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Lagunitas Sneak Release Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas Sneak Release Undercover Investigation Shut-Down AleLagunitas Sneak Release Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.28% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jdoncbus on 07-21-2007)
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Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz bottle. Sampled on April 19, 2014.

The pour is amber-copper with a robust cream colored head that never really fades entirely. Great clarity.

On the nose I am getting a pleasant atmosphere of butterscotch and floral hops but the hops tends to take over rather quickly.

The body is in the medium to full range but also creamy.

The taste begins with a delightful toasted biscuit malt character but then the earthy hops really kick in and take everything over to result in a dry finish. Nice beer that is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 21:30:17 | More by puboflyons
Photo of schoolboy


4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I know I had this one before, but this is really exceptional. I must have been too bowled over the other time to review it.

Is a darker aipa, with good lacing. The aroma is strong, as it should be for the style. Hoppy.

The taste is over the top Hoppy and malty. Thick. The aftertaste is hops, and hops is all over your burp breath. Its only drawback is that it is too good and strong. A great problem to have.

This is a huge beer and a great value. Another killer brew from Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 20:01:11 | More by schoolboy
Photo of humuloner22

North Carolina

4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

They keep doing it, I have reviewed a few now by this brewery. At first I had a few that I was not impressed at all about, but the more I keep trying them lately it was me or I was getting older batches, something. Maybe I should revisit them. Although, I have found that breweries that do great ales and IPA's don't make the best lagers or pilsner's. The one I hit hard was the Pils, anyway, to this one, it was amazing. The hops was there, for sure, but it was so well balanced. It was in the same line as the Sucks, of which I have one or two left, so I may do a comparison. Anyway, the color was nice reddish brown and the aroma was magnificent. So far this is my favorite Cali brewery for sure, I need to revisit Stone, as I have been hearing a lot about the Enjoy by series, anyway, this one is awesome, not much to complain about here. Just go find some!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 22:48:29 | More by humuloner22
Photo of chevronsux


5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best tasting beers ever. it starts of with a very alluring aroma that draws you in with its sweet note of citrus and barley.

It then takes you on a ride with its smooth malt flavor That only hints at the high ABV that it contains. This a ALE not to be mistaken for your average run of the mill beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 04:34:06 | More by chevronsux
Photo of ISmith87


4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 4.5 - Great golden amber clear beer with a nice big white frothy head that never seems to fade
s - 4.25 - Sweet caramel malt, floral/grapefruit/pine hops, brown sugar. Great smelling beer
T - 4.25 - Sweet caramel and bready malt, floral, grapefruit, pine hop flavor. Very sweet.
M - 4.5 - Alc completely covered. Sweet balanced out by hop bitterness. Aftertaste is bready malt and floral hops.
O - 4.5 - Great strong ale. I like it better than the big name american barley wines like Sierra Nevada Bigfoot because it's a little bit easier drinking. At 9.7% it's not that much weaker either.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 02:25:15 | More by ISmith87
Photo of Soncheebs


4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Mellow Mushroom in Orlando Fl.

A- Jurassic park amber, only a little darker, little to no lacing down to a bubble.
S- Grapefruit, pine, nutmeg or cinnamon. More woodsy than anything.
T- Unbelievably well balanced, hops intensify as they move to the back of the palette but meet perfectly with their piney brethren to finish warm but not too intense.
M- Only thing I had a problem with, felt a little cheap, too thin, not enough substance.
O- Absolutely phenomenal, a little thicker bodied I might put it in my hall of fame.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2014 01:01:22 | More by Soncheebs
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a single bottle poured into an American-style pub glass. Looks like whiskey, a gentle reddish amber color with a fearsome beige head of around four inches height. Aroma is citrus-forward, tangy and fruity with a faint chocolate and rum note, raisins, grapefruit rind, pine oil. Smells very hoppy but tastes very malty. I get a massive dollop of orange cream, candied mandarins, raisins, sweet rum, brown sugar, apple peels, and a nondescript floral note that flits in and out of awareness. There is enough pine resin and other hop aromatics to numb the mouth just a little, but a barley sugar sweetness protrudes and gathers steam, settling on the palate to keeps things firmly anchored in malt territory. Amazing mouthfeel on this one. The body is sticky and oily, a buttery chew is discernible and the whole package is syrupy but not over the top in this regard. Less boozy than expected, particularly when you consider than some other Lagunitas brews do not shy away from alcohol aromatics (e.g., the Imperial Stout). Finish is wet and juicy, with some grass flavors apparent along with an earthy spice. Sweet but still capable of inducing some eye-watering hop heroics. Unique brew and very tasty. I love the Lagunitas website descriptor "Imperial Mild". Indeed.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 17:19:54 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of StaveHooks


4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served in a Sierra Nevada IPA glass

A - Pours copper/amber color with a thick sandy head. Healthy cap and collar with sheets of impressive lacing.

S - Deep buttery malts, very bready, caramel candy sweetness, hints of orange cream.

T - Pine hops start things off with hints of mandarin orange flavors. Sweet and sticky malt backing, roasted crystal barley, dry grassy hops show up in the middle as the bitterness kicks up a notch. Finishes with a woody bitterness.

