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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,787 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,787
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 40
Gots: 232 | FT: 4
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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Pinche_Oso

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-02-2012 21:21:51 | More by Pinche_Oso
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange/amber body. White head fed by decent carbonation.

Very sticky sweet malt, with some pineapple, mango, and apricot coming in as well. Lots of tropical fruits and honey malt.

Now this is the definition of sticky sweet tropical fruits. Lemons be damned, this is all pineapple all the way. I get a bit of mango and apricots as well. insanely dry-hopped, and so very well done. Almost tasted randallized. This is perfect dry-hopping for me. All fruit, with a bit of resin and dank-ness floating around in the back late. Its just so sticky, sweet, and tropical.

Feel syrupy, and no bitterness at all. Beautiful beer from a brewery that knows how to dry hop!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 21:18:16 | More by VncentLIFE
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JVan

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-02-2012 20:23:04 | More by JVan
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mrebeka

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-02-2012 14:17:33 | More by mrebeka
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-02-2012 05:41:20 | More by twelveinches
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EzraAtom

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-02-2012 04:16:36 | More by EzraAtom
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TheDudeRules

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

07-01-2012 04:10:45 | More by TheDudeRules
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soju6

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice clear amber color with good lacing that fades to ample lacing.

S: Aroma of grapefruit, with some pine and bit of malt sweetness hidden in the background.

T: Starts with a nice bitterness up front and a bit of malt sweetness. The bitterness continues through the finish and lingers a bit.

F: Medium body, with an interesting character but it seems to be hidden behind the hops. Can feel the presence of the 9.7% ABV.

O: Good beer, but a bit too much hops that hides the robust character I look for in a Strong Ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 01:45:36 | More by soju6
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper in color with an off-white, bubbly head that leaves behind little lacing or retention

S: Sweet malt, American hops, vinegar, and booze.

T: Sweet malt hits you first with sharp hops coming in immediately after. The booze is always there but it's warming and complements the entire experience. Hops are awesome. Bitterness in the finish to balance out the sweetness of the malt.

M: Sweet, smooth, boozy. Good carbonation. Highly enjoyable for the style.

O: A damn good American Strong Ale. Pick this one up.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 19:17:09 | More by Gatch
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stpaulsipper07

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-30-2012 05:34:12 | More by stpaulsipper07
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Guinnsslvr

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-30-2012 03:12:19 | More by Guinnsslvr
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Sdesenberg

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a sixer at my local stop and steal for around 10.50 plus the Michigan bottle deposit. Poured into a pint glass about a finger of thick creamy head on a deep copper brew.

Basically, this stuff is pretty similar to Bells Hopslam but more balanced and at around half the price. Good brew, I would buy it again!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 20:40:30 | More by Sdesenberg
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josephwa

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-29-2012 18:45:15 | More by josephwa
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PaulMc

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-29-2012 03:25:35 | More by PaulMc
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random846

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-29-2012 02:51:56 | More by random846
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elec

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-29-2012 01:47:07 | More by elec
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a strong copper color with nice amber hues. There is a nice 0.5 inch head that is off-white and slightly dense. Nice slight orange colors.

Piney and citrusy hop notes start this off with some nice hop juice sweetness. Quite citrusy with tangerine and grapefruit notes present. There is some slight malt and grainy notes but mostly a piney hoppy nose.

Taste starts off with juicy grapefruit notes with some tangerine in there as well. Citrusy and also piney and resinous. Nice slight carmel sweetness is present. As it warms some nice boozy heat can be perceived and at almost 10% this is expected. Still nice and hoppy with a sticky yet bitter finish.

Pretty good offering from Lagunitas. They do a good job with their hops and slightly balanced malt backbone.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 01:44:00 | More by JoEBoBpr
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RandyKemka

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-28-2012 21:35:27 | More by RandyKemka
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jriggins6

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-28-2012 13:45:03 | More by jriggins6
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rxbandit1980


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-27-2012 17:30:02 | More by rxbandit1980
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dcook11

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-27-2012 04:48:13 | More by dcook11
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AlexM

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-26-2012 16:45:53 | More by AlexM
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TheStig

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

With a color the exact shade of the bottle it was poured from and a thin little head, it was almost like pouring bottle glass into my glass. Ok, so what? There's nothing really out of the ordinary in its presentation.

What really knocked me back was the smell-- like slicing open a fresh grapefruit with some plums on the side. Some juniper and pine notes as well. Light, heavy, sweet and tart, all rolled into one. I've spent more time smelling this beer than I have most previous beers, and with good reason-- it's presenting a very complex fruit and floral scent that I'm still trying to unravel. Splendid.

Taste is heavily nuanced with a lot of different flavors vying for prominence-- this is not to say it's a muddled mess, because it's not-- but repeated tastings are necessary to discern the mechanics of what's going on in there. The complimentary tastes from the scents are present, as are notes of cherry, black currant and malts. Two things are certain: a definite and strong hop taste as it finishes, and no indication that this is a 9.7% ABV beer. Neat!

Mouthfeel was average. I was expecting a little more burn due to the higher alcohol content, but that wasn't present.

I'd wouldn't mind having this as a regular fridge-stock-- meaning I wouldn't feel bad just grabbing it as "some beer" for company, and it's interesting enough to warrant future in-depth tastings.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 06:10:33 | More by TheStig
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sbanacho

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

06-25-2012 23:52:05 | More by sbanacho
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-24-2012 10:48:14 | More by jwat
Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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