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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,727 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,727
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 42
Gots: 216 | FT: 4
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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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StoutHunter

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The other day I picked up a bottle of Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. Lately I have been making it a point to try all the Lagunitas beers that my local store has to offer, so when I saw one I haven't tried yet I quickly snatched it up. No visible bottling date. Poured from a short 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label on the beer is pretty damn plain, it would be nice if there was a little artwork on this bottle like on the Hairy Eyeball. It poured a nice clean and clear amber caramel color with two and a half fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thick later that stayed the rest of the time and left some nice rings of lacing.

S- Wow, I was expecting a sweet malty aroma similar to the Hairy eyeball, but instead I am pleasantly surprised by the dominating citrus hops aroma this beer has, it smells pretty similar to a heavy citrus DIPA. The aroma is pretty much dominated by citrus hops that impart lots of grapefruit, mango and blood orange aromas. There is also a nice presence of lightly toasted caramel malts that helps balance out all those citrus hops. The smell reminds me of those berry fruit by the foots.

T- The nose led me to believe the flavor was going to be all about the citrus hops but instead I am greeted with an extremely balanced brew. Up front I pick up the lightly toasted caramel malts that have just the right amount of sweetness to them and some nice biscuit like flavors. The malts are immediately followed by loads of citrus hops with grapefruits sticking out the most. The finish has some medium bitterness to it and is slightly dry. There is also a very slight presence of alcohol, for being 9.7% it is hidden pretty well.

M- Slightly dry, medium bodied and medium carbonation that suited this beer nicely.

Overall I thought this was a pretty damn good beer. I tried Hairy Eyeball yesterday and I felt like it needed some more hops to really be a great beer, well it seems like they answered my prayers and conjured this baby up. I find most American Strong Ales are either really malty or really hoppy, this beer fell right in the middle and I really liked that, it had great balance when it came to the flavor, neither hops or malts were overpowering and they were combined with great harmony. The alcohol was hidden really nicely and combined with great flavors made for some good drinkability, if I had another one I would drink it, it makes for a nice brew to crack open after a long hot day of yard work. I will be buying this again, in fact now that I just noticed it is a limited release I will be getting a six pack next time I go to the store. If your looking for an American Strong ale that has some great flavors and balance to it this is the beer for you. Great job with this brew Lagunitas, you guys really know what your doing, now I have to see what other beers I can track down from you guys.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 03:40:11 | More by StoutHunter
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Fenris244

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Last of the three on my quest for the day, on tap at the saucer

Dark amber in color, sticky as hell head, about 1 fingers worth and its clinging to the glass for dear life it seems

Very citrusy and floral in the nose, bits of lemon peel as well as a citrus like sweetness that very apperant

Good flavors the "imperial mild" descriptor they put on this beer is spot on, good amount of citrus sweetness, hops and some malt but it's all well balanced and super smooth

Almost light in body and the flavors lend a refreshing quality that a beer of this strength has no right to have, the alcohol is very well hidden, super smooth and refreshing beer.

Overall, very solid brew and I'd be happy to have a bottle of this everyday

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 20:17:11 | More by Fenris244
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BuxMontBeerLover

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 6pk at Wegmans in Warrington, PA
Purchase price - $12.99
Poured and sampled in a DFH Pint Glass

A - Beer pours a translucent, deep honey, slightly reddish color. A two finger foamy head on the initial pour that fades to a light skim. Lots of sticky curtains of lace left after drinking.

S - A fantastic aroma of fresh grapefruit and hops. Very inviting.

T - A distinct grapefruit flavor mixed with piney and rather bitter hops. There are other tropical fruits somewhere there in the mix, like mango or pineapple. A nice backbone of malty sweetness. This is a great tasting beer. The alcohol is noticeable but doesn't overtake or overpower the overall taste.

M - Medium consistency. Slight bite from the carbonation.

