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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down AleUndercover Investigation Shut-down Ale

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV varies slightly from 9.0 to 9.8
66.6 IBU

Added by GilGarp on 03-10-2009

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Reviews: 985 | Ratings: 4,202
Photo of Maudite
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been in my beer cellar/cupboard for near a year. Yup.

A- Pours the color of a penny with a thick, frothy, hop sticky head that holds on for a whole bomber of brew, the color of latte foam. Head forms at about 3 fingers and fizzles down to 1 leaving a snail trail of lacing behind.

S- Lots of hops in the nose, subtle and delicate nuances... My first impression was astringent, like a cleaner, perhaps from the hops blending with the alcohol. A small amount of grapefruit citrus with some piney floral qualities. Some definite malty sweetness, a toasty roasty characteristic, some definite alcohol, and a nice, warming, oaky whiskey quality.

T- Comes on with sweet floral hops that rushes quickly into sweet, sweet malts, spilling over into an oaky spiciness, some alcohol, phenols, whiskey, and ends with a pleasant spicy bittering hop note. Well crafted. Big thumbs up to the great balance this beer has.

M- Sticky, malty, bitter from the roasty malts and sticky hops. The alcohol warms the tongue, throat, and belly pleasantly, goes down like a smooth whiskey or brandy. Leaves the mouth both dry and sticky if you can imagine that. Real nice mouth.

D- Honestly, I'm kind of feeling it after one. It's delicious and well balanced, so i highly recommend it, though moderately and carefully. I'll limit myself to one or two a month.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. brown bomber

Poured into a snifter. Very nice tan head, with good retention. Gorgeous reddish amber color with a nice halo effect after the head settles. Very nice lacing as well. Sweet rich malty aroma, with lead fruits such as apples, figs and raisins covered with a strong alcohol aroma. This beer has aged some. The extra time mellowed this one out perfectly. Flavors of figs and raisins with some spice. Very complex palate. A little fruity, but it is still a kick ass brew. The mouthfeel is unbelievably smooth, with a low to mild carbonation level. Beautiful palate. Overall, this beer was great the first day I had it, but the aging just makes this outstanding.

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Photo of kkipple
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lookin' good, Lagunitas! Fills my pint with a fat, fluffy tan head that's big 'n lumpy, beneath: clear amber beer! Good lacing and some solid retention to boot. Great.

Smells of sweet dense roasted malt, toffee, and a wallop of bitter pine hops! A variation on two smells here. Very sharp and intense.

Superb malt profile! Rich and chewy, roasted and singed grain, chocolate, sugary-sweet and bold. Bitter American hops (Cascade, surely) punch the palate and leave a clean, refreshing contrast to the rich candy-like malt. Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp and a little oily from the hops.

Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale (that just rolls off the tongue!) is a great beer, and very drinkable for being 9%. One of the better brews to come out of Lagunitas, this hefty red should become a staple of their lineup. You heard it here first, folks!

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep copper amber color, with a nice tan head. The head doesn't last real long but lacing is good.

Aroma of rich caramel malt, and big earthy hops. Some dark mysterious fruit lingers not quite in the background. Nice balance in this very big DIPA. The taste is big with sweet caramel malts, awesome hop earthiness, and a nice long bitter hops and alcohol finish. Some lovely dark fruits throughout. This is one well put-together beer.

Big body, very viscous, Great mouthfeel and highly drinkable. Wish I had the whole bomber to myself today.

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

deep amber almost "reddish "in color. Big head which leaves way to ample lacing. Smells of strong maltiness mixed with a strong infusion of hops.
First taste of this beer makes me say wow. Strong malt profile, balanced with just a powerfull hop backing.
Toast comes to mind and breadyness, Caramel and biscuit. Malt is impresing me more than the hops, butthe bitterness is there.

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Photo of cloughie
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle to traditional pint glass.

Moderate, creamy head with persistent cling. Very sweet aroma belies the balanced mouth feel and bitter (but very clean) aftertaste. Flavors blossomed as it warmed, but there was never an overpowering alcohol presence. Almost too drinkable for a 9+% ale.

Wonderful "change-of-pace" brew if you are used to drinking the western American Pales and IPA's. Imagine the understated sweetness of a Dogfish Head 90 coupled with the punchy finish of a quality barleywine style. I have no experience with this brewery, but this offering will definitely get me to try a few others.

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Photo of Damian
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank from a 22 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a medium amber-mahognay with a frothy, rocky, two-finger, light tan head that slowly faded to a clingy film. Definitely much darker than your average DIPA. Copious amounts of sticky lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was outrageously sweet, malty and fruity, with some hops trailing in the background. Super caramel rich with brown sugar, maple syrup and a touch of oak.

The taste was rich and flavorful yet smooth, supple and extremely well-balanced for the style. Rich bready malts were apparent up front. A nutty, oakiness appearing mid-palate, along with peaches, apricots and ripe tropical fruits. The beer turned from being sweet and malty on the front end to crisp and hoppy on the finish. Piney, orangey, spicy hops came out strong, lasting into the bracing, semi-bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied yet fairly smooth and creamy.

