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Waldo's Special Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Waldo's Special AleWaldo's Special Ale

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281 Ratings
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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 44
Gots: 6 | 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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dksl16

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

04-23-2013 06:36:03 | More by dksl16
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Halcyondays

California

4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2013 05:47:17 | More by Halcyondays
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TripelMark

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +15.7%

04-23-2013 03:02:58 | More by TripelMark
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MouthfulOfchris

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

04-23-2013 00:04:36 | More by MouthfulOfchris
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keenanite21

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

04-22-2013 22:08:56 | More by keenanite21
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SaxmanRick

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +15.7%

04-22-2013 22:06:38 | More by SaxmanRick
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herman77

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

04-22-2013 20:43:49 | More by herman77
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2013 20:25:48 | More by HuskyinPDX
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

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

On tap at 16 tons

A: Cloudy rusted copper color with a thin head. Some nice legs.

N: Wow. Very dank. Some grapefruit and pineapple. Really, really herbal and grassy. Big caramel notes hold up the nose. Peppercorns, ginger, and floral notes.

T: Hop bomb with a lot of malt notes. Incredibly huge. Bitterness hits on the backend with mixed tropical fruits. House yeast character is prevalent.

M: Very sticky and resinous. Heavy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

O: This is a slap you in the face, take your wallet beer. It’s excellent. It’ll definitely take its toll. Nice.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2013 19:16:37 | More by writerLJBerg
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sacrelicio

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +10%

04-22-2013 17:30:47 | More by sacrelicio
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fire on the Mountain, $4.20 for a pint, nice! Color is a little darker than orange, maybe even amber but most likely tawny. Aroma is pretty dank hops, pine, pine, hint of citrus and a bit of sugar? Flavor is deep dank hops with only the slightest bit of onion. Pretty thick mouthfeel, heavy beer, most definitely a DIPA. One pint was more than enough but it was definitely worth seeking out, one of Lagunitas better brews.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2013 01:18:00 | More by ArrogantB
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josephwa

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

04-22-2013 00:40:22 | More by josephwa
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MNBeer1017

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

04-22-2013 00:36:32 | More by MNBeer1017
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mc4z

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

04-22-2013 00:28:53 | More by mc4z
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2013 21:55:58 | More by mothman
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NSK79

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.4%

04-21-2013 20:25:32 | More by NSK79
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
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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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

04-21-2013 11:20:05 | More by JohnnieNepal
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IpeeA

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

04-21-2013 07:19:06 | More by IpeeA
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.33/5  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

Serving type: growler

04-21-2013 04:17:40 | More by JohnGalt1
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ambruns1979

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

04-21-2013 03:47:51 | More by ambruns1979
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +10%

04-21-2013 03:28:37 | More by PatGreer
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2013 03:21:00 | More by MattyG85
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +10%

04-21-2013 01:21:39 | More by HoistinBrews
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AgentMunky

California

4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Served at the brewery on 4/20 -- release day.

A: Generous head and a rich, glowing auburn body.

S: Huge, resiny, and amazing. Loads of astringent pine but also boatloads of fruit. Alcohol, hops, herbal spice, and just excellent.

T: Yes. This. Big, overwhelming, and incredibly impressive. Grapefruit, bitter hops, and a massive alcohol base. The aftertaste is lingering and smack worthy.

M: adequate, but overshadowed.

O: What great fortune to stumble upon this gem. Delicious and absolutely recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2013 00:46:50 | More by AgentMunky
Waldo's Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.