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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,910 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,910
Reviews: 728
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 46
Gots: 270 | 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)
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Reviews by Maxwell:
Photo of Maxwell
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a rusty brown-red with a small eggshell white head that fades quickly into a scrim with some big soapy bubbles floating around in it. In body, the beer appears clean of particles with a slight chill haze and a darkness from the thicker malts in the beer. It leaves a lacing network of thin, slippery, and wet dots and strands along the sides of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells like a big old pine tree was shoved into a bowl of pithy grapefruits. A smooth caramel malt with touches of toffee and biscuit sits beneath the huge hops, but really this beer is all about the big old piney bouquet that nearly drips from the nose and does have a touch of dankness to it, as well as some muted tropical fruit smells that blend with the sweet malts. On the tongue, the beer tastes hugely bitter from the hops with a good creamy sweet malt underneath, a light touch of acid, and a big, sweet, shivering punch from the alcohol in this beer. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet grapefruit juice with touches of pineapple and orange, working into resinous pine with big bitter shivers that wriggle over the tongue. The flavor displays sweet toffee and caramel in light splashes throughout the taste as the bitter flavors move in waves across the tongue, but the bitters are the stars of the flavor. Alcohol also adds a slightly cloying sweetness to the tongue, though it is balanced out by the huge bitters of the beer. The finish runs hot with alcohol and piney hops, which is not the most pleasant thing, and does cut back on what had been a very pleasing explosion of flavors. The aftertaste is bitter and slightly medicinal with very faint touches of sweet biscuit and pithy grapefruit on the tongue. In the mouth, the beer feels just slightly on the heavier side of medium with a creamy and weak carbonation that only provides a slight scrub against the big sweet alcoholic flavors of the beer. The mouth is left with a lovely bitter burn and some acid-neutralizing saliva on the sides of the tongue. Overall, this is a nice hoppy American strong ale. Its alcohol is a little out of check, but that is to be expected in the beer style. This beer displays beautiful amounts of hoppiness alongside nice mellowing malts, and that is quite nice. This beer is much more of a sipper than a chugger, but is lovely for the cool nights of early spring. I do wish there was a little more carbonation and a little less alcohol in the taste, but overall this is a good beer. Try it.

Maxwell, Apr 21, 2013
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 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 joemetric
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

dacubz, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of sabitu
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
Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev -1.5%

NWer, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of freshflesh
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

DaftPatrick, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of andyfrancis
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep red-amber color with off-white head. sweet malty aroma. Whoa. The alcohol makes its presence known, though not unbearably. Bitter with a hint of a sweet finish to balance it out. Could use a bit more carbonation. Would make for a good sittin by the fireplace nightcapper.

andyfrancis, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of Lazaro
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Lazaro, Jun 02, 2013
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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,910 ratings.