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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,722 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,722
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 42
Gots: 215 | 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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rvajohn

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-10-2013 02:09:30 | More by rvajohn
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kristougher

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

08-10-2013 00:57:57 | More by kristougher
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icehawk

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

08-09-2013 20:19:20 | More by icehawk
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Trish

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-09-2013 01:57:18 | More by Trish
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.29/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Consumed 8/8/13

Appearance: Medium amber and copper - remarkably clear - pours with a creamy, medium-to-small sized eggshell white head - fades to a small, wispy cap, leaves some sheets of lacing , and the lacing sticks around forever - purdy

Smell: Very malty with an interesting array of sugars - very cooked and caramelized malts - sweet biscuits, bread and toffee - caramel and some brown sugar - some grapefruit and orange in the back - sugary sweetness, seems a bit excessive - some alcohol creeps in as well

Taste: Bread, sugar, and booze (breakfast of champions?) - very cooked, caramelized, almost syrupy at times - malt extract, caramel, white sugar, brown sugar - oily grapefruit and orange - dinner rolls sprinkled with sugar, dark bread, and toffee - sweet, borderline cloying - some earthy notes - alcohol is pretty obvious, I would guess this is beyond 10% ABV (which is amusing since it's not)

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium, nicely carbonated, a little too syrupy, a little too oily, with a wet, boozy finish

Overall: Easy to forget to shut down anything after a few of these

The combination of citrus and brown sugar reminds me of ham glaze. This is not the first time I have said this about a Lagunitas beer. And this also includes some bread. It's like a meal! This is an interesting beer, but Lagunitas' lighter offerings are a better representation of the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 06:42:28 | More by angrybabboon
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NickBeery

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-08-2013 02:19:05 | More by NickBeery
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meltroha

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

08-08-2013 00:56:35 | More by meltroha
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larryarms847

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is bright orange and looks like it packs a punch. Good amount of foam, very well carbonated, clearly.

Smells of pine, lemon zest, so basically Pinesol, but the hoppiness gives it a even balance to the citrus.

Tastes very lemony, definite pine notes, alcohol not very well hidden, but that's okay.

Mouthfeel is a fizzy alcoholic punch.

Overall one of my favorite Lagunitas choices, I buy it when I see it.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 23:48:49 | More by larryarms847
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topdown

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

08-06-2013 20:25:42 | More by topdown
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sfprint

Germany

4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

almost completely transparent, healthy rising carbonation, medium-light orangy red in color. looks light.

smells hoppy, xmas spices, faintly of smoked fish, and a bit heavy.

hoppy but woody, like an ipa and an amber ale but stronger. An amber with a christmasy back end.

both a bit sharp yet incredibly moist and soft.

well rounded, woody, earthy with a hop edge. very nice IPA variation.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 19:32:17 | More by sfprint
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-06-2013 03:11:03 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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AKuehn47

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-05-2013 21:25:25 | More by AKuehn47
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PHBoiler

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

08-05-2013 12:27:00 | More by PHBoiler
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Justinsosmart

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-05-2013 02:41:59 | More by Justinsosmart
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nygannon

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

08-03-2013 19:30:34 | More by nygannon
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA. Shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe in Sydney, Australia.

Pours a clear burnished amber colour with a loose but frothy head of pale, yellowish froth. Lots of fine pointed lace. Carbonation is tight and languid, despite the body being relatively light. Looks very good.

Nose is pleasant and green, with a strong hop profile that actually suggests German hops to me, with a noble, herbal character to go with some of the more expected West Coast citrus notes. Slight twang of booze, almost like very old balsamic vinegar, and a firm but fairly neutral malt basis. Very pleasant.

Taste is very nice. Rich, smooth entry, with plenty of malt, followed by a pleasant mingling of different counterpoints. There's the booze which sings with heat through to the back of the palate. There's the hops, which provide a sharp but clean vector down the centre and a slight zesty finish. But there's also an unusual note which suggests roasted malt or even coffee. It drifts in and out, so it may just be the conflagration of the booze and the hops, but it's an interesting twist.

Mouthfeel is light, but rounded with just enough weight to keep the flavours progressing.

Overall, this is a very good beer. It's big and full-flavoured, while maintaining a sanity to it that keeps it drinkable. I enjoyed it a great deal.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 02:29:40 | More by lacqueredmouse
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tabascosigned

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-03-2013 01:53:56 | More by tabascosigned
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ghostRdr

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-03-2013 01:39:14 | More by ghostRdr
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craftbrew502

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

08-03-2013 01:11:48 | More by craftbrew502
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prdrums77

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

08-02-2013 22:58:33 | More by prdrums77
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has a deep rusty hue with an off white head. The head was thick and cohesive but was short on life and impressive in lacing.

The scent was quite brilliant at first but lost its flare over a few minutes. Robust caramel malts and grainy sweetness accompany a raisin and tea leaf. Some toasted nut, pecan and piney hop aroma sits in the background of a barley grain backbone.

The taste is strong barley grain and toast. I get lots of earthy piney hop flavor near the end and a metallic sweetness. This sweetness is a mystery, maybe sitting Undercover, as it pops up in the last third of the sip and is gone in a flash. I like the sweetness and wanted more but I do like the grain forefront.

The alcohol is hidden well and the feel is smooth but slightly astringent. This is a great ale, not incredibly diverse, but very well constructed.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 22:05:25 | More by KYGunner
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tmcarter23

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-02-2013 21:40:30 | More by tmcarter23
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Dbrulet

Iowa

4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-02-2013 21:16:03 | More by Dbrulet
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Warlocks-Passage

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

08-02-2013 17:54:11 | More by Warlocks-Passage
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Hobbit

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

08-02-2013 01:48:00 | More by Hobbit
Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,722 ratings.