Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut Down Ale

Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut Down Ale – Brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Company out of Petaluma, CA – 9.8% abv

First, lets give a little back-story. This beer was brewed by Lagunitas in remembrance of the “2005 St Patrick’s Day Massacre”. Massacre you say?! Nope, calm down. As it turns out, in 2005, Lagunitas was having one of their regular Thursday night tastings when a “good samaritan” (read: asshole) spotted someone outside the brewery enjoying a little reefer (medical marijuana was/is “legal” and the stuff accounts for a major % of the economy in that area) and called the cops. For the following 8 weeks, the police conducted an investigation into the brewery, thinking they were selling weed out of it, sending undercover cops in there on Thursdays trying to score some pot.  Many offered it to them for free, but nobody ever tried to make a sale. Needless to say, it failed, cops got pissed, and on St. Patrick’s Day arrested a few people on some minor pot possession charges (later dropped). They then suspended Lagunitas’ alcohol license for 20 days.

“We brewed this especially bitter ale in dedication to all the world’s would-be astronauts, in remembrance of the 2005 St. Patrick’s Day Massacre 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.” – Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale label

So now onto the beer. The brew itself is pretty freaking good. Not as bitter as I was expecting. Definitely has that hoppy taste but no real aftertaste or bitterness one would find in an IPA or other ales. To be fair, this isn’t an IPA but you never know with Lagunitas. Very good ale right from the start. It’s self described an “oxymoronic imperial mild ale”. It makes sense. It has those tastes one wouldn’t expect from an imperial or IPA but right no bite.

Has a nice red color, some hints of caramel and toffee right before you get that warmth from the alcohol itself (it is 9.8% after all). A couple swigs and I can feel a slight buzz already. This brew is actually considered an American Strong Ale, or an Imperial Red Ale. Halfway through, it starts to get even tastier. Maybe I’m just thirsty but its starting to go down quicker. For the amount of alcohol, it  isn’t overbeating either which is nice.

I love Lagunitas. I’ve had multiple offerings from them and they are generally on top of the game. This beer doesn’t wow me, but it’s another solid offering from a brewery that just can’t help but create delicious beers.

Final Rating – (4 Pints)


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