Tasting Notes: Dry Hopped Censored Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company

LagunitasCensoredPour1000For this edition of Tasting Notes, we ease into the workweek with a little help from the “kroniky krunk” Dry Hopped Censored Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, California).

Born out of a happy accident, the aptly named Dry Hopped Censored Ale entered this world as a normal batch of the classic Censored Ale and was then given new dimension when it was unintentionally “brightened up with a generous dry-hopping of Centennial, Chinook, Simcoe, and Citra hops” meant for another tank.  Being the laid back, cool kids that they are, the folks at Lagunitas decided to roll with this “mistake” and ultimately discovered that the additional hops supplied a pleasant bite to the beer’s “malty, roasty, and deceptively smooth” character.  It was so good that they eventually brewed more and sent Dry Hopped Censored Ale out as a Limited Release.  This tasty little number is available now for a limited time in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles at select craft beer retailers located in Alabama, Florida, California, Illinois and throughout the rest of Lagunitas Brewing Company’s distribution network.

Now that we have cleared our way through the background information, let’s get an uncensored look at this brew with some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Dry Hopped Censored Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company

Appearance:  This brew pours a caramel laced amber in color and has over a finger of slightly off-white foam resting on top.  When held to a light source, deep orange tones push through to create a vibrant copper look.  The beer is completely clear and displays a bountiful carbonation presence streaming within.  The head has fantastic retention and coats the glass with some seriously chunky lace patterns.

Aroma: The dry-hopping has worked wonders here as the aromatics lead with incredibly inviting notes of citrus (aromas of orange peel and grapefruit) and floral hops. That hop presence does soften a bit to expose a lightly sweet malt character of caramel, honey, and toasted bread.

Taste:  The malts take point in this department and treat the taste buds to notes of lightly roasted grain, caramel, toffee and just a slight undercurrent of chocolate.  The hops advance at the perfect moment and balance the experience out with floral tones, resinous pine, grapefruit, passion fruit, and a touch of earthiness.

Mouthfeel:  On the lighter side of medium in body with a bright carbonation, this beer is just a touch creamy in texture but retains an incredibly easy drinking nature.  Sublimely balanced and clean, this experience teeters gracefully between sweet and hoppy/bitter on the palate.  The ABV is deceptive for 6.7%, and it drinks like a much smaller beer.  Aftertaste leaves behind some notes of pine and caramel.

Final Thoughts:  Dry Hopped Censored Ale is a happy accident indeed as its dry-hop addition is dialed in to perfectly interlace with the malty goodness that was lying in wait within the original Censored.  The piney and citrusy hops are definitely there, but the toffee and caramel-filled malt notes are still allowed to step forward and own an equal share of the overall experience.  This beer’s balance is a thing of beauty and it results in a dangerously drinkable brew that simply should not be missed.  Make sure you get your hands on some Dry Hopped Censored Ale before its Limited Release runs its course.  Prost!



Lagunitas Brewing Adds Sumpin’ Easy to Year-Round Lineup

LagunitasSumpinEasytapLagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, California) has announced that it will soon introduce Sumpin’ Easy Ale as the newest addition to its line of Unlimited Releases.

Arriving as a smaller sibling to Lagunita’s A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale, Sumpin’ Easy Ale is meant to “dip beneath the flotsam of categories.”  It doesn’t really matter whether you call it an American Pale Ale or a Pale Wheat Ale or whatever. This offering just wants to be a “hop-forward beer expressed in a moderate voice.” With a soul made up of “a healthy dose of 2-row malted barley, a bit of wheaty-esque-ish-ness and loads of Ekuanot hops”, Sumpin’ Easy reaches its goals by rocking the quiet confidence of “a super smooth and velvety ale [that has] a fruit and resin-y- finish like biting into a freshly picked peach.”  All in all, you can expect the 5.7% ABV Sumpin’ Easy to be “pale, cold, slightly alcoholic, and bitter.”

Lagunitas Brewing Company claims that Sumpin’ Easy Ale will officially release “soon-ish”, but check-ins on Untappd and other beer reviewing sites seem to indicate that this brew has at least started a soft rollout.  Once it does fully release, you can expect to find this Year-Round available in 12-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, Illinois, Washington and throughout the rest of Lagunitas Brewing’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Sumpin’ Easy Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round/Unlimited, launching somewhere around late December 2017 and January 2018
Style – American Pale Ale/Pale Wheat Ale
ABV – 5.7%
IBUs – 50.8
Featured Hops – Ekuanot
Availability – 12-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft

Lagunitas Brewing and Buffalo Wild Wings Partner on Fandom Ale Release

fandomaleCreated as the ultimate craft beer pairing for wings and sports, Fandom Ale (Fusion XXXIX) from Lagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, California) is a limited release offering currently available nationwide at all Buffalo Wild Wings locations.

In an effort to constantly improve and provide guests with the best experience possible, the Buffalo Wild Wings team recently surveyed patrons to better understand what beer options they most enjoy while visiting the restaurant.  The results: “guests showed they enjoy balanced, easy-drinking beers with full flavor, specifically wheat beers and pale ales.”  The restaurant shared their findings with the folks at Lagunitas Brewing Company, and it was then decided that the brewery could put this information to work in the creation of the 39th installment in their Fusion Series, Fandom Ale.  Dark golden in color, this offering is a full-flavored hybrid of the American Wheat Beer and American Pale Ale styles.  The beer’s citrus aromatics and balanced malt presence and hop notes have been carefully crafted to be the perfect combination to stand “up to hot, spicy wings without overpowering the palate.” At just 5.5% ABV, the easy-drinking Fandom Ale can be enjoyed either as an accompaniment to your favorite meal at Buffalo Wild Wings or on its own while watching the game.

“Everything we do, from our food to beverages and in-restaurant viewing experience, is for our love of the sports fan,” said Todd Kronebusch, vice president of guest innovation at Buffalo Wild Wings. “We’re upping our game in craft beer innovation by offering this limited release from Lagunitas Brewing Company, which was designed with the sports fan in mind.”


“Fandom Ale is the 39th of our ‘Fusion’ craft beers, a special series in which we brew unique recipes in batches with very special limited releases that reflect a true fusion of the creativity and ideas of our brand,” said Karen Hamilton, director of communications for Lagunitas Brewing Company. “We worked to come up with something approachable, interesting and fun for sports fans. We’re excited that Fandom Ale will be the first Fusion to be distributed to every state in the country.”

Fandom Ale is available now on draft at all Buffalo Wild Wings locations in the United States.  This beer is only available for a limited time, so be sure to order one up the next time you cheer your team to victory at your local Buffalo Wild Wings.  Prost!

Vital Information for Fandom Ale (Fusion XXXIX) from Lagunitas Brewing Company

Release – Limited, Fusion Series, exclusively at Buffalo Wild Wings locations beginning November 2016
Style – Hybrid of American Wheat Beer & American Pale Ale
ABV – 5.5%
Availability – Draft
Buffalo Wild Wings Locator – https://www.buffalowildwings.com/en/locations/