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
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3,723 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,723
Reviews: 946
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 102
Gots: 562 | 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: 3,723 | Reviews: 946
Photo of warrenc
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very well rounded beer. Nice bitter hop, complex malt taste and dry grapefruit finish. This is a wonderful ale.

Photo of sicilian
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A fine alternative to SN Bigfoot.

Photo of Tom_O
3.16/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Unfortunately not as good as I was hoping for. Not sure how to describe this style of hop taste, but I've have had others like it before. Too "earthy" if that makes any sense. Nothing special for me is what I'm getting at, long story short.

Photo of R_Brown77
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite ales, the name is perfect because you'd never guess you're scarfing down a 9% ale until it's too late. You'll be out of commission before you saw it coming. Undercover Shut-down.

Photo of nicholas2121
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Company. This brew has an ABV of 9.30% , and it pours out a deep amber color. This brew has a nice off white head. The smell of Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale is rich with hops, grains and malts. Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale smell is really inviting. Now for the taste, it is rich with hops , and grains. This is a nice full bodied brew. I like how this brew goes down smooth. There nothing overpowering about Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale, it has a nice balance to it. I like how this brew is different from, most brews on the market. The mouthfeel is rich , smooth , and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale a solid 4.25 out 5. I would buy this brew again. Lagunitas Brewing Company did a nice job with this one.

Photo of CraigP83
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells of sweet hops. Bitter hops up front fades to a sugary malt. Possibly some Orange rind in there

Photo of foglemgs
4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lagunitas makes several really fine beers, and Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale is one of their best. UISDA has a high (9.3%) alcohol content, but the flavor of this beer, with pine and citrus notes exploding on your tongue, overwhelms the alcohol content, making it ideal for a warm summer evening.

Photo of do_ob
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours a rich amber with about 1 finger of sticky white foam. Smells slightly boozy and sweet with notes of grapefruit and roasted wood. Dense mouthfeel, and very smooth. Sweet malt up front accompanied by grapefruit and maybe some pineapple. A spiciness creeps in middleways, and the beer finishes with a piney-bitterness that sticks around on the aftertaste. Finishes smooth enough, but maybe a little drier than I would've expected.

Overall, very good. Strong ales aren't my favorite, but this one is exceptionally balanced. Plenty of sweet malt from beginning to end with the bitterness staying at a managble, if not minimal level. As with most ales, as it warmed up the malt became slightly more pronounced and the bitterness subdued even more.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Lagunitas largemouth glass.

Look: A pretty clear deep copper body holds up a frothy cream colored head, which retains well. The glass is literally covered in sheets of foamy lacing.

Aroma: A lot of cedar wood, hops, and a very subtle underlying malty sweetness.

Taste: The malty sweetness comes out in the form of rich caramel and maybe even a slight toffee context. The beer is balanced out with cedar and piny hops. Plenty of spiciness in this as well. The finish is bitter with citrus rind leaving an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick, but it goes down smooth. A bit boozy.

Overall: For one of my least fsvorite styles, this is pretty much to my liking. I'd rather have it in colder months, but it's a good beer regardless.

Photo of twage04
4.95/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

In a plastic cup at mad max fury road screening. Excellent beer to match the movie. Chewy sweet taste, lots of hops. Fruity taste from hops and body, alcohol is there but mostly hidden. Lots of complexity.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at the Pig & fiddle.
L: Pours brilliant garnet tinted amber under a 1” white foam cap that provides light lace.
S: Citrus, spice, malt. T: Spicy with a cola sweetness that dries out on the finish. Moderate hop bitterness is rounded and not harsh.
F: Medium to medium full body and medium to medium low carbonation. Silky smooth.
O: An easy to drink beer at a good price.

Photo of phlegming
4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is wonderful. Strong, malty with enough hops to keep it interesting. Mouthfeel is so silky. Smell is citrusy and clean. But the taste is what keeps me coming back. This ale is delicious. And it comes in 6 packs for under 10 bucks. Perfect!

Photo of heerboth
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mediocre for style. Hops tasted a bit stale. I'd give it a second try, but not much good to say about this one.

