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

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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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Photo of MiScusi
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lucky Baldwin's Lagunitas Fest

Pours a deep amber, reddish, with a nice head 3 finger head you don't normally see on a DIPA. Smell is of pretty pungent fresh piney hops, as well as an abundance of caramel malt. The taste has a great balance between these two flavors. Plenty of hops to make it a DIPA, and a good amount of malt, though not too much to make it syrupy. It is fairly sticky though, but a fairly easy drinker as well. Close to an Imperial Red I would say. A very good Imperial IPA.

MiScusi, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of bigdeuce
1.75/5  rDev -56%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

After pouring a nice craggy head and leaving some lacing down the glass, this one disappointed me. All I can taste is alcohol and lots of it!! Has some hops in it, without a doubt, but they are overly dominant and it was very metallic. Maybe the bottle was too new, I don't know. I don't think I'll try this one again even though, it was nicely priced.

bigdeuce, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of bashiba
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep clear copper/amber color with lots of carbonation running thoughout and thick and fluffy tan head, great retention and lacing.

Smell fresh and green with a great strong hop odor and a touch of sourdough bread.

Flavor is full of big bready and toasty malts and a good strong juniper and pine hop punch. Has a touch of sweet alcohol poking through, but overall is very bitter.

Mouthfeel is thick and oily, almost leaving a film on my tongue, the flavor seems to last forever.

A Very drinkable big bitter beer, will be stocking up on this one, its a winner.

bashiba, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, deep amber color with a good size tan head that settled down to a layer, leaving good lacing.

S - initial nose is hops, but as I sniff more, I'm smelling a sweet caramel type malt.

T - very well balanced brew, sweet malts/bitter hops, abv is only detected after the beer warms up. Burps are all hops.

M - medium bodied, mild carbonation.

D - good, drinkable DIPA. Be careful of the 9.9% abv.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean copper/ amber color with a white head. In the aroma, a small amount of grapefruity sweetness. In the taste, a smooth maltiness and a small bitterness. It is also a bit sweet. Smooth and sweet leaving a small hop aftertaste. It hides the ABV. One of my favorites.

OWSLEY069, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of blitz134
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recently arrived in Georgia, probably a little late if compared to its orginial release date. Oh well...glad to have it.

Nice, clear dark caramel color. Nearly white head on top, one inch thick initially but reduced to a scumy layer but left fingers of lace as it reduced.

Sugary, caramel, sweet bread malt aroma. Floral sweet hops with a touch of pine sap.

Flavor is the sweet bread malts and caramel. Pine resin and grassy sweet hops. A bit of biting alcohol. Just some resin lingering in the finish. Similar really to some of Lagunitas' other beers, their Lucky 13th comes to mind. Kind of American strong ale in character, but a bit unbalanced towards the hops.

Thinnish mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Flavor lingers for a bit but eventually leaves. Overall pretty drinkable. A decent beer but the alcohol notes and lean to the unbalanced in the flavor limits it.

blitz134, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of dgallina
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce brown bottle, approximately 1 year old when sampled.

Pours transparent copper with thin film of off-white head, sheer lace. Smells rich and heavily hopped; brown sugar, cinnamon, and biscuit malts with pine needle, grapefruit, and orange hop foundation. Flavor is in-line with aroma; sugary malts in the background with unsubtle pine and orange up front. Finish is blazingly alcoholic. Huge heavy and creamy body. A few mouth-fulls become heady rapidly. Altogether over-the-top. Difficult to finish due to the extreme heft and alcohol presence.

dgallina, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of jmz62565
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a large tan foamy head. The head lasts forever and leaves great lacing.Very nice looking. The smell is nice and pungent with hints of brown sugar,alcohol,and sweet malt. The taste is full of carbonation with citrus hops,sweet malt,"bisquity" bread yeast, and an aftertaste of bitter hops. Not bad,but nothing great. The m/f is medium with the flavors not mixing all that well making this beer a little of balanced. Not a bad beer,but I really expected a little better offering.

jmz62565, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of Cresant
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Stone IPA glass. No date. The clear body was a rich golden-amber color. With a vigorous pour the head was very large and left a moderate amount of lace on the way down.

Smell was citrus oil hopiness. Leafy. Bready, wheat crust sweetness.

Taste was hops oils and polite bitterness. Well hidden alcohol. Sweetness vacilated with bitterness in the mouth. There was a long bittering finish. However, I'm guessing the hops have mellowed since this was first released. Unfortunately this one is rather well-balanced.

Mouthfeel was smooth but had an alcohol sizzle. Full bodied.

