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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,377 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,377
Reviews: 871
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 61
Gots: 302 | 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 Proteus93
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber hue, slightly dark. Head is nice and foamy. Retention and lacing are both pretty nice. This good looking brew is off to a good start.

S: Pine, some notes of bark and maltiness. Certainly a big hop profile with just the softest sweetness.

T: Big hoppy flavour.... lots of piney tastes, some bitter citrus rind (grapefruit without the sugary flavours). Some tart fruit notes come out and make a nice addition. Quite tasty.

M + D: Sparkling and rather assertive carbonation. Medium body, with a slight bit of chewiness and a lasting flavour. This is a pretty good beer, and I would be happy to have another.

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Gotti311
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Omnium
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Bowtie Glass

A - Deep amber gold with one finger of fizzy off white head, little lacing.
S - Really neat aroma. Immense tropical notes, super ripe mango, papaya, dragonfruit, some pear, melon, toasted caramels, sweet malt
T - Very sweet, lots of caramel malt, some grassiness to it, but the tropical flavors are dominant, tons of ripe papaya and mango, lots of melon.
M - Creamy and rich, a little clingy.
O - This in a lot of ways reminds me of a blend of Lake Erie Monster and Nugget Nectar. It has the booze and super ripe tropical notes of LEM with the bitter hop balance and malt profile of Nugget Nectar. Overall its a really good beer.

Photo of Jas45678
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Thedrizzle
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of rudabegga9
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of mctizzz
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of skaboom420
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of rorjets
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought too many like beers to drink today. These are pretty heavy duty, and one cannot drink much of these and keep ones' wits. So while I can still type...

This one is pretty. Clearer than clear (but rich redish brown). Not much head. Unlike some of its' brethren, this one does not attempt to nor succeed in hiding the high alcohol content. But it tastes good. And smells good.

On all accounts, I think it could be better, and I have a feeling that this will hit me like a ton a bricks gastronomically (and in the head). But I am a fan of everything this brewery produces. They are never pedestrian - always on the edge, and thus they deserve us beer advocates' respect and patronage.

Edit 5-13-2011 - This is better than I remember. Still strong tasting, but better. Nice stuff. I have to tell myself - Bob, buy this every time you see it.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark bronze with brighter orangish-brown hues around the edge of the glass. Foamy dirty khaki head that is a solid two fingers thick. SLowly fades to about one finger of foam and leaves chunky lacing behind.

S - Surprisingly strong aroma of citrus hops (I have had this beer in the cellar for almost a year now) and a strong sweet caramel malt balance. As the beer warms teh sweetness becomes a bit stronger and a little alcohol sneaks in.

T - Sweet caramel and just a touch of citrusy hop bitterness. The aroma of the hops clearly had a bit more staying power than the taste. Very sweet malts dominate the taste and there is just a touch of heat from the alcohol. A touch of fruitiness provides just enough balance to keep this a very drinkable beer.

M/D - Medium to full bodied. Ample carbonation without being too carbonated. As the beer rests a while the feel becomes more and more creamy. Very easy drinking beer given the high ABV. Possibly the first Lagunitas beer that I have felt was truly remarkable (I still cant make up my mind on Hop Stoopid).

Photo of MNBeerGeek
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Chico1985
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12oz from a fresh batch, ABV listed as 9.8%. I've come to really enjoy and appreciate Lagunitas lately and would like to try all of their regulars eventually.

Pours into my Darkness tulip a dark copper/amber color, mostly translucent with a small off-white head that retains fine as a thick ring and spotty cap leaving bits of lace.

Scent has lots of earthiness, some resiny hops, grapefruit, buttery and caramel malts.

Taste is a mix of sweet+hoppy like the scent, pretty intense from both sides of the spectrum. Earthy and piny hops come through the most along with grapefruit and maybe some citrus and floral there too. Caramel+butterscotch malts create quite a backbone for the hops, a good balance here, nothing is overpowering.

Pretty smooth mouthfeel with somewhat high carbonation. Hop bitterness and sweet malts do a number on the palate but only hints of alcohol, decently hidden for almost 10%.

A strong ale that hints towards double IPA, the big amount of sweet malt mostly separate it from that categorization though.A bit of a sipper but very enjoyable. Definitely diggin Lagunitas.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA glass
From: K&B Wine Cellar’s in Allied Gardens (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $11.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: April 19, 2013
Consumed: April 19, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark copper amber clear color with two fingers of khaki white head. Lighter than expected sporadic lacing on the sides. Average retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled a pleasant mix of floral hops, citrus hops (grapefruit) and bitter Belgian spices.

