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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

2,953 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,953
Reviews: 730
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 52
Gots: 283 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

JuniperJesus, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

morningthief, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of mweso2000
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with white head. A fragrant pine hop smell immediatly hits your nose. The taste is a little more sweet malt forward and not as hoppy as your typical Lagunitas beer, but a nice piney hop flavor and bitterness make this strong ale a perfectly balanced beer and a sure pleaser for any hop head. The 9.7% abv is almost non existent. Very dangerous! I don't think there is a brewer that puts out so many consistent winners like Lagunitas.

mweso2000, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of watsonmd
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, into a snifter, 35 F.

A: Golden orange beer, thick and tan foamy head, with a full sticky lacing throughout the session.

S: Hops, and boozy. Citrus overtones...

T: Balanced, but certainly hoppiness with the 70.47 (to be exact) IBUs. Malty backbone keeps this in check, and I suppose that's why this one fits into the strong ale category, rather than a straight up DIPA.

M: Sticky, coating, and full. Another awesome offering from Lagunitas.

O: Glad this was re-released. Enjoyed 2 in the initial sitting.... 4 more in the fridge!

watsonmd, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of RangnaR
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

RangnaR, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of BigBarley
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper, with a generous off-white foam crown. Smell of fresh hops, clean and sharp with a touch of herbal, and you can detect some biscuity notes just below. Taste is amazing, very strong, very hop-forward, but with a crisp malty backbone that keeps it balanced while allowing the hops to rage. Mouthfeel is thick enough for the style, but surprisingly smooth and refreshing. Decent carbonation, extreme drinkability. I love and respect Lagunitas ability to put out interesting and aggressive beers that are instant classics and showcase superb drinkability

BigBarley, Mar 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

BJasny, Mar 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

jn84, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of spicoli00
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tongue boner

Raw hop flavoe compliments a super sweet nose and overall sweet taste. The mouthfeel is very smooth as evident by the lacing. One of my favorite seasonals by Lagunitas. If you want a good kick to the dick, this will bend your skull. And I will see you in Hell.

This beer says, "I will skullfuck you." And it does.

spicoli00, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of BillHilly
4/5  rDev -1.5%

BillHilly, Mar 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

woodchipper, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of mnphish
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Tumbler.

Appearance - dark orange/light red with a three finger foamy head and tons of lacing.

Smell - brings on lots of pine and citrus hops along with a big malt profile and maybe a hint of booze and darker fruits

Taste - I'm having a hard time explaining this one. It's got that fresh hop thing going on mixed with a lot of caramel malts, so similar to an IPA i guess. There is some toffee in there and the alcohol is very well hidden. The finish is mildly bitter although very well balanced.

Mouthfeel - light to medium body. Highly drinkable for the 9% abv. Lethal and delicious.

Another winner from Lagunitas. Really enjoying how fresh these hops taste right now but I would imagine it would balance out even more so with time.

mnphish, Mar 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

htdoerge, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: Tulip

Appearance: a reddish/orange color. prefect clarity. two fingers of foamy head that fade slowly and leave a lacing

Smell: pine hops, and a little bit of malts. I would like the smell to be a little more balanced

Taste: Starts off with strong and sweet malts. followed quickly by pine hops. ends with a kick of alcohol. nice balance

Mouthfeel: definite warming alcohol, a sharp bitterness that drops off quickly, nice stronger carbonation

Overall: pretty good beer. nice and strong but balance. drinks like a hot imperial red

SportsandJorts, Mar 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

beersvh23, Mar 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

enigma3000, Mar 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

TheKOshow, Mar 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

dt_gbpackersfan, Mar 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Mantooth, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

BigTrubble, Mar 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

match1112, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

brotherloco, Mar 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Magery, Mar 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

bccocx, Mar 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

DIPAFAN, Mar 20, 2013
Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,953 ratings.