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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 950
Hads: 3,973
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 20.95%
Wants: 112
Gots: 754 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.30% 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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Reviews: 950 | Hads: 3,973
Photo of JayQue
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear copper color with a medium off-white head. The head fades to a covering of the glass. Sheets of lacing on the glass. The smell is exceptional, good hoppy and citrus aroma.

The taste is balanced, but not the wimpy "a little hops followed by a little malt". This beer features bold flavors and reminds me of 2 year old Bigfoot. The hops come first, bitter and citrusy with some Bigfoot like spiciness. The taste then fades and you notice strong caramel malt.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. A hint of alcohol up front, but the taste buds get overwhelmed with flavor after a few sips.

Drinkability is good. I drank this one way too fast because it was so tasty. Not a session beer by any means, but a very enjoyable experience.

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Photo of JDV
2.63/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a gorgeous rich mahagony color, with some nice lasting white head. Smell is pretty nice and hoppy with a slight touch of malt perhaps and a bit of noticeable alcohol present especially as it warms some. Moderately bittered for the style, and is nicely hopped, but the noticeable alcohol taste rather, is what caused me to not like it too much. Finish is mild lasting bitterness and chest warming alcohol. I don't like tasting the alcohol in my beer this much.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - this DIPA pours a coppery brown body, with a thin creamy/filmy white head with moderate carbonation

S - malty, more than expected, some crystallized brown sugar, some alcohol, and a background pineyness, did not check this out on BA before tasting it, did not realize this was a DIPA, thought it was a Amer. Red Ale

T - taste like a highly hopped barleywine without the thick mouthfeel and raisin flavors, nice but nondescript

M&D - now that i see this is a DIPA, it makes a bit more sense, rather nice and easy to drink, a bit harsh at first, but finishes nicely

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Photo of beerking1
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very clear orange-amber beer with a large off-white head. Head lingers and leaves lace to the last sip. Aroma is hoppy, but well balanced with malt and crystal notes, plus significant but soft alcohol notes. Flavor is very hoppy, but again with a good malt backbone to balance it out. Mouthfeel is on the high side of medium. Tail lingers well with a nice hoppy character, but with some faint apple notes.

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Photo of blakesell
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a very large beer mug.

Appearance- A reddish amber with a pillowy rocky head that dissapates very slowly to a swamp muck across the top of eggshell white. Lacing is glued to the glass.

Smell- Big citrus and pine hops with a nice grapefruit thickness. Pine hops are more of the backbone of the beer though and there seems to be a good malt tone in there as well.

Taste- Citrus grapefruity goodness with a nice piney linger. Wow this is balanced for a DIPA. Light malts come thru in the back to make this one solid beer. Not overly bitter, but quite hoppy.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and smooth like a good woman. Slightly sweet and syrupy, full bodied and well carbonated.

Drinkability- I had to ramp the drinkability and mouthfeel on this one. It went uphill by leaps and bounds giving more than I ever expected this beer to. On par with other hoppy offerings by Lagunitas, but this is one of the higher rating ones.

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Photo of GlockAmore
4.77/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the moment you pour this beer, you know it's going to be a bit different. The amber color, the off-white creamy/thick head, the sweet yet hoppy nose... And then the taste! It's not at all like an IPA in my opinion, no way - IPAs smack your taste buds with piney resin flavors and bitterness and this is sweet. Malty, mellow sweetness with a touch of hops and alcohol to balance it out. To me, this beer is THE perfect balance of malt, hop and alcohol. I could drink a lot of these (if I could only get my hands on more of 'em).

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Photo of BeerZack
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark clover honey color with a frothy one-finger head that sticks.

Lots of honey in the nose, some alcohol, marzipan and vanilla.

Marzipan and caramely-sweet malt. Pretty malt dominant, it is balanced by some hops, but kind of a sweet, thick finish.

Creamy and soft carbonation in this one.

Due to the lack of hoppiness and prevalence of layered maltiness I would venture to guess this sample might not have been so fresh.

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Photo of ericj551
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Sneak Release Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale pours a clear orange red with a nice creamy head that lingers for quite a while. From the moment I opened the bottle I was hit with big citrusy hop aroma, grapefruit, and pine backed up with a good amount of malt sweetness. The sweetness is predominate in the flavor, lots of caramel and toffee, but there is no lack of citrusy hop flavor. There is a nice bitterness that rounds out the beer, but not overpowering for the beers strength. A bit of alcohol comes through in the finish, but not too much for a beer of the strength.

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Photo of Vancer
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This frosty poured a deep amber, almost mahogany brown, with a most bodacious tan head, that laced the glass ALL the way down. It’s making a mess of the glass, this is exceptional.

Enticing aroma of barley wine; sweet caramel malt. Then the quaff – yummy earthy, viney, then finishing with a taste bud stabbing jab of hops. Top notch, top shelf brew.

