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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,853 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,853
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 42
Gots: 250 | 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 jujubeast6000


2.95/5  rDev -27.3%

Reviewed 5/31/2009 (Draft at Flying Saucer, Houston, Tx):

Pours a clear reddish brown colored body, foamy cream-colored head, very lasting. Sweet hoppy aroma, kind of a weird fruity aroma. Not very strong. Pale somewhat hoppy, sweet taste. A mild pale ale. Sweet fruity taste, almost like strawberry. Creamy mouthfeel.

07-11-2009 21:24:24 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of Docer


3.85/5  rDev -5.2%

Found a six-pack of this at Whole Foods...

- Dark, clear, amber-ale colored... thinking nugget nectar... lacing all about.... mild off-white head..

- Little bit of caramel malt, sweet brown sugar, and hop stoopid extract... seems Lagunitas is just spitting out a huge selection of mass-produced extract brews... hey, at least they are hitting the shelves everywhere at a decent price!

- Strong IIPA taste... little bit of Stoopid w/ a tad flare of Rich Copper... but strong... bit warm.. sweet and very citrusy all at the same time.. they really went off with the flavor they encountered a while back w/ the hop stoopid... the same over-use of extract to get a very citrusy hop flavor without the bitterness.... but hey... it tastes great!

- Little chewy and dry but overall very pleasant..

- Drinks well and warm... I got a 6 pack... and maybe on a good night I could finish it! Rather sweet though!

05-23-2009 06:21:02 | More by Docer
Photo of HoistinBrews


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

04-08-2013 00:14:47 | More by HoistinBrews
Photo of snaotheus


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

06-25-2009 02:53:23 | More by snaotheus
Photo of scott2269


5/5  rDev +23.2%

12-15-2011 02:04:15 | More by scott2269
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3.58/5  rDev -11.8%

Reddish brown pour with a nicely sized white head. The head both laces and is retained very well. The smell is hoppy, more of piney hops than grassy, with a caramel malt backbone. Those same piney hops start off the taste and is followed by the maltiness. Dry hops finish the taste off nicely. The beer is light with a good amount of carbonation and a very dry finish, devoid of any alcohol taste. Again a very drinkable choice!

07-25-2011 01:05:00 | More by russwbeck
Photo of Tiernan


4.75/5  rDev +17%

04-21-2013 19:27:50 | More by Tiernan
Photo of oldvines


4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-29-2012 16:36:11 | More by oldvines
Photo of HattedClassic


4.11/5  rDev +1.2%

Appearance: A slightly oily texture. Pours very little head that diminishes quickly. The beer itself is a nice clear brown with hints of red. Slight lacing.

Smell: the beer smells hoppy with a caramel dominate smell. The alcohol also makes a noticeable appearance. However, the hops come out more as the beer warms.

Taste: Citrus hops with sweet malts in the background. The alcohol also makes an appearance but not so much as it detracts from the beer.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with prickly feel. The beer also goes down cold, which is surprising considering the alcohol content.

Overall: A decent beer. The beer isn't that visually impressive but it certainly earns it label as a strong ale with an abv at around 10%.

07-01-2011 18:55:08 | More by HattedClassic
Photo of avaldivia


4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-14-2011 07:05:18 | More by avaldivia
Photo of PA-Michigander


3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

08-15-2014 01:26:46 | More by PA-Michigander
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

05-17-2013 17:44:55 | More by kjyost
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

Appearance - Pours the color of amber sap with a 2 finger head, average retention, resulting in a lace that's thin but sticky.

Smell - Smells of ruby red grapefruit and pine resin. A foreboding aroma. A touch astringent.

Taste - Hoppy red grapefruit upfront, hints of chocolate and dried fruit. Green banana. Finishes with the sweet ruby red character it starts with.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall - Another sweet, hoppy grapefruit release from Lagunitas. I love it, but I'd like to see something different from this brewery. Does well to hide the high 9.8% ABV.

06-23-2012 02:01:33 | More by TheSixthRing
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-11-2013 15:32:50 | More by Gotti311
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%

sweet and hearty. fruity and hoppy

nice color--amber/brown but deficient in the head department. it poured quite viscously so perhaps bubblage simply isn't able to reach the surface

the aroma is deeply malty, with brown sugar, port, and biscuit entailed. some piney hop stickiness

quite a bit of port flavor with ever so little of a suggestion of cough syrup (it is a strong brew and the alcohol is a subtle but significant factor). bitterness is strong but hop flavor is controlled and balanced. citrus

nice mouthfeel for such a strong beer. not too solid and it's a perfect vehicle for the nice flavors

09-12-2009 00:17:35 | More by bruachan
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-05-2012 04:36:21 | More by Stoffel
Photo of Scotchboy


4/5  rDev -1.5%

On tap @ Brewers Haven in Boise. Served in a pint glass.

A: Light see-thru brown with a finger of off-white approaching yellow head. Good sticky lacing.

S: Sweet toasted malt, caramel malt, earthy hops, some nuttiness. Maybe just a touch of alcohol but it all blends pleasantly. A unique smelling beer.

T: Similar to the nose plus a nice sweet woody character that accents the toasted malt well. Middle of the tongue there is touch of orange from the hops, and there is a significant amount of hop bitterness and dryness without being overwhelming. Some chocolate candy sweetness and cocoa powder.

MF: Medium bodied and crisp, light medium carbonation and that dry finish.

O: A pleasant surprise for a brown ale, with about medium drinkability as it warms and the booze emerges a touch. The hops and sweetness are a nice change from a normal malty brown ale.

A nice change of pace.

06-11-2011 23:14:31 | More by Scotchboy
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours a lovely, slightly hazy golden with a delicate head. The aroma is fruity and hoppy, quite strong, like an herby candy. Flavor is spicy and super hoppy, with citrus and pine and a musky rosemary-like herbyness. There is a sharp stinging bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is super prickly. This is like sticking your face in a sack of West Coast hops.

06-25-2010 23:34:19 | More by Seanibus
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-29-2014 15:32:57 | More by Belittle
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-04-2013 02:50:19 | More by Eaglefan344
Photo of rowew


4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, label matches the other Lagunitas offerings, including the tiny description around the label. Date code is cryptic, but this just showed up in Colorado (and I suppose with that ABV it isn't a concern).

Appearance: Clear amber in color, thin head but good lacing.

Smell: Tons of sticky hop, with quite a bit of malt sweetness. Just a bit of dark fruit. Smells like half way between a barley wine and a big double IPA.

Taste: Strong hop flavor, with a good malt backbone behind it.. again, this is about half way between a DIPA and a BW, but its very drinkable.

Overall impression: Dangerous - the alcohol definitely isn't hidden, but its smooth and flavorful - I could drink several of these, but it would probably be a bad idea.

03-15-2009 18:07:09 | More by rowew
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

08-30-2013 21:01:16 | More by Mattias
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

04-07-2014 23:26:21 | More by pirmannt1
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Appearance: Pour is a (chill) hazed amber-copper, huge foamy head that slowly fades.

Smell: Citrus/grapefruit/pine hops, followed by caramel maltiness

Taste: Similar, I am surprised to see this labeled as an "American Strong ale". Mostly citrus hops and caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: A bit too creamy and a touch over-carbonated, otherwise tasty.

Drinkability: very drinkable, alcohol well hidden. That said, not a standout.

07-11-2010 00:34:57 | More by craytonic
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

05-21-2013 22:54:25 | More by plumcrazyfx
Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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