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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down AleUndercover Investigation Shut-down Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV varies slightly from 9.0 to 9.8
66.6 IBU

Added by GilGarp on 03-10-2009

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Reviews: 983 | Ratings: 4,186
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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Photo of umustdrink
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An Imperial ESB
9.28% ABV

A - See through deep bloody red color, some bubbles flowing. Rocky off-white head, big and fluffy at about a half inch. Lots of lacing.

S - Sweet brown sugary malts, very bready and very slightly bitter, piny hops.

T/M - Starts out thin feeling with oily hoppy flavor, hops are balanced with sweet caramely brown sugar malts. Bitterness comes back tasting green and piny, finishing out the flavor.

D - Excellently balanced beer, hops and malts at perfect harmony which is my favorite kind of beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been drinking a lot of amazing IPA's and DIAP's lately ( its starting to show around the waste line) and Shut Down Ale is a definite winner in my books. It pours with a huge rocky off white head that holds up extremely well and leaves behind large blobs of lacing. Has a clear rusty amber color if there is such a thing.

Has a scent of fresh hops, citrus, bread and caramel. I find the smells complement each other well.

Tastes of sweet malt then the hoppy piny bitterness hits you. Has a good clean bitter finish that holds on. A great beer to sip on as the alcohol is very warming but not that evident on my palate.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a spectacular looking beer! Pours a beautiful deep topaz color into a pint glass with a huge, pillowy head that lasts forever. Lacing all the way down the glass. One of the best looking beers I've ever seen!

Aromas of fresh hops. Not overpowering, but very fresh smelling. Slightly fruity and flowery.

Taste is very nice. Definitely bitter and hoppy, but not to the point of being overdone. A sweetness as well, but just enough to compliment the hops. I'm not sure I completely agree with the style for this beer. When I think of double IPAs, I think of over-the-top hoppiness and a very malty backbone. This beer seems more of a strong ale. But don't get me wrong; I really like this and think it is very good!!

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Some bitterness remains on the palate after enjoying a mouthful.

I have to say that as I write this review and drink this beer, the head is still amazing!!!

Overall, this beer is exceedingly drinkable, but I know the ABV will catch up to me. Even so, I have to give it a high drinkabiltiy score, because it goes down so easily!

Highly recommended. If you see it, pick it up and take it home.

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Photo of TechMyst
2.75/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is the "SNEAK RELEASE" not the "12th Anniversary" edition. Wouldn't put this in the IPA or IIPA genera; I'd like it in the Strong Ale category. Yes it is a hoppy beer, but the spice profile in the malts give this a big big boost. Not as good as Mendicino's Eye of the Hawk, but better than Stone's Arrogant Bastard. A bit chalky on the palate. Nice buzz though. Good, but I wouldn't rave about it...

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Photo of tpd975
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since Lagunitas came to Florida I have been pounding their brews one after another. What you get is great taste for four dollar a bomber.

A: Pours a nice bronze color that almost looks like an amber ale. There is a huge rocky head that puffs up nicely and hangs around for sometime. What is left makes layer after layer of lacing, some of the best I have ever seen.

S: Resiny pine. pine needles, pine cones, pine sap, pine sol. No matter how you say it the aroma is pure pine.

T: As soon as this one passes your tongue you are hit with a subtle citrus taste which is quickly overrun by a nice strong piney bitterness. The bitterness fades and is then overtaken by a wonderful caramel malty sweetness.

M: Full bodied and pretty thick.

D: Nice brew. Of course because of the 9.28 ABV you may want to pass on that second bomber.

Overall: Another great beer by Lagunitas. For $4 a bomber their beers can not be beat. I spent the day relaxing at the beach and upon coming back inside the beach house I popped this one open. It was so smooth and refreshing, I think I may now lay down and take a nap. I'm gonna throw a Maximus in the fridge, it would be perfect this evening while enjoying one of west coast Florida's most beautiful sunsets from a chaise lounger on Longboat Key. If I'm not unconscious by then I may just be inclined to drink their newest release Kill Ugly Radio, as I think about my wonderful day, and what else lies ahead during my holiday / birthday weekend at the beach.

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Photo of hijjt
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a red/amber color with a good sized tan head.

Smell: Hoppy citrus smell with a hint of banana, and a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Not nearly the bitterness of a double IPA, the hops is there, however the malty sweetness easily takes over the flavor. Citrus hoppiness and slight bitterness is quickly taken over by the strong caramel malt. The alcohol is easily masked even for its high content.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, the carbonation is masked and doesn't overpower.

Drinkability: Good drinkability, more than expected.

Overall, I really liked it; I am not sure that it fits in the genera in which it was placed here, but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Sneak Release Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale pours a dark, reddish copper color with an of white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is a bit milder than I would like, it is primarily hops. There is a strong hop flavor up front that fades to a strong malt flavor toward the end. Pretty decent, worth a try.

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Photo of number1bum
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber pours a nice clear copper color with a big and fluffy three finger cream colored head. Leaves a ton of lace and ample amount of stick on the sides.

Smell is hoppy but more piney than citrusy for my nose. Smell suggests to me that there will be pretty ample bitterness (the label suggests that, as well). There is some sweet caramel malt and alcohol in the nose, as well.

