Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
4,355
Reviews:
1,031
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.2%
 
 
Wants:
137
Gots:
1,016
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 4,355 |  Reviews: 1,031
Photo of mudROCK
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fabulous beer!!!!

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Photo of KingQuinn
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shade1951
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lovely! This ale isn't much to look at. Nice dark amber and with very little head that dissipates quickly. The smell is mild - fruity and hoppy.

But the flavor is very, very good. Juicy, citrus-y rather than piney. Nice dry finish. Moderately carbonated.

Very little alcohol burn for its 9.6%. Lagunitas consistently puts out good beers, and this is another success.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours copper. Thick, tall, white head lasts a while with good lacing.

Smells piney, malts, earthy and light pepper.

Tastes pine, light caramel malt and light pepper at first then a nice floral and pine bitterness. Finish is dry with a strong pine linger that lasts a while. Medium body and creamy lower carbonation

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Photo of hogrider
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love at first sip...I can drink lots of it; but be careful it packs a heavy punch. HOG

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Photo of Skipple
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Squire123
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice deep gold color with good cap and lacing.

Rich smell of hops. Not floral, not quite spicy, yet a hop aroma with depth. Full malt presence rides alongside the hops.

On palate the hops override the malt but not by much. On entry the hops hit first but the malt carrier quickly follows and all that lasts to the finish. Something in the way of conifer hops in the aftertaste followed by a pleasant malty sweetness.

Full body with balancing carbonation and a creamy texture.

This one is surprising. I was expecting lotsa hops and lotsa malt and got both but didn't expect how competently they would be entwined in this very well balanced brew. Drinks so well I didn't realize how much alcohol was in there until halfway down the glass. Brewer's description of an Imperial Mild isn't off base because this is one strong rich dram like a mild with a college degree. It doesn't have that smack you upside the head hit (even though 9.6 ABV) so much as a sense of "moreish" in a good way. I could drink this all day but only if staying put and somebody else is doing the cooking.

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Photo of MeIquiades
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rsuarez1982
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djl9701
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MidwestBA
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Frankenmonkey81
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Slarson7
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marvicsin
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you told me Lagunitas made a junior barleywine, I think this is exactly what I would expect. And that's not a put down in any way. There's a great combination of deep malt, fruit, sweetness, and heavy hops in this ale, and it tastes wonderful. Just not sure how exactly to gauge it in such a wide strong ale category, given the distinct Lagunitas hop profile. But I know I liked drinking it, from clear, ruby-brown look (with almost no head), to pungent, dank, and malty sweet aroma, to bitter-sweet and boozy-rich flavor well-balanced between fruity hops and earthy malts, to the silky-smooth texture.

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Photo of mpolewan
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hackattack
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is now my all time favorite brew from Lagunitas . Nice dark golden look. Prominent foamy head and lots of stubborn lacing. For the high ABV (9.6) it's really smooth and tastes like a darker ale.

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Photo of FBarber
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Motive707
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an interesting shade of orange with a nice thick white head that leaves excellent lacing behind. Has a mild hoppy smell and something else - can't place. Tastes mildly hoppy and fruity, but leaves a strong lingering hop flavor. Good medium feel for this strong ale. Goes down smooth, but it's 9.6% - scary!

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

Photo of ThePold
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from a bottle to a glass. Builds a small dense head the color and texture of a Guinness, it seems to me. Mild lacing aND a head that does not linger all that much. Taste and mouthfeel are excellent. Color of moderate amber with good carbonation. Altogether a strong and excellent ale. Will keep some around to shut down a night of beering.

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Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MinerBob
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a weak tea color with a large white head and lacing. A piney hoppy and alcohol smell. A deep hop flavor with lemon citrus notes. Goes down easy but does have a hop aftertaste. A nice high point beer.

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Photo of hreb
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours a brilliant bronze color and is crystal clear, with a small off-white head. Mild, malty aroma. Flavor is bold and assertive, with ample hop bitterness and a pine flavor profile, matched to a heavy malt bill of medium caramel malts and cracker. Carbonation is just right. American Strong Ale describes this perfectly, rather than DIPA or American barleywine. Pretty drinkable despite being 9.6%.

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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