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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Photo of kimcgolf
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’m just thankful we are finally seeing Lagunitas in Georgia.

This poured to a reddish-orange hue with good carbonation and a thick off-white head that eventually rides the top of the beer as a thick skim and leaves excellent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a hoppy citrus fruit and grass, blended with a hint of malt. Mouthfeel is bitter, tingly and full, with a touch of sugary sweetness. Flavor is a continuation of the hoppy grass and fruit, and the finish is pleasantly bitter, yet offset slightly by the sweet malt.

Another great offering by Lagunitas.

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

Consumed on 9/15/07, so I'm guessing this bottle is about 16 mos old. . . .

A: Poured into a Duvel oversized tulip. Body is clear, dark amber with a 1-finger ivory head. Some splotchy lacing on the way down.

S: Juicy, citrusy -- grapefruity and orange peel -- hops with brown sugar and caramel malt sweetness underneath.

T: Starts with a sweet base -- caramel malt, honey-drizzled grapefruit and brown sugar -- that is followed by juicy, citrusy hops. The hops are not overpowering at all, which is to be expected in a beer that's about 1.5 yrs old. Finishes with some alcohol heat at the end of the sip.

M: Well-carbonated. Finishes somewhat gritty at first, but as the palate adjusts, it becomes more creamy.

D: Pretty good.

Notes: This is NOT the "sneak release" re-issue of this beer; it's the original. I believe I bought it in the Fall of 2006 and it's been in my cellar ever since. It seems to have held up pretty well, though I recently bought a bottle of the newer "sneak release" version and I'm planning on drinking it soon. I'm interested in seeing how the fresher bottle compares. . . .

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Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle is being reviewed after "retirement". It pours a hazy burnt orange. Small head with great retention. Nice ring lace.

Nice blend of malt/hop but mild.

This is a heavily hoppy beer. The malt from the smell is largely missing in the taste. Relatively thin beer for the style with a high carbonation level. Long hoppy aftertaste.

This is a smooth beer that teeters on the extreme (bitter hop) side. Pleasant enough to drink regularly.

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

22oz. bottle

Amber color, crystal clear. Large, rocky, light tan head. Good lacing, not much legs (surprisingly given ABV).

Smell of pine, caramel/honey. Herbal/minty, just a bit.

Taste is sweet, malty and caramel at first sip, then, big piney hops kick in. Fruits, peach and maybe some pineapple. Biscuity. Bit of alcohol. Grassy at finish.

Medium + body, almost resiny. Medium carbonation. Fairly dry.

Excellent DIPA, no barleywine confusion despite strong malt backbone. Great price. Another winner from Lagunitas in my opinion.

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

I don't understand why so many beers on this site are under the wrong catagory? on the label they say this beer is a esb. And at 9.9% Maybe call it a dbl. esb? Any way there is way to much malt goodness to be a ipa. This beer is like fullers esb on steroids!
Big spiciness. great herbal qualities, a hefty malt backbone.
a hint of mint and white pepper. This is one of there best 220z. seasonals. I'm sure glad they made it out of trouble with the law!

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

Pours clear mahogany with a creamy white head and thick sheets of lacing. Very little carbonation.

Aroma is surprisingly understated for a DIPA. Sweet caramel maltiness and leafy fruity esters of generous herbal and citrus hops.

Taste is very balanced but full. Plenty of sugary malt sweetness to match the generous hops bitterness. Definite toasted caramel, brown sugar and an earthy woodiness. Hops are quite green and leafy, but citrus character is much more mild than expected from the nose. Plenty of alcohol burn throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied. Plenty of resinous hop oil.

Tasty, but a little on the sweet side. Surprisingly balanced. An exceptional brew. I would welcome another bottle.

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

Thanks to Eyedrinkale and Sinister 2007 for this bottle. I was really hoping to try this beer. Poured a thick brown color with a retentive white head that never quite gave away. Nose is malty and I beleive I am getting some slight sulfur too.

