Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down AleUndercover Investigation Shut-down Ale

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV varies slightly from 9.0 to 9.8
66.6 IBU

Added by GilGarp on 03-10-2009

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Reviews: 987 | Ratings: 4,220
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I dunno if its just the lighting but this one can range from a light orange to an amber color. Nice hoppy aroma to it. Pine.

Big beer, this one comes in sticky, hefty, caramel. Brings the pine and grapefruit bitterness. Hides alcohol well. Reminds me of a less bitter, less chinook specific arrogant bastard ale. Nice thing is this one is in a better format, slightly sweeter, more affordable.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours bright Amber with two finger head that lasts and eventually coats the glass. Breads fruity aroma. Toasted breads malt combined with piney hops combines for a powerful but pretty balanced flavor. The piney resiny bitterness hangs out for a while. A little boozy but not overly. Signature minerally, slick Lagunitas feel. Solid strong ale.

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Photo of stevoj
3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Smooth and mild, belying the high ABV hidden underneath. Pours out dark amber with medium creamy head. Light aroma of malt, flavor kicks in with some piney hops, but they balance well with the malt. Lingering bitterness, dry finish.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours exceptionally clear light amber in color with a slightly off white head with superior side glass lace and good retention.
Aroma is of pine and and tart hops along with the balance of of some bread malts, but hops are most prominent.

Taste: Malts step forward but still get the aromatic piney hops that balance nicely.

Hops provide both Pale Ale and IPA characteristics, while the level of malts create a great solid and unique Ale.


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Photo of RickS95
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An amber brown pour that's much clearer than I would have guessed. It's not translucent, but it's only borderline opaque. The head is exquisite. A finger and a half thick with long legs. Very white and quite frothy. Really thick and sticky lace.

Early on I thought I picked up some IPA scents, but as I reviewed the appearance and went back for another whiff, I lost the pine and picked up bready, biscuity malts instead.

The hop presence is limited, this beer is all malt. This time it's caramel malts that are highlighted. There's an earthy taste I can't quite put my finger on.

Exceptionally smooth and almost creamy. The malts provide a gentle sweetness. Smooth throughout, it's very easy to drink, even with 9.3% ABV. Full bodied with an extremely faint bitter linger.

This isn't exactly what I expected, but as usual, it's really good. It's so smooth and the ABV s so well hidden, this beer could cause problems.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of caramel, hops and a bit of floral. It has really welcome creamy tastes of hops, malt, and caramel, with a slight tartness of like grapefruit. But it's less fulsome and has less "body" or mouth-feel than a porter or stout.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on draught in a pub. It was poured into a tulip glass. It pours a lovely burgandy-cola color. It looks like wine. The khaki-colored head dissipated quickly. It smells of citrus, cherry, caramel, and floral hops. The taste has a strong malty backbone with lots of caramel, grapefruit, and cherry. It finishes with some hoppy bitterness. All of the tastes blend extremely well. This ale is pleasantly creamy and nicely carbonated. It doesn't feel overly boozy but you do notice the 9.3% ABV. Overall, this is a very fine American Strong Ale. It is flavorful and substantial. It would pare well with a hearty meal and also makes a good casual drinking ale. Another excellent offering from Lagunitas.

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burgundy. Thick khaki head with great retention and good lacing left behind. Aroma is of pine and herbal hops. Taste has pine, resin, and herbal hop notes throughout. Good sweet malt body to keep the hops somewhat balanced. On the bitter side of the spectrum. Feel is strong, filling, and thick. Overall, it's a robust beer with strong hop characteristics. Not the easiest to drink in terms of feel, and the hops don't help. Still pleasant though.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with strong citrus fruit on the nose. Strong initial bitter bite that intensifies on the back end with a very strong alcohol presence. I can taste some sweet malt, citrus & maybe a little syrup along with the bittering & flavoring hops. Intense & very well done.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light copper color with a large foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S- Some orange and cherry aromas along with fruity malts. Slight hints of alcohol and pine.

