1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Undercover Investigation Shut-down AleUndercover Investigation Shut-down Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

3,498 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,498
Reviews: 890
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 89
Gots: 416 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-10-2009

ABV varies slightly from 9.0 to 9.8
66.6 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 3,498 | Reviews: 890
Photo of jimmerz
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious! Great flavor, nice citrus flavor with a bite. Well balanced, alcohol hidden nicely. 10.99 for a 6 pack, great price for such a big beer!

Photo of RickW574
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one tastes similar to the Lagunita's Cooper Ale but with more flavor. Not my favorite from this brewery but they don't make a bad beer! The best part of this beer is the way it hits you. You get buzzed after 8 Ounces. Easy to drink but really hoppy and real bitter.

Photo of Timmy612
4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very smooth and delicious beer

Photo of ScottJJ
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Leaves a faint flat beer after-taste, but I'm on antibiotics right now.. Otherwise this is a typical Lagunitas strong-ale I think.

Photo of JMAntus
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very well balanced beer. It has a nice hops profile--making it similar to an IPA. It's plenty boozy without being harsh or off-putting. Notes of pine, citrus, rich malts. A strong offering from an incredible brewery.

Photo of thehooksman
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, copper-colored with a couple fingers of cream colored head that laces the glass like crazy.

The nose reminds of a double IPA with notes of pine, sugar and alcohol.

The flavor is well balanced between bitter and sweet with just a little alcohol in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is medium body and smooth but the alcohol heat lingers for a nice numbing effect.

Glad I discovered this. It's a very refreshing brew despite the elevated abv.

Photo of thedifferencemaker
3.37/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First few sips were magic, but I noticed an off almost artificial taste as the beer warmed. I love the style, but this one didn't do it for me.

Photo of dmgeng
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Lagunitas and I've never seen this one before so I had to pick it up.

A - Beautiful dark ruby color. Clear with a huge white head and stong lacing.

S - Sweet hop character that is fruity almost like fresh sweet blueberries. There are also the some of the more traditional citrus and herbal hop tones. There is a rich maltiness under the hops with some light alcohol and caramel in the background. It has a traditional ESB, fruity yeast character but to the next level.

T - The taste also has that almost berry taste with a sweet fruitiness that comes from the yeast, the malt, and the hops all melding together in one fine beer. It is definitely an American Strong ale with the richness and the hops to try and duke it out on your palate. The fruity yeast and hops are more predominant on the tongue with the malty, grainy, and caramel flavors mixing well together. There is a bitterness that attempts to compliment the sweetness and is clean on the finish.

M - High to medium mouth-feel with medium to high carbonation. For being almost 10% ABV and a very sweet flavor I would expect this beer to be almost cloying but with the higher carbonation and hop bitterness it does not stick but instead just teases your tongue asking for more.

Overall, a really delicious beer and definitely a unique American Strong ale. Not as overtly powerful as Bastard nor as malty as Hairy Eyeball but is very good and is balanced enough to have more than one of (although the alcohol will sneak up on you.) This is the perfect beer for early spring with plenty of flavor to awaken your soul but enough alcohol to warm you toes.

Glass- Tulip

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 4.75 - Pours a nice rich, caramel, orange and mahogany color. Forms up a good finger and a half of lightly tan colored head. Medium/High head potential and retention, especially impressive considering the high ABV. Large, spotty lacing left behind.
S - 4.5 - Smells like a mix between a DIPA and a barleywine. Peaches, mango, orange, pineapple, grapefruit citrus, hops, caramel and a lightly malty backbone.
T - 4.25 - Again, like a mixture of DIPA and barleywine. Sweet orange, grapefruit and hops upfront. Ends on a balancing, hop and malt bitterness. The finish is reminiscent of a black IPA. This very well balanced and isn't over the top sweet as the nose will lead you to believe it is.
F - 4.5 - Nice oily, medium creamy mouthfeel.
O - 4.25 - This is a very nice and well-balanced offering from Lagunita's that really blurs the lines between a DIPA and a barleywine.

Photo of Rfm4000
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bomb.com wish I would have had it sooner. cheap as well

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


How the heck have I NEVER reviewed this one?!?! 12oz bottle picked up tonight at Whole Foods... Clear light amber brew shows a persistent light tan head that leaves great sheets of lacing. Sharp pithy hoppiness and dry toast in the nose... Expected big bitterness up front and on the finish is only punctuated briefly mid-palate by the pithy grapefruit hops and dry toast/dark caramel notes... Body is medium but accentuated by a lighter carbonation.. Drinkability is a little light for me just because it is a bitter bruiser... Still an obviously well made brew and one of the best stories from any brewery ever.


