Waldo's Special Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.64%
Wants: 78
Gots: 105 | 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: 689 | Reviews: 112
Reviews by itsscience:
Photo of itsscience
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber in color with a finger of white head that quickly settles. Dear lord, this beer is dank: there's maybe a little bit of sweet malt, sweet citrus, and grapefruit on the nose, but earthy hop notes take center stage. The smell of freshly cut grass, weed, and hop oil slaps you in the face. Given the back-story of this beer and the way it smells, I believe that Lagunitas set out to make a beer that smells as close to marijuana as possible. It tastes teeth-clenchingly bitter with herbal hops, grapefruit, peach, a sweet cracker malt presence, and the oniony finish of an extremely hopped beer or a beer made with Summit hops. It has a dry, medium body and is full of mouth-coating hop resin. At nearly 11% ABV, this beer is dangerously crushable, so watch out.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of otispdriftwood
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
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%.

Photo of mikechance
4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of mctizzz
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
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!

Photo of ehammond1
3.59/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of HankFinkel
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour in 12 ounce snifter. Great color and lacing, grapefruit nose, great up front taste with a very dry finish. Tasty selection but not one I would repeat in a single evening of sampling.

Photo of tdm168
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Ridgewood Wine and Beer Co.

A - opaque orange with a big, soft, off white head that has great retention

S - bready, very citrusy, faintly herbal, some alcohol

T - pine, huge citrus character, bread, very malty, alcohol in the finish

M - a bit viscous, chewy, full bodied, smooth

This is a really nice DIPA. I'm very glad I was able to try it. It had a tremendous hop character that gave it great drinkability. The malt is also very prevalent but well balanced with the hops. This is an all around pungent, delicious, hoppy DIPA that is definitely worth a try.

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 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 Glibber
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer in downtown Boise at Bitter creek. I really like Lagunitas, and even though many of their beers have a similar hopped flavor, this one was extremely good. A little more citrus tang, but as usual for Lagunits a good looking beer with a nice aroma, heavy lacing, and not nearly as hoppy as some of the other strong and imperial offerings. Somewhere between Little Sumpin and Maximus, both of which I love- I would definately drink more of these.
At a similar ABV to Hairy Eyeball, Undercover, and WTF, but I felt this was superior.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of D-Pi-314
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had the opp to taste this fantastic brew at the Surly Goat in w hollywood. At $12 for 550ml. I would not be knocking down the door. Got to hand it to Lagunitas for producing another A+. Golden\Bronze appearence. Full body nose, grapefruit over a crisp floral undertone. Taste supports the nose. Full BODY hops with Lacey sold malty flavor. Backed by mild finish which vanishes after a short dry linger. Mouth fell is smooth like a pearl and soft like a summer breeze. Overal if you are a Lagunitas fan this is a must have. Waldo will be gone soon. He comes back each year for 4/20 special release.

Photo of emerge077
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 is 8.75%. Sampled 4/20/12.

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar pint glass. Bright orange with a delicate ring of drippy lacing around the edges and a lasting skim across the surface.

Truly capital-D dank aroma of funky mango and grapefruit, similar tropical fruit flavors with a resiny, sticky feel on the lips. Aftertaste of juicyfruit gum. Some sweetness, but balanced by a light maltiness, and not cloying at all. Comes off pretty much perfect, and if not for time constraints, I would have had 3 pints on the spot.

Basically an "imperial Sucks" which is awesome in itself.

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 bbqnbeer
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice complex happy ale. Not too sweet...just right.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chub fill picked up this afternoon from the fine folks at Bar Gernika in downtown Boise... Poured tonight into my slim tulip... off white head has nice retention with good lacing for the entire glass... the brew is clear orange.

Nose shows tons of pithy grapefruit and almost as much piney hoppiness... slight maltiness shows bits of toast... but the malts are beat down by the hops... sweet tropical fruity hoppiness shows with warmth... loving this one.

Tropical fruit bowl hops on the palate remind me of mangoes and papaya.. tangerine zest, but still plenty of grapefruit.. the pale malts combine with some dry toast and deliver the hops nearly perfectly.. This is nearly perfect right now... fresh and wonderful.

Body is heavier than a standard West Coast DIPA.. but I honestly think it adds to the drinkability in this sense.. enjoy this one right now, because the malts will come out swinging as the hops die back.

