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

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Ratings: 612
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 43
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jdoncbus on 07-21-2007)
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

DTown, Apr 24, 2013
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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'.

flayedandskinned, Apr 23, 2013
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dvmin98, Apr 23, 2013
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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.

NICK0LI, Apr 16, 2013
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Lagunitas Sneak Release Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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