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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,435 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,435
Reviews: 881
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 88
Gots: 367 | 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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Ratings: 3,435 | Reviews: 881
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served in a Sierra Nevada IPA glass

A - Pours copper/amber color with a thick sandy head. Healthy cap and collar with sheets of impressive lacing.

S - Deep buttery malts, very bready, caramel candy sweetness, hints of orange cream.

T - Pine hops start things off with hints of mandarin orange flavors. Sweet and sticky malt backing, roasted crystal barley, dry grassy hops show up in the middle as the bitterness kicks up a notch. Finishes with a woody bitterness.

M - Thick feel, small-bubbled carbonation, full body, dry finish. Resinous hop oils left on the aftertaste.

Strong malt backing with plenty of sticky pine hops makes for a delicious, robust, and balanced DIPA. Alcohol is 100% unnoticeable. Just an all-around solid brew.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.55/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Cylinsier
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours a brownish amber, yellowish fine head retains well, leaves a film as it dissipates.

Smells of rich caramel malts and piney hops.

Flavor is of piney hops, caramel, buttered bread, and a bit of citrus.

Full body with tingles of carbonation on the roof of the mouth. Slight warmth going down.

Really good strong hoppy ale. Most similar to an imperial/double IPA to me. Definitely worth trying and would have it again.

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4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

This brew pours a brilliant deep red color with a tiny head that fades quickly. The aroma is full of piney hops and sweet, nutty caramel malts. The taste is very nice, reminiscant of a very hop-forward barleywine. It's huge in all aspects, there's huge, slightly nutty caramel malts, and huge piney hops with just a bit of citrus aspect. The mouthfeel is full and coating, and the drinkability is fairly good. An enjoyable brew from Lagunitas, for sure, that straddles the line between DIPA and Barleywine.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of allergictomacros
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear red with an inch of sticky tan foam. Nose is tangerines, grapefruit and a hint of pine. Huge hoppy flavour right off the bat - lots of resinous grapefruit with a healthy dose of orange. There's a lot of sweetness is this one, but balances well against the ridiculous hoppiness. Body is appropriate - not too heavy and not too light with a medium-hard carbonation. I'm really liking this one - I would describe it as very smooth and very, very hoppy.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

clean copper/amber pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head giving off excellent lacing. this beer really does lack in aroma, both on tap and in bottle form. scents of mild fruity hops, caramel, sweet barley malt. the flavor is of sweet malt, caramel, mild hoppy bitterness, slightly nutty flavor. this is almost barley wine-like. medium to full body, moderate carbonation, creamy yet fizzy.

really not that impressed by this one. i've had many better beers by them.. this is pretty much a less sweeter version and lower abv version of brown shugga. with that said, i don't understand why it's a springtime release. i'd probably appreciate this a lot more if it were cold out.

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4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought too many like beers to drink today. These are pretty heavy duty, and one cannot drink much of these and keep ones' wits. So while I can still type...

This one is pretty. Clearer than clear (but rich redish brown). Not much head. Unlike some of its' brethren, this one does not attempt to nor succeed in hiding the high alcohol content. But it tastes good. And smells good.

On all accounts, I think it could be better, and I have a feeling that this will hit me like a ton a bricks gastronomically (and in the head). But I am a fan of everything this brewery produces. They are never pedestrian - always on the edge, and thus they deserve us beer advocates' respect and patronage.

Edit 5-13-2011 - This is better than I remember. Still strong tasting, but better. Nice stuff. I have to tell myself - Bob, buy this every time you see it.

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3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12oz from a fresh batch, ABV listed as 9.8%. I've come to really enjoy and appreciate Lagunitas lately and would like to try all of their regulars eventually.

Pours into my Darkness tulip a dark copper/amber color, mostly translucent with a small off-white head that retains fine as a thick ring and spotty cap leaving bits of lace.

Scent has lots of earthiness, some resiny hops, grapefruit, buttery and caramel malts.

Taste is a mix of sweet+hoppy like the scent, pretty intense from both sides of the spectrum. Earthy and piny hops come through the most along with grapefruit and maybe some citrus and floral there too. Caramel+butterscotch malts create quite a backbone for the hops, a good balance here, nothing is overpowering.

Pretty smooth mouthfeel with somewhat high carbonation. Hop bitterness and sweet malts do a number on the palate but only hints of alcohol, decently hidden for almost 10%.

A strong ale that hints towards double IPA, the big amount of sweet malt mostly separate it from that categorization though.A bit of a sipper but very enjoyable. Definitely diggin Lagunitas.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA glass
From: K&B Wine Cellar’s in Allied Gardens (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $11.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: April 19, 2013
Consumed: April 19, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark copper amber clear color with two fingers of khaki white head. Lighter than expected sporadic lacing on the sides. Average retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled a pleasant mix of floral hops, citrus hops (grapefruit) and bitter Belgian spices.

Tasted similar to the nose but with a long lingering bitter finish. Could definitely taste the alcohol. Also got floral hops, citrus hops (grapefruit) and some caramel malts.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively (above average) carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

Just another solid beer from Lagunitas. Wouldn’t expect anything less.

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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