T- Follows the nose, with pronounced malty and citrus sweetness dominating the palate. Mild hop bitterness, mostly just floral and juicy. Very little alcohol presence, just enough to let you know this is a beer to be respected.

F- Surprisingly full body for a lighter beer, almost like an Imperial Stout.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brew & Meatball Company on 04/28/16.

Well balanced all around. Sweet caramel flavor malt up front with distinct but, subtle hop bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer get's nothing but 5's across the board from me.

Pours a deep brass color with a khaki three finger head that leaves an intricate web of lacing all the way down the sides of the glass.

The smell is perfect. Pink grapefruits, lemon rind, oranges, pineapples, freshly baked bread, caramel and pine needles.

Nothing short of perfection taste wise. Rich caramelly, malty, creamy goodness amongst a backdrop bitter, juicy, zesty tropical hops and pine resin. Finishes with an orange sherbert, sort of vanilla wafer aftertaste.

Tame, yet effervescent, crisp and clean mouthfeel. Medium body.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(bottle code: 005 6 2... purchased warm on the singles shelf... poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: brilliant clarity within its medium-dark, orange-amber hue... some foam forms, but not nearly as much or even with the sticky-frothy structure and retention that an ostensibly boldly-hopped ale would have... the head does fall away rather fast, but it leaves a rocky collar... after pouring only a 1/3 of the bottle in the glass to start, the second pour brought with it some speckle-y sediment

S: sort of familiar, quintessential Lagunitas hop character - lemon, pineapple, orange, along with a delicate hint of menthol and maybe even raspberry... bit of an medicinal, tonic alcohol, although it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb... I would not mistake this for an ESB (or imperial mild, or whatever) by the smell, but it's nevertheless richly-fruity and quite appealing

T: richer, thicker malt than expected up front, vague tinge of brown sugar in the finish to go along with a zesty citrus spice... I might be reaching a bit here, but I could be getting a very mild vaguely molasses-y toasted cookie note in the aftertaste - but really it's all Trix-y hops atop a cordial underbelly, and the bitterness could be kicked up a few levels - it's undeniably a touch weak

F: quite apparent medium-full body up front, finishes out moderately resinous with a mellow dryness... fairly potent pop of prickly booze up front, with a lasting comforting warmth in the back of the throat down through the thorax - I'm kind of diggin this somewhat rough punch because otherwise the beer would be a bit oafish and lumbering across the palate

O: for whatever reason, Lagunitas essentially makes many beers that could be (and usually are) classified as (American) IPAs and double IPAs, etc, and markets them as mutations of other styles... there is, in my experience drinking them, very little variance between many of their brands, nothing to make any of them really stand out as truly unique... without going further through a rant - the collective hop flavors here are lovely, the aforementioned booze knock most welcome, but overall this beer offers nothing unique within itself nor within their portfolio - really don't see any reason to buy it again - clever names and style suggestions, little else... how do you feel about it?

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This, to me, is the beer that should be referred to as A Little Sumpin Extra Ale. It's basically just like A Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale, but with a little added kick in the alcohol feel and a ABV. Very solid.

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Photo of daarkenford
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First impression was not that great. I got a citrus after taste maybe grapefruit that I normally can't stand in an ale. But ...after half the first beer is gone ...you no longer taste the grapefruit at all. Overall...I rated the beer high because honestly the look and the smell mean very little to me. I drink beer to enjoy a beer. How it looks or smells means very little. This beer is too notch. It feels flying saucer familiar....which is where I go when I want to try a 27 dollar pint of some German underground ale I've never heard of. I had about half the beer drank before I realized my face was numb. It feels like delirium nocturnus...it's a worthy ale. Glad I picked it up.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An amazing beer by Lagunitas. Being at 9.5% and having such solid delicious taste to it making you want more, but you can really feel it just after one. This is great beer at a great value for a 6 pack. You can't beat the quality, price, and taste at such a high alcohol content. Will purchase again and again fruity hoppy and Lagunitas simple bitter taste.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Translucent, burnt orange-red... Thick head that dissipates quickly and leaves some nice lacing.
S- Sweet bready, malt backbone with some nice hop aroma but the malt takes front stage.
T- Biscuity with some lemony, citrus characteristics. Pretty nice and the alcohol is well hidden.
M- Light with light carbonation.
D- A decent beer. But I've had better from them.

