Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Lagunitas does some fine beers - and this one just looked intriguing with the big black bar covering the label (stupid marketing working its magic on me! Sorcery!). So, I grabbed a bottle of the Lagunitas Censored Rich Copper Ale and popped it open to see if those highly paid marketing folks bamboozled me or not.

Fortunately for Lagunitas, the beer actually looks like what it's called. The brew is a slightly cloudly copper color with a foamy white head. Nothing spectacular, but nothing bad. There is some light floral hops and refreshing malt aroma. Sweet caramel, malt, and a medium body that goes down very smooth and coats your mouth well. Not much bitterness in this on (only 25 IBUs). I found it tasty and good for mixed company. I enjoyed the fact that it was a relatively simple beer done right, rather than an overtly complex one that came out bad.

Appearance - 3.5/5.0 - slighty cloudy copper color, light white head
Smell - 3.5/5.0 - lightly floral, malt smell, refreshing
Taste - 4.0/5.0 - caramel, sweet, medium body, malt bite at the end
Feel - 3.5/5.0 - light and refreshing, smooth
Drinkability - 4.0/5.0 - tasty, good mid range beer, good for mixed company

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