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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,376 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,376
Reviews: 871
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 61
Gots: 301 | 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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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, herbal hops, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with some herbal, dank hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but this one is super herbal and dank which makes sense with the story as to why this beer was created.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

G: Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark amber with a thick, creamy head with a good amount of carbonation bubbles on top. Barely transparent.

S: Sweet, citrus hops. Hints of caramel and darker malts.

T: Hop character comes straight through. This might be listed as a strong ale, but it's definitely quite close to a DIPA. A little bit of caramel and candied sugars. Mild spice.

M: Medium-bodied with a mild alcohol presence. Goes down smooth with moderate levels of carbonation.

D: A little bit on the bitter side--I would like something that's a little more balanced, but overall quite good.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of GRG1313
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ON TAP at STONE; Pours a dark honey orange color with light orange edges. A nice white head with very heavy lacing.

Assertive orange essence and orange flowers in nose, very floral and elegant with hints of apricot.

Nice balance and fruity/hop character. Fruity, stone fruit flavors with hints of malt and underlying stone fruit flavors; hints of Belgian malts but with a big grapefruit hop finish. Good with food.

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down rather quickly but left a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pine resin hops in the nose along with some notes of citrus and hints of caramel.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts and pine resin hops and is accompanied by a moderate to high amount of bitterness. There are some initial hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although the alcohol is well masked from the taste, this beer is definitely one that needs to be sipped given its strength and the high amount of bitterness.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber with a tightly packed head of two-finger width; excellent retention and multiple shards

Smell: Fruit salad (peaches, tangerines, apples), resin and caramel

Taste: Fruity on the taste buds as well, with the caramel undertones buttressing the fruity flavors; resinously bitter, by mid-palate, and both the hops and malts take it to another level in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some burn as it descends into the gullet

Overall: I don't generally care for DIPAs with a big malt bill and I was a little wary of this beer but really like both the malt and hop profiles - surprised I haven't had it before

Photo of BEERchitect
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When life gives you lemons... you still make beer! As Lagunitas receives the brunt of the legal system, that leaves an indelible die upon the conscious. How do you overcome this? The answer is to make a beer that both commemorates the unfortunate occasion and makes a mockery of it at the same time.

Its only obvious that some sort of obnoxious-ass brew steps forward. Its dark honey-amber appearance provides an ominous look, but its its dense blanket of foam- just off of white that retains the session with ease and laces the glass with highly decorative sheets of lace to decorate the glass.

Incredibly strong in its scent, the nose is lead by brown sugar, toffee and molasses. That fully sweet scent is nearly matched by citrus, pine and peppery alcohol. Even as esters of figs, dates, cherries, and apples waft about, the complexity attempts to balance the beer- yet it remains a malt-centric scent.

Savory molasses flavors fuse with brown sugar, toast, mild chocolate, maple and port for a sweeter upstart. But then there's a balance that rises in the middle that is chocked full of citrus- grapefruit peels, orange peels, lemon and pine sap all make their marks as the hops make their presence well known. But other intangibles help to shape the story: rum-like alcohol, copper-like mineral qualities and estery dark dried fruits ensure new flavors and new impressions with each and every sip.

Bitter-sweet in its finish, the beer isn't always like that. Its creamy-sweet introduction implies desserts... until the onslaught of bitterness and dry spiciness ensues. Incredible tranformations occur as the ale sheds of much its sugars and its deeply embedded bubbles to favor a hoppy-dry finish with resinous sticky texture and bold warmth.

Despite its chalky and minerally linger- this raw and rustic ale is much more refined than its inspiration would suggest. Sure- there's a chip on their shoulder and this ale squarely reflects that. But there's also an elegant masculinity that suggests that the brewery has gotten past that part of their history.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thin head on a clear orange amber body. Aroma moves into barleywine territory with candy sugar, caramel malt, and syrup. Flavor follows the aroma with lots of candy sugar, tart citrus, caramel malts resin and terpentine. Medium to light body and light to moderate carbonation. Not excited about this one really. Tastes more like a barleywine but still not good for that style either.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap in nc into a pint glass.

