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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

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Reviews: 887 | Ratings: 2,719
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slow fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It has a toasted scent with a wonderful hop aroma. It's well balanced. The taste is good also. It has a malty base provide by pale, crystal, and roasted malts. It goes down easy with a very bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. It's solid on all fronts as well as being highly drinkable for having an elevated abv. .

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The word "Censored" stands out on the bottle. I'm trying to figure out what word would be so bad that they would have black it out; something's written beneath that block. Well, on to the beer:

In color, it's copper to bronze, crowned with a soapy head. Subtle aroma of tropical fruit makes way for esters. This amber ale is a good one packed with flavor. It starts with fruity esters and ends with a punch of hop flavor in the back, leaving biscuity notes on the palate in the aftertaste. Quite tasty. I'll be coming back for more of this later.

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Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a some light caramel malts and a faint citrus hop.

The taste consisted of a toasted caramel malt and some balancing hops. Clean ands grainy.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

An overall good ale. I expected a bit more hops presence however.

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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 BARFLYB
2.72/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz single bottle into a pint glass. Never tried this one before lets see what's what.

A- The label does not lie, this has a deep copper appearance to it, striking bronze at times. A steady pour yielded 2 fingaz of semi dark tan dense foam, well not that dense as it's dying down quickly. Some flimsy spots of lace.

S- The smell is not all that appealing. Getting some aroma hops and some roasted malts, but this rank rust type smell, well it says copper on the label, so there.

T- Caramel is there from the malt and some bittering hops that are fairly light. Malt forward definatly. As in smell the copper is there in taste as well. OK maybe not copper but some type of rust, off type flavor. Maybe it's just the label saying copper on it, maybe it's the bottle, maybe im losing my mind?

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Mouthfeel is probably this beer's saving grace?

D- Lagunitas makes good beer, but not in this one. I kind of find myself getting similar flavor profiles in some offerings, perhaps the house ingredients. This is pretty light on alcohol so could be a nice session beer, maybe i'll give it another go on tap if I see it.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice copper hue with a pretty clear body and nice effervescence. Head is a thin layer of frothy ivory foam, which is not really interesting.

Smell: relatively big malt aroma with caramel and some sweetness, but the caramel is not overdone. It reminds me of a well-crafted Scottish ale.

Taste: good malt with a little caramel and a bit of dry biscuit toward the end. Bitterness is good and balanced; hops are earthy and tasty. It's a well-formulated beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess. I like it -- it especially works well with the malty flavor.

Overall: this is a pretty decent beer. Lagunitas never fails to deliver beer that I enjoy.

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Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

'Censored' is thankfully not blocked out by any obtrusive black lines. All the loveliness of its coppery and clear amber body is granted full exposure and made quite lustrous by even an overcast afternoon sky. Head is present without being pompous. All Lagunitas beers are hotties, I wish they would publish their own calender, if you know what I mean!

The nose actually brings to mind a Belgian amber - quite a surprise for a brewery that spearheaded and continuously exemplifies West-coast American hop-bombs. It has a dry, semi-musty malty scent with hints of yeast, caramel and sulphates. A slight cognac-like air also registers, albeit with some weedy hoppiness in place of the alcohol complexities.

'Censored' calls itself a "rich copper ale" and, indeed, it tastes chalk full of rich caramelly amber malts. There's flavour of toffee sponge cake, laced with candied fruits, and a giant slice of cheesecake. It is sufficiently rich to make me suspect the French had a hand in its creation, especially as the aftertaste so strongly takes on a cheesecake-like taste and richness.

The beer has a very dry, almost biscuity character, that smacks of (on the dry end) communion wafers and (on the sweet end) honeycomb toffee; vinous, herbal hops, however, break through with an earthy element that disturbs the sweetness and adds candied citrus to the list of lingering flavours. The alcohol has been omitted where it counts.