Cresant, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of SilentSabre
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a really nice DIPA that I feel drinks well below its abv. My bottle says 9,28% abv vs. the 9,90% stated here. This poured a really nice copper bronze colour with a gorgeous, thick, pillowy head that slowly receeded and left nice craggy pits. This is really a pretty beer. Perhaps I just got lucky and poured it perfectly.
Smell is almost all hops, herbaceous, piney hops. Taste has some sweet malts and then, of course, flips sharply 180 degrees and is very hoppy and very bitter. My favourite American DIPA is still Great Divide Hercules, but this is a damn fine DIPA, as well.

SilentSabre, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of jaxon53
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce bottle. Poured a deep copper amber color that had nice clarity. About a finger and a half of bone white head formed in the glass. Head dissapeared almost immediately into a thin ring of lace around the glass. Left little to no lace in the glass. Smell was hoppy , fruity , somewhat bready and bitter. Flavors of hops, caramel, sweet malt, citrus fruit, some spicey peppery notes and just a hint of warm alcohol. Medium bodied mouthfeel was rather smooth, thick and seems to be pretty well balanced but maybe just a tad watery. Moderately carbonated. Drinkability was pretty good.

jaxon53, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In the glass this is a clear very darkly amber colored ale bordering on brown. Head is white and quite good for a beer of this strength.

The smell is sweet and quite strong with a spicy alcohol aroma. Lots of pine and spruce aroma. Cedar, lemon and a little bit of tropical fruit rounds out the scent profile of this beer.

The taste begins neutral to just slightly sweet with a restrained woody flavor and a touch of lingering bitterness. There is a fair amount of melon and woody flavor here and the taste is more subtle than you would expect. This becomes a little sweeter as you drink it and a mild grapefruit and pine flavor develops.

The mouthfeel is good.

This is probably more drinkable than this was fresh, this has no raw edges at all and is a mellow strong ale at this point. It certainly has its charm but if you want raw hardcore hop rape this isn't your beer.

Zorro, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bomber, pours a golden amber with a rocky white/caramel head that's thick and holds very well. Scattered small bubbles of carbonation. Leaves a nice ring of lace.

The aroma has a buttery heavy hoppiness that stands strong with a bit of pine and spice. Very promising.

Flavor-wise there is some initial smooth fruit and malt. Then comes the hops. Pungent, mouth-watering hops. Not as much carbonation as expected so the flavor really lies heavy and lingers on the palate.

Smooth and a bit heavy in texture, often characteristic of a double IPA. Very satisfying. I heard good things about this selection prior to drinking and I must say it lived up to my expectations.

letsgopens, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of Padron4KM
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, no freshness date noted.

Clear copper with a thick tan head and sticky lace.

Aroma is caramel and grapefruit and pine.

Flavor starts out sweet with sticky caramel flavors, then ruby red grapefruit with sugar, and a light dusting of piney resin.

Finish does get a bit sticky towards the end of the glass, but it has enough hops to keep it from going over the edge.

Padron4KM, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of rajendra82
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reports of this being similar to a Arrogant Bastard put it firmly on my must get radar screen. During my last visit to Green's, I was able to pick up a bomber to fulfill my suppressed cravings for the unavailable Stone offering. When poured into a pint glass, the clear body looked a lovely shade of copper, and the head was beige and craggy. The aroma was fantastically hoppy, and a little alcoholic as well. The taste was almost as citric hoppy as a DIPA (which some might still consider this to be), but the malt backbone was toastier (which makes me think this is more of an American Strong Ale exemplar). The alcohol was proudly showcased in an “if you got it, flaunt it” manner. Apricots, peaches, and mangoes were recalled as the residual sugars made themselves evident. A big beer in every regard, so a definite sipper. Sticky clingy body, and a bitter aftertaste finished this neat limited release package. More similar to Bigfoot than Arrogant Bastard if you were to ask me, and that is just a fine place to be.

rajendra82, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of giblet
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

well from an earlier review i see that i had a cranial rectal insertion. i was reviewing a different beer.

that being cleared up, this beer is great. another great from Lagunitas. i had my second last night and i only wish the fridge was stocked with this stuff.

kicks ass and takes names. easy to drink. highly recomend that you have 2 or 10!

"Beer is proof that God loves man." B Franklin

and as i always say
suckem up and movem out


giblet, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper with a decent initial head and some spotty lacing. The smell is somewhat alcoholic, but its pretty subtle. There are also nice citrusy hops and the usual Lagunitas malt backbone. The taste is similar, but the hops are more pronounced with a spicy hop flavor, more pronounced grapefruit and orange pith. The mouthfeel is very smooth and this one is very drinkable. I find this less spicy and more drinkable than Arrogant Bastard. Another great one from Lagunitas.

