Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

Undercover Investigation Shut-down AleUndercover Investigation Shut-down Ale
BA SCORE
4.07/5
4,373 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:
#2,334
Reviews:
1,038
Ratings:
4,373
pDev:
10.07%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
140
Gots:
1,022
Trade:
8
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 4,373 |  Reviews: 1,038
Photo of MeIquiades
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rsuarez1982
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djl9701
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Frankenmonkey81
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Slarson7
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hackattack
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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 -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Motive707
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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 +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThePold
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
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 -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MinerBob
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
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 -7.9%
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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Photo of Beerucee
2/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wish I did not try, but that's what flights are for @ lagunitas Chicago.

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Photo of Nolster
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Riff
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber color with a little over a finger's worth of off-white head. Smells of citrus, malts, and peaches (kinda surprising but interesting). Tastes big with malts, some pine hops coming through, cherries up front, fades into more of a biscuit and caramel flavor. Complex enough that each sip reveals something new. Creamy, medium body feel. Overall it's a surprising beer, takes a number of twists and keeps you guessing, yet somehow is simple enough to enjoy while watching a game. Nice balance.

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Photo of Honeybourne
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of agjohnson82
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drawbackwards
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It pours copper and with some floaties. A very impressive head and retention for a beer of this strength. Nice lacing as well. It smells of sweet hops. Some caramel and burnt sugar. The taste is fairly bitter at the beginning and with a strong floral aftertaste. A fairly complex brew for sure. Very enjoyable.

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 4,373 ratings
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