Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. bomber I lugged to Paso Robles. Nice clear copper color with a thin, thick head. Aroma is woodsy, with some malts and citrus backbone. Great full bodied creamy, mouth feel that shows grapefruit rinds, lime and hops....wonderfully bitterfinish that leaves me wanting more...which I donít have.
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper coloured beer with a nice dense head. Aroma is hoppy, mostly pines, grapefruit and citrus. Thereís some sweetness in the aroma too.
The flavour is moderately hopped in a nice and parfumed way. There is some caramel sweetness backing the hops up. The end is nice and bitter but leaves your lips a bit glued together.
A nice one, but not outstanding.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle: pours a clear clean cooper colour with a large fluffy white head with some lacing. aroma of grapefruit and pine hops a caramel malt and very small amount of tropical fruit. flavour is bittering grapefruit hops, some floral notes. finishes with bitter pine hops not much if any malt presences.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2010 Re-review May 20, 2010
12oz bottle, recent batch. 9.75% ABV. Pours amber/copper with a small off-white head, doesnít maintain much of a cap and leaves just a few spots of lacing. Aroma is strong citrus and pine, some bread and caramel malts to balance things out. Flavor is some resinous & pine hops, caramel malt, rye bread, some medicinal qualities that detract from overall flavor enjoyment, a bit of alcohol is apparent in the taste. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, a bit sticky, medium carbonation. Very good, but not my absolute favorite from Lagunitas (ie Maximus, Hop Stoopid, Lucky 13...).
Original review Sep 1, 2007:
22oz. Sneak Release bottle poured into a pint glass. Another solid brew by Lagunitas. Iím a big fan of their Maximus IPA, and enjoyed the Lucky 13 as well. Pours a dark amber, almost copper with a small head that retains well throughout with some nice lacing. Aroma and flavor is a nice blend of citrus/pine hops and caramel malt. Well balanced. Sweet and syrupy with mild carbonation. Nice mouthfeel. Goes down smooth and easy, and you hardly notice the 9+% ABV...well at least in the taste...you will feel it. You do taste the alcohol more as it warms. A great bang for the buck. Kudos, Lagunitas, youíve done it again.
Aroma 6/10, Appearance 4/5, Taste 8/10, Palate 4/5, Overall 17/20: 3.9 avg
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Name: Undercover Shut-Down Ale
Source: Tasting, Noog II
clear amber, whispy white head, big sweet piney aroma, sweet malt balanced by lots of bitternes leading to a long bitter finish, hop flavor shows up mid way through,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fits the style quite well. Arrogant Bastard-esque with some Red Rocket on the side. It has the whole copper malt meets resiny hops with a touch of caramel and toffee on the side thing going on. Pretty solid. Nothing to really complain about, other than it is nothing outstanding. Standard Lagunitas - ya know?
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(sneak release not 12íth anniversary) bottle poured an amber in color with a nice two finger head that quickly settled down to a ring of foam. smell is hops, pines, slight citrus, and malts. taste is full of hops but not too bitter, has a good dose of malt to give it a nice consistency. somewhat thick in a creamy way with a little alcohol burn in the finish (but hey it is 9.28abv.) nothing i can say bad about the beer and it does seem to fit the style well.
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hard to comment on the color as I had it outside at night. Looks amberish. Aroma is malty w/floral hops. Very full mouthfeel with strong sugary malts and bitter hops. Finishes fairly alcoholic. Powerful.
bbp182 (255) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
It pours a nice amber/medium amber color to it. Oh!...My!!!...God! Hoppy as hell! I love it! Piny/Floral hoppy notes to it as well as grapefruity/fruity notes. This beer is hoppy, hoppy, hoppy and even more hoppy! Piny/floral hop taste. Thick/syrupy malty taste. Amazing! The after taste is a bit fruity. Which is great!
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lagunitas surprised me with this one. Iím not overly fond of hoppy brews, but this one is quite pleasing. The nose is strongly hoppy with a solid pine underlay. The hops did come through like gangbustes, but very well balanced with nice caramel and pleasing pine nuts, with a slight bit of ginger in the background. The strong alcohol content is well masked, making this beer as dangerous as it is drinkable.