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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,863 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,863
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 42
Gots: 255 | 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 Pahn:
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

On tap at Prime 16 in New Haven.

Appearance: Bartender leaves a half inch head that dissipates slowly leaving a thick lacing ring. Pours an attractive, translucent dark reddish orange. Leaves a few spots of lacing.

Smell: Hops and caramel. The smell is not assertive, but the hops have a nice pungent quality to them. During a sip, the hop smell increases and it smells like putting your face in a bag of somewhat mild hops like Galena. It's really nice.

Caramel note has a bit of a tang, but the smell is more oriented toward hops, and is not very strong. I'd give it a 3 or a 3.5 for "faintness despite good smell," if it weren't for that beautiful flavor-enhancing shot of hop aroma that comes out with almost every sip.

Taste: Thick molasses and caramel, blended perfectly with strong, fresh tasting hops up front and in the finish. Hops aren't exactly citrusy, but they do have characteristic west coast hop aspects that I'm having trouble putting words to. No solvent flavor or much discernible heat at all, despite the very high ABV.

The malt flavor is the star, with the hops a very prominent supporting actor (and they play off of each other well). The malt has BBQ sauce and molasses elements, but also fresh pre-boil pale malt elements. The taste is at times reminiscent of those old Coca Cola bottle or Root Beer bottle candies; slightly cola-ish and spicy, somewhat anise-like but not really. Bold and beautiful malt flavors supported by strong American hops. Great.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low to moderate carbonation. Perfect amount of bitterness through to the finish. Long aftertaste that is almost entirely hops.

Overall: For me, this is a perfect beer. One of those seasonal beers you wait to come back in bars and stores, and "How is this even better than I remember it?" So solid, balanced, and flavorful.

I've reviewed this beer in the bottle before, and didn't plan on reviewing it again. However, I'm so in love with it, and the hop balance (freshness dependent) is so helpful to the overall flavor, that I figured I'd throw up this tap review. This is a beer that I want to always have on hand.

05-22-2011 21:52:43 | More by Pahn
More User Reviews:
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North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -14.3%

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.

04-28-2010 01:05:53 | More by oberon
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

06-02-2013 14:57:46 | More by mojohawk21
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

04-22-2014 00:46:04 | More by aszatk01
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Newfoundland (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

09-14-2013 20:23:16 | More by cam477
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4.1/5  rDev +1%

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.

05-19-2010 21:57:02 | More by TCHopCraver
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-01-2014 02:08:35 | More by OhioBobcat
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

05-18-2013 16:25:54 | More by jono0101
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

04-21-2013 19:27:50 | More by Tiernan
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3.43/5  rDev -15.5%

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

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

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.

06-07-2009 02:46:39 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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4.44/5  rDev +9.4%

08-19-2014 01:08:49 | More by GameOfBeers
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-28-2013 21:35:05 | More by woodchipper
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-10-2014 16:44:22 | More by joemetric
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-16-2014 23:10:10 | More by dacubz
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-07-2014 19:38:03 | More by sabitu
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

07-22-2014 16:03:04 | More by Pandaflute
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-15-2013 18:15:33 | More by Kjanisch7
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

07-31-2013 02:46:57 | More by markmo
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-13-2012 18:15:16 | More by danthehopslamman
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4.01/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

05-08-2013 19:39:56 | More by lordofthewiens
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-06-2013 03:07:28 | More by NWer
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-08-2014 06:26:56 | More by freshflesh
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

03-19-2014 23:27:28 | More by DaftPatrick
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3.48/5  rDev -14.3%

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.

04-20-2010 00:16:42 | More by andyfrancis
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-02-2013 21:00:15 | More by Lazaro
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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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