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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down AleUndercover Investigation Shut-down Ale
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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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Ratings: 4,379 |  Reviews: 1,039
Photo of Brandon_R
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of fscottkey
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Nice rich amber color with a full 2 fingers of head. The head is a nice even white and recedes slowly leaving great lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of pine and some citrus fruits.

T: A slight sweet on the front of the palate then moving into a more bitter in the middle. Definite pine needle flavor with only hints of fruit.

M: Nice mouth feel with a dry finish.

O: I have to admit that I read the label "We brewed this especially bitter ale...." and I thought - no good. I do not like really bitter beers. This got shoved to the back of the fridge. I have to admit I really like it. It is not nearly as bitter as I feared. There are some bitter notes in the middle but really well balanced with pine and fruit flavors. There is a slight dry bite at the end but it is not unpleasant. Also the 9.7% ABV comes through a little bit with some heat. Overall this is well balanced and really drinkable.

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Photo of MIchelle
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing brew! Pours a beautiful dark amber color with a nice thick white head. Lots of lacing on the glass as you sip. As looks go you can't do better then this, once poured you won't be able to wait to sip this brew. The high abv isn't unbalanced in the taste of this brew. It has a nice hop flavor but not over board. Very smooth drinking with a slight dryness. Very clean on the palate, it's not heavy or in your face but full bodied and flavorful. The smell is pleasant. The hop comes thru on the smell big time. This is an awesome brew, I had it a while back but never rated it so was waiting to try again before rating. Lagunitas hit this one out of the park as far as this beer drinkers concerned. :)

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of tillmac62
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear medium amber with a slight dark ruby cast. An exceptional head that retains excellently with massive lacing. This is how a beer should look. The nose is a blend of sweet tropical hops over a slight grapefruit coupled with a sweet caramel background. Almost full bodied with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Slightly below normal carbonation with just a touch of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is quite nice, complex and fairly well balanced. It begins with the tropical and grapefruit hops of the nose which flows into a pleasant tasty bitterness. The bitterness fades into the background hop and caramel sweetness. The finish is smooth and a slight medicinal alcoholic bite lingers. The medicinal finish is the only flaw with this well crafted exceptional ale, but at 9.7% alcohol it is minimal. Excellent job Lagunitas!!

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Omnium
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Bowtie Glass

A - Deep amber gold with one finger of fizzy off white head, little lacing.
S - Really neat aroma. Immense tropical notes, super ripe mango, papaya, dragonfruit, some pear, melon, toasted caramels, sweet malt
T - Very sweet, lots of caramel malt, some grassiness to it, but the tropical flavors are dominant, tons of ripe papaya and mango, lots of melon.
M - Creamy and rich, a little clingy.
O - This in a lot of ways reminds me of a blend of Lake Erie Monster and Nugget Nectar. It has the booze and super ripe tropical notes of LEM with the bitter hop balance and malt profile of Nugget Nectar. Overall its a really good beer.

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Photo of delta490
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep clear amber with a big creamy ivory head. The head has impressive retention and lasts throughout leaving nice sticky lacing. The aroma is delicious, with nice balance between the floral and citrus hops and the robust malt backbone. The taste is even more complex, with a wide variety of malt and hops flavors balancing against each other and holding the whole beer up. I'd expect such a complicated beer to be a little heavier in body, but it in no way is a problem and there is a nice smooth finish. This is a great example of a strong ale.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 4,379 ratings
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