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 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 LeeMarvin
4.84/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Others have nailed the characteristics of this fine beer. I just like it because it's a strong, bitter beer that is extremely drinkable, with a delicious finish and character. Plus it's a beer with a story behind it. I've been grabbing it up wherever I can find it.

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Photo of poluti
4.72/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle

It pours a thick, foamy, slightly tan head. Small carbonation bubbles buzz up the through the orangish-red slightly hazy color. Good head retension and a good looking beer.
It smells slightly piney with fruit overtones. The malt is present in the nose, as it is in most Lagunitas beers.
It tastes extraordinary. There is a strong malt base, which is hopped accordingly but not exceedingly. A tad of initial sweetness at the tip of the tongue is overtaken by a plethora of hop bitterness all over the mouth and throat. The finish is fantastic; aching the mouth and throat for more.
The mouthfeel is very fitting of the taste. It moves well over the tongue and through the mouth. The thickness is appropriate for the flavors being brought out in the beer.
This is a very drinkable beer. It is around 10%, so it is very sessionable but I wouldn't enjoy more than two of these on any given night. I really enjoyed this beer and will attempt to find more.

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Photo of dhchatfield
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber arrived in short order as part of my first shipment from Liquid Solutions. 4 of these beauties, nestled with 6 Ruinations and 2 Marin IPA's. Thanks to Clay and Matt.

Pours a little cloudy, darker than I am accustomed to as a DIPA freak.

Smell didn't hit me as hard as I expected from the bottle, but broadened on the pour.

The first sip gave me a slap from the high ABV. Watch out for this one! The nice thing was that subsequent quaffs gave little or no heat. Became more drinkable with every sip.

Wonderful in the mouth. More malt than I'm used to. Very broad on the palate.

This is the most drinkable beer I think I have ever encountered.

Far and away the best all around brew I have found in my (albeit fledgling) search for the perfect beverage. Again, BIG thanks to Liquid Solutions for featuring this one in their newsletter. I'm ordering another 12 today!

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Photo of ReDave
4.64/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, one of the best "nose's" I've ever smelled out of a bottle! Great off-white creamy head that seems to last. Super sticky lace- all the way down. Man it just coats the glass. Dark amber color. Burst of wonderful hoppy flavor first sip. Man this is it! Even still a nice malty balance. We had it our vertical pale/IPA tasting, last weekend, and it was the winner!

I sure hope this becomes a regular bottling!

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Photo of DogFood11
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Naja's in Redondo Beach. I've also had this in the bottle and it seems very similar to me either way. Close to perfect appearance. Tons of sticky lacing. Bright, shiney copper.

Its got tons of hops and they are spicey. It attempts to be balanced in that the malts are stronger than "most" DIPA's and its a nice feature but don't be fooled its a Hoptrocity. So spicey that it lingers on my tongue minutes after each gobble. Alcohol is evident and adds to the kick ass, take no prisoners style.

Notes: I've said it before and I'll say it again....I am thoroughly entrenched in the Lagunitas bandwagon. They just don't give a fuck and will try any style the way they want to. Loved this one.

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Photo of bwyker
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into Hennepin tulip, probably a little too cold. Nonetheless, very very enjoyable!

A: Darkish, golden orange with a pretty thick head that slowly dissipated, leaving a nice lace on the glass.

S: Citrusy ting with fresh spray of hops. Maybe Crystal hops for the aroma? One the best bouquet I’ve come across.

T: Slightly sweet caramel malts with a hint of cloves. Leaves you chewing on some nice hop bitterness.

MF: The high ABV doesn’t dry out your mouth like you might expect. Pretty smooth, low to moderate carbonation

D: Very nice balance of sweetness of the malts and bitterness of the hops, enhanced with a wonderful bouquet. Although this is a pretty big one, alcohol is hardly noticed. Would love to have this on tap!

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beautiful bomb-ass bottle made it's way to my desk by the courtesy of Mr. RedwoodGeorge of California.

Served chilled in a heavy glass snifter. First impressions: this beer is gifted in both appearance and aroma and I am beginning to salivate at the thought of the taste.

