DuffMan (7139) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy copper amber with a soft golden head that generates respectable lace. Rich aromas of toffee, soft fruit, pine, and oak barrels. soft in the mouth, on the heavy side; sweet but not overbearing; toffee, slighlty earthy/woody, resinous hop bitterness that balances things perfectly. These guys do a good job with their strong ales. Fantastic!
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber with a modest white head. Mix of grapefruit, pine, caramel, pekoe, and sawdust in the aroma. Robust and smooth in the mouth. Good flavor. Caramel sweetness tempered with some citrus bitterness.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to skyview for sharing. Nice copper colored body with faint foamy off-white head. Light almost citrus hop nose. Sweet malt body with a bitter hop finish.
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours clear copper with small head that diminishes. aroma is very fruity with a good amount of grapefruit and a good amount of crystal malt sweetness. taste is very hoppy with some tropical fruit and grapefruit. this beer has a lot of crystal sweetness and pretty bitter finish.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Dan Journal #61. Tasted Nov 2006. 22oz bomber. Filtered with a deep amber hue. Spicy nose. Almost a minty peppery aroma. Citrus notes. Rich roasty malts with great flavors. Dry and bitter. Cloyingly sweet finish. Bueno!
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear burnt-orange color with a medium+ head. Fair lacing. Aroma of pine and caramel biscuits. Taste seems to brings out the malts a little more (than the aroma). Sweet caramel biscuit all the way. A bit warm. Nice.
hophead75 (2010) - 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 (3092) - 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 (5272) - 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.