O - Another winner from Lagunitas. From their IPA, to Maximus, to Sucks this past holiday season, I have grown to really enjoy their beers. If your a lover of hoppy, citrusy beers, you'll dig this brew. Recommended!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 00:55:25 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark coppery brown, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with very sweet flavors of citrus and some caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is very nice beer to drink for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 20:17:09 | More by TheManiacalOne
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TheSarge

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been sipping on this brew for over an hour, and have loved every minute of it. This beer produces some of the best appearance of any beer I've had, to include mounds of clumpy off white head, a copper and clear body, and amazing lacing.

The aroma is filled with perfumy hops aroma, and a hint of toffee and caramel qualities.

The taste is kind of the same. It has a strong malty backbone of the toffee and slightly nutty characteristics, but has plenty of hops to kill Zeus.

MF is full, chewy, oily, and warming in the end. This is a highly complex beer and should be enjoyed by all BAs!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 23:20:53 | More by TheSarge
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.
ABV: 9.87%

pours a translucent deep amber/copper while yielding 3/4" beige head. fades unhurriedly into a thin cap, collar around the glass; some patchy lacing evident. aromatic nose is rife with pungent hops (citric, a bit floral) and a background caramel malty presence. nice bouquet.

taste is right in line with the aroma. very hoppy with more of that citric/floral character and a balancing but not overdone malt bill. bitter hoppiness persists through the finish. very tasty. a bit of alcohol discernible but pretty well hidden, esp. considering the ABV. somewhat reminiscent of arrogant bastard. medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall this beer comes as a very pleasant surprise. i was expecting a relatively enjoyable, B-range beer. what i got instead was A-worthy.

(originally reviewed: 05-15-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 04:21:21 | More by BostonHops
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phiberoptik

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this by accident! Well technically my beer store got it by accident. Lagunitas is only distributed in the Columbus area, but the distributor accidentally sent it with an order down here to Cincinnati. Lucky me!

Pours a nice rich amber color with a rich creamy head.

Smell is very hop forward, clean, fresh, and citrusy. I get more sweet fruit than pine. For a "mild", there is really nothing mild about it.

Taste is wonderful. Bursting with hops and very well balanced. Slight bitterness in the finish but very mild for the amount of hops that come out in the nose and taste. A nice alcohol finish as you would expect from a near 10%'er. For a "mild", there is really nothing mild about it.

Great mouthfeel with medium body, good covering of the tongue and a nice level of carbonation.

Overall this is a great beer. One I would definitely buy again. It gives you a ton of hops without a sticky mouth or a lasting bitterness in the back of your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 00:23:12 | More by phiberoptik
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Cmack15

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: nice light brown/amber color 2 finger head with lacing

Aroma: sweet citrusy tinge of pine grapefruit in there too, overall smells great

Taste: sweet start finishes nice and dry with the hops really coming through. the malt is balanced really well with all the hop goodness of this beer.

Mouthfeel: good carbonation and medium body well suited for this style

I really like this beer and wish it wasn't so strong only so I could session it.
Cheers

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 23:06:52 | More by Cmack15
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AWolfAtTheDoor

California

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Night cap after a drunken night of beer tasting. Well, not that drunk. Really more tired than drunk..

Split my last 12oz. bottle between two pint glasses. Nice burnt golden color. Vigorous pour yields a nice head, with minimal lacing.

Hops all over the nose. Some dark fruits, caramel.

Taste is more of the same. Nice malt presense, with really nice hop profile to back everything up. This beer tastes f'ing insane. Probably one of the best from Lagunitas I have had.

Would never guess this is almost a 10% beer. Great mouthfeel that coats the mouth, but isnt cloying or distracting. you will want to go back for more.

I'd say this is probably my favorite offering from Lagunitas. Superb beer. Hop Stoopid is a close second. This is a more rounded beer, as opposed to a hop onslaught. Seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 09:39:55 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
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peacebone116

California

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Release, enjoyed in a Delirium snifter on 5/13/11.

A: Clear dark red copper with little retained head but lace that clings to the edges of the glass and wisps that swirl randomly on top.

