Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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3.8/5 rDev -6.4%
Red-bronze color. Hardly any head formed. Clarity is a plus.
Boozy nose with red caramel malts, citrusy orange and grapefruit hops (a la Lagunitas), and a light tinniness. All in all, a nice aroma.
Barleywine-like strength with well-kilned grains and citrus hops. Lots of ruby red grapefruit, toffee, light vanilla extract fume, and red grapes. Fruity with a flair of Angostura Bitters flavor. Light metal note that is extended by a breathy alcohol finish. Warming as it goes down. Sticky body with a hefty medium viscosity. Carbonation is well-checked. A little scrub at first and a little late.
08-06-2012 02:23:07 | More by thecheapies
4.4/5 rDev +8.4%
Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Dark orange brown with a nice white head and lacing. Hoppy, caramel malt aroma, similar to a barley wine. Nice creamy, malty body with toasted and caramel malt and dark fruit. Fairly understated, but complex and well balanced. Hops are forward but not aggressive. The ABV is well covered. I like this one. Close to a DIPA.
08-03-2012 19:30:07 | More by LiquidAmber
2.58/5 rDev -36.5%
9.8%. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high; I'm increasingly liking Lagunitas.
Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a one finger beige-light light khaki head of fair retention, nice thickness, and pretty decent cream. Lacing is mundane. Colour is a clear textbook copper. No yeast particles are visible. Translucent. No bubble show.
Sm: Nice floral hopping, caramel, clean malts, cream, toasted malt, toffee, and a hint of alcohol. A mild strength aroma. No yeast comes through.
T: Malt sweetness - especially on the climax. Toffee and caramelization are prominent. Some toasted malts. A boozy character, but not in an averse way. Clean malts. Floral hopping; it's indistinct and adds little. This is a messy beer; the balance is off and the flavours are haphazard. I like it for what it is, but it just isn't focused or well put together. No real complexity or subtlety.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat syrupy; too thick. Not overbearing, but too heavy on the palate for what it is. Carbonation is good, if a bit overdone.
Dr: Drinkable but far from excellent. A decent brew from Lagunitas, but not a great one. I wouldn't get it again. Hides its ABV pretty well, but some does come through. Decently priced here in California.
07-26-2012 02:59:36 | More by kojevergas
4/5 rDev -1.5%
A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber in color with some garnet red hints when held up to the light. The beer has a half finger tall beige head that reduces to an extremely thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Strong aromas of pine/resin hops along with some lighter hints of citrus hops and caramel malts.
T: The beer starts out with some caramel malt sweetness before the huge flavors of pine/resin hops take over - contributing quite a lot of bitterness that lingers for a long time.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky.
O: Very enjoyable but not the easiest beer in the world to drink, The taste, smell, and mouthfeel of the alcohol are well hidden in this beer but you can kind of tell this is a big beer. Definitely one for sipping with the high ABV and the moderately strong bitterness.
07-26-2012 01:07:11 | More by dbrauneis
4.9/5 rDev +20.7%
This is one of my top 5 special releases of the season. Beautiful golden-red color. Good nose-not overly fruity; just wonderful ( I wish they made hops air freshener!) Let it get nice and warm as the flavor comes out so much better. Just the right balance of hops and malt to make it a great sipper. Alcohol is well hidden if cold, but when you let it warm you will feel it bite your tongue a bit. Beware, have only one or you'll need a lawyer for your DUI. My favorite ale-bar none. Question for Lagunitas: Why am I just getting this in late July when it was released in April?
07-24-2012 11:06:01 | More by irongator
Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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