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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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3,387 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,387
Reviews: 873
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 72
Gots: 325 | 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:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-10-2009

ABV varies slightly from 9.0 to 9.8
66.6 IBU
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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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of TheStig
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

With a color the exact shade of the bottle it was poured from and a thin little head, it was almost like pouring bottle glass into my glass. Ok, so what? There's nothing really out of the ordinary in its presentation.

What really knocked me back was the smell-- like slicing open a fresh grapefruit with some plums on the side. Some juniper and pine notes as well. Light, heavy, sweet and tart, all rolled into one. I've spent more time smelling this beer than I have most previous beers, and with good reason-- it's presenting a very complex fruit and floral scent that I'm still trying to unravel. Splendid.

Taste is heavily nuanced with a lot of different flavors vying for prominence-- this is not to say it's a muddled mess, because it's not-- but repeated tastings are necessary to discern the mechanics of what's going on in there. The complimentary tastes from the scents are present, as are notes of cherry, black currant and malts. Two things are certain: a definite and strong hop taste as it finishes, and no indication that this is a 9.7% ABV beer. Neat!

Mouthfeel was average. I was expecting a little more burn due to the higher alcohol content, but that wasn't present.

I'd wouldn't mind having this as a regular fridge-stock-- meaning I wouldn't feel bad just grabbing it as "some beer" for company, and it's interesting enough to warrant future in-depth tastings.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Dave1999
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a transparent amber colour with a white which disapears very quickly.

The smell is sweet and malty which some nice floral hops. It's just a little faint.

The taste is pretty sweet and malty with a bit of a hopy after taste but not very bitter.

This beer is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Another excellet beer from Lagunitas. Covers it's abv very well at 9.8 abv.

Will buy again.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of raynmoon
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A re-review. Last year I had this one in June and it was a few months old. This one just hit the shelves here in California.

Bottled March 23rd

Deep orange/red color with a nice offwhite head that is very creamy looking.

Smells like oranges, some sweet malts. The smell isn't very strong.

A strong alcohol presence and hop bitterness shop up right away. It goes down nice with a toasty malt backbone. Not too complex. It's nice, but not my favorite from lagunitas.

Super nice mouthfeel though, very creamy.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours the color of amber sap with a 2 finger head, average retention, resulting in a lace that's thin but sticky.

Smell - Smells of ruby red grapefruit and pine resin. A foreboding aroma. A touch astringent.

Taste - Hoppy red grapefruit upfront, hints of chocolate and dried fruit. Green banana. Finishes with the sweet ruby red character it starts with.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall - Another sweet, hoppy grapefruit release from Lagunitas. I love it, but I'd like to see something different from this brewery. Does well to hide the high 9.8% ABV.

Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Dogfish shaped glass. It poured a darker amber color with a frothy, creamy, sticky head to it. Nice looking color and pretty good lacing as I drank it as well.

The aroma is not surprisingly, pretty hoppy for the style. I get some floral, pine and citrus notes to it. I'm getting a bit of a pineapple or peach flavor out of the hoppiness as well. There's also a pretty big malt presence with some caramel and candied fruit flavors blending pretty well wit the hoppiness. Pretty nice aroma overall.

The taste shows more of the bright, juicy hops to it. I get some peach and mango flavors up front, while some pine and grapefruit bitterness comes out a little more towards the finish. The sweet, malty, caramel flavors compliment very well and give it some really nice candied fruit flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall, I thought it was a very good beer. The hoppiness was really good, and the malts compliment very well. It really comes together well, very nice overall.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a bright and clear amber with a finger of slightly off white head and minimal retention
S: floral hops, caramel malt, a bit of toffee, slight citrus. smells like a fresh american barleywine
T: slight bready malt quickly yields to a floral hop kick which is followed by a large dose of caramel malt sweetness and another wave of floral hop. slight alcoholic fruitiness, citrus and a juicy hop presence toward the end. swallow is clean with a bit more floral hop and a soft hit of residual sweetness
M: it might be a bit too cold but the feel is a bit prickly from the carb, fairly smooth otherwise and not overly viscous. oily hops keep it from drying things out and it almost seems to wet the mouth on the swallow
O: it doesn't disappoint. Lagunitas makes good beer at a great price point and this beer is no exception. Might pick up another one to try down the line to see how the malts shine without the hops in your face

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,387 ratings.