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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,355 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,355
Reviews: 871
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 53
Gots: 292 | 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 brandon911
4/5  rDev -1.5%

brandon911, Apr 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

ek_ek, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of keenanite21
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

keenanite21, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of roundthewaygirls
3.19/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

poured into a tumbler

A: copper in color. half a finger of off-white foamy head. pretty clear.

S: citrusy hops. tropical fruit. bright. smells like pure ethanol when swirled around.

T: tastes like it smells. bite from the citrus hops up front. mango. tasty and refreshing, but one dimensional.

M: light bodied. clean. crisp. mild carbonation.

O: decent but forgettable. wouldn't seek it out. i've got a bone to pick with lagunitas. it seems as if they are cranking out limited releases to use up ingredients or something. this beer reminds me of a lighter wilco tango foxtrot. the recipes don't vary enough. i usually love lagunitas, but i'm not crazy about this one.

roundthewaygirls, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev -1.5%

ElGallo, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Mike099
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Mike099, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of hardy008
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber, with an almost one finger white head, with decent retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, pineapple, and pine.

The taste is resinous and bitter up front, with some sweet malt on the back side for a little balance. There is grapefruit, citrus zest, pine, onions, and some malt. There is no pineapple, which I could smell in the aroma, and I don't think the malt provides as much balance as it should. This is somewhat more bitter than I would like.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. There is a bit of a sticky mouthfeel, and there is a long bitter finish. The alcohol is not well disguised, which is disappointing. Not as good as other Lagunitas beers, but still pretty good.

hardy008, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Beefytits4
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Beefytits4, Apr 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

aleslover, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Devilman
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Devilman, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Kopfschuss
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Kopfschuss, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of ExtraStout
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Sneak Release Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale pours a clear orange red with a nice creamy head that lingers for quite a while. From the moment I opened the bottle I was hit with big citrusy hop aroma, grapefruit, and pine backed up with a good amount of malt sweetness. The sweetness is predominate in the flavor, lots of caramel and toffee, but there is no lack of citrusy hop flavor. There is a nice bitterness that rounds out the beer, but not overpowering for the beers strength. A bit of alcohol comes through in the finish, but not too much for a beer of the strength.

ExtraStout, Apr 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

deuce9259, Apr 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Acforster2, Apr 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

mc4z, Apr 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

TheConnMan, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of doucmehu
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

doucmehu, Apr 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

ScaryEd, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Alextricity
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at One-Eyed Betty's in Ferndale, Michigan.

I haven't had many strong ales in my life, but I've decided that they tend to be more malt-forward than hop-forward ... a lot of hops in this one, but the beer is never overly sweet or malty. This beer has a nice copper color with a good little head on it -- the smell and taste are similar in that they offer a lot of malty flavors. The taste has a very slight alcohol burn on the finish, but it doesn't come out much in the taste. Aftertaste has a somewhat copper-malt flavor... odd description, but I can't think of a better way to do it. Solid feel with medium carbonation, making for an easy-to-drink beer, regardless of the high ABV.

Lagunitas hasn't let me down, and this one keeps the streak going. Not their best beer, but a hell of a lot better than a lot of breweries' best.

Alextricity, Apr 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

JoninVT, Apr 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

vicsju1991, Apr 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

GennyCreamAle, Apr 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

huddyball, Apr 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Jason1337, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of JohnnyMc
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a very nice deep amber with tons of ruby highlights and about 2 fingers of an off-white head.

The aroma is filled with hops right off the bat; citrus, pine and grapefruit followed by some caramel and toffee malt notes and a hint of bready malt too.

Just like in the aroma the hops pack a punch right away. A decent amount of pine, some grapefruit and citrus/orange notes as well and then that leads into the sweeter malt notes of caramel and toffee. It finishes decently bitter and with some bready malt.

The body is lighter side of full and the mouthfeel is very creamy. The alcohol is dangerously hidden, with only a hint of warming as it goes down.

This is not a mindblowing beer, but it's a great example of the American Strong Ale category. Very easy to drink and has a lot of nice flavors too while being cheap for a 9.6% beer. Definitely check it out.

JohnnyMc, Apr 27, 2013
Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,355 ratings.