Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by JamesMN:
3.96/5 rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Crystal clear copper honey hue with visible effervescence slowly ascending towards a fluffy two finger off-white head. Exactly what I expect from the style and the clarity makes it very appealing.
Aroma: Sugary barley and an interesting blend of hop aromas that come together to form a sort of green tea or iced tea fragrance with a hint of lemon.
Taste: There is a lot going on here, some parts good and some not as good. It starts with a nice clean bitterness paired with amber malt flavor. The second half has the hop character developing giving the palate a lot of sweet herbal and some pine notes. The hops are slightly sticky making them the definite star of the show but their flavor can become monotonous because of how sweet they are. The malt is there to balance but doesn't really succeed because it does not have any strong flavor characteristics. The 9.7ish% ABV is completely hidden which makes this seem like a lighter brew. The bitterness reaches a high point in the finish which is smooth and slightly dry. Nice aftertaste of pine and some bitterness but lacking the afterburn of an imperial beer (which can be taken as a positive or negative depending on the drinker's preference).
Mouthfeel: As some others have mentioned, the body is a tad thin for the style. It is just below medium in body. Somewhat aggressive carbonation but not overdone. Easy drinking besides the somewhat cloying hop flavors.
Final Thoughts: I'm torn between a 4 and a 4.25 for the grade. In this type of situation I always opt for the lower number. Make no mistake, this is a good and enjoyable beer from one of my new favorite breweries, Lagunitus, that treads the style line between American Strong Ale and Double IPA. At $9.99 for a six-pack it is a fantastic deal that should not be passed up by any hop head. I was hoping to add three or four of these to my cellar but I expect they are best enjoyed fresh. Would I drink it again? Certainly.
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2013 01:23:57 | More by JamesMN
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4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Pours very clear light amber with sediment that looks like I shook up a snow globe, except the snow is just suspended, probably the most unusual pours I have seen... and I like it. 2" fluffy head with great lacing. Smell is alcohol and sweet coriander. Tastes like the smell except not a huge alcohol flavor. Well balanced grapefruit, malt, and hop. Mouthfeel is smooth and sweet with a light bitter at the end.
Overall, this is the last beer from a case I got last spring. An excellent beer I should have drank up fresh. I don't think the age has done anything for this one and possibly has hurt the flavor. Still it's very good today, but my next case will be gone before the the 4th of July.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2014 02:01:15 | More by JerUrbans
Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,050 ratings.