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

You can definitely tell its a 9.3% ABV beer.

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

Thus is my favorite Lagunitas beer. I like how Lagunitas always wants to tell you their life story on the label

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

12oz bottle poured hard into a brandy snifter.

Look: Deep amber-orange, burnt orange, or imperial orange body. Off white 1.5 inch fluffy head. Excellent, slow curtains. Broken lacing is super sticky. Legs are hard to see with broad curtains and all of the sticky lacing.
Smell: Sugar, candied tangerine and pine/hops.
Taste: Hops, pine, and sweet citrus notes.
Feel: Medium body. Lower carbonation that expands densely.

Overall - This is a great looking beer. The art left on the sides of my snifter are interesting. This has one of the stickiest heads I have seen in a while. This could pass as a double IPA or imperial IPA, and is similar to Port Brewing Anniversary Ale. I like this very much.

Photo of barmanager412
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid beer for the category. Not a huge fan of the finish but great nose and taste.

Photo of cambabeer
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks real nice, brown body with red hues, white head with sticky lacing on the glass. Smell is malty sweetness, alcohol, wet hops, and over-ripe orange peel. Taste has some alcohol and hop dryness and bitterness upfront. This turns to sweet floral and bready cream like flavors. Both spicy and sweet. The alcohol, however, is almost out of place noticeable. That's probably one of the few turn offs here, which makes it not too drinkable. I do think this would be better if I paired it with some food. It is good though, real good.

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice, color is copper, head is off white to very light tan, head presents less than 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a thing top reappearaing with some agitation.

Smell is big on the booze upfront, estery, as some have indicated a slight belgian spice profile to at as well from the hop and high abv. Very subtle malt sweetness and then big hop bitterness, mostly heavy pine and earthiness.

Taste is also boozy upfront, esters and potency, but all well balanced with the sweetness and bitterness, pine heavy flavor with some grapefruit kicking up as it warms.

Mouthfeel is actually very good for the strength, very balanced with the sweetness and dryness of the malt and hops, respectively.

Overall, great brew, again from lagunitas.

Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smells like sweet berries and almost marijuana like hop profile. Nice slight hop bite up front followed by an intense sweet berry flavor that is thick and rich from the mouthfeel. A lingering piney bitterness is on the aftertaste as well. Wow, how can anyone who likes strong ales not rate this a perfect a beer? I really couldn't ask for more. Lagunitas does it again.

Photo of Bugcatcher
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has to be one of my favorites from lagunitas such a well crafted beer and so many great flavors. Lagunitas never disappoints me. I'm a huge fan of sucks, hop stoopid, brown sugga, and and all the little sumpin ales but this one is the one I've been looking for.

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.17/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good looking, good smell, but too "berry" in taste.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This nice strong ale pours a VERY clear copper color with an astounding white head of foam that lingers long leaving GREAT lacing. Nose of citrus fruits----pineapple, orange, sweet caramel malts, moderate yeasty bread, leather, and strong booze. Flavors are sweet tot eh front but give way to lightly spicy hops and strong citrus notes. TONS of malt and 2 tons of hops. Pineapple, orange, lemon, and green apple dominate the flavors while the strong alcohol content really explodes on the back. Moderate carbonation and smooth mouth feel lend a hand top a lightly bitter piney, yet citrusy note that is lightly moderately sweet. A unique brew indeed. Very solid, very nice.

Cheers

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

Pours a dark orange red copper bronze color with a two finger white great. The nose reminds me a lot of belgian ale. Coriander, cloves, orange peel, brandy, hard candy. The flavor is equal parts spice and sweet. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and creamy. This is a unique beer. However, i find it a bit sweet for my taste. I could use some more IBU.

Photo of Onemoresolo
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Way too sweet/dense for my taste, but it's certainly one hell of a beer. Definitely getting some serious dark fruit and brown sugar here. I wish the hops balanced this out better, but I'll stick a few bottles in the cellar and see how this ages.

Julian date 065 (March 6th), which would explain why there's very little hop presence. Yeesh!

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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