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark golden-brown, with two fingers of foamy head that lingers in the glass. Not much characteristic aroma. Tastes fruity, dates, malt? Stays on the palate. Feels a little thin, but smooth. ABV not obvious. Very enjoyable to sip.

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Photo of dmgallag
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Awesome amber ale. Robust head with slow fade. Not much to note on smell. Carmel malty goodness going down well balanced with bettering hops so as not to be sickeningly sweet. A lot of these could go down fast....and then I imagine I would as well!

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Photo of JasW
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful copper amber color. Musty nose. A hoppy undercurrent runs throughout, providing balance to a slightly (but not too) sweet malt body reminiscent of certain Belgian strongs. Somewhat boozy, but not overpoweringly so. Me likey.

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Photo of afinepilsner
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

9.5% abv
O.G. 1.085
I.B.U. 66.6
We brewed this especially bitter ale in dedication to all of the worlds would-be astronauts, in remembrance of the 2005 St.Patrick's Day Massacre on the Brewery Party Grounds and also on joyous celebration of our 20-day suspension that following January. Do the crime. Do the time. Get the bragging rights. Cheers!

This is a very good brew that is definately worth trying out. It's very smooth and easy drinking for a 9.5% beer. After drinking this and reading the label I'm very curious of the past events that lead-up to this beer being brewed. Yum Yum!

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Photo of dballard1215
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a tall Head, the head sticks around for a little while but eagerly dissipates and leave some beautiful Leasing around the glass. Foamy, with a nice off-white color. The color of the beer itself is an amber red more reminiscent of a red ale but much thicker. Hoppy and Skunky. Kind of smells like feet.

Thick with a resin-y first taste of American hops. The bitterness behind the initial taste is formidable, but far from unpleasant; kind of like a playful shove from a potential mate you are courting. Finishes with a biscuit-y sweetness. A+. Long live the st. Paddys day massacre.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After reading about the legal troubles of Lagunitas, I was anxious to try this. The title, a humorous little jab at a ridiculous legal system that criminalizes something that should be legal, made me respect them even more. My inly wonder is why they didn't opt to make a dank and resiny IPA; nevertheless, I thought this was a great beer.
Look- Pours a semi clear copper with a large billowing bubbly head which is followed by a nice sticky and frothy lace.
Smell- fruity on the nose, like a strawberry jam, plums, raisins and figs. I also detect sweet caramel and toffee malts. Also a bit grassy and some booze. Very complex and pleasing aroma.
Taste- Sweet on the tongue, malt forward, caramel, molasses and brown sugar. The fruitiness from the aroma also comes through big time. However, there is also a strong and moderately bitter piny hops presence that balances out quite nicely. The finish is bitter sweet.
Feel- Medium to full bodied. Creamy and smooth. Softly carbonated and chewy. The alcohol is so well masked, and it's so drinkable, it's best to sip slowly.

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Photo of TriggerFingers
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good!

Glad I tried it and at $9 a 6 pack, not a bad deal at all. I can normally crush high ABV beers, but oddly enough, I was good after 2 on this Thursday night.

It was warming and hoppy but somehow left me wanting more (I liked it more than my last Hairy Eyeball that's for sure). Great QPR...but the beer isn't amazing. If you want a big beer, this will do the trick.


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Photo of AngryDutchman
3.37/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Gift in trade from Kif, the Business Fairy.

Beautiful amber with a really tight, light frothy white head that leaves a lovely lace all the way down the glass.
Pronounced hop aroma which I guess goes with being Lagunitas as well as a 9.5% (per my bottle) ale.
Taste is not Hoppy so much as a sharp piney counterpoint to the high alcohol and malt sweetness. Balance sorely lacking to me. "Beer speaks, people mumble" according to the label, and I could see a few of these putting a hurt on you pretty quickly.
Time for something stout or dunkel...

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