this much alcohol and hop character. Quite a nice sessionish, high alcohol brew.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy copper color. Off white head that is thin and disappears quick. Seemingly bursting with juicy hop aroma, piney, citrusy and floral. Very nice caramel like flavor, which seems to fit well, as it is not overwhelming but very flavorful. Hops seemed restrained compared to the aroma, however some piney flavors shine through. Low carbonation and medium in body. This is very enjoyable. Great malt flavor that stops short of being cloying, along with a great hop aroma and just anough bitterness to keep things in check. Very nice work.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into a pint glass a nice copper color, obviously that's why Lagunitas calls it a rich copper ale. It also has an amber color to it when I hold it up to a light. Not much head to it at all, though. Smells a little hoppy for the most part. It has the floral/hoppy taste at first, but then it has a sweet caramel aftertaste to it. I wasn't expecting that at all. It's on the thin side, with a bit of oilyness as well. It does go down easy. It's a decent beer, although it's not something I would drink all the time (but I would drink it again). However, it is good enough for me to want to try other Lagunitas beers, since this is the first beer of theirs I've tried.

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Photo of WeymouthMike
4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Randomly spotted this one on the shelf the other day and probably wouldn't have noticed it except for the post I read regarding the infamous title of this beer. First impression is wow this could be my new session beer, second impression holy sh!t 7.7% where did they hide it. Appearance is a dark copper with an easy inch of foamy white head, not much in the smell department. Taste and mouthfeel are both great with this one , super malty and smooth, I could probably drink a six pack in an afternoon while watching the red sox.

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Photo of mcallister
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep rusted copper. Some red entertwines when held too light. Very little head yeat a bada pour by hte bartender. Some spotty lacing.

Nose is tough to grasp. Sweet smells of apricot, malt, little hop, apple and pear.

Big malt bomb! Toffee, big and buttery toasted bread. Great hop balance. Long long finish. Would be a great session beer if not for the alcohol.

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Photo of PeatReek
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ah, the copper ale that got everyone's panties in a bunch up in Petaluma. Let's see if it was worth the hassle. Pours a nice amber-copper color, clearish, with a thick, rocky, slightly yellow head that tells me a lot of malt went into this beer. Alrighty. Smell is cool, jelly-bean-sweet, and a little American hoppy. Kind of a typical amber ale taste, with a slightly sweet body, moderate bitterness, and stiff dose of hop flavor... still, very well done over all. Light toasty flavors start the sip and are followed up by clean citrusy hops; body is solid but not heavy. This is not one of those bash-you-over-the-head Lagunitas beers; they're going for drinkability here, and they've done it. Surprisingly sippable for nearly 8% abv. I'd better not have 2, but I'd like to.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper with large creamy head and lace in glass. Noticeably hoppy aroma, with sweetness: toffee, maybe sugar. Body is thinish. Hoppy taste with grapefruit at finish and drying aftertaste. Not offensive, but unsatisfying a I find Irish style oft to be, and in this you get hit with a lot of alcohol, limiting consumption of further beer.

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Photo of SethB2
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Beer pours a deep copper color, just like the label says. It is also transparent with a small head and a little lacing. Smell is almost entirely sweet malts, in my opinion. Candy sweet smell with a very, very slight hop presence. The taste reveals a better hop profile and the malts are not as sweet as they were on the nose. There is a very distict toasted quality too. Mouthfeel is meduim and smooth. Drinkablity is also not bad.

Overall, this is a decent beer. I'm not sure I agree with the ASA classification though. To me, this seems like an Amber. Not that it matters much.

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Photo of clabaugh
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey-yellow topped with a thin, greyish-white head. Retention is labored, as the head just manages to hang on post pour. Lacing is relatively weak.

Smell: Caramel malts, floral hops, a bit yeasty, and emitting aromas of peach. Perhaps some brown sugar, but in any case, sweet-smelling.

Taste: Floral hop bitterness up front, followed up with a mellow, malty bread character. The peach is still there without question, as is the brown sugar. A sweet beer for sure, but still cool and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and sticky. The carbonation is strong, and the finish is pretty clean. Somewhat drying on the palate.

Drinkability: A strong attribute of this beer. Goes down easy, and supplies a lot of flavor. Lives up to the billing of "rich." I'm pretty pleased with the experience.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep but clear copper red with a finer of off-white head that quickly subsides to a spotty cap, leaving some scattered lacing behind. Nose is subdued but nice, a caramel and nutty malt with a spicy hop note. Taste is a nice bready and yeasty malt, light caramel, some spicey hops, and finishes with a lingering sweetness and a slight hint of alcohol. Pretty nice tasting beer, a little on the thin side though, but overall very drinkable.

