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:
4,356
Reviews:
1,031
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.2%
 
 
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137
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1,017
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Photo of hreb
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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 -50.2%
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 -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Riff
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
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 -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of agjohnson82
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drawbackwards
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of colbster92
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ahypercube
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another favorite I thought I'd review:

L: A 12-oz bottle poured slightly aggressively into a fat goblet produces only a finger of head, but that reddish dark brown body is translucent and beautiful. Love the shapes in the lacing as well.

S: Very malt-heavy, like Hercules DIPA and Double Jack. More than anything, this really smells like toasted malt barley. But there are notes of caramel, molasses, peach(?), mango, cherry, prune, pineapple, and passion fruit.

T: Immediately sweet, with date, cherry, pine, (definitely) peach, mango, passion fruit and prune quickly bleeding out into the malty caramel, semi-sweet chocolate, and white pepper notes on the finish. Dank, rich, and yet excellently balanced.

F: Smooth for the high ABV, pleasantly chewy, and clean feeling. Exemplary DIPA. If anything, a tiny bit sticky from the sugars.

O: Lagunitas delivers, and at an unbeatable price, as usual. If you like your beer flavorful, yet smooth, this is the brew for you.

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Photo of vheissu15
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

See thru look with an off white head. Scent is of a sweet candy like edge with big malt coming through. Interesting flavor with some hops coming through against a nutty and biscuit malt. Somewhat bitter finish with a coating mouthfeel. Alcohol really well hidden.

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Photo of bschmidt_37
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stebbi7833
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of haines710
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at local grocery and poured into a pint glass. Nice caramel color and big beautiful smell. Reminds me a lot of Brown Sugga. But taste is more like an IPA. Easy to drink. As an IPA guy I loved it. Will definitely buy more.

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Photo of Dreynolds1808
2.42/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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

Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

9.6% batch. Poured into an official Guinness pint glass. Why not.

Looks copper to me. One and a quarter finger head, lively, streaming bubbles, lovely lacing.

Smells like candy. Citrus-tinged caramel, malt and brown sugar.

Candy Land Barley Wine. A real sipper, this one. Booze is well-hidden. Sweet and malty. Aftertaste? Slightly salty.

One can plainly tell this was conjured by the folks who brewed Brown Shugga' (What a masterpiece that was!)
This is no slouch, either!

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Another Lagunitas offering and another amazing beer they have put out...

Picked a sixer up at my local Publix and loved the long ass title to it, I was hoping I would like the beer itself, and boy did I. Poured out into a pint glass the beer has a rich but light-copper color with lighter highlights when held up for inspection. The head pours thick and foamy and the lacing is what I would call textbook - clinging to the sides, all around, as far down the glass as possible. Oh, and the white head had good staying power as well. It's light-bodied, minimally carbonated, and very silky across the tongue - a perfect combination in my book. The smell was amazing as I was assailed with a sweet smell of honey, some coriander, and grassy notes. My only nit was that the taste was mostly IPA-ish at heart (and though I am admittedly not one to reach for an IPA, I do believe I have appreciated the better ones I have had to date) and not one of the better ones I have had. Nonetheless, this is a super great beer - smooth, crisp, and the booziness you could tell from others of its kind you can't with this one - making it special and dangerous all at once.

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Photo of micropale
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Metalsnota
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of jschwamb
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dave2234
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 4,356 ratings.
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