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By The Professor JW Faulkner – @EngProfJW
Remember when rap was awesome and you flashed those stupid hand signals as you shouted “East Coast” or “West Side”? This weekend’s brew harks back to the good ol’ days of rap, days of 2 Live Crew, Public Enemy, Biggie, Tupac, CB4 and NWA. And just like the Parental Advisory labels those groups had to deal with, this beer’s name was deemed too close to a marijuana reference by the feds, the brewery slapped a huge “Censored” label — one big enough that would even make Tipper Gore proud — over the original label. And the name stuck. This weekend, one of the best malty ales on the market, Lagunitas Censored Copper Ale, is What’s on Tap.
Located in Lagunitas, California, just north of San Francisco, Lagunitas Brewing is the six largest (in terms of sales) craft brewery in the United States. What I love about this brewery is the variation of their beers. And regardless of style, all of Lagunitas’ seasonal and year-round brews are as unique as they are tasty. Unlike many copper or amber ales, Censored is low hops but high on malt content. This might make one think it’s a beer that has more of a niche drinkership than one with universal appeal; but despite its low hoppy bitterness, it is a beer both hop lovers and malt lovers enjoy.
Censored Ale is a brew that has sweet roasted notes in both taste and smell that combine with earthy flavors of roasted malts, nuts, caramel and a hint of pine. You might even get a very slight hint of hops and citrus taste but nothing that overpowers your palate. I recommend drinking Censored with a nice medium rare skirt steak or, as the temperature starts to turn cold, a bowl of chili. Tonight I am enjoying Censored Copper Ale with a perfectly cooked prime rib, and it is as fantastic as it sounds. I also recommend you pop on The Chronic and let Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang wash over you.
Alcohol by Volume: 6.70%
Hop Bitterness (IBU’s): 35
Color (SRM): Amber / Dark Copper