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Waldo's Special Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 714
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 20.89%
Wants: 80
Gots: 107 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 99 | Hads: 714
Reviews by TheBrewo:
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4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer was served from the tap at One-Eyed Betty’s in Ferndale, MI. It arrived in a generic tulip, showing a reddish pumpkin coloring. It held a one finger head of tannish bubbles that retained nicely, leaving sheets of lacing all around the glass. A mild chill haze distorted clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be moderate. The aroma was bright, with big hops off the bat giving earthy spice and sweet and sticky nectary grapefruit. This was cut harshly by fusel booze, nail polish remover, and the most insanely floral (independent of hops) quality we’ve ever whiffed, giving bittered earthiness against a background of a cooling but spicy perfumy cloud. The malts were pushed to the back, but were nicely inclusive and varied, with pales, heavy caramels, and toasty ambers. Our first impression was that the flavoring was strongly fusel, spicy, and phenolic, while remaining pleasantly fresh. As we sipped, the taste opened with honey sweetness, toasty caramel and redder malts, big bitterness of herbal and juicy citric hops, and fruity sugars of apricot and pineapple. Moving to the peak was an enhancement of the hops to spicier note and some resiny pine, with a mix of peppery booze, crisp tannic lemony twist, sugary sweet caramel malt balance, and more lightly toasted amber malts. The finish came with a wash of extremely fusel booze and spicy plastic phenols, with those bittered herbal hops, yeasty metallics, light pales, solid lemon rind, and a revival of that pineapple fruitiness as the sole source of balance here. The aftertaste breathed of black pepper, pale and white flour maltiness, herbal hop bitterness, spicy booze, curry spiciness, earthy mineral, raw honey, and strongly plastic phenols. The body was medium, and the carbonation was the same. Each sip gave excellent pop and glug, with nice slurp and smack, and beautifully soft cream and froth. The mouth was slickly coated with thick and sticky froth, with no real dryness other than a light tannic quality. The abv was big (10.5% this year according to the brewery rep) and present, but the beer drank easily.

Overall, the best things about this beer were the flavoring and the feel. The former displayed excellent juiciness and fruitiness to start, with dark and deep spicy strength, booze, sticky hops, and big malts to balance throughout the sip, striking a solid blend. The flavor is just massive. And then there was that nose. It had such a unique floral, perfume quality that both added to the depth of spiciness, while giving an air of freshness. Really everything is just so robust about this beer, making it highly memorable. As we’ve come to expect from Lagunitas, this guy is spicy, fresh, and amazingly drinkable.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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 otispdriftwood
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Lagunitas has done it again. Was at Rattle n Hum in NYC when this went up on the beer board. Since anything Lagunitas makes interests me, I tried it and was I glad I did. This beer reminds me of the Sucks! but more piney and floral. Super drinkability. I didn't know the ABV until I got home that evening and was blown away that it was 9.2%. My best guess would have been no more than 7 - 7.5%. The taste and mouthfeel followed the smell. Smooth, flavorful without any afterbite whatsoever. Where's Waldo?It's available at DeCicco's in Brewster in growlers so I'm cutting this review short and getting me some more. If you like Lagunitas' beer, and love hops, you'll love this one.

FYI - Last review was 4-21-12.

Fast forward to 4-21-14. The ABV went from 9.2% to 10.79% and it definitely changed the taste of the beer. Still good. Still a major hop bomb. But the increased alcohol muted the hoppiness, IMHO. Liked it better at 9.2%.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jono0101
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tjumfrid
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EastBay_Nick
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mikechance
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Samuel Horne's Tavern in Folsom, CA.

A --- nice deep and thick orange/yellow with 1/2 foam

S --- lots of citrus and flowers

T --- sweet, hoppy and bitter

M --- full bodied and nicely carbinated

O --- As usual another excellent beer from Lagunitas. Very good, but not among their best.

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

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Birdsal House in Peekskill, NY, a few months ago (on 4/20?) and reviewed from notes...

Pours clear medium golden amber. The head is off white, with a thin tiny bubble film and fine tongues of lacing.
Hops crushing on the nose. This is a boldly flavorful and quite large DIPA. Notes of resiny pine infused hops some gin and mini flashes of yeasty phenolics. Aggressive, heady and large. Glad I was able to give it a try.

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Photo of mctizzz
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dank and citrusy with a big malt backbone. Exactly what I would expect an imperial Lagunitas IPA to taste like. Solide beer but I just want more Born Yesterday!

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Photo of tigg924
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Lofreqwave
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of ccurrid
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of hotpauko
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Bike2work
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ehammond1
3.59/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear dark, burnt orange. Creamy, near-white head. A sticky beer.

Sweet crystal and caramel malts, biting citrus character, and some pine. Very hoppy, but also balanced by lots of sweet malt character as well.

The flavor is similar to the aroma. Sweet caramel and pine notes combine nicely, with biting, stinging citrus notes. Sweet biscuits and floral.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Tasty, but I wish Churchill's had served this beer a couple months earlier, as this beer was brewed to be enjoyed on 4/20. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I'd had it 2 more months fresh.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Groveland Tap in St. Paul, MN. Served in a Lagunitas Mason jar at exactly 4:20 pm on 4/20/13.

Appearance: Pours a bright copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head which fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Huge aroma of hops with lots of spicy pine and citrus fruit esters. Big scent of dank pine resin and grass. Floral and herbal hints. Big citrus presence with hints of ripe grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, mango, apricot, pineapple, and lemon. Sweet bready malts in the background with hints of caramel, rye, wheat grains, biscuit, and yeast. Really sharp and oily aroma dominated by the big hops.

Taste: As big and dank as it smells, huge hop flavors of pine and citrus. Spicy and oily pine resin upfront giving a dank, weed like taste. Some grass in the hop mix as well as some herbal and floral notes. Big taste of citrus fruit with notes of fresh grapefruit, pulpy orange peel, mango, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, and lemon. Behind the huge hops are some sweet bready malt with notes of biscuit, wheat grains, spicy rye, caramel, and yeast. Very hop forward and good.

Mouthfeel: Big bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very spicy, juicy, and oily. Very drying. Alcohol is hidden fairly well, the heat is from the hop attack.

Overall: Another great West Coast IPA from Lagunitas. A huge bath of dank and fruity hop flavors.

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Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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