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Waldo's Special Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.87%
Wants: 72
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
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Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.79% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: largadeer on 04-21-2011

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Ratings: 544 | Reviews: 99
Photo of Kraj30
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is way better than I expected. For a triple it is really smooth. Had 3 before I realized it. Great stuff on draft.. love the tropical notes

Photo of dar482
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer up front offers dried mango, papaya, lots of sweet tropical, juicy orange, then onto lots of sugary sweetness and caramel bready malt. The finish is bitter of leafy hops and piney resinous. A clean beer, despite its big breadiness, it drinks below its ABV. An exceptional TIPA and one of the best hoppy from Lagunitas.

Photo of jar4989
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredibly delicious, unique double IPA

Photo of rand
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap to small snifter, served at blind lady ale house, San Diego.

A BIG, hop-forward ale, with a strong, resiny bouquet and distinct tropical notes. Mango in the nose, booze and pineapple on the palate. The beer is all over the place and could be kinda jarring depending on what you were consuming prior, but it works. And an 11% ABV is an afterthought.

Photo of martyl1000
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Freaking awesome. On tap at Coopers Tavern, for MCNW 2015

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lots of pine and resin on here. Nice sticky and somewhat sweet thing going on. Bitter comes in as accents. Smooth and easy drinking. Great beer!

Photo of Devman171
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Amber pour at Old Line, big pine resin, floral, and dank herb. Big thick malt and body, bitter finish.

Photo of chrisjws
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip glass at Tap Alley in Fremont, CA

A: Dark orange, half a finger of head and slightly hazy
S: Grapefruit, orange, pine, grassy, garlic/onion, some sweetness and a little booze in the background
T: Follows the nose and even more so. Lots of caramel sweetness with biting dank hop flavors. Lots of pine and grapefruit, but not overly bitter
M: Medium mouthfeel, definitely drinks like a bigger beer. Finishes up dry so its easy to keep on sipping.
O: Delicious triple IPA, not crazy dank so its accessible even for IPA drinkers who prefer more citrus

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE - Opaque, 1FH, carbonation, amber, lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, citrus, pine.

TASTE - Hops, bitter, yeast, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Thick, carbonation, smooth, creamy, lingering, bubbly.

VALUE - $8 for 12-oz draft. Decent.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Great beer. Why the hell won't they bottle it?

Photo of dynajack1
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Grill Next Door in Haverhill MA. Beautiful looking amberish hue with a nice lacing. Wonderful nose very much resembling Sucks. Syurpy stickiness that hides the alcohol well. Absolutely reminiscent of Sucks with a bit more tropical overtones. Fantastic limited release from Lagunitas. This is definitely what they do best. Try it if you can.

Photo of Christoffer91
4.76/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Eureka bar;
Absolutely delicious DIPA. Malty sweetness balanced with that classic Lagunitas hop profile but doubled. A tad syrupy with a smooth mouthfeel. Reminded me of Lagunitas Sucks, except I get more hops on the nose with this one. 4.75

Photo of Stevedore
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Local Option. Served in a snifter.

Appears darker golden-copper body, one finger short-lived head, not much retention or lacing. Smells of sweet caramel; very clean sweet caramel and a strong grapefruit and pine presence, more of the grapefruit than pine. Very clean and crisp aroma, very hoppy. Flavour is grapefruit backed up by a very sweet malt backbone, makes me think this is what a good American triple IPA would be; it's very hoppy but it is more sweet than it is hoppy, if that makes sense. Not complicated, but very nice. Mouthfeel is thick bodied, not quite syrupy, good carbonation, crisp. It gets a bit boozy as it warms up, unfortunately, which bothers me a slight bit. Overall, a tasty hopped up pale ale, I would consider it to be a triple IPA at 10.79%, as it has a fair bit of heat to it.

Photo of Barnoloid
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Onion, resin and big malt presence here all combine for a big DIPA. Lots of overly ripe mango and pineapple notes with an extensive piney/sap residue feel. Big, sticky and great.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange. Medium white head. Lots of lacing.

Smell - Citrus hops. Lots of caramel malt. Sweet smelling. A little pine.

Taste - Grapefruit. Very sweet caramel malt. Toasty malt. Bitterness and booze.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Boozy. Still not that hard to drink.

