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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 950
Hads: 3,970
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: 3,970
Photo of themind
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew is good! now I am not saying this is a legendary beer but it was good. This monster has a 9.6 ABV that is hidden well and I am now on my Secccndnddss beeeer. So I reaaaallly think you shooould try thiiis beeerrr.

Bottom Line: Shut her down and slam it!

In the word's of Rick Flair-Wooo!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice, color is copper, head is off white to very light tan, head presents less than 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a thing top reappearaing with some agitation.

Smell is big on the booze upfront, estery, as some have indicated a slight belgian spice profile to at as well from the hop and high abv. Very subtle malt sweetness and then big hop bitterness, mostly heavy pine and earthiness.

Taste is also boozy upfront, esters and potency, but all well balanced with the sweetness and bitterness, pine heavy flavor with some grapefruit kicking up as it warms.

Mouthfeel is actually very good for the strength, very balanced with the sweetness and dryness of the malt and hops, respectively.

Overall, great brew, again from lagunitas.

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

Lookin' good, Lagunitas! Fills my pint with a fat, fluffy tan head that's big 'n lumpy, beneath: clear amber beer! Good lacing and some solid retention to boot. Great.

Smells of sweet dense roasted malt, toffee, and a wallop of bitter pine hops! A variation on two smells here. Very sharp and intense.

Superb malt profile! Rich and chewy, roasted and singed grain, chocolate, sugary-sweet and bold. Bitter American hops (Cascade, surely) punch the palate and leave a clean, refreshing contrast to the rich candy-like malt. Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp and a little oily from the hops.

Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale (that just rolls off the tongue!) is a great beer, and very drinkable for being 9%. One of the better brews to come out of Lagunitas, this hefty red should become a staple of their lineup. You heard it here first, folks!

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright, clear copper with a khaki-colored, thick, bubly head that leaves nice lacing and sip rings. Modest carbonation stream - no floaties.

S - Pine, grapefruit, oak and caramel; some peat aromas, too.

T - Nice. Much like it smells with a sweetness that seems in-check with the hop flavor, which is prominent. Alcohol follows it up.

M - Slick with a touch of creaminess as it warms; carbonation is nice making this rather refreshing.

D - Good for year 'round, I think. Probably is food friendly, too. The ABV is pushing the envelope, however.

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

This beer poured a clear dark amber color and formed a nice huge off white foam head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel and plums. The flavor was of malt, caramel, hops/citrus and a hint of pepper. The body was medium and a bit silky. The finish was bittersweet. Hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel and ruby color with great clarity and a nice off-white had with good lacing. Pretty beer.

Big hop aroma, pine and some grapefruit. Toasted malt and sugar sweet aromas as well.

Big juicy hop flavor up front -- pine prevalent. Then you get brown sugar and caramel, some fruit, wood, heavy booze and a bit of cherry. This is a big beer. Hops come back with the alcohol for a sweet, bitter, and malty finish. Fantastic.

Full bodied, some carbonation. Mouth coating and a bit tacky.

This is another winner. Love the combination of flavors, but it is still big hop beer. Very worthy.

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

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Mostly clear orange/amber color with an off-white head that left a bunch of lacing.
The aroma is a mix of pine and citrus, but it's mostly all hops.
The taste is full of citrus flavor with some sweet sticky pine and a bit of caramel malt thrown in.
Medium bodied with a smooth feel.
Goes down too easy for a 9% abv beer.

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

A-dark amber with a nice cream colored head. great lacing

S-beautiful citrusy hops with a bit of breadiness to it. medium strength

T-comes in with a high quality amount of sweet citrusy hops. it then becomes very creamy with some vanilla flavor. the after-taste is straight orange. there's a lot of citrus to this, definitely good though.

M-very creamy medium carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-pretty hoppy even for an Amercan Strong Ale. this drinks more like an IPA in my opinion. definitely a good beer though. too much citrus in my opinion though. i wouldn't mind having this again, but i won't search this out.

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

Served on-tap at One-Eyed Betty's in Ferndale, Michigan.

I haven't had many strong ales in my life, but I've decided that they tend to be more malt-forward than hop-forward ... a lot of hops in this one, but the beer is never overly sweet or malty. This beer has a nice copper color with a good little head on it -- the smell and taste are similar in that they offer a lot of malty flavors. The taste has a very slight alcohol burn on the finish, but it doesn't come out much in the taste. Aftertaste has a somewhat copper-malt flavor... odd description, but I can't think of a better way to do it. Solid feel with medium carbonation, making for an easy-to-drink beer, regardless of the high ABV.

