Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

Undercover Investigation Shut-down AleUndercover Investigation Shut-down Ale
4,373 Ratings
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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Ratings: 4,373 |  Reviews: 1,038
Photo of aussiebeer
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of msubulldog25
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. bottle (purchased April 2010), shows an ABV of 9.75%. Popped the cap and poured to a pint glass.

A: Lovely deep auburn pour, nearly clear with plentiful streaming carbonation. Head isn't tall (under 1-finger) but holds steady, leaving an ivory-cream coating and languishing lace - the prettiest kind that sticks in seafoam sheets.

S: 'Wow' on the hops, sweet and pine-y and full of gooey caramel. Robust (rises from a couple feet away) and enticing.

T: Flowery and fruity and full of evergreen hops, caramel sweetness under the layers. Bracing hopping, an uber-spiced blast of intense 'greenness'. Ends with an odd soapiness, perfumed and rosey.

M: Smooth and creamy, yet a crisp bite of hops/spicing. Heavy feel, a velveteen syrup. Last hop bitterness, more than a bit. Alcohol is less-than-subtle, a warmth that builds gradually.

D: Not so easy to consume when considering the hefty strength, a flavorful punch of citrus and zesty hops. Big flavor and that heavy 'booziness', just one bottle is more than enough. Good, but not so good that I'm dieing to return...

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Photo of srandycarter
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I thought the name was slightly different than the first time I tried it so I bought it thinking it was a new beer. Glad to have tried it again, though. 5.22.2011

A - Clear amber, nice near white head, fast to leave to ring. Plenty of spotty left over cling.

S - Booze and sweet malt.

T - Deep malt, hot, and pretty aggressive hops at end.

M - Medium body, creamy, good carb, nice balance with something that could be so sweet.

D - Tasty, but couldn't go too far with it.

Review from 5.12.09 a4 s3.5 t3.5 m3.5 d3.5
Breaking with traditional form here. Deep caramel, not much head, leaves a ring. Not much lacing. Not much in smell - actually almost a sea brine to the malt. Taste is malty but not much there otherwise. Average mouth and drinkability.

All, in all, a decent beer, but not much to write home about.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a deep clear reddish color with generous white head and heavy lace. Nose is hoppy with note of pine and earth, paired with a strong malt backbone that brings a bit of molasses and honey to the smell. Taste starts sweet and malty and has strong pine hops paired with some citrus and honey. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy with appropriate carbonation. Overall, quite delicious and hoppy, borders on American barleywine territory.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

San Diego Brewing Co.
San Diego, CA

Dark amber and a thin tan head. Moderate lacing down the glass.

Citrus hops, caramel malts, and alcohol in the nose.

Citrus hops, caramel malts, some bready sweetness, and a distinct and biting, very strong alcohol bite on the finish. I expected more from this beer. Disappointing only because of my expectations, but overall relatively simple and still tasty.

A thin to medium mouthfeel. Ample carbonation.

A sweet, malty American strong ale with a little too much alcohol presence on the end. Not a particularly enjoyable beer, but nothing to complain about either.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of schoolboy
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought too many like beers to drink today. These are pretty heavy duty, and one cannot drink much of these and keep ones' wits. So while I can still type...

This one is pretty. Clearer than clear (but rich redish brown). Not much head. Unlike some of its' brethren, this one does not attempt to nor succeed in hiding the high alcohol content. But it tastes good. And smells good.

On all accounts, I think it could be better, and I have a feeling that this will hit me like a ton a bricks gastronomically (and in the head). But I am a fan of everything this brewery produces. They are never pedestrian - always on the edge, and thus they deserve us beer advocates' respect and patronage.

Edit 5-13-2011 - This is better than I remember. Still strong tasting, but better. Nice stuff. I have to tell myself - Bob, buy this every time you see it.

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Photo of Kerrie
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Volsdawg10
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of philbe311
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly more than two fingers worth of active billowing khaki colored pillow like fluffy frothy goodness... Excellent retention... You're left with a mostly full layer of frothy lacing and a thick collar... The color is a distinctive deep rich dark bronze copper with a bit of a ruby red hue to it... Limited carbonation that randomly rises at a sluggish to moderate pace... Gobs of lacing cling to the snifter...

S - Fresh grapefruit at the forefront... Lots of orange zest... Sweet citrus... While the hoppiness is the star of the aroma, the malty base isn't too far behind... A terrific mix of inviting caramel and toffee... A bit of sweet desert breads... Some light brown sugar lingers beneath the surface... Wonderful depth and complexity...

T - The hops are again at the forefront... They're a bit less citrusy and a bit more earthy than expected... A slight yet pleasant herbal presence... Some biscuit and bready malts... A very mellow caramel and brown sugar component as well...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Limited but biting carbonation... Sleek and a bit chewy... Even and consistent...

D - A terrific American Strong Ale... More hops than malt, but still quite tasty... Another rock solid offering from Lagunitas... Packs a bit of a punch with its 9.7%... Layers of depth and complexity in every facet... Highly recommend and a definite bargain at its fairly low price...

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Photo of NJBeer265
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yemenmocha
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful deep amber with off-white head that is enormous and pillowy soft. Nose has a big caramel & malt aroma with some cherry notes. Cherry is on the palate as well, with a big sweet syrupy malt character with hops near the finish to round it out somewhat. Comes across as barleywine-like to me, but just not quite as hoppy.

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Photo of DIPAFAN
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of thecheapies
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red-bronze color. Hardly any head formed. Clarity is a plus.

Boozy nose with red caramel malts, citrusy orange and grapefruit hops (a la Lagunitas), and a light tinniness. All in all, a nice aroma.

Barleywine-like strength with well-kilned grains and citrus hops. Lots of ruby red grapefruit, toffee, light vanilla extract fume, and red grapes. Fruity with a flair of Angostura Bitters flavor. Light metal note that is extended by a breathy alcohol finish. Warming as it goes down. Sticky body with a hefty medium viscosity. Carbonation is well-checked. A little scrub at first and a little late.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark reddish orange color with a fairly small white head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves a few spots of lacing.

S- The smell here is nothing really over the top and nothing is really jumping out at me either. Picking some citrus hops and caramel.

T- Molasses, caramel, and citrus hops all working well with each other. Quite a nice malt back bone here.

M- Medium in body and on the lower side of carbonation.

O- Not too bad at all.

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Photo of Pens1967
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brotherloco
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of agreenman19
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This nice strong ale pours a VERY clear copper color with an astounding white head of foam that lingers long leaving GREAT lacing. Nose of citrus fruits----pineapple, orange, sweet caramel malts, moderate yeasty bread, leather, and strong booze. Flavors are sweet tot eh front but give way to lightly spicy hops and strong citrus notes. TONS of malt and 2 tons of hops. Pineapple, orange, lemon, and green apple dominate the flavors while the strong alcohol content really explodes on the back. Moderate carbonation and smooth mouth feel lend a hand top a lightly bitter piney, yet citrusy note that is lightly moderately sweet. A unique brew indeed. Very solid, very nice.


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Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of harrymel
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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