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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,906 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,906
Reviews: 728
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 46
Gots: 269 | 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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Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev -1.5%

patm1986, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

alexsergio, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of BrooBub
5/5  rDev +23.2%

BrooBub, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

loupap, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Neffbeer
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Neffbeer, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

rrock44, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Exiled, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

seth72104, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of millelacsmark
5/5  rDev +23.2%

millelacsmark, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -20%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Hessian257, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of RandyJ
5/5  rDev +23.2%

RandyJ, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev -1.5%

avaldivia, Nov 14, 2011
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

aepb1, Nov 11, 2011
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.

garymuchow, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of haazer
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.

haazer, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of sprucetip
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.

sprucetip, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
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.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of BigBry
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.

BigBry, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of ShemRahBoo
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.

ShemRahBoo, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of mnrider
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.


mnrider, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
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.

oriolesfan4, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of mkotsayfan
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%.

mkotsayfan, Oct 07, 2011
Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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