Friday, May 27, 2011

Lagunitas Brewing Company - Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass

The limited release Undercover Investigation from Lagunitas is an American strong ale that weighs in at a strangely precise 9.87% ABV. The body is a deep chestnut with a cherry red glow. The head is a huge creamy light tan foam with excellent retention. The lacing matches with thick layers down most of the length of the glass. The nose is sweet and syrupy with a dominent piney hop component. The toasted malts give nose some added depth with a light hint of dates.

The mouthfeel is velvety with sudsy carbonation. The beer is sweet and immensely fruity with minor earthy undertones. The hops are big and primarily piney, with a significant resinous edge. The finish is fairly boozy with some warming that helps develop the lasting caramel flavor and nearly-biting dry hops.

Final Verdict: B+

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