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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,767 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,767
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 39
Gots: 228 | 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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Thunderchief

New York

4.75/5  rDev +17%

07-11-2012 20:17:09 | More by Thunderchief
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hanlonrn


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

07-11-2012 18:54:27 | More by hanlonrn
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kennethkearns

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-10-2012 22:09:30 | More by kennethkearns
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smogfood

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +17%

07-10-2012 21:37:08 | More by smogfood
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HopBrain

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

07-10-2012 16:27:38 | More by HopBrain
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PeteTheBeerDrinker


4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-09-2012 23:46:02 | More by PeteTheBeerDrinker
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syntheticwings

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-09-2012 23:08:49 | More by syntheticwings
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YobroitsJoe

Maryland

5/5  rDev +23.2%

07-09-2012 05:44:12 | More by YobroitsJoe
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WesM63

Ohio

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA Pint

A: Pours a clear amber with a 1finger of white head. Minord retention but plenty of lacing is present.

S: Smells of hops (pine/resin), citrus (Mango/Pineapple) and some malts.

T: Up front you get some sweetness from the malts then lots of pine/resin and citrus from the hops, finishes with a smooth bitterness.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Overall, surprised. I've learned not to read to much into how Lagunitas classifies their beer. (Not sure I would call this a American Strong Ale) Either way, excellent beer. Very drinkable and smooth. Watch out, as it does sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 23:03:26 | More by WesM63
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dcs1548

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-08-2012 18:23:39 | More by dcs1548
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RayHampel

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-08-2012 05:45:19 | More by RayHampel
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blmar311

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

07-07-2012 04:55:38 | More by blmar311
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +17%

07-07-2012 03:33:06 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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amstokesdb9

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-07-2012 02:35:16 | More by amstokesdb9
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crossovert

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heard alot of praise for this one. Just came in locally, bought it out of the cooler, hopefully some of the fresh hop flavors are still there.

It pours a deep reddish amber with a foamy off-white head. Decent lacing.

The smell is sweet and alcoholic, it has a definite kick to it. Caramel and sweetness dominate.

The flavor is robust. Nto for the faint of heart. Big malt notes but also big hop notes. Has a bit of melon and pine form the hops. the sweetness is big and heavy in the aftertaste consisting of caramel and light fruit juice. It isn't as alcoholic in the taste but it is definitely noticeable.

I would like it to be less sweet but overall not too bad. Lagunitas has done better.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 02:18:52 | More by crossovert
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jackrodgers77

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-07-2012 00:24:06 | More by jackrodgers77
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head with pretty good retention considering the high ABV. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A fairly big and balanced mix of hops and malts. Citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, pineapple, and orange. Pretty herbal with some big hints of pine resin that is somewhat dank. Also a big bready and slightly toasted malt presence. Good hints of caramel, biscuit, and grains.

Taste: Big and well balanced like the smell indicates. Nice taste of juicy citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange, mango, and pineapple. Lots of spicy pine resin and earthy hops. Big backing of bready malts with lots of caramel, toffee, and biscuit flavor. This is nicely sharp and bitter but balanced by the sweetness from the bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, fairly smooth, and very juicy. Big alcohol presence can be felt a little bit.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a American Strong Ale. Big and bitter hops with an equally big presence of malts.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 06:07:33 | More by MattyG85
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jco3rd

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

07-05-2012 05:56:16 | More by jco3rd
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-05-2012 02:24:05 | More by DonFrap
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HarmonMW

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-04-2012 21:46:01 | More by HarmonMW
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Drinkerofales

California

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

The beer is clear light amber in color, with a light tan head which leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of hops first, then malts, and both are quite strong, with a note of astringent booziness.

Taste is quite sharp with both hops and malt, piney, bitter, toasted malts, with a floral hop and malt finish, which lingers for some time.

Feels smooth, with a light-medium body, but not super drinkable, as this one is a doozie.

Great example of the strong ale, almost an American BW. Very much enjoyed the huge flavors in this brew.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 21:21:28 | More by Drinkerofales
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larbush

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-04-2012 17:51:07 | More by larbush
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brbrocc

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-04-2012 17:43:12 | More by brbrocc
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had it since the first year it was released, saw a single bottle for sale and picked one up. Copper deep amber body with a light colored white head. Fine speckled lacing. Aroma has a toffee toasted malt character with an earthy/citric hop nose going on as well. Big alcohol layers hidden in the sweet and hoppy notes I'm getting. Flavor, has a toasted malt character with sweet sugary notes and alcohol burn going on with a big massive hoppy resinous quality about it, grapefruit and citrus malts burst to blend the flavors into what we are drinking here. Mouthfeel, is medium to full bodied with the high burn of alcohol coming through. Resinous oily hop oils coming on with each sip, still not a bad beer just a bit bigger in alcohol than I typically care for. It stays away from the barleywine zone, but damn fine overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 08:53:24 | More by WVbeergeek
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strongaf

Washington

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-04-2012 07:54:22 | More by strongaf
Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,767 ratings.