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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
987
Ratings:
4,211
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.22%
 
 
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Reviews: 987 | Ratings: 4,211
Photo of dballard1215
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a tall Head, the head sticks around for a little while but eagerly dissipates and leave some beautiful Leasing around the glass. Foamy, with a nice off-white color. The color of the beer itself is an amber red more reminiscent of a red ale but much thicker. Hoppy and Skunky. Kind of smells like feet.

Thick with a resin-y first taste of American hops. The bitterness behind the initial taste is formidable, but far from unpleasant; kind of like a playful shove from a potential mate you are courting. Finishes with a biscuit-y sweetness. A+. Long live the st. Paddys day massacre.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After reading about the legal troubles of Lagunitas, I was anxious to try this. The title, a humorous little jab at a ridiculous legal system that criminalizes something that should be legal, made me respect them even more. My inly wonder is why they didn't opt to make a dank and resiny IPA; nevertheless, I thought this was a great beer.
Look- Pours a semi clear copper with a large billowing bubbly head which is followed by a nice sticky and frothy lace.
Smell- fruity on the nose, like a strawberry jam, plums, raisins and figs. I also detect sweet caramel and toffee malts. Also a bit grassy and some booze. Very complex and pleasing aroma.
Taste- Sweet on the tongue, malt forward, caramel, molasses and brown sugar. The fruitiness from the aroma also comes through big time. However, there is also a strong and moderately bitter piny hops presence that balances out quite nicely. The finish is bitter sweet.
Feel- Medium to full bodied. Creamy and smooth. Softly carbonated and chewy. The alcohol is so well masked, and it's so drinkable, it's best to sip slowly.

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Photo of TriggerFingers
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good!

Glad I tried it and at $9 a 6 pack, not a bad deal at all. I can normally crush high ABV beers, but oddly enough, I was good after 2 on this Thursday night.

It was warming and hoppy but somehow left me wanting more (I liked it more than my last Hairy Eyeball that's for sure). Great QPR...but the beer isn't amazing. If you want a big beer, this will do the trick.

88+

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Photo of AngryDutchman
3.37/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Gift in trade from Kif, the Business Fairy.

Beautiful amber with a really tight, light frothy white head that leaves a lovely lace all the way down the glass.
Pronounced hop aroma which I guess goes with being Lagunitas as well as a 9.5% (per my bottle) ale.
Taste is not Hoppy so much as a sharp piney counterpoint to the high alcohol and malt sweetness. Balance sorely lacking to me. "Beer speaks, people mumble" according to the label, and I could see a few of these putting a hurt on you pretty quickly.
Time for something stout or dunkel...

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark gold with a quickly fading white head leaving sticky lacing
S- Pine, hop resin, some floral/fruity notes,
T- Heavy on the bitter hops
M- full body, medium carbonation, slick and coats the tongue
O- A nice and hoppy strong ale, but nothing too over-the-top impressive, I'll still take a Sucks or Brown Shugga over this.

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Photo of Turbo
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lagunitas has great beers, however this was not one of my favorites. I just felt the beer could have been better balanced for the 9.3 percent ABV. I was slightly disappointed, as it was very boozy tasting. Just my perspective, as I see solid ratings below. Just not my favorite and won't buy again.

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Photo of breardon1776
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Love Lagunitas and was waiting to get my hands on this for a while. it did not dissappoint. it was deep in character. aroma, flavor were a deep earthy malts. drinks surprisly smooth at 9.3% ABV.

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Photo of kik
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice amber hue with a very strong citrusy and hoppy aroma characteristic of Lagunitas beers. Has a sharp, biting flavor mixed with high carbonation. Has that nutty, rosy aroma that I associate with high alcohol content beers. Another solid, Lagunitas brew.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice orange amber color with an off white head that sticks for days and leaves nice lacing
S - grapefruit, orange, fruity hops, bread malts, sweet, some grassy/floral hops in there too
T - sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, citrus rind, piney hops, some grassy and floral notes too, very distinctly an American strong ale.
M - medium mouthfeel, alcohol covered decently, aftertaste is grapefruit and bready malts
O - overall this is a decent offering, I don't think I would buy more than a six pack of this per season, but a good beer for sure

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Photo of zshaft
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours with nice one finger head that dissipates to thin film that continues long after the pour. deep red color. nose is fairly strong with scents of dark fruit and sweet malt. get some sweetness followed by hops that are again followed by some mild sweetness. alcohol is well hidden. this beer is similar to brown sugga to me with a little more sweetness. hops are there but not overpowering. lagunitas always does good work.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours amber with a solid head.

smell is sweet, i get some clove and banana in this actually. very sweet, almost barleywine-ish.

taste is sweet, almost nutty and clovey. not bad at all, pretty flavorful. goes down smooth, a nice sipper.

this is something i would drink but i'm good with just 1 6pack. nice flavorful drinkable strong ale.

