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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,899 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,899
Reviews: 727
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 46
Gots: 265 | 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)
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1/5  rDev -75.4%

radlleb, Mar 04, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -69.2%

Mattylaz22, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of GeoJ
1.5/5  rDev -63.1%

Short and sweet: Bleeech ...

One of the single worst tasting beverages I've ever had. Slick, oily mouthfeel coats the tongue and doesn't let go. Cloyingly piney, "What the hell am I drinking?" reaction after first sip. Overdone on every level - I don't understand what this beer is trying to be.

Too boozy tasting on top of it all.

A two-sip drain-pour.

Simply horrific.

GeoJ, Apr 13, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -63.1%

coloradobeerwench, Aug 02, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -56.9%

dapatte2, Apr 08, 2013
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2/5  rDev -50.7%

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2/5  rDev -50.7%

thatdirtymick, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Phelps
2.17/5  rDev -46.6%

Served in a shaker pint at Tops.

Perfectly clear auburn with hints of burnt orange. One finger of frothy head the color of wet sand slowly fades to thick top layer, looking a little scummy.

Weird nose. Caramel, dry dog food, sweet wort. Also honey and hints of tangy apricot.

Ugh, the flavor is worse. Sweet, tangy apricot and perhaps some orange peel with floral notes give way to overly burnt caramel malt and hefty bitterness. Overly astringent and just weird. The tangy cleaning solution and burnt malt never meld.

Light yet prickly carbonation breaks into just a bit of fizz. Treacly medium body.

Weird, weird, weird. Competing flavors are fighting it out in my mouth, and I don’t appreciate it.

Phelps, Aug 06, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -44.6%

TheBigBoy, Jun 23, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -44.6%

f_raud, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of zeledonia
2.48/5  rDev -38.9%

Bottled 25 March 2011. Don't know enough about the beer to know if that's a problem. I'm going to assume it's not and forge boldly ahead.

Pours a deep amber color, reddish-tinged with gold highlights. Big pillowy two-finger off-white head, good retention and nice lacing. Some visible carbonation, but not much. Knocked down a bit by some tiny little particles floating around in it.

Smells round, fleshy, and golden. Fruity, but an odd, unidentifiable fruit. Kinda like melon. Or "soft" alcohol - meaning the alcohol is there, but its edges are smoothed out. Reminds me of another unclassifiable Lagunitas beer I had not too long ago - Little Sumpin' Wild. Regardless, I like it.

First taste is like the smell turned down a notch, with a little hop kick at the end. Second taste is... fine... but I think the alcohol is too much for the rest of the beer. I don't find enough flavor here to stand up to 10%, so half the time I just taste the alcohol. And that's not pleasant. I even had a couple of hard-liquor-style shudders after taking sips of it. It's lacking the warmth, softness, and fulness of the smell. After a few sips, I'm finding it nearly undrinkable. The sweetness still sneaks through a bit, but I think this one is destined for the drain.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, low carbonation. Not bad, but I'm having trouble enjoying it because of the taste.

What can I say? It smells real nice. I enjoyed smelling it. I did not enjoy drinking it. In fact, I drank very little of it. Not my cup of tea. Sharp alcohol and bitterness drown out any goodness.

zeledonia, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Offa
2.48/5  rDev -38.9%

This is rather rough and unbalanced, like a rougher, more astringent, less balanced, and generally less well-crafter relative of Lagunitas's own Lucky 13.

Deep reddish, it has a medium pale tan head steadily shrinking to a thin foamy top and leaving a little lace.

The aroma is hoppy with a lot of grapefruit an pine plus very strong alcohol notes.

The taste is similar, some candied fruit and rum, some caramel, and hop flavours, but with too much grapfefruit and too much rough alcohol. The elements do not marry well but conflict and ultimately it is too bitter, astringently hot, and harsh, with a very drying feel in the mouth.

Offa, Apr 03, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Atomicskis5, Apr 11, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

tjsmith910, Jul 10, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

khargro2, Apr 01, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

IchLiebeBier, Mar 31, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Zimm, May 13, 2013
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2.58/5  rDev -36.5%

9.8%. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high; I'm increasingly liking Lagunitas.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige-light light khaki head of fair retention, nice thickness, and pretty decent cream. Lacing is mundane. Colour is a clear textbook copper. No yeast particles are visible. Translucent. No bubble show.

