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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 956
Hads: 4,020
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 20.95%
Wants: 117
Gots: 795 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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: 956 | Hads: 4,020
Photo of andrewm190
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Purchased in Charlottesville, VA.

This is a delicious, strongly hopped beer. The beer is strong also, in alcohol content. 9.3 percent. The hops are the first thing you notice, followed quickly by the crispy, which surrounds your tongue. Both sensations stay with you long after you have imbibed a sip. There seems to be a hint of spicy, which gets stronger as you drink.

I am personally a fan dark beers, the muddier the better. I do enjoy this beer a great deal, I recommend a try.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased at LaBodega in Riverside, CA. in July 2007 for ??? (not on the bottle!).

Pours a nice dark amber with a solid off-white head on top. Aroma is a solid hop and malt mix, nothing that steps out and is unique, but a solid Double IPA/strong ale mix.

The flavor follows through, hop bitterness very satisfying, and a rich full malt profile. Malts have some rich molassas and dark German breads, but also a surprising (and pleasant) touch of sweetness. A winner. Even the little fly in the room seems to want some.

The alcohol is there, at 9.28% ABV (how precise can we be???), but it is generally very well hidden. Actually probably pretty scary how well hidden it is.

Good stuff to start the weekend after a long work week. Hopefully it's all uphill from here!

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Photo of jclzony
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark copper with a beige head. The aroma contains a moderate amount of nice floral hops. The first sip is a little sweet, however it contains a solid caramel malt backbone that quickly turns to hops and finishes with a good strong hop flavor. Grapefruit, pine, and earthy hops carry through to the finish. The pine and grapefruit flavor lingers in the aftertaste for quite awhile. The 9.28% abv is well disguised beneath the hops. This beer exhibits a Medium body with moderate carbonation and could pack a wallop if too many are consumed.

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

22oz brown bomber -> nonic
no date

Pours a clear rusted amber with a huge full fluffy almost white head. Lots of chunky cliff lace lines the glass in sporadicy lined sheets. Carbonation appears as lush tiny constant bubbles.

Nose: Citrusy and floral, with a thick toffee like malt base.

Balanced and thick, with a full creamy mouthfeel. Starts with some floral tones and a thick rich caramel biscuity malt thunderclap. Sweetness remains present as a huge hop back slap rises from the depths. More bitterness than flavor. Citrus does appear with a piney bite. Bitterness lingers for some time. Although the alcohol does provide a warming affect, it doesn't show itself in the taste.

Raw and delicious. A best choice for the price ($3.99) and the complexity. Hope i can get my hands and the real deal soon.

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Photo of mnapier
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 45 degrees. Service Glass, German Balloon 16 ounces.

Purchased this in a box near the refrigerator at the Whole Foods.

On the surface this beer pours a light white head and leaves behind a random amount of lace along the glass. Swirling it around and shining a light behind it I detect strong dark orange clarity.

Moving my nose to the glass I detect some mild honey maltiness, and a strong hop piney-ness.

Overall feeling on my tounge is medium with a lingering burn and strong grapefruit / orange citrus hops.

Definitely a nice beer to drink on a mild summer day, maybe temps in the 60's.


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Photo of jdoncbus
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**This release by Lagunitas is not the 12th Anniversary and it also has less alcohol**

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. The beer has a rather dark copper tone and two-finger head. Moderate lacing.

The first thing I noticed was the sweet/sour and toasty floral aroma rounded out with a malty alcohol note. Could also make out a wood hint mixed with citrus.

The taste begins with a bold, low-end malt then leaps into the hop-scapade (orange, grapefruit) and then ends with a very pleasing finish that lingers for sometime; essentially telling you to have another sip. A very complex taste.

Mouthfeel is resiny and woody; you are left with a nice dry yet oily aftertaste .

I have recently enjoyed kicking off the night of sampling different beers with one or two of these bombers. Sure there is a decent amount of alcohol in it but the complex taste of this release allows the average Beer Advocate enthusiast to savor the beer and keep from downing it too quick. At only $3.99 a bomber - Lagunitas continually impresses me with their outstanding and consistent releases.

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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