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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4.07/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our malty and rich beer with a snappy hop finish truly defies style…Imperial Mild?...Uber ESB?... We do know for sure that it is Unforgiven and Unrepentant.

In remembrance of the 2005 St. Patrick's Day massacre and in commemoration of the 20-day suspension that followed, Lagunitas brewed this especially bitter ale. See, the ABC conducted an undercover investigation of our brewery, finding us guilty of operating a “Disorderly House.” We did the crime. We did the time. We got the bragging rights.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,514
Reviews:
1,085
Ratings:
4,509
pDev:
10.07%
 
 
Wants:
146
Gots:
1,085
Trade:
7
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 4,509 |  Reviews: 1,085
Photo of harrypowers
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish orange with a nice head that diminishes quickly.

Nice hop aroma but the malt taste predominates with a mild hop bitterness at the finish.

Covers the high alcohol level well.

My first bottle of this beer. I am going to put this exceptional beer on my favorite list!

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Photo of izraelc
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delightful. Pours red. Light foam. Strong hop smell but not as hoppy as I thought. It's a nice mix of malt and hops. Complex but we'll balanced. Doesn't taste strong for a strong ale. Pretty smooth.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of martinpfal
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Strong ale without being too boozy. Looks of dark amber, nearly copper. Taste has slight sweetness with strong hop notes. 9.7% so it’s a sipper. All in all very good!

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Photo of markallmon
3.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MackT
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear darkish amber. Nice head with fair retention. Lacing is minimal. Aroma is faintly citrusy. Mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent. Aftertaste lingers in back of the pallet. Nice hop compliment. 9.7% is a added plus for those that like that kind of thing. A pleasing ale, one I enjoyed.

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Photo of tgdavis
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fenderbender0789
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Undoubtably one of the best of the bests out theyre. Sits next to the OUTSTANDING sister Brown Sugga!!

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Photo of GreenDragonPurse
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly thick white head on dark orange liquid. A fresh, bright, orangey smell. Very bitter grapefruit flavor, but not just citrus juice, rather, citrus pith. Very bitter pithy taste and aftertaste.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper orange and filtered with loads of carbonation, and a finger of off white head.

Smells of pine, mandarin orange, tropical fruit like pineapple, and brown sugar.

Tastes of oranges, tropical fruit candy, a hint of pine and a little bitterness.

Medium to light, fluffy body with lots of pillowy carbonation.

I got this in Redding where I am drinking it March 1st, 2019. Really light feel, very ipa/ pale ale like.

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Photo of HungarianCount
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chiefz1
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bolio
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6.66 IBU
Bitterness lasts hours & through dinner. In this case: awesome

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Photo of Hefsbeercaps
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothmanscott
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one recommended to me by Zach Hembree the go-to Beer Guy at The Warehouse in Albany, Georgia. Thanks Zach!

Pours crystal clear coppery amber producing 2 strong fingers of beige, frothy, somewhat lasting head that recedes to a thin but clumpy surface cap and collar ring leaving behind thin lace. Aroma is cake-like bready, sweet caramel, roast, subtle raisin, pine and citrus with only a hint of alcohol. Taste is sweet caramel, sweet bready malt, fruity, dank earthy herbal and pine. Starts sweet and remains so for most of the sip with a faint peppery prickle appearing late. Bitterness also appears late in the finish. It predominates and intensifies in the aftertaste. Aftertaste is a caramel, malty, bitter pine, alcohol blend that becomes bitter, astringent and very long lasting! This stuff is SWEET especially for this brewery. Mouthfeel is moderately heavy bodied with medium carbonation, smooth and silky with an hint of oiliness. Chalkiness and an alcohol bite develop late in the aftertaste.

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Photo of DeerBeerFearDear
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love the feel. A bit easier to chug down than the brown shugga. Have a medium to heavy feel but still light enough for me to enjoy. Deep down there I feel like I'm an undercover investigator who's about to investigate this devil's brewery called Lagunitas - their beers are too good to be true so that I smell something funky. I actually only drank Little sumpin ale until now from Lag, but now I think I'll enjoy this one too.

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Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DKGreen
4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JoelKatz0212
4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Strong contender for my Beer of the Month.

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Photo of zerochaos360
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really great beer like Brown Shugga. Great body and taste. Great ABV kick. No issues except availability at the local grocers.

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Photo of CuddlyREDRUM
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, not great. Liked the Brown Shugga' a lot more than this. Still an affordable craft beer with a decent kick in the ABV.

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Photo of ViggieMech
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a six pack at my local Publix after my interest was piqued by the name. Copper color in a chilled 16 oz. glass with a thin lacing of head. Nose is brown sugar and a strong malt. Taste is WOW, full and pleasureable! Sweet bread pudding after taste. I'll be heading back to pick up another six!

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Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shenk87
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 4,509 ratings