Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale (Lagunitas Brewing Co.)

The first beer I had to drink at Flying Saucer was Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale (man that’s a mouthfull) from Lagunitas (pronounced Lah-goo-knee-tuss). This was a beer I had while living in Atlanta and loved it (not as much as the Brown Shugga or Lucky 13, but a beer I can’t get in Kansas).  Funny story – I can get Lagunitas beers in Colorado and Missouri but not in Kansas, weird how the beer passes through but never stops (stupid Kansas laws).  Back to the point. Lagunitas lists this beer as an Imperial Mild.  The oxymoronic style classification is meant to be defiant. It goes along with the bitterness to symbolize how they felt about the whole situation.  Since it doesn’t really have a normal “style” I can’t come up with any similar beers.  Give me some time and perhaps I can find one or two I will update this review in the future.

The label explains it pretty well…”We brewed this especially bitter ale in dedication to all of the world’s would be astronauts in rememberance of the 2005 St. Patricks Day Masacre on the Brewery Party grounds and also in joyous celebration of our 20 day suspension that following January. Do the Crime. Do the time. Get the bragging rights. Cheers!”

Time for the review…

This beer was brought to me in bottle and as Amber stated in her Genesee Cream Ale review the waitress decided to hinder the head by pouring it down the side of the glass.  What little head there was appeared to be white in color.  The aroma was hoppy with a slightly caramel sweetness.  The body was a beautiful copper color.  The beer is bitter (72.41 IBU), (Seriously?  72.41?  Why so exact? Must be a comment on on the whole situation.) but has a sort of barleywine feel about it.  This is another beer that has the feeling of firey breath as the ABV is 9.75%.  The lacing on the side of glass was very nice as it managed to make it’s way down most of the glass.  The finish was warming (kind of like taking a shot).

Prost!

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