Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 941
Hads: 3,896
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 106
Gots: 700 | FT: 6
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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: 941 | Hads: 3,896
Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at the Pig & fiddle.
L: Pours brilliant garnet tinted amber under a 1” white foam cap that provides light lace.
S: Citrus, spice, malt. T: Spicy with a cola sweetness that dries out on the finish. Moderate hop bitterness is rounded and not harsh.
F: Medium to medium full body and medium to medium low carbonation. Silky smooth.
O: An easy to drink beer at a good price. (387 characters)

Photo of EMV
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Champs in State College, PA poured into a snifter.

L: Pours a semi-opaque dark amber. Thin off-white head that falls rapidly. Nice lacing.

S: Caramel and malts with some aggressive floral hops in the mix.

T/F: Lovely caramel malt backbone complemented by a typically robust Lagunitas hop profile make this one powerful beer. The hops tend towards the floral with only mild citrus notes and grapefruit. Hearty with a nice alcoholic warmth towards the finish. Mild carbonation and deceptively drinkable.

O: Another great Lagunitas beer with lots going on. Great hop profile on top of a solid malt backbone make this one a keeper. (657 characters)

Photo of phlegming
4.66/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is wonderful. Strong, malty with enough hops to keep it interesting. Mouthfeel is so silky. Smell is citrusy and clean. But the taste is what keeps me coming back. This ale is delicious. And it comes in 6 packs for under 10 bucks. Perfect! (249 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured hard into a brandy snifter.

Look: Deep amber-orange, burnt orange, or imperial orange body. Off white 1.5 inch fluffy head. Excellent, slow curtains. Broken lacing is super sticky. Legs are hard to see with broad curtains and all of the sticky lacing.
Smell: Sugar, candied tangerine and pine/hops.
Taste: Hops, pine, and sweet citrus notes.
Feel: Medium body. Lower carbonation that expands densely.

Overall - This is a great looking beer. The art left on the sides of my snifter are interesting. This has one of the stickiest heads I have seen in a while. This could pass as a double IPA or imperial IPA, and is similar to Port Brewing Anniversary Ale. I like this very much. (715 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks real nice, brown body with red hues, white head with sticky lacing on the glass. Smell is malty sweetness, alcohol, wet hops, and over-ripe orange peel. Taste has some alcohol and hop dryness and bitterness upfront. This turns to sweet floral and bready cream like flavors. Both spicy and sweet. The alcohol, however, is almost out of place noticeable. That's probably one of the few turn offs here, which makes it not too drinkable. I do think this would be better if I paired it with some food. It is good though, real good. (532 characters)

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. (757 characters)

Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smells like sweet berries and almost marijuana like hop profile. Nice slight hop bite up front followed by an intense sweet berry flavor that is thick and rich from the mouthfeel. A lingering piney bitterness is on the aftertaste as well. Wow, how can anyone who likes strong ales not rate this a perfect a beer? I really couldn't ask for more. Lagunitas does it again. (370 characters)

Photo of Bugcatcher
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has to be one of my favorites from lagunitas such a well crafted beer and so many great flavors. Lagunitas never disappoints me. I'm a huge fan of sucks, hop stoopid, brown sugga, and and all the little sumpin ales but this one is the one I've been looking for. (266 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This nice strong ale pours a VERY clear copper color with an astounding white head of foam that lingers long leaving GREAT lacing. Nose of citrus fruits----pineapple, orange, sweet caramel malts, moderate yeasty bread, leather, and strong booze. Flavors are sweet tot eh front but give way to lightly spicy hops and strong citrus notes. TONS of malt and 2 tons of hops. Pineapple, orange, lemon, and green apple dominate the flavors while the strong alcohol content really explodes on the back. Moderate carbonation and smooth mouth feel lend a hand top a lightly bitter piney, yet citrusy note that is lightly moderately sweet. A unique brew indeed. Very solid, very nice.

