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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Ratings: 195 |  Reviews: 176
Photo of bigdeuce
1.86/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

After pouring a nice craggy head and leaving some lacing down the glass, this one disappointed me. All I can taste is alcohol and lots of it!! Has some hops in it, without a doubt, but they are overly dominant and it was very metallic. Maybe the bottle was too new, I don't know. I don't think I'll try this one again even though, it was nicely priced.

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Photo of laintringulis
1.95/5  rDev -51%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Served in a pub glass. Pours a dark amber color with large beige frothy head that thins, but remains through drinking. Light bodied, moderate amount of tight carbonation.

Smells strongly of pine hops and straight up alcohol. Not a very spicy smell. Maybe it is covered up in the pine smell. Very light honey smell around the edges.

This beer went way south of the border on taste. It tastes like half melted aspirin in original listerine with a splash of pine-sol. Hot alcohol taste and not in a good way. No malty sweetness at all. I have liked my share of super hoppy beers, but the off tastes in this are too much.

Too thin of mouth feel, very astrigent. I can't say it is drinkable at all due to the taste. I tried to keep drinking it to see if it got better, but sadly, it did not. This stuff killed my taste buds for days after drinking this stuff. I think this was hubby's idea of a joke. Hubby will pay dearly for this.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.25/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer was served in a Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer has a very good looking amber and orange combo. The head was 2 fingers high biege in coloration. The head had major retention. Thick rings of lacing remained on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a definate hoppy prescence. The beer has good citrus and pine resiney hops. Sweet maltyness creeps into the smell at the end.

So far everything was seeming on the up and up. I would soon be in beer Nirvana.

Taste: WTF! The beer is a medicinal band aid and asprin melange. This coupled in a foul way with pine resin and citrus. Just Yuck! The beer was bitter in a nasty way. No sign of maltyness in the taste. The alcohol is present in a bad boozey way.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is definately bitter. The beer has a very thin mouthfeel. The maltyness is'nt really a factor in the flavor. The alcohol is hot and not in a good fashion. The beer was frankly not enjoyable in the least and really wasnt drinkable. I have another bottle of this and will try it in a few weeks. Perhaps this review will not stand.

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Photo of Jacobier10
2.88/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A 22 oz. bottle poured one half at a time into a snifter. Copper colored with an off-white head. The first pour gave a small but noticable head, the second a large one full of carbonation. The aroma screamed hops at first but then upod furthur investigation, some malts were noticable. The initial taste was pleasing, but I have to say that the alcohol was somewhat noticable after a couple of sips. Some hotness in the back of my mouth started to develop as I kept drinking. It made it difficult to drink and I did not want anymore when this was finished. It started out decent but then started to creep its way into DFH Immort Ale territory. Not undrinkable...but not something I would buy again.

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Photo of Cresant
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Stone IPA glass. No date. The clear body was a rich golden-amber color. With a vigorous pour the head was very large and left a moderate amount of lace on the way down.

Smell was citrus oil hopiness. Leafy. Bready, wheat crust sweetness.

Taste was hops oils and polite bitterness. Well hidden alcohol. Sweetness vacilated with bitterness in the mouth. There was a long bittering finish. However, I'm guessing the hops have mellowed since this was first released. Unfortunately this one is rather well-balanced.

Mouthfeel was smooth but had an alcohol sizzle. Full bodied.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.22/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brownish color with some red hints to it. A slight head is there upon the pour. Smell is slightly hoppy. The taste is very bitter. Surprisingly with the amount of bitterness it goes down fairly smoothly. Considering it’s ABV and bitterness this is a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of mcallister
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I must say I didn't care for this beer. One reason why may be because I was anticipating a completely different style of beer. It was more of a Belgian Pale Ale in style.

Frothy off white head; good retention with spotty lacing; sits atop this clean, brick colored elixr.

Thick belgian yeast, with hints of apple, boysenberry, sour spiciness, hop, malt, and some other fruity esters.

