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

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

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Photo of nrbw23
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark reddish orange color with a fairly small white head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves a few spots of lacing.

S- The smell here is nothing really over the top and nothing is really jumping out at me either. Picking some citrus hops and caramel.

T- Molasses, caramel, and citrus hops all working well with each other. Quite a nice malt back bone here.

M- Medium in body and on the lower side of carbonation.

O- Not too bad at all.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer. Brownish/orangish in color. Sweet and malty taste.

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Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of philbe311
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly more than two fingers worth of active billowing khaki colored pillow like fluffy frothy goodness... Excellent retention... You're left with a mostly full layer of frothy lacing and a thick collar... The color is a distinctive deep rich dark bronze copper with a bit of a ruby red hue to it... Limited carbonation that randomly rises at a sluggish to moderate pace... Gobs of lacing cling to the snifter...

S - Fresh grapefruit at the forefront... Lots of orange zest... Sweet citrus... While the hoppiness is the star of the aroma, the malty base isn't too far behind... A terrific mix of inviting caramel and toffee... A bit of sweet desert breads... Some light brown sugar lingers beneath the surface... Wonderful depth and complexity...

T - The hops are again at the forefront... They're a bit less citrusy and a bit more earthy than expected... A slight yet pleasant herbal presence... Some biscuit and bready malts... A very mellow caramel and brown sugar component as well...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Limited but biting carbonation... Sleek and a bit chewy... Even and consistent...

D - A terrific American Strong Ale... More hops than malt, but still quite tasty... Another rock solid offering from Lagunitas... Packs a bit of a punch with its 9.7%... Layers of depth and complexity in every facet... Highly recommend and a definite bargain at its fairly low price...

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of jakea
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of liquorpig
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of BigBry
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, purchased at Zyn in Calgary, poured into my standard pint glass. Pours a very dark, reddish amber color with a nice creamy head. Retention and lace were better than expected. Strong aroma, lots of citrus grapefruit hops. Nice mix of piney hops and malty sweetness in the taste. Some hint of dark fruit and brown sugar or molasses. It finishes with slight bitterness, and a slick slightly oily mouthfeel. Medium toward low carbonation keep it smooth and easy to drink.
Some alcohol warth, but not overpowering or distracting from the complexity.
A nice example of an American Strong Ale.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost clear red-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is full of rich sweet caramel malts with some residual sugar, citrus and floral hops, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with some rich sweet toasted malts with a bit of dark fruit sweetness and some brown sugar alongside some citrus hops. Through the middle, a big kick of citrus and pine hops come through with some strong bitterness. The finish is a mix of strong hop flavor, bitterness, and sweet malt with a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, hoppy, and bitter finish with a bit of warming.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice Strong Ale with a big hop profile. Everything is nicely balanced and it comes together very nicely.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is ruby gone to rust. Head is thin and reduces to a skim and crown rather quickly.

Hops are huge in the nose, leaning on the spicy side yet also having a nice greenness about them. Cinnamon, white pepper and citrus peel round it out.

This is one juicy, spicy, bitter, sweet, just-about-perfect flavor. If it were a tad more malty, I'd rate it even more highly. There's a cherry liqueur thing happening here, resembling the stuff inside chocolate covered cherries, without the chocolate. The round, slick, creamy and buoyant mouthfeel carries the sweetness and bitterness a long way, and just when it threatens to become too astringent, a malty sweetness and cinnamon-like spice provide balance. Alcohol presence is such that it threatens to become medicinal, but the fruitier/spicier elements of the malt/hops teamwork keep it from sliding too far that way. So this beer is clearly all about balance, and how to cram a lot of flavor in without becoming messy and unbalanced.

U.I.S-d.A. (catchy!) is my kind of beer, "American Strong Ale" or otherwise. Big, flavorful, balanced, complex. Oh yeah.

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Photo of rydev24
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hendrick24
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of durlta
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Jas45678
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of wvsabbath
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark burnt tan/brown with a nice foamy 3/4 inch head, tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Citric fruits, orange, caramel, some yeasts along with bready malts.

Taste - Seen this beer many times, overlooked it in part cause I though ive had it before. Starts off with sweet citric fruits and a nice caramel malt backbone. Plenty of added sugars and sweet yeasts with a very hot alcohol feel in each sip. Also pickup orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple.

Mouthfeel - Fruits really nail the tongue, along with add sugars. Palate gets even more citric fruits, caramel malts and yeasts. Alcohol is noticeable throughout the drink. Aftertaste is sweet, malty and warm.

Overall - This is closer to a dipa then a strong ale. the alcohol and malts are what keep this from a dipa. Really sweet and strong, and very tasty. A bit of a sipper but very tasty and glad I finally got to try.

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Photo of BigMike
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark crimson red with orange highlights. Three fingers worth of white creamy head.

Complex nose. Caramel, dried fruit, a malts.

Taste is of slightly roasted malts with caramel and some floral undertones. Some spices and vanilla are also there.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick. Some chewyness going on. Medium carbonation. Sweet and finishes with some bitterness.

This is pretty much one or two and done. It's kind of oily and coats the tongue.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of chrismattlin
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hops dominate in the aroma. Barely any malts that I can tell. Hops are fresh, oily and murky with no particular hop scent being discernable.
The head was lushously thick and dense lasting a good while. Lots of lacing was quite impressive. The autumn amber color was clear. Carbonation was lean.
Taste was more malty then in the nose. Hops provde quite alot of bitterness counteracting the malty sweetness. Finishes bitter.
A good beer that quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Fargrow
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of BPMeyer27
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 4,358 ratings.
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