Waldo's Special Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.3/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
04-21-2013 15:31:09 | More by TheBrewo
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3.04/5 rDev -30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
Pours a dark copper color with mahogany edges and a one finger, frothy off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Glass is left coated with streaks of soapy lacing. Looks great!
Dank floral hop aroma with a decent balance of tropical fruit, earthy grass and sweet malt. Malt presence is a bit stronger than expected with lots of caramel and toffee sweetness along with some dark fruit and cracker.
Full bodied and surprisignly malty for the style. Again, there is a lot of caramel sweetness along with fig, vinous fruit and biscuit. The strong malt character takes away from the hops too much for my liking. Also, the hop profile is kind of one dimensional with dry bitterness lingering throughout. Needs some sweetness to cut through. All dry, earthy bitterness with prominent grass and pine needle flavors. Lacks balance and complexity. A rare miss from Lagunitas.
Serving type: on-tap
11-14-2013 01:40:44 | More by corby112
4.08/5 rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Was pleasantly surprised to see this on tap at a local wine bar.
Pours a slightly hazy and bright gold color with a pretty nice off white head.
Aromas are nice. Very resiny, with notes of sweet citrus, some mango, and pineapple.
Taste is pretty sweet up front. Notes of hard candies, sugars, and creamy malts. Finish is really resiny, with mangos, pineapple, and some hints of bitter grapefruits.
Mouthfeel is smooth, thick, full, with nice crisp carbonation.
Overall, a very nice DIPA. Leans too much too the sweet side for my liking. With some toned down malt sweetness, a more dry feel, this would be top notch. This is still no slouch as is, and I'm being a bit nit picky, because this is quite nice.
EDIT : From reading some other reviews, it sounds like this beer is dated, and past it's prime. Still very good, and I can tell that this would have been excellent really fresh.
Serving type: on-tap
07-06-2013 03:14:40 | More by flexabull
Waldo's Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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