Flavor is more malty than a DIPA usually is. Reminds me more of an English barleywine with its subdued hops. Flavor is even a tad nutty. Alcohol is nicely concealed but there is more heat coming through as it warms. Medium to full body that thickes as the beer warms. Nice after dinner drink--like a nice scotch.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Reddish copper hue. Thin buff sticky head. Glowing clarity. The beer has legs though it looks thin.

S: Surprisingly, not very strong. It is however well balanced. Nice sublime melding of sweet caramel malt and juicy ruby grapefruit hops. Boozy.

T: Again, not an assaulting taste, which is a nice change up from some double IPAs. Strong grapefruit hop flavor with some sweet malt backing (but not enough). Some alcohol flavors. It is also a little woody.

MF: Smooth. Dry bitter hop finish. Light medium body - probably too light. Very low carbonation. Alcohol warming.

D: An above average sipping double IPA. Would have liked a little more malt balance. I don't find double IPAs particularly sessionable. If you are looking for a beer to relax to and contemplate whatever, you could do a lot worse.

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

Really cool to get this in one of my BDAY 07 BIF boxes from Tim. I had been eyeing this on the BA forums forever and really wanted to give it a try, only problem, it is not available anywhere near me, DOH..So after some begging and pleasing I was going to finally setup a trade for this, when it arrived in the box about a week and a half ago. Had it sitting in the fridge waiting for the right moment, which just happened to come out of nowhere last night. Bottle looks fantastic, great back story about how the brewery was shutdown and still managed to keep things going, old fashioned wanted poster type of label, really cool. I love beer that has this kinda look and story to it, anyway enough blabbering, and on towards the beer...

A - Poured a deep dark amber, with lots of reddish hues. Big off white head formed immediatly and then reluctantly settled down to just a thin film of lace that hung accross the top of the glass. Some very nice residual side of the glass lace was left around for the entire duration. Some good streaming carbonation bubbles could be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass, although it was a very mirk and hazy look to it. Very think looking beer, great looking consistency overall.

S - Deep hop smell, this lots of pine resin type of aromas and a decidedly citrus blend of pineapple, orange peel and some lemon and grapefruit mixed in as well. But as it warmed up some nice sugary notes started to co,me out, letting you know there was some definate balance to it. Notes of caramel and a nice all around malty presence balanced it out very nicely. A touch of alcohol was also noticeable as you got into the depth of it, but it was nowhere near overpowring at all.

T - Very bitter, pungent strong double IPA is my first impression. It seemed a little hot with the alcohol at first, but this calmed down significantly as I got further into it. Lots of citrus hops were the biggest player here, but t was also layered very well with the a nice balance of sugar and caramel in the back. A slightly earthy tone could be picked up twoards the end of the session. The alcohol was blended, however was still very noticeable, this might calm down with some time, it was not distracting at all though, just enough to remind you it was a sipper.

M - Very smooth, and clean. Had a nice carbonation that really let the flavors pop as you sipped it. Very long aftertaste, very dry and very bitter. Awesome. This was not thin in the least, nor was it oily or too thick. Just about right, really let the flavors work it out for themselves.

D - Very very nice. This was definatly a sipper though. There will be no chugging of this one. if you like complex hoppy IPA typle flavors, this has you written all over it.Not a gulper by any means, but it was a hardcore sipper, and damn enjoyable that way...

Overall this was a really, really good brew. Much more complex then just a straight Double IPA, this had alot of balance and character to it. Definatly fit to be an anniversary beer, and another gem from lagunitas. They just keep getting better. If this were available locally I would have a ton of it!

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

22 oz. bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, deep amber color with a good size tan head that settled down to a layer, leaving good lacing.

S - initial nose is hops, but as I sniff more, I'm smelling a sweet caramel type malt.

T - very well balanced brew, sweet malts/bitter hops, abv is only detected after the beer warms up. Burps are all hops.

M - medium bodied, mild carbonation.

D - good, drinkable DIPA. Be careful of the 9.9% abv.

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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 blitz134
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recently arrived in Georgia, probably a little late if compared to its orginial release date. Oh well...glad to have it.

