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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,391 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,391
Reviews: 873
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 71
Gots: 326 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of SHODriver
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%

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

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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
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of tdm168
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of mtschmitz
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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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
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,391 ratings.