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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 mattcrill
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle inspection: Label has a lot of worthless dribble on it. I think they were trying to copy the style of Stone's labels but man did they miss the mark. Totally useless. Lists OG: unforgiven and IBU's: unrepentant. C'mon, seriously, who are you kidding? On to much more important things....

Aroma: Fresh citrus hop aroma, grapefruit notes, lemons, very inviting and very refreshing.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy amber pour with a sticky and sudsy cream colored head.

Flavor: Bitter grapefruit rind, orange peel, a touch of some malt sweetness, and a drying alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with strong carbonation.

Overall impression: Best offering by Lagunitas to date. That being said, they've had some misses. Still, this is a solid west coast IPA that lives up to the billing despite the waste of ink for a label. Recommended.

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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 RoyalT
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a dark brownish-orange in color with a big, white head that clung well to the inside of my pint glass.

Smell – This nose is huge, monster hop pellets all the way. I can’t tell what kind but it seems for sure that there are some Columbus hops to this one, or something similar.

Taste – The big hop character comes over at the taste as well. I can pick up some malts here that I couldn’t at the nose, but they are small indeed compared to the giant hop flavors. They seem a little less complex though, more straight resin than anything else.

Mouthfeel – This is a bit thin for the flavors; I’d say shy of even medium-bodied. It is very dry though and not for the faint of heart.

Drinkability – This is a great hophead ale.

Comments – Thanks to skyhand for cracking this open at her First Annual Broken Sewage Party.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ruby red pour. clear. no weed smoking happening here. really. gravity haze makes me think twice about drinking such a big beer late at night. screw it, let's go. spots of lace and caverns of big chunky air exist here.

smells brightly of sweet malts and oily citrusy hops. yellow gapefruit juice bursts into my tangy eye. pecan pie sweet sugar-jelly aroma with rich, brown sugar crust. something limey like a margarita twinge. complex aroma to say the least.

candy malt double-thick body with molasses overtones. carbonation levels are high and add some sort of nutty dryness. hops provide an eggshell-walking balance but stay aromatic, kinda, while makeing way for a richer, more grainy based beer. this is not really a malty dipa.. more of a hoppy barleywineish strong ale. the finish here is a little bit off, distressingly so. wet brown paper bag and a ridiculously muted alcohol presence expose a raw malt sloppiness left on the palate after initial sips. further sips, however, seem to correct the problem.

good brew, small doses recommended. happy 12th. stay cool, don't give up the reefer. f*ck the government. rock.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a light amber color with a small off white head that slowly fades out. Scattered lace is left around the glass.
Smell is of a potent hoppy sweetness mixed with caramel, orange, and pine.
Taste is of the same aromas in a nice hopped up mix.
Mouthfeel is of a lip smacking, sweet hop blast. Mild alcohol warming in the swallow.

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Photo of orfeu
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sitting in a 17-ounce snifter, this beer is a glowing bronze with a clumpy, pock-marked ecru foam cap that doesn't have much staying power. Candied citrus (tangerine, grapefruit) and some peach nectar laced with juniper berry essence dominates the nose. Exceptionally velvety mouthfeel on this one -- noticed that right away. Soft, round and juicy. Quite nice! As far as taste is concerned, this one is "Especially bitter" in terms of pithy, citrusy hop content, but there is an added bitterness, that has a caramelly candied sweetness to it. I'm guessing that's some amped up malt concoction or other. Finishes with a nice earthy bitterness, a la Arrogant Bastard, but doesn't really resemble it in any other way (sadly, for me, since I was hoping this one might get me by until Stone starts distributing out here again), and a slight mineral flavor lingers in the aftertaste. In any case, this is yet another high quality brew from Lagunitas -- probably my favorite along with their Imperial Red (although this one doesn't seem quite as refreshing).

