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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,939 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,939
Reviews: 730
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 48
Gots: 280 | 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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

Mattias, Aug 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

mick303, Jun 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

MastaShonuf, Jul 06, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Zimm, May 13, 2013
Photo of HattedClassic
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A slightly oily texture. Pours very little head that diminishes quickly. The beer itself is a nice clear brown with hints of red. Slight lacing.

Smell: the beer smells hoppy with a caramel dominate smell. The alcohol also makes a noticeable appearance. However, the hops come out more as the beer warms.

Taste: Citrus hops with sweet malts in the background. The alcohol also makes an appearance but not so much as it detracts from the beer.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with prickly feel. The beer also goes down cold, which is surprising considering the alcohol content.

Overall: A decent beer. The beer isn't that visually impressive but it certainly earns it label as a strong ale with an abv at around 10%.

HattedClassic, Jul 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

skaboom420, May 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

HoistinBrews, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 1 1/2 finger head with excellent retnetion and a nice clear amber color.

Initially I get a balanced whiff of hops with a tiny bit of a biscuit malt chracteristic and some undertones of alcohol. However as it warms I get a light fruitiness reminiscent of raisins and plums.

Taste is a little bit dry and boozy even though it seems that a darker crystal malt was used with a slight bit of biscuit.

The mouthfeel is a bit too dry and there are notes of harsh fusel alcohols within.

I like this beer. It's a decent jab at an IIPA, but it needed to pick either a malty forefront or a more hop centered forefront (especially aroma wise) to be considered a great example of ths style.

jasonjlewis, Jul 17, 2009
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

FrankHammer, Oct 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

dgherm, Jul 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Tiernan, Apr 21, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Okay, whats the deal? Only 5 reviews of this stuff nationwide? I picked up an unassuming bottle in a mixed sixer not even knowing what it was and wow I am blown away!

Pours viscous, this is a high gravity beer based on its pout alone. Nice dark amber/golden color with nice carbonation and a nice looking thin white head.

Smell is super fresh hops, I was NOT expecting a super hoppy beer when I popped the cap but then again most of the Lagunitas beers seem to be slanted toward the hoppy end of the spectrum. These hops are super piney wow! Lots of resiny goodness eminates from my glass, it kills any other smells that might even be thinking of coming forward.

Wow, what a beer. Lots of piney hoppy goodness followed by some powdered sugar and caramel flavors and a nice malty backbone.

This ia very well balanced strong hoppy beer. I am very much in awe of just how good this beer was as I had no idea!

By far one of the best beer "surprises" I've had in awhile!!!

indiapaleale, Mar 21, 2009
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3.29/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Consumed 8/8/13

Appearance: Medium amber and copper - remarkably clear - pours with a creamy, medium-to-small sized eggshell white head - fades to a small, wispy cap, leaves some sheets of lacing , and the lacing sticks around forever - purdy

Smell: Very malty with an interesting array of sugars - very cooked and caramelized malts - sweet biscuits, bread and toffee - caramel and some brown sugar - some grapefruit and orange in the back - sugary sweetness, seems a bit excessive - some alcohol creeps in as well

Taste: Bread, sugar, and booze (breakfast of champions?) - very cooked, caramelized, almost syrupy at times - malt extract, caramel, white sugar, brown sugar - oily grapefruit and orange - dinner rolls sprinkled with sugar, dark bread, and toffee - sweet, borderline cloying - some earthy notes - alcohol is pretty obvious, I would guess this is beyond 10% ABV (which is amusing since it's not)

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium, nicely carbonated, a little too syrupy, a little too oily, with a wet, boozy finish

Overall: Easy to forget to shut down anything after a few of these

The combination of citrus and brown sugar reminds me of ham glaze. This is not the first time I have said this about a Lagunitas beer. And this also includes some bread. It's like a meal! This is an interesting beer, but Lagunitas' lighter offerings are a better representation of the brewery.

angrybabboon, Aug 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

scott2269, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

NickThePyro, Apr 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

PopnLoads, Aug 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

OregonGrown7, Jun 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

lucasj82, Sep 30, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours the color of amber sap with a 2 finger head, average retention, resulting in a lace that's thin but sticky.

Smell - Smells of ruby red grapefruit and pine resin. A foreboding aroma. A touch astringent.

Taste - Hoppy red grapefruit upfront, hints of chocolate and dried fruit. Green banana. Finishes with the sweet ruby red character it starts with.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall - Another sweet, hoppy grapefruit release from Lagunitas. I love it, but I'd like to see something different from this brewery. Does well to hide the high 9.8% ABV.

TheSixthRing, Jun 23, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up last week since I hadn't had an American Strong Ale in quite some time. Most of the Lagunitas beers that I've had were pretty hoppy in the west coast tradition but this one was a bit more balanced than I had anticipated. I also thought that it would be a bit too strong to fully savor and sure enough, that turned out to be the case.

This poured a nice brown hue with a decent head that lasted for a little while. No lacing could be seen and there wasn't much of an aroma to this either. When I first tasted it, it felt like a Barleywine to me. Lots of rye and booze and a relatively full, balanced mouthfeel. There was just a hint of citrus up font and a large warming sensation to this too, which lingered all the way until the pine took over in the aftertaste. This wasn't something that I could get down quickly but the alcohol made me slow down and just enjoy it for what it was.

Yes, I know that this is an American Strong Ale but I didn't think that it would be overpowering. I felt the alcohol kick in pretty quickly on this and it stuck with me for a while. Unless this style is what you prefer, a six-pack of this is probably too much. By itself, this is fine after a long night will have just enough of a kick to satisfy hopheads, and differentiate it from Barleywines and other strong styles.

JerzDevl2000, Jul 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

csfcmitchell, Jun 28, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up as part of a mixed 6, well, hate to admit it but it was because of the name. Very interesting. Good looking beer with an awesome smell that has a good bit going on. Very interesting beer, reminds me more of an IPA than anything, wasn't what I was expecting. Enjoyed it plus it gets a lot of bonus point due to the high ABV. Would get again depending upon cost.

JamieDuncan, Apr 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

CGMLS3, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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