Cross promotion is a beautiful thing. Wait, no it isn’t. Usually you’re just sold the same old thing you could buy anyways, but now it has been marked up 10% and labeled as “limited edition.” Now, this corporate trend has come to Sonoma county brewing.
Lagunitas Brewing and local radio station 95.9 “The Krush” have teamed up for Lagunitas’ Americana Ale. This is a specially bottled version of their year-round brew Censored Ale (also known as the Kronik). Lagunitas calls this a Copper ale, and it’s a fairly easy drinking amber-ish beer. In honor of Americana Ale, I am specially packaging this review of Censored Ale as written by Buckeye Nation on Beer Advocate.
Rich copper, as noted on the label, although there’s a significant oranginess to the beer as well. The tangerine-tinted ecru cap of dense, creamy foam flatters the glass with abstract patterns of thick lace. The nose is surprisingly weak and smells of modestly spiced caramel malt. I thought that this was going to be a full-throttle aroma and flavor bomb, but the nose at least has dropped the ball. It isn’t bad mind you, but Censored conjurs up images of lusty wantonness, not ‘showing a little leg’.
The flavor regains some respect, but is also a bit tame. I taste sweet caramel and maple syrup with a thin overlay of citric hops. It’s flavorful enough I suppose, but favors the low end of the American strong ale spectrum with regards to taste bud saturation. The smooth, rounded body/mouthfeel is medium in heft with a feint toward full.
Censored initially struck me as somewhat of a letdown. Once I recalibrated, however, I was able to appreciate it for what it is; namely, a drinkable strong ale that is unthreatening enough for all comers to enjoy. It is coming into its own with warming and I’m enjoying the bottom half of the bottle more than the top half. Or maybe it’s the 7.7% ABV talking.
Serving type: bottle
Since Buckeye did the heavy lifting, I decided to tune into “The Krush” to see what Roots music might be. It’s a little bluesy, a little funky, and a lot more mellow than I expected. Kind of an adult easy listening with a touch of soul. Very much a Sonoma County 40-something station. When I grew up in MOnterey county, we had a similarly described station called KPIG. The pig advertised itself as an American, soulful station, and had a much harder edge than The Krush.
The way I see it, The Pig was angry blues men and rowdy hillbillies drinking beers together, with the possibility of a fight breaking out at any moment. The Krush is a bit more like the festival music that you might hear at a wine festival, enough soul and rhythm to get the crowd to dance, but not going to offend anyone or get the blood a-boilin’. This shouldn’t be surprising as the station is named “The Krush” after all.
So the beer is nothing new, and the station isn’t really my kind of thing, but if you want a bottle of censored Ale in a 22 oz bomber, then grab one. Thankfully there’s no price markup for the special label.