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): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by GilGarp on 03-10-2009

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Reviews: 1,028 | Ratings: 4,334
Photo of Sabtos
2.83/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Amber-red with an off-white foam.

Smell is caramel, grapefruit, rug and cat.

Taste is sharp, bitter and boozy, with grapefruit, graham, cat and pine finishing very dry.

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Photo of Shade1951
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lovely! This ale isn't much to look at. Nice dark amber and with very little head that dissipates quickly. The smell is mild - fruity and hoppy.

But the flavor is very, very good. Juicy, citrus-y rather than piney. Nice dry finish. Moderately carbonated.

Very little alcohol burn for its 9.6%. Lagunitas consistently puts out good beers, and this is another success.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours copper. Thick, tall, white head lasts a while with good lacing.

Smells piney, malts, earthy and light pepper.

Tastes pine, light caramel malt and light pepper at first then a nice floral and pine bitterness. Finish is dry with a strong pine linger that lasts a while. Medium body and creamy lower carbonation

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Photo of Squire123
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice deep gold color with good cap and lacing.

Rich smell of hops. Not floral, not quite spicy, yet a hop aroma with depth. Full malt presence rides alongside the hops.

On palate the hops override the malt but not by much. On entry the hops hit first but the malt carrier quickly follows and all that lasts to the finish. Something in the way of conifer hops in the aftertaste followed by a pleasant malty sweetness.

Full body with balancing carbonation and a creamy texture.

This one is surprising. I was expecting lotsa hops and lotsa malt and got both but didn't expect how competently they would be entwined in this very well balanced brew. Drinks so well I didn't realize how much alcohol was in there until halfway down the glass. Brewer's description of an Imperial Mild isn't off base because this is one strong rich dram like a mild with a college degree. It doesn't have that smack you upside the head hit (even though 9.6 ABV) so much as a sense of "moreish" in a good way. I could drink this all day but only if staying put and somebody else is doing the cooking.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you told me Lagunitas made a junior barleywine, I think this is exactly what I would expect. And that's not a put down in any way. There's a great combination of deep malt, fruit, sweetness, and heavy hops in this ale, and it tastes wonderful. Just not sure how exactly to gauge it in such a wide strong ale category, given the distinct Lagunitas hop profile. But I know I liked drinking it, from clear, ruby-brown look (with almost no head), to pungent, dank, and malty sweet aroma, to bitter-sweet and boozy-rich flavor well-balanced between fruity hops and earthy malts, to the silky-smooth texture.

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Photo of Hackattack
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is now my all time favorite brew from Lagunitas . Nice dark golden look. Prominent foamy head and lots of stubborn lacing. For the high ABV (9.6) it's really smooth and tastes like a darker ale.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an interesting shade of orange with a nice thick white head that leaves excellent lacing behind. Has a mild hoppy smell and something else - can't place. Tastes mildly hoppy and fruity, but leaves a strong lingering hop flavor. Good medium feel for this strong ale. Goes down smooth, but it's 9.6% - scary!

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Photo of ThePold
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from a bottle to a glass. Builds a small dense head the color and texture of a Guinness, it seems to me. Mild lacing aND a head that does not linger all that much. Taste and mouthfeel are excellent. Color of moderate amber with good carbonation. Altogether a strong and excellent ale. Will keep some around to shut down a night of beering.

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Photo of MinerBob
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a weak tea color with a large white head and lacing. A piney hoppy and alcohol smell. A deep hop flavor with lemon citrus notes. Goes down easy but does have a hop aftertaste. A nice high point beer.

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Photo of hreb
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours a brilliant bronze color and is crystal clear, with a small off-white head. Mild, malty aroma. Flavor is bold and assertive, with ample hop bitterness and a pine flavor profile, matched to a heavy malt bill of medium caramel malts and cracker. Carbonation is just right. American Strong Ale describes this perfectly, rather than DIPA or American barleywine. Pretty drinkable despite being 9.6%.

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Photo of Riff
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber color with a little over a finger's worth of off-white head. Smells of citrus, malts, and peaches (kinda surprising but interesting). Tastes big with malts, some pine hops coming through, cherries up front, fades into more of a biscuit and caramel flavor. Complex enough that each sip reveals something new. Creamy, medium body feel. Overall it's a surprising beer, takes a number of twists and keeps you guessing, yet somehow is simple enough to enjoy while watching a game. Nice balance.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It pours copper and with some floaties. A very impressive head and retention for a beer of this strength. Nice lacing as well. It smells of sweet hops. Some caramel and burnt sugar. The taste is fairly bitter at the beginning and with a strong floral aftertaste. A fairly complex brew for sure. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another favorite I thought I'd review:

L: A 12-oz bottle poured slightly aggressively into a fat goblet produces only a finger of head, but that reddish dark brown body is translucent and beautiful. Love the shapes in the lacing as well.

S: Very malt-heavy, like Hercules DIPA and Double Jack. More than anything, this really smells like toasted malt barley. But there are notes of caramel, molasses, peach(?), mango, cherry, prune, pineapple, and passion fruit.

T: Immediately sweet, with date, cherry, pine, (definitely) peach, mango, passion fruit and prune quickly bleeding out into the malty caramel, semi-sweet chocolate, and white pepper notes on the finish. Dank, rich, and yet excellently balanced.

