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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,910 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,910
Reviews: 728
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 46
Gots: 270 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
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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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -1.5%

RblWthACoz, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -1.5%

nickfl, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz stubby bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear coppery amber with 2+ big fingers of frothy off-white head. This retains down into a thin yet creamy layer, which leaves some rich foamy lacing back. The aroma is floral, lightly resinous, and very spicy smelling. Thick roasty malts and citrus character mixes with the highter ABV to give this a sticky smelling heft in the nose.

The taste starts with a big base of dark roasted malts, which lies densely under some fairly aggressive hoppy notes of pine and spices, before ending with some lip smacking sweeter accents of toffee and toast. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied with a more beefy and viscous to it but the 10% ABV is extremely well hidden. I'm getting a little bit of warmth on the breath but that's about it.

Big and ballsy beer here from Lagunitas that reminded me a good bit of Stone's Arrogant Bastard. Beefy and flavorful with a lot of presence on the palate but still really smooth for the size. I enjoyed this a lot.

Kegatron, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with 4 fingers of fluffy pearl colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, leafy & citrussy hops

T: Taste follows the nose, along with some brown sugar & toffee, plus dryness up front. Herbal & woody hops surface along with some booze bite as this warms, brown sugar & a slight oaky sourness is there as well, interesting... Finishes dry with caramel sweetness & herbal & tangerine hops

MF: Chewy with smooth carbonation, warmth builds as you drink it, a little more malt balance would've worked for me...

This is a big beer. Complexity & dryness are slowing me down a bit, but a super-solid offering to be sure. I am enjoying this in my cool air conditioned basement, bet it's better by a roaring fire in the dead of winter,,,

russpowell, May 30, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I purchased this from Wegman's, enjoyed chilled from the 12oz brown bottle in a teku.

The color is brilliant bronze with great clarity and thick full pale cream with 2 fingers depth and fine bead with excellent retention and lace sticks in a camouflage type random pattern. The smell is a mix of citrus from the hops and light malt sweet scents with hints of berry and light alcohol odor. The feel is very good - emphasis on the bitterness fades into a more balanced feel with medium carbonation and slight sweetness mid palate with a nice amount of alcohol for the style and semi-dry finish.

The taste is a complex blend of citrus ans spice flavors from NW hops and some yeast in the taste which brings a fruity dark berry quality with moderately sweet almost caramel flavor in the malt which supports the hop bitterness. The alcohol is relatively subdued and emphasizes a slight spice/pine-like element more toward the finish but there is still enough sweetness to blanket the palate as it finishes smooth. Overall I like the intensity it is a little sweeter than most in this style, could almost be blurring the lines of English barleywine but is very hoppy which is why I think it fits the style of American Strong well - pretty drinkable but I would share this if possible.

Slatetank, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, bronze appearance, slim whitehead.

Mild fruit in aroma ,apple mostly, a little spicy, minor bitterness. Nice and malty. A little sour.

Tasting, it really feels like a good dark English malty mild ale, but one with a beast in it's belly. You can feel the fire coming up. Really gentle, mellow...and then a nip,a bite...a 9% mild? Here we go...

Very nice, well done, but don't think I could have more than one. Are mild supposed to be 9%?Not sure...not...sure...

feloniousmonk, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

not to be a buzzkill, because I think lagunitas has been trending in the right direction lately, but this beer is a step backwards in my opinion. it looks like a standard copper ale, but with a jovial white head an inch or so high, with excellent retention and some spotty lacing. it smells like camp according to my girlfriend, not summer camp from your youth, but like our hunting lodge on lake champlain that was built in the 30s and smells like aged wood and relaxation. I wouldn't be that kind. to me it smells like booze, cantaloupe, and hop oil. there is plenty of caramel malt and a gentle sweetness to the flavor, the hops are generically sweet, and yes, again, its the lagunitas generic yeast (if you've read my reviews of lagunitas, you know how much I harp on their blanket use of a single strain). to me, this is a generic strong ale, arrogantly named, and lacking the complexity and balance of their better offerings. fuller bodied, but not super dense, and carbonated on the relaxed side. im really glad I didn't get more than a single. although I don't hate it, im sort of fed up with this type of beer from this brewery, its obvious they have the skill to take it further, this was a letdown.