M - Thick feel, small-bubbled carbonation, full body, dry finish. Resinous hop oils left on the aftertaste.

Strong malt backing with plenty of sticky pine hops makes for a delicious, robust, and balanced DIPA. Alcohol is 100% unnoticeable. Just an all-around solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 16:49:28 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of BorisFromRussia

New York

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

wow. a great IPA, a little bit creamy and a tad on the heavier side. simple yet robust flavor just about exactly what I look for in an IPA. drink 2 of these and im golden. solid A beer, would buy again and again. pours a rich copper and has a nice lacing. must try for an ipa lover

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 22:51:14 | More by BorisFromRussia
Photo of Chris_Mac

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a richer copper amber combo color, clear and inviting. Half-inch of fluffy off-white head. Mix of malts and hops in the initial smell. Malts are up front and hit the palate high, with hops providing reinforcement. Alcohol complements the other flavors nicely, but this belies the actual %. Distinct and pleasant mouthfeel, no overpowering, but hard to ignore.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 00:57:26 | More by Chris_Mac
Photo of letsdrink


4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice copper color with a two finger head and heavy lacing left around the edge of the glass.

S - The smell is quite glorious and I instantly want to rush to taste what is next. Citrus flavors overwhelm the nose. Strong smells of hops also come through which is to be expected from this selection.

T - Malty flavors right away along with floral and grapefruit flavors. It's a very smooth beer and based on the smell I would have expected it to be far more bitter on the finish but in a very pleasant way, it is not overly bitter whatsoever.

M - A full-bodied beer with moderate carbonation which allows for a full flavor profile to come through. Despite the 9.6% ABV this beer is quite drinkable and would be ideal for any season.

O - I would highly recommend this beer to anyone even if they are apprehensive of hops overpowering their beer. And as I stress once again, 9.6% alcohol, it'll get the job done. Well done Lagunitas, you have yourselves another winner.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 21:50:27 | More by letsdrink
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas, you guys always swing for the fences and you almost always connect! At 9+ ABV this is easy to drink, even though the alcohol presence is noticeable. This beer looks strong, smells of candy and alcohol, and the taste and mouthfeel leave you wanting more! Another great beer in the Lagunitas line-up, but definitely a notch or two below Sucks and A Little Sumpin.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 03:15:29 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in my favorite snifter.

Appearance: A semi hazy amber, with heavy bubbles when placed against the light. Clears up pretty quickly with a nice deep off-white head rising to about one finger's length.

Smell: Hard floral feel, light sugar scent still comes off strong.

Taste: This brew is a instant malt bomb. Almost a sweet floral, grapefruit is nice and easy...how smooth are the flavors it's hard to to put the glass down. Not overly bitter,

Mouth: Feels like thirst quencher, wet hoppy at the end with a medium to full carbonation.

Overall: Drinking this again for the third time this week, I honestly have to take my hats off to Lagunitas for making a quality brew. It is definitely crept up on me and became one of my go to DIPAs. Have one on me and enjoy....Salud!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 17:41:15 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of hopoilcrazy


4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Amber and transparent clarity. Two finger head dissolves to a nitre lace

S - Spicy hops, cloves, cinnamon, red apple, musty, cognac

T - Juicy hops: mango, peach, guava. Roasty malt body. Semi-dry with a lingering Columbus-y bitterness

M - Mouth watering hop oil coat. Medium body with a firm alcohol burn that does not overwhelm

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 23:23:16 | More by hopoilcrazy
Photo of ExtraStout


4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Sneak Release Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale pours a clear orange red with a nice creamy head that lingers for quite a while. From the moment I opened the bottle I was hit with big citrusy hop aroma, grapefruit, and pine backed up with a good amount of malt sweetness. The sweetness is predominate in the flavor, lots of caramel and toffee, but there is no lack of citrusy hop flavor. There is a nice bitterness that rounds out the beer, but not overpowering for the beers strength. A bit of alcohol comes through in the finish, but not too much for a beer of the strength.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 21:56:01 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of flayedandskinned


3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No bottle date.

Pour into the Dogfish/Sierra Nevada IPA glass

Appearance: Pours a deep and transparent amber with ruby highlights when light hits the glass. A huge, thick off white head erupts out of liquid almost immediately upon pouring. The head last for a very long time and leaves long curtains of lace along the the edges of the vessel.

Aroma: Big, dank hops right away; juicy grapefruit, pine and a light, yet ubiquitous onion note leaps out in every whiff. Underneath the resinous hops there is a very sweet caramel and vanilla infused malt presence. Really smells like a hopped up Imperial amber more so than an imperial IPA.

Taste: The taste certainly follows the nose; Big resinous pine needles and sturdy handful of grapefruit, before a very rich malt backbone takes a foothold on your palate with sticky notes of sweet breads, caramel and light honey. The beer closes off dry with lingering notes of bitter lemon and slightly cloying malt sweetness. The alcohol asserts itself more as the beer warms. The beer overall is very juicy, and too cloying for my taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation with a warming alcohol presence.