Photo of tredway_bill
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hoppy, great taste and finish. The 2015 edition is a great beer if you're looking for something a little different.

Photo of RBrenchak
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer. Brownish/orangish in color. Sweet and malty taste.

Photo of HamdenHector
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; burnt orange in color; moderate amount of bubbles rising; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice lacing that lasts;

S: pine, herbal, a little caramel;

T: herbal with lemon behind it; some black pepper spiciness along with herbal notes from mid-palate through the finish; moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; highly carbonated;

O: the spiciness at the and is a little overwhelming; otherwise, I really like the balance and interplay between the various flavors;

Photo of Libeertarian
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look is a clear burnt orange. Darker than copper, I'd say. Tannish, thick, long-lasting head. Smell is of hops, quite perfumy. Makes it hard to wait for the tasting. Taste is balanced very much in favor of hops, so this ale as bitter as a standard IPA, but it's sweet and peppery, and therefore fairly well balanced (excepting malt qualities) probably owing as much to the high alcohol (says 9.3% on my bottle, not 9.7%) as it is to the variety of hops. A strong and more bitter aftertaste, but still sweet and peppery. Somewhat like a vegetable broth, but not overwhelming like you'd notice in Bridgeport's Hop Czar Imperial IPA, for example. It's warming as and after it goes down. There's a slight chewy/oily sensation on my teeth as it lingers and even after it's gone. Leaves the mouth fairly dry and constricted, especially if you wait a few minutes. The combination of the bitter, warming, and drying qualities cause my lips, tongue, teeth and hard palate to feel pleasantly numb. My brain is probably next. Thank you, alcohol! At least let me finish my review before you set in! I really took my time writing it and managed to drink the whole thing before it was completed. Oops!

Photo of johnpalisi
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

X x x x x x

Photo of thomseye
2.62/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Didn't enjoy this offering from Lagunitas. Tasted harsh to me.

Photo of wlwhitehorn
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

World Class Strong Ale for big beer drinkers.

Photo of TheRaven
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Great tasting IPA that packs a wallop. If you're like me, and will only read this review when you are standing in the store trying to decide what to buy, get this if you plan to share with friends, are stocking a fridge for use over time, or have no plans for tomorrow.

Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 04.18.14.

A: 2 1/2 finger head. See through red.

S: Pine, grapefruit, ketchup, malt.

T: Sweet malt, grapefruit, ketchup. Caramel is there too.

M: Creamy smooth.

O: Sweet malt comes on first, then grapefruit, ketchup, and some alcohol burn at the end. The malt turns into caramel which lingers. It was like a barleywine, but with a little less hop presence. The alcohol burn was not as strong as I thought that it would be.

Rating: B

Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper amber with a large lasting beige head, has good head retention and lacing. Aroma is of earthy hops, caramel malt, yeast with some dark fruit undertones. Taste the same as aroma with some good earthy hops bitterness, yeast and some notes of brown sugar. A medium to full body, smooth and a sticky mouth feel, good carbonation on the palate. Finishes with a good portion of sweet caramel malt, yeast a bit of dark fruit and brown sugar flavors and earthy hops on the ending. Has a nice caramel malt character and well behaved hops bitterness. Overall a well balanced and good drinking brew.

Photo of kkleu357
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

On tap. Great sweet malty aroma. Very tasty. Sweet caramel flavors with a good bitter punch. One of my favorites I've had from Lagunitas. Will look for some in the store next time.

Photo of MikeB20
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: A slightly cloudy amber color with a two finger off-white head. Lacing is quite good.

S: Citrus hops and even some alcohol, wasn't expecting a boozy smell at 9.7%. More caramel malt and even some honey as the beer warms in the glass.

T: The first taste was sharp and bitter, alcohol is pronounced even when this beer is cold. There's some sweet caramel malt up front but it's quickly punched in the face by the hop bitterness and alcohol taste. Flavors seem to settle down with subsequent sips.

M: Moderately high carbonation but a slightly thinner body, slick on the tongue.

O: This beer is pretty intense and I wasn't really expecting that when I poured it. Perhaps it's because my only other taste of Lagunitas is the very smooth Little Sumpin Ale. A decent beer but it wouldn't be my go-to for Lagunitas, even with my limited exposure.

Photo of cchalmers7
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Great pouring beer with an even better taste. Well balanced and surprisingly smooth considering the high abv.

Photo of CVB_Mr_007
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Any review of this beer may be subject to intoxication. One pint of this ale will twist reality. Unlike many beers with the ABV of Undercover, you will want to pour another and enter the realm of 4.5 stars of pure enjoyment.

to view more.
Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,498 ratings.