Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

Undercover Investigation Shut-down AleUndercover Investigation Shut-down Ale
BA SCORE
4.07/5
4,373 Ratings
Undercover Investigation Shut-down AleUndercover Investigation Shut-down Ale
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:
ABV varies slightly from 9.0 to 9.8
66.6 IBU

Added by GilGarp on 03-10-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,333
Reviews:
1,038
Ratings:
4,373
pDev:
10.07%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
140
Gots:
1,022
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 4,373 |  Reviews: 1,038
Photo of Circe
2/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Goes really well with stale coffee.

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Photo of thatdirtymick
2/5  rDev -50.9%

Photo of MLoxxer
2.12/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.5

I poured a 12oz bottle of Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-down into a tulip glass. A very lively head was produced. Although the foam began to dissipate in moments it left behind some very respectable lacing and a nice tuft of bubbles not normally seen in a US microbrew. The color was like that of a brown ale, slightly red with no haze. Without even bringing the beer to my face I could tell this one had a very hoppy aroma. In spite of being a 9.3% ABV brew the flavor is not very strong. And although it smelled hoppy from a distance I was pleased that its flavor wasn't that of another over-hopped US microbrew. The taste reminds me of a watered-down American barleywine with a slightly soapy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very understated. This beer is certainly not terrible, but for what it is supposed to be (a strong ale) it's character is a bit short of the mark.

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Photo of KingEdward
2.13/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Don't like the finish/after taste on this has an olive brine bitterness.. drain pour..

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Photo of Phelps
2.24/5  rDev -45%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Served in a shaker pint at Tops.

Perfectly clear auburn with hints of burnt orange. One finger of frothy head the color of wet sand slowly fades to thick top layer, looking a little scummy.

Weird nose. Caramel, dry dog food, sweet wort. Also honey and hints of tangy apricot.

Ugh, the flavor is worse. Sweet, tangy apricot and perhaps some orange peel with floral notes give way to overly burnt caramel malt and hefty bitterness. Overly astringent and just weird. The tangy cleaning solution and burnt malt never meld.

Light yet prickly carbonation breaks into just a bit of fizz. Treacly medium body.

Weird, weird, weird. Competing flavors are fighting it out in my mouth, and I don’t appreciate it.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

Photo of f_raud
2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

Photo of vaughtex
2.32/5  rDev -43%

Photo of Liquid
2.38/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Dreynolds1808
2.42/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Atomicskis5
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Photo of tjsmith910
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Photo of maxwallace
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Photo of khargro2
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Photo of IchLiebeBier
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Photo of Zimm
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Photo of Offa
2.51/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This is rather rough and unbalanced, like a rougher, more astringent, less balanced, and generally less well-crafter relative of Lagunitas's own Lucky 13.

Deep reddish, it has a medium pale tan head steadily shrinking to a thin foamy top and leaving a little lace.

The aroma is hoppy with a lot of grapefruit an pine plus very strong alcohol notes.

The taste is similar, some candied fruit and rum, some caramel, and hop flavours, but with too much grapfefruit and too much rough alcohol. The elements do not marry well but conflict and ultimately it is too bitter, astringently hot, and harsh, with a very drying feel in the mouth.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.6/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

9.8%. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high; I'm increasingly liking Lagunitas.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige-light light khaki head of fair retention, nice thickness, and pretty decent cream. Lacing is mundane. Colour is a clear textbook copper. No yeast particles are visible. Translucent. No bubble show.

Sm: Nice floral hopping, caramel, clean malts, cream, toasted malt, toffee, and a hint of alcohol. A mild strength aroma. No yeast comes through.

T: Malt sweetness - especially on the climax. Toffee and caramelization are prominent. Some toasted malts. A boozy character, but not in an averse way. Clean malts. Floral hopping; it's indistinct and adds little. This is a messy beer; the balance is off and the flavours are haphazard. I like it for what it is, but it just isn't focused or well put together. No real complexity or subtlety.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat syrupy; too thick. Not overbearing, but too heavy on the palate for what it is. Carbonation is good, if a bit overdone.

Dr: Drinkable but far from excellent. A decent brew from Lagunitas, but not a great one. I wouldn't get it again. Hides its ABV pretty well, but some does come through. Decently priced here in California.

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Photo of zeledonia
2.62/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottled 25 March 2011. Don't know enough about the beer to know if that's a problem. I'm going to assume it's not and forge boldly ahead.

Pours a deep amber color, reddish-tinged with gold highlights. Big pillowy two-finger off-white head, good retention and nice lacing. Some visible carbonation, but not much. Knocked down a bit by some tiny little particles floating around in it.

Smells round, fleshy, and golden. Fruity, but an odd, unidentifiable fruit. Kinda like melon. Or "soft" alcohol - meaning the alcohol is there, but its edges are smoothed out. Reminds me of another unclassifiable Lagunitas beer I had not too long ago - Little Sumpin' Wild. Regardless, I like it.

First taste is like the smell turned down a notch, with a little hop kick at the end. Second taste is... fine... but I think the alcohol is too much for the rest of the beer. I don't find enough flavor here to stand up to 10%, so half the time I just taste the alcohol. And that's not pleasant. I even had a couple of hard-liquor-style shudders after taking sips of it. It's lacking the warmth, softness, and fulness of the smell. After a few sips, I'm finding it nearly undrinkable. The sweetness still sneaks through a bit, but I think this one is destined for the drain.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, low carbonation. Not bad, but I'm having trouble enjoying it because of the taste.

What can I say? It smells real nice. I enjoyed smelling it. I did not enjoy drinking it. In fact, I drank very little of it. Not my cup of tea. Sharp alcohol and bitterness drown out any goodness.

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Photo of thomseye
2.62/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Didn't enjoy this offering from Lagunitas. Tasted harsh to me.

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Photo of JDV
2.63/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a gorgeous rich mahagony color, with some nice lasting white head. Smell is pretty nice and hoppy with a slight touch of malt perhaps and a bit of noticeable alcohol present especially as it warms some. Moderately bittered for the style, and is nicely hopped, but the noticeable alcohol taste rather, is what caused me to not like it too much. Finish is mild lasting bitterness and chest warming alcohol. I don't like tasting the alcohol in my beer this much.

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Photo of Lucular
2.66/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Sweet, cloying, and syrupy. The description claimed that the bitterness would be over-the-top, but the only characteristics that were over the top were the sweetness and booziness. Not a fan.

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Photo of Rivarol
2.67/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of ONN8
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of DeFaz
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours an amber color with a medium head that leaves nice lacing. Good head retention.

Smell: Huge candy aroma along with alcohol (this smells like 9+% if not more), caramel, and orange. There's a lot going on, but the aromas don't work well together.

Taste: Again, there's a lot of flavors, but they don't blend well. This tastes way too sweet while being moderately bitter, and the alcohol seeps through. I find that oftentimes strong ales will be very sweet so as to cover up the alcohol, but this doesn't happen here. There's some fruit and brown sugar going on.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, thick, and slightly undercarbonated. This doesn't make things any better.

Overall: I absolutely appreciate the effort to make a unique beer (that's why I seek out craft beers in the first place), but this really is tough to drink given the out of control sweetness. There are some good flavors here too, but the alcohol and candy flavors just squash everything for me.

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 4,373 ratings
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