The pour unveils a beer enticingly colored and perfect for the style in tint and hue. A fluffy foam brown-white head builds expertly and then slowly disappears. Widely spaced bubbles make their heading through the glass like the pixel-point stars of decades-old galactic video games.

Before approaching the glass, my nostrils catch scent of brown sugar-laced tree bark. Upon closer examination, I am assaulted by the lovely aroma of strong-willed pacific northwest American hops, all spice and citrus.

The Taste: (Pause for sip), ...Excellent. Surprisingly smooth with a nice partially toasted malt character floating somewhat peppery hops. Notes of pear, vanilla, and rosewood with a moderate perceived alpha acid presence.

Mouthfeel seems a little watery. For a beer of this magnitude I would expect (and prefer) a slightly stronger weight. This is the only category in which this beer dips below excellent ratings.

Easy-drinking, especially for the style. Very enjoyable. I'm not sure I'll have the opportunity to cross paths with this beer again, but if I do I will definitely snap it up.

Recommended. (And my respect goes out to LAH-GOO-KNEE-TUSS for the philosophies and social values expressed upon the label).

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Photo of koolchas
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber bottle poured in pint glass (i actually drank it before checking the recommending glassware assuming this was made for a pint glass since it's an dipa). mine was a "sneak release" and from what i understand this is the new release for 2007. avb 9.28%.

this brew really caught me off guard. i poured a nice deep copper with a very nice sized head ... i'd say 2".

the smell was quite hoppy but, the taste was not quite as hoppy as i expected. this was actually a very tasty brew more on the sweet side vs. bitter. the bitter does linger in the back of the mouth but, the sweetness on the front of the tounge dominates more than the bitter for me. a nice balance of carbonation and much lace was clinging to my glass.

what i will say is the abv catches you off guard. i too drank this bomber quite quick because it was so tasty; hence, use a tulip not a pint glass. should have sipped it a lot slower but, hey, this was just some good tasty stuff.

i am off to get more for sure!


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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves a two finger foamy tan head that has excellent retention and leaves webs of excellent sticky lacing. Body is a clear brown tinted amber with orange highlights. Very nice to look at.

Smell - citrus, more citrus, floral notes, and pine resin flood the nose - very, very hoppy. As for malt, some caramel comes through under the hops, with only hints of toasty malt biscuits. There is also a hint of spicy alcohol. More citrusy hops, and more citrusy hops.

Taste - much like the nose. Citrusy, floral, piney hops washing over the tongue, and they barely, just barely allow some malty caramel to present itself before they dominate again. A tea-like taste along with, of course, more delicous citrusy hops on the finish. Very well hidden alcohol. Very yummy.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, a great deal of hop oil slickness coats the mouth, and somewhat semi-dry from both the hop bitterness and the alcohol.

Drinkability - this is very good ale, one that is definitely for hopheads, and only the high abv limits sessionability.

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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 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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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 BradBLR
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was by far the best Lagunitas beer I have had so far. Poured a nice amberish yellow color, perfect for an IPA. Head was a nice yellowish white color that lasted about half the glass. The smell was that of caskcade hops, very strong, fresh hops aroma.

The taste was at first a strong hop taste that was balanced with a nice malt. A strong grapfruit taste was present along with a really nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel was nice and the carbonation lasted really well.

I felt this beer fell between an IPA and a Double IPA, but it was a great beer. Worth a try if you get a chance.

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Photo of BeerRun13
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a medium, off white head and great lacing.
Smells like a lot of piney hops and malty goodness.
Malty with a little caramel behind a very hoppy tasting and bitter beer. I like it! There is a little alcohol present also.
Medium to full bodied. A touch dry even though it is so malty. A touch slick, but still good.
Considering the alcohol it is very drinkable and quite refreshing... at least when it's your first beer on a hot summer day.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber.

Appearance- Rich, dark copper with a long lasting white head and sticky lacing.

Smell- Bitter hops, bordering on spicy, grassy. Some sweetness from the malts but the hops overpower that quickly.

Taste- Spicy hop bitterness dominates. Cloying sweetness adds a needed balance but this is a hop bomb. No watery characteristics at all. Some pine hop notes too, and some grass.

Mouthfeel- Slick and bitter, very mild carbonation.