Drinkability was simply off the charts. Between the extraordinarily well balanced nature of this brew and the barely noticeable 9.28% ABV, this beer went down like candy.

Is there a more sessionable DIPA out there? Probably not. Should this beer even be classfied as a DIPA? Probably not. It characteristics are more akin to that of a barleywine or a strong ale. But no matter how one may choose to describe it, it's a damn fine brew.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Red orange body, good clarity but with a degree of thickness to it, mild but steady caronation streams, all topped by three fingers of sticy, rocky, lively froth which rose above the rim.

Aroma bursting with fresh bread, sugar cookies, apricots, and sweet alcohol.

Sticky sweet malt slathers the tongue at first. Hops build and bite with enough authority to achieve balance with that thick malt just before the swallow. Earthy and herbal hops as opposed to the typical citrus notes.

Thick and rich mouthfeel oozes throughout. Big beer with solid drinkability.

Overall a nice effort which might have veered a bit toward Old ale/Strong ale or barleywine during an eight month hiatus as it was lost in my cellar with a few friends.

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Photo of IPAcraig
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer in Atlanta back during college football season.

It was poured from a bomber into a duvel tulip.

It has a murky ruby brown body with a nice off white head. It was big, but gone fast. A swirl of the tulip always would bring about another 2 inches of suds, though.

An awesome display of hops in the nose in all of its oily goodness, spectacular! Earth, grapefruit an alcohol all mingle to make for a very nice smelling beer.

A big beer to be sure. Hops can be found in all 3 corners of this beer. It has a big biting bitterness in the finish, and has great hop flavor throughout. However, this beer has more to offer in the may of a massive malt bill, with its nice light caramel sweetness.

Lightly carbonated, medium bodied goodness.

A very drinkable beer. I am really starting to love Lagunitas as more of it becomes available in my area.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a beautiful, clear mahogany color with a bubbly, but light off-white head.

Aroma has a deep maltiness to it along with piney hops and honey.

Like the aroma, the taste is a great balance of the caramel malts and hops. The alcohol is there but doesn't overwhelm.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth, creamy, and moderately carbonated.

Thank you, Lagunitas. You never disappoint. A beer to definitely try.

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Photo of JayQue
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear copper color with a medium off-white head. The head fades to a covering of the glass. Sheets of lacing on the glass. The smell is exceptional, good hoppy and citrus aroma.

The taste is balanced, but not the wimpy "a little hops followed by a little malt". This beer features bold flavors and reminds me of 2 year old Bigfoot. The hops come first, bitter and citrusy with some Bigfoot like spiciness. The taste then fades and you notice strong caramel malt.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. A hint of alcohol up front, but the taste buds get overwhelmed with flavor after a few sips.

Drinkability is good. I drank this one way too fast because it was so tasty. Not a session beer by any means, but a very enjoyable experience.

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Photo of JDV
2.63/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a gorgeous rich mahagony color, with some nice lasting white head. Smell is pretty nice and hoppy with a slight touch of malt perhaps and a bit of noticeable alcohol present especially as it warms some. Moderately bittered for the style, and is nicely hopped, but the noticeable alcohol taste rather, is what caused me to not like it too much. Finish is mild lasting bitterness and chest warming alcohol. I don't like tasting the alcohol in my beer this much.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - this DIPA pours a coppery brown body, with a thin creamy/filmy white head with moderate carbonation

S - malty, more than expected, some crystallized brown sugar, some alcohol, and a background pineyness, did not check this out on BA before tasting it, did not realize this was a DIPA, thought it was a Amer. Red Ale

T - taste like a highly hopped barleywine without the thick mouthfeel and raisin flavors, nice but nondescript

M&D - now that i see this is a DIPA, it makes a bit more sense, rather nice and easy to drink, a bit harsh at first, but finishes nicely

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Photo of beerking1
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very clear orange-amber beer with a large off-white head. Head lingers and leaves lace to the last sip. Aroma is hoppy, but well balanced with malt and crystal notes, plus significant but soft alcohol notes. Flavor is very hoppy, but again with a good malt backbone to balance it out. Mouthfeel is on the high side of medium. Tail lingers well with a nice hoppy character, but with some faint apple notes.

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Photo of blakesell
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a very large beer mug.

Appearance- A reddish amber with a pillowy rocky head that dissapates very slowly to a swamp muck across the top of eggshell white. Lacing is glued to the glass.

Smell- Big citrus and pine hops with a nice grapefruit thickness. Pine hops are more of the backbone of the beer though and there seems to be a good malt tone in there as well.

Taste- Citrus grapefruity goodness with a nice piney linger. Wow this is balanced for a DIPA. Light malts come thru in the back to make this one solid beer. Not overly bitter, but quite hoppy.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and smooth like a good woman. Slightly sweet and syrupy, full bodied and well carbonated.