Rich dark brown in color and light ruby hints around the side and the bottom of the glass. Rich malty aroma, lots of caramel and hints of dee piney hops mixing in, really strong aroma here as it cuts through the air. For a beer over 9 percent it was remarkably smooth and subtle. I could have gone on drinking this one all day long, it was just that good. Huge notes of woody malts and mellow, sweet, syrup like flavor mixed with the lovely bitter piney hops

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, nice to find a two dollar single in lovely Bellevue, WA, when this stuff goes for ~20 bucks a six-pack at home.

This beer pours a crystal clear medium bronze-amber hue, with
two fingers of foamy, thinly creamy off-white head, which leaves a solid paint job of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of citrus hops right up front, and then some dark fruit, and an herbal, almost yeasty, character. The taste is bitter grapefruit and orange hops, substantial caramel and lesser toffee malt, and a menthol-like booze warming. I'm kind of wondering where the specific 72.41 IBUs absconded to, though. The carbonation is on the soft side, the body medium weight, a bit sticky, with a slight alcohol dryness cutting into the smoothness. It finishes still sweet, a bloom of booze and remnant bitter hops rounding things out.

Another decent strong ale from Lagunitas, though I'm having a harder and harder time sorting out the various incarnations. This one, I thought I had it, with the Belgian-esque nose - it was not to be. Still tasty though.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

not to be a buzzkill, because I think lagunitas has been trending in the right direction lately, but this beer is a step backwards in my opinion. it looks like a standard copper ale, but with a jovial white head an inch or so high, with excellent retention and some spotty lacing. it smells like camp according to my girlfriend, not summer camp from your youth, but like our hunting lodge on lake champlain that was built in the 30s and smells like aged wood and relaxation. I wouldn't be that kind. to me it smells like booze, cantaloupe, and hop oil. there is plenty of caramel malt and a gentle sweetness to the flavor, the hops are generically sweet, and yes, again, its the lagunitas generic yeast (if you've read my reviews of lagunitas, you know how much I harp on their blanket use of a single strain). to me, this is a generic strong ale, arrogantly named, and lacking the complexity and balance of their better offerings. fuller bodied, but not super dense, and carbonated on the relaxed side. im really glad I didn't get more than a single. although I don't hate it, im sort of fed up with this type of beer from this brewery, its obvious they have the skill to take it further, this was a letdown.

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a mahogany color with ruby highlights. It had a very small, tan head of foam that left soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled very malty and somewhat boozy. It had a muted floral aroma.

T - This one grabs you with spicy bitter hops and backs it up with a rich malty taste. There is a boozy alcohol flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. A medium to full bodied beer that requires some slow sipping.

D - This is a pretty good ale. It brings a great maltiness and booziness with just enough hop bitterness. Almost like an English Barleywine.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I'm still not sure what this whole Undercover Investigation Shutdown was, but hey, it seems to have been a great advertisement, and has certainly brought about interest, so kudos to the TTB (I guess), and thanks for spawning this beer!

It pours a clear amber-copper beneath a longstanding head of bone white that maintains a solid surface covering and leaves short rocky 'cliffs' of foam rising above the surface of the beer.

The aroma is fruity/citrusy and spicy over a dark caramel maltiness.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp, with a median carbonation.

The flavor adds some yeasty fruitiness to the hops and caramel maltiness already found in the nose. It displays apples, a hint of cherry, candied tangerine, dried apricot, and some mild citrus rind. A solid bitterness balances it, and it finishes drying as the fruit evaporates and the malt erodes, eventually leaving the mouth dry and dully bitter with just minor notes of fruitiness left behind.

Overall it's quite interesting, and surprisingly drinkable given its strength. It's not over-done, and the yeasty and hoppy fruitiness is compelling. Worth trying!

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,376 ratings.