Lagunitas is, as the kids might say, the bomb diggity. They make a whole bunch of beers, each every bit as characterful and simultaneously palatable as the other, that give a beer geek - no matter how picky or pliable - nothing to complain about. This particular offering of theirs is far from my favourite but, as I mentioned, is nonetheless an easily enjoyable tipple.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy ruby copper color, that is topped by a light brown one finger thick head that. The aroma is thick with crystal malt, a bit of candy sweetness, toasted malts and a hint of herbal, perhaps spicy hops. The taste is sweet up front, and stays that way as it finishes with a heavy handed crystal malt caramel notes. There is a bit of bitterness in the finish that helps to balance this malt dominated brew. This beer has a medium full body contributed by the malt. The biggest problem with this beer is that it is a bit simplistic, though admittedly this is a pretty weak problem. This beer is pretty straight forward, and I almost think that a beer with this many malt & caramel notes would more fittingly be a low alcohol session brew.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz from the Coop for about $1.50... shared with my brother.. my half from a shaker pint.. listening to Donald Glaude Live at Ruby Skye.

Very pretty rusty copper color.. crystal clear.. deep orange.. short head that dropped in no time... no lacing.

Bready malts and piney hops are front and central.. some fruitiness.. warm toastiness as it warms up.

Nice medium body is appealling.. carbonation is fairly explosive but really only shows itself on my tongue.. palate is good but not great.. caramel and munich malts.. American hops... biscuity finish with a blast of pine... sorta getting some pineapple in there.. with a little green apple fruitines.

Censored is a good beer... not mind blowing but very West Coast balanced (and I like that MO.) I really have no idea how to make it better.. I just know it could be... still a pretty drinkable brew.. but I would only really want 1-2 and after that it would be just because I don't have anything else in the fridge.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 23, 2014.

This is a highly attractive pour with its copper-amber color, moderate carbonation, and lingering off-white, fluffy head. Lots of lacing.

The nose is of roasted barley malts but also a touch of orange or tangerine along with a perfume-like hop character.

The body is medium.

The taste begins with a barley malt character but it does not take long for this juicy orange fruitiness to kick in and moderate into a lingering bitterness at the end.

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Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As per the label this pours a clear copper colored ale with a tan to off white head.

Smell is malty and fruity with a scent of peaches and apricots to it. Noticeable alcohol scent carries spicy and woody hops smells. Quite a unique scent for a non-fruit beer.

Taste is not sweet as expected from the scent. Flavor is neutral and mild with a tame hop aftertaste. Some woody flavors after a while. Frankly this is under flavored. What a disappointment it looks and smells so good.

Mouthfeel is a little thin.

Drinkability is OK but I really expected a more outstanding beer. Worth a try but the hairy eyeball tastes better.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium amber with a light off-white head, fair retention, light lace.

S: Strong malty nose, barleywine-esque, nice sweet smell.

T: Strong crystal malt flavour with a light hop character. Definite American flavour, some orange, grapefruit.

M: Light/medium-bodied, smooth, creamy, light carbonation.

D: Solid amber, not overhopped which I like in this style. Something to try for sure, nice red ale.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a red body with a light head that left no lacing. A light caramel malt smell along with minimal hops. Smooth and lighter bodied this beer has a buttery, sweet malt edge that is more about the malt than the hops. Hops are noticeable with some citric notes in the backgroun and give the beer a slight dry edge. I enjoyed this beer but not something I will seek out if I'm looking for a red ale.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cream, one finger-head that goes slowly leaving a decent lace. Nice clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is slightly hoppy. Starts with a mix of hops and malt, finish has a hoppy/soapy edge. Some bitter aftertaste but not bad. $1.60 for a 12oz from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from Bear World Waterton NY for 3$

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes. There were also some particles floating around.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and hops. There is also some faint dark fruit flavour and a bit of a peppery/hoppy spiciness. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Good.. but pretty boring. I know it's not really an exciting style, but I figured Lagunitas would put a spin on it. Not something I'd pick up again.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a reddish copper color with a nice off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the edge of the glass. The aroma is sweet toasted malt with some caramel and citrusy hops. The taste is malt up front but the hops kick into full gear shortly after leaving a nice long bitter finish from the hops. Overall, this is a delicious Amber that is highly recommended.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour is a copper colour with about an inch of foam and some good lacing.

The smell is on the very weak side with notes of caramel and biscuit.

The taste, however, is good. Biscuit and light caramel representing the malt with the hops being bitterish but kind of hard to categorize. Maybe grassy? Anywho, a good taster though it does get sweeter as it warms, usually ok with me but not always.