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

Pours deep ruby-tinged mahogany. The head is creamy, whipped, over half an inch in height with little lacing but sturdy and attractive enough. Nose: Blast of citrusy hop notes, pine resin, cut grass, caramel. Taste: Bitterness takes its time but nevertheless ascends steadily until it feels like it's going to sledge a hole through the roof of my mouth -- this is pleasureable, mind you. The hop bitterness is sharp, a little acidic. Malt base is present but the hops are what this brew's all about. Delicious, and I say that as a hop head. The alcohol is slightly noticeable as it warms my throat and gut. Nice, hearty mouthfeel. Good stuff as usual from Lagunitas.

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

Lovelly dark amber almost chesnut coloured ale with a great looking thick/ bubbly off- white head. Very "hop-centric" aroma to this one. Very spicy/piney ..almost a fierce scent to it. Despite the aroma the taste is actually quite well balanced, with the semi-sweet maltiness battering down the rageing hopiness until near the end of the mouthful when the hops finally break free and carry on a very pleasing alcoholic warmth down the throat into the belly. Really quite good. Very nice mouthfeel, thick and luxurious. For an almost 10% ale this is excellent drinking. But I’m sure that more than one bomber might be too much for one night. None-the less and excellent nightcap.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden brown with a silght red tint to it. It has a white head that fades fast, leaving many laces.

This beer has a slight grassy hop aroma. It smells slightly citrusy also. The alcohol is slightly apparent in the aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Grassy hop flavor with some citrus to it. This beer is more malty than I expected. It is well balanced.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a slight grassy hop aftertaste. It is well carbonated.

I think this beer would make a decent session beer. Although high in alcohol, this might be one of the least aggressive Double IPA's I have ever had. It is very good.

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Photo of scottoale
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at O'Brien's, had just a hair less than a 1/2inch of off-white head. The beer itself was a rather dark copper with marginal carbonation.

The smell was malty, toffee and caramel with a light citrus and a pine hoppiness to it. Yes my mouth is watering.

The flavor is rich malt, nice and roasty, mildly sweet of caramel. The malt fades into some citrus, which in turn bitters pleasantly by some piney hops, to a nice warmth of alcohol in the finish. Very tasty stuff. I was expecting this to be ultra hoppy, but it really wasn't...just really tasty.

Good heathy body, alcohol was not overpowering for the high ABV, the mouthfeel was quite smooth. Very enjoyable and easy to drink, hope I can have another one tomorrow...cheers!

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Photo of ElGordo
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 22oz bottle a pretty coppery orange hue, topped by a finger or so of creamy off-white head that leaves minimal lacing. Aroma of assertive, floral, piney hops mixed with a touch of subdued caramel malt. Palate is more balanced, with a big malty backbone complementing the sharp, bitter hoppiness. Lots of things going on here - notes of pine, caramel, a little citrus, and just a bit of anise. The body is sturdy, with a texture somewhere between creamy and syrupy, finishing warm and smooth. The stength of this beer can really sneak up on you, so be careful. Overall, though, a smooth and tasty offering from some of the best guys in the business.

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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 pjwilson
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

rumor around the fireplace is that this is an imperial ESB. oh wait, damn american brewers making up style's again.(sarcasm, i don't really care) Anyways, stoked to try this SOB.

appearance: nice amber color, massive head that leaves lots of lacing. a very clear beer.

smell: ah that deep resin smell of hopped up shit. still more subbed than many beers, like stone IPA for one. some yeasty esters in there, in a good way. esb.

taste: very balanced and suprisingly subtle. certainly not an IPA, this is an ESB. the resiny hops are here but take a back seat to the nice malts which are the showcase of this brew. this really is like an imperial esb, whether or not this is a real style. you can taste a bit of the booze, which is the only indicator of the fact that the beer is 10 percent. also, this beer is not very bitter. perhaps the most balanced, drinkable beer of this strengh i've had.

mouthfeel and drinkability: very creamy and smooth. the drinkability is very nice, super drinkable. Honestly the strengh of this beer is a weakness, it taste's 6 percent and I could drink a keg of it at that strengh. an awsome beer though, I can take the 10 percent, but this just doesn't drink like a barleywine or strong ale at all. It drinks like an ESB.

