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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

3,378 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,378
Reviews: 871
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 61
Gots: 304 | 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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Ratings: 3,378 | Reviews: 871 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Bone53:
Photo of Bone53
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Crystal clear amber color with a two finger light beige head

Smell: Caramel malt and piney, citrus hops

Taste: Starts off with caramel and brown sugar, then citrus (grapefruit, lemon) that carries into the aftertaste. Too sweet for me

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Well carbonated, maybe a little too much, with significant bitterness and astringency

Overall: Not impressed and one of my least favorite "hoppy" beers from lagunitas. The sweetness almost seems generic with not enough malt flavor to match. It does open up a little bit as it warms, but also gets boozier. Finishes a bit bitter and astringent for my liking. Decent, but not something I will seek out in the future.

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.

Photo of foxcaptain
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at local Flying Saucer Emporium. Pours dark amber red. Little to no head with tan color. Lacing on glass very pronounced. Taste is malty and sweet with an alcohol warmth on the back end. Aroma is pine and grapefruit. Delicious DIPA will definitely try again.

Photo of mojohawk21
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of aszatk01
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of cam477
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ExtraStout
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Sneak Release Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale pours a clear orange red with a nice creamy head that lingers for quite a while. From the moment I opened the bottle I was hit with big citrusy hop aroma, grapefruit, and pine backed up with a good amount of malt sweetness. The sweetness is predominate in the flavor, lots of caramel and toffee, but there is no lack of citrusy hop flavor. There is a nice bitterness that rounds out the beer, but not overpowering for the beers strength. A bit of alcohol comes through in the finish, but not too much for a beer of the strength.

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jono0101
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Tiernan
4.75/5  rDev +17%

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.

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of woodchipper
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of SanFranJake
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of joemetric
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of dacubz
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Pandaflute
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Kjanisch7
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of markmo
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Drunkenass
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of danthehopslamman
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,378 ratings.