Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev -1.5%
Poured into a Nonic Pint.
A- Pours a nice deep copper color with 2 fingers of light tan colored foamy head that has some good staying power, and leaves some good lacing on the glass. Good start.
S- Smells rich. Deep dark fruity smell, plums come to mind. Smells of sweet caramel mixed with a fair amount of fresh pine, but leaning more so towards the caramel scents.
T- Pretty tasty, really a rich hearty beer here. Lots of malty sweetness. Seems pretty well balanced with a fair amount of pine resin coming through in the end. You really can't say that it is bitter, because the sweet caramel malt really balances this one out.
M- An easy drinker considering the ABV. On the low side of full bodied, this one feel hearty. Moderately low amount of carbonation.
O- A decent offering from Lagunitas. You really can't find a better beer for the price you pay for their stuff.
09-13-2012 09:43:06 | More by rfbenavi80
3.08/5 rDev -24.1%
Thin head on a clear orange amber body. Aroma moves into barleywine territory with candy sugar, caramel malt, and syrup. Flavor follows the aroma with lots of candy sugar, tart citrus, caramel malts resin and terpentine. Medium to light body and light to moderate carbonation. Not excited about this one really. Tastes more like a barleywine but still not good for that style either.
09-04-2012 23:56:14 | More by kylehay2004
4.73/5 rDev +16.5%
A: It has a great dark copper color, with lots of visible carbonation. It's brilliantly transparent, and has a long-standing eggshell white head. There is nothing bad to say about it.
S: Lots of hop character. I get a strong resinous scent of hops, with a tad of citrus character. There is a slight malty scent as well, but not strong. Once again, out of the ballpark...perfect scent.
T: Lots of hop character, but not overly bitter. Extremely well balanced character between the hops and malt flavor. I'm drinking this on the East Coast, and I've had it refrigerated for at least a month or so...so it could just be that it has had a lot of time to age. Lots of pine character, with very light citrus. It's near perfect. Zero alcohol flavor, despite the high ABV.
M: The mouthfeel is great. It's not too bitter or punchy, but it has enough zing to let you know it's still there. Great feeling while drinking it though...I hardly noticed that half a glass was gone. It's a very easy drinker, and near perfect.
O: Overall I gave this a 5, because this is a great tasting beer. I was very surprised at how good it is. I bought it only because of the cool story behind it, not realizing how good of a beer it could potentially be. I really enjoyed this one!
08-31-2012 12:49:49 | More by teromous
3.93/5 rDev -3.2%
Poured from their 12oz bottle...
Appearance - Poured nearly 3 fingers of light khaki eggshell foam, body is a perfectly transparent copper amber,
Smell - Toasted malts, nearly burnt toffee, some rich sweet dark fruits, pumpernickel bread.
Taste - Starets with sweet toasted breadcrusts, minerals, burnt toffee, pungent floral hops, and then herbal hops like coriander and a touch of cilantro, and something else there, almost like rye. I get some grapefruit pith long into the finish with burnt rye crusts.
Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, carb is nearly medium and quite smooth, but gets some edges near the back of the tongue. Fairly easy to drink, although it dries out (somewhat chalky feeling) near the end of each quaff.
Overall - A very unique ale with nice complexity, balance and unique flavors. Definitely a good one to seek out if you want something a bit different.
08-26-2012 05:52:14 | More by blackcompg
3.78/5 rDev -6.9%
Pours a mahogany red color with brighter ruby highlights. It had a very small, eggshell head of foam that left soapy residue as it recedes.
Aromas are very malty with s slightly muted floral aroma. Caramel, pine and alcohol also emerge as it warms.
The tastes begin with spicy bitter hops and backs it up with a rich malty bready and caramel flavors. It has a smooth burnt toffee flavor that goes down slow and bitter and finishes with a bit of alcohol warmth.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation that helps to scrub the palate of the aggressive flavors. It was crisp and sharp with a slightly sticky finish.
Overall this is a nice example of an American Strong ale or an Imperial Red Ale. A bit too boozy and sharp overall to have on a regular basis or more than one in a sitting but one that is definitely worth sampling if you come accrss it.
08-22-2012 16:41:50 | More by claspada
Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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