Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company

Undercover Investigation Shut-down AleUndercover Investigation Shut-down Ale
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From:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
American Strong Ale
Ranked #68
ABV:
9.6%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,457
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 10.07%
Reviews:
1,097
Ratings:
3,461
Status:
Active
Rated:
Yesterday at 04:19 AM
Added:
Mar 10, 2009
Wants:
  148
Gots:
  1,096
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Undercover Investigation Shut-down AleUndercover Investigation Shut-down Ale
Notes: 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.
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Rated: 4.29 by Beergod420 from Texas

Yesterday at 04:19 AM
 
Rated: 3.75 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

Jan 04, 2023
 
Rated: 3.45 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 26, 2022
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Notes from 2011-12. 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
L: copper, fairly clear. Lite tan head.
S: caramel candy, earthy and fruity.
T: malty, sweet with a fine hop bite that doesn't go too far. Some pine lingers.
F: fairly smooth drinking with a medium heavy mouthfeel. On par with Lagunitas.
O: reminds me of a Christmas ale but not as bitter. Excellent.
Oct 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 18, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
355 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9.6%, OG 1085, IBU 66.6. Beautiful amber to copper colour, moderate off-white head. Strong aroma of fruity American hops, old marmalade, caramel and crystal malts, alcohol. The flavour is very sweet, and the alcohol is not well hidden, but soon overpowered by a massive hoppy attack. Warming mouth- and throatfeel.Maybe too much of everything, but still a guilty pleasure to drink.
Apr 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.02 by Sinister from New York

Feb 21, 2021
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
The pour from a tap into a plain pint glass brings an amber-brown fluid, closest to 16 on the SRM chart. There's a nice light biege head atop, but attention quickly shifts to the enticing malty hop aroma. There is rich body here, as evidenced by all the pretty glass lacing. The initial taste is good, malty but with some hop contributions. What kills the enjoyment is the cloyingly sweet after taste. If a honey like finish to a beer sounds good, here it is.
Oct 09, 2020
 
Rated: 4.23 by unclekeith from Alaska

Aug 28, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Aug 02, 2020
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Reviewed by maxpower from Missouri

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle pours a deep amber in color with a beautiful creamy beige head that leaves sticky sheets of lace in the glass. Strong hop aromas of grapefruit and pine. Full bodied with a thick creamy mouthfeel. Flavors of pine and grapefruit. More of a strong IPA.
Jun 05, 2020
 
Rated: 4.06 by lebrisa from Connecticut

Jun 03, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by doctorgary from New York

Mar 10, 2020
 
Rated: 4.31 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Feb 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.11 by Malarchy77 from Connecticut

Jan 31, 2020
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Reviewed by JasonQKing from Texas

4.91/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This here is the one that turned me onto American Pale Ales.

I think APA is now my favorite beer and it's thanks to Undercover Investigation Shutdown and others like it.

Doesn't look or smell too special but it tastes like a million bucks. For the high abv, you mostly just taste the hops and it is DELISH.

One of my top 5 beers I always look for and enjoy in season.

Great job, Lagunitas!
Jan 11, 2020
 
Rated: 3.02 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Dec 12, 2019
 
Rated: 4.09 by Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

Oct 19, 2019
 
Rated: 4.12 by heymikew from California

Aug 07, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jul 27, 2019
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Reviewed by IKR from California

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Clear amber color with a modest-sized light beige head that slowly faded. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Pine forward hop aromas with some mild fruit notes.

Taste: Moderate nondescript fruit notes with some moderate pine hop notes. The beer starts off mildly sweet but works its way to a fairly dry final finish.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

Overall: A good easy drinking Strong Ale,
Jul 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.84 by Jussei from Ohio

Jun 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.2 by GuitarIPA from Connecticut

Jun 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by ian_graf from Minnesota

Jun 09, 2019
 
Rated: 3.96 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

Jun 05, 2019
 
Rated: 3.94 by DanLane from Virginia

May 16, 2019
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Reviewed by manoshandsoffate from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
This is a real treat, bought as part of a mix-a-six at Bartonsville Giant. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

L: Pours a rich cascading copper amber, with a big solid head that slowly recedes, leaving plenty of sticky lacing behind. Hazier than most beers I drink.

Smell: Sweet but rich. I detect rye bread, malt, toasted caramel, and honey. Notes of vanilla and tobacco emerge as it warms. Also a very mild, almost stale fruit note.

Taste: Luscious and luxurious. At first the hops tingle your tongue with bitterness, then you get the sweetness of the caramel and malts. There's something complex and smokey towards the back of the throat, like beef jerky. No burn whatsoever, and no tricks to hide the booze. For a beer of this alcohol content it is remarkably well balanced.

Feel: Very little carbonation. Still, the beer doesn't feel flat or sticky at all. Very smooth and clean, somewhat chewy and thick but not overly heavy.

Overall: Great beer. Most of the time I'm too broke to buy stuff like this but I decided to treat myself tonight. I'm glad I did. This isn't the most refreshing beer but it might just be the most palatable high-ABV offering you can buy.
May 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Velivolus from Vermont

May 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by grinreeper from New York

May 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.29 by Kyleyhoopster from Massachusetts

May 07, 2019
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Reviewed by penguinsgoboom from California

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours a one finger head. Deep caramel amber.

S: Sugary piney hops. Molasses, dark citrus, a nice pungency that keeps it grounded. Lemon to balance it out. Alcohol is definitely present

T: Starts off with a bready sweetness, culminating in a spicy grapefruity taste before a mild hop bitterness creeps and fills the mouth. The hop sensation lingers for awhile, creating a slight warming sensation.

O: The alcohol is hidden well. This is a sticky sweet malty beer that's saved by a hop cleanse after every sip
Apr 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.16 by doowhat from Arkansas

Apr 27, 2019
 
Rated: 4.06 by SolarPower36 from Florida

Apr 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.02 by VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky

Apr 22, 2019
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Reviewed by emyers from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Cloudy amber with a thin off-white head.

Nose: pine/floral hops, biscuity toasted malt, and caramelized sugar.

Taste: Caramel malt up front, floral hops, and a nice dose of buttering hops on the finish.

Feel: medium body, medium-low carbonation. Very drinkable.
Apr 18, 2019
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Reviewed by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Definitely defies what it is. On tap at Industry Public House with Leah. Hoppy, malty at the same time. Yes, rich. Heavy on caramel. Deep rich Amber color. Nice beer. Strong alcohol.
Apr 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.1 by HabaJohn from Illinois

Apr 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.1 by D-Duvelicious from Illinois

Apr 14, 2019
 
Rated: 3.99 by robebo44 from Virginia

Apr 12, 2019
Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 4558 ratings