Saturday, October 22, 2011
Lagunitas Censored (The Kronic) Rich Copper Ale - The Lagunitas Brewery - Petaluma, CA
Everything from the Lagunitas Brewery screams Craft Brew. All their brews are fun, edgy and a true embodiment of the independence associated with the Craft Beer industry. Tonight, we're sampling The Censored Rich Copper Ale. Why is it censored? According to the legend, the Liquor Board disallowed the name "The Kronic," so Lagunitas sent the same name with "Censored" defacing the old label. As the legend goes, it was approved and now we have this great beer with an equally great name. Here's what the website has to say:
The Censored Rich Copper Ale
The original name of this original ale was originally derived from an origin so heinous that we cannot reveal its aboriginal oregeny. Sorry. Actually, it's an easy drinking malty Copper Ale that goes easy on the hops. Whatever.
The unsubstantiated story about this beer’s name that floats around is that the original name was inspired by the resinous hop aroma of the beer, which reminded the brewers of a certain smokable herb. The name didn’t fly with government regulators, and thus, “Censored.”
The Lagunitas Brewing Company is a brewery founded in 1993 in Lagunitas, California, USA. They are known for iconoclastic interpretations of traditional beer styles, and irreverent descriptive text and stories on their packaging. Lagunitas Brewing's flagship, IPA, is consistently the best-selling IPA in the state of California according to IRI, the widely cited consumer product reporting company.
The brewery was founded in 1993 by Tony Magee in Lagunitas, California and moved a year later to nearby Petaluma, California when they quickly outgrew their original rural West Marin location.
Lagunitas has been one of the fastest-growing craft breweries in the United States, increasing from 27,000 barrels in 2004 to 106,000 barrels in 2010. As of March 2011, the company has 92 employees and sells its beer in 32 states. The brewery announced a $9.5 million expansion slated to begin early 2012 which will increase its brewing capacity to 600,000 barrels.
I knew that with Lagunitas, I was going to get something off of the the beaten path, and with Censored, there was no exception. The pour was thick and syrup-like, but with a nice head bursting with aroma. Hops was not the dominant gene of this fine brew...instead, it was the fruit overtones, with orange, and lemon coming through the strongest. Once it hit the palate, there was a slight bitterness to the brew, but not in an overpowering way. Well balanced, the beer went down easy and with very little bitterness. Seek it out if you can. Impressive...and maybe a little addictive?
8/10 - Addictive?