Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Lagunitas Brewing Company - Censored (The Kronik)

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass

Whether the beer's decidedly banal, but underhandedly provocative name is a marketing stunt or not, I approve. The beer's color lives up to its subtitle "Rich Copper Ale" with the coppery body holding a fine yeast suspension. The head is a medium-sized white foam with a creamy consistency. The malts of the beer carry a caramel sweetness, doughy bread, and vanilla. A hint of alcohol sneaks its way in, but subsides gently to a vague nutty aroma.

The mouthfeel is satin with a light crispness, but a prevailingly smooth tone. The beer is high on it's maltiness. Despite the prominent grain profile, the toasted sweetness is held in check. The flavors are earthy and gritty, tempered slightly by hints of mild, dried apricots. The bittering is gentle. The hops here are clear, but understated. This is a very unique and highly delicious Amber Ale worth checking out.

Final Verdict: A

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