Waldo's Special Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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3.99/5 rDev -7.6%
On tap at Verdugo Bar in Los Angeles, CA.
Pours a clear orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and pine flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but pretty strong.
05-05-2013 06:18:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.33/5 rDev +0.2%
This poured out as a really nice amber color with a very minimal head on top. No lacing or retention. The smell of the beer is loaded with hops and sweet malts. The taste is very piney, some citrus and earthy caramel malts. The mouthfeel is slick, low carbonation and resiny. Overall this is a good beer, need to try it fresh on tap or bottled to get this a proper review. Still very good.
05-04-2013 23:43:01 | More by Knapp85
4.43/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
04-21-2012 00:58:26 | More by emerge077
4.6/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
04-21-2011 00:47:50 | More by largadeer
4.03/5 rDev -6.7%
On-tap at Beachwood I,
A: Pours a medium red with a light white head, leaves some nice lace.
S: Sweet crystal malt with tropical fruit.
T: Pineapple and passion fruit with a green undercurrent. Malt is heavy with some definite residual sugar character.
M: Resiny and dank, medium to full-bodied, a big hop character.
O: I'll keep it real. This is Knuckle Sandwich's doppleganger. These two beers are so similar it's crazy. A big malty Double IPA, go for it.
04-23-2013 05:47:17 | More by Halcyondays
3.66/5 rDev -15.3%
Served on-draught into a pilsner glass last night at Sunset Beer Co. Cost was $8.00. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high given the brewery and this beer's current ratings.
A: Pours a half finger head of beige colour, decent cream, pretty decent thickness, and awful (~10 second) retention. Body colour is a clear tropical orange-amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. An arresting attractive vibrant hue. I can't wait try it. A damned impressive appearance for the style - excluding the lack of good retention.
Sm: Tropical fruit - including juicy citrus. Evocative floral hop character. Complex and deep. Quite inviting. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Light oily hop character. Some grapefruit zest. A moderate strength aroma. Some subtlety. A lovely aroma overall for an (imperial) IPA.
T: Lots of juicy citrus fruit and floral hop character. Gushing fruit - mango, tangerine, clementine, bright currant. Alcohol is noticeable but it isn't hot or boozy. Just a touch imbalanced. The usual distinctive Lagunitas hop oil note is present, but a bit more tame than I expected - certainly more restrained than in Sucks or IPA. There's a lot of flavour here. Adequate pale malts provide needed countering sweetness and a strong body. Nectary and sugary. Not piney at all. I'd prefer it with more oily character. Tasty, but the lack of balance is far from ideal. Not a lot of depth or subtlety, but good complexity. I'd like to see them bring the ABV down while retaining the flavours.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Lightly oily. Clean. Crisp. Good presence on the palate. Good thickness. Good carbonation. Smacky.
Dr: I had high expectations for this one, and while it doesn't disappoint, it also doesn't impress. Quite downable even if the noticeable alcohol does bring drinkability down a bit. Another good but not great beer from Lagunitas. I'd get it again, but honestly I may prefer Lagunitas IPA just for simple easy drinking. I wouldn't want more than three of these in a single night. Not worth seeking out, but very worthwhile if you chance across it.
05-23-2013 20:49:23 | More by kojevergas
3.04/5 rDev -29.6%
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.
11-14-2013 01:40:44 | More by corby112
4.58/5 rDev +6%
Ok, first off Arbi gave this beer a 4.25 we all know how tough he rates.
A: Poured a transparent glowing golden, orange color with great carbonation leaving a nice white cap, bubbles and a lot of lacing even as I finished the glass lacing and bubbles were clinging on to the glass for mercy
S: Tropical fruits raid the nose with a whiff of booze and breadiness. Main notes were mango, orange zest, pineapple and other light orchard fruit like apricot and peach
T: Big mango, pineapple, apricot and fruits upfront with a nice booze sting, the hops tend to be upfront and it transitions into a bready malt base. Hops are sre smooth and there is not much of a hop bite, not stinging like PtY, Hop Venom or others. Very smooth on taste.
