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

3,852 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,852
Reviews: 981
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 101
Gots: 661 | 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: 3,852 | Reviews: 981
Photo of zfw
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful copper color. Very complex mix of flavors. A bit sweet for my taste, but this is an excellent beer.

Photo of ProfessorKeon
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A tad boozey, but otherwise another exceptional beer from Lagunitas with their typical mix of high ABV & IBU. This one opens up marvelously as it warms and you can really appreciate the rich caramel and sweet malt that accent the floral hop bouquet.

Photo of Circe
2/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Goes really well with stale coffee.

Photo of Edman5P
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper, brown color with an awesome hop taste.. Very nice lacing and a quickly dissipating head.. It tastes like their 'little sumpin' but darker

Photo of MrUse
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good looking beer. After smelling it i was expecting tons of hoppy bitterness. I was pleasantly suprised. Great mix of flavors with just the right amount of bitterness, and it packs a punch. I definitely will buy this again.

Photo of Suds
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper in color with medium off-white head, this brew is intensely strong. It tastes full, sweet, and hoppy, but the alcohol sneaks up after a few sips. Full in body, fruity, and bitter, the yer with a smooth body. Nice.

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

Look: A clear, deep copper, with a solid, long-lasting, cream-colored head that leaves behind thick rings of lace. A good -ooking beer by any standards.

Smell: The aroma is strong in this one. The C-hops are of the forest variety. There is a good helping of grass, but plenty of moist earthiness as well. Coconut and whiskey come through as things warm up, but before the fragrance becomes liquor laden, butterscotch and caramel provide mellowing balance. It's a complex bouquet, but sort of sullen as well; I was expecting more citrus, something brighter.

Taste: Lots of hop bitterness but plenty of hop flavor to balance--citrus rinds turn to tropical punch and back again, with biting and lasting grapefruit sharpness. But there is a heartiness as well, due to a caramel malt backbone that grows nuttier and more complex as time goes on.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and deceptively light, with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. The alcohol is nearly undetectable in spite of a 9.7 ABV.

Overall: The malt is complex, the hops are aggressive, it seems as if one should play a supporting role. But it is an interesting beer and one whose popularity I can understand-- this clash of the Titans is a novelty, perhaps. And as frustrated as I was by this beer's ambiguity, by the end, I wanted another. Even if the colors didn't go well together, they were all very nice on their own.

Photo of Moose90
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served from 12oz bottle

A — Pours a deep amber/coppery hue, there is a great bit of clarity. As well as a puffy, khaki colored head that sits atop the beer. Leaves behind some quite nice lacing.

S — Smells bold and rich, lots of bit and sweet malt tones. Little bit of hop bitterness.

T — Tastes very strong, rich, malty, bold, and sweet, lots of malt complexities and a bit of an earthy hop balance to it.

M — Medium-Full bodied, with a big and sticky finish.

O — Nice overall, just very, very malty and strong, which is good, just a total change of pace from Lagunitas.

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

Boozy, but not in a bad way. Sweet aroma. Brief citrus notes in the front, followed by malty flavor in the middle. An almost smokey aftertaste that subsides. Solid beer.

Photo of Antg8989
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An exceptional brew all around. Lagunitas killed this one.

Photo of ruzzal
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Laguintas rules. Great beers for great prices.

Photo of archyquaffer
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A moderate pour from a stubby 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint produces a sticky, chunky off-white head of about an inch. The beer is a ruddy golden color with medium carbonation.

The aroma suggests leafy, citrusy hops with just a slight vegetal note and a subtle malt presence (but you know it's there). The flavor is complex, with brown shugga and caramel notes underlying a vigorous but not overbearing hop presence that balances floral and citrus notes and a touch of earthiness. A lingering pungency rests on the middle and back of the tongue, providing a bridge between sips. Some pleasant alcohol warming and just a slight alcohol bite in the aftertaste are really the only hints of the strength of this downright dangerous brew.

This brew is well-crafted, extremely drinkable, and readily available at a very reasonable price. The quality and price point would be difficult to match. Outstanding, as usual. Kudos to this brewery for producing world class beer that any schmuck can afford. Bravo!

Photo of mntlover
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly good brew have to give the nod to Brown Shugga though. This one is not as malty sweet even though the abv is fairly close.

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. Bottle

Poured into a chalice a very nice slightly cloudy golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger fizzy/creamy off-white head, which leaves a nice big island in the glass with some nice sticky lacing as well. The nose is malty, with a nice touch of hops, picking up some cherries, figs, plums. The taste is very very nice, sweet, hoppy, with some nice malt notes, dark fruits. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well, but still watch out. Overall a very tasty brew, glad to see this one in Utah.

Photo of Neorebel
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a very dark amber, with a minimal white head. The aroma is very sugary sweet. It's slightly boozy with a heavy malt flavor and coarse hops in the finish. Overall, I'd say it drinks a bit like a sweet Barleywine.

Photo of jackb112
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drink 6 of these and you'll feel like you got hit by a truck.

Photo of TBoneJones
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper/ light wood brown color. Rich off-white head. Lacing ends up nice all over the pint.
Smells of fruity hops, pineapple and floral. Great aroma.
Taste follows the nose, but with a sweet malt backbone for balance. Woody earth/ forest, sips clean, slight herbal tone as well.
Smooth sipping, creamy, medium feel, slight stickiness.
Solid strong ale. More medicinal/ herbal than I prefer, but great stuff nonetheless.

Photo of stephens101
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Oak and Oar. So nice to have a new heavyweight brewery in the state. Let's see how this one works.

Reddish-brown in color with a sturdy and lasting tan crown. Aroma involves some fruitiness and not much else. Tastes of persimmon, grain, syrup and taffy. Has a smooth and quick alcohol burn and goes down medium to heavy.

Not a superstar by far, but a tasty welcome to town for sure.

Photo of LakersGotRings
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Typical Lagunita's hoppy flavor amped up to the next level with tons of malt flavor. Creamy finish, pleasant on the nose.

Photo of Totalpackage411
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good beer with an even better back story. This one is a very strong ale. Doesn't taste refreshing like other beers, this one hits you almost immediately. I can maybe drink 2-3 in a row before the taste is just too overwhelming. A nice beer to relax and get a good buzz going but I wouldn't keep drinking them for the long haul.

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

Definitely got better as it warmed up. Bitter 66.6 IBU and a bit chewy. Strong at 9.3% ABV. Good finish and now I'm tipsy.

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

Light hoppy sweet smell. Taste is strong, sweet, and bitter. Got smoother as it warmed up. yb

Photo of CRJohnston80
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's delicious and I'm drunk

Photo of LittleMurphyDog
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finger high whitey foam, no great aroma, but a really great taste--sweet and malty. This could be a real favorite.

Photo of SF_Posse
3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Surprising beer. Great smell and look. A little disappointed with the taste as it does not match expectations. Very boozy.

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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