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 Beermasterjarrett
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of JerUrbans
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours very clear light amber with sediment that looks like I shook up a snow globe, except the snow is just suspended, probably the most unusual pours I have seen... and I like it. 2" fluffy head with great lacing. Smell is alcohol and sweet coriander. Tastes like the smell except not a huge alcohol flavor. Well balanced grapefruit, malt, and hop. Mouthfeel is smooth and sweet with a light bitter at the end.

Overall, this is the last beer from a case I got last spring. An excellent beer I should have drank up fresh. I don't think the age has done anything for this one and possibly has hurt the flavor. Still it's very good today, but my next case will be gone before the the 4th of July.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a single bottle poured into an American-style pub glass. Looks like whiskey, a gentle reddish amber color with a fearsome beige head of around four inches height. Aroma is citrus-forward, tangy and fruity with a faint chocolate and rum note, raisins, grapefruit rind, pine oil. Smells very hoppy but tastes very malty. I get a massive dollop of orange cream, candied mandarins, raisins, sweet rum, brown sugar, apple peels, and a nondescript floral note that flits in and out of awareness. There is enough pine resin and other hop aromatics to numb the mouth just a little, but a barley sugar sweetness protrudes and gathers steam, settling on the palate to keeps things firmly anchored in malt territory. Amazing mouthfeel on this one. The body is sticky and oily, a buttery chew is discernible and the whole package is syrupy but not over the top in this regard. Less boozy than expected, particularly when you consider than some other Lagunitas brews do not shy away from alcohol aromatics (e.g., the Imperial Stout). Finish is wet and juicy, with some grass flavors apparent along with an earthy spice. Sweet but still capable of inducing some eye-watering hop heroics. Unique brew and very tasty. I love the Lagunitas website descriptor "Imperial Mild". Indeed.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper hue with lots of floating sediment and a frothy eggshell white head. Big hoppy aroma is present upon opening the cap of the bottle, with some grapefruit and pine.
There is some caramel and booze upon actually sniffing the glass. The hops are still citrusy and some grass. But overall the nose is mild but a nice mix of malt and hops.
First sip reveals an average body and fine gentle carbonation that lightly tingles on my palate. the texture is smooth and makes this beer easy to drink.
Flavor is a little bit of caramel and sweet fruit, but rolls to astringent citrus rind hops that dry out on the finish and linger after each sip. I dont get any booze on the flavor or finish and wonder about the almost 10% quoted on the label.
Very easy to drink and and interesting as well. QUite a nice beer that I would like to try again.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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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 4,351 ratings.
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