Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by eclipse54:
3.4/5 rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a translucent rust color with about a two-finger's breadth of foamy, bubbly, off-white head. Lots of lacing is left behind as it takes its time settling (and I drink it). Smells of citrusy hops, grapefruit, pine, caramel, and brown sugar. Tastes of alcohol, caramel malt, sugar, and citrus. The alcohol is rather overpowering in this one, and isnt masked nearly as well as I'd hoped. Mouth is warmly thinned from the alcohol and carbonation, and finishes relatively smooth. Overall, it lives up the strong ale name, but seemed a little out of balance. I'll probably reach for something else next time, but wouldn't necessarily be disappointed if I was stuck with this.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2011 03:12:13 | More by eclipse54
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3.93/5 rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I purchased this from Wegman's, enjoyed chilled from the 12oz brown bottle in a teku.
The color is brilliant bronze with great clarity and thick full pale cream with 2 fingers depth and fine bead with excellent retention and lace sticks in a camouflage type random pattern. The smell is a mix of citrus from the hops and light malt sweet scents with hints of berry and light alcohol odor. The feel is very good - emphasis on the bitterness fades into a more balanced feel with medium carbonation and slight sweetness mid palate with a nice amount of alcohol for the style and semi-dry finish.
The taste is a complex blend of citrus ans spice flavors from NW hops and some yeast in the taste which brings a fruity dark berry quality with moderately sweet almost caramel flavor in the malt which supports the hop bitterness. The alcohol is relatively subdued and emphasizes a slight spice/pine-like element more toward the finish but there is still enough sweetness to blanket the palate as it finishes smooth. Overall I like the intensity it is a little sweeter than most in this style, could almost be blurring the lines of English barleywine but is very hoppy which is why I think it fits the style of American Strong well - pretty drinkable but I would share this if possible.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 01:30:31 | More by Slatetank
Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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