Sheesh, whata tasty beer – I’m very pleased to see that this one is now a rotating release.

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Photo of boberto777
4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of, if not the best beer I have had in the past 6 months. I have nothing bad to say about it. Also great with food (I had it with some steak). The story behind it is what got my attention and I knew I had to try it. The taste is not too hoppy, but its presence is definitely there. Color is a rich amber red, with a good frothy head. Please try this beer, its worth it!

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dertbert for the trade.

22oz brown bottle with no freshness info.

a: Pours a clear amber with white head.

s: Typical hop notes, pine mostly. Some honey maybe, a little sweet.

t: The taste is mostly of hops, though bitterness is pretty average for a DIPA. Piney, grassy floral, spicy hops with some sweet malt.

m: Chewy texture, medium body, average carbonation.

d: Quite drinkable considering the style and alcohol content.
A nice beer, great woody hops, nice balance, a good offering from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy scarlet red appearance. Thin dirty white head. Lace is weblike and quite intricate. Aroma is of juicy, plump hop nuances as well as thick caramel malt tones. First sip contains alcohol, biting hops and big caramel malt. The alcohol smooths out as it warms and the juicy hop flavor come out more. The bitterness is just right for a DIPA. This is very nicely balanced for a DIPA. But hops and bitterness still rule. Medium full body and moderately carbonated. This one's going down too damn fast. What a steal for 3.99 a bomber.

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Photo of deanhead
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -mellow orange color with a rocky head.
Smell- Sticky hops with biscuity notes.
Taste- Sweet, yet hoppy, nice bitterness, yet tangy. This beer is unique.

Mouthfeel- There is something sour, yet citrusy about this full bodied bad-ass beer. It's sticky, and chewy. Very interesting.

Drinkability- It's a nice beer, but not an easy drinker given the ABV. Wile I did enjoy this beer, I did struggle my way through the end of it. I would likely choose to drink one of these during a a session, as it was pretty strong.

Heads up to Lagunitas for delivering yet another unique brew. I may have to pick up a few bottles to stash in my cellar

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Photo of PlaywrightSam
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber purchased at the Wine Gallery in Brookline.

A: Red/amber, lots of very puffy head. Very active carbonation, moderate lacing. S: Really enticing; sweet up front with a lot of earthy hops. T: Very robust, but really nicely balanced. Much like the smell, it's got a lot of malt up front, but it's followed closely by some really delicious hops. The finish is pretty incredible; sort of like an emmentaler or gruyere. M: Pretty coarse, thick and chewy. D: All in all a really wonderful IIPA. I almost question the style designation, it's definitely hoppy but it's by no means overly aggressive. But whatever it is, it's a wonderfully balanced, enjoyable, delicious beer.

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Photo of genog
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange, redish color with a sparkling body, and foamy nice light brown colored head. Smell is grape, sweet malt, and borders on a little of a barleywine type of aroma. Taste is of honey, sweetness with a little bit of bitter after taste. Crisp carbonation followed by a warming alcohol presence. Nice beer, glad they were not shut down.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark copper red with a large puffy head. Clear and glassy with a minor orange tint.

The aroma is simply tremendous. Wet-smelling hop scent with floral and citric hops. Like a tremendous double-IPA with a ton of hop character. The hops are complex and not just overly bitter-smelling. Strong alcohol smell as well.

The taste is an excellent strong ale alcohol flavor. Has a heavy, thick top layer of heavy hops. Very bitter and heavy. The hops are also woody. The taste is good although couldn't possibly live up to the smell.

The feel is thick, creamy and bubbly. Leaves a thick film. A really substantial brew. Really delicious, and though it's heavy, it's a fast, easy drinker.

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Photo of Floydster
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle purchased for three dollars on sale at Cooke's Market in El Segundo

Split with a friend last night and poured about twelve ounces into my pint glass

Color was a deep orange brown color with a whopping head, about an inch, that let the different smells through nicely, left good amount of lacing for a double IPA and head was present until I was done drinking this twenty minutes later

Smell was full of citrus and pine, seemed to be a lot sweeter than it actually was, some honey was present along with what smelled a lot like sour apples

For being eight months old, the beer was still extremely hoppy which was great, not really sweet like most Lagunitas products, lone of pine hits the mouth at first which turns into a citrus rush full of grapefruit and oranges, then a nice dry finish with lots of hops keeping a lasting impression, nice lemon zest in the aftertaste

This one packed a punch at a little over nine percent but was easy to drink, after too many the alcohol would eventually catch up to you, could have easily finished this bottle and then some though

Recommended if you can still find this anywhere, one of the better brews I have had from Lagunitas and definitely gave Kill Ugly Radio a run for its money

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Photo of Minkybut
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this big beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. This beer was an exciting brew. It was a bit red looking with a nice head and lacing. The smell was nice a little hoppy but very nice. The taste was a little bitt little hoppy but very tolerable. A bit strong this beer will put a hurtin on you for sure. But the high alcohol did not wast away the taste, so I will have to say I would buy again.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber. Label reads "We brewed this especially bitter ale in remembrance of the 2005 St. Patrick's Day Massacre and in celebration of our 20-day suspension back in January of last year! O.G. Unforgiven, I.B.U. Unrepentant."

