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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

190 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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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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bryanmetzger

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sad that I can't get anymore of this. Purchased a sixer to go from La Cave du Vin in Cleveland Heights. The ABV is well-hidden and I found this beer to be extremely tasty. The balance between the hops and malt was very good. Wish I had picked up a little more aroma when I poured into a glass, but oh well.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 02:36:46 | More by bryanmetzger
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felipesegundo

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at local big box brew store and was amazed at how well hops ( I mean HOPS) and malt go so well together. I could not drink more than 2 at a time due to the 9.9 ABV, but very enjoyable drink, one to share with friends. You could smell the hops as soon as you opened the bottle, but yet very smooth malt flavor once it hit the palate. It's a shame these are a once a year release, and I cannot wait until the next batch.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 13:59:14 | More by felipesegundo
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isubsmith

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chad for sharing this one.

Appearance: Dark red/orange color with a good head

Smell: Lots of hops - citrus and grass at first. Then, a surprising amount of malt sweetness, until you see the 9.9% abv and it makes some sense.

Taste: Bitter hops but with lots of sweet malt backing it up. Fairly well balanced sweet/bitter.

Mouthfeel: A bit of a carbonation bite, but in a refreshing sort of way.

Drinkability: What's with all of these high alcohol beers being so drinkable? The alcohol is totally hidden. Probably too hoppy for this to be a session beer for me, but an occasional sample would never be bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 12:30:03 | More by isubsmith
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

AppearanceL Pours a hazy amber color with a huge, sturdy head that sticks well and laces beautifully

Smell: Caramel dominates but there is some pine forest, too

Taste: Very malty up front, with loads of caramel that is joined, mid-palate, by some piney bitterness and developing alcohol flavors; after the swallow, it gets quite boozy and that overwhelms the other flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; considerable warmth

Drinkability: I recognize this is past its prime but it had been sitting in my cellar for a while and needed to be consumed; I tried to account that we were moving from an IPA to a barleywine as the hops faded but I was put off by the booziness, nevertheless

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 22:49:43 | More by brentk56
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bort11

Missouri

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

"Oh, it's late. Hey, thanks for the beer."

Courtesy of JohnGalt1 and the Fight Club BIF. I think this one knocked a tooth loose.

22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Solid finger's width of head that has excellent legs. Still keeps a solid cap across the surface for the entire duration. Not much, if any, lacing. Color is a murky caramel brown with coppery orange tinges.

Smell is very malty for an DIPA. Caramel malts are sweet, but put in check by an alcohol warmth. Sweet citrus hops. The taste is like a combination of orange juice and chocolate. Hint of BBQ smoke.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick. Mild fuzzy carbonation. nice hint of a burn. Man, this is nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 02:44:10 | More by bort11
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a medium copper color ale with an average size head with some medium retention and no lacing. Aroma of dry bitter hops is dominating with very subtle caramel malt notes. Taste is also dominated by some dry bitter notes with very little else coming through expect subtle caramel malt. Average body with some medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Definitely not something I would want to have again, I thought this was one-dimensional and the malt profile was also indiscernible and no floral hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 15:49:50 | More by Phyl21ca
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rousee

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have always been a pretty big fan of Lagunitas. We got a ltd release here that has now been retired. It is boozy but I cant say its messy. This is fairly well crafted and it seems to age pretty well.

Taste is boozy phenols with some nice sweet honey and grape or plum aspects. Not too hot with the high abv which is a mark of a fine beer.Its sweet and kind of addictive. They did a good job with this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 03:11:24 | More by rousee
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pershan

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a slightly cloudy copper with virtually no head. A definite hop aroma - piney and fragrant. The taste was a pleasant blend of hop flavor and fruity maltiness, with a fairly subdued hop bitterness at the finish. The alcohol was very nicely masked - a very drinkable beer. Good carbonation and lacing.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2008 15:28:20 | More by pershan
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ojclark