Taste starts off with some bitter, pine flavored hops, adds in a bit of grapefruit and citrus, and then finishes with some more hop bitterness. There is a pretty solid malt backbone (subtle caramel sweetness but really just robustly malty) to keep the hops in line for the most part. I'd consider it a bit of a little bit of a hop bomb in terms of bitterness but not in the league of a Hop Wallop by any means. Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is pretty crisp. Alcohol is mostly well hidden although it does come out a bit in the nose and just a touch in the taste.

Enjoyable brew for sure, but not my favorite DIPA (and I should point out that the label never refers to it as an IPA or Double IPA - only an "especially bitter ale." I'm really not even sure it's a DIPA. It shares some characteristics but it's got more malt flavor and less hop flavor than most DIPAs). Definitely worth a try though.

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Photo of shaebs99
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall I did enjoy this beer, but I may be biased to more hoppy DIPA's.

Poured from bomber into a tulip. Nice sized off white head over a deep rich amber. It just really looked good after the proper pour I gave it with swirling carbonation.

Aroma is mostly of citrusy grapefruit hops. Nothing really strong and overpowering. Not a hop-bomb probably will be the same for the taste.

Taste is a pretty well-balanced offering between the malt and citrusy hops. The hops win in the end, but a lot closer than most DIPA's out there

Medium bodied and smooth. Very drinkable.
Considering the price tag is a bit (in some cases quite) lower than other DIPA's definitely something I would get again.

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

Pours a brown color with some amber-orange hues. Forms a 1" frothy off-white head with decent retention of some wispy foam throughout. Minimal spotty lacing.

Nicely balanced aroma profile with competing notes of dark caramel, chocolate malt balls, raisins, spices and a touch of citrus-like hops in the background.

Medium body on the palate with a nice slick, smooth feel as it passes over the tongue.

Flavors are also very well balanced with notes of sweet caramel candy, toffee, dark fruits and toasted malt combined with a subtle spicy-citrusy hop contribution. The body and balanced flavor seems to keep the 9.9% alcohol almost unoticeable.

Perhaps not a classic but a solid, drinkable American Strong for sure.

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

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Poured a very deep amber color with a long lasting white head that left good lacing.

Smell was of grapefruit and some sweet malt.

Taste was very good! Grapefruit and nice bitter hops but was balance very well by the malty sweetness.

Overall, more hoppy than malty. That is a rare occasion for a DIPA nowadays it seems. Very good. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Stoneman78
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- pours a clear, brown hue with a creamy white head that is mostly diminishing with fair lacing throughout
s- aroma of sweet citrus hops and caramel malts
t- fairly well-balanced ale that is slightly underwhelming for a DIPA, initial flavor is of citrus and pine hops, followed by caramel/toffee malts, subtle alcohol in the finish
m- medium-bodied ale with adequate carbonation
d- Balanced and warm DIPA that is smooth drinking, the abv is very well-masked, not the hoppiest DIPA, but a solid entrant in this category

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Photo of vtfan77
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep copper with a decent head and good lacing

S- Extremely hoppy; smells mainly of pine with a bit of a metallic aroma. The malt is also quite evident with a nice toasty character.

T- The pine character is very prominent and pretty much dominates the taste. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing; it does taste good. The malt does a pretty good job of holding up to the hop onslaught; the ample bitterness is balanced just enough to not become overpowering.

M- Medium- full body, decent carbonation; the mouthfeel fits the beer perfectly.

D- The high alcohol definitely limits the drinkability of this bad boy. I can finish the bomber no problem, but certainly wouldn't want any more. Pretty average in this department.

This is a good, solid beer, but it failed to wow me. There's not really anything terribly unique or distinctive about it. It's still very good and pretty cheap. I may get it again if the mood strikes me. Recommended.

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

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head over the clear coppery amber brew. Head lasts well, with tons of sticky lace froth. Aroma is fresh citrusy hops with twinges of pine as well. Taste is ample maltiness to start, which is quickly balanced and overpowered a bit by the dominant hops flavor. Particularly the pine lingers, and there is warming after toughts as well. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly due to the strength of hops character, but this one remains plenty drinkable.

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Photo of Shaw
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber in color with an foamy head. This beer is much more brown than other Double IPA's I've had.

It smells powerfully of citrus hops, dried fruit and caramel. Wow.

The taste is -- of course -- big and hoppy with a strong flavor of alcohol. This is a pretty smooth Double IPA, its bitterness is not as harsh as others of the style.

With a slick mouthfeel that's just about perfect, this is quite the drinkable beer, considering its 9 percent ABV.

This is a very accomplished and polished Double IPA and a nice spin on a style that many believe has just one note.

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

I had this when it was initially released, I guess just over a year ago. It didn't seem like a DIPA to me then and it doesn't really now. I guess it leans toward the YuleSmith Winter side of DIPA, almost a Double Red. Fuck it, this is a tasty beer and that is what is important.

Characteristically, it appears very much like a red: deep amber in color with a finger head that laces quite nicely. There's a lot more malt than your traditional DIPA. There's plenty of hops there too, seems like it should be a strong ale. Again fuck it, it's a good beer. Enjoy one.

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Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear amber in color with a 1" head that lasts quite a while. Nice lacing develops during the session.

Smell: caramel, bread, and a strong hop bitterness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: big caramel base here with some light breadiness. Pine, grapefruits, and a hint of fruit sweetness rounds it out. Alcohol is mildly noticable.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smooth towards the finish. Long aftertaste as the bitterness is at the forefront. Medium to almost a heavy bodied beer.

Drinkability: kind of a slow sipping beer here as the alcohol is high and the bitterness is bold. Definitely worth giving this a shot.

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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