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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,794 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,794
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 40
Gots: 232 | 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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MikeThumel

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-23-2014 02:45:34 | More by MikeThumel
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navin

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-23-2014 01:15:04 | More by navin
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Modernrickk

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

03-22-2014 23:34:26 | More by Modernrickk
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lydia

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-22-2014 22:59:45 | More by lydia
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PoppaSquat

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

03-22-2014 22:23:31 | More by PoppaSquat
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JG-90

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-22-2014 20:24:29 | More by JG-90
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DeFaz

Ohio

2.74/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours an amber color with a medium head that leaves nice lacing. Good head retention.

Smell: Huge candy aroma along with alcohol (this smells like 9+% if not more), caramel, and orange. There's a lot going on, but the aromas don't work well together.

Taste: Again, there's a lot of flavors, but they don't blend well. This tastes way too sweet while being moderately bitter, and the alcohol seeps through. I find that oftentimes strong ales will be very sweet so as to cover up the alcohol, but this doesn't happen here. There's some fruit and brown sugar going on.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, thick, and slightly undercarbonated. This doesn't make things any better.

Overall: I absolutely appreciate the effort to make a unique beer (that's why I seek out craft beers in the first place), but this really is tough to drink given the out of control sweetness. There are some good flavors here too, but the alcohol and candy flavors just squash everything for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 23:25:38 | More by DeFaz
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smanders

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hadn't seen this one, but if it's from Lagunitas I'll give it a go. Poured into a pint-sized wide mouth Ball jar.

A: A clear, dark red with a billowy, cream-colored head. The lacing is extra sticky.

S: I get a lot of sweetness (i.e. caramel, brown sugar) with a hint of grassy hops.

T: I don't know if I've had anything like this; a 'sweet' IPA. Not citrusy sweet, but sugary. Good hops (spice/pine) backbone, and a warming sensation of 9.7% ABV.

M: I'd vote medium to oily, but that's to be expected with so much booze.

D: Max would be two. I would compare it to eating more than one bowl of ice cream; too much sweetness can cause damage...

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 21:17:23 | More by smanders
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moarmare

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

03-21-2014 14:48:32 | More by moarmare
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01001111

California

3.25/5  rDev -20%

03-21-2014 05:16:12 | More by 01001111
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Fakexican

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-21-2014 03:32:02 | More by Fakexican
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BryanCDM

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-21-2014 03:28:10 | More by BryanCDM
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AndrewBV

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

03-21-2014 01:36:42 | More by AndrewBV
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paulish

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-21-2014 01:33:09 | More by paulish
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Jerryt0000

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

03-21-2014 00:57:33 | More by Jerryt0000
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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
Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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