12th Anniversary Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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12th Anniversary Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale12th Anniversary Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is the original recipe version.

Added by krberg on 05-01-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 176 | Ratings: 195
Photo of Oldejoe
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks. A medium-light Amber full of red-gold, very frothy head.
Smell. High citrusy start, some yeasty. Pine pitch, and settles into an even toned earthiness.
Taste. A mellow start, very mildly malty, followed by a middle of the palette hoppiness characterized by robust body more than a bitterness, mildly dry finish.
Feel. A rich full-bodied feel, with decent sparkle.
Overall. nice robust drinkable beer got for one or two on the porch at the end of the day. Good for a hearty full bodied meal.

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Photo of J30wang
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Why does this beer get such average rating? I like this best out of all the Lagunitas beers because it's the best of both worlds--the worlds being stouts and IPAs. Creamy & caramel-y lik a chocolate stout, but still got the well known, classically cliche Lagunitas hops. Great head, but who f**king cares when it's the perfect post-meal drink to seal the deal?

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice deep mahogany with burnt sienna hues in the light. Nice white piling cap that lasted and laced all over. The aroma is of caramel, pine, bit of herbal tea, honey, and hints of grapefruit. The flavor is of the above but also develops a mild hint of toffee as it warms. This almost has an English barleywine tone to it, which is both surprising and pleasant. A very delicious, well made beer.

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Photo of AndyP612
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle side poured into tulip. NOT RETIRED!!!

A- Deep brown copper colored with A fluffy fingers worth head.

S- A dance of hop and malt dominate the nose with sweet overtones.

T- Taste picks up where the nose leads and leaves off. Big hops bite at first sip and finish very sweet and rich of malt. Not overly dry, nicely balanced.

M- Medium- full bodied ale but not syrupy as I have commonly found in ales this sweet.

O- I'm so glad they brewed this ale again. I remember is being a lot hoppier from the last time I had it but I am certainly not complaining. I am going to have to agree with reviewers past. It is a stretch to classify this as a DIPA/IIPA as it is a bit on the malty side of things. All this considered, great story that's associated with this product. Would buy again and again. Cheers.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.51/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very clear light copper/medium amber. An aggressive pour produces a light tan head about a finger high, which leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Piney, citrus and spicy hops aroma with a fair amount of caramel aroma. There is a thick spicy sweetness that reminds me of a scotch ale.

Taste: Piney and spicy, I’d almost say there is some rye in there from the spiciness but that could be from the hops or fermentation. There's a lot of hops bitterness but there is a good amount of sweetness in front but not overwhelming. The hops bitterness and flavor linger into a very long and enjoyable finish

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with light carbonation. There is a bit of warmth and little slickness which do not take away from the enjoyment of the beer.

Overall Impression: A very good beer that doesn’t quiet fit the DIPA category. I’d love to see this made with rye and a little more carbonation.

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Photo of ebrauser
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks to be highly carbonated, with a multitude of bubbles coming out of solution. The head of a restrained pour was about 1" tall of light beige. The beer itself poured a light brown with brilliant clarity.

Aroma: Thick malt sweetness with hints of lemon, pine, and another distinct aroma that I can't quite name. Sweet tree sap?

Flavor: Deep hop bitterness causes and immediate bite up front until it is quickly followed up by syrupy sweet malt and caramel. Bitterness remains throughout the drink, which finishes wet and hoppy.

MF: Big and syrupy with a very nice warming alcohol touch.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted May 13th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a Pint Glass

A - redish/copper transparent, one finger off white head and some lacing

S - sweet yeast, fruity, bright malt, alcohol, sweet hops, slight bitterness and a slight grass and citrus

T - alcohol, hoppy, sweet yeast, citrus, floral, sweet malt and a caramel or molasses

M - chewy, huge profile, medium low acidity and a long finish

D - goes down like water even at almost 10%. big sweet and medium bitter. Well balanced

Final thought - got to get a sixer or four every year this seasonal comes out

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep clear amber w/a somewhat minimal head receding to a decent collar of lace.
S: caramel malts, grapefruit and resiny pine.
T: saa. Medium sweet caramel malts and a nice smooth somewhat spicy hop bitterness.
M: just over medium body. Would like a touch more co2.
O: very reminiscent of double jack and hoptimum.

