Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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:
4,370
Reviews:
1,037
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.2%
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
1,020
For Trade:
8
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Photo of barmanager412
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid beer for the category. Not a huge fan of the finish but great nose and taste.

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

Photo of TheDogHouse
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mdez
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cambabeer
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks real nice, brown body with red hues, white head with sticky lacing on the glass. Smell is malty sweetness, alcohol, wet hops, and over-ripe orange peel. Taste has some alcohol and hop dryness and bitterness upfront. This turns to sweet floral and bready cream like flavors. Both spicy and sweet. The alcohol, however, is almost out of place noticeable. That's probably one of the few turn offs here, which makes it not too drinkable. I do think this would be better if I paired it with some food. It is good though, real good.

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Photo of mikeborglum
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jason_cs
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jamato14
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrew8626
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jackjaffar
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sderenne
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pacioli1445
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice, color is copper, head is off white to very light tan, head presents less than 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a thing top reappearaing with some agitation.

Smell is big on the booze upfront, estery, as some have indicated a slight belgian spice profile to at as well from the hop and high abv. Very subtle malt sweetness and then big hop bitterness, mostly heavy pine and earthiness.

Taste is also boozy upfront, esters and potency, but all well balanced with the sweetness and bitterness, pine heavy flavor with some grapefruit kicking up as it warms.

Mouthfeel is actually very good for the strength, very balanced with the sweetness and dryness of the malt and hops, respectively.

Overall, great brew, again from lagunitas.

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

Photo of Budlum
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Morningopiate36
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of camarocrazy67
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 12ozfan
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Andnkuhn
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scuttlebutt21
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smells like sweet berries and almost marijuana like hop profile. Nice slight hop bite up front followed by an intense sweet berry flavor that is thick and rich from the mouthfeel. A lingering piney bitterness is on the aftertaste as well. Wow, how can anyone who likes strong ales not rate this a perfect a beer? I really couldn't ask for more. Lagunitas does it again.

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Photo of moundbz
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ilcuse44
4.74/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 4,370 ratings.
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