California

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

Copper-colored with very good clarity. Medium light tan, fine head. Big resiny hop aroma with some alcohol and solvent notes. Flavor was inititially very solventy and alcoholic. After the beer warmed and breathed, the solvent notes became far less apparent. Huge, resiny, hoppy, alcohol flavor with a big malt body to support it. Fruity esters and alcohol in the finish along with lots of hop flavor and bitterness. Medium-full body but good carbonation level gave a lighter impression. Nice beer with a funny story behind its creation.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 02:17:46 | More by ojclark
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 8-5-2007. Pours a clear, but pretty dark brown with a good sized crème-ish head. Nose is hopped with an almost cherry edge. Overall it is that sticky, syrupy hopped sweet fragrance that abounds here. Flavor is thick like you would expect the style to be, but not kicking your mouth that hard really. Thick hoppy texture. Pungent and slightly tangy with slight piney hops and a salty aftertaste. Feel has a good liquid body and a good carbonation to it as well. Drinkability is good and I was going to give it a 4.5 because it was going down so smooth, but the salty edge on it just made it a little less pleasant. Overall a good DIPA. Definitely has some solid character, but lacks some balance in some important areas I think. Still worth a shot for sure, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 01:37:54 | More by RblWthACoz
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dsigmon

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite brews by a great company. The beer poured a nice copper to red/orange color with a nice head and lacing.

The smell is of citrus and pine is predominant with undertones of fruit and caramel malt.

Mouth-feel is very bitter and hoppy with the malt backbone gracefully balancing out this DIPA. Very resiny with nice carbonation.

Taste is nothing short of amazing. Very bitter/citrusy at first with the sweetness of the caramel malts there to let you know your palate will be ok. The broad range of flavors continues to develop as this beer warms. Darker fruits develop and the bitterness from the hops become more subtle as things balance out (maybe this is the alcohol starting to take affect).

Amazing beer, one of my favorites and definitely a go to.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 17:19:44 | More by dsigmon
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plaid75

New York

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep murky copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and laving.

The smell featured an upfront sweet caramel malt with a secondary resiny hop.

The taste was equal parts sweet malts and oily hops. Peppery hops held out through the finish. Mild warming alcohol.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a good DIPA, but nothing too exciting. This style is becoming so common now that there is an abundance of average beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 03:47:00 | More by plaid75
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ByTor2112

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Samuel Smith Imperial Pint Glass
Nice big head that lingers and leaves spotty lacing. The color was somewhere between light brown and Copper, Siena even!
Aroma-a deep inhale gets a nice piney hop aroma, and it is almost deceiving as to how wonderfully bitter this brew is going to be.
Mouthfeel- Whoa! This year's version is way hoppier and this time the malt is trying to get past the hop profile that is immediate and constant through to the finish. Thick resiny mouthfeel. Alcohol is present, almost medicinal with the very astringent hop profile. This is bold and aggressive and has more edge than last year's release, IMHO. A good froth elicits some citrus hop flavors and you can get a good feel as to how much malt is actually in this brew as well. This Imp/Dub IPA lest you know right up front that it has something to say. Very bitter and packs a nice malty hit at 9.9%.
Lagunitas has become one of favorite West Coast brews lately and I look forward to enjoying more. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 13:37:42 | More by ByTor2112
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Vancer

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lagunitas – beer brethren, you can’t say enough about this brewery flying under the radar. But I will!

This frosty poured a deep amber, almost mahogany brown, with a most bodacious tan head, that laced the glass ALL the way down. It’s making a mess of the glass, this is exceptional.

Enticing aroma of barley wine; sweet caramel malt. Then the quaff – yummy earthy, viney, then finishing with a taste bud stabbing jab of hops. Top notch, top shelf brew.

Sheesh, whata tasty beer – I’m BUMMED this is a one and done, a classic to be enjoyed by the masses!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 02:11:06 | More by Vancer
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kimcgolf

Georgia

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

I’m just thankful we are finally seeing Lagunitas in Georgia.

This poured to a reddish-orange hue with good carbonation and a thick off-white head that eventually rides the top of the beer as a thick skim and leaves excellent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a hoppy citrus fruit and grass, blended with a hint of malt. Mouthfeel is bitter, tingly and full, with a touch of sugary sweetness. Flavor is a continuation of the hoppy grass and fruit, and the finish is pleasantly bitter, yet offset slightly by the sweet malt.

