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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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191 Ratings

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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:
Beer added by: krberg on 05-01-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This is the original recipe version.
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Ratings: 191 | Reviews: 174
Photo of SenorBeaver
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good for such a high alcohol content. It is like a cross between a barley wine and a double IPA. It is sweeter than the doubles or Imperials that I like, and the body is more thick. It is hoppy, but not as hoppy as I like... I like insane hoppy it is about 3/4 to the level I enjoy.

If they jacked up the hopps a bit and found a way to thin the body just a hair... the beer would be perfect.

Photo of bryanmetzger
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of felipesegundo
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of isubsmith
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
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

Photo of bort11
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Photo of rousee
3.94/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of pershan
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of ojclark
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
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.

Photo of dsigmon
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of ByTor2112
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

Photo of Vancer
4.51/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

Photo of kimcgolf
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Kendo
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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. . . .

Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of
4.3/5  rDev +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.

Photo of athensbeermaster
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of Blakaeris
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of Nipitato
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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