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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,727 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,727
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 42
Gots: 216 | FT: 4
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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Christov

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-20-2013 05:36:01 | More by Christov
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Flashyspoons

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +17%

04-20-2013 04:09:00 | More by Flashyspoons
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YalovaIA

Iowa

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-20-2013 01:39:56 | More by YalovaIA
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BLACKENEDPLAGUE

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -20%

04-20-2013 00:45:21 | More by BLACKENEDPLAGUE
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-19-2013 14:11:48 | More by MarkyMOD
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CasanovaCummins

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

04-19-2013 03:18:09 | More by CasanovaCummins
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MrBoh

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -20%

04-19-2013 02:51:07 | More by MrBoh
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

04-19-2013 01:58:57 | More by AlexFields
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

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

A-dark amber color with a light tan head and good lacing

S-malt, citrus, pine caramel

T-citrus, pine, bready malt, caramel, toffee, nice bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, creamy and smooth mouthfeel

O-a nice strong ale with a good hop presence and overall interesting flavor profile

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 01:54:35 | More by MDDMD
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terence

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-19-2013 01:14:27 | More by terence
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Skeeze

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-19-2013 00:31:58 | More by Skeeze
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fearfactory

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

04-18-2013 03:57:41 | More by fearfactory
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HappyPappy2X

Oregon

3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: 12oz pour into Belgian goblet;
Medium carbonation;
Burnt orange color;
1 cm. head dissipates in several minutes.

S: Floral hops, malt sweetness, more floral hops. "Clean."

T: Hops bitterness up front, subtle malt sweetness catches up, back of throat sweetness fades slightly before tannic bitterness takes it home.

M: Light, considering a 9.6%abv. Carbonation seems to mask some flavor.

O: Lagunitas excels at producing high ABV, good, yet unremarkable beers at decent prices. UISDA is no exception. Balanced? Check. Clean? Sure. Memorable? Doubt it. I have a hard time judging it to style, since "American Strong Ale" is so vague a descriptor. I need to do more research to help solidify what the epitome is of this style, but whatever the outcome, I doubt Lagunitas will make the finals.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 03:19:29 | More by HappyPappy2X
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

04-18-2013 01:16:07 | More by randylangford
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mikehillman

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20%

04-18-2013 00:39:28 | More by mikehillman
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MarkJBurch

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-18-2013 00:21:06 | More by MarkJBurch
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YieldToNothing

New York

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

12 oz bottle into a tulip
pours a beautiful copper orange with a 1/4 inch head that quickly dissipates.
i can smell citrus and a little hint of caramel
taste is citrusy, slightly piny, a subtle note of that caramel with a bitter aftertaste. pretty well balanced in my opinion.
abv is WELL hidden.
overall, nothing mindblowing, but another very good offer from lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 22:09:27 | More by YieldToNothing
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shehateme

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-17-2013 19:25:22 | More by shehateme
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cw13

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

04-17-2013 19:07:01 | More by cw13
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Titans77

Maryland

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass. 2013 bottle.

A - Amber verging on a brown with a finger of light khaki head that vanished rather quickly.

S - toffee, caramel, and a bit of pine on the nose. More toffee than anything else. Reminds me of an english barleywine.

T - Big toffee and caramel malt base that pops just like a barleywine. Some hop bitterness on the back end in the form of earthy pine notes. Very good taste to this one.

M - Mild carbonation with a sweet finish. Again, very reminiscent of an english barleywine. A slight warming from the 9.6% abv which really feels good this time around.

O - A very good brew that showcases what Lagunitas does well. For $10 a six pack at 9.6% abv, this beer is already a steal. It seems to be more of an english barleywine to me even with the slight presence of hops. If aged, i could see this thing being a VERY good english barleywine. Ive gotten so used to high alcohol beers being masked by flavors that now that I can feel the warming again, I kinda miss that aspect. Very good brew. Pick it up if you can find it. I am going to age a couple and drink them in 6 months and 1 year to see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 18:13:19 | More by Titans77
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Beergelden

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-17-2013 11:46:12 | More by Beergelden
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johnnyboy76

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

04-17-2013 01:10:30 | More by johnnyboy76
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Lee_Hancock

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

04-17-2013 00:13:01 | More by Lee_Hancock
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Horbar

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-16-2013 22:37:09 | More by Horbar
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Falcone

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

04-16-2013 20:17:07 | More by Falcone
Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,727 ratings.