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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,776 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,776
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 39
Gots: 230 | 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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Reviews by blackcompg:
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blackcompg

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured nearly 3 fingers of light khaki eggshell foam, body is a perfectly transparent copper amber,

Smell - Toasted malts, nearly burnt toffee, some rich sweet dark fruits, pumpernickel bread.

Taste - Starets with sweet toasted breadcrusts, minerals, burnt toffee, pungent floral hops, and then herbal hops like coriander and a touch of cilantro, and something else there, almost like rye. I get some grapefruit pith long into the finish with burnt rye crusts.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, carb is nearly medium and quite smooth, but gets some edges near the back of the tongue. Fairly easy to drink, although it dries out (somewhat chalky feeling) near the end of each quaff.

Overall - A very unique ale with nice complexity, balance and unique flavors. Definitely a good one to seek out if you want something a bit different.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 05:52:14 | More by blackcompg
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SBoeckman72

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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JamesShoemaker

Michigan

3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Short's goblet. Bottled dated 67th day of 2014, so March 7th after a bit of Googling. I tried this beer once a while back and I really enjoyed it, so it'll be interesting to see how it's held up (in a refrigerated cooler) for the last few months.

UISDA pours a coppery, brassy orange out of the bottle and settles a little deeper in the glass with a predictable amount of head on the forced pour. The first thing I'm reminded of is a strong doppelbock with its deep ocher tone, limited translucency, and all-around prosaic appearance. The foam is off white, just a tinge of brown, and lingers on top of the beer in a thin layer in the middle of the surface and a thick band around the periphery. Some carbonation evident. This is an utterly "blah" beer, nothing special, nothing wrong, just plain.

The smell, by contrast, is relatively complex. The first thing I detect after a swirl and a deep whiff is hops, nothing citrusy or juicy, but dank and meaty, almost like a mosaic and nugget hop ate a piece of bacon before they were added to the boil. Speaking of pork, there's an almost spicy quality to the aroma too, like pepperoni, or even marijuana. There's little beneath the hop aroma, which is interesting considering that this is an aged specimen.

This relative dearth in the aroma carries through to the taste, which makes me suspect that this beer is better fresh. A hint of sugar presents itself, which makes me question the yeast strain; following it is a burst of bitter hop aroma, which doesn't pair well with the underlying sweetness from the alcohol and the yeast strain (Belgian pale, or something?). The combination yields a bitter citrusy flavor, like licking your fingers after handling a lime or the worst kind of grapefruit. In all, the taste is thin and one-dimensional.

Thinness, of course, is the enemy of mouthfeel. Bitterness is a close second. Unfortunately, UISDA presents both of these characteristics, leading to a less than desirable drinking experience. Despite the high alcohol content (which isn't part of the dramatis personae), the mouthfeel is thin and the ingredients are bitter.

UISDA is an interesting, but ultimately unconvincing experiment. There are a lot of styles being thrown around here, including DIPA, American Barleywine, and Weizenbock, which I assume is what led the brewers to label it as the nebulous "Strong Ale." Despite my negative comments, I'd like to revisit this beer afresh when it's less than a month old, as I think the desired flavors will be more present. Still, I expected better shelf-life from a 4-month-old, refrigerated, 9.5% ABV beer from an otherwise excellent brewery.

Serving type: bottle

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,776 ratings.