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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,948 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,948
Reviews: 730
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 49
Gots: 282 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV varies slightly from 9.0 to 9.8
66.6 IBU

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-10-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by AWolfAtTheDoor:
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Night cap after a drunken night of beer tasting. Well, not that drunk. Really more tired than drunk..

Split my last 12oz. bottle between two pint glasses. Nice burnt golden color. Vigorous pour yields a nice head, with minimal lacing.

Hops all over the nose. Some dark fruits, caramel.

Taste is more of the same. Nice malt presense, with really nice hop profile to back everything up. This beer tastes f'ing insane. Probably one of the best from Lagunitas I have had.

Would never guess this is almost a 10% beer. Great mouthfeel that coats the mouth, but isnt cloying or distracting. you will want to go back for more.

I'd say this is probably my favorite offering from Lagunitas. Superb beer. Hop Stoopid is a close second. This is a more rounded beer, as opposed to a hop onslaught. Seek this one out.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Oct 25, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing yet another Lagunitas American strong ale.Pourd into a tulip glass a clear bronze color with a thinner but well sustained slight off white head,aromas were a bit lighter than expected,mainly some resinous hop and sweetish alcohol.Thinner feel for a "bigger" beer and a little prickly.Flavors dont seem to pack enough punch although that could come from the lighter feel,resinous hop intertwined with a hefty caramel malt base,the alcohol creeps as the beer warms.I love this brewery, but I dont love this beer sad to say.

oberon, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of mojohawk21
4.75/5  rDev +17%

mojohawk21, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of aszatk01
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

aszatk01, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of cam477
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

cam477, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

t2grogan, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes on 5/15/10.

A: Poured into a snifter, this meanderingly monikered beer has a ruby-copper color and a near one-finger head that leaves thin retention. The look of the lacing is okay, with medium stickiness.

S: Sweet hop fuel. Melon and honey aromas smack a piney hop presence and create a glorious scent. Basically every fruit in existence can be found in the smell of this beer. My girlfriend and I concur that the smell is somewhat reminiscent of Hopslam.

T: The melon and honey sweetness that I smelled runs in step with a ball-busting pine and citrus hop bitterness throughout the duration of each sip. I like this beer quite a lot, but being very critical, I would say that the sweetness is just a tad hot and there is also a noticeable streak of alcohol.

M: Pretty light-bodied with a low to medium carbonation in U.C.I.S-d.A. (had to do that) but the full sweetness and tongue assaulting hops make up for these attributes and make this an exciting feel.

D: Dangerously drinkable, I would say. I can definitely taste the 9.75 % alcohol, but it does not affect how easily this one goes down. I will have more of these over time. The only possible downfall of the drinkability would be the obvious sweetness in the taste.

TCHopCraver, May 19, 2010
Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev -1.5%

OhioBobcat, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of jono0101
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

jono0101, May 18, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Tiernan, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours from draft a light molasses color with
nearly no head and thus a very slight lace
effect. There was little sign of active
carbonation.

S: A boozy aroma combined with hints of an IPAs
pine and florals

T: Just as it smells high octane alcohol flavor
with supporting floral notes reminiscent of
a slight IPA

M: The brew was a little thin but managed to
leave a bit of a slick on the back of my
tongue.

D: This is an average choice amongst American
Strongs. It's not that this choice is a
poor one but that this style is being done
really well right now by other brewers.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of GameOfBeers
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%

GameOfBeers, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of woodchipper
4/5  rDev -1.5%

woodchipper, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of SanFranJake
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

SanFranJake, Today at 01:06 AM
Photo of joemetric
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

dacubz, Apr 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

sabitu, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Pandaflute
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Pandaflute, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Kjanisch7
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Kjanisch7, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of markmo
4.75/5  rDev +17%

markmo, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of danthehopslamman
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

danthehopslamman, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at When Pigs Fly, served in a snifter.

A pretty beer. Copper-colored, medium tan head. A good deal of lace.

Sweet, caramel malt aroma.

Taste of caramel and toffee. Maybe a hint of booze.

A nice beer, reminiscent of an English barleywine.

Enjoyed it.

lordofthewiens, May 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

NWer, Jun 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

freshflesh, May 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

DaftPatrick, Mar 19, 2014
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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,948 ratings.