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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,797 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,797
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 40
Gots: 233 | FT: 3
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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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5/5  rDev +23.2%

11-14-2011 19:52:00 | More by millelacsmark
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

11-14-2011 19:02:03 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of Hessian257

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-14-2011 18:48:20 | More by Hessian257
Photo of RandyJ


5/5  rDev +23.2%

11-14-2011 17:06:36 | More by RandyJ
Photo of Jspriest


4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-14-2011 16:03:22 | More by Jspriest
Photo of avaldivia


4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-14-2011 07:05:18 | More by avaldivia
Photo of aepb1


3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- deep copper body, can't see through it in my tulip, with a frothy white head

S- piny hops, citrus hops too, very hoppy

T- piny hops present throughout with a little maltbelly

M- medium body, moderate carbonation with a sticky finish

O- hop heads should check this out as this could likely be called a dipa and not many would be the wiser

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 00:35:57 | More by aepb1
Photo of garymuchow


4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma starts this one off strongly. Great caramelized malt with pushing it to the limit without it becoming burnt. Seems to have that nice English toasty crackly aroma too. This aroma is something special. Just enough hop presence to know that it's there (and it couldn't be lagunitas without some hops).
Thin dense tan head. Clear orange brown amber. Ample lacing.
Very enjoyable complex malt flavors, but holding more hops in the flavor and balance than in the aroma. Soft warmth and nip from the alcohol, but no distraction with the fullness of the other flavors.
Big without being big or excessive. Moderately carbonated which adds a little to the prickliness of the drink. Somewhat sweet and somewhat rich, but again achieving that nice balance.
This is a pretty darn good beer. Close to the enjoyment I had with the Imperial Red.

thanks my brother.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 21:46:03 | More by garymuchow
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3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ortinos northside.

A- A lasting off-white cap of head. The brew itself is a pretty copper, amber color. Filtered clear throughout, with no evident carbonation. Some lace does stick on the sides as this drinks.

S- A good syrupy malt essence. A little bit of heat comes under the aromas suggesting the abv but not a direct booze scent. Some earthy hops suggest a balanced bitterness, and just a touch of spices round out a pleasant aroma.

T- There is a sweet, candy sugar taste to this. Malts are caramelized, and the heat from the booze is more noticeable in flavor. There is a slight bittering aspect from the hops, but not enough to balance the sweetness.

M- Medium bodied brew with low carbonation. Warming in the mouth and body. Forced into a sipper from the abv.

O- I picked this beer because it was basically the only one on tap at Ortinos that wasn't a pumpkin beer or Oktoberfest(my two least favorite styles). I'll have to say it was a good brew. Not in the same context as arrogant bastard, but got the job done with dinner.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2011 04:43:22 | More by haazer
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Very active with exceptional clarity. Rich reddish amber color with a finger of fluffy, off white head, decent retention and scraps of lacing.

Nose is boozy, grainy, caramel malty, with some floral and citrus hops that are largely buried.

Sweet and caramel malty flavors are joined and balanced by robust floral and sharp citrusy hop flavors. Not super complex, but very full flared and pretty well balanced. Moderately bitter at most. Really nice tasting brew that I drank a lot of last summer.

Medium carbonation, strongish warming, rich full body, and a slightly bitter finish.

This is a really good beer. Pretty sweet, but this is matched by strong hop flavor. It's also pretty easy drinking for a big beer. Ironically, a couple of typically IPA only friends, and ones who like drier ones with less malt character, got into this.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 22:21:02 | More by sprucetip
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4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Night cap after a drunken night of beer tasting. Well, not that drunk. Really more tired than drunk..

Split my last 12oz. bottle between two pint glasses. Nice burnt golden color. Vigorous pour yields a nice head, with minimal lacing.

Hops all over the nose. Some dark fruits, caramel.

Taste is more of the same. Nice malt presense, with really nice hop profile to back everything up. This beer tastes f'ing insane. Probably one of the best from Lagunitas I have had.

Would never guess this is almost a 10% beer. Great mouthfeel that coats the mouth, but isnt cloying or distracting. you will want to go back for more.