Sm: Nice floral hopping, caramel, clean malts, cream, toasted malt, toffee, and a hint of alcohol. A mild strength aroma. No yeast comes through.

T: Malt sweetness - especially on the climax. Toffee and caramelization are prominent. Some toasted malts. A boozy character, but not in an averse way. Clean malts. Floral hopping; it's indistinct and adds little. This is a messy beer; the balance is off and the flavours are haphazard. I like it for what it is, but it just isn't focused or well put together. No real complexity or subtlety.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat syrupy; too thick. Not overbearing, but too heavy on the palate for what it is. Carbonation is good, if a bit overdone.

Dr: Drinkable but far from excellent. A decent brew from Lagunitas, but not a great one. I wouldn't get it again. Hides its ABV pretty well, but some does come through. Decently priced here in California.

C-

kojevergas, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of DeFaz
2.74/5  rDev -32.5%

Appearance: Pours an amber color with a medium head that leaves nice lacing. Good head retention.

Smell: Huge candy aroma along with alcohol (this smells like 9+% if not more), caramel, and orange. There's a lot going on, but the aromas don't work well together.

Taste: Again, there's a lot of flavors, but they don't blend well. This tastes way too sweet while being moderately bitter, and the alcohol seeps through. I find that oftentimes strong ales will be very sweet so as to cover up the alcohol, but this doesn't happen here. There's some fruit and brown sugar going on.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, thick, and slightly undercarbonated. This doesn't make things any better.

Overall: I absolutely appreciate the effort to make a unique beer (that's why I seek out craft beers in the first place), but this really is tough to drink given the out of control sweetness. There are some good flavors here too, but the alcohol and candy flavors just squash everything for me.

DeFaz, Mar 21, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Reviewed 3/24/09
Loved the story behind why this was brewed, had to pick up a 6'er. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz pint glass. Exceedingly firm pour yields 1/8 inch head, bright white in color. Head fades quickly leaving no sign of lace. Color is a clear copper amber.

Nose- Piney, pithy grapefruit. Some pronounced caramel notes. Very dry, with some brown sugar sweetness. Plenty of bitterness in the finish. Very Hot. Kind of a hopped up sugary hot mess.

Mouthfeel- Very dry, and bitter.

Drinkability- Very strong, and confused.

Kraken, Mar 25, 2009
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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

ONN8, Aug 17, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Waveoff, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Arbitrator
2.78/5  rDev -31.5%

Chilled 12oz into a glass. Purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos.

A: Pours a clear dark amber / coppery shade. Has a half-finger off-white head that recedes into light filming and a donut on top of the drink. Leaves some lacing down the glass. Has nice bubbles up the center.

S: MALT. MALT. MALT. A surprising amount of toast, brown sugar, raisins, and an arrangement of floral hops with a lighter grapefruit / citrus component. It honestly smells a lot to me like a doppelbock.

T: Following the nose, a dominant sweetness with toast, dark fruits (raisins, dates) with brown sugar and caramel malt supplementing. The finish takes a complete 180 into hop territory, with grapefruit acidity and floral bitterness. The aftertaste is fairly clean but has just a little lingering bitterness. Seems like the flavors need a little more time to meld.

M: It's medium-bodied, with a watery, unsatisfying finish. Medium carbonation that serves the style decently. Has a lingering bitter aftertaste, but after finishing the beer I had mostly malt burps. Good masking of the ABV.

D: Decent. While I'm glad I tried it, it's not mind-blowing, and I don't think I'd go out of my way to stock up before the season is over. It's more like a dependable and solid brew from a dependable and solid company.

Arbitrator, Jun 16, 2011
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2.8/5  rDev -31%

A: Dark bronze, not much head, but there is a lingering cap of foam and some nice lacing.

S: Some light citrus aroma .. and that's it. Maybe some slight toastiness from the malt.

T: Very woodsy & pine-like hop bitterness. Booze is out in the open.

M: Despite the booziness, it doesnt drink harshly at all. Well-carbonated with no memorable hop or malt flavors.

O: Glad I only got a single. My least favorite Lagunitas beer.

diamondc, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of drpimento
2.85/5  rDev -29.8%

Expected better, given the ratings. Served with a fine, creamy, off white head and good lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is bright citrus, hop, a little yeast. Flavor is very intense grapefruit. Too intense for me. Body is ok and carbonation is a shade light. Finish is like flavor. Not a session for me.

drpimento, Aug 01, 2011
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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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