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Photo of nickg902
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fan of some other Lagunitas offerings so I figured I'd give this a try.

A: Pourse a deep red/copper color with little to no head and no lacing. Very low carbonation and somewhat cloudy.

S; First impression is of carmel with a faint hint of citrus. The aroma is not very pronounced, but a little sweet smelling

T: First taste that hits the palate is of carmel and sweet malts. As you continue to drink, a mild hop bitterness starts to show and remians only for a short while. There is little to no hop aftertaste, but some metallic undertones remain (hope its just from the bottle)

M: Little carbonation, smooth, perhaps a little watery

D: Easily drinkable as nothing overpowers. Beer that I could easily have 2 or 3 at and not be bothered by the flavors.

Not the best Lagunitas product. Not very complex and doesnt have the same hoppy kick as other strong ales I have had, quite mild and easily drinkable though. Possibly would buy again, but Id stick with the stronger hopped American strong ales.

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Photo of trep
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer reminds me so much of the esteemed arrogant bastard.

Looks awesome. Deep, rich golden brown with a creamy white head. Dissipates to leave beautiful lacing.

Sweet juicy hops in the nose, however not dominant. Light malt backbone and alcohol presence.

Very malty tasting. Sweet caramel malts with very little hop flavor surprisingly. A little hop bitterness but not much. Sugary tasting almost like a Nukey Brown. Alcohol isn't present at all.

Very nice mouthfeel. Almost perfectly in balance with the rest of the beer. A bit oily feeling as it coats your mouth.

Pretty drinkable considering the 7.something% abv.

A solid beer from Lagunitas.

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Photo of akahn
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear copper color (as the six-pack carrier jokes, this beer is called a copper ale because of its color, not because it's brewed with copper, heh) into my glass with a slightly off-white big-bubbled head. Lasts as a thin skim, leaving mountainous lace behind.

At first a sharp hoppy aroma, followed by pale and caramel malt. A nice, mellow aroma, reminiscent of Fuller's ESB.

Taste is mildly sweet and malty, also reminding me of an ESB, maybe a bit less hoppy. Hops show up in the finish, giving a slightly dry exhale.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and round. Carbonation is unusually mild. Drinkability is extremely high; this beer went down quick. Watch out for the ABV, though!

So, this used to be called The Kronic and the authorities complained? Or what?

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6 pack at my LHBS.
Pours a nice coppery amber color with a nice off white 1 inch head that left a decent amount of lacing.
A nice sharp hop smell mixed with a sweet malty aroma. Maybe a slight fruit presence.
Caramel and malt flavors are balanced out by some sharp hop spice. A slight alcohol presence becomes more evident as the beer warms.
Well carbonated. The hop bitterness lasts just long enough in the mouth. It might be a bit watery.
Censored is an allright beer. It's defineitely worth a try, but not my first pick on the shelves. I tried this before at the KROQ Microbrew Fest at Santa Anita Race Track and seemed to like it a little more.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear copper color with a full, craggy, off-white head that disappears to fine lacing which coats the glass nicely.
Aroma is of toasted malt and honey with a touch of hops at the end.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy, due to the nice fine carbonation. Only hints of the high alcohol on the back end.
Taste is surprising for such a big beer...smooth and mellow with lots of malts, brown sugar, and a tame hop bite at the end.
This beer is so drinkable, I think it can really sneak up on you if you aren't paying attention. Nice good solid beer. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of phisig137
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
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 JMD71
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. This was my first beer by Lagunitas Brewing Co. & it was a pleasant experience. I found it had a good amount of malty sweetness along with a nice hoppy finish which lent to a well balanced beer. A wonderful copper color, as well. I would definitely buy this beer again, & would also be interested in some of the other Lagunitas beers.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, pale copper in color. Creamy, off white head that lasts as a semi-creamy sheet, nearly to the finish. A few trails of ringed lacing, but not great strength.

Sweet caramelized sugar and molasses. Ripe, dark fruit: cherry, grape, apple. Sweet, warming whaffs of alcohol. Hints of rounded, malted wheat.

Initial malted wheat sweetness with hints of fruit-esters: pear, orange, apple. Pine and earthy wheat and grains causing an unbalanced and musty bitterness. The aftertaste is a slightly unpleasant, bland wheat flavor. The sweetness and fruitiness present in the aroma is nearly absent in the taste.

Medium bodied; slightly rich, but more grain-like than anything else.

Too heavy on the wheat/grain character for the style. Not a great effort stylistically; a bit of a disappointment for the hype.

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