M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, loads of flavor but the mouthfeel is a little soapy and oily
O: Fantastic, I really loved this! my only fault in this beer was the slickness on the back end
04-21-2012 14:38:21 | More by barleywinefiend
4.33/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
12-18-2012 16:27:41 | More by Billolick
4.28/5 rDev -0.9%
Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY
A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow/orange in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head that slowly reduces to an extremely thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a much thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.
S: The smell of this beer was dominated by the very intense aromas of tropical hops - specifically mango and pineapple. There were some lighter hints of peach and just the slightest hint of malt.
T: The taste very much followed the smell with tropical fruits from the hops dominating. There were huge flavors of mango and pineapple followed by some lighter notes of peach and just a hint of malt sweetness. There beer is very well balanced as there is little hop bitterness and/or bite.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Coats the inside of your mouth and tongue with a slight amount of slickness.
O: I found this beer to be very refreshing, very well balanced, and very easy to drink. The alcohol was extremely well hidden but at 9.2% ABV this is not a session beer. I loved the smell and the taste and would gladly get it again.
04-24-2012 14:09:47 | More by dbrauneis
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.13/5 rDev -4.4%
Beige head. Copper amber in color.
Flavors of dank hops. Tons of floral and pine. Bright citrus with grapefruit. A big caramel malt backbone. Sticky hops. Pretty solid.
Mouthfeel: bitter and sticky. Medium bodied. Good amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.
Overall, a solid dipa. Easy to drink, but one is probably enough. Massive hop profile.
04-21-2013 21:55:58 | More by mothman
4/5 rDev -7.4%
On tap at Max's. Very surprised to see this beer here... when I saw it at the Apex in PDX, I was told this beer is very, very limited.
The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive as well, as I pick up considerable tangerine, tropical fruit (mango, papaya and the like), light pine and underlying citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and the beer is a bit sweeter and maltier than I tend to enjoy in an IPA/DIPA. Still, the beer has a goodly dose of hoppy bitterness as well, which keeps the tropical fruit from overwhelming the flavor profile. The finish is actually fairly dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, tropical fruit and bitter finish. There's a bit of heat from alcohol in the finish as well, but for the most part, the alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile.
Another solid beer from Lagunitas, but for my money, I'll take Hop Stoopid every time.
07-03-2012 14:18:05 | More by John_M
4.16/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
04-23-2013 23:27:53 | More by tdm168
4.33/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
04-21-2013 04:17:40 | More by JohnGalt1
4.45/5 rDev +3%
On tap at the Regal Beagle in a Lagunitas mason jar.
A: Bright yellow gold with a thick white creamy head. A seemingly infinite number of bubbles ascend heavenward signaling a healthy level of carbonation.
S: Dank with lots of resin and spicy grapefruit. Restrained tropical notes accompany floral aromatics. As the beer warms up weed notes become apparent. Wow, they're pretty strong. There's a little lemon and tangerine as well. No booze is noticeable.
T: Resinous pine with a juicy tangerine and grapefruit flair. Smooth moderate bitterness with a pleasant level of sweetness that provides some balance and greatly augments the drinkability of the tincture. There's notable herbal and weedy character with a little lemon. The 9.2% is deftly hidden. Finishes smooth and firmly bitter with a final citrus pine punch.
M: Medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and dry.
Overall: A damn good Double IPA. A bit sweeter than I normally prefer but it works very well here. The drinkability is dangerous. I would have loved to advocate this all night.
04-21-2012 01:30:43 | More by HopHead84
4.11/5 rDev -4.9%
On tap at Elliot Bay Pizza.
A - Served a dark orange copper with a nice foamy light tan head with great retention and lots of lacing rings left on the glass.
S - Dank citrus and tropical fruit. Cheesy.
T - Similar to the nose. Citrus, tropical and dank cheesy hop bomb.
D - Smooth drinker with good carbonation and a medium body.
O - A big dark dank ipa. Fruity and a bit of cheese in the nose and taste.
04-22-2013 20:25:48 | More by HuskyinPDX
Waldo's Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.