Drinkability- I had to ramp the drinkability and mouthfeel on this one. It went uphill by leaps and bounds giving more than I ever expected this beer to. On par with other hoppy offerings by Lagunitas, but this is one of the higher rating ones.

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Photo of GlockAmore
4.77/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the moment you pour this beer, you know it's going to be a bit different. The amber color, the off-white creamy/thick head, the sweet yet hoppy nose... And then the taste! It's not at all like an IPA in my opinion, no way - IPAs smack your taste buds with piney resin flavors and bitterness and this is sweet. Malty, mellow sweetness with a touch of hops and alcohol to balance it out. To me, this beer is THE perfect balance of malt, hop and alcohol. I could drink a lot of these (if I could only get my hands on more of 'em).

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Photo of BeerZack
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark clover honey color with a frothy one-finger head that sticks.

Lots of honey in the nose, some alcohol, marzipan and vanilla.

Marzipan and caramely-sweet malt. Pretty malt dominant, it is balanced by some hops, but kind of a sweet, thick finish.

Creamy and soft carbonation in this one.

Due to the lack of hoppiness and prevalence of layered maltiness I would venture to guess this sample might not have been so fresh.

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Photo of ericj551
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Sneak Release Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale pours a clear orange red with a nice creamy head that lingers for quite a while. From the moment I opened the bottle I was hit with big citrusy hop aroma, grapefruit, and pine backed up with a good amount of malt sweetness. The sweetness is predominate in the flavor, lots of caramel and toffee, but there is no lack of citrusy hop flavor. There is a nice bitterness that rounds out the beer, but not overpowering for the beers strength. A bit of alcohol comes through in the finish, but not too much for a beer of the strength.

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Photo of Vancer
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This frosty poured a deep amber, almost mahogany brown, with a most bodacious tan head, that laced the glass ALL the way down. It’s making a mess of the glass, this is exceptional.

Enticing aroma of barley wine; sweet caramel malt. Then the quaff – yummy earthy, viney, then finishing with a taste bud stabbing jab of hops. Top notch, top shelf brew.

Sheesh, whata tasty beer – I’m very pleased to see that this one is now a rotating release.

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Photo of boberto777
4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of, if not the best beer I have had in the past 6 months. I have nothing bad to say about it. Also great with food (I had it with some steak). The story behind it is what got my attention and I knew I had to try it. The taste is not too hoppy, but its presence is definitely there. Color is a rich amber red, with a good frothy head. Please try this beer, its worth it!

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dertbert for the trade.

22oz brown bottle with no freshness info.

a: Pours a clear amber with white head.

s: Typical hop notes, pine mostly. Some honey maybe, a little sweet.

t: The taste is mostly of hops, though bitterness is pretty average for a DIPA. Piney, grassy floral, spicy hops with some sweet malt.

m: Chewy texture, medium body, average carbonation.

d: Quite drinkable considering the style and alcohol content.
A nice beer, great woody hops, nice balance, a good offering from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy scarlet red appearance. Thin dirty white head. Lace is weblike and quite intricate. Aroma is of juicy, plump hop nuances as well as thick caramel malt tones. First sip contains alcohol, biting hops and big caramel malt. The alcohol smooths out as it warms and the juicy hop flavor come out more. The bitterness is just right for a DIPA. This is very nicely balanced for a DIPA. But hops and bitterness still rule. Medium full body and moderately carbonated. This one's going down too damn fast. What a steal for 3.99 a bomber.

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Photo of deanhead
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -mellow orange color with a rocky head.
Smell- Sticky hops with biscuity notes.
Taste- Sweet, yet hoppy, nice bitterness, yet tangy. This beer is unique.

Mouthfeel- There is something sour, yet citrusy about this full bodied bad-ass beer. It's sticky, and chewy. Very interesting.

Drinkability- It's a nice beer, but not an easy drinker given the ABV. Wile I did enjoy this beer, I did struggle my way through the end of it. I would likely choose to drink one of these during a a session, as it was pretty strong.

Heads up to Lagunitas for delivering yet another unique brew. I may have to pick up a few bottles to stash in my cellar

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Photo of PlaywrightSam
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber purchased at the Wine Gallery in Brookline.

A: Red/amber, lots of very puffy head. Very active carbonation, moderate lacing. S: Really enticing; sweet up front with a lot of earthy hops. T: Very robust, but really nicely balanced. Much like the smell, it's got a lot of malt up front, but it's followed closely by some really delicious hops. The finish is pretty incredible; sort of like an emmentaler or gruyere. M: Pretty coarse, thick and chewy. D: All in all a really wonderful IIPA. I almost question the style designation, it's definitely hoppy but it's by no means overly aggressive. But whatever it is, it's a wonderfully balanced, enjoyable, delicious beer.

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Photo of genog
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange, redish color with a sparkling body, and foamy nice light brown colored head. Smell is grape, sweet malt, and borders on a little of a barleywine type of aroma. Taste is of honey, sweetness with a little bit of bitter after taste. Crisp carbonation followed by a warming alcohol presence. Nice beer, glad they were not shut down.

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Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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