Lagunitas – Undercover Investigation Shut Down Ale

Tasting: June 18, 2011
Style: Ale

Probably one of the best beer names of all time. I think I commented on it in another post, but let me try and recount how this ale got its name. The brewery did weekly tours and apparently a “goody two-shoe” saw someone smoking pot outside the brewery. The brewery says that the person had nothing to do with the tour or the brewery. This person called the police and so began the investigation of the brewery. An undercover officer began showing up every week for the tour. Apparently, he was easy to spot. Ultimately, nothing major came from the investigation, but the police decided to shut the brewery down for 20 days in 2005. Its known as the St. Patrick’s Day Massacre.

I was in the Wine & Beverage Depot and was staring at this beer as one of my potential swaps. I passed in favor of another – but I’m glad that Craig came through with this one.

This one is interesting in that it boasts a 9.57% ABV and an IBU of 72.41. The label also lists an OG of 1.092. As mentioned in another post — water has a gravity of 1.000. So, a higher the opening gravity indicates a dense wort filled with heavy fermentable sugars. These opening gravities can top 1.100, but this one at 1.092 is up there and worth mentioning. First whiff reveals alcohol, grain and some sweetness. First sip – thick mouthfeel. This one has really nice malt character – toasted sweetness getting some fruit like raisin and some toffee. It melds nicely with the hop bitterness that follows. I would call it more of a flash of grapefruit, but mostly a grass and pepper hop. The alcohol provides a real nice warmth. This one is a complex beauty – 90 points.

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