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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down AleUndercover Investigation Shut-down Ale

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3,390 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,390
Reviews: 873
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 71
Gots: 325 | 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:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-10-2009

ABV varies slightly from 9.0 to 9.8
66.6 IBU
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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.

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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.

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,390 ratings.