Cheers (738 characters)

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange red copper bronze color with a two finger white great. The nose reminds me a lot of belgian ale. Coriander, cloves, orange peel, brandy, hard candy. The flavor is equal parts spice and sweet. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and creamy. This is a unique beer. However, i find it a bit sweet for my taste. I could use some more IBU. (349 characters)

Photo of Onemoresolo
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Way too sweet/dense for my taste, but it's certainly one hell of a beer. Definitely getting some serious dark fruit and brown sugar here. I wish the hops balanced this out better, but I'll stick a few bottles in the cellar and see how this ages.

Julian date 065 (March 6th), which would explain why there's very little hop presence. Yeesh! (340 characters)

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice copper color with off white-tan head that retains, above average lacing. Noticable hop aroma much like an IPA, but without the taste. Very flavorful earthy ale taste. Excellent beer worth a repeat. (205 characters)

Photo of travisrysdam
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is very nice, despite my personal preferences leaning more toward the dark and malty than the light and hoppy. It pours a clear dark caramel color with an abundant head that laces the glass nicely. The scent is unexceptional, slightly citrus with a hoppy sharpness over a breadish malt smell. The mouth feel is smooth overall with a slight but surprising syrupy cling to the tongue and cheeks. Nothing obnoxious, just more than one would expect from a filtered American ale. The taste first presents as sweet and hoppy, but quickly balances out with a citrus malt flavor. It reminds me of Bell's Two Hearted Ale, but is overall a more decadent experience. For fans of Johnnie Walker, if Bells Two Hearted Ale were Black Label, this would be Green Label. Good vs. better, but not the best. (802 characters)

Photo of mmesce2
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had a draft at Lucky's sandwich company in Chicago. Low head, beautiful deep amber / brown. Deliciously hopped, low aromatic hops. Rather malted and spiced nose. Hey, it tastes great, it's high alcohol, and it's $5 per draft. I'm good. (235 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bottle a copper color with a creamy white head.
The aroma is predominantly citrus and tropical fruit, maybe some candied fruit and a hint of spice.
Plenty of bitterness in the taste along with orange and tropical fruit sweetness. A mouth-puckering long and bitter finish. One to chew on.
Mouthfeel is medium and sticky.
Probably my favorite Lagunitas beer to date. (379 characters)

Photo of sporklift87
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle somewhat aggressively into snifter. Two finger frothy light beige head with great retention and decent lacing. After a couple minutes, head settles down to a rather thick film, but never totally dissipates. Brown and gold in color, and clear. Some amber shines through. Pine and bittering hops on nose, with tropical fruit accompanying. (I can't be certain if I'm smelling some hay-like characteristics or not. Perhaps it is just because I'm sitting next to a guinea pig cage.) Tropical fruits more prominent on tongue, namely mango and pineapple. Great bitterness with a sweet citrus attachment, would be considered too much by some, but I think it fits the style appropriately. Though strong, heat is hidden fairly well from aftertaste. Medium-heavy bodied, with a lighter feel, almost creamy. Lighter carbonation feeling lingering on center of tongue. Overall, very pleasant brew from a great brewery. For ~$8/sixer, I'd be happy to buy again. (965 characters)

Photo of Premo88
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic

L: gold with a little red in it; crystal clear but full of debris (bottle-conditioning leftovers? looks like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale); thick offwhite/beige head of foam that is sticky at the top; keeps a fantastic thick collar of beige foam and a slight skin, and it shows plenty of bubbles rising in the glass -- bubbles almost lager-like; some lacing

S: very sweet tropical fruit; some orange; everything in the nose seems sweet, no bitter notes ... hop notes here are a grapefruit note getting pushed into something much sweeter from the malt

T: bitter pine and sweet mango ... a few other notes peak in here and there, including caramel on the sweet side and grapefruit on the bitter, but the featured stars here are the pine and mango, and they give the brew a mix of big bitter and big sweet notes; alcohol mostly hidden; the sweetness is so intense you figure there has to be sugar in it (again from the bottle conditioning?); a little too American DIPA caramely/mangoey for my personal tastes -- fans of those notes would love this brew because it has them in spades with the bitter bite offering some balance

F: solid all around, a bit light for so big a brew, but it makes for a crisp, drinkable beer

O: very American double IPA like in almost every way; the light crisp feel is pretty cool for a 9.3% ABV brew; at times the bitterness and alcohol taste seem to get confused, but it's not often; good beer but not one I'll seek out again (1,488 characters)

Photo of Jwburns75
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very nice, smooth ale here. Malty, not getting much on the hop end with shut down, but it's just such an easy drinking beer for a relative heavy hitter. Very tasty. (168 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer at the local market the other day. This is my first time trying this strong ale from Lagunitas. I'm a big fan of their IPAs, so I have high hopes for this one. Poured straight from the 12 oz brown bottle in a pint glass.