Another great offering by Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 13:43:41 | More by kimcgolf
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Kendo

New York

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 9/15/07, so I'm guessing this bottle is about 16 mos old. . . .

A: Poured into a Duvel oversized tulip. Body is clear, dark amber with a 1-finger ivory head. Some splotchy lacing on the way down.

S: Juicy, citrusy -- grapefruity and orange peel -- hops with brown sugar and caramel malt sweetness underneath.

T: Starts with a sweet base -- caramel malt, honey-drizzled grapefruit and brown sugar -- that is followed by juicy, citrusy hops. The hops are not overpowering at all, which is to be expected in a beer that's about 1.5 yrs old. Finishes with some alcohol heat at the end of the sip.

M: Well-carbonated. Finishes somewhat gritty at first, but as the palate adjusts, it becomes more creamy.

D: Pretty good.

Notes: This is NOT the "sneak release" re-issue of this beer; it's the original. I believe I bought it in the Fall of 2006 and it's been in my cellar ever since. It seems to have held up pretty well, though I recently bought a bottle of the newer "sneak release" version and I'm planning on drinking it soon. I'm interested in seeing how the fresher bottle compares. . . .

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 21:02:30 | More by Kendo
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle is being reviewed after "retirement". It pours a hazy burnt orange. Small head with great retention. Nice ring lace.

Nice blend of malt/hop but mild.

This is a heavily hoppy beer. The malt from the smell is largely missing in the taste. Relatively thin beer for the style with a high carbonation level. Long hoppy aftertaste.

This is a smooth beer that teeters on the extreme (bitter hop) side. Pleasant enough to drink regularly.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 02:09:29 | More by smcolw
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4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle

Amber color, crystal clear. Large, rocky, light tan head. Good lacing, not much legs (surprisingly given ABV).

Smell of pine, caramel/honey. Herbal/minty, just a bit.

Taste is sweet, malty and caramel at first sip, then, big piney hops kick in. Fruits, peach and maybe some pineapple. Biscuity. Bit of alcohol. Grassy at finish.

Medium + body, almost resiny. Medium carbonation. Fairly dry.

Excellent DIPA, no barleywine confusion despite strong malt backbone. Great price. Another winner from Lagunitas in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 13:36:19 | More by
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athensbeermaster

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't understand why so many beers on this site are under the wrong catagory? on the label they say this beer is a esb. And at 9.9% Maybe call it a dbl. esb? Any way there is way to much malt goodness to be a ipa. This beer is like fullers esb on steroids!
Big spiciness. great herbal qualities, a hefty malt backbone.
a hint of mint and white pepper. This is one of there best 220z. seasonals. I'm sure glad they made it out of trouble with the law!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 21:22:04 | More by athensbeermaster
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-brown body with a foamy, thick off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of lightly toasted grains amidst heavy hop scents of resin, grapefruit, and flowers.

Taste: Sugary caramel sweetness flush against the torrent of hop flavors and bitterness. Pine, grapefruit, and even some freshly-squeezed lemon juice. Finish acidic and bitter with some peppery ethanol lurking in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Sticky, oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Another simplistic strong ale, and though its well priced, it just isn't my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 03:30:41 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear mahogany with a creamy white head and thick sheets of lacing. Very little carbonation.

Aroma is surprisingly understated for a DIPA. Sweet caramel maltiness and leafy fruity esters of generous herbal and citrus hops.

Taste is very balanced but full. Plenty of sugary malt sweetness to match the generous hops bitterness. Definite toasted caramel, brown sugar and an earthy woodiness. Hops are quite green and leafy, but citrus character is much more mild than expected from the nose. Plenty of alcohol burn throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied. Plenty of resinous hop oil.