N: Sweet candied sugar and pine sap.

T/M: Creamy, light body. Sweet malt center with a wonderful citrus front and a dry, resinous pine finish.

This is a very dangerously drinkable beer; only the heavy sweetness reminds me of its alcoholic strength. Overall, this beer reminds me of a hopped-up Brown Shugga'....very delicious and a great example of a balanced beer, expertly walking the line between sweet malt-forward ale & crisp hoppy beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 13:52:33 | More by peacebone116
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.
ABV: 9.87%

pours a translucent deep amber/copper while yielding 3/4" beige head. fades unhurriedly into a thin cap, collar around the glass; some patchy lacing evident. all in all a nice looking brew.

aromatic nose is rife with pungent hops (citric, a bit floral) and a background caramel malty presence. great aroma.

taste is right in line with the aroma. very hoppy with more of that citric/floral, and a balancing but not overdone malt bill. bitter hoppiness persists through the finish. very tasty. a bit of alcohol discernible but pretty well hidden, esp. considering the ABV. reminiscent of arrogant bastard.

medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall this beer comes as a very pleasant surprise. i was expecting a relatively enjoyable, B-range beer. what i got instead was A-worthy.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 01:13:11 | More by perrymarcus
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watsonmd

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, into a snifter, 35 F.

A: Golden orange beer, thick and tan foamy head, with a full sticky lacing throughout the session.

S: Hops, and boozy. Citrus overtones...

T: Balanced, but certainly hoppiness with the 70.47 (to be exact) IBUs. Malty backbone keeps this in check, and I suppose that's why this one fits into the strong ale category, rather than a straight up DIPA.

M: Sticky, coating, and full. Another awesome offering from Lagunitas.

O: Glad this was re-released. Enjoyed 2 in the initial sitting.... 4 more in the fridge!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 18:13:11 | More by watsonmd
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FatSean

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a English-style pint glass.

Ruby-gold color, head the color of bone. The head was only a finger in height but it has hung on for several sips...slowly diminishing but not disappearing. Much of the foam seems to remain clinging to the glass.

Smells of sweet malts and tangy, orangey hops. The smell hints of complexity to come.

The hops are quite present but well balanced by the slightly weaker malt flavors. Upon finishing my sip, the sweet caramel/molasses malt flavors linger on the tounge along with the spicy alcohol. It's not till the finish that one is warned of the potency of this brew.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Solid and hearty. Perhaps a bit too syrupy, so I only gave a 4.

Drinkablity, for style, is very very good. If not for the aformentioned syrupy clinginess of the sweet malt flavors, this would be a 5.0 (as far as American Strong Ales go, anyway).

The sixer is a bit pricey by me...$10.99, but if you like strong ales you should definitely try this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 23:08:22 | More by FatSean
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akarklins

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My local liquor store only got one case of this so I snatched up a six pack without knowing very much about it. Poured into my Avery Boulder Strong Ale Festival 2008 pint glass.

A: An aggressive pour leads to a generous, rocky head, which quickly settles and leaves some nice, spotty lacing. Deep amber color, on the border of being red.

S: Very hoppy, with citrus, pine, and maybe a little mango. I am anticipating a hop bomb like the Lagunitas IPA, which is not a bad thing.

T: Lots of caramel maltiness comes to the forefront here, balancing the hops nicely and, in fact, crossing over to be the dominant characteristic. The last few sips give off an almost barley wine-type vibe. Did not expect that.

M: Substantial, but not overpowering. Heavier than the IPA, with a lot of alcohol warmth. Perfectly carbonated.

D: Quite drinkable, despite the maltiness. I would have two of these in a row. Scratch that, I WILL have two in a row.

And there it is: my first BA review.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 22:00:55 | More by akarklins
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dheacck11

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a orangey amber brown. Half finger of tan head fades over a few minutes, with decent residual lacing.

Nose is full of of sticky hops, with notes of pine resin, grapefruit, and honey.