L: Beautiful deep amber color, with over an inch of light khaki head that sticks around for a little while and leaves some nice lacing. Very clear, with light carbonation visible.

S: Very fruity. It's got a definite blueberry syrup aroma. There are herbal and citrus hop notes in the nose, as well, along with some more straightforward caramel malt sweetness. Quite pleasant.

T: This one has some fantastic flavor and drinkability that really belie the ABV. There's caramel malt and fruit sweetness at the outset. A bit of earthiness and hop brightness follows, with the hops really coming around at the back. Herbal and (to a lesser extent) citrus notes are at the back, which don't yield as much bitterness in the aftertaste as I was expecting (though it certainly brings the bitter). I was expecting some more warm alcohol taste in this one, but it never really materialized. This one is expertly balanced and dangerously drinkable for its ABV.

F: Medium-bodied, creamy, and bright. This one is lighter on the palate than I expected. It has weight, but it doesn't feel syrupy. It leaves enough hop bitterness to make it feel quite substantial, but drinkability doesn't suffer from this.

O: I'm not a big consumer of strong ales, but this one might have just changed the game. I love that this beer brings big hop and big malt flavors while remaining extremely smooth. I love that it packs a wallop without feeling like you're drinking a boilermaker that had two shots of vodka dropped in. I will definitely be seeking this one out more often. (1,789 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful clear copper color, with a fluffy two-finger head that lasted a good five minutes, great lacing all the way down the glass. Lots of flowery aromas up front, along with a touch of grapefruit and a slightly soapy smell. The flavor had lots of grapefruit and onion up front, with a sweet caramel flavor in the background, very nice combo, with a bit of lingering alcohol. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with some good carbonation prickliness on the tongue. Overall, it really like this beer, bitter up front with a nice sweet backbone. (544 characters)

Photo of KSOZE
3.27/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not a fan of this beer - overly bitter with lots of off-flavors. Definition of oily in texture, with a lot of flavor and aromas fighting each other. An unfocused attempt from a brewer I normally love. (200 characters)

Photo of squonk45
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow grabbed this beer on a whim has a hint of an old black label in bitterness but the smoothness of their hop stooped. I bought a 2nd 6 pack of this today in Virginia and it tasted more like a bock beer is this possible (224 characters)

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-look is great foamy long lasting head, great cup lacing ect.
- very hoppy ale scent but very pleasant!
-taste is amazing, strong hop and bitterness but then it quickly changes gears to ale territory
- feel is great and balanced of bitter to smooth
-one of the better strong ales i have tried right up there with stone (318 characters)

Photo of uperez15
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer. An inch or more head in the beer. Very very smooth, great color and amazing smell. The after taste is a little buttery but overall one of the top 5 beers I've ever had. Only bad thing about this beer is that it's limited release I say year round! Cheers! (267 characters)

Photo of dredmahawkus
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hoppy hoppy hoppy! joy joy joy! weird buttery after taste but really good! not the fruity hoppy type but super hoppy and taste like a lagunitas! very well done!

I am reading tropical fruits.....I dunno I am on my second six pack of this this week...drinking one-two per night and I dont really get tropical friuts like sucks. I just get a burnt sweet carmel malt super hoppy slight floral. It has that piney floral hops but not like sucks or sumpin fruity hops.
Its still a pretty great beer though....one of my favorite non super fruity IPA kinda beers.
I guess there is a touch of fruity at the end....but its not really up front as much as the bitter hops are. (667 characters)

Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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