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Waldo's Special Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 51
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.79% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: largadeer on 04-21-2011)
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

BigLittleHokis, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

ehammond1, Jun 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

DenverBigRed, Jun 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

MJCVII, May 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

KevT, May 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

x37x, May 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

sblanton83, May 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

George1799, May 26, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.66/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.


kojevergas, May 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Topher78, May 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

jono0101, May 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

slim2043, May 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

plinythederek, May 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

DanE, May 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

throwback, May 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

shehateme, May 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

AngusOg, May 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

CTJman, May 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

MightiestBeard, May 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Pete27lax, May 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

ncstateplaya, May 08, 2013
Photo of scottfrie
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright citrus amber color with an oily off-white head that left a ton of sticky lace down the glass. I get notes of dank, herbal and citrusy hops with just a hint of malty undertone on the nose. Citrus and more dank hops follow the nose on the palate with a hint of honey and hop resin. Sweet, faintly booze, and slightly bitter finish. Medium-full body, low smooth carbonation, greasy, slick and slightly oily mouthfeel. The alcohol is hidden very well for being double digits. Solid but not their best.

scottfrie, May 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Rau71, May 05, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

UCLABrewN84, May 05, 2013
Waldo's Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.