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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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3,434 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,434
Reviews: 880
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 88
Gots: 366 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.30% 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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Ratings: 3,434 | Reviews: 880
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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA Pint

A: Pours a clear amber with a 1finger of white head. Minord retention but plenty of lacing is present.

S: Smells of hops (pine/resin), citrus (Mango/Pineapple) and some malts.

T: Up front you get some sweetness from the malts then lots of pine/resin and citrus from the hops, finishes with a smooth bitterness.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Overall, surprised. I've learned not to read to much into how Lagunitas classifies their beer. (Not sure I would call this a American Strong Ale) Either way, excellent beer. Very drinkable and smooth. Watch out, as it does sneak up on you.

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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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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of crossovert
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heard alot of praise for this one. Just came in locally, bought it out of the cooler, hopefully some of the fresh hop flavors are still there.

It pours a deep reddish amber with a foamy off-white head. Decent lacing.

The smell is sweet and alcoholic, it has a definite kick to it. Caramel and sweetness dominate.

The flavor is robust. Nto for the faint of heart. Big malt notes but also big hop notes. Has a bit of melon and pine form the hops. the sweetness is big and heavy in the aftertaste consisting of caramel and light fruit juice. It isn't as alcoholic in the taste but it is definitely noticeable.

I would like it to be less sweet but overall not too bad. Lagunitas has done better.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head with pretty good retention considering the high ABV. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A fairly big and balanced mix of hops and malts. Citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, pineapple, and orange. Pretty herbal with some big hints of pine resin that is somewhat dank. Also a big bready and slightly toasted malt presence. Good hints of caramel, biscuit, and grains.

Taste: Big and well balanced like the smell indicates. Nice taste of juicy citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange, mango, and pineapple. Lots of spicy pine resin and earthy hops. Big backing of bready malts with lots of caramel, toffee, and biscuit flavor. This is nicely sharp and bitter but balanced by the sweetness from the bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, fairly smooth, and very juicy. Big alcohol presence can be felt a little bit.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a American Strong Ale. Big and bitter hops with an equally big presence of malts.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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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

The beer is clear light amber in color, with a light tan head which leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of hops first, then malts, and both are quite strong, with a note of astringent booziness.

Taste is quite sharp with both hops and malt, piney, bitter, toasted malts, with a floral hop and malt finish, which lingers for some time.

Feels smooth, with a light-medium body, but not super drinkable, as this one is a doozie.

Great example of the strong ale, almost an American BW. Very much enjoyed the huge flavors in this brew.


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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had it since the first year it was released, saw a single bottle for sale and picked one up. Copper deep amber body with a light colored white head. Fine speckled lacing. Aroma has a toffee toasted malt character with an earthy/citric hop nose going on as well. Big alcohol layers hidden in the sweet and hoppy notes I'm getting. Flavor, has a toasted malt character with sweet sugary notes and alcohol burn going on with a big massive hoppy resinous quality about it, grapefruit and citrus malts burst to blend the flavors into what we are drinking here. Mouthfeel, is medium to full bodied with the high burn of alcohol coming through. Resinous oily hop oils coming on with each sip, still not a bad beer just a bit bigger in alcohol than I typically care for. It stays away from the barleywine zone, but damn fine overall.

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

I found this in the "bargain bin". I didn't know anything about it so I thought I'd give it a try. The code on the neck of the bottle says 15963414

A clear deep amber with a small and fast fading head of foam that leaves little lacing behind.

The smell is a nice mix of strong caramel malt and grapefruit. Some notes of alcohol as well.

The taste is of caramel malt with heaps of a graininess with the hops being very faded. The feel seems to be very sticky and the alcohol comes in big blasts during the session. It finishes almost a sickly sweet and grainy. Obviously this has been sitting around somewhere as whatever date it came out fresh, it was not on the shelves here. Too bad, I can see where this might be pretty impressive fresh...

Edit, I've had a few more bottles since and I've grown to like this son of a gun and apparently, freshness is not the issue I thought it was. Score adjusted.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle to tulip:

Pours a clear copper with swelling off-white head. Retention is rather brief. Good lacing though.

By the nose, I would assume this was an imperial red... rich caramel malts, earthy hops, pretty straightforward actually.

The taste shows a bit more complexity - hops lean towards a dense ganja, a touch of citrus with that sweet malt presence. Really a nice combo I think.

Nice, approachable big beer.

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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