Thursday, April 4, 2013

Lagunitas Censored

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (845) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 4, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no discernible freshness date. It cost $2.65 ($0.22 per ounce).

Appearance: Beautiful copper/brick red hue. Mostly clear with a slight haze. Forms a large, off-white, foamy head which retains and laces very well.

Smell: Darker malt aroma. Hints of honey and grass.

Taste: I tend to associate Lagunitas with hoppy beers, so their "Censored Rich Copper Ale" (formerly known as "The Kronik") really took me by surprise. It’s an amber ale that pretty much epitomizes what I expect in the style. There’s plenty of malty sweetness without going overboard. It’s actually rather British-centric in its approach.

Slightly biscuity, slightly bready, slightly toffee in the first half of the palette. A gradual transition to dry bitterness on the back end, with a somewhat starchy or cracker-like taste and character as well. There’s a hint of brown sugar or red apple, but that could be my imagination. Regardless, it’s a good beer all around but nothing particularly exciting or innovative. Had they actually brewed this in the California style (you know - hopped the hell out of it), it may have been excellent.

Drinkability: I definitely have to give credit to Lagunitas Censored for being so drinkable. The well-balanced palette makes it easy to drink, especially considering the mouthfeel is soft, smooth and medium-bodied. I wouldn’t consider it refreshing, though, as there is noticeable dryness in the aftertaste. But at 6.75% ABV it doesn’t seem to be as strong or heavy as that number might indicate, which makes it’s tempting to drink in larger quantities. 
Grade: 7/10