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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,942 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,942
Reviews: 730
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 49
Gots: 282 | 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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

TooGood, Apr 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

quang_dam, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark Amber in color with a fantastic head that left a pretty sticky web of lacing on the glass. Nose is sweet with tropical fruits and pine; resin, a sweet maple candy note, boozy and warm smelling at the end. The maple candy flavor is at the forefront along with tropical fruit and resin from the hops. Sweet and boozy with very little back end bitterness. Warms the chest once it's down. Full mouthfeel with ample carbonation to keep it from feeling like syrup. While there is definitely hop bitterness at the end, there is not quite enough to give this beer balance, and it comes across as rather too sweet and heavy. While it's not perfect, it is definitely unique and has it's own signature flavor. Lagunitas makes my favorite beers, hands down. Little sumpin, sumpin, Brown Sugga, Lagunitas Sucks are all amazing brews, and Undercover Investigation is set to join the line of winners from this brewery.

Aaron_Ramson, Apr 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

target88, Apr 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

MaxOhle, Apr 11, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2/23/14

Poured with some vigor and yields one finger head. Rich golden honey color and great clarity.
Aroma is earthy hops, floral, and some burnt caramel. Smells sweet.

Nice little hop bite up front and sugary going down. I get a sugary honey flavor. Reminds me of honey smacks cereal. Balanced with floral hops with a touch of citrus. Bitter aftertaste really rounds out all aspects of the brew.

Pretty thick feel, moderate carbonation and some boozy burn. Sticky.

This beer has it all. Much like brown sugga but I think this one has a bit more bitterness from whatever hop profile was used. The sweetness is also a bit more cane sugar and honey where brown sugga is what it says. Really been liking lagunitas lately and this one boosts my overall impression of them.

hopflyer, Apr 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

lauries444, Apr 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

donbet69, Apr 11, 2014
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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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2.88/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a little over two fingers high, and off-white in coloring. It not only retains nicely, but has a rugged texture suggesting a good hoppiness. Rings of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Huh. I hardly smell anything. I'd wonder if my glass was dirty, but I also get very little from out of the bottle. The typical Lagunitas character and some brown sugar-esque malts are there, along with just a touch of piny hops - and that's about it. The aroma is amplified slightly once it warms up, revealing some nice fruity notes. My patience is paying off: this is developing into an enjoyable nose.

T: A gentle combination of piny hops and dark fruit notes open this up. The finish, on the other hand, is caramel-y to the point of obstruction. Touches of minty bitterness can't save this beer from being positively choked down by toffee, toffee, and more toffee. Let it warms up, and it even becomes quite boozy. Meh.

M: Even though it's too sweet, and not even that enjoyable tasting, I'll give it some credit - it goes down easily in that way only a Lagunitas strong ale can go down easily. I'm only picking up traces of its alcohol presence on the tongue; the 9.7% is hidden quite well. Actually, once it warms up, it isn't hidden well at all - basically, this is one to drink cold.

O: This is the probably the first Lagunitas beer I actually don't like. Still, it's not exactly bad - there are whispers of a good strong ale to be found, what a shame the extensive caramel backbone runs roughshod over everything. That, and it becomes rather harsh when warmed up sufficiently. I won't be returning to this one when just about everything else from Lagunitas shows off their (awesome) house character better.

ThisWangsChung, Apr 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,942 ratings.