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Photo of landdon
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I like the fact that this has a nice hop taste, but it's not so over powering like many micros are these days. It's got a nice flavor, and very tasty. Right now, it's my number one pick!

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Photo of Deerin
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 Oz of unknown age into a wine glass.

Orange / amber. Soapy. Lacing from dissipated head.
Tons of hops in the smell. Smells kind of like Maximus or S-S IMO. Good.
Deliciously bitter up front but with malt sweetness too. Fairly sweet overall but the hops are definitely there. Nice balance, though maybe a tad less sweetness would be better, imo.
Thick per the 10% but smooth, as is to be expected from Lagunitas. Far less bite in this one than Brown Shugga tends to have. Think Maximus or S-S mixed with Brown Shugga, that's what this tastes like in my opinion. Very tasty, and economical.

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Photo of Evilyak
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this pretty much looks and tastes like every other lagunitas beer that you'll ever have. that could be a good thing, if you like boozy, syrupy, strong ales with a touch of bitterness at the end, this is your critter. if you like that laguintas yeast, this is your critter.

it's not bad, really. it's exactly what you'd expect from this style and this brewer.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into tulip 28/12/15

A clear amber liquid with some very fine suspended particles, tiny slow bubbles throughout feeding two fingers of foam that hangs on for ages leaving lots of spider web lace all over the glass

S burnt brown sugar, caramel, smells sweet, has some hops going on, citric and herbal, faint pine, more sugars, smells like an old DIPA or a young BW

T not as sweet as the nose but still sweet, more citrus and pine but has some sweet malt balance working for it

M syrupy, bubbles cream it up, a little heat oily on the palate but sticky on the lips, brown sugar and pine linger

O one of those beers that can't decide if its a BW or a DIPA, not too shabby though and other then a little heat going down its drinkable for the strength

I guess some would call it "balance" a mix of sweet malt with plenty of hops, I think this one might do well with some age so I might throw one under the stairs and forget about it

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper pour with nicely retained, clingy lacing of off-white top. Aroma is citrus-hoppy with some earthy tones and a bit of malt and booze coming through. Flavor is similar - a nice crisp bite of hop bitter up front, a malty mid-sip, followed by a bit of earthy hop lingering into the aftertaste. The latter being least enjoyable of the show. Not bad, but these guys do other, better brews.

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Photo of Lucular
2.66/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Sweet, cloying, and syrupy. The description claimed that the bitterness would be over-the-top, but the only characteristics that were over the top were the sweetness and booziness. Not a fan.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle

Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale [WOW! that is a long beer name] body color is an amber with a 1 1/2-finger creamy off-white head that had good retention. The head finally reduced to a latticework of lacing. The nose was dominated by citrus hops. The taste also had a dominate hop character [grapefruit, pine] with some peppery alcohol and just enough malt to keep the Ale from being too hoppy. The mouth feel was medium and smooth. There was a nice warming alcohol presence. The finish is dry and has a lingering hoppy and spicy bitterness.

If you like assertive hops, Undercover is for you. Nicely done Lagunitas..

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Photo of kbwalters
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a . Bottled on 2/26/15, consumed on
Look = 4.0 Pours a clear deep copper with a ton of floating fine precipitate, 3 fingers of frothy off white head and great retention and lace.
Aroma = 4.25 Spicy, earthy hop aroma built on a solid foundation of caramel malts, with a hint of booze. I didn’t get any fruitiness here, reminds me of brown sugga.
Taste = 4.0 Sweet backbone prominent throughout the taste, caramel with some hop balance, a little light fruitiness or candied sugar; moderate bitter finish
Feel = 4.25 Full bodied, thick and syrupy
Drinkability = 4.0 9.3% but easy drinking considering
Overall = 4.1 A very solid strong ale, balanced but I don’t think I liked it as much as brown sugga

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the growler, it pours amber with a nice head. Pleasant scent that tickles the nostrils. The flavor caresses the tongue as you enjoy the beer. Another outstanding Lagunitas product. Enjoyable!

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Photo of dacrza1
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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 -10.5%
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 98green
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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 tlpresn
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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 -47.1%
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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