Overall: I remember this being one of my favorite beers 3-4 years ago, but I think they tweaked the recipe some in subsequent years. The beer seems sweeter than I recall and also less bitter than older incarnations. This is still a very unique beer and it seems like it is a happy medium between their Hop Stoopid and their Brown Shugga'.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 05:06:50 | More by flayedandskinned
Photo of NICK0LI


4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into Snifter

A: deep copper color with above average carbonation. Medium head - heavily carbonated.

S: very piney - initially smells like a hoppy IPA with caramel and citrus undertones.

T: immediately can tell this beer is pushing 10% abv with a malty start and finishing more hoppy on the tongue as the carbonation progresses. The bitterness (IBU) of this ale does not seem to present itself until a few seconds after it is consumed.

Overall: very solid ale considering the abv, but I think I had higher expectations as I was very impressed by Lagunitas Sucks Brown Shugga. I would definitely recommend this hoppy ale for IPA fanatics (like me) that want to try something different.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 21:13:06 | More by NICK0LI
Photo of RollTide7

New Jersey

3.34/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Was very disappointed with this. Big fan of sucks, sumpin sumpin, hop stoopid, and ipa. Initially I was very excited when I saw it was another iipa from lagunitas. Looked great, but smell was quite boozy to me and a little off-putting, taste at first was decent but left a boozy, malty and strange after taste. Really wanted to like this beer as I really am a fan of lagunitas, but I wish I went with my gut and just got a single bottle of this instead I'd the sixer I bought. Overall I didn't find this beer to be very hoppy at all and I personally would t really consider it to be a iipa, but what do I know?!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 01:07:30 | More by RollTide7
Photo of bornridiculous


3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this beer in the area of my package store where the Lagunitas sucks used to be, figured I had to give it a shot. The beer is definitely above average for a dipa but I found it oddly lacking in aroma. The color is a clean clear copper, leaves good lacing in the glass. The smell is a mild hops/boozy scent not much malt on the nose. The mouthfeel is solid, with a nice abrasiveness that only a good ipa can provide. Taste is obviously hop forward, resin, slightly boozy with a strong hop bitter finish. Balance is not on this beers agenda. Overall, this is worth a six pack, a nice sipping beer that is served better on the higher side of cellar temperatures. However be warned at close to 10% abv it's likely not a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 23:36:16 | More by bornridiculous
Photo of Kooz

New York

3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Very nice, deep walnut/orange color. No appreciable head to peak of.

Hoppy flowers in the nose. Maybe a bit too much, but good.

Tastes nice, but a few sips in, the floral overtones become overpowering. It is nice, but cold be better if toned down just slightly.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Creamy foam on a swish, no bite, no bitter aftertaste. Right up there with some of the best.

I think my score is going to be pretty high on his one, but I don't know if I'd buy it again. It was pretty good, but nothing about it makes me want to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 01:14:31 | More by Kooz
Photo of Oakenator


4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is a dark amber color with minimal head and retention (could have resulted from tap). Smell was hard to pick out - faint at best - with a hint of candy. Taste is really well balanced stronger beer - definitely hops as expected from Lagunitas but on the mIlder side for those that have trouble with spicier and sweeter hops. For a stronger beer this has been enjoyable on a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2012 02:48:27 | More by Oakenator
Photo of drpimento


3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Expected better, given the ratings. Served with a fine, creamy, off white head and good lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is bright citrus, hop, a little yeast. Flavor is very intense grapefruit. Too intense for me. Body is ok and carbonation is a shade light. Finish is like flavor. Not a session for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 04:21:07 | More by drpimento
Photo of ZenAgnostic


4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tapped into a tulip. Was told by the bartender (apparently incorrectly) that this was an American Strong Ale.

Appearance - One finger offwhtie head with decent retention and low to medium stick. Medium amber brown clear body.

Smell - Strawberry maltiness. Grassy hop. Mild to moderate body. No alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel - Chewy. Slight alcoholic bite and moderate but balanced astringency.

Overall Drinkability - One of the most balanced and drinkable American Strong Ales I've had [ED: apparently wasn't an ASA]

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2011 05:07:29 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of mactrail


3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another big malt wonder from Lagunitas. Style? we don't need no stinking style. Warm amber color, lots of champagne bubbles in the chalice. Hops galore. Nose of sweet vermouth, leather. Really hot. Long rich malt flavor is the structure with the zingy hops and spicy hops on top. A favorite late night sipping beer for a long time.

This 12 oz must be a couple years old. I remember it was even better, but time to finish off the last one. Reading the label, not making this up, it says Alc. 9.87 by vol.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 04:33:25 | More by mactrail
Photo of kennylopez

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from: 12 oz bottle into a globe glass

Appearance: golden brown with a fatty fingers worth of head which was nice and cream colored.

Aroma: smelled sweet with a fruity hop aroma that was almost floral.

Taste: well balanced as far as the malt and hop bitterness that the brew was meant to remember for their shutdown for a silly little sin as some say.

Mouthful: sweeter than the smell suggests and a extremely light presence of alcohol considering the content.

Overall: good beer wish it was a year round staple, but that might just be reason it's so good and be one of my favorites from Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 22:23:48 | More by kennylopez
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