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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,353 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,353
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 tastymug
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, clear, deep amber with a nice foamy head, lots of lacing and good glass retention.

Smell: Hops, caramel, very faint floral notes.

Taste: Very pleasant and balanced hoppy bitterness. Definite caramel malty tones to this as well. I found it to be quite delicious.

Mouthfeel: Well-balanced carbonation, crispness and smooth, medium body.

Overall: This is a very drinkable beer. In fact I’m mildly drooling just writing this review and have already hoarded a couple six-packs in my basement. The amount of booze in this beer is sneaky - you can’t even tell that it it’s a high ABV until you’ve had enough sips that the telltale boozy warmth sets in. The flavor is well-balance between hops, bitterness and sweetness and my best guess is this will drink well on a warm or cold day; it strikes me as versatile. I’d also recommend this brew to any craft beer newbies out there because it’s full-flavored with a lot of balance - it’s a great example of a well-done brew.

tastymug, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of ChrisL24481
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

ChrisL24481, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of Drew26
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Drew26, Apr 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Proclarush, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of gillagorilla
3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle into a Flying Dog goblet (0819942231)

A: A deep, slightly hazy/cloudy bronze that is bordering on reddish, with ok lacing that only had a one inch head that diminished rapidly.

S: It is a very citrusy hop smell that smells like a great IPA. There is a bunch of sweetness in there as well. The smell is amazing on this one.

T: The hops try to assert themselves but are quickly overwhelmed by the strong malt profile that powers through it all. I can't really place the flavor but it feels all malty. Not a good aftertaste for me, all malt.

M: Quite smooth with a slight bit of carbonation.

O: I know a lot of people like this, but I am not a fan. I got it for the limited release nature and because I have enjoyed their other stuff. I won't be finishing it, but will be making beer bread with it instead, where the malts will give it a nice sweetness. There will now be more for others to have.

gillagorilla, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of GuyIncognito
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

GuyIncognito, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Treyliff
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a clear dark amber color with a small white creamy head that reduces to a thin layer skimming the top, no lace

S- pine and citrus hop with some flowery sweet aromas, a bit of alcohol, otherwise pretty contained

T- sweet malt up front, pronounced pine and citrus hop flavors with some tart grapefruit notes, transitions into floral hop notes, finishes slightly tart with big boozy notes.

M- medium body, high carbonation with a foamy mouthfeel, hot and boozy finish, definitely shows the 10%

O- very hop forward and boozy, but nice floral hop notes, definitely a slow sipper

Treyliff, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Jwale73
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Pours a translucent copper with a foamy, two inch cream-colored cap the reveals delicate, textured bands of lacing as the head slowly dissipates. Nose expresses citrus rind and tangerine esters. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also a candied sugar presence intermixed with a pleasant herbal/earthy hoppiness. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a pleasant, even carbonation and a slightly oily texture. Overall, a tasty brew with a fair amount of complexity and a well-hidden abv. The more I have from Lagunitas, the more I ask myself why I haven't tried more of their offerings sooner.

Jwale73, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of JLapadura
4.75/5  rDev +17%

JLapadura, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Bighorn
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Bighorn, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of DavidBart
4/5  rDev -1.5%

DavidBart, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of HopAttack3
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

HopAttack3, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of mrskunk
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

mrskunk, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of AlkaholTester
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

AlkaholTester, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of bmurray10
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

bmurray10, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Brocklanders34
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Brocklanders34, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of JohnG190
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

JohnG190, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of rdilauro
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The name really intrigued me. I've been a big fan of the various Lagunitas beers that have put out over the years.
This one poured between a golden amber and semi-black beer. The first thing that hit me was the nose. It showed a lot of malt almost to the point where I was thinking barley wine style.

Then at the first sip.. There was a nice balance between the hop bitterness and the malt fullness. I enjoyed this, because so many time when I see this combination in a brew, one of the two outweighs the other and that leaves me hanging a bit.

The finish was so very smooth, smoother than many other ABV beers.

My second and third sips made me a bigger fan. I really did enjoy the complete balance this beer has.

rdilauro, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Beerswag
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Beerswag, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Maxwell
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a rusty brown-red with a small eggshell white head that fades quickly into a scrim with some big soapy bubbles floating around in it. In body, the beer appears clean of particles with a slight chill haze and a darkness from the thicker malts in the beer. It leaves a lacing network of thin, slippery, and wet dots and strands along the sides of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells like a big old pine tree was shoved into a bowl of pithy grapefruits. A smooth caramel malt with touches of toffee and biscuit sits beneath the huge hops, but really this beer is all about the big old piney bouquet that nearly drips from the nose and does have a touch of dankness to it, as well as some muted tropical fruit smells that blend with the sweet malts. On the tongue, the beer tastes hugely bitter from the hops with a good creamy sweet malt underneath, a light touch of acid, and a big, sweet, shivering punch from the alcohol in this beer. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet grapefruit juice with touches of pineapple and orange, working into resinous pine with big bitter shivers that wriggle over the tongue. The flavor displays sweet toffee and caramel in light splashes throughout the taste as the bitter flavors move in waves across the tongue, but the bitters are the stars of the flavor. Alcohol also adds a slightly cloying sweetness to the tongue, though it is balanced out by the huge bitters of the beer. The finish runs hot with alcohol and piney hops, which is not the most pleasant thing, and does cut back on what had been a very pleasing explosion of flavors. The aftertaste is bitter and slightly medicinal with very faint touches of sweet biscuit and pithy grapefruit on the tongue. In the mouth, the beer feels just slightly on the heavier side of medium with a creamy and weak carbonation that only provides a slight scrub against the big sweet alcoholic flavors of the beer. The mouth is left with a lovely bitter burn and some acid-neutralizing saliva on the sides of the tongue. Overall, this is a nice hoppy American strong ale. Its alcohol is a little out of check, but that is to be expected in the beer style. This beer displays beautiful amounts of hoppiness alongside nice mellowing malts, and that is quite nice. This beer is much more of a sipper than a chugger, but is lovely for the cool nights of early spring. I do wish there was a little more carbonation and a little less alcohol in the taste, but overall this is a good beer. Try it.

Maxwell, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of BrewmanCapote
4/5  rDev -1.5%

BrewmanCapote, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Tiernan, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of powdersoldier
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

powdersoldier, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of johnpz168
4/5  rDev -1.5%

johnpz168, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Mikecap
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this several times, finally getting around to writing a review.

Appearance: Poured from 12 oz bottle into my IPA glass. Pours a thick, probably four inch off-white head. The beer is a deep copper to medium brown.

Smell: I get some vanilla and also some fresh piney hops in there. Beautiful aroma from what seems to be fruit in the malt.

Taste: Very sweet on the front of the tongue with vanilla, caramel and maybe a hint of grapefruit. It finished very smooth with some hop character but nothing overpowering. The alcohol is almost too hidden for a beer at nearly 10% ABV. Very very easy drinking for such a bomb with a great taste.

Mouthfeel: Very easy drinking and not too heavy despite the massive amounts of malts and hops going into this thing. Solid creamy texture and not overly heavy yet still full-bodied and smooth.

Overall: A really really good offering by Lagunitas, but that doesn't come as much as a surprise. My biggest problem is that it goes down a bit too easy.

Mikecap, Apr 21, 2013
Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,353 ratings.