Lagunitas hasn't let me down, and this one keeps the streak going. Not their best beer, but a hell of a lot better than a lot of breweries' best.

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

Poured a clear deep amber with a half of a finger white head that faded slowly into a small ring with moderate lacing.

Aroma of hops, malt and hints of citrus.

Taste was initially hop heavy then balanced out with a sweet malt, hunts of grapefruit and pine.

Mouthfeel was medium body with light carbonation, very crisp and smooth, alcohol booziness was well masked.

Overall a very nice double IPA to be enjoyed on a nice summer evening.

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Photo of Profchaos20
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed 5/12/13, bottled 4/3/13. 12 OZ bottle in tulip.

A - Dark amber/light brown with reddish hues. Light tan head and leaves nice lacing.

S - Citrus and flowery hops are prominent. Sweet caramel malts are present also. Very pleasant aroma, not overpowering. Notes of burnt sugar and molasses.

T - Sweet at first, flower, pine and citrus hops. Medium bitterness that lingers a bit. A fair bit of malt in the profile as well as caramel, molasses, and a hint of alcohol.

M - Medium body but a bit on the light side which is surprising with the high ABV. Medium to light carbonation. Dry finish that makes it very drinkable for a strong ale.

O - Very good beer overall. Enjoy the appearance and aroma more than the taste.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a rich amber color with about a finger of quickly fading head and superb lacing. Head shrinks down to just a film and a ring, and I can see clear levels in the lacing for each sip I take.

Smells earthy, musty, sweet.

Taste is smokey molasses with sour and bitter balancing out the sweetness. Tannic aftertaste, and very late in the finish it's a pleasant smokey sour.

Mouthfeel is thick and bready (I want to use the word 'chewy'), a little sticky.

Nicely drinkable beer for 9%. I approve.

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

Pours orange/red, very hazy, thick white foamy head. Smells sweet, amber, with a strong West-Coast hop nose. Flavor is very hoppy, very dry on the finish, with a sweet and somewhat yeasty body. The alcohol is present but far from overpowering.

This is a beer that I like a lot, but just don't have a lot to say about. A nice bitter California-style ale. Average for Lagunitas, very good by the standards of brewers in general.

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Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Dogfish shaped glass. It poured a darker amber color with a frothy, creamy, sticky head to it. Nice looking color and pretty good lacing as I drank it as well.

The aroma is not surprisingly, pretty hoppy for the style. I get some floral, pine and citrus notes to it. I'm getting a bit of a pineapple or peach flavor out of the hoppiness as well. There's also a pretty big malt presence with some caramel and candied fruit flavors blending pretty well wit the hoppiness. Pretty nice aroma overall.

The taste shows more of the bright, juicy hops to it. I get some peach and mango flavors up front, while some pine and grapefruit bitterness comes out a little more towards the finish. The sweet, malty, caramel flavors compliment very well and give it some really nice candied fruit flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall, I thought it was a very good beer. The hoppiness was really good, and the malts compliment very well. It really comes together well, very nice overall.

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

Dark amber, slightly cloudy, low white head that fades to a nice lace.

Aroma is citrus and resin, maybe some sweet malt creeping in there as it warms.

Medium bitter punch up front is quickly balnced by nice mid pallett sweetness, large amount of citrus And hop resin sticks in the mouth.

The hop, alcohol, and sweet malt lingering aftertaste on this really sticks in the mouth, pretty darn good but not great.

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

Comes out of the tap a dark translucent golden amber with a thick, pale tan, fine-bubbled head that persists. Strong aroma is surprisingly hoppy with an evergreen undertone and just a hint of apple. Lively flavor is hoppy, slightly malty, slightly fruity and just a teeny bit bitter. Strongly fizzy texture leaves behind a pleasant tingle.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at When Pigs Fly, served in a snifter.

A pretty beer. Copper-colored, medium tan head. A good deal of lace.

Sweet, caramel malt aroma.

Taste of caramel and toffee. Maybe a hint of booze.

A nice beer, reminiscent of an English barleywine.

Enjoyed it.

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Photo of chinchill
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in Belgian snifter, with label indicating ABV = 9.6%; IBU = 66.6

Appearance: Pours amber-copper with visible rising carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet malts and honey followed by a wallop of pungent hops.

Taste: Toasty sweet malts, honey, melon, floral/herbal hops. Great balance. A load of flavor without being challenging.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Very smooth. Light carbonation.

