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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,705 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,705
Reviews: 720
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 40
Gots: 208 | 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:
ABV varies slightly from 9.0 to 9.8
66.6 IBU

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-10-2009)
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

I totally don't know what to make of this beer. I couldn't stand it the first time I tried it, on tap at the great SF beer bar, Monk's Kettle. Now it's a nice looking, clear, brownish amber into a tulip glass with a huge bright white head and great retention.

The aroma brings a tinny tartness, laying over some sweet malt . . .

In the mouth it's sweet and quite bitter, at once. But it's a strange, tart bitterness. I can't stop thinking of iodine and tin can. There's a sweetness that many reviews call "brown sugar", but I can't go with that descriptor. It's not caramel, either. It's some kind of sweet, exotic fruit, if anything. And that indefinable bitterness continues to haunt me. I think I like this! (But I'm not sure...)

Fairly stiff carbonation cuts the creamy texture perfectly.

I think I"ll buy this again. Got this out of the singles cooler, hoping to put the question to rest. Ha! It wasn't for lack of effort on my part.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 23:41:00 | More by martyl1000
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allstar255

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-20-2014 09:28:57 | More by allstar255
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

03-19-2014 23:27:28 | More by DaftPatrick
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staticpain

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-19-2014 19:24:13 | More by staticpain
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Halluxone

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

03-19-2014 11:26:10 | More by Halluxone
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samibr

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

03-18-2014 20:34:49 | More by samibr
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jkeefe1800

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-18-2014 03:50:45 | More by jkeefe1800
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twistwrist

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-17-2014 23:31:07 | More by twistwrist
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GCBrewery

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-17-2014 23:12:10 | More by GCBrewery
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buzzed

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

03-17-2014 21:06:53 | More by buzzed
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: Super nice floral citrus and pine aroma followed by caramel, chocolate, toasted malts, and a little booze.

Taste: Resiny pine, grapefruit, tangerine, herbal, caramel, toasted, bitter chocolate, and a little booze.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, medium bodied, a little booze, and mild tingly bitterness.

Overall: I look forward to this beer every year. Delicious stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 06:40:41 | More by Flounder57
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Sir_Goatman

Oregon

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-17-2014 04:34:47 | More by Sir_Goatman
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godlessape

Georgia

4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a Samuel Smith Imperial Nonic. The crystal clear amber body gives up a creamy off white head that begs to be devoured.
The aroma has a powerful orange angle to it, coupled with a burnt sugar creme brulee sweetness that's absolutely mouthwatering.
The taste brings along a lot of tangy citrus, earthy tobacco, brown sugar sweetness, all topped off with a cutthroat bitterness that make me wonder why the beer is called a "strong ale" and not a DIPA.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a juicy aftertaste.
Overall, this is a masterpiece of a beer. The brew wizards and geniuses at Lagunitas struck gold with this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 04:20:40 | More by godlessape
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beerbart

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

03-17-2014 00:39:46 | More by beerbart
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Bear1964

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-16-2014 19:18:26 | More by Bear1964
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KFrank729

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +17%

03-16-2014 16:15:16 | More by KFrank729
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ZachKelly

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

03-16-2014 07:28:40 | More by ZachKelly
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lzepplin01

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-16-2014 02:24:25 | More by lzepplin01
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MykeJ

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

03-16-2014 01:58:06 | More by MykeJ
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Aprice34

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-15-2014 23:18:35 | More by Aprice34
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BeerBuzzGuy

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-15-2014 22:27:10 | More by BeerBuzzGuy
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carrollmel7

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-15-2014 20:43:40 | More by carrollmel7
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jopezu

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

03-15-2014 17:32:22 | More by jopezu
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AHeaston8

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-15-2014 07:05:23 | More by AHeaston8
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Zach136

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-14-2014 19:17:37 | More by Zach136
Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,705 ratings.