Tasted similar to the nose but with a long lingering bitter finish. Could definitely taste the alcohol. Also got floral hops, citrus hops (grapefruit) and some caramel malts.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively (above average) carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

Just another solid beer from Lagunitas. Wouldn’t expect anything less.

Photo of mmulebarn
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of DCon
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 FL OZ bottle of this & added it to my Mix-A-Six Pack @ Naked Vine in Chesterfield, MO for $9.99. Poured from the Normal White Labeled Lagunitas bottle w/ "LIMITED RELEASE" on the side into a Clear 16oz Christmas Seidel Glass. Does not have an type of bottled/freshness date.

Aroma- A huge hop slam starts off this beer-nose rating category. There is also a very sweet maltiness and strong amount of alcohol. Who knows. Maybe this is going to be a Strong Ale?

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head that is very frothy and lasts for a great amount of time. The body is a reddish/copper color and very clear. The glass keeps thick rings of lace on it from this wildly headed brew.

Flavor- Tons of alcohol, hops, and a slight mango flavor starts this one off and finishes in the same drink. Very well balanced and then has a medium bitterness level. Tons of complexity and flavor!

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, VERY creamy, and leaves nice hops and strength from brew on the palate.

Overall Impression- A very interesting Strong Ale... Very hoppy, creamy, and citrus flavored for one but didn't mind at all! Lagunitas always has a different side of things with their styles and I dig it! A tougher beer to drink so I would recommend splitting a 6-pack with 3 or more friends!

Photo of Brams17
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a dark copper with a 2" tan head. Big ring of lacing along with spider webbing.

S- caramel, toffee, citrus, dark fruits, light pine

T- sweet toffee, caramel, toasted malts, citrus, pine

M- medium body and carbonation. Very sneaky abv.

O- another solid beer from Lagunitas, but wouldn't expect anything less. Fairly sweet but has enough citrus and bitterness to balance it out.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of number1bum
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber pours a nice clear copper color with a big and fluffy three finger cream colored head. Leaves a ton of lace and ample amount of stick on the sides.

Smell is hoppy but more piney than citrusy for my nose. Smell suggests to me that there will be pretty ample bitterness (the label suggests that, as well). There is some sweet caramel malt and alcohol in the nose, as well.

Taste starts off with some bitter, pine flavored hops, adds in a bit of grapefruit and citrus, and then finishes with some more hop bitterness. There is a pretty solid malt backbone (subtle caramel sweetness but really just robustly malty) to keep the hops in line for the most part. I'd consider it a bit of a little bit of a hop bomb in terms of bitterness but not in the league of a Hop Wallop by any means. Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is pretty crisp. Alcohol is mostly well hidden although it does come out a bit in the nose and just a touch in the taste.

Enjoyable brew for sure, but not my favorite DIPA (and I should point out that the label never refers to it as an IPA or Double IPA - only an "especially bitter ale." I'm really not even sure it's a DIPA. It shares some characteristics but it's got more malt flavor and less hop flavor than most DIPAs). Definitely worth a try though.

Photo of farrago
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderate aggression gets you a finger of eggshell white form, fairly dense and frothy, what's there possesses decent retention, multiple patches of lacing scattered across the glass insides. Clear bronzed orange color, red rust tinge, loose, widely spread bubble beads. The nose is locked and loaded to please, juicy pink grapefruit, tangerine and lime citrus, honey, fully ripened peach, apricot, nectarine, pineapple scents, mere brush of caramel, light sweet spiciness, under it all an herbaceous earthiness and mutter of charcoal ash. Full-bodied, that earthiness and tar adds some needed rigidity, the carbonation helps as well by tightening up its game and percolating without fluffiness. At the same time, doesn't lose any of that sweetly ripened pink grapefruit, tangelo citrus nor bountiful peach, apricot, nectarine, pineapple, mango flavors. Here more cocoa and mocha than caramel, drier and powdery. Not suave per se, but manages to work the room completely and then exeunt without anyone noticing but everyone wants to say goodnight before leaving themselves. Having a six-pack on hand is a dangerous thing.

Photo of Auror
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of JamieDuncan
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.

Photo of ckollias
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian snifter glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a thick, white, 2-finger head that slowly dissipates leaving a great trail and ending in a solid lace.

S: Hoppy aroma up front followed caramel malt scents.

T: Bitter hops meet sweet malt with a slight pine background.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent brew – great balance between the hops and malt.

Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,377 ratings.