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Photo of challenja
4.97/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

F*ck You.. this beer is good. real good. no beer snob here. Just a hardcore IPA head. This one was legendary in status. Longest lingering aftertaste of all time and it was lavender.. silky smooth..
Sweet, mighty tasty DIPA. Better than Maximus. Closest in taste and quality of Double Jack by Firestone..

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Photo of btorsdog
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a BANG for the Buck! $8.99 a sixer I imediatly grabbed 3 of them(didn't have any more $$) Anyhow... turned out to be a great brew, kind of gots a scotch ale/barleywine flavor to it but not bad at all.Like others have stated could of used another dowsing of hops but there is something tasty about this brew that just keeps you wanting another.Be careful while partaking though... this one could potentially Shut YOU Down!

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Photo of SenorBeaver
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good for such a high alcohol content. It is like a cross between a barley wine and a double IPA. It is sweeter than the doubles or Imperials that I like, and the body is more thick. It is hoppy, but not as hoppy as I like... I like insane hoppy it is about 3/4 to the level I enjoy.

If they jacked up the hopps a bit and found a way to thin the body just a hair... the beer would be perfect.

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Photo of bryanmetzger
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sad that I can't get anymore of this. Purchased a sixer to go from La Cave du Vin in Cleveland Heights. The ABV is well-hidden and I found this beer to be extremely tasty. The balance between the hops and malt was very good. Wish I had picked up a little more aroma when I poured into a glass, but oh well.

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Photo of felipesegundo
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at local big box brew store and was amazed at how well hops ( I mean HOPS) and malt go so well together. I could not drink more than 2 at a time due to the 9.9 ABV, but very enjoyable drink, one to share with friends. You could smell the hops as soon as you opened the bottle, but yet very smooth malt flavor once it hit the palate. It's a shame these are a once a year release, and I cannot wait until the next batch.

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Photo of isubsmith
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chad for sharing this one.

Appearance: Dark red/orange color with a good head

Smell: Lots of hops - citrus and grass at first. Then, a surprising amount of malt sweetness, until you see the 9.9% abv and it makes some sense.

Taste: Bitter hops but with lots of sweet malt backing it up. Fairly well balanced sweet/bitter.

Mouthfeel: A bit of a carbonation bite, but in a refreshing sort of way.

Drinkability: What's with all of these high alcohol beers being so drinkable? The alcohol is totally hidden. Probably too hoppy for this to be a session beer for me, but an occasional sample would never be bad.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

AppearanceL Pours a hazy amber color with a huge, sturdy head that sticks well and laces beautifully

Smell: Caramel dominates but there is some pine forest, too

Taste: Very malty up front, with loads of caramel that is joined, mid-palate, by some piney bitterness and developing alcohol flavors; after the swallow, it gets quite boozy and that overwhelms the other flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; considerable warmth

Drinkability: I recognize this is past its prime but it had been sitting in my cellar for a while and needed to be consumed; I tried to account that we were moving from an IPA to a barleywine as the hops faded but I was put off by the booziness, nevertheless

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Photo of bort11
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Oh, it's late. Hey, thanks for the beer."

Courtesy of JohnGalt1 and the Fight Club BIF. I think this one knocked a tooth loose.

22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Solid finger's width of head that has excellent legs. Still keeps a solid cap across the surface for the entire duration. Not much, if any, lacing. Color is a murky caramel brown with coppery orange tinges.

Smell is very malty for an DIPA. Caramel malts are sweet, but put in check by an alcohol warmth. Sweet citrus hops. The taste is like a combination of orange juice and chocolate. Hint of BBQ smoke.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick. Mild fuzzy carbonation. nice hint of a burn. Man, this is nice.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a medium copper color ale with an average size head with some medium retention and no lacing. Aroma of dry bitter hops is dominating with very subtle caramel malt notes. Taste is also dominated by some dry bitter notes with very little else coming through expect subtle caramel malt. Average body with some medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Definitely not something I would want to have again, I thought this was one-dimensional and the malt profile was also indiscernible and no floral hops.

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Photo of rousee
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have always been a pretty big fan of Lagunitas. We got a ltd release here that has now been retired. It is boozy but I cant say its messy. This is fairly well crafted and it seems to age pretty well.

