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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,851 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,851
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 42
Gots: 250 | 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 WOTO97:
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WOTO97

California

3.98/5  rDev -2%

Style above reads American Strong Ale, the good people at Lagunitas claim Imperial Mild (whatever that is); all I know is this is a very solid brew. A dense head floats on a deep amber body with great clarity. The nose loses some points for a having a bit too much booze coming through. Aside from the alcohol, hops leave a nice pine quality, which lingers beneath a nice dense malt character. As the beer reaches room temp, the booze is pretty prominent. Lots of doughy malt comes through on the back of the palate. The pine from the nose comes through on the back of the palate with some nice bitterness up front. Slight raisin and plum come through in the mid palate but very faintly. Mouthfeel on this beast really makes it for me: despite the big flavors, the body is relatively clean with a very dry finish (almost akin to what you'd expect from rye beer). The booze on the nose is the only detractor here for drinkability. Lots of great flavor components without the thick, dense body (perhaps a detractor if it were february, but in the summer this is a great big beer).

07-23-2010 03:04:41 | More by WOTO97
More User Reviews:
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oberon

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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mojohawk21

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +17%

06-02-2013 14:57:46 | More by mojohawk21
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

04-22-2014 00:46:04 | More by aszatk01
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

09-14-2013 20:23:16 | More by cam477
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

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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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-01-2014 02:08:35 | More by OhioBobcat
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jono0101

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

05-18-2013 16:25:54 | More by jono0101
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Tiernan

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +17%

04-21-2013 19:27:50 | More by Tiernan
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

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
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.

06-07-2009 02:46:39 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +9.4%

08-19-2014 01:08:49 | More by GameOfBeers
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woodchipper

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-28-2013 21:35:05 | More by woodchipper
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joemetric

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-10-2014 16:44:22 | More by joemetric
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dacubz

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-16-2014 23:10:10 | More by dacubz
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sabitu

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-07-2014 19:38:03 | More by sabitu
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Pandaflute

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +17%

07-22-2014 16:03:04 | More by Pandaflute
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Kjanisch7

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-15-2013 18:15:33 | More by Kjanisch7
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markmo

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +17%

07-31-2013 02:46:57 | More by markmo
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-13-2012 18:15:16 | More by danthehopslamman
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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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NWer

Washington

4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-06-2013 03:07:28 | More by NWer
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freshflesh

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-08-2014 06:26:56 | More by freshflesh
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

03-19-2014 23:27:28 | More by DaftPatrick
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andyfrancis

California

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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Lazaro

Florida

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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