Overall - It's one of those beers that if you think about it too much, it's too big. But it drinks pretty darned well for being an absurdly large IPA.

Photo of DevonBro
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap in Stillwater, Mn. Soo dank and probably my favorite lighter brew!

Photo of neurobot01
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Buzz Hive in SB.

Look: dark orange/brown with minimal head. Looks gorgeous.

Smell: hops and caramel. Pine and orange rind.

Taste: holy hell. Sweet, but not in the standard tropical IIPA way. Like a hoppy caramel candy. Closest comparison is maybe Undercover, but ramped way up.

Feel: stupid thick. Just about goddamn perfect.

Overall: this is a great beer. It's right in the IIPA/American Strong no-man's land that I'd live in if I could. Fantastic.

Photo of Rutager
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Dad's on Sacramento. Listed at 9.0%. Clear orange-gold with a thin ivory head. Sweet candied tropical fruits on the nose. Sweet caramel malts and dried, sugary tropical fruits, candies citrus fruits, and a touch of licorice root. Rich and delicious.

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another delicious DIPA from Lagunitas. Very tasty and goes down easy. Be careful of the ABV though, I had 2 tulips of it and was pretty buzzed upon finishing.

Photo of mabermud
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Burnt orange body. Off white filmy head.
Smell: Rich hoppiness with sweet, orangey citrus.
Taste: Rich hoppiness with sweet, orangey citrus. A touch of sharpness in the taste.
Feel: This is one of the best mouth feels I have encountered for an American Double. Rich, dense, and full carbonation. Body is substantial, and fits the bill.

Overall - Similar to Port Brewing Anniversay Ale, but not hot. Sweeter, jucier, and smoother.

Photo of TheRealColby
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best IPAs I've tried. On tap at the Liberty Craft House. Color was a polished Brass. First aroma was pine and herb with subtle citrus following.

The mouth feel and balanced tastes were great but the finish was what made this beer special: felt like a lemon honey cough drop going down.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

CDXX tasted from draft at Firkin on April 24, 2015.

Photo of Roguer
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful beer; very clear coppery/orange brew, topped with a fairly thin white head with excellent retention and nice flat fields of lacing.

Extremely juicy: tropical and citrus in equal doses, with a kiss of dank hops on the back end. Extremely hoppy, but entirely in a juicy way.

A little syrupy on the mouthfeel, almost certainly due to the high ABV. Definitely a TIPA all the way.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish orange color with excellent clarity and soapy head ontop. The aroma had tropical notes from West Coast hops employed generously and perhaps copiously throughout. Pine, herb, caramel and toast also arise after initial citrus burst. Perhaps there is alcoholic fruit aromas mingling with the hops, but it would be difficult for most to ascertain.

The flavor is quite tasty indeed, with fresh pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and pine lasting well into the flavor with some earthy bitterness appearing briefly, once again finishing with hop and alcohol driven citrus and fruit flavors, respectively. Malt sweetness checks in and provides the backbone for the big time hop flavors.

Full bodied, chewy beer that has hops and tropical notes dancing happily upon the tongue. Bitterness is at a good level and keeps the beer from being a big sweet mess, and the alcohol is deceptively well hidden.

Overall, consider this a must try from Lagunitas. Perhaps the best they have done.

Photo of Qbdoo
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Piney, piney, piney, with a splash of citrus. Incredibly aromatic but just a tad sweeter than I'd like.

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI:

Appearance: Copper-amber with a thick, frothy head. Medium retention, but leaves a nice thick ring along the edges of the glass. Lacing was really thick and sudsy.

Aroma: Wow, really fresh and pleasant. Lots of tropical fruit, mixed with a grassy, refreshing undertone.

Taste: Lots of citrus, but well-balanced with some fresh, bready notes. Got some tangerine, but also plenty of bitterness on the finish.

Feel: Crisp and creamy, with a very resinous, thick finish.

Overall: Holy moly, when I was drinking this, I had no idea of the ABV. Now that I'm home, and relatively buzzed after drinking a couple, I'm amazed at this beer. Incredibly well-balanced and nicely hopped, but I can't believe it clocks in at almost 11%! For $5 on tap, this is an amazing beer and an even better bargain.

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Waldo's Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.