StonedTrippin, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at POPE, Philly, PA

Poured a clear, walnut brown, with reddish highlights, and a small white head that nonetheless laced rather well. Toasty malts and molasses on the nose. Taste was of nice toasted malts, nutty, woody, and a bitter pine sensation, with a subtle toffee flavor in there somewhere. I was kind of surprised when I looked up the ABV here, because I detected little to no alcohol bite at all. Not too out of the ordinary, but still a nice drink, and I suppose it'll get you hammered pretty fast if you're not careful, since the alcohol is masked so well. Light-medium mouthfeel, and easily drinkable, but not overly flavorful.

Rifugium, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When it's the time for a big alcoholic beer, this is one of my favorites. Not as heavy as a barley wine, though it does have plenty of sugar. Reminds me of ginger snaps, with the molasses flavor. Clear amber with a nice head. Very rich, spicy flavor but not that thick in the mouthfeel. Lots of fruit, dried mango, bitter raisiny taste. Fair amount of hops eventually show up. Best suited for a nightcap.

mactrail, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an excellent burnt toffee scent that boasts of caramelized pale malts and some caramel malts. The hop aroma is good as well. It has an intense piney bitterness that's works well with the malts. The taste is good also. It has a smooth burnt toffee flavor that goes down slow and bitter and finishes with a bit of alcohol warmth. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good drinking strong ale. It has excellent hop character and a malt bill that rivals any old ale or barleywine.

WesWes, Dec 02, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

mendvicdog, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours and orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is caramel, pine and alcohol. The flavor is more of the same with the pine and caramel malts being fairly well balanced. The alcohol is very present. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jun 01, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

DrunkinYogi, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of smcolw
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Three pour bartender on this one. Lots of head and what was left on my glass lasted a very long time, leaving a blanket of lace. Deep, dirty copper color and very clear.

Predominant grapefruit rind aroma. A bit of candy sugar to the nose also.

Starts off malty with lots of Crystal and mild sweetness. You cannot anticipate the hop explosion that comes with the swallow. Both pepper and alcohol warmth show up in the aftertaste. Full bodied with low carbonation.

In short, this is an unexpectedly complex beer.

smcolw, Apr 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

MarkyMOD, Apr 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

XmnwildX12, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a medium amber with a creamy finger of white head, good lace.

S: Crystal malt, some grassy hops, nice nose.

T: Red, but not particularly malty. The elegant grassy and light citrus of the hops take over early making a great complement to the slightly sweet, pastry-like malt. Tasty as hell.

M: Very clean for such an upfront hoppy beer as I found in the nose. Medium-bodied, light on the palate.

D: This is just straight up good beer. Lagunitas' red ales are something else, I love 'em.

Halcyondays, Jun 06, 2010
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2.58/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

9.8%. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high; I'm increasingly liking Lagunitas.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige-light light khaki head of fair retention, nice thickness, and pretty decent cream. Lacing is mundane. Colour is a clear textbook copper. No yeast particles are visible. Translucent. No bubble show.

Sm: Nice floral hopping, caramel, clean malts, cream, toasted malt, toffee, and a hint of alcohol. A mild strength aroma. No yeast comes through.

T: Malt sweetness - especially on the climax. Toffee and caramelization are prominent. Some toasted malts. A boozy character, but not in an averse way. Clean malts. Floral hopping; it's indistinct and adds little. This is a messy beer; the balance is off and the flavours are haphazard. I like it for what it is, but it just isn't focused or well put together. No real complexity or subtlety.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat syrupy; too thick. Not overbearing, but too heavy on the palate for what it is. Carbonation is good, if a bit overdone.

Dr: Drinkable but far from excellent. A decent brew from Lagunitas, but not a great one. I wouldn't get it again. Hides its ABV pretty well, but some does come through. Decently priced here in California.

C-

kojevergas, Jul 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

beernads, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

GClarkage, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By far, this beer has the longest name out of any I have tried.

An ESB (according to their website) at 9.7% ABV.... this is why Lagunitas is one of my favorite breweries. Pours a light orange color, small head to it, small amount of lacing. First whiff.. all hops... ahh this is going to be a good one. Taste wise, nice mouthfeel to it... don't get hit by the hops too much which is a little surprising. Balanced very well, maybe more-so to the malt side. Hops are present, but are very much subdued, especially for the 9.7% ABV. Goes down very smooth and tastes like a 4% ABV type of beer... way too drinkable for 2X beer strength status. I would still prefer an Imperial Red or Brown Shugga but this is another home run for Lagunitas.

oriolesfan4, Oct 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

InspectorBob, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

imperialking, Aug 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

drewone, May 18, 2013
Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,910 ratings.