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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: 303 | 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 tdm168
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with a thin, dense, white head that has good retention

S - big floral hop aroma with fainter underlying orange and grapefruit notes

T - faint bread, big caramel, huge hop character - floral, citrusy, piny, herbal, bitter

M - full bodied, a bit crisp

This was a really solid beer. It had huge flavor. I think it could stand to be more malty but huge floral, citrusy hops and a laid back malt character is how Lagunitas seems to role. That being said I'm along for each and every ride. This reminds me quite a bit of their Imperial Red Ale. It has much the same hop character. The body and ABV are a bit bolder. Nonetheless, it's got solid flavor and drinkability. It's definitely worth a try.

Photo of Jakers90
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Lang44
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of mtschmitz
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a) a nice golden amber color. single finger head that has staying power

s) rich hoppy boquet with sharp citrus notes and maple notes

t) a lot less sharp than I was expecting which is good. very balanced with the malt. no real hints of fusel alcohol. peach, maple. some residual sugars but doesn't hang on the tongue.

m) good mouthfeel. smooth and a bit chewy

o) overall I was pleasantly surprised with this beer from Lagunitas. I'm a fan of most of their beers but they all start to taste very similar. This one deviated enough. Easy to drink as if it was sessionable; can't believe it's 9.7.

Photo of discdueler
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Beermazter310
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ambruns1979
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into gorgeous glass. (Stemless white wine glass?)

A: Scattered lacing. Clear amber-excellent.

S: Malty-strong, but hoppy-excellent. Caramel and hops.

T: Good. Smooth, sparkling, strong citrus, buttery malt. An interesting sort of 'Imperial Red'. Fine finish...Yum.

M: Substantial and pleasant. Chewy-sweet.

O: Excellent. I like it. Recommended. Bitter hops, sweet citrus, caramel malt.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color that appears to be pretty still with little carbonation. It has a rocky off-white head that sticks around for a few minutes and leaves behind some spotted lacing.

S: This one has a very piney hop note with a touch of citrus and toasted malts.

T: Follows the nose with a main component of piney hops. The citrus in the nose is kind of lost in the taste while the toasted malts make a slightly bigger appearance.

M: Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation. Just enough to move the flavors around without being overpowering. A slight resiny, dry finish with a touch of bitterness.

O: I've had this plenty of times before and just now got around to reviewing it. This certainly isn't my favorite offering from Lagunitas, but it isn't bad either.

Photo of RichH55
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of bertram
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Chico1985
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12oz from a fresh batch, ABV listed as 9.8%. I've come to really enjoy and appreciate Lagunitas lately and would like to try all of their regulars eventually.

Pours into my Darkness tulip a dark copper/amber color, mostly translucent with a small off-white head that retains fine as a thick ring and spotty cap leaving bits of lace.

Scent has lots of earthiness, some resiny hops, grapefruit, buttery and caramel malts.

Taste is a mix of sweet+hoppy like the scent, pretty intense from both sides of the spectrum. Earthy and piny hops come through the most along with grapefruit and maybe some citrus and floral there too. Caramel+butterscotch malts create quite a backbone for the hops, a good balance here, nothing is overpowering.

Pretty smooth mouthfeel with somewhat high carbonation. Hop bitterness and sweet malts do a number on the palate but only hints of alcohol, decently hidden for almost 10%.

A strong ale that hints towards double IPA, the big amount of sweet malt mostly separate it from that categorization though.A bit of a sipper but very enjoyable. Definitely diggin Lagunitas.

Photo of beernut
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of cuy50
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JeepinJJ
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of BostonHops
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.
ABV: 9.87%

pours a translucent deep amber/copper while yielding 3/4" beige head. fades unhurriedly into a thin cap, collar around the glass; some patchy lacing evident. aromatic nose is rife with pungent hops (citric, a bit floral) and a background caramel malty presence. nice bouquet.

taste is right in line with the aroma. very hoppy with more of that citric/floral character and a balancing but not overdone malt bill. bitter hoppiness persists through the finish. very tasty. a bit of alcohol discernible but pretty well hidden, esp. considering the ABV. somewhat reminiscent of arrogant bastard. medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall this beer comes as a very pleasant surprise. i was expecting a relatively enjoyable, B-range beer. what i got instead was A-worthy.

(originally reviewed: 05-15-2011)

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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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
91 out of 100 based on 3,378 ratings.