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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 PuckLSHS
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the Lagunitas Undercover after the great forum thread that alerted me to the brew. Decided to open one up with some friends and enjoy the ride.

This beer is highly deceiving. The bottle makes you think there is going to be one hell of a punch behind the beer, but it opens up with a nice light copper/amber color and a soft 1-finger head that leaves a very beautiful lace.

There is a very nice malt flavor that sticks to the back of the throat w/a very distinct lagunitas hop finish. The beer is 9.9% alcohol and does not overpower. That is the beauty of it. Has a very balanced feeling and the warmth does not come through until later in the tasting.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Smooth, pleasant to drink.

This one has high drinkability for me. I would pick this up any day of the week and twice on Saturday.

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

Appearance: Bright, dark, maple amber. Poor head formation.

Smell: Blunt pine-, lemon-, geranium-, and carrot-like hops. Honey-sweet caramel malts. Bright but hidden tart asti character. Alcohol is more than detectable but not overpowering.

Taste: More of the nose, with a particularly resiny hop character. Pleasantly leafy finish.

Mouthfeel: Clean and medium-bodied with sharp carbonation.

Drinkability: As the name suggests, this is a rather powerful beer that barges into your mouth and takes no prisoners. It's aggressive, but not brutal, and is actually rather drinkable despite its punchy flavor and ABV.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber with a craggy single finger head that melts to heavy lacing.
Aroma is sweet malt and sharp hops with a touch of citrus.
Taste is super sweet malt and super sharp citrus hops. Not quite blended or balanced...both a little over sweet and over bitter at the same time.
Aftertaste is citrus rind hops with a little malty cloying.
Very unusual flavors....sort of an imperial red (if there is such a thing) but it doesn't quite seem balanced to me yet. I think 6 months more aging will blend these flavors together very well.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper with an oddly small white head. The foam dies down pretty quickly leaving little lacing on the glass.

The nose is quite impressive with a strong malt nose of bread, yeast and caramel. Add to that a sweet herbal hop note and you've got a very inviting beer

The taste is rock solid with a very strong roasted malt base and just a bit of residual sweetness well balanced by an assertive hops flavor. The malt has quite an impressive backbone and plenty of the fruity notes you'd find in an amber or british pale ale. The hops are a great combination of Centennial pine resin, and a juicy sweet spiciness that's vaguely reminiscent of cinnamon.

The mouthfeel is very good - The beer is medium bodied and goes down smoothly with just a hint of sweet clingy residue but the bittering of the hops leaves a nice clean finish. Usually Lagunitas brews have a forced carbonation roughness to the bubbles but this beer seemed almost bottle conditioned with a fine effervesence.

I'm a huge fan of Lagunitas' Imperial Red and this beer seems like only a minor deviation from that recipe. The hopping is almost exactly the same (Simcoe maybe?) which is a good thing because the hops in the Imperial Red are excellent. The malt may be a little more bitter - perhaps a bit more crystal malt but the two brews are obviously siblings. If you're a fan of those Arrogant Bastards from a bit further south you're likely to find this a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of SethB2
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. Bottle come with a nice rant toward the governement on the side of the label too. Sweet.

Beer pours a transparent deep ruby/amber color with a nice cream colored head and decent lacing. Smells of citrisy hops and toasted malts. Taste is a little odd, but not in a bad way. I'm used to DIPAs hitting with a hop punch up front, but for me, the first thing I noticed was a malty sweetness, followed by a very large hoppy bite. Citris mostly. Mouthfeel is medium and oily. Slick drinker. Drinkablity is also very good. I'm glad I bought a bunch of these.

I think this is waaay better than the Maximus. Good work, Lagunitas. Very nice beer.

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