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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,355 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,355
Reviews: 871
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 53
Gots: 292 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by dwilson01:
Photo of dwilson01
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into my arrogant bastard pint glass, an amber coppery color, nice finger of head dissipates to a thin layer with nice lacing left on the glass. carbonation keeps it lively.

The smell is very fragrant, citrusy aroma hops, caramel sweetness, some maple as well. Fresh and springlike but also thick and malty.

The taste is a gigantic blend of so many different flavors its pretty crazy. There is some woodiness to it, tiny bit of oak like it was made with oak chips, but also a bit of pine from the bittering hops. Multiple sweet flavors mingle in as well, maple syrup and caramel as well as some fruity fructose hints. I've settled on sweet super-ripe orange in the backround with an apricot nectar in the fore. Spiciness as well brought out by the carbonation which gives it a nice finish. There is SO much flavor here and what's crazy it that none of them clash, and I taste no alcohol whatsoever.

I enjoyed the mouthfeel quite a bit, kudos to Lagunitas for putting enough malt in this one! some of the others have great flavor like this one but lack a solid body-feel during the taste to lend enough balance to it, this one surpassed my expectations.

Definitely a sipper, it's sweet and no alcohol taste but it is also very thick in body which does inhibit you from drinking it too to fast. Although you could, if you start downing it you'll get a buzz quite quick I am sure.

Overall it was a great beer, quite recommendable and one of my favorites from Lagunitas for sure

dwilson01, May 07, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

oberon, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of foxcaptain
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at local Flying Saucer Emporium. Pours dark amber red. Little to no head with tan color. Lacing on glass very pronounced. Taste is malty and sweet with an alcohol warmth on the back end. Aroma is pine and grapefruit. Delicious DIPA will definitely try again.

foxcaptain, May 17, 2011
Photo of mojohawk21
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

mojohawk21, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of aszatk01
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

aszatk01, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of cam477
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

cam477, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of ExtraStout
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Sneak Release Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale pours a clear orange red with a nice creamy head that lingers for quite a while. From the moment I opened the bottle I was hit with big citrusy hop aroma, grapefruit, and pine backed up with a good amount of malt sweetness. The sweetness is predominate in the flavor, lots of caramel and toffee, but there is no lack of citrusy hop flavor. There is a nice bitterness that rounds out the beer, but not overpowering for the beers strength. A bit of alcohol comes through in the finish, but not too much for a beer of the strength.

ExtraStout, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

t2grogan, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TCHopCraver, May 19, 2010
Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev -1.5%

OhioBobcat, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of jono0101
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

jono0101, May 18, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Tiernan, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of GameOfBeers
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%

GameOfBeers, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of woodchipper
4/5  rDev -1.5%

woodchipper, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of SanFranJake
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

SanFranJake, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of joemetric
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of dacubz
4/5  rDev -1.5%

dacubz, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -1.5%

sabitu, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Pandaflute
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Pandaflute, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Kjanisch7
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Kjanisch7, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of markmo
4.75/5  rDev +17%

markmo, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of Drunkenass
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Drunkenass, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of danthehopslamman
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

danthehopslamman, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

lordofthewiens, May 08, 2013
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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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