Not much complexity, belgian yeast prevails, simple malt, with a hop kick at the end but not as much as I'd anticipated. Spicey flowery components as well.

Mouthfeel was very bitter and rough and somewhat thin. Just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-brown body with a foamy, thick off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of lightly toasted grains amidst heavy hop scents of resin, grapefruit, and flowers.

Taste: Sugary caramel sweetness flush against the torrent of hop flavors and bitterness. Pine, grapefruit, and even some freshly-squeezed lemon juice. Finish acidic and bitter with some peppery ethanol lurking in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Sticky, oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Another simplistic strong ale, and though its well priced, it just isn't my cup of tea.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean copper/ amber color with a white head. In the aroma, a small amount of grapefruity sweetness. In the taste, a smooth maltiness and a small bitterness. It is also a bit sweet. Smooth and sweet leaving a small hop aftertaste. It hides the ABV. One of my favorites.

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Photo of Aimo
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of krberg
3.26/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. No dates.
Label reads:
We brewed this especially bitter ale in rememberance of the 2005 St. Patrick's day massacre and in celebration of our 20-day suspension back in January of this year! Whatever. We're still here.

Huge just off white head and a ton of swirling carbonation.

Initially, the smell is just fresh hops, but that fades into a slight metallic, boozy smell.

Lagunitas claims that this beer is "especially bitter," but I have to disagree. It is very hoppy, but not at all bitter. Actually I think its very malty, and chock full of flavor hops. Pretty damn tasty. It certainly hides its ABV well.

Full and rich mouthfeel. Almost like whole milk. Just a tad too much for me.

Very easy to put down after a busy night at work, but of course the 9.9% will catch up with me shortly.

Overall, a nice suprise at the bodega tonight. I wish it was as bitter as it claimed, but it certainly fulfilled my need for hops this evening.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very solid offering from Lagunitas. As far as double India Pale Ales go this one is great. From my more recent reviews of DIPA's, I've kind of fallen out of love with them, I find them way to offensive. They seem to just be categorically over-powering. This one wins for balance; unfortunately the balance is pretty average. Best asset, alcohol is wonderfully smooth.

This is a classic example of a BA "tweener". When comparing it to other DIPA's it's not as crafty, IMO that hurts its score. This is an average beer. Maybe the grading should be in fourths, just to give the ratings a little more separation. What’s the difference between a 3.2 and a 3.6?

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Photo of ChazMania
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber. Just bought this today and had not heard of it but admire some of Lagunitas offerings so I figured what the heck?! Pours well, nice 1 finger type head. Aroma seems earthy to me, not sure how to describe it. Flavor is resiny and bitter with a finish of hop and pine. In looking at the description of the beer, I wonder what is this 20 day suspension they mention? Nothing overtly special about this but not a bad beer either.

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Photo of dgallina
3.32/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce brown bottle, approximately 1 year old when sampled.

Pours transparent copper with thin film of off-white head, sheer lace. Smells rich and heavily hopped; brown sugar, cinnamon, and biscuit malts with pine needle, grapefruit, and orange hop foundation. Flavor is in-line with aroma; sugary malts in the background with unsubtle pine and orange up front. Finish is blazingly alcoholic. Huge heavy and creamy body. A few mouth-fulls become heady rapidly. Altogether over-the-top. Difficult to finish due to the extreme heft and alcohol presence.

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Photo of mentor
3.34/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Delighted to see this beer in the store, so I picked it up for a try. 9.28% ABV (2007 release?). Pours a strong 3 finger white-yellow head over a crystal clear browned copper liquid. The head clings and caves wonderfully leaving spots of lacing on the inside of the glass. Smells of orange pith and orange blossom honey. A touch musty and a little bit of dried hay. Esters are mild, as is malt. Alcohol is nicely hidden, but then I'm not particularly sensitive to picking up alcohol aroma.

