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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2/23/14

Poured with some vigor and yields one finger head. Rich golden honey color and great clarity.
Aroma is earthy hops, floral, and some burnt caramel. Smells sweet.

Nice little hop bite up front and sugary going down. I get a sugary honey flavor. Reminds me of honey smacks cereal. Balanced with floral hops with a touch of citrus. Bitter aftertaste really rounds out all aspects of the brew.

Pretty thick feel, moderate carbonation and some boozy burn. Sticky.

This beer has it all. Much like brown sugga but I think this one has a bit more bitterness from whatever hop profile was used. The sweetness is also a bit more cane sugar and honey where brown sugga is what it says. Really been liking lagunitas lately and this one boosts my overall impression of them.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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2.93/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a little over two fingers high, and off-white in coloring. It not only retains nicely, but has a rugged texture suggesting a good hoppiness. Rings of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Huh. I hardly smell anything. I'd wonder if my glass was dirty, but I also get very little from out of the bottle. The typical Lagunitas character and some brown sugar-esque malts are there, along with just a touch of piny hops - and that's about it. The aroma is amplified slightly once it warms up, revealing some nice fruity notes. My patience is paying off: this is developing into an enjoyable nose.

T: A gentle combination of piny hops and dark fruit notes open this up. The finish, on the other hand, is caramel-y to the point of obstruction. Touches of minty bitterness can't save this beer from being positively choked down by toffee, toffee, and more toffee. Let it warms up, and it even becomes quite boozy. Meh.

M: Even though it's too sweet, and not even that enjoyable tasting, I'll give it some credit - it goes down easily in that way only a Lagunitas strong ale can go down easily. I'm only picking up traces of its alcohol presence on the tongue; the 9.7% is hidden quite well. Actually, once it warms up, it isn't hidden well at all - basically, this is one to drink cold.

O: This is the probably the first Lagunitas beer I actually don't like. Still, it's not exactly bad - there are whispers of a good strong ale to be found, what a shame the extensive caramel backbone runs roughshod over everything. That, and it becomes rather harsh when warmed up sufficiently. I won't be returning to this one when just about everything else from Lagunitas shows off their (awesome) house character better.

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4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 4,385 ratings
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