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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,723 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,723
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 42
Gots: 216 | FT: 4
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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WOTO97

California

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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).

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 03:04:41 | More by WOTO97
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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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