Nice, clear dark caramel color. Nearly white head on top, one inch thick initially but reduced to a scumy layer but left fingers of lace as it reduced.

Sugary, caramel, sweet bread malt aroma. Floral sweet hops with a touch of pine sap.

Flavor is the sweet bread malts and caramel. Pine resin and grassy sweet hops. A bit of biting alcohol. Just some resin lingering in the finish. Similar really to some of Lagunitas' other beers, their Lucky 13th comes to mind. Kind of American strong ale in character, but a bit unbalanced towards the hops.

Thinnish mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Flavor lingers for a bit but eventually leaves. Overall pretty drinkable. A decent beer but the alcohol notes and lean to the unbalanced in the flavor limits it.

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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 Dewey0603
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a large tan foamy head. The head lasts forever and leaves great lacing.Very nice looking. The smell is nice and pungent with hints of brown sugar,alcohol,and sweet malt. The taste is full of carbonation with citrus hops,sweet malt,"bisquity" bread yeast, and an aftertaste of bitter hops. Not bad,but nothing great. The m/f is medium with the flavors not mixing all that well making this beer a little of balanced. Not a bad beer,but I really expected a little better offering.

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

This is a really nice DIPA that I feel drinks well below its abv. My bottle says 9,28% abv vs. the 9,90% stated here. This poured a really nice copper bronze colour with a gorgeous, thick, pillowy head that slowly receeded and left nice craggy pits. This is really a pretty beer. Perhaps I just got lucky and poured it perfectly.
Smell is almost all hops, herbaceous, piney hops. Taste has some sweet malts and then, of course, flips sharply 180 degrees and is very hoppy and very bitter. My favourite American DIPA is still Great Divide Hercules, but this is a damn fine DIPA, as well.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce bottle. Poured a deep copper amber color that had nice clarity. About a finger and a half of bone white head formed in the glass. Head dissapeared almost immediately into a thin ring of lace around the glass. Left little to no lace in the glass. Smell was hoppy , fruity , somewhat bready and bitter. Flavors of hops, caramel, sweet malt, citrus fruit, some spicey peppery notes and just a hint of warm alcohol. Medium bodied mouthfeel was rather smooth, thick and seems to be pretty well balanced but maybe just a tad watery. Moderately carbonated. Drinkability was pretty good.

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Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In the glass this is a clear very darkly amber colored ale bordering on brown. Head is white and quite good for a beer of this strength.

The smell is sweet and quite strong with a spicy alcohol aroma. Lots of pine and spruce aroma. Cedar, lemon and a little bit of tropical fruit rounds out the scent profile of this beer.

The taste begins neutral to just slightly sweet with a restrained woody flavor and a touch of lingering bitterness. There is a fair amount of melon and woody flavor here and the taste is more subtle than you would expect. This becomes a little sweeter as you drink it and a mild grapefruit and pine flavor develops.

The mouthfeel is good.

This is probably more drinkable than this was fresh, this has no raw edges at all and is a mellow strong ale at this point. It certainly has its charm but if you want raw hardcore hop rape this isn't your beer.

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

Another bomber, pours a golden amber with a rocky white/caramel head that's thick and holds very well. Scattered small bubbles of carbonation. Leaves a nice ring of lace.

The aroma has a buttery heavy hoppiness that stands strong with a bit of pine and spice. Very promising.

Flavor-wise there is some initial smooth fruit and malt. Then comes the hops. Pungent, mouth-watering hops. Not as much carbonation as expected so the flavor really lies heavy and lingers on the palate.

Smooth and a bit heavy in texture, often characteristic of a double IPA. Very satisfying. I heard good things about this selection prior to drinking and I must say it lived up to my expectations.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, no freshness date noted.

Clear copper with a thick tan head and sticky lace.

Aroma is caramel and grapefruit and pine.

Flavor starts out sweet with sticky caramel flavors, then ruby red grapefruit with sugar, and a light dusting of piney resin.

Finish does get a bit sticky towards the end of the glass, but it has enough hops to keep it from going over the edge.

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