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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Photo of badmotorgrunge
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of montydesi
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Moderate brown in color with a solid quarter inch thick light brown head. Decent clarity bit clearly there is some kind of minuscule sediment in there when held up to light. Brussels lacing. That telltale hop aroma is consistent with other Lagunitas beers. It's more of a pint like hop aroma but is clearly a blend with some tropical smelling hops. I also get some alcohol and a Belgian yeast aroma and light malt. The front of the palate is sweet grains and alcohol which quickly jumps into that piney/tropical hop flavor. Then there is moderate carbonation and the warmth of alcohol. The fade is dry and more along the lines of the warming alcohol.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.79/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured dark amber/honey colored into a tulip glass with a thick foamy head and moderate lacing on the side of the glass. Strong citrus and slightly piney odor. Citrusy malty flavor at the beginning, followed by a slight piney hoppy finish. It leaves slight hoppy aftertaste but not much. It goes down very smooth and hides the alcohol content very well. Very well balanced beer. Very good. Be careful because it is definitely not a session beer.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dougguhrie
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of amalburg
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of Hopmarc
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of cherche
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of erikcx
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of FocusDave
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Lagunitas plastic cup from last year's Beer Circus...because why not?

A - Pours a deep clear amber with about a finger of light tan foamy head. Retention is very short. Not seeing much lacing.

S - Earthy and citrusy hop aroma dominates. Hops, hops, and more hops.

T - Taste is much more balanced and complex than the smell. Still getting plenty of earthy hops, but there's a also a nice amount of malt sweetness. Finish is slightly spicy.

M - Full bodied with plenty of carbonation. Not too thick or syrupy. Finish is dry and bitter. Doesn't feel like a 9% beer.

O - Lagunitas always finds ways to make amazing beers that are both aggressively hoppy, yet smooth and balanced, and this is no exception.

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Photo of Heeef
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a rich copper color, thin head with minimal lacing.
Lovely caramel smell, coffee too perhaps.
Third sip tastes like someone spilled some coffee into a Sam Adams Boston lager.
Further into the glass it's tasting a bit boozy, the aftertaste leaves me wanting more.
Glad I had the chance to try this.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of u2carew
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby
A) Pours with a big head full of big bubbles, but settles to a creamy lacing on top. Clear bronze colored body.
S) Fragrant hop aroma. Earthy. Piney. Subtle floral herbal notes.
T) Earthy sweet grainy-ness transfers to a hop finish. Slight sour taste before the finish. Hints of caramel and spruce in the aftertaste. Slightly medicinal and noticeable alcohol in the finish as well.
M) Medium body. Slight metallic / slick tongue feel in the finish.
O) Maybe its me and I don't like American Strong Ales, but this has an off flavor and I can't entirely pinpoint it. Either way I will finish it. (No indication of when this was brewed, but this bottle was obtain this year in March).

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.96/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured this beer in a pint glass. Dark Copper color almost reddish. smells hoppish and the taste is irresistable as i i have known from the other two from this brewery. Goes down smooth for its abv and ibu and o.g. cant say enough about this beer worth trying. another 2 thumbs up

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Photo of jharris0624
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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