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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 mscudder
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Pours amber with a small light head. Nothing too special going on here.

S - Very soft on the nose. The most prominent aroma is of some warm biscuits followed by a bit of sweetness. Behind this there are some earthy scents; some yeast and a minimal amount of caramel.

T - A bit of everything here, all in subtle, conservative quantities. A bit of apple sweetness, some light hop bitterness, and even some malts to make it more complex. The end of the brew has some notes of toffee and tea, which I find very nice and make this highly drinkable. For a red, this is just a damn good beer.

M - At first this presents itself with a fairly large creamy body, but it dissipates quite quickly. Leaves a milky-like feeling behind. Carbonation is pretty good, enhancing the beer with a little extra pop.

O - For the style, Lagunitas has produced yet another fine beer. The ABV is beautifully hidden. This is among the best in the style, and while subtle, this beer certainly is worth some attention. Its complexity is unique and when you are seeking a light, non-lager for the evening, I cannot see one going wrong with a few of these.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lelampp
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Radome
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 2.0- Beer was medium amber color with strong red highlights. Moderate white head and lots of large bubbles coating the glass on initial pour. It was very clear but seemed to have some opaque particles suspended in it. It did not seem bottle conditioned, so the particles put me off a bit.

Aroma - 4.5 - Strong aroma of sweet malt and American hops. Very appetizing.

Flavor - 4.0 - Excellent balancing act. There is a backbone of hops bitterness along with equal parts hops flavor and malt roundness. A hint of alcohol adds some complexity.

Mouthfeel - 4.0 - Moderate body along with light carbonation. Fits the flavor experience very well.

Overall Drinkability - 4.0 - A great session beer with wonderful balance. Not very visually appealing due to the strange protein particles, but perhaps there was something wrong with the bottle I had.

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Photo of sloelco
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Ssippisam
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hypersomnia
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zetcha7x
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a reddish copper color. good clarity. a finger or so of a tannish head

Smell: toasty grains, citrusy hops and a pronounced caramel taste

Taste: opens up with a mixture of caramel malts and toasted malts. hops are low and slightly citrusy. has an irony/coppery metallic taste.

Mouthfeel: pretty light. a metallic like bitterness is left behind that can sometimes be off putting

Overall: a decent beer but falls short of what i expect of lagunitas.

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Photo of mpenske
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a short stout 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is dark orange amber, with good carbonation. The head is a smallish off white/tan color, one finger and foamy.

The smell is buttery and piney

The taste follows, creamy, buttery, and piney, Quite pleasant and very quenching.

The Mouthfeel is very good. good carbonation the body is excellent and the brew is very refreshing.

The drinkability in Very good also. this is one you could session quite easily. Prosit MK

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Photo of civicm87
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Kevincredible
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of PopnLoads
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of RyanK252
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into BarrelHouse Brewing pint glass

A: As promised it pours a coppery amber. A little agitation produces a bit of head that fades quickly.

S: I get toasty malty sweetness, floral hops, and what I could swear was a little almost Belgian yeast like funk.

T: Very malt forward which given the source caught me off guard. Earthy with some caramel malty sweetness, a little floral and resin hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium to heavy body with medium carbonation

O: Probably not my favorite from Lagunitas, but not terrible.

* Edit after tryin fresh on draft at the Lagunitas brewery in Petaluma

Completely different beer fresh. Citrus and pine hops come out nicely both in nose and taste to counter the malt; much more balanced, maybe even a bit hop forward. Lighter, cleaner, much more enjoyable.

All I can figure is I originally got my hands on an older bottle that hadn't fared well. Lesson learned, this one doesn't age well, drink it fresh and enjoy.

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Photo of jwps214
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of leinie13
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date noticed. O.G. 1.065 I.B.U. 25.08 is listed.
It pours a dull sanded copper color with a good-sized off-white head and some sticky patchy and trailing lacing.
It has a light earthy horse stall smell, followed by a whiff of discarded citrus peels. An off smell reminiscent of a penny jar comes to mind.
A sweet caramel and doughy malt taste soon gives way to an edgy citrus and slightly metallic hop bite. As it warms, the flavors begin to meld into a more balanced, smooth mix. A warming alcohol is noticed in the brain before it begins to encroach on the breath. This can be a dangerous thing if you're not careful!

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper, small white head around the edges.

Smells of sweet malt, and a little molasses not a whole lot of aroma on this one.

Tastes like light caramel malty very drinkable beer. Very light hop presence, low to medium mouthfeel and a good overall amber ale. Would be able to put a few of these down and I do not think they would be offensive to the uneducated beer drinker who tends to lear towards budweiser.

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Photo of hiphopj5
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Ardeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of gcamparone
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased at Nikki's liquors in north providence ri.

A- pours an amber , slightly hazy body with a medium 2" head that leaves some sticky lacing.

S- I'm straining to get a good whiff,but I'm getting some light citrus hoppiness, bread, lightly toasted malt aromas.

T- light caramel malt upfront which fades to a piny hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue for a while. Reminiscent of an autumn ale or pale ale.

M- kind of thick, medium low carbonation.

This brew is all over the place. Its closer to a pale ale. Good balance but I could only handle a few given the consistency. Worth a try nonetheless.

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Photo of Theogre83
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of MastaShonuf
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very robust head which seems to want to make me wait. The head is slightly off-white with hints of yellow while the body is a medium to dark amber that appears medium when held up to the light. Good lacing is left behind.

Nose- Not much from the glass but the bottle shows a bit of caramel mixed with grain. Tiny bit of citrus (I would say lemon) but not something most would catch. I'm not even sure I smell it. But my nose might not be working so well at the moment. Swirling shows a bit of sourness to the grain that is present.

Taste- Starts off with the same lemon of the nose and moves in to a mix of light caramel which is mixed with a light bitterness. Some hints of spice. All of this pretty clean but also pretty boring. At the moment, it seems to lack both complexity and presence. Some malts that taste mostly of grain, cereal, and a receding caramel. Lots of balance but nothing that stands out. Touch of rye probably describes the spice adequately. At times, it flirts with complexity but never really does. This is not a bad beer but it is a safe beer. Touch of wood (pine) at the end. Very sessionable. No heat despite the relaxed profile.

Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied. At bit thicker than would expect. A little bit of zip at the end but at the lower end of carbonation for the style.

Drinkability- Very easygoing. Otter Creek Copper was one of my first go to beers and I think this is probably even cleaner and more crisp than that beer. Standard Lagunitas prices. Not an amazing beer but I will buy this again. Doesn't hurt that it's almost 7%.

Overall- Above average, almost good beer. I like its accessibility but it is a little boring. It's a drinking beer more than a sipping beer. Worth a try. I know I will keep buying it from time to time.

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