4/4.25/4.5/4/4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY. A triple IPA for $3.25? As Gandhi once said, sign me the fuck up.

This one pours a clear golden yellow, with a tight quarter inch head, and globs of lacing everywhere.

This smells wonderful- a big heaping dose of grapefruity hops, some cat piss, a bit of booze, and tons of pine. I can't wait to drink this one.

This might be the best West Coast-style IPA I've ever had. It's the perfect marriage of intense piney bitterness, grapefruit, citrus, booze, and the ever-loved "dankness." It definitely fits with the 4/20 theme that this beer is pushing. Huge marijuana character here, along with zesty grapefruit. So, so good.

This is medium bodied, with a really crisp and juicy mouthfeel. Though it's a Triple IPA, there's none of the typical syrupy sweetness you tend to get with the style. It's cleanly fermented and well attenuated. There is a bit of alcohol on the finish, but it folds in nice and warmly with the other flavors.

This is definitely the best Lagunitas beer that I've had. So so good.

Photo of Immortale25
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Wayside Grill Asheville. Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

A- Pours medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Intense citrus blast in the aroma with lots of lemon, grapefruit and pineapple.

T- Tropical fruit flavors lead to a sharp bitterness and ends at a sweet cereal grain malt base. Lingering resinous hop bite. Notes of mango, peach and guava.

M- So sharp, it cuts like a knife but in a way that's somehow pleasant and not overbearing. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- So glad I happened upon this one. Yeah, it's got the same signature flavor profile as every other Lagunitas DIPA I've ever had, but it's still phenomenal and the ABV is so incredibly well concealed.

Photo of largadeer
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Rose and Crown, served in a 10 oz tulip.

Appearance: Effervescent golden-amber with a lasting head.

Smell: Incredibly fruity and citrusy, this is awesomely dank stuff. Stonefruit is at the forefront, but there's pineapple and tangerine right behind it. It's mildly sweet in a fruity way; there's little perceptible malt. Nectarine comes to mind after a while. The hop profile is great, and pretty unusual, too.

Taste & mouthfeel: Wow, Lagunitas is really stepping it up with their hoppy beers this year. This is a beautifully balanced DIPA, bursting with hop flavor that's backed by a near ideal level of malt. Ripe nectarine pops into my head again, which is followed by more citrusy grapefruit/pineapple hop flavor mid-palate. It opens sweet but ends dry, exhibiting a moderate level of bitterness that doesn't wear on the palate. There's not much malt flavor to speak of, more a raw grainy character buried beneath layers of hip flavor. Between this and Hop High, I've earned a new respect for Lagunitas. Hopefully they brew this again.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barley's (Asheville, NC). Served in a 10oz goblet. 

Pours a vibrant clear orange-gold with 1 finger pale head. Nice, abundant lacing. 

Big mango orange citrus hops, sweet bread. More pine. Really nice. 

Dank mango, garlic, pine, citrus, pepper, biscuit. Nice mix with the alcohol well hidden. 

Medium full feel. Low carbonation. Nice sticky long dank hoppy aftertaste. 

Another excellent imperial IPA from Lagunitas. Kind of a cross between Deviant Dales and Double Trouble. I'm happy that I got to try this.

Photo of RyanK252
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at BC's Pizza and Beer

A: Pours deep golden orange amber with a creamy off white head that settles and laces very well.

S: Sweet tropical fruit, citrus, a little pine, and some caramel malt sweetness.

T: Juicy tropical fruit and citrus, mango passion fruit orange and grapefruit, backed with pine and a solid amount of caramel malt sweetness.

M: Towards the fuller end of medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy smooth.

O: I wonder if it's just this year's edition, but given the story behind this beer I was expecting a big time dank hit. Instead it's big time tropical. No complaints from me about it. Delicious!

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Deciccos Brewster poured into tulip.
Pours a golden color. Not much head but sticky lacing. Smells of sweet fruity malts and sweet hops. Taste is like it smells but much more flavor than expected. Very fruity...mango and maybe passionfruit-like. Nice hop bite with a slightly bitter finish. This is such a great DIPA! Its not your typical over hopped brew but its so well balanced and full of flavor. Just get past the boring look and you will be pleasantly satisfied!

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Waldo's Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.