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Waldo's Special Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 715
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 20.84%
Wants: 82
Gots: 107 | FT: 0
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 99 | Hads: 715
Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was lucky enough to try this fresh, and the grapefruit flavor was the most intense and delicious I've ever experienced in a beer. This is definitely on the sweet side, even for a really big Imperial IPA. But if you're okay with that (as I am), and see it on tap around the annual 4/20 release date, it's a must-try.

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Photo of tigg924
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Favorite from the brewery by a long shot. Flavors are leafy hops, toffee, hemp, and citrus. The flavors meld really well. If I find this one on tap again, I will pick it up.

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Photo of jancona
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Amazing brew - pineapple, mango juice and grapefruit hop zing. A touch of booze. If you like this you may also like Victory Dirt Wolf or Victory Hop Ranch.

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Photo of hotpauko
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a big double IPA. Others describe it much better. Very standard dipa as far as looks and flavor. Of course well made from Lagunitas and high ABV is not too noticeable. I just can't say this is excellent and give it a super high rating but it is a very good dipa.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear copper color. Great head and lacing.

Smells and tastes are highly citrus, grapefruit, pine. Add bubblegum to the flavor. Punishing hops.

Smooth and full mouthfeel. Pretty heavy for a dipa.

Lagunitas kills it with this one. Bravo.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Engine Room. Pours a translucent Amber color with an inch of frothy head. Some lacing.The aroma is fruity and slightly dank. Grapefruit with some light floral notes. The taste is sweet grapefruit and dank hops up front. Moderate alcohol burn. Dank, almost garlicky finish. Medium bodied with a dry mouthfeel. Overall, really good Imperial IPA.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Looks like a typical DIPA. Golden in color with little head, some lacing but it didn't stay for long.

Smell - Smells of fruit, hops and honey

Taste - The best way i can explain this beer is to call it a Grapefruit Sculpin on steroids. Tons of grapefruit up front which leads to a nice hoppy taste on the back. It's definitely one of the sweeter DIPA's i've had.

Feel - May be the thickest IPA style beer I've had. Slight carbonation.

Overall - One of the top 5 IPA's i've had. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 32 oz growler from The Beer Growler into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a ruby red with orange highlights, semi cloudy but not murky, with a fluffy two finger head that dissapates to a frothy lace. Good retention.

S - Grapefruit, citrus, touch of dank, sea salt/onion.

T - Lagunitas flavor, amped up slightly with some heat. Reminds me of Sucks with a little less sweetness, and a few more IBU's.

M - Carbonation medium low, mouthfeel is full, but not overbearing.

O - An excellent IIPA (or trip), recommended, especially for those who like Lagunitas other offerings.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a coppercolor with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tropical, citrus, floral, herbal, candied fruit, caramel malts, and a little booze.

Taste: Nice hop flavor. Sweet malt backbone, booze, and light tingly bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, a bit booze, light tingly bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: It's been a year since I have seen this beer. Had to get a review in before it's gone till next year. Probably grab another beer too.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.74/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lots of citrus hops, grapefruit and pine...not inventive on the flavors but ratchets it up to 11. Mouthfeel was a little greasy which I didn't personally love.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Cold pour is thick and syrupy. Dank and wonderful scent, thick on the mouth and tiny bubbles really coat your palate. Very well hidden booze and a really really solid DIPA.

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Photo of 57md
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy copper. The nose is definitely dank - the essence of weed is hard to ignore. The flavor profile also is dominated by the essence of Sweet Leaf.

Before anyone thinks that this is just a novelty beer, let me say that the malt backbone is solid and it meshes well with the dank hop profile.

Makes me want to light one up!

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Photo of dar482
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of rand
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
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

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
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?

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Photo of dynajack1
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Christoffer91
4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
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

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Photo of Stevedore
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of mabermud
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Waldo's Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.