Deep copper-colored brew with a billowy, pocked beige head that quickly reduces to a thin layer of white foam that leaves a substantial lace on the glass.

The aroma is hoppy, but more balanced than a typical double IPA. The taste is similar -- but this seems much more like a barleywine than a double IPA. The malt profile balances the astringency of the hops nicely -- but the hops are still strong, bitter, wonderful. The alcohol is slick, and there's a cloying aftertaste.

This is all-around strong - strong hops, strong malts, strong alcohol. It's a nice taste, but one is more than enough at a time.

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, if the length of the name has anything to do with the beer, it should be great? lol

The beer makes good its escape from the 22 ounce bottle a cloudless burnished copper, the head perfection, the color light tan and the texture creamy, upon its inevitable demise, the lace forms a thick glutinous sheet to obfuscate the glass. Nose is chockablock with the hop flowery aroma, sweet malt supports the hops, hints of caramel, appetizing, nay mouth watering I say. Start has a pleasant malt profile, sweet with a definite hop spicy bitterness at the back, top is middling to full in its feel to the palate. Finish continues the big hop spicy bite, the acidity customary, the aftertaste dry as a bleached desert bone, my oh my if this ain’t a great beer, then I’m a teetotaler, and we know that ain’t so. lol

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Photo of Atron67
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a pretty dark amber, almost brown in the glass, with a two finger thick massive sticky head that stayed for a long time.

S- resiny heavy hoppy, grassy delicious smells

T- has a strong hoppy flavor, not much, little light on the malt, to balance or back up the malt, but its a delicious hop flavor, a little grainyness on the finish but its pretty good.

M- very light for a 9 % abv strong carbonation.

D- a solid IIPA, ill take some more

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Photo of abcsofbeer
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber. The color is a red amber that is slightly cloudy and one that is topped by a 2 finger light tan head. The head has great retention and leaves a good amount of lacing. There is a pretty fair amount of rising bubbles. The aroma is sweet and hoppy at the same time with a good deal of potent pine oil. Flowery hops are the key.

The taste is a very good blend of hops and malts, stronger on the hops side with some good strong bitterness. I detect a slight alcohol burn but not over the top. It increases as it warms. This beer is excellent and has a very nice medium body.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Karma to atsprings for bringing this bottle my way. Bomber into a pint glass.

Pours an amber/copper hue with a 1/2" light tan head. Slight carbonation rises up through the translucent brew, fueling a well-retained head that leaves decent lacing.

I wasn't expecting the aroma; a malty onslaught mixed with big-time caramel notes, a touch of English IPA-style hops, toffee, and brown sugar.

The taste is smooth and sweet, with caramel and toffee malts paving the way. It's not nearly as hoppy as I would've liked (after all, it is a DIPA), but the finish produced a decent bitterness. Body is semi-viscous and perfectly carbonated with a decent bite that makes you perk up and take note. I can't say I'd seek out this one again, as there are many, better double IPA's out there, but it does go down smoothly and drinks amazingly well.

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Photo of warmstorage
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, $3.99 at Gold Rush Liquor, Anchorage.

Appearance: Deep copper to light red, with a big rocky off-white head. Big lacing, almost a thick wall of it. Outstanding appearance, almost a Belgian tripel-worthy rockiness.

Aroma: Deep malty, with notes of roast, and solid earthy hops. Almost like an American style barleywine.

Taste: Sweet tangy and deep spicy earthy hoppy, much like Bigfoot in character and hoppiness, especially the 2007 Bigfoot. Very nice, and finishes with strong sugars and hints of burnt sugar and wood. Distinct C hops. A delicious American style barleywine.

Mouth: Full but not thick, this is a solid, slightly slick finishing beer.

Overall: Finally, a Lagunitas specialty/seasonal that I can love! Delicious, American barleywine/American strong ale. Solid in almost every way, this is perhaps the best Lagunitas I've ever had (and you can see from my reviews that I've had a lot.)

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Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double IPA huh? My first thoughts were that it was a lighter barley with a touch of cocoa. It actually appears a bit like a dark amber, and the malts are sweet and fruity, and like I said, there's a touch of chocolate flavor. The hops didn't seem that big, citrus and peppery, but not nearly as big as Great Divide's Hercules DIPA. For a DIPA, it leaves hops to be desired, for a strong ale, it's pretty cool.

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.