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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,784 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,784
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 40
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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cbak999

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

Note: I had this on cask keg 3 weeks ago, and it was much fresher and tastes much better. I wish I had reviewed that beer instead. Oh well. On to the bottled version:

A - Pours a dark amber, with no head at all. A thin rib of white lines the outside of the glass.

S - The smell is the best feature of this beer. I get hints of caramel and hops. Also smell warm alcohol notes.

T - this resembles a caramely, warm, imperial amber ale. It's more sweet than an IPA. I get a nutty taste. The lasting taste however, is sweet malt.

D - Drinkable for a 9+% strong ale. I don't know that I'd pound down a sixer in a session, but it's a real nice sipper! It's a seasonal, so I'll probably get it again next year. Another solid Lagunitas brew!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 22:18:51 | More by cbak999
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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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