Why do cops always have to ruin a good time?
A Review of Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Posted on 5/4/2011 by Chops
What's not to love about this beer name and the story that goes along with it. Apparently Lagunitas got shut down for 20 days because some over zealous cops took personal interest in the brewery's relaxed atmosphere. So what did the brewery do in response? They brewed a beer about the experience and named it the Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale. Hats off to you guys, I love that story so much that I want to drink it... oh wait, I can!

By the way, here's the story for the home audience: Click Here

Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale is loaded front to back with big aromas and big flavors. It's quite an experience for a brew fanatic, so let's get started. When you get this bad boy into a glass, big citrus and pine aromas starts to fill the area. This beer is classified as an Old Ale, but the aroma leans much more towards an Imperial IPA to my nose. It definitely looks like an Old Ale with that deep mahogany tone. Coupled with that glorious aroma, this is a very sexy beer. I couldn't wait to get that first taste.

Mmm... mmm... mmm. That first taste is something else. Let's see if I can break down what's going on in my mouth. Imagine that big burly taste of a quality Old Ale. Decrease the alcohol taste, but not the presence (it is 9.87% ABV after all). Now replace all those bitter hops with sweetened, more floral hops without losing that signature bitter base character. Up the citrus taste a bit, make the mouthfeel more like an Imperial IPA, but much less aggressive on the finish. Add a couple of earthy tones like grass and pine, then round it all out with a faint undertone taste of brown sugar. BAM! You, my friend, have an Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale.

If you could follow my logic train, you know that I just found a jewel of a beer. Getting into Old Ales can sometimes be quite the chore. They are extremely heavy and un-apologetically aggressive. But that's the point. Sometimes you want a beer with big hairy balls, something you can sit quietly with and appreciate for what it is. But this is the first Old Ale that I have ever come across that you could enjoy on a regular basis (and I probably will). Lagunitas has somehow found a way to bridge the gap between merciless aggression and delightful drinkability. Bravo guys, bravo.

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