F: Smooth for the high ABV, pleasantly chewy, and clean feeling. Exemplary DIPA. If anything, a tiny bit sticky from the sugars.

O: Lagunitas delivers, and at an unbeatable price, as usual. If you like your beer flavorful, yet smooth, this is the brew for you.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

See thru look with an off white head. Scent is of a sweet candy like edge with big malt coming through. Interesting flavor with some hops coming through against a nutty and biscuit malt. Somewhat bitter finish with a coating mouthfeel. Alcohol really well hidden.

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Photo of haines710
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at local grocery and poured into a pint glass. Nice caramel color and big beautiful smell. Reminds me a lot of Brown Sugga. But taste is more like an IPA. Easy to drink. As an IPA guy I loved it. Will definitely buy more.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

9.6% batch. Poured into an official Guinness pint glass. Why not.

Looks copper to me. One and a quarter finger head, lively, streaming bubbles, lovely lacing.

Smells like candy. Citrus-tinged caramel, malt and brown sugar.

Candy Land Barley Wine. A real sipper, this one. Booze is well-hidden. Sweet and malty. Aftertaste? Slightly salty.

One can plainly tell this was conjured by the folks who brewed Brown Shugga' (What a masterpiece that was!)
This is no slouch, either!

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Another Lagunitas offering and another amazing beer they have put out...

Picked a sixer up at my local Publix and loved the long ass title to it, I was hoping I would like the beer itself, and boy did I. Poured out into a pint glass the beer has a rich but light-copper color with lighter highlights when held up for inspection. The head pours thick and foamy and the lacing is what I would call textbook - clinging to the sides, all around, as far down the glass as possible. Oh, and the white head had good staying power as well. It's light-bodied, minimally carbonated, and very silky across the tongue - a perfect combination in my book. The smell was amazing as I was assailed with a sweet smell of honey, some coriander, and grassy notes. My only nit was that the taste was mostly IPA-ish at heart (and though I am admittedly not one to reach for an IPA, I do believe I have appreciated the better ones I have had to date) and not one of the better ones I have had. Nonetheless, this is a super great beer - smooth, crisp, and the booziness you could tell from others of its kind you can't with this one - making it special and dangerous all at once.

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Photo of Babalu614
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into glass from bottle. Carmel colored with a light citrus aroma. Mildy hoppy with a hint of citrus. An excellent beer for the price 9.99 for a 6 pack.

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Photo of puck1225
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Beautiful Amber brown color with a nice beige head and great lacing. Fragrant piney sweet smell. Nicely hoppy taste with citrus, caramel, and pine. Nicely bitter at the end. Great beer!

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Photo of IndiaPaleViking
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas knows ale. This one doesn't disappoint. Very well balanced; not overly malty and sweet and not as hoppy as their IPA's. This one falls in the middle and is extremely drinkable with a hidden kick. I prefer a little more hop kick but this is a lovely brew that I will buy again.

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Photo of MrFabulous
4.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Got a large growler. Pours copper into a dogfish glass with a big creamy head. I have had several Belgian iPAs recently and while I do not think this is a Belgian yeast strain they have balanced well a malty 10 ABV with some California
hoppiness. This seems to me also a fairly food friendly selection . Lagunitas does a great job of crafting great beer at a reasonable privacy point. As I drink this my pool game seems to also be improving! Cheers

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into my trusty glass mug. Colour is copper/amber with an off white head and nice lacing. Smells of mild malts and hops combination. Tastes much like the aroma with slight fruity undertaste amongst the pine and some citrus. Mouthfeel is good but there is a lingering aftertaste. Be carefull, 9.6 abv but dosn't taste like it is. Not bad at all. In fact, I think I'll have another! Prost!

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Photo of rmtrout
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a six pack at a convenience store, cold, for 9.99. Bottled 5 weeks ago.

Appearance: Nice thick foamy head.

Smell: Not exotic or wildly fruity, but a nice balanced grapefruit/pine with slight muskiness.

Taste: Some malt up front, but not syrupy. Not as heavy or sweet as Lagunitas Brown Shugga, so it goes well with food. Grapefruit, pine, and a hint of nutmeg in the taste. Not wildly hoppy like Enjoy By, not even as fruity or complex as Lagunitas SUCKS, nor as forward as a Stone IPA or Sculpin, but it has a IBU of 67 which is easily drinkable. The aftertaste is soft, and the slight hoppyness dissipates slowly.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is spot on.

Overall: I like it for the buzz, good taste, and very good balance between sweet and bitter. Great with food. It will appeal to lots of people who don't like really bitter IPA's but want a good buzz as the 9.6 ABV is well hidden. It does this so well I gave it 4.25 overall. Take it to a picnic if you want to give them a sneaky buzz. Not the one to impress hop aficionados though.

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Photo of Fee
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good education strong ale. Complex smell and taste with a good hop profile. Earthy and spicy best describe the complexity of the taste. Great color and the complexity can be picked in in the aroma of this beer.

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Photo of horshamguy
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.
L--Clear copper with a nice off-white head that lasted a while and left excellent lacing throughout.
S--Hoppy with strong malts going on as well.
T--Sweeter than I expected from the strong hop nose. Piney, with some citrus as well.
F--Unfortunately, this feels drinkable, which is VERY dangerous at its ABV.
O--Excellent offering from an excellent brewer; I'll keep my eye out for it.

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