Drinkability- I was very impressed with this one. I'll be buying a lot more for the cellar. Hopefully they will take a few years at 9.9%.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lucky Baldwin's Lagunitas Fest

Pours a deep amber, reddish, with a nice head 3 finger head you don't normally see on a DIPA. Smell is of pretty pungent fresh piney hops, as well as an abundance of caramel malt. The taste has a great balance between these two flavors. Plenty of hops to make it a DIPA, and a good amount of malt, though not too much to make it syrupy. It is fairly sticky though, but a fairly easy drinker as well. Close to an Imperial Red I would say. A very good Imperial IPA.

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Photo of joecast
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

hmm. they must have re-released this beer maybe as a seasonal or something. their website says it is/was available as of may 07. bottle states 9.28% abv. see brewmonkey review below for a description of the bottle.

pours with a massive head which is probably 1/3 the height of the beer below it. good retention too so drinking takes patience. deep copper color with low carbonation. head is foamy and not-quite-tan.

sweet spicy hoppy piney aroma. good stuff. mellows a little as it warms and looses the spice and pine. the rest remains.

really smooth taste. i keep bracing myself for something harsh, but it doesnt eventuate. good bitterness but it comes on slowly, building up so you arent shocked. heavy malts keep things in line. slight heat from the alcohol wipes everything away in the finish, readying you for the next sip.

smooth mouthfeel, but not too heavy. complements the strength of the beer just right. not too sweet, and not too boozy. easily drinkable, which could be dangerous for this beer.

pretty impressed with this beer. was a bit sceptical after the ipa, but this puts the lagunitas name back in high regard with me.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear ruby/amber color with a thick creamy eggshell head. That's a good looking chunk of froth.

HUGE aroma with lots of piney, grassy and citrusy hop smells. Mmmmm. Very spicy piney hops mostly though with some alcohol and a tad bit of malty earthy smell.

Big malty flavor delights the tongue before the hops ignite! The hops have a very fruity appeal at first with lots of citrusy flavors: lemon, oranges, grapefruit and then a slightly grassy flavor. It finishes with very dry and bitter piney hop flavors.

This is a marvelous beer that I wish I could get my hands on again.

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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 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 RustyDiamond
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised that a second release of this came out...bout locally at Green's. Poured a gorgeous, clear red with a 2f off-white-grayish head into a 20oz fat mug. Caramelly taste with wonderful hops. Dry and sweet hop taste...quite butterscothy malty then dry hop finish. Enjoyed this!

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: One for the ages. Gorgeous honeyed deep, deep amber with a dense off-white head. Great retention.

Smell: Honey, saturated pale malts, followed by a huge wave of orange rind, lemon and grapefruit juice. (No pine, though. Hmmm. )The citrus takes on a candied, almost tripel, aroma as it warms.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very strong citrus flavor off the bat, a grapefruit juice clone. Sweet, thick pale malt base. As it warms, it hints at a saison with earthy and spicy notes complementing the malt and hops. Overall, soft and nice. Mouthfeel is moderately heavy and coating with mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Great balance, great flavor -- great beer.

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Photo of bashiba
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep clear copper/amber color with lots of carbonation running thoughout and thick and fluffy tan head, great retention and lacing.

Smell fresh and green with a great strong hop odor and a touch of sourdough bread.

Flavor is full of big bready and toasty malts and a good strong juniper and pine hop punch. Has a touch of sweet alcohol poking through, but overall is very bitter.

Mouthfeel is thick and oily, almost leaving a film on my tongue, the flavor seems to last forever.

A Very drinkable big bitter beer, will be stocking up on this one, its a winner.

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Photo of Fugazme
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks irishsnake!

Beautiful pour... deep copper and loads of bubbles tripping to the top... off-white 1/4" head with some serious staying power... and nice lacing.

Strong hoppy aroma... inviting with citrus, pine, strawberry, grapefruit, caramel... slight bit of malt.

Absolutely smooth and creamy mouthfeel... a bit dry on the swallow.

Bitter, bitter and bitter upfront with a smallish, nice touch of malt through the middle and then wonderfully bitter on the backend. Leaves a sweetish/hoppy/balanced aftertaste.

This beer gets better as it sits, as well. Truly great. Wish I had two.

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