Flavor is very hop forward, with notes of flowers, grapefruit, subtle spice. Followed by lots of thick, maltiness.

Feel is thick and robust, nice sticky.

Fantastic. Nice blend of hoppiness and maltiness. pretty fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 23:49:46 | More by dheacck11
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Pahn

New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Prime 16 in New Haven.

Appearance: Bartender leaves a half inch head that dissipates slowly leaving a thick lacing ring. Pours an attractive, translucent dark reddish orange. Leaves a few spots of lacing.

Smell: Hops and caramel. The smell is not assertive, but the hops have a nice pungent quality to them. During a sip, the hop smell increases and it smells like putting your face in a bag of somewhat mild hops like Galena. It's really nice.

Caramel note has a bit of a tang, but the smell is more oriented toward hops, and is not very strong. I'd give it a 3 or a 3.5 for "faintness despite good smell," if it weren't for that beautiful flavor-enhancing shot of hop aroma that comes out with almost every sip.

Taste: Thick molasses and caramel, blended perfectly with strong, fresh tasting hops up front and in the finish. Hops aren't exactly citrusy, but they do have characteristic west coast hop aspects that I'm having trouble putting words to. No solvent flavor or much discernible heat at all, despite the very high ABV.

The malt flavor is the star, with the hops a very prominent supporting actor (and they play off of each other well). The malt has BBQ sauce and molasses elements, but also fresh pre-boil pale malt elements. The taste is at times reminiscent of those old Coca Cola bottle or Root Beer bottle candies; slightly cola-ish and spicy, somewhat anise-like but not really. Bold and beautiful malt flavors supported by strong American hops. Great.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low to moderate carbonation. Perfect amount of bitterness through to the finish. Long aftertaste that is almost entirely hops.

Overall: For me, this is a perfect beer. One of those seasonal beers you wait to come back in bars and stores, and "How is this even better than I remember it?" So solid, balanced, and flavorful.

I've reviewed this beer in the bottle before, and didn't plan on reviewing it again. However, I'm so in love with it, and the hop balance (freshness dependent) is so helpful to the overall flavor, that I figured I'd throw up this tap review. This is a beer that I want to always have on hand.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2011 21:52:43 | More by Pahn
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babaracas

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown tinted orange with amber edges and a two finger cream colored head that fades to a rim hugger with clumps of lace here and there. Smell: big resinous and pineapple hops with a little lemon zest thrown in. It's also bringing a big dose of brown sugar. Taste: pineapple and some pine/spruce, brown sugar, date bread, and a subdued citrus rind hit in the finish. This is pretty damn hoppy but incredibly well balanced. It's also obnoxiously sessionable for 9.75%, though that would be a bad idea. It's not as extreme as an AB (though in the same vein of ASAs), but that makes it more often enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 00:00:26 | More by babaracas
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d1ckvanswype

Florida

4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz super fresh bottle into an oversized snifter.

A: Monstrous amounts (appx 4 fingers) of creamy, thick tan head sitting on top of an amber-brown, clear liquid. Lasting head with decent lacing.

S: Big, rich, sweet caramel malts, tangerine, grapefruit, yuzu and honey hops, mildly fruity.

T: The same as the nose, with a bracing hop bite balanced by heady caramel maltiness. A touch of earthiness on the finish, really rather nice and nowhere near as bitter as it was advertised which was a pleasant surprise.

M: Extremely full feeling, thick and mildly viscous, nice hop stickiness that coats the tongue after a few sips. No alcohol heat whatsoever.

O: A stellar beer, greater than the sum of its parts. Supremely drinkable at 9.6%ABV and 66 IBU, this should be around all year long.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 17:29:37 | More by d1ckvanswype
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Mwolf87

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Found this recent & was drawn to ABV initially . However, this is an outstanding beer. As others have noted a bit similar to DFH90 but a bit on the mellower side. Definitely a rich beer with the alcohol hidden. Be careful with more than one as this beer will sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 20:35:16 | More by Mwolf87
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really don't review enough beers from this brewery as they put out such a consistent product.

