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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 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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Photo of rajendra82
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reports of this being similar to a Arrogant Bastard put it firmly on my must get radar screen. During my last visit to Green's, I was able to pick up a bomber to fulfill my suppressed cravings for the unavailable Stone offering. When poured into a pint glass, the clear body looked a lovely shade of copper, and the head was beige and craggy. The aroma was fantastically hoppy, and a little alcoholic as well. The taste was almost as citric hoppy as a DIPA (which some might still consider this to be), but the malt backbone was toastier (which makes me think this is more of an American Strong Ale exemplar). The alcohol was proudly showcased in an “if you got it, flaunt it” manner. Apricots, peaches, and mangoes were recalled as the residual sugars made themselves evident. A big beer in every regard, so a definite sipper. Sticky clingy body, and a bitter aftertaste finished this neat limited release package. More similar to Bigfoot than Arrogant Bastard if you were to ask me, and that is just a fine place to be.

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

well from an earlier review i see that i had a cranial rectal insertion. i was reviewing a different beer.

that being cleared up, this beer is great. another great from Lagunitas. i had my second last night and i only wish the fridge was stocked with this stuff.

kicks ass and takes names. easy to drink. highly recomend that you have 2 or 10!

"Beer is proof that God loves man." B Franklin

and as i always say
suckem up and movem out


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

Pours a deep copper with a decent initial head and some spotty lacing. The smell is somewhat alcoholic, but its pretty subtle. There are also nice citrusy hops and the usual Lagunitas malt backbone. The taste is similar, but the hops are more pronounced with a spicy hop flavor, more pronounced grapefruit and orange pith. The mouthfeel is very smooth and this one is very drinkable. I find this less spicy and more drinkable than Arrogant Bastard. Another great one from Lagunitas.

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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 Beaver13
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a small off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel, melon, and some metallic, slightly piney, hops.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts, some tangy fruits and then a big piney hop finish that lingers in the aftertaste. It's nicely balanced and blends well together. The alcohol is noticeable and warming, but not over the top. The mouthfeel is medium to full with soft (yet bitter) carbonation.

Overall, a tasty beer. It seems pretty similar to the Lucky #13 from what I remember, but not as good.

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

From a 22 oz bottle this poured a deep ruby red with a nice fluffy white head that left good lacing. Nose of pine hops and fruits. Smooth full bodied mouthfeel. Flavor of hops, caramel, fruit, and there was a nice bitter finish. Alcohol is present, but is not obtrusive. Good brew.

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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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