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Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut Down Ale

Posted in Ale, American Ale, Imperial Ale with tags , , , , , , , on September 11, 2012 by Steve

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)


Blowing Rock High Country Ale

Posted in Ale, American Ale with tags , , , , on July 26, 2012 by Steve

Blowing Rock High Country Ale – Brewed by Boone Brewing Company out of Blowing Rock, NC – ?% alcohol

This is an American style ale, and simply put, it’s delicious. This review is short because while drinking it, I didn’t want to write. I just wanted to drink and enjoy it. It’s got some light hops, slight to no aftertaste. One word: awesome.

This is probably one of my favorite beers now and it’s a shame I probably won’t be able to find it anywhere around here. It’s not overbearing, and GOD DAMN it’s delicious. Screw it, I just found the first 5 Pint-rated beer of this blog. Mmmmmmm give me more!!

Final Rating – (5 Pints)

American Honor – Declaration Ale

Posted in Ale, American Ale with tags , , on August 15, 2011 by Steve

Declaration Ale – Brewed by American Honor from Wilkes-Barre, PA – 5.4% alcohol.

This one kid of caught me off guard. How a little more stronger hops than I’d expect out of a pale ale. It’s

not a bad tasting brew but it doesn’t wow me either. It’s tasty once you assimilate to the stronger hops, but if you’re not one that’s real into any ales or any bitterness, you’re probably better off leaving this one to the side.

Their website is real annoying. Stupid drumming music that will drive you crazy, and nowhere I can tell to turn it off.

Overall, not a bad beer, but I wouldn’t go seeking this one out. I wouldn’t turn one down though either.

I’d give you the address and info on tours but I couldn’t take that damn drumming anymore. Just go to the website if you’re that interested.

Final Rating – (2 pints)