Overall: Very drinkable high ABV big beer. Quite sweet up front but a load of hops cuts the sweetness for an excellent finish. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The name really intrigued me. I've been a big fan of the various Lagunitas beers that have put out over the years.
This one poured between a golden amber and semi-black beer. The first thing that hit me was the nose. It showed a lot of malt almost to the point where I was thinking barley wine style.

Then at the first sip.. There was a nice balance between the hop bitterness and the malt fullness. I enjoyed this, because so many time when I see this combination in a brew, one of the two outweighs the other and that leaves me hanging a bit.

The finish was so very smooth, smoother than many other ABV beers.

My second and third sips made me a bigger fan. I really did enjoy the complete balance this beer has.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on cask at Blind Tiger in Manhattan. Poured into a mug.

A: Dark brown with a light layer of beer algae.

S: Free thy hops, malts, and some brown shugga (no pun intended).

T: Hops, caramel, and wee bit of honey. A little jumbled, not too much direction. Finishes bitter from the hops (maybe its dry-hopped too?).

M: It's tough to rate the feel of a cask beer because of the lack of carbonation and temperature it's served at. I think these characteristics worked well with this particular beer.

D: No problems quaffing down this near 10% ABV beer.

Overall, a solid beer from a brewery that I don't often frequent on a highly competitive menu of beers in NYC.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

G: Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark amber with a thick, creamy head with a good amount of carbonation bubbles on top. Barely transparent.

S: Sweet, citrus hops. Hints of caramel and darker malts.

T: Hop character comes straight through. This might be listed as a strong ale, but it's definitely quite close to a DIPA. A little bit of caramel and candied sugars. Mild spice.

M: Medium-bodied with a mild alcohol presence. Goes down smooth with moderate levels of carbonation.

D: A little bit on the bitter side--I would like something that's a little more balanced, but overall quite good.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber with a thick white head. Good retention leaving some nice lacing.

S - Sweet toffee with some citrus and pine.

T - Big toffee and caramel sweetness right off the bat followed by piney hops that balances out the sweetness. Longering slight bitter finish.

M - Medium full body with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Alcohol adds some slight warming.

O - Very easy drinker for such a big beer. Very unique flavor profile. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color, almost ruby, with a small sticky off white head.

Scent of sweet, ripe tropical fruit, sugar, caramel, and leafy juicy hops. A great scent, sweet and fruity with a nice hop presence, but not too sweet or too hoppy, and a touch of alcohol helps keep a nice potency.

Taste of sweet caramel, flowery hops, a hint of resin, ripe, sweet fruit and the same touch of alcohol on the end. A strong and tasty beer that is balanced very well, I will definitely buy this again.

Mouthfeel of fairly lively carbonation balances nicely with the smooth sweetness and is rounded out with a drying alcohol, very good.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a snifter

How in the world this is listed as an American Strong Ale is completely beyond me. Make no qualms about it, this is a DIPA for sure!

P: Sits a glowing copper-colored liquid in the glass with a milky white, thick and creamy head of foam atop. Showed decent retention, sticking like hell as it subsided to leave some lace.

A: Pungeant tropical fruits, and some twangy citric notes hit the nasal passages first. It smells like pineapples, peaches, sweet oranges and grapefruit rinds. Lots of caramel underneath with barely a hint of the malts.

T: No doubt, being this fresh the hops are wall-to-wall in the flavor department. But, It's not an insanely-hopped brew, more like a balanced "extra" IPA like the SN Torpedo. Fruit profile consists of pineapples, peaches, oranges, and a big dose of brown sugar-crusted grapefruit rinds. Not to be outdone, the malt bill is behemoth in stature as well, delivering a thick caramel blast that puts it in the same category as Hopsickle just recently fell into, the "well-balanced" DIPA category that teeters on the edge of being an American Barleywine. Thankfully though, hops win out in the end when they slip in a late bittering jab on the finish to leave that hop-puckering taste in my mouth to barely save the day.

M: Lagunitas' Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale (one of the longest names ever) is a medium-bodied beer that is perfectly carbonated with a smooth, creamy texture that slathers the beer all over your tongue. But just like Hopsickle, it's a tad too thick for my preference in hoppy beers.

Notes: As stated before, this reminds me a lot of Sierra Nevada Torpedo. A well-balanced brew with some tropical hop flavors that satisfy my unrelenting cravings, if only for a moment. Just a little too much malt in the way of the hops for my taste. But don't take a hop-heads' word for it, try it for yourself and support a good local brewery while you're at it. If you like aggressively-hopped Barleywines, you will love this!

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