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Waldo's Special Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 48
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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Photo of jzeilinger
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a medium to dark amber color with ridiculous dark lacing that sticks to the glass like cotton candy, light carbonation.

S - A very interesting vegetable-like dank spice, one of the most unique beers considering the nose.

T - Onion, garlic, vegetable dank, and an interesting combo between hops and malts that's hard to describe, but it really works! Ends with a grapefruit and sweet vegetable dankness that lingers on the palate.

M - Thick and viscous with an amazingly smooth, velvet-like mouthfeel.

O - This is a very unique beer that doesn't taste like most big IPA's, it's balanced, and it's not...it just works.

jzeilinger, May 01, 2013
Photo of LarryK
3.03/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was excited to try this given its placement among the Top 50 DIPAs as well as its very-limited-edition status – I didn’t think it left the state of California -- and managed to have a pour last week at The Blind Tiger.

Appearance: Very dark for a double IPA, more of an amber hue than one would expect.

Smell: Malty, sweet, barleywine-esque.

Taste: This is a barleywine masquerading as a DIPA. While it certainly has a robust, full, malty flavor, almost none of the characteristics I look for in a DIPA are present, and the sweetness of the malt totally dominates any hop flavors that might be present.

Mouthfeel: Again, this is a heavy beer, highly carbonated and very much drinks like a 10.5% beer.

Overall: This might be the first beer I’ve ever had from Lagunitas that didn’t blow me away. I’ve also mellowed on barleywines some, and so some bias may be present, but given that this beer is being called a DIPA it definitely missed the mark for me.

LarryK, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of Phillyz
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Phillyz, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of bepps
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

bepps, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of laxer8811
4.75/5  rDev +10%

laxer8811, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Alextricity
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at One-Eyed Betty's in Ferndale, Michigan.

Appearance: A light brown color with a nice bubbly film on top -- lacing's decent, but nothing extraordinary.

Smell: As others have described it, quite dank... malts, fruitiness... interesting smelling beer, no doubt.

Taste: Like the aroma, but holy hell the alcohol is very noticeable... not just in the flavor, but in the warmth as well. It was masked in the aroma, but that 10% definitely comes through on the taste buds. The warming sensation works well with the aromas and rest of the flavors, and makes for a pretty solid sipping beer. The feel is solid as well, no complaints there.

Overall, after having it side-by-side with something like Kuhnhenn's DRIPA, I found it to be ALMOST forgettable, which is a shame, because it was still a damn good beer. It smelled great, and tasted very good. The ABV is pretty insanely high on this, and it's an excellent example of the style. I hadn't even heard of this beer before having it, but I trusted Lagunitas, and it didn't fail me. Incredibly solid beer.

Alextricity, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of mhaugo
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

mhaugo, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of MrGone
4/5  rDev -7.4%

MrGone, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

CheapBeerBuzz, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of Pahn
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Stag's Head in Manhattan.

Appearance: Bartender leaves a 1 inch offwhite head that sticks around indefinitely. Pours a fully opaque yellow-orange and leaves rings of lacing.

Smell: Huge citrus and dank weed--what more could you ask from an IPA? The pungency of freshly cut citrus. Like sneaking into a greenhouse in the morning and shoving your head into a new compost pile of grapefruit peels and marijuana.

Taste: Sweet but with lots of dank, herbal/earthy/vegetal weed flavor along with powerful grapefruit pith notes. Touch of crystal malt on top of a toasted malt backbone. Small but noticeable alcohol bite, with a huge pink grapefruit flavor.

Great balance, and extremely satisfying for a hop lover. This is what you're hoping a beer will taste like when you find out that Lagunitas released a special beer for 4/20.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation. Slightly dry, with a bit of sweet stickiness. Not much heat but a little kick. Dry this beer out and it would be the top of the top tier (D)IPAs for me, but as is it's still really great.

Overall: This is the Ultimate ("HQ", "Final Form", however you want to put it) Version of the Lagunitas hoppy pale ale. Sweet, robustly hopped, citrusy, dank, strong, and delicious. Hoppy beers have always been this brewery's strength, and this beer exemplifies that.

Pahn, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

NWer, Apr 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

strohme2, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of xhuskr
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at 1 (Seal Beach)
Came home to rush up for a pint believing that it would not lost until Wed. Glad I went

A-fantastic lace the whole way down...hope to make a beer with that great of lace sometime


T-citrus, pine..the usual..in a very nice balance..an IPA with a malt backbone that matches..not overtakes it

M-softness...had a 'Snuggle' type of mouthfeel...not a huge bit of hops, but hops, then smooooth...if not for the ABV and things to do..would have had a 2nd

O-with so many great IPA out there it's becoming harder to find that 'line'...very pleased and would get another at a given chance... Almost...almost had a bit of Racer XV (Cafe Racer) to it...rare and yummy!!

xhuskr, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of DeutschesBier
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

DeutschesBier, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of Hopmarc
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Hopmarc, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of tdm168
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

tdm168, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev -7.4%

deebo, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of dksl16
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

dksl16, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
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.

Halcyondays, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of TripelMark
5/5  rDev +15.7%

TripelMark, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of MouthfulOfchris
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

MouthfulOfchris, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of keenanite21
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

keenanite21, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of SaxmanRick
5/5  rDev +15.7%

SaxmanRick, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of herman77
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

herman77, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
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.

HuskyinPDX, Apr 22, 2013
Waldo's Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.