Medium covers the body and carbonation..a good mouthfeel.

Drinkability? The flavours are good but I don't feel like having another after this one. For me, for occasional use only.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, rustic copper color with a dull white head that was moderately lasting leaving a minimal lacing.

S: sweet caramel and citrus with a floral hopping.

T: sweet dry malt, some toasted caramel, woodiness, dry brown sugar and a big breadiness. There was a nice dry floral hopping in the finish but was the dry, malty nature of this beer that defined it.

M: medium full and creamy.

D: Drinkability was ok, not a session ale. A big dry, malty red with a good hop bitterness makes for a good try.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always been intrigued by the label on this one (can't call things "Kronik" any longer?), but it only seemed to be in six-packs when i saw it, so picked up a single for reviewing purposes when I could.

Pours a coppery orange colour, burnished and clear, with a crackly head of white, that subsides rather quickly to little more than a film of white. Decently heavy body for a beer of relatively low gravity, some lacing when tilted. Looks pretty good.

Nose is light but slightly malty. Some brew-day sweetness noticeable, with just a hint of cracked grain. Minimal hops presence. Slight meatiness to it. It feels all quite rudimentary and rustic. Not bad, but not particularly inspiring.

Taste is similar. Sweetness on the palate with a hint of grainy bite on the back with a whack of carbonic acidity. Again, there's nary a whiff of the hops, and while the grain character is pleasant enough, it just doesn't do enough to make me want to drink more than a few sips.

Not a bad brew, just a relatively uninspiring one. Drinkable enough in its way, but lacking a lot of interest. I could drink it, but can I be bothered?

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured copper, as the name would indicate, with a light brown head. It has a delicate hop aroma with some metallic smell. Despite a nice malty background and a nice amount of hops, the metallic taste was just a bit off-putting. Overall, it's very mellow and drinkable for a beer of its abv.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brings out the reddish amber ale color scheme to fit the bill style wise. Good clarity, reeks of caramel and copper stuff.

Slightly boozy, already doesn't do what most of the hoppy offerings from Lagunitas does. Furthermore, this one really hits up the brassy coppery hop mouth feel, while hitting the caramel by the truckload red ale vibe. Significant bitterness. Originally named Chronic, I guess this is also pretty similar to Pizza Port's Carlsbad Chronic. Which I guess I do need to point out, this is better than your average red ale, I just have really high expectations with Lagunitas.

If you like C hoppy reds, I would recommend it, but at the same time, this isn't even their best hoppy red ale. But it does come in the 6 pack format so it has that going for it unlike Lucky 13 (as far as I'm aware).

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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 beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I haven't had one of these in a couple years, so I was happy to revisit it. But I was bit disappointed. I remember this beer being a lot bolder and fuller. As it is, this is just an average version of the style, perhaps a touch hoppier than some. This isn't a bad beer by any means, but it's not special like I remember. Worth having if you're in the mood for the style, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear polished copper color with a creamy tan/yellow head and a sea of tiny bubbles rising through the body.

S- The smell of light toasted malt with a slight sweetness and a slight dry note to the pale malt after that has some complexity.

T- The taste of toasted malt with a slight sweetness is followed by a slight dry pale malt, like the smell, and a grapefruit bitter earthy hop finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-full with a creamy texture.

D- This beer is smooth and light which makes it pretty drinkable but not to complex.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz stubby bottle. Not sure where or when I came across this one.

A: The ale has a copper color, relatively clear from afar. Up close, there is a significant amount sediment. The floaties have the appearance of orange juice pulp (minus the color, of course). A huge head has left its mark, leaving thick lace all around the glass.

S: The nose is somwhat restrained, showing off a citrusy hop profile with caramel malts.

T: Caramel malts set the stage, creating a sweet flavor that coats the tastebuds and acts as a nice foundation for the hops. As the first wave of maltiness fades, the hops with a citrusy burst of intensity that adds a nice twist to the malts. The hops linger before fading back into the malts at the end of the sip. A decent drink, much better than I remember it being.

M: The mouthfeel is restrained, compared to most Lagunitas ales that I've had. I like the hop bite that pops up midway through.

D: This is a good offering, the taste is mild (relatively speaking). A nice sessioner.

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