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12th Anniversary Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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12th Anniversary Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale12th Anniversary Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale

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very good

190 Ratings

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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This is the original recipe version.

(Beer added by: krberg on 05-01-2006)
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Reviews by ccrida:
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3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my Stoudt's APA shaker pint, the Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale is a clear, dark copper color with a very tall, burnt white head that is in fact tough to keep in check on the pour. It is creamy and slow to subside, leaving a very sticky, bubbly lace, that damn near crystallizes to the glass, enough that you can see it under the beer of the next pour.

The smell is nice but not at all what I was expecting from a Lagunitas DIPA. It is malty with subdued herbal hops, mint perhaps, but none of that pungent citrus I've become accustomed to. As it warms, it picks up more punch, but is still not very west coast. The alcohol asserts it's presence the more it warms as well, sweet and clean, as well as some fruity yeast esters. There's also a weird bit of sourness as it warms that is unlike any of the common brewing bacteria or anything I've smelled in a beer before. It is not bad nor dominant, but the funk is noticeable and adds to the depth of the nose.

The taste is pretty hot and boozy, and while clean, it dominates. The Shut-down ale is also extremely bitter. Or as it says on the label, "Especially Bitter Ale". In fact, I assume they were going for a Double ESB, not a DIPA as the first reviewer apparently categorized this. Beyond the booze and bitters is sweet bready malt, demerara and berry fruit, mainly grape. For the 2nd half of the 2nd glass in bottle, it is more balanced, I'm not sure if it's the warming of the beer or my palate numbing to the strong booze and bitterness. Either way, patience is rewarded, as I definitely enjoyed that last bit the most.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for so rich a beer, with a foamy creaminess from the carbonation.

This is moderately drinkable. At first, I was not too impressed, in spite of the difference in style from what I was expecting from Lagunitas. But by the end, I was thinking I could go for another pint. Another bomber, at 9.28% (as stated on my 'sneak release' reissue label), would have been too much, at least for a week night.

This is interesting and worth a try, but could use more work. I'm sure it would have been better at 8% ABV, or maybe a lower fermentation temp (although it's not really fuselly, just boozy). I wonder how it compares to the first release for the anniversary? In any case, I'd like to try more DESBs - the maltiness of a wee heavy, and american use of hops...hell yeah!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 03:29:33 | More by ccrida
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice deep mahogany with burnt sienna hues in the light. Nice white piling cap that lasted and laced all over. The aroma is of caramel, pine, bit of herbal tea, honey, and hints of grapefruit. The flavor is of the above but also develops a mild hint of toffee as it warms. This almost has an English barleywine tone to it, which is both surprising and pleasant. A very delicious, well made beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle side poured into tulip. NOT RETIRED!!!

A- Deep brown copper colored with A fluffy fingers worth head.

S- A dance of hop and malt dominate the nose with sweet overtones.

T- Taste picks up where the nose leads and leaves off. Big hops bite at first sip and finish very sweet and rich of malt. Not overly dry, nicely balanced.

M- Medium- full bodied ale but not syrupy as I have commonly found in ales this sweet.

O- I'm so glad they brewed this ale again. I remember is being a lot hoppier from the last time I had it but I am certainly not complaining. I am going to have to agree with reviewers past. It is a stretch to classify this as a DIPA/IIPA as it is a bit on the malty side of things. All this considered, great story that's associated with this product. Would buy again and again. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 00:06:25 | More by AndyP612
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12-05-2012 04:26:46 | More by solarbeers
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-04-2012 02:30:58 | More by 99firehawkman
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very clear light copper/medium amber. An aggressive pour produces a light tan head about a finger high, which leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Piney, citrus and spicy hops aroma with a fair amount of caramel aroma. There is a thick spicy sweetness that reminds me of a scotch ale.

Taste: Piney and spicy, I’d almost say there is some rye in there from the spiciness but that could be from the hops or fermentation. There's a lot of hops bitterness but there is a good amount of sweetness in front but not overwhelming. The hops bitterness and flavor linger into a very long and enjoyable finish

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with light carbonation. There is a bit of warmth and little slickness which do not take away from the enjoyment of the beer.

Overall Impression: A very good beer that doesn’t quiet fit the DIPA category. I’d love to see this made with rye and a little more carbonation.

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3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks to be highly carbonated, with a multitude of bubbles coming out of solution. The head of a restrained pour was about 1" tall of light beige. The beer itself poured a light brown with brilliant clarity.

Aroma: Thick malt sweetness with hints of lemon, pine, and another distinct aroma that I can't quite name. Sweet tree sap?

Flavor: Deep hop bitterness causes and immediate bite up front until it is quickly followed up by syrupy sweet malt and caramel. Bitterness remains throughout the drink, which finishes wet and hoppy.

MF: Big and syrupy with a very nice warming alcohol touch.

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4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted May 13th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a Pint Glass

A - redish/copper transparent, one finger off white head and some lacing

S - sweet yeast, fruity, bright malt, alcohol, sweet hops, slight bitterness and a slight grass and citrus

T - alcohol, hoppy, sweet yeast, citrus, floral, sweet malt and a caramel or molasses

M - chewy, huge profile, medium low acidity and a long finish

D - goes down like water even at almost 10%. big sweet and medium bitter. Well balanced

Final thought - got to get a sixer or four every year this seasonal comes out

Serving type: on-tap

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4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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S: caramel malts, grapefruit and resiny pine.
T: saa. Medium sweet caramel malts and a nice smooth somewhat spicy hop bitterness.
M: just over medium body. Would like a touch more co2.
O: very reminiscent of double jack and hoptimum.

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05-16-2011 01:30:19 | More by MrMcGibblets
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4.97/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

F*ck You.. this beer is good. real good. no beer snob here. Just a hardcore IPA head. This one was legendary in status. Longest lingering aftertaste of all time and it was lavender.. silky smooth..
Sweet, mighty tasty DIPA. Better than Maximus. Closest in taste and quality of Double Jack by Firestone..

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 04:51:41 | More by challenja
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4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a BANG for the Buck! $8.99 a sixer I imediatly grabbed 3 of them(didn't have any more $$) Anyhow... turned out to be a great brew, kind of gots a scotch ale/barleywine flavor to it but not bad at all.Like others have stated could of used another dowsing of hops but there is something tasty about this brew that just keeps you wanting another.Be careful while partaking though... this one could potentially Shut YOU Down!

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12th Anniversary Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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