This beer pours a deep mahogany amber in tone. Really almost brown in tone. Head is a one inch pillow of biscuity tan. The head fades to a curtain of lace and a skim sitting on this darkly beautiful pond.

Nose really is full of unique diversity as there is a lot going on here. Sweet malts yield lots of dark fruit and red hard candy notes. The hops play a big role here to balance the sweetness in really the perfect way. Hop tones are on the citrus side. A hint of dark alcohol shows its evil head just a bit as well.

Taste is just as special as the nose. First thing that really sparks my buds is when it enters the mouth. Top quality citrus based bitters paint the mouth on the initial sip. Cherry hard candy and a hint of molasses bring a balanced sweetness. Hop character is such a even tenant here as it brings a factor that balances and brings just the right amount of dryness to this beer.

Overall I am very impressed with this brew. It is a great stand alone brew and shows some interesting potential for aging.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2014 01:39:01 | More by SPLITGRIN
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TexIndy

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Julian date code of 6/1/11 brewed date. It was a clear orange amber color with lots of floaters and good carbonation . It had a good sized head that slowly settled into a constant foam cap. Good sheeting with some sticking.

The aroma was caramel malt, piney hops, citrus and a little booze. Liked the pine aroma alot. The taste was good as well with a good balance between the caramel malt and the pine. Booze showed a little but not as much as you'd expect on a 9.7% abv. Mouthfeel was full and a little creamy with good carb levels.

Overall, a really good strong ale that I highly recommend. This isn't one of my normal go to styles but this one was very good. Avail here in TX. Rotation - very good but don't me see me buying many of these except the rare single. [O;O]

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 23:17:47 | More by TexIndy
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Dark orange brown with a nice white head and lacing. Hoppy, caramel malt aroma, similar to a barley wine. Nice creamy, malty body with toasted and caramel malt and dark fruit. Fairly understated, but complex and well balanced. Hops are forward but not aggressive. The ABV is well covered. I like this one. Close to a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 19:30:07 | More by LiquidAmber
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delta490

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep clear amber with a big creamy ivory head. The head has impressive retention and lasts throughout leaving nice sticky lacing. The aroma is delicious, with nice balance between the floral and citrus hops and the robust malt backbone. The taste is even more complex, with a wide variety of malt and hops flavors balancing against each other and holding the whole beer up. I'd expect such a complicated beer to be a little heavier in body, but it in no way is a problem and there is a nice smooth finish. This is a great example of a strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2014 23:03:13 | More by delta490
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DannyDan

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a reddish brown body with a thick white head that has really good retention, and great lacing on my beer mug. Carbonation seems to be moderate. The aroma of this beer when first cracking the bottle open and pouring it I could smell some fruits, brown sugar, molasses, and pine. The taste starts out with some brown sugar followed by a spicy peppery taste, than some pine and citrus hops kick in with some sweet fruits in the back. The aftertaste is the bitterness from the hops that stays until the next sip, but the sweetness of the fruit is also still there. Mouthfeel starts out with a smooth feel that ends up with some bite and a dry feel to it. Overall, a very good tasting beer that has a unique taste that is nice when feeling like something different than the norm, and the alcohol will make you feel warm while enjoying this brew. This is a must try beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 03:47:41 | More by DannyDan
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The ale pours brilliantly clear copper color with moderate, sticky white head. The aroma is highly hoppy--spicy, citrus and pine; beneath the hops is a bit of earthy, nutty malt. The flavor is moderate-highly hoppy--citrus and pine, with moderate-high hop bitterness. The hop load is balanced out--at least partially, by a smooth, biscuity sweet malt and a belly warming presence of alcohol. The mouthfeel is quite smooth and silky with medium-full body. Overall this is a well-made, flavorful brew that is a bit different--pleasantly so. Pick it up!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 02:04:33 | More by uwmgdman
Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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