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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of lochef81
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another offering from one of my favorite breweries. This one pours a beautiful reddish light mahogany color with an ample and lasting off white head that leaves very substantial lacing. The aroma is a perfect blend of west coast hops and rich malty sweetness. The nose is quite dank with citrus, pine, and grass hops as well as a very nice amount of malt to balance the beer. The mouthfeel is smooth but thick and coating in the best way. The flavor is everything the nose promises but not quite so balanced. It is a very well crafted beer but the hops slightly overtake the malt in the mouth. It is sweet but not the rich sweetness that you get from a well made barleywine, almost unnecessarily sweet. This is good but not my favorite from Lagunitas.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of thedoubler55
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark amber color almost brown, with a nice transparency, a little bit of a tan head at the top that leaves some nice lacing as you drink it.

S: Citrus and flowery hops hit you right up front, slight hints of caramel and soe roastyness as well, back end some brown sugar also.

T: Up front its a little sweet, nothing over powering though, a nice sweetness from the brown sugar and caramel, and nice kick at the end from the hops.

M: Medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation, sticky and somewhat on the light side.

O: Lagunitas did a great job with this beer, not overpowering for a strong ale and the abv content is not that noticeable.

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Photo of 57md
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark copper color with over a finger of off-white head that retains for some time. The nose is mildly hoppy. The hop bitterness is there in the flavor, but the driving force of this beer is certainly the malt. The body is light considering the ABV and malt forward nature of the offering. The finish is semi-dry and the alcohol warmth rears its head slightly.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of NiceTaps
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a nonic pint glass.

A- Beautifully clean, clear copper color with a billowy 2f head, cream colored. That's a hearty look that leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Carbonation via very tiny bubbles.

S- Floral hops, caramelized sugar, bready malts- they're all there, but topped off by burnt alcohol aroma.

T-Floral hops, bready and caramel malts, some sugar. I expected syrupy sweetness, instead it is quite bitter, and it works.

M- Solid body and tingly carbonation soften the bitterness. A touch of sweetness in the back end. Lots of malt body.

O- This might be one of those "on the fence" beers. While not perfect, it falls on the right side of the fence for me.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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

Pours a dark copper color with good clarity and a nice finger of white head. Tons of lacing. Good looking beer.

Smells bright and mildly hoppy in a nondescript sort of way. With some effort I'm able to pick out grass, orange and grape.

Taste is reminiscent of Brown Shugga, but more mellow and subdued, yet possibly more bitter. Bright, copper-y malt center, surrounded by those cool hop notes of orange, tangerine, grape and pine. Rich, tasty and surprisingly smooth, but not terribly complex.

Overall, this is a rich, tasty brew with some nice vinuous grape notes. It's got a bright, bitter copper penny streak running through it. An enjoyable strong ale, but I think I prefer Brown Shugga.

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3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A - Solid, finger-thick foam. Not especially dense, but quite frothy, many small bubbles. Minimal lacing. A darker amber, leaning towards reddish-brown. Clear.

S - Grapefruit and lemon with a hint of pineapple in the back mixed with hops.

T - Bittering hops up front cascading into subtle grapefruit and lemon rind. Emphasis on the rind. No traces of sweet fruit to be found with the exception of the rare and buried hints of pineapple. Eventually a deeper musky, almost woody sensation but it's something one must search for.

M - So bitter it may be mistaken for carbonation, but it's not. It is actually very smooth; not too heavy, not too light – which is neat though this characteristic is arguably ruined by the bitterness. Finishes bitter, perhaps even a little sour and to the wet side however doesn't linger too long.

O - I feel this to be a 'simple and effective' brew. There is some complexity, but at the same time it's not trying to wow anyone with it. What is present is bold and "in-your-face". If it was a theme contest I'd give this a 5/5; the spirit of what is being commemorated with this brew has artfully made it into the bottle somehow. Very 'we know what we are doing here, and it's good, so we're going to keep doing it, despite what you say'. Abrasive and rewarding because it wants to and can be – but also because that's how you like it.

Others have compared it to an IPA x barleywine brew, or a DIPA; both comparisons I strongly agree with.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 4,367 ratings.
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