Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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4.48/5 rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This brew pours a bright red/brown with a fluffy two finger white head, good carbonation and medium to heavy lacing.
The smell is both malty and hoppy at the same time. Thick roasted and caramel malts and orange, citrus and piney hops dominate. There is also a sweet, fruity smell.
The taste follows the nose with sweet and roasted malts, then orange, grapefruit and piney hops. There is a thick caramel malt backbone and a piney hop finish. Despite the high alcohol content there is no alcohol bleeding through in the taste.
The feel is thick, bready and chewy with a slightly pine oil finish left on the tongue after swallowing.
Overall this is another winner from Lagunitas. A well balanced mix of malts and hops which masks its high alcohol content very well. A worthy representation of the style.
Serving type: bottle
08-30-2013 20:29:22 | More by microbrewlover
4.14/5 rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
When life gives you lemons... you still make beer! As Lagunitas receives the brunt of the legal system, that leaves an indelible die upon the conscious. How do you overcome this? The answer is to make a beer that both commemorates the unfortunate occasion and makes a mockery of it at the same time.
Its only obvious that some sort of obnoxious-ass brew steps forward. Its dark honey-amber appearance provides an ominous look, but its its dense blanket of foam- just off of white that retains the session with ease and laces the glass with highly decorative sheets of lace to decorate the glass.
Incredibly strong in its scent, the nose is lead by brown sugar, toffee and molasses. That fully sweet scent is nearly matched by citrus, pine and peppery alcohol. Even as esters of figs, dates, cherries, and apples waft about, the complexity attempts to balance the beer- yet it remains a malt-centric scent.
Savory molasses flavors fuse with brown sugar, toast, mild chocolate, maple and port for a sweeter upstart. But then there's a balance that rises in the middle that is chocked full of citrus- grapefruit peels, orange peels, lemon and pine sap all make their marks as the hops make their presence well known. But other intangibles help to shape the story: rum-like alcohol, copper-like mineral qualities and estery dark dried fruits ensure new flavors and new impressions with each and every sip.
Bitter-sweet in its finish, the beer isn't always like that. Its creamy-sweet introduction implies desserts... until the onslaught of bitterness and dry spiciness ensues. Incredible tranformations occur as the ale sheds of much its sugars and its deeply embedded bubbles to favor a hoppy-dry finish with resinous sticky texture and bold warmth.
Despite its chalky and minerally linger- this raw and rustic ale is much more refined than its inspiration would suggest. Sure- there's a chip on their shoulder and this ale squarely reflects that. But there's also an elegant masculinity that suggests that the brewery has gotten past that part of their history.
Serving type: bottle
08-27-2013 06:31:12 | More by BEERchitect
3.94/5 rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: Lagunitas bottles are always pretty classy, and this is no exception, though an expiration or brewed-on date would have been a plus. The beer itself is a beautiful red, clearer than expected for a beer this big, with awesome head retention.
Smell: Pretty mild, mostly malty, with a hint of what seems to be hops (unorthodox, though). I'd imagine it might smell bigger in a tulip or similar, but Lagunitas pours this one into a pint glass, so I do as well.
Taste: Hits the spot right now. Small hop bite on the front, but everything else is very well-rounded. It's hard to pick out what individual flavors are contributing to this beer overall, which isn't ideal for me. It's just really nice, mostly malty, but balanced.
Feel: This beer has substance. It feels like 10% in your mouth, even if it doesn't taste like 10% alcohol-wise. The size of the mouthfeel keeps it away from the "refreshing" category, but you weren't looking for refreshment from this beer anyway, right?
Overall: Very enjoyable. This is way more malty than you'd expect from a Lagunitas ~10% brew, but the hop kick keeps you smiling. I'm glad I picked up another 6-pack of it before it goes away.
Serving type: bottle
08-20-2013 07:06:46 | More by hrbuchanan
Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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