Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4.07/5
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Undercover Investigation Shut-down AleUndercover Investigation Shut-down Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,608
Reviews:
1,067
Ratings:
4,454
pDev:
10.07%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
143
Gots:
1,062
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 4,454 |  Reviews: 1,067
Photo of Jrosso
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LarryLove81
2.32/5  rDev -43%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

This is the rare Lagunitas offering I did not enjoy or even find interesting. All I got from this one was the buzz from the alcohol. I did not get a lot of depth in the flavor at all in this. Just a lot of alcohol. Maybe I had some bad bottles.

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Photo of Afeo
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justintcoons
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Amber. Good clarity. 1 finger of creamy off-white head. Light carbonation.

Nose
Grapefruit zest, pine, caramel, toffee, candy sugar, and orange rind.

Taste
Caramel and toffee maltiness with sprinkles of candy sugar. Grapefruit zest, orange rind, and resinous pine. Hints of peach and passion fruit.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, smooth, warming, juicy, off-dry, and moderately bitter.

Overall
Top notch Strong Ale. Buy it!

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Photo of tone77
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, a touch of citrus. Taste is of piney hops, malts, alcohol is present. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall ain't bad, but I was expecting much more from this beer.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This brew delivers like its cousin--the Arrogant one, albeit with a bit more booze, and a bit less refinement. Big malt backbone--check. In-your-face hop explosion--check. Spectacular rocky head and solid lacing--check. Well-hidden booze with a bitter hammer of a finish--check. This is a tasty American Strong, although it gets just a little sticky and boozy for the second half of the glass.

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Photo of zestd
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a wonderful, crystal clear copper body with vivacious carbonation, a fizzy white head that fades to circles. Nose offers a hearty, pungent stab of pine oil and citrus oil, slightly perfumey. Next to zero nuance here, not that it's bad. The taste is also the essence of hop alpha acids- citrus and pine. There's also the glimmer of biscuity, toasty malt that offers a small amount of sweetness to cut the resounding bitterness. The body is slick, biting from the high bitterness.
Pure hoppy bliss, with pillars of malt that mostly stay out of the way but do show their potential on the taste. Straightforward power, no funny business.

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Photo of Wei-Jing
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am not very familiar with beers but read that a good, hoppy one can increase breast milk production. I saw this at the store and have boughten the Lagunitas brand for my boss but hadn't seen the Undercover before. Had no idea it had higher alcohol content but could definitely taste it upon first sip. At first, I was like oh sh*t, this is too strong for my sorry mommy ass but by sip three, I was feeling A-OK. Flavors are good, pairs well with some buttery multi-grain toast at 4 a.m. I gave the look a 4 but didn't know if it's referring to bottle/label presentation or color of the beer. The 4 was for the label but it should probably be less. Whenever I buy a 6 pack of Lagunitas (for my boss), there seems to always be at least one with a jacked up label. Anyhoo, if you like strong beer with a lot of flavor, try Undercover Investigation and shut it downnn.

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Photo of Keepnitrl
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ScottyB515
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SamuelMiller
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very bitter, but very tasty brew. The high alcohol content is apparent but does not detract from the bursting flavor of this beer.would definitely reccomend

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Photo of TheAce
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 3towers
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers, While normally a hophead, the balance between the hops and malt is extraordinary and the high abv doesn't dominate. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of dctarga
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lenbert
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DoneGoofed
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This might be my favorite beer. I picked it up because it was unfamiliar and I wanted something besides an ipa. Although, while I am sipping on this I do taste some ipa flavors. I would recommend this beer to fans of the ipa (myself included). If you see this on the shelf give it a try. It is definitely going on my favorites list.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaMaJeansNaturalMarket
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of weareallfalafel
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Indydoc
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great all-around! Some hops for the IPA types (I’m one) but also lots of malt and a sweet blend of undertones that enhance the experience. Best I’ve had for the price - and among the best American ales I’ve had at ANY price.

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Photo of kotocar
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I REALLY like this beer. It's got a huge malt profile. Which is nice because now-a-days so many beers just love to throw hops in your face. Not this beer though. It has a taste of metal, a toast, cinnamon, and straw. Yes, at 9.7% alcohol you can taste it. The lacing on this beer is the best I have ever seen on a beer.

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Photo of YungAnejo
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Normal pour from a 12oz bottle into an American pint glass produces two inches worth of bubbly off-white head, leaves plenty of nice streaky lacing, not much retention

Body is copper/amber red

Aroma is light, some light citrus notes, alcohol is dominating most of the smell, but agitating the head brought out some piney/dank notes

Taste is pretty bitter piney hops at first but quickly followed by some malty biscuit, kinda dank and earthy

Feel is thicker like soapy, medium to light carbonation, very long finish, sticky resin feel, no alcohol presence which is surprising for the abv

Overall it tastes similar to a lot of their double IPAs tho, nothing really new..
(Only ended up with it since I traded a backwoods bastard for it.. I was already drunk and generous lol)

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Photo of nunitn
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

9 bucks for a six-pack of an American strong ale that I would consider fine beer all day

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 4,454 ratings