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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,953 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,953
Reviews: 730
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 52
Gots: 284 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

RichH55, Jun 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

NCbeerpirate, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of bertram
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

bertram, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of Chico1985
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12oz from a fresh batch, ABV listed as 9.8%. I've come to really enjoy and appreciate Lagunitas lately and would like to try all of their regulars eventually.

Pours into my Darkness tulip a dark copper/amber color, mostly translucent with a small off-white head that retains fine as a thick ring and spotty cap leaving bits of lace.

Scent has lots of earthiness, some resiny hops, grapefruit, buttery and caramel malts.

Taste is a mix of sweet+hoppy like the scent, pretty intense from both sides of the spectrum. Earthy and piny hops come through the most along with grapefruit and maybe some citrus and floral there too. Caramel+butterscotch malts create quite a backbone for the hops, a good balance here, nothing is overpowering.

Pretty smooth mouthfeel with somewhat high carbonation. Hop bitterness and sweet malts do a number on the palate but only hints of alcohol, decently hidden for almost 10%.

A strong ale that hints towards double IPA, the big amount of sweet malt mostly separate it from that categorization though.A bit of a sipper but very enjoyable. Definitely diggin Lagunitas.

Chico1985, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of beernut
3.25/5  rDev -20%

beernut, Jun 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

cuy50, Jun 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

EyePeeAyBryan, Jun 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

JeepinJJ, Jun 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

jlordi12, Jun 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

woodenbones, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.
ABV: 9.87%

pours a translucent deep amber/copper while yielding 3/4" beige head. fades unhurriedly into a thin cap, collar around the glass; some patchy lacing evident. aromatic nose is rife with pungent hops (citric, a bit floral) and a background caramel malty presence. nice bouquet.

taste is right in line with the aroma. very hoppy with more of that citric/floral character and a balancing but not overdone malt bill. bitter hoppiness persists through the finish. very tasty. a bit of alcohol discernible but pretty well hidden, esp. considering the ABV. somewhat reminiscent of arrogant bastard. medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall this beer comes as a very pleasant surprise. i was expecting a relatively enjoyable, B-range beer. what i got instead was A-worthy.

(originally reviewed: 05-15-2011)

BostonHops, Jun 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

iskeptopotamus, Jun 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Rekrule, Jun 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

HopsJunkiedotcom, Jun 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

elevatedgreens, Jun 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

InfernoBoss, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of BigCheese
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear bright cooper/rust, head dies quick, no lacing really.

S: Some Cirtus hops of the bat, some brown sugar, honey, oaky/bourbon and spice too.

T: Initially a very citrusy orange/mango/pineapple, then a big honey, bourbon oa maltiness, then it gets spicey earth with rye, floral, and finishes with a balance of bitter pine and lime and malti goodness. A touch of heat in the bourbon/brown sugar notes.

M: Medium/low carbonation, syrupy body. ABV very well integrated.

O: Pretty interesting brew, nicely balanced, lots of different notes but nothing to unfamiliar. Worth trying but not something I'd seek out again.

BigCheese, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of kcinlober
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a transparent copper color with little or no head

aroma: not too strong, citrus, apples, and hops

palate: starts with crisp malty taste with citrus and apple notes. Hops kick in and it finishes strong. Very well balanced and deep.

kcinlober, Jun 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

smartassboiler, Jun 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Zaphog, Jun 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

guezarka, Jun 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

mhaugo, Jun 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

cowboy83, Jun 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

theempire, Jun 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

fDOTbear, Jun 06, 2012
Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,953 ratings.