Beer of the Weekend #687: Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale

Late last month — May 29, to be exact — I tried Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale, brewed by the Lagunitas Brewing Company of Petaluma, California.

Needless to say, I have been so busy that I forgot about posting my review.

Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale pours a medium amber/bronze into a pint glass. An overly aggressive pour produces three fingers of dense, off-white head with an amber tint, which dissipates slowly and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is big and citrusy with a lot of tropical fruit. Grapefruit, tangerine, kiwi, mango, a touch of pineapple, caramel, and a little unspecified fruit. The flavor is sharp and bitter with flavors of caramel, toasted malt, grapefruit, astringent and citrus-like bitterness, and alcohol. It is big and bold but the gravity is too high for my preference. The bitterness fades and it becomes more palatable after it has warmed.

Fun facts about UIS-DA:

•Style: Lagunitas asks, “Imperial Mild… Uber ESB?”

•Price: I’m not sure. It was given to me as a gift.

•Alcohol content: 9.75 percent ABV.

•IBU: 66.5.

•What’s the story about the beer’s name? Lagunitas provides a video to explain:

The Quiet Man’s grade: B/B+.

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