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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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3,397 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,397
Reviews: 874
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 77
Gots: 331 | FT: 4
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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Photo of Gatch
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper in color with an off-white, bubbly head that leaves behind little lacing or retention

S: Sweet malt, American hops, vinegar, and booze.

T: Sweet malt hits you first with sharp hops coming in immediately after. The booze is always there but it's warming and complements the entire experience. Hops are awesome. Bitterness in the finish to balance out the sweetness of the malt.

M: Sweet, smooth, boozy. Good carbonation. Highly enjoyable for the style.

O: A damn good American Strong Ale. Pick this one up.

Photo of stpaulsipper07
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Bought a sixer at my local stop and steal for around 10.50 plus the Michigan bottle deposit. Poured into a pint glass about a finger of thick creamy head on a deep copper brew.

Basically, this stuff is pretty similar to Bells Hopslam but more balanced and at around half the price. Good brew, I would buy it again!

Photo of josephwa
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of PaulMc
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of random846
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a strong copper color with nice amber hues. There is a nice 0.5 inch head that is off-white and slightly dense. Nice slight orange colors.

Piney and citrusy hop notes start this off with some nice hop juice sweetness. Quite citrusy with tangerine and grapefruit notes present. There is some slight malt and grainy notes but mostly a piney hoppy nose.

Taste starts off with juicy grapefruit notes with some tangerine in there as well. Citrusy and also piney and resinous. Nice slight carmel sweetness is present. As it warms some nice boozy heat can be perceived and at almost 10% this is expected. Still nice and hoppy with a sticky yet bitter finish.

Pretty good offering from Lagunitas. They do a good job with their hops and slightly balanced malt backbone.

Photo of RandyKemka
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jriggins6
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of cnits66
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of rxbandit1980
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of dcook11
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.

Photo of sbanacho
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of jwat
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%

Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,397 ratings.