Tastes nice. Flavors do not bomb my mouth with intensity and carbonation is modest also. Grapefruit and pithy. Pears esters mingle with a darker ester (a heavier fruit than apricot) and malt sweet is present and quite supporting. Hop bitter is subtle and mixes with the clean alcohol burn that is most prominent at the end. Drying finish with a sour hint that may come from the alcohol or from the mild carbonation sting. Mouthfeel is md-thick. Alcohol gets a bit too much be the end of my glass, and I've got another glass to go. not so sure how this will all work out.

Nice beer. Nothing to get super excited about, but well worth the $5 I spend on this bomber.

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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 bnutz
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In the glass, this beer is a beautiful copper color, although the head doesn't hang around too long.

Sweet, hoppy nose with underlying malty sweetness is very appealing.

The flavor is much lighter than you would expect from the intensity of hops on the nose. The usual Lagunitas maltiness is somewhat absent: the beer is light in body and the sweetness comes from citrus flavors (clementine and tangerine peel) rather than malty caramel.

The beer's a little thin, but overall totally drinkable, especially if you're into hops (but it's still not in the same league as Lagunitas' Maximus).

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Nice clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts bitter sweet, that becomes more bitter but not overpowering, with a lingering bitter aftertaste. $3.29 for a 22oz bottle from John's Market Tigard, Or.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.42/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ometimes you feel like shutting er’ down. This is how I felt last week, which is why I wanted to try this bastard so badly. Pours deep brown/gold rum colour, with a thin creamy froth. Citrus and pine are the big winners for aroma here. The pine is really assertive, and I like it. Someone give me a pine tree to drink, shit yeah. Lots of bready malt in the aroma as well, cookie dough with a touch of ammonia. Tastes west coast baby! Lots of hopping and muscular malts (a la arrogant bastard) very citric, brown sugar, a touch of spices and wood. Pretty assertive, but not horsey like others had mentioned. Thanks Mike, for shutting me down.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of solarbeers
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great bottle, great story, great name, decent beer. Clear chestnut with a gloriously thick beige head. Small but steady carbonation streams. Good lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, strawberry, and biscuits. Obviously hop loaded. Beyond the large grapefruit aromas and a subtle pine finish, the hops and malts seem very English. Malts are very pronounced for a DIPA. Alcohol is well concealed – it’s present, but not as one would expect for 9.9%. Very bitter. Kind of light bodied for the style. I don’t think this is a DIPA. This seems to be a beefed up ESB. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of expatsteve
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper-orange, with medium carbonation, medium clarity and low/medium viscosity. Brief 1/4 inch head, that vanished very quickly with no lacing and low suds on the surface of the beer.

Aroma: Promising aroma of raisin and toffee malts, with grapefruit hops finish; roasted cocoa noes with a hint of orange.

Taste: Nice hops bristle, which is suggested in the name "especially bitter ale," and immediate malt background. Bitter the whole way down, but not oppressive at all. Pine resin finish. Subtle honey citrus notes, but sweetness on the front palate isn't present in the middle at all - surprisingly flat there. Maple finish develops as it warms, though this is in many ways masked by the pine hops finish.

Mouthfeel: Good, though the hops build up - a little too fizzy for such an empty middle palate.

Drinkability: I was hoping for more of pumped up ESB based on the bottle, and the odd lack of flavor between the front and back of the mouth was a little disappointing. In a lot of ways, this tastes like the other Lagunitas beers I've tried. By all means check it out, but Sierra Nevada does a better job of being the "brewery with a balanced hop finish" and the Censored Copper Ale is a cheaper and I believe better offering from this brewery.

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A significant white head on yellow body. Pine resin significant aroma with malt. Very bitter and dry Irish style IPA, big everything with harsh malting. It was drinkable and a hop fix, but not excellent. Alcohol creeps up as it warms. OK for this style.

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12th Anniversary Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 195 ratings