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Judge's Review: 93 Rating - Dry-Hopped CENSORED by Lagunitas Brewing Co.

February, 2018
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Dry Hopped CENSORED from Lagunitas Brewing is being evaluated as an American Amber Ale (Category 19A) from the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

This beer pours an inviting light copper color with brilliant clarity, and an off-white head that persists throughout the entire glass. The aroma greets the drinker with a moderate floral and resiny hop character, with a backbone of grainy base malt and support from light caramel and light berry esters. The overall hop character shines through nicely in the aroma as expected from a dry-hopped beer. The flavor showcases a soft, easy-drinking beer with moderate floral and slightly resiny hop flavor and a firm hop bitterness that creates a very refreshing finish. Light berry esters make an appearance mid-palate along with a light bready, grainy maltiness and a hit of caramel. The hop bitterness is lingering but smooth.   

This is a well-brewed American Amber Ale that is both flavorful and refreshing, with the dry-hopped character elevating the hop aroma and creating a more intriguing beer that would pair well with pizza or pretty much whatever you have sitting in front of you.