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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,378 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,378
Reviews: 871
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 61
Gots: 304 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Oakenator
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is a dark amber color with minimal head and retention (could have resulted from tap). Smell was hard to pick out - faint at best - with a hint of candy. Taste is really well balanced stronger beer - definitely hops as expected from Lagunitas but on the mIlder side for those that have trouble with spicier and sweeter hops. For a stronger beer this has been enjoyable on a hot day.

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.


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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of irongator
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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?

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep tarnished brass color with vibrant amber highlights. Thin off white head. Buttered biscuit, pine, toffee, and grapefruit on the nose. Touch of smoke.

Pretty solid brew. Slightly syrupy but with good carbonation makes it feel like a heavy bodied brew. Faintly smoked malt underneath hearty biscuits with caramel, dark fruits and vanilla. Spicy and herbal hops cover the high abv slightly but not totally. A nice layered complex brew with flavors that like to be together. Right up there with Arrogant Bastard.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Glibber
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite seasonals from Lagunitas. Red amber color with copious amounts of chapagne bubbling. Small white froth that laces the glass quite well. Sweet, Tangy smell, with noticeable hops. A floral, sweet, and creamy front end with a bitter piney aftertaste and some alcohol warming. Very enjoyable, but might be tough to have more than a few due to the hoppiness- and at 9.7%ABV, probably not a wise move anyway. Usually I like to enjoy one beer- and this is a good one that even gets more complex as it warms.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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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  rDev -1.5%

Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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