I'd say this is probably my favorite offering from Lagunitas. Superb beer. Hop Stoopid is a close second. This is a more rounded beer, as opposed to a hop onslaught. Seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 09:39:55 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
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Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, purchased at Zyn in Calgary, poured into my standard pint glass. Pours a very dark, reddish amber color with a nice creamy head. Retention and lace were better than expected. Strong aroma, lots of citrus grapefruit hops. Nice mix of piney hops and malty sweetness in the taste. Some hint of dark fruit and brown sugar or molasses. It finishes with slight bitterness, and a slick slightly oily mouthfeel. Medium toward low carbonation keep it smooth and easy to drink.
Some alcohol warth, but not overpowering or distracting from the complexity.
A nice example of an American Strong Ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 03:28:10 | More by BigBry
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New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper color. Nice head but retention is low because of the high ABV. Aroma is a bit hoppy, with sweet grapefruit aromas dominating. Boozy on the nose as well. Caramel honey sweetness in the aroma as well. First taste hits you with citrus grapefruit hops paired against the sweet caramel malt body. Alcohol taste on the finish. Overall good flavor with nice bold malt sweetness balancing delicate hop flavor. The alcohol isn't as hidden as I'd like. Nice full bodied sticky mouthfeel with good carbonation. This is a unique beer, an "imperial ESB". The taste is bold and unique. That said its just a little too much, if ABV was reduced to like 8% i could see them making a better version.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 02:29:51 | More by ShemRahBoo
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3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Notes: 12 oz. brown bottle. A lot of great info on label. No freshness date. Pry-off.

A: Pours a semi-clear amber/copper. Nice off white head with good retention and lacing. Yeast looks to be floating around; unfiltered?

S: Fruits and citrus with spices and a creamy malty flavor.

T/M: Crisp with a high alcohol feel. Yeast really comes into play now with a complex fruity flavor. Citrus and hops create that nice bitterness which is needed. The finish is quite bitter and dry, but this is expected.

O: Solid brew. I could only have about one or two at a time. High ABV. Well worth a try.


Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 00:06:50 | More by mnrider
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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By far, this beer has the longest name out of any I have tried.

An ESB (according to their website) at 9.7% ABV.... this is why Lagunitas is one of my favorite breweries. Pours a light orange color, small head to it, small amount of lacing. First whiff.. all hops... ahh this is going to be a good one. Taste wise, nice mouthfeel to it... don't get hit by the hops too much which is a little surprising. Balanced very well, maybe more-so to the malt side. Hops are present, but are very much subdued, especially for the 9.7% ABV. Goes down very smooth and tastes like a 4% ABV type of beer... way too drinkable for 2X beer strength status. I would still prefer an Imperial Red or Brown Shugga but this is another home run for Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 02:35:54 | More by oriolesfan4
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3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a very dark amber color with a nice creamy one finger head. Wow, does this have a strong aroma...citrus hops mixed with grapefruit. The taste echos the aroma, definitely a sweet beer, with the citrus, grapefruit, and some light notes of chocolate and caramel malts. It finishes with slight bitterness, and the grapefruit really shows through at the end. Mouthfeel is a medium carbonation.

Overall a very solid beer, feels lighter than the stated ABV of nearly 10%.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 08:12:39 | More by mkotsayfan
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3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep, deep burgundy copper amber color with no head and nothing but an ultra thin, light lacing with no carbonation.

S - Caramel, toffee, and some booziness. Aroma is minimal and not very enticing.

T - Very malt forward, dark fruit, plums, raisins, and figs. Brown sugar, moderate boozy effervesence, not alot going on the palette for a strong ale...I expected more.

M - Heavy medium body, no carbonation, and a fairly clean finish for a big beer.

O - Malt forward, big, and no pizzaz. Lagunitas is a respectable brewer and I enjoy their beers, however, this one isn't doing it for me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 07:34:56 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of DollarCan


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice amber orange with a frothy off white head.
Brown sugar sweetness toast and some faint fruity notes as well as some pine from hops.
sweet yet bitter at the same time. candy like sugar mixed with some hop bitterness.
some alcohol creeps into the finish, but leaves you with some hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 08:45:14 | More by DollarCan
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3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

This pours a nice dark amber color with a large foamy slightly off white head which leaves a nice lacing and has good retention. The smell is loaded with toffee, caramel, sugar and some hops. Feel is medium. The taste has more hops than the smell, so I get lots of toffee and caramel with a nice bitter after taste and a pretty decent alcohol burn (this is hotter than some of their other offerings, almost makes it not enjoyable). Overall nothing I'd get again.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 04:45:40 | More by DavidST
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4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich caramel/amber in color, partially cloudy. Short off-white head with some nice centered lacing.

