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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Reviews: 1,028 | Ratings: 4,331
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. Bottle poured into a Dogfish head signature glass. This is one beasty brew: O.G 1.085 9.6% abv.66.6 ibu.

Cross colors of golden amber. Substantial, thick foam cap with very slow dissipation. Thereis a constant, thin layer throughout the duration with a bit of long, stick lacing.

The nose is huge and very complex. A caramel-sweet malt, peppery and tangy scented yeast with a big pine and spicy hop. Smells very much like a funky Belgian yeast and the hops.....the hops smell amazing, lots of hetbs and spices but also tangy and citric. Later on, as the brew warms slightly (after all, this is a sipper) Big tropical fruity hop aroma's become very bold indeed.

The flavor is even more complex and impressive. The first thing I notice is a Zippy, earthy bite, herbal spice, sharp yeast, dry-leafy finish from the hops. The malt is much less sweet than the aroma would lead you to believe. The malt is very tasty, but not as 'big' as I had expected, providing a balance with some crisp sweetness for the intense hops. The hop flavor is multi-layered and very deep; with Rustic, earthy, spicy, herbal, dry-leafy and pine flavor's. The hops blend with a unique and fun yeast that seems to provide a certain Belgian-like sour edged funk.

The mouthfeel is certainly full with malty slickness but also with plenty of dry, earthy, semi-bitter, sharp edges. A crisp bite, but in a big, heavy way.

There is some big alcohol vibes but the heat is well hidden and works with the multitude of ingredients and complexity of flavor.

I love a beer that tows the line between extreme and well balanced! The flavor spectrum is much to my liking and has many unique charecteristics that I really dig. Defying style and pushing limits but managing to keep it all in-check is a beautiful work of alchemy. Work of art.

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Photo of mooonbeammike
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I drink in near darkness so I have no comment on color, lacing, etc. Purchased from 711 based on abv/price. Enjoyed a sixer over 2 nights, the second night at room temp. Smelled sweet and raisiny to me with a hint of the alcohol. Felt silky in my mouth and pretty light in body given the alcohol content. Little carbonation. Sweet and malty but bitter at the same time w a tinge of what fermented fruit leather might taste like. At nearly 10%, three of these back to back makes for a nice buzz. I imagine Id like one with a soft gingersnap or 2 w a rare piece off beef. 3 plus a toke in bed has me winking out before 2 episodes of the xfiles. Ill drink six in a row when I'm ready to start a 4 hour day before noon. IMO great taste, price, and volume economy on the lift/blanket you get.

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Photo of TerryMills
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with 1 finger white head..

Smell is a hint of hops but a big malt background.

Taste is malt sweetness upfront with a mildy bitter finish.

Feel is medium body, very drinkable..

Overall its like a much much cheaper knockoff of double bastard and I will probably visit it again at some point.

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Photo of princessbay710
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is ruby copper with interesting lacing. Smell is much like anything else from Lagunitas, sweet caramel malts, but less astringent. Taste is about that, less sweet, slight alcohol. I must say that the dense mouthfeel is appealing, other than that it's just not exactly my cup of tea.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper color, mostly clear. Foamy head with streak lacing. Aroma is caramel malt with floral and citrus notes. The flavor is similar, with some pine and herbal qualities in the hops bitterness, which comes in the finish. Resinous mouthfeel. A very good ale overall.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours the color of a copper penny with an seriously off white head. Lotsa nice lacing on the glass.
Citrus, piney resins and malts. Tastes matches nicely.
Smooth and creamy, goes down way to easily.
Another solid offering from Lagunitas.

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Photo of matcris
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy amber to red with a half finger of eggshell foam that slowly subsides and leaves a mild lacing. The beer smells hoppy. A little astringent, the usual citrus rind, mild pine, and a little floral note or honey. Nice maltiness to the flavor with all the hoppy characteristics mentioned in the aroma. The feel is full, with average carbonation, and a slightly slick feel that dries on the finish. Overall, a nice big brew, a little too much of the Simcoe-like astringency for my tastes.

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Photo of Cfred371
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a medium brown, with a fingers worth of off white head. Carbonation bubbles can be seen heading towards the head, and the beer is clear, and appealing.

Smell: Sweet grapefruit notes hit me first, with some seemingly sweet boozy malt notes. I haven't had many strong ales, so the grapefruit being the most up front smell was a shocker.

Taste: Sweet grapefruit, followed by some bready malts mid palate, and the citrus hits in the finish. Nothing to complain here, just a well balanced beer.

Feel: Medium bodied, and slightly syrup like. You can tell it's 9% because there's some alcohol notes. The finish has a mild bitterness, but nothing in the realm of an IPA.

Overall: I bought this on a whim at my local store, and I'm glad to have tried it Undercover Investigation has a nice balance to it, and is quite flavorful.

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Photo of Just-the-sip
4.89/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

You know, I always forget how great this beer is since us seasonal. Man, dies it just hit the spot! Sweet IPA. Mmmmm. Perfect beer to eat with. Great mouth feel. Amazing smell. Fruity and dank, citrus. No slouch at 9.6anv either. It creeps up. Let me tell ya.

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Photo of Monkey-D-Luffy
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased cold on 2-7-2017 - listed as 9.6% ABV - poured from the bottle into a flared pub glass.

L - Deep mahogany color, 1 finger head dissipates quickly. Laces the glass nicely as it goes down.

S - Resinous pine hop, a whiff of citrus and a strong malt backdrop.

T - Bitter up front with a piney hop bite, strong caramel malt character with a lingering bitterness. No hiding the ABV on this one.

