hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another ASA from Lagunitas...go figure... reddish amber in color with a medium to large off white head. good lacing. Aroma of caramel and citrus fruits-very fresh. Taste is of caramel, and dark crystal malts balanced nicely with citrus and mango, a nice bitterness throughout.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUL 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
How appropriate, drinking "Shut-down" ale during my employer’s July "shut-down" week. Nose of pine, spice, lemon, mango, perfume & flowers. The brew pours a sparkling copper with amber highlights. The fully lasting off-white head is creamy and sticky, leaving very good lace. The flavor starts balanced with low acidity and a spicy middle. The finish is bitter. The medium body is creamy and soft. The finish feels astringent. **I had to dock the flavor a couple of points; because as the brew warmed and breathed I picked up an almost unbearable quality of soap in every swig.** Not sure what that was all about, but I didn’t care for it at all!
shigadeyo (3026) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
6/21/2007: Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale is clear and is deep amber-orange in color. It also has a creamy beige head. Sweet malts combined with a lush, dry-hopped citrus createds a very inviting aroma. This beer is very malty and sweet with flavors of rich caramel and citrus hops. Initially there is a moderate bittereness, but it grows more and more with each taste. In addition, the alcohol is surprisingly not obvious in the flavor. The palate is sticky and the body is medium-full. This is another good beer from Lagunitas, but it is very similar to the other American Strong Ales that they make...
22 oz bottle (Alc. 9.28% by Vol., O.G. = Unforgiven, IBU = Unrepentant) shared by Rob or Lance. Thanks!
Skyview (5242) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up single 22-oz bottle at John’s Market Place in Portland, OR. Pours a semi-hazy copperish amber brew with an average off-white head. Slowly dissolves to a fine film. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus peel, and a touch of papaya. Taste is sweet, smooth with an immediate distinct bitter taste. Finish is a lingering bitter with a warm alcohol character.
fiulijn (14978) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amber color, hazy. Very good malt, both the aroma and flavor; strong mouthfeel, just showing some alcohol, extreme but well balanced. Good hopping. Very good.
taffurs888 (124) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice beer, very hoppy I felt, with a nice blend of caramel malt taste. Had a nice body too it. Reminded me of other Lagunitas though.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled. Pours copper with a decent size off-white head. Aroma of Caramel malts, fruit, piney hops, and citrus. The flavor is sweet, caramel, fruit, with a citrusy bitter finish. Good brew.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JUL 3, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled in a 22 oz bottle. Poured dark brown with a thin head. Had a very bitter flavor with mild hops and thick malt base. Aroma was relatively sweet and palate was pretty smooth for being so bitter.
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitas seems to be the king of making good but not quite exceptional beers, particularly those with a high dose of both hops and malt. Another solidly enjoyable ASA, a bit darker with more sweet malt than their Lucky 13 but still hopped up and full bodied. Considering its large ABV, solid flavor, and extremely reasonable price (4$ for a bomber), it’s well worth a purchase.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Poured a clear dark orange color. Head was thick, off white, and left some decent lace behind. Aroma was of light malty molasses, minimal grapefruity hops, dried cherry, raisin, and soy. I also detected occasional notes of hot dog and yellow mustard. I didn’t drink this one anywhere near a hot dog stand, so it wasn’t a matter of smelling someone else’s lunch. Medium bodied and slightly sweet. The sweetness gave way to assertive hop bitterness that really lays into the tongue at the end and lingers. Tasted of malty caramel, whisky, and toffee. I also wonder if there was a bit of peated malt used to make this one. Interesting beer, but didn’t go down as one of my favorites.