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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 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 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 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 bamojr


3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smells super hoppy. Pours darker amber light white head. This one has a huge hop flavor and some really sweet flavors too. A bit tart, but the tartness compliments it quite well. I have to say that I was drawn to this one by its name but I did really like it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2011 03:12:50 | More by bamojr
Photo of DangQuesadilla


3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this tonight on tap at my local establishment. Appeared dark in color. The aroma was not over powering or memorable. Had a deep taste, one that I will not forget. It tasted to me like this was brewed with red apple peels. However, it did not taste like a cider beer. Overall, I was happy to try it. But there are a hundred other beers I would rather drink. Glad I tried it, but not for me necessarily.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 04:22:44 | More by DangQuesadilla
Photo of dtivp

West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear deep amber with a half of a finger white head that faded slowly into a small ring with moderate lacing.

Aroma of hops, malt and hints of citrus.

Taste was initially hop heavy then balanced out with a sweet malt, hunts of grapefruit and pine.

Mouthfeel was medium body with light carbonation, very crisp and smooth, alcohol booziness was well masked.

Overall a very nice double IPA to be enjoyed on a nice summer evening.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2011 00:40:19 | More by dtivp
Photo of foxcaptain


4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at local Flying Saucer Emporium. Pours dark amber red. Little to no head with tan color. Lacing on glass very pronounced. Taste is malty and sweet with an alcohol warmth on the back end. Aroma is pine and grapefruit. Delicious DIPA will definitely try again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 23:31:05 | More by foxcaptain
Photo of PicoPapa


3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours a dark ruby color with a thin layer of head. Some lacing. Aroma is hoppy, and sweet. Some grains as well as some booze. Taste is of dark fruits, booze, sweetness, and a bit of hops. Certainly can taste the 9+ abv but its not too rough. Pretty easy to drink considering. It does have that typical Lagunitas hop profile but its not as hoppy. Overall, I like it and would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 16:58:50 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of DNICE555


3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Eli's. Free beer tastes soo good. Thanks Nick. I'm a raquetball adonis.

a - Murky amber brown with no head by the time it got to me. It's ok though waitress was smokin

s - caramel malts, sweet fruit, bread

t - malt, fruit, sugar, alcohol, minor hop presence

m - medium body medium carbonation

d - very sweet for a dipa. hops were lacking balls.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2011 02:04:21 | More by DNICE555
Photo of Reagan1984


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

Enjoyed this beer on tap in Houston. I really liked it.

Each pint came with little to no head, but left a nice amount of lacing in the glass. Bright clear orange/amber color with no visible carbonation.

Aroma was bright hop focused with floral and citrus notes. Not devoid of malt character.

Excellent flavor and balance here. Very hop focused but with nice malt character. Caramel and fruity notes just behind the hop bitterness. The alcohol notes are hidden well, but you still realize it's a bit kicked up.

Mouth feel was silky smooth with a bit of oil. Carbonation brightened the flavor.

I really enjoyed drinking this beer and thought it was a fine DPA

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2010 17:26:41 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of katan


4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a pint

a- pours a deep dark brown color. Very opaque, but not hazy. Strong mocha head, well retained.

S- strong floral hop note. Grapefruit and some malts back it up.

T- starts off floral, but yet has a nice caramel malty background. Gets much more hoppy, chewy from a biting hop note Finishes with a thick and clinging note of floral hops and caramel malts.

M- very strong bodied. Thick and creamy. Coats the tongue. Carbonation is noticeable, but only a light hit to the palette.

D- very dangerous in it's drinkability. Not filling, smoothon the palette. Abv could be a problem.

Another solid ale from Lagunitas.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2010 01:08:41 | More by katan
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a dark translucent golden amber with a thick, pale tan, fine-bubbled head that persists. Strong aroma is surprisingly hoppy with an evergreen undertone and just a hint of apple. Lively flavor is hoppy, slightly malty, slightly fruity and just a teeny bit bitter. Strongly fizzy texture leaves behind a pleasant tingle.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2010 00:06:01 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale poured on-tap into a snifter. A nice mahogony with ruby highlights, this beer looks decent some lace is noticed.

Aroma is strongly malty, fruity and just a hint of hops.

Bitter grapefruit up front, with notes of pine. Resinous and earthy hop oils. Big time chewey malt flavor, dialing in caramel like sweetness but some dark fruit pits are also there. Hint of peat and slight astringency.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and a bit chewey as noted earlier. Strangely watery finish.

All in all, a good DIPA with a surprising bit of balance. Complex enough for contemplation. A sipper for sure, and strong as can be. Good though.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2009 16:53:49 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of glid02


4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of citrus and pine hop aromas with hints of creamy pale malt.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust pale malt flavors up front are joined shortly by mild citrus and solid pine flavors. Midway through the sip there's a mild vanilla flavor, though with more of a creaminess than most vanilla flavors from oak flavors. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the glass easily and could have a few more.

Overall this is another solid offering from Lagunitas. Slowly but surely they're becoming a smaller Sierra Nevada, with many hoppy offerings that never disappoint. This one is worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2009 02:06:08 | More by glid02
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 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
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Lagunitas Sneak Release Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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