Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down AleUndercover Investigation Shut-down Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,838 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,838
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 101
Gots: 652 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-10-2009

ABV varies slightly from 9.0 to 9.8
66.6 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,838 | Reviews: 978
Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. Bottle

Poured into a chalice a very nice slightly cloudy golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger fizzy/creamy off-white head, which leaves a nice big island in the glass with some nice sticky lacing as well. The nose is malty, with a nice touch of hops, picking up some cherries, figs, plums. The taste is very very nice, sweet, hoppy, with some nice malt notes, dark fruits. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well, but still watch out. Overall a very tasty brew, glad to see this one in Utah.

Photo of Neorebel
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a very dark amber, with a minimal white head. The aroma is very sugary sweet. It's slightly boozy with a heavy malt flavor and coarse hops in the finish. Overall, I'd say it drinks a bit like a sweet Barleywine.

Photo of jackb112
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drink 6 of these and you'll feel like you got hit by a truck.

Photo of TBoneJones
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper/ light wood brown color. Rich off-white head. Lacing ends up nice all over the pint.
Smells of fruity hops, pineapple and floral. Great aroma.
Taste follows the nose, but with a sweet malt backbone for balance. Woody earth/ forest, sips clean, slight herbal tone as well.
Smooth sipping, creamy, medium feel, slight stickiness.
Solid strong ale. More medicinal/ herbal than I prefer, but great stuff nonetheless.

Photo of stephens101
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Oak and Oar. So nice to have a new heavyweight brewery in the state. Let's see how this one works.

Reddish-brown in color with a sturdy and lasting tan crown. Aroma involves some fruitiness and not much else. Tastes of persimmon, grain, syrup and taffy. Has a smooth and quick alcohol burn and goes down medium to heavy.

Not a superstar by far, but a tasty welcome to town for sure.

Photo of LakersGotRings
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Typical Lagunita's hoppy flavor amped up to the next level with tons of malt flavor. Creamy finish, pleasant on the nose.

Photo of Totalpackage411
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good beer with an even better back story. This one is a very strong ale. Doesn't taste refreshing like other beers, this one hits you almost immediately. I can maybe drink 2-3 in a row before the taste is just too overwhelming. A nice beer to relax and get a good buzz going but I wouldn't keep drinking them for the long haul.

Photo of CarolinaTripp
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Definitely got better as it warmed up. Bitter 66.6 IBU and a bit chewy. Strong at 9.3% ABV. Good finish and now I'm tipsy.

Photo of SmashAdams
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light hoppy sweet smell. Taste is strong, sweet, and bitter. Got smoother as it warmed up. yb

Photo of CRJohnston80
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's delicious and I'm drunk

Photo of LittleMurphyDog
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finger high whitey foam, no great aroma, but a really great taste--sweet and malty. This could be a real favorite.

Photo of SF_Posse
3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Surprising beer. Great smell and look. A little disappointed with the taste as it does not match expectations. Very boozy.

Photo of MNJR
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grainy feel. Toasty caramel, lots of sweetness and prune/berry fruit, and a slight bubblegum flavor. The alcohol taste is virtually not present for such high content. Big and very flavorful. The oily hops linger after the sweetness fades. Unusual, and very good

Photo of Tilly
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper colour. Malt, some citrus and mild pine aroma.
Tastes like strong sweet malt, grapefruit just a hint of pine.
Mouth feel is mildly tart with a nice bitterness at the end.
Potent but not predictable
A great offering from Lagunitas.

Photo of SteveDavy01
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Easy to drink. Does not taste like a 9.30ABV

Photo of toronadotornado
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

SF Uncork'd - San Francisco, CA - 12 oz bottle poured into a mason

Photo of pwlong19
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Doesn't seem as potent as it is. Smooth drinkable like an imperial ale.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good beer, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of secondtooth
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean amber, with a huge head of off-white suds. Thick and detailed lace.

Aroma: Bitter hops, with some floral and pine (and grapefruit) tones.

Taste: Deliciously smooth, this “American Strong Ale” is centered around a huge hop bill, with lots of bitter grapefruit and pine notes alongside some big malts to balance it all out. A very flavorful ale, with a slight warming finish, yet masterfully masking the potent 9.3% ABV. A wonderful and easy-to-drink ale.

Photo of Gear54
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a snifter.

Beer is dark amber in color with one finger of off white foam and tight lace in the glass.

Smell is hoppy and woody with malty background. I'm getting some sweet citrus as well maybe grapefruit.

Taste is quite unique. Very piney and earthy with that grapefruit citrus popping up in the finish. This beer has a different bitterness about it. It's not your typical bitter hop flavor.

Feel is very heavy. Beer is dense and almost chewy. Flavors coat and stay on the palate for a while. Very nice feel.

Photo of warrenc
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very well rounded beer. Nice bitter hop, complex malt taste and dry grapefruit finish. This is a wonderful ale.

Photo of sicilian
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A fine alternative to SN Bigfoot.

Photo of Tom_O
3.16/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Unfortunately not as good as I was hoping for. Not sure how to describe this style of hop taste, but I've have had others like it before. Too "earthy" if that makes any sense. Nothing special for me is what I'm getting at, long story short.

Photo of R_Brown77
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite ales, the name is perfect because you'd never guess you're scarfing down a 9% ale until it's too late. You'll be out of commission before you saw it coming. Undercover Shut-down.

Photo of nicholas2121
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Company. This brew has an ABV of 9.30% , and it pours out a deep amber color. This brew has a nice off white head. The smell of Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale is rich with hops, grains and malts. Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale smell is really inviting. Now for the taste, it is rich with hops , and grains. This is a nice full bodied brew. I like how this brew goes down smooth. There nothing overpowering about Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale, it has a nice balance to it. I like how this brew is different from, most brews on the market. The mouthfeel is rich , smooth , and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale a solid 4.25 out 5. I would buy this brew again. Lagunitas Brewing Company did a nice job with this one.

Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,838 ratings.