S: Caramel and bready malts, big hop aroma, rye spices, citrus. Notes of pine, bananas and grapefruit. A rich and intriguing aroma.

T/M: Smooth caramel and honey flavors, yeast, fresh hops and some light citrus fruits on the initial sip. Full, well rounded body with some decent complexity. Lots of earthy notes, like pine, fresh hops, and multigrains. Rye spices are definitely there, as they were in the nose. Smooth, rich, mildly creamy and mildly spicy mouthfeel.

D: Delicious. Delectable. Lagunitas rarely disappoints. A great example of what a strong ale should be.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 01:26:13 | More by YouSkeete
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New York

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber-brown (18 deg SRM on the color scale) with a thin 1-finger head. Lacing sticks around a while.

S: Caramel malt, citrus hops, light citrus (grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple mainly) aroma. Smells much like Stone Arrogant Bastard, with less pine and more tangerine. A classic strong ale aroma without the booze.

T: More of the same -- caramel malt up front, balanced by lightly bitter, but citrusy hops. A well-rounded flavor profile, nothing sticks out as overwhelming. Just a really pleasant flavor overall without being overly bitter or overly sweet.

M: Creamy, adequate carbonation. Slick mouthfeel, somewhat oily finish, but the finish is very clean with no aftertaste. Each sip is like a brand new experience.

O: A solid strong ale and a definite contender for my favorite in the category for the price. As it is only a seasonal, I can't wait for next spring to taste this one again. A solid A- in my book. If you like Stone's Arrogant Bastard, you'll love this brew.

EDITED 7/14/2012 for this year's release. So very close to last year's, it's impossible to distinguish between the two. One of my absolute favorite brews ever produced.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 00:06:27 | More by DrewV
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4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Julian date code of 6/1/11 brewed date. It was a clear orange amber color with lots of floaters and good carbonation . It had a good sized head that slowly settled into a constant foam cap. Good sheeting with some sticking.

The aroma was caramel malt, piney hops, citrus and a little booze. Liked the pine aroma alot. The taste was good as well with a good balance between the caramel malt and the pine. Booze showed a little but not as much as you'd expect on a 9.7% abv. Mouthfeel was full and a little creamy with good carb levels.

Overall, a really good strong ale that I highly recommend. This isn't one of my normal go to styles but this one was very good. Avail here in TX. Rotation - very good but don't me see me buying many of these except the rare single. [O;O]

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 23:17:47 | More by TexIndy
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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear, light amber with two fingers of white head.

S: Pungent, citrus hops jump out of the nose. Caramel and sugar are present as well.

T: Hops hit the palate hard, but certainly do not wreck it. The malt backbone holds everything together with superb balance.

D: Beers like this make me wish we still had a "drinkability" rating. This has perfect drinkability! I just cannot believe that it is nearly 10%!

Overall: Lagunitas calls it an "imperial mild" and I'd say that about sums it up. It is bursting with flavours, but everything is kept in check. One of the best seasonal offerings from this great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 20:49:59 | More by JohnnyChicago
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New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my 13 oz tulip. A very attractive bright amber, with a inch in and a half of white sticky head, that lingers the entire beer. Big burst of caramel up front, with some breadyness, and grapefruit. All that and more intense, on the tongue. Nice body and plenty of carbonation.Once again Lagunitas has created a wonderfully different and enjoyable brew. Not for everyone, but for fans of hearty, yet approachable beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 22:18:34 | More by SawDog505
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this one in a mix pack of ales. Opened this evening and poured into a chilled mug. A nice medium copper color with a hint of haze to it. A nice white creamy dense lacey head.
Aroma is that of mild citrus and hops. I'm thinking dry hopped with Cascade? Drinks smoothly with a good mouth feel to it. Tastes of grapefruit and hops on the backside. Higher alcohol content than most but not noticeable. A good brew that would be great on a hot Summer day.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 23:30:52 | More by MeatHunter
Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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