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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down AleUndercover Investigation Shut-down Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,535 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,535
Reviews: 901
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 91
Gots: 454 | 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
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Ratings: 3,535 | Reviews: 901
Photo of joe12pk
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Strong malt and tropical fruits...Really at a loss for words for how good this ale is. I've rated 211 beers so far and this is easily in the top ten. Cheers!

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Copper/caramel color with white head. Aroma of citrus and floral hops, some sweet caramel malts. Taste follows, with a bit of a dry alcohol finish. Delicious and relaxing sipper.

Photo of Chiefy770
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fluid oz brown bottle
Bottled on February 27th, 2015
Reviewed on April 23rd, 2015
Served in a Lagunitas jar

Eyes
Poured a copper body with a nice amber glow. Generous off-white head, well over an inch. Ample amount of sticky white lacing clung to the sides of the glass.

Nose
Sweet notes of caramel glazed malts were the dominant character of the nose. Tangier notes of sweet citrus, think mild grapefruit and orange peel, stood out as well. Slight hint of herbs spice.

Mouth
Dense hit of sweet malts up front. Caramel and molasses. Sharper notes of citrus and pine quickly cut through the malts. Finished semi-dry with a slight hint of alcohol. Medium bodied. Moderate/low carbonation.

Overall
Another great offering from Lagunitas. Price point is right around fifteen cents an ounce in the Chicago area, a heck of a value in my book.

Photo of mikeg67
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and caramel malt. Body is medium and tangy. Citrusy hops, caramel malt, brown sugar, ripe fruit, some vegetables and alcohol fill the mouth. Finish is long, semi-dry. This brew has some unusual taste, I don’t think I will drink it often.

Photo of Chris33
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

grabbed this as a single bottle, poured into a pint glass.

nice 2 finger lingering head. Very nice dark caramel/almost red in color.
I got a strong spice and toasty feel to the nose with some brown sugar.
I didn't get the citrus flavors off the nose but are very present upfront on the palette. Maltiness turns to bitter at the end. Lingers a bit but overall this is a great offering as I typically expect from Lagunitas. ABV is hidden pretty well for this being 9+%
I would seek this out again for sure.

Photo of mschrei
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really wished I had gotten the six pack for 4/20. Had to settle for Hop Stoopid instead. But I'm happy I have this one in a mason jar now!

Photo of rjs246
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Well the label warned me but I still wasn't prepared. So f'ing bitter. Not my thing. Looks great and packs a punch but yikes.

Photo of ajm5108
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very similar to some other of Lagunitas' stronger ales, especially Brown Shugga & Gnarlywine. Sharp grapefruit citrus on the nose, follows through to the flavor with some burnt sugar mixed in. Solid, like everything Lagunitas does, but some of their stuff starts to bleed together.

Photo of gonzo000
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent sweet malt beer. Pours an amber color with a nice 2 finger head. Wonderful taste with a bit of hops, plenty of malt that is sweet. Very enjoyable - typical of Lagunitas.

Photo of BuccoFan
3.34/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pour was a deep red, with a semi-decent head and a malty aroma. Taste is a little malty, but not too notable otherwise. Finish is a little bitter and not too robust. I pretty much found this an entirely unremarkable brew.

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lemon drop smell lemon with a bite at the end well done

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

rb

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.

4/4/3.5/3.5/3.75

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;

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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