Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,379 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,379
Reviews: 872
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 62
Gots: 308 | 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 Dave1999
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Steimie
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Lantern
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of IlPostino
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of DiscGolfRobot
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of dorf
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of sizemore84
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.25/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of raynmoon
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
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
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of sbricker
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of sammo
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of SHODriver
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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

Photo of rjpetrizzo
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jakea
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber with a tightly packed head of two-finger width; excellent retention and multiple shards

Smell: Fruit salad (peaches, tangerines, apples), resin and caramel

Taste: Fruity on the taste buds as well, with the caramel undertones buttressing the fruity flavors; resinously bitter, by mid-palate, and both the hops and malts take it to another level in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some burn as it descends into the gullet

Overall: I don't generally care for DIPAs with a big malt bill and I was a little wary of this beer but really like both the malt and hop profiles - surprised I haven't had it before

Photo of hiphopj5
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of deepchills
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of vkv822
3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz : tulip snifter

Clear amber-orange, foamy off-white head, good lacing.

Resiny pine and citric hops blend into sweet caramel, toffee malts.

A bit more emphasis on the resiny pine, but still fairly balanced with sweet caramel malts. Very light alcohol heat.

Medium body with average-low carbonation.

A decent strong ale, though nothing stood out as very enjoyable.

Photo of tuka
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: medium to deep amber with orange tint; firm head leaves some lace and motes

S: malts and citrus, pine and floral

T: solid malt backbone with lots of citrus and pine accents; sweetness is subdued; has a faint solvency

M: little bit of tack on the tongue, medium-full bodied, starts crisper than it finishes; fairly dry

O: this is somewhere between a strong ale and a DIPA - has the heartiness and malt character of some strong ales, but undeniable citrus and pine hoppiness suggest the DIPA - i.e., what's not to like?

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I thought I was going to be surprised by another fresh, tasty IPA from lagunitas, but unfortunately this is a strong ale...a style I tend to skip over in the sweaty June heat.
The beer pours a rich, dark amber with no haze and a thin tan head that fades quickly. The nose is a bouquet of heavy sugary sweetness, caramel in particular, and a subtle bitterness. The alcohol is quite well hidden throughout drinking (although I served it cold considering the thing I hate the most about this style is the feeling that you're slowly consuming 12oz of mouthwash).
As the beer warms the taste unfolds to reveal ripe figs, a hearty graininess, and big hoppy bitterness that saturates the palate. I'm still hesitant about this particular style, but there is relatively little of the tastebud destroying, ethanol burn I'm used to...
The aftertaste is a relatively balanced sweet-bitter, but the hops tip the scale in the end and make a near excellent strong ale have a gross, undesired aftertaste. I still do t like the style, but this isn't a bad representation.

Photo of BeerForHokie
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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