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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4.07/5
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4,376 Ratings
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:
#2,381
Reviews:
1,039
Ratings:
4,376
pDev:
10.07%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 4,376 |  Reviews: 1,039
Photo of dbarny76
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jcarter1221
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OKCNittany
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Emoney1975
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucnifter
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Longhorn08
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Glenn_Cole_BTBC
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DVoors
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of detroitpat
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Ellis1701
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dacrza1
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: August 20, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: La fin du Monde... OCCASION: school prep wok--with The Desolation of Smaug... APPEARANCE: dark, amber brown body that is dense and imposing; head is off-white and creamy; lacing is impeccably dense and substantial... AROMA: a mellow suggestion of citrus, with a wet, biscuity malt balancing the promise nicely; flowery hints end the array ... PALATE: a coating, thick-as-molasses, warms the throat with a smooth, fulfilling consistency that could not further belie the 9.3 % ABV contained within it... TASTE: immediate impressions of a brown ale, dry, nutty as almonds or pecans, sugar, darker citrus, prunes, sweet and biscuit malts, and lighter citrus--mango and grapefruit, mostly... a strong, full-bodied, ale worthy of a snifter... OVERALL: High hopes for this one have not gone unmet--a powerful American answer to the Belgian and English strong ales that I so enjoy... the balance in its maltiness suggests a seasonal indeed, but this beer can thrive in any season that requires a beer of strength... by the second pint, a tingle is assured in the toes, with its strength surging...how this beer begs for a third bottle! what a blessing to live in a time when beer of this kind is available year round and across the country... I have little clue as to the meaning behind the name, but what a beautiful, bold, rewarding beer...

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Photo of stakem
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Josh for gifting me with this. 12oz bottle poured into a can glass. The brew appears clear copper in color with big frothy yellowish khaki head that fades leaving webby lace.

The smell includes caramel malt and fruity alcohol with a touch of herbal hops. It has a little solvent aspect to it.

The taste is fruity alcohol/hops with caramel to biscuit malt sweetness. A slightly herbal aspect before getting solvent with alcohol.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. Overall a boozy, decent brew.

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Photo of cody4prez
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of tpauer
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 98green
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not sure I could name a style on this one, but I like it a lot. There is something in the middle of the taste I can't place but it is totally unique. Would try again for sure

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Photo of REY_CORTEZ
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckeg15
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tlpresn
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pint on draft
A: Dark copper with a good inch of brown/cream head

S: Malty, pretty strong hops, and a hint of alcohol

T: Malty up front, followed by herbal hops with a touch of citrus. A tinge of noticeable alcohol at the end, but only on the first sip. After that, malt and hops dominated.

F: Creamy mouth feel, with some moderate carbonation. This beer has a really nice texture, if that's the right word.

O: A really nicely balanced beer. All the components of a strong ale are very obviously present, as is to be expected, but none of them take center stage. Even the hops are nicely balanced between herbal, earthy, and citrusy. Overall a really enjoyable beer.

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Photo of MLoxxer
2.12/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.5

I poured a 12oz bottle of Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-down into a tulip glass. A very lively head was produced. Although the foam began to dissipate in moments it left behind some very respectable lacing and a nice tuft of bubbles not normally seen in a US microbrew. The color was like that of a brown ale, slightly red with no haze. Without even bringing the beer to my face I could tell this one had a very hoppy aroma. In spite of being a 9.3% ABV brew the flavor is not very strong. And although it smelled hoppy from a distance I was pleased that its flavor wasn't that of another over-hopped US microbrew. The taste reminds me of a watered-down American barleywine with a slightly soapy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very understated. This beer is certainly not terrible, but for what it is supposed to be (a strong ale) it's character is a bit short of the mark.

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Photo of Grinz12
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of osant37
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 4,376 ratings
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