Georgiabeer, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of ChazMania
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber. Just bought this today and had not heard of it but admire some of Lagunitas offerings so I figured what the heck?! Pours well, nice 1 finger type head. Aroma seems earthy to me, not sure how to describe it. Flavor is resiny and bitter with a finish of hop and pine. In looking at the description of the beer, I wonder what is this 20 day suspension they mention? Nothing overtly special about this but not a bad beer either.

ChazMania, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of Beaver13
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a small off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel, melon, and some metallic, slightly piney, hops.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts, some tangy fruits and then a big piney hop finish that lingers in the aftertaste. It's nicely balanced and blends well together. The alcohol is noticeable and warming, but not over the top. The mouthfeel is medium to full with soft (yet bitter) carbonation.

Overall, a tasty beer. It seems pretty similar to the Lucky #13 from what I remember, but not as good.

Beaver13, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of rkuhnel
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bottle this poured a deep ruby red with a nice fluffy white head that left good lacing. Nose of pine hops and fruits. Smooth full bodied mouthfeel. Flavor of hops, caramel, fruit, and there was a nice bitter finish. Alcohol is present, but is not obtrusive. Good brew.

rkuhnel, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of crookedhalo
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper color with a thick light tan head that lasts for a good 30 seconds. Nice lacing and stickage. Leafy and sappy hop aroma with some light hints of caramel malt. Hops really the stand-out in the aroma, it's hard to detect any presence of malt, but it's there. Barrel aged? Sweet and malty initially, bitter and hoppy in the finish, light fruity aftertaste and residual stickiness. Rather typical of what one has come to expect from a double IPA, with a bit more fruitiness. A good DIPA brewed under an unfortunate circumstance; released on a better note...

crookedhalo, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of Duster72
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper with a big head. Pine and floral hops dominate the nose with hints of citrus and sweet malts. Taste is very aggressive very bitter hops. Mostly earthy and floral hops, slightly dirty tasting. Reminds me a lot of the big red rye beers. Taste isn't as nice as the smell. A little too harsh for me, but not terrible. Interesting for an anniversary beer and definitely fits its description.

Duster72, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of bosco7
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Obtained at the Market of Choice in Eugene,OR.

Dark copper color with a sticky white head.

Lots and lots of grapefruit, oak, and cedar aromas in the nose.

Big ester profile upfront; lots of plum and cherry flavors. This is followed by brown sugar, caramel, molasses, and slight oak flavors.

Oily hop mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little high leaving a harsh dry bitterness in the aftertaste. Pour vigorously.

Overall a very nice American Strong Ale that is very very drinkable for 9.9% ABV. Be careful.

bosco7, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of NEhophead
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pt, 6 fl oz brown bottle, served in an oversized wine glass.

Light oak, tea with bright, brunette highlights. Carbonation-filled, foamy off-white head with average retention. Faint lines of lacing.

Lightly sweetened tea; mild cream. Oily, floral hop resin. Notes of citrus, but more spices of pine and floral hops than anything.

Clean, yet intense pine-infused hop presence over a delicate semi-sweet toasted malt backbone. The malt character is quickly over-run by the earthen-floral hop and pine robustness. Hints of lemon: a bit solvent-like, with a slick alcohol backing.

Medium in body; light and soft despite such earthen flavors.

Distinct flavor with such an inviting mouthfeel. The flavors become more complex as the ale warms. A pleasant DIPA.

NEhophead, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of mentor
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Delighted to see this beer in the store, so I picked it up for a try. 9.28% ABV (2007 release?). Pours a strong 3 finger white-yellow head over a crystal clear browned copper liquid. The head clings and caves wonderfully leaving spots of lacing on the inside of the glass. Smells of orange pith and orange blossom honey. A touch musty and a little bit of dried hay. Esters are mild, as is malt. Alcohol is nicely hidden, but then I'm not particularly sensitive to picking up alcohol aroma.

Tastes nice. Flavors do not bomb my mouth with intensity and carbonation is modest also. Grapefruit and pithy. Pears esters mingle with a darker ester (a heavier fruit than apricot) and malt sweet is present and quite supporting. Hop bitter is subtle and mixes with the clean alcohol burn that is most prominent at the end. Drying finish with a sour hint that may come from the alcohol or from the mild carbonation sting. Mouthfeel is md-thick. Alcohol gets a bit too much be the end of my glass, and I've got another glass to go. not so sure how this will all work out.

Nice beer. Nothing to get super excited about, but well worth the $5 I spend on this bomber.

mentor, Jun 09, 2007
12th Anniversary Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.