Tasty, but a little on the sweet side. Surprisingly balanced. An exceptional brew. I would welcome another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 23:41:30 | More by Blakaeris
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RustyDiamond

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised that a second release of this came out...bout locally at Green's. Poured a gorgeous, clear red with a 2f off-white-grayish head into a 20oz fat mug. Caramelly taste with wonderful hops. Dry and sweet hop taste...quite butterscothy malty then dry hop finish. Enjoyed this!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 23:06:31 | More by RustyDiamond
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eyedrinkale and Sinister 2007 for this bottle. I was really hoping to try this beer. Poured a thick brown color with a retentive white head that never quite gave away. Nose is malty and I beleive I am getting some slight sulfur too.

Flavor is more malty than a DIPA usually is. Reminds me more of an English barleywine with its subdued hops. Flavor is even a tad nutty. Alcohol is nicely concealed but there is more heat coming through as it warms. Medium to full body that thickes as the beer warms. Nice after dinner drink--like a nice scotch.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 00:35:56 | More by MuddyFeet
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Reddish copper hue. Thin buff sticky head. Glowing clarity. The beer has legs though it looks thin.

S: Surprisingly, not very strong. It is however well balanced. Nice sublime melding of sweet caramel malt and juicy ruby grapefruit hops. Boozy.

T: Again, not an assaulting taste, which is a nice change up from some double IPAs. Strong grapefruit hop flavor with some sweet malt backing (but not enough). Some alcohol flavors. It is also a little woody.

MF: Smooth. Dry bitter hop finish. Light medium body - probably too light. Very low carbonation. Alcohol warming.

D: An above average sipping double IPA. Would have liked a little more malt balance. I don't find double IPAs particularly sessionable. If you are looking for a beer to relax to and contemplate whatever, you could do a lot worse.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 16:56:53 | More by Nipitato
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really cool to get this in one of my BDAY 07 BIF boxes from Tim. I had been eyeing this on the BA forums forever and really wanted to give it a try, only problem, it is not available anywhere near me, DOH..So after some begging and pleasing I was going to finally setup a trade for this, when it arrived in the box about a week and a half ago. Had it sitting in the fridge waiting for the right moment, which just happened to come out of nowhere last night. Bottle looks fantastic, great back story about how the brewery was shutdown and still managed to keep things going, old fashioned wanted poster type of label, really cool. I love beer that has this kinda look and story to it, anyway enough blabbering, and on towards the beer...

A - Poured a deep dark amber, with lots of reddish hues. Big off white head formed immediatly and then reluctantly settled down to just a thin film of lace that hung accross the top of the glass. Some very nice residual side of the glass lace was left around for the entire duration. Some good streaming carbonation bubbles could be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass, although it was a very mirk and hazy look to it. Very think looking beer, great looking consistency overall.

S - Deep hop smell, this lots of pine resin type of aromas and a decidedly citrus blend of pineapple, orange peel and some lemon and grapefruit mixed in as well. But as it warmed up some nice sugary notes started to co,me out, letting you know there was some definate balance to it. Notes of caramel and a nice all around malty presence balanced it out very nicely. A touch of alcohol was also noticeable as you got into the depth of it, but it was nowhere near overpowring at all.

T - Very bitter, pungent strong double IPA is my first impression. It seemed a little hot with the alcohol at first, but this calmed down significantly as I got further into it. Lots of citrus hops were the biggest player here, but t was also layered very well with the a nice balance of sugar and caramel in the back. A slightly earthy tone could be picked up twoards the end of the session. The alcohol was blended, however was still very noticeable, this might calm down with some time, it was not distracting at all though, just enough to remind you it was a sipper.

M - Very smooth, and clean. Had a nice carbonation that really let the flavors pop as you sipped it. Very long aftertaste, very dry and very bitter. Awesome. This was not thin in the least, nor was it oily or too thick. Just about right, really let the flavors work it out for themselves.

D - Very very nice. This was definatly a sipper though. There will be no chugging of this one. if you like complex hoppy IPA typle flavors, this has you written all over it.Not a gulper by any means, but it was a hardcore sipper, and damn enjoyable that way...


Overall this was a really, really good brew. Much more complex then just a straight Double IPA, this had alot of balance and character to it. Definatly fit to be an anniversary beer, and another gem from lagunitas. They just keep getting better. If this were available locally I would have a ton of it!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 00:43:45 | More by mikesgroove
12th Anniversary Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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