Taste is boozy phenols with some nice sweet honey and grape or plum aspects. Not too hot with the high abv which is a mark of a fine beer.Its sweet and kind of addictive. They did a good job with this one.

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Photo of pershan
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a slightly cloudy copper with virtually no head. A definite hop aroma - piney and fragrant. The taste was a pleasant blend of hop flavor and fruity maltiness, with a fairly subdued hop bitterness at the finish. The alcohol was very nicely masked - a very drinkable beer. Good carbonation and lacing.

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Photo of ojclark
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-colored with very good clarity. Medium light tan, fine head. Big resiny hop aroma with some alcohol and solvent notes. Flavor was inititially very solventy and alcoholic. After the beer warmed and breathed, the solvent notes became far less apparent. Huge, resiny, hoppy, alcohol flavor with a big malt body to support it. Fruity esters and alcohol in the finish along with lots of hop flavor and bitterness. Medium-full body but good carbonation level gave a lighter impression. Nice beer with a funny story behind its creation.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 8-5-2007. Pours a clear, but pretty dark brown with a good sized crème-ish head. Nose is hopped with an almost cherry edge. Overall it is that sticky, syrupy hopped sweet fragrance that abounds here. Flavor is thick like you would expect the style to be, but not kicking your mouth that hard really. Thick hoppy texture. Pungent and slightly tangy with slight piney hops and a salty aftertaste. Feel has a good liquid body and a good carbonation to it as well. Drinkability is good and I was going to give it a 4.5 because it was going down so smooth, but the salty edge on it just made it a little less pleasant. Overall a good DIPA. Definitely has some solid character, but lacks some balance in some important areas I think. Still worth a shot for sure, though.

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Photo of dsigmon
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite brews by a great company. The beer poured a nice copper to red/orange color with a nice head and lacing.

The smell is of citrus and pine is predominant with undertones of fruit and caramel malt.

Mouth-feel is very bitter and hoppy with the malt backbone gracefully balancing out this DIPA. Very resiny with nice carbonation.

Taste is nothing short of amazing. Very bitter/citrusy at first with the sweetness of the caramel malts there to let you know your palate will be ok. The broad range of flavors continues to develop as this beer warms. Darker fruits develop and the bitterness from the hops become more subtle as things balance out (maybe this is the alcohol starting to take affect).

Amazing beer, one of my favorites and definitely a go to.

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Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep murky copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and laving.

The smell featured an upfront sweet caramel malt with a secondary resiny hop.

The taste was equal parts sweet malts and oily hops. Peppery hops held out through the finish. Mild warming alcohol.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a good DIPA, but nothing too exciting. This style is becoming so common now that there is an abundance of average beers.

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Photo of ByTor2112
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Samuel Smith Imperial Pint Glass
Nice big head that lingers and leaves spotty lacing. The color was somewhere between light brown and Copper, Siena even!
Aroma-a deep inhale gets a nice piney hop aroma, and it is almost deceiving as to how wonderfully bitter this brew is going to be.
Mouthfeel- Whoa! This year's version is way hoppier and this time the malt is trying to get past the hop profile that is immediate and constant through to the finish. Thick resiny mouthfeel. Alcohol is present, almost medicinal with the very astringent hop profile. This is bold and aggressive and has more edge than last year's release, IMHO. A good froth elicits some citrus hop flavors and you can get a good feel as to how much malt is actually in this brew as well. This Imp/Dub IPA lest you know right up front that it has something to say. Very bitter and packs a nice malty hit at 9.9%.
Lagunitas has become one of favorite West Coast brews lately and I look forward to enjoying more. Cheers!

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Photo of Vancer
4.51/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lagunitas – beer brethren, you can’t say enough about this brewery flying under the radar. But I will!

This frosty poured a deep amber, almost mahogany brown, with a most bodacious tan head, that laced the glass ALL the way down. It’s making a mess of the glass, this is exceptional.

Enticing aroma of barley wine; sweet caramel malt. Then the quaff – yummy earthy, viney, then finishing with a taste bud stabbing jab of hops. Top notch, top shelf brew.

Sheesh, whata tasty beer – I’m BUMMED this is a one and done, a classic to be enjoyed by the masses!

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12th Anniversary Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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