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Friday, July 8, 2011

Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale

Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale, a seasonal offering from Lagunitas celebrating their 20 day shut-down by the California Alcohol Control Board after freely gifting marijuana to tasters at a beer tasting, poured a deep amber color in the glass with a large, frothy tan head.  The nose was aggressively hopped, withe grapefruit and other citrus fruits leading over a sweet, caramel background.

Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale opened surprisingly sweeter than its nose, bready with candi sugar, before the citrus hops came in to lighten up the body.  As the ale mellowed a distinct alcohol heat came through that warmed more in the chest than in the mouth.  

Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale is another brash, unapologetic offering from Lagunitas that makes no bones about showing off the ABV in heat and aggressiveness.  Undercover Investigation is less thick and sweet than their similar, high ABV offerings, which both helped in making me want to open a second one and hurt in hiding the heat with a dessert-like taste.

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