Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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:
ABV varies slightly from 9.0 to 9.8
66.6 IBU

Added by GilGarp on 03-10-2009

BEER STATS
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4,371
Reviews:
1,038
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.2%
 
 
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Ratings: 4,371 |  Reviews: 1,038
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thin head on a clear orange amber body. Aroma moves into barleywine territory with candy sugar, caramel malt, and syrup. Flavor follows the aroma with lots of candy sugar, tart citrus, caramel malts resin and terpentine. Medium to light body and light to moderate carbonation. Not excited about this one really. Tastes more like a barleywine but still not good for that style either.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, herbal hops, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with some herbal, dank hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but this one is super herbal and dank which makes sense with the story as to why this beer was created.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ON TAP at STONE; Pours a dark honey orange color with light orange edges. A nice white head with very heavy lacing.

Assertive orange essence and orange flowers in nose, very floral and elegant with hints of apricot.

Nice balance and fruity/hop character. Fruity, stone fruit flavors with hints of malt and underlying stone fruit flavors; hints of Belgian malts but with a big grapefruit hop finish. Good with food.

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3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

not to be a buzzkill, because I think lagunitas has been trending in the right direction lately, but this beer is a step backwards in my opinion. it looks like a standard copper ale, but with a jovial white head an inch or so high, with excellent retention and some spotty lacing. it smells like camp according to my girlfriend, not summer camp from your youth, but like our hunting lodge on lake champlain that was built in the 30s and smells like aged wood and relaxation. I wouldn't be that kind. to me it smells like booze, cantaloupe, and hop oil. there is plenty of caramel malt and a gentle sweetness to the flavor, the hops are generically sweet, and yes, again, its the lagunitas generic yeast (if you've read my reviews of lagunitas, you know how much I harp on their blanket use of a single strain). to me, this is a generic strong ale, arrogantly named, and lacking the complexity and balance of their better offerings. fuller bodied, but not super dense, and carbonated on the relaxed side. im really glad I didn't get more than a single. although I don't hate it, im sort of fed up with this type of beer from this brewery, its obvious they have the skill to take it further, this was a letdown.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By far, this beer has the longest name out of any I have tried.

An ESB (according to their website) at 9.7% ABV.... this is why Lagunitas is one of my favorite breweries. Pours a light orange color, small head to it, small amount of lacing. First whiff.. all hops... ahh this is going to be a good one. Taste wise, nice mouthfeel to it... don't get hit by the hops too much which is a little surprising. Balanced very well, maybe more-so to the malt side. Hops are present, but are very much subdued, especially for the 9.7% ABV. Goes down very smooth and tastes like a 4% ABV type of beer... way too drinkable for 2X beer strength status. I would still prefer an Imperial Red or Brown Shugga but this is another home run for Lagunitas.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down rather quickly but left a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pine resin hops in the nose along with some notes of citrus and hints of caramel.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts and pine resin hops and is accompanied by a moderate to high amount of bitterness. There are some initial hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although the alcohol is well masked from the taste, this beer is definitely one that needs to be sipped given its strength and the high amount of bitterness.

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4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When life gives you lemons... you still make beer! As Lagunitas receives the brunt of the legal system, that leaves an indelible die upon the conscious. How do you overcome this? The answer is to make a beer that both commemorates the unfortunate occasion and makes a mockery of it at the same time.

Its only obvious that some sort of obnoxious-ass brew steps forward. Its dark honey-amber appearance provides an ominous look, but its its dense blanket of foam- just off of white that retains the session with ease and laces the glass with highly decorative sheets of lace to decorate the glass.

Incredibly strong in its scent, the nose is lead by brown sugar, toffee and molasses. That fully sweet scent is nearly matched by citrus, pine and peppery alcohol. Even as esters of figs, dates, cherries, and apples waft about, the complexity attempts to balance the beer- yet it remains a malt-centric scent.

Savory molasses flavors fuse with brown sugar, toast, mild chocolate, maple and port for a sweeter upstart. But then there's a balance that rises in the middle that is chocked full of citrus- grapefruit peels, orange peels, lemon and pine sap all make their marks as the hops make their presence well known. But other intangibles help to shape the story: rum-like alcohol, copper-like mineral qualities and estery dark dried fruits ensure new flavors and new impressions with each and every sip.

Bitter-sweet in its finish, the beer isn't always like that. Its creamy-sweet introduction implies desserts... until the onslaught of bitterness and dry spiciness ensues. Incredible tranformations occur as the ale sheds of much its sugars and its deeply embedded bubbles to favor a hoppy-dry finish with resinous sticky texture and bold warmth.

Despite its chalky and minerally linger- this raw and rustic ale is much more refined than its inspiration would suggest. Sure- there's a chip on their shoulder and this ale squarely reflects that. But there's also an elegant masculinity that suggests that the brewery has gotten past that part of their history.

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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, nice to find a two dollar single in lovely Bellevue, WA, when this stuff goes for ~20 bucks a six-pack at home.

This beer pours a crystal clear, bright medium bronzed amber hue, with two chubby fingers of puffy, foamy, and thinly creamy off-white head, which leaves a solid paint job of setting concrete lace around the glass in its slow and meandering wake.

It smells of mildly overripe citrusy hops right up front, followed by some dark, fleshy orchard fruit, a touch of wayward brown sugar, and a strong herbal, almost yeasty phenolic character. The taste is bitter grapefruit and orange rind, substantial caramel and lesser toffee malt, muddled bruised drupe fruit, and a testy menthol-like booze warming. I'm kind of wondering where the overly specific 72.41 IBUs absconded to, however.

The carbonation is on the soft side, manifesting in a tame, wannabe frothiness, the body a solid-ass medium weight, a bit sticky, and with a slight alcohol dryness cutting into the otherwise dandy smoothness. It finishes still rather sweet, a bloom of booze and bitter hop remnants rounding things out.

Yet another decently rendered strong ale from Lagunitas, so much so, that I'm having a harder and harder time sorting out the various incarnations. This one, I thought I had it, with the ethereally sour, fruity Belgian-esque nose - it was not to be. Still tasty though, and worthy of seeking out another, should you have the chance.

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2.6/5  rDev -35.3%
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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4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber with a tightly packed head of two-finger width; excellent retention and multiple shards

Smell: Fruit salad (peaches, tangerines, apples), resin and caramel

Taste: Fruity on the taste buds as well, with the caramel undertones buttressing the fruity flavors; resinously bitter, by mid-palate, and both the hops and malts take it to another level in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some burn as it descends into the gullet

Overall: I don't generally care for DIPAs with a big malt bill and I was a little wary of this beer but really like both the malt and hop profiles - surprised I haven't had it before

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a mahogany color with ruby highlights. It had a very small, tan head of foam that left soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled very malty and somewhat boozy. It had a muted floral aroma.

T - This one grabs you with spicy bitter hops and backs it up with a rich malty taste. There is a boozy alcohol flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. A medium to full bodied beer that requires some slow sipping.

D - This is a pretty good ale. It brings a great maltiness and booziness with just enough hop bitterness. Almost like an English Barleywine.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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