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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of SkiBeerRepeat
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 OZ bottle in a tulip glass

A-Bold amber color, there finger light carmal color head with mild lacing

S- Caramel with citrus hops, ceder, malt

T-Caramel malt with spice and floral hop notes

M-velvety with mild carbonation

O-Great malty red especially considering the ABV it is dangerously sessionable. The texture was hearty and very little bitterness.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of templar316
4.66/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours tall into my Sam Smith goblet. The lacing just won't quit, it keeps clinging to the sides. The body colors a perfect amber. The scent is what really distinguishes it from the finest euro ales. Piney hops blast through and then roll into molasses. The flavor rolls from pineapple to fig, picking up untouched sugar cane and evergreen forest. There's a little alcohol burn to warn you. Worth seeking out. About 4 months after bottling.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Adobe bronze coloring, head that dissipates around the glass but not in the center of the beer. Head is plentiful and persistent. Always great signs!

S: Smells like a Christmas Ale, Savory hoppy scents, but not as potent as I was expecting. Douglas fir scents, Monterey Pine.

T: Woody, SWEET for an ale. Sugar cane sweet, not simple sugar sweet (reminds me of Little Sumpin'). Pretty hoppy, powerful stuff. Molasses, sugar cane, conifer sap. The hops have more BITE than taste (not to say the hops aren't tasty, there is just a lot going on and even the hops are struggling to get through to the palette). A very good beer.

M: Thick, flavorful mouthfull. Mixing it around is required to bring the hops to the forefront (I think there's a touch too much molasses/sugar in this brew; the reason the hops break through late on the palette).

O: A real winner in the Lagunitas line-up, although it has a touch too much molasses/sugar. Overdoing it on the sugar doesn't decrease the intensity of alcohol present (if that was the objective), it simply covers up the hops, at least for my palette. Besides that, a fantastic brew that is worth your time; hoppy, woody, and pretty well refined. The flavors in this brew go well together, just a pinch less sugar!

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystal clear reddish copper to amber in color with a 2 1/2 finger off white head that becomes chunky as it recedes. As the head starts to settle on the surface of the beer, it takes on the appearance of foaming yeast. Awesome thick, sticky lacing.

First impression of the aroma is yeasty as well. Yeasty bread dough. Caramelly and sweet with pine, ripe citrus, toasted grain and dark dried fruit..

Taste is borderline cloying at first, but mellows and is much improved as the beer warms. Sweet malts hinting of molasses. More caramel here, with citric tartness and a taste of alcohol that's rather strong but not harsh. A hint of cherries.

Rich, thick body. Prickly with carbonation and the sting of alcohol, but mellowing and developing a supple, smooth character as it warms. Warming in the throat and chest.

A sipper. A beer to savor. Tasty and full flavored, becoming elegant as it warms. A treat on a warm summer night, but this is also a beer that could hold it's own in the dead of winter.

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