F - Mouthfeel is light, slight carbonation, a bit resinous at best.

Overall - This is the kind of beer that would slap your grandmother and unapologetically urinate on your family's heirloom rug. Not a beer for weak willed lager swilling sissies. IMHO, not Lagunitas' finest offering, but it is quite enjoyable in moderation.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maltiness, dark fruits, bitterness from the hops and a great hilarious story to go along with the making of this beer. As usual, another incredible beer from Lagunitas.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honey colored with lots of head and lace.

Nose is fresh squeezed hop, resin, honey, citrus rinds, pale to amber malts.

Flavor is all lemon and orange rind. Still somewhat fruity but very rindy. Light malt character but it's faint.

Feel is resinous and sticky.

Overall not bad but not something I'd revisit.

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Photo of duffman02
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice look, smells like a basic hoppy beer. Creaminess when it first hits your mouth and then a bite of hops. Nothing too special with this beer in my opinion. At least it's almost 10%.

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Photo of lastmango
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful orange copper color with a 3 finger cream fluffy head. Heavy lacing. Aroma was sweet malt and sour hops. Medium to light body and carbonation. Very sweet malt with strong piney hops that slips away after a few sips. Alcohol is a bit hidden and sneaks up on you.

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Photo of kerouac
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice fluffy foam, beautiful amber color, lots of different flavors, interesting after-taste. Strong beer (almost 10%) that can knock you out if you don't pay attention. I would call it the Mike Tyson of beers.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I dunno if its just the lighting but this one can range from a light orange to an amber color. Nice hoppy aroma to it. Pine.

Big beer, this one comes in sticky, hefty, caramel. Brings the pine and grapefruit bitterness. Hides alcohol well. Reminds me of a less bitter, less chinook specific arrogant bastard ale. Nice thing is this one is in a better format, slightly sweeter, more affordable.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours bright Amber with two finger head that lasts and eventually coats the glass. Breads fruity aroma. Toasted breads malt combined with piney hops combines for a powerful but pretty balanced flavor. The piney resiny bitterness hangs out for a while. A little boozy but not overly. Signature minerally, slick Lagunitas feel. Solid strong ale.

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Photo of stevoj
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Smooth and mild, belying the high ABV hidden underneath. Pours out dark amber with medium creamy head. Light aroma of malt, flavor kicks in with some piney hops, but they balance well with the malt. Lingering bitterness, dry finish.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours exceptionally clear light amber in color with a slightly off white head with superior side glass lace and good retention.
Aroma is of pine and and tart hops along with the balance of of some bread malts, but hops are most prominent.

Taste: Malts step forward but still get the aromatic piney hops that balance nicely.

Hops provide both Pale Ale and IPA characteristics, while the level of malts create a great solid and unique Ale.


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Photo of RickS95
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An amber brown pour that's much clearer than I would have guessed. It's not translucent, but it's only borderline opaque. The head is exquisite. A finger and a half thick with long legs. Very white and quite frothy. Really thick and sticky lace.

Early on I thought I picked up some IPA scents, but as I reviewed the appearance and went back for another whiff, I lost the pine and picked up bready, biscuity malts instead.

The hop presence is limited, this beer is all malt. This time it's caramel malts that are highlighted. There's an earthy taste I can't quite put my finger on.

Exceptionally smooth and almost creamy. The malts provide a gentle sweetness. Smooth throughout, it's very easy to drink, even with 9.3% ABV. Full bodied with an extremely faint bitter linger.

This isn't exactly what I expected, but as usual, it's really good. It's so smooth and the ABV s so well hidden, this beer could cause problems.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of caramel, hops and a bit of floral. It has really welcome creamy tastes of hops, malt, and caramel, with a slight tartness of like grapefruit. But it's less fulsome and has less "body" or mouth-feel than a porter or stout.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on draught in a pub. It was poured into a tulip glass. It pours a lovely burgandy-cola color. It looks like wine. The khaki-colored head dissipated quickly. It smells of citrus, cherry, caramel, and floral hops. The taste has a strong malty backbone with lots of caramel, grapefruit, and cherry. It finishes with some hoppy bitterness. All of the tastes blend extremely well. This ale is pleasantly creamy and nicely carbonated. It doesn't feel overly boozy but you do notice the 9.3% ABV. Overall, this is a very fine American Strong Ale. It is flavorful and substantial. It would pare well with a hearty meal and also makes a good casual drinking ale. Another excellent offering from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burgundy. Thick khaki head with great retention and good lacing left behind. Aroma is of pine and herbal hops. Taste has pine, resin, and herbal hop notes throughout. Good sweet malt body to keep the hops somewhat balanced. On the bitter side of the spectrum. Feel is strong, filling, and thick. Overall, it's a robust beer with strong hop characteristics. Not the easiest to drink in terms of feel, and the hops don't help. Still pleasant though.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with strong citrus fruit on the nose. Strong initial bitter bite that intensifies on the back end with a very strong alcohol presence. I can taste some sweet malt, citrus & maybe a little syrup along with the bittering & flavoring hops. Intense & very well done.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light copper color with a large foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S- Some orange and cherry aromas along with fruity malts. Slight hints of alcohol and pine.

T- Follows the nose, with pronounced malty and citrus sweetness dominating the palate. Mild hop bitterness, mostly just floral and juicy. Very little alcohol presence, just enough to let you know this is a beer to be respected.

F- Surprisingly full body for a lighter beer, almost like an Imperial Stout.

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