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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down AleUndercover Investigation Shut-down Ale

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3,426 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,426
Reviews: 878
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 86
Gots: 360 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-10-2009

ABV varies slightly from 9.0 to 9.8
66.6 IBU
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Ratings: 3,426 | Reviews: 878
Photo of tharper
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours with a 3" white head into 1-1/2" after 5 minutes. Lots of tiny bubbles and is clear as a bell.
S: Centennial (I'm guessing, could be cascade, etc.) hops and a strong 2-row, caramel malt backbone.
T: Strong resiny malt , slightly sweet, and slightly bitter to match. Pretty much perfect for the characteristics of this beer. The only detractor is the strength of the flavor, but how can you make a beer this strong without this intensity? Most folks should consider this as an asset unless they are looking for something with less taste. Pure and true.
M: Carbonation meets the taste. Seems to be high CO2 (around 3 vols) but this matches the taste very well in the USA sense. Lots of bubbles after ten minutes.

Overall: It should be clear. I am a very small brewer in NC who loves Lagunitas This beer is a perfect example of the Petalumas's crew to creating great beers for all of us. It is great and world class. Thanks guys! Beer speaks, people mumble. It is an honor repeating what your beer is speaking for you!


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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of bornridiculous
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this beer in the area of my package store where the Lagunitas sucks used to be, figured I had to give it a shot. The beer is definitely above average for a dipa but I found it oddly lacking in aroma. The color is a clean clear copper, leaves good lacing in the glass. The smell is a mild hops/boozy scent not much malt on the nose. The mouthfeel is solid, with a nice abrasiveness that only a good ipa can provide. Taste is obviously hop forward, resin, slightly boozy with a strong hop bitter finish. Balance is not on this beers agenda. Overall, this is worth a six pack, a nice sipping beer that is served better on the higher side of cellar temperatures. However be warned at close to 10% abv it's likely not a session beer.

Photo of nUgZ
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear copper color with a two finger head and very nice lacing.

S: Lots of pine and citrus hops along with some sweet malts. Very inviting nose.

T: Not quite as hop heavy as the nose suggests, but still very appealing to a hop head like myself. There is an excellent malt balance to complement the hop profile. Alcohol is not noticeable at all.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

O: This is an almost perfect example of what an American Strong Ale can be. Super tasty, very smooth, and plenty of alcohol with almost none detectable. Well done Lagunitas!!

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mweso2000
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of watsonmd
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

Photo of RangnaR
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mnphish
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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