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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,906 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,906
Reviews: 728
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 46
Gots: 269 | 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 CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper tinted amber body with a medium off-white head. The nose is of light caramel and toffee sweetness with a big NW grapefruit hop. Very hop forward nose with nice resinous sweet nose. The flavor is malty and sweet with a caramel and bready malt combined with huge hop grapefruit. The finish is moderately well hopped with a dry rensious finish. Overall, a nice ale!

CuriousMonk, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of RWNay
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

RWNay, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of Pdrufo
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Pdrufo, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of mgironta
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

mgironta, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of 12owls
4.75/5  rDev +17%

12owls, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of rfbenavi80
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

rfbenavi80, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of gtermi
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

gtermi, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of verset
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

verset, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of HumphreyLee
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

HumphreyLee, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of SonOfKyuss
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

SonOfKyuss, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of
2/5  rDev -50.7%

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Photo of IlludiumQ36
4/5  rDev -1.5%

IlludiumQ36, Sep 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

mtnwesdew, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

kylehay2004, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of muchos
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

muchos, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev -1.5%

generallee, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of truesolution
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

truesolution, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of AllHailBeercules
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

AllHailBeercules, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of teromous
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!

teromous, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of xdtfx
4/5  rDev -1.5%

xdtfx, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of blackcompg
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

blackcompg, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

beerpadawan, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of baybum
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

baybum, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

claspada, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of RMoeNay
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

RMoeNay, Aug 22, 2012
Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,906 ratings.