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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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294 Ratings
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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 46
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

MNBeerGeek, May 13, 2014
Photo of rawfish
3.26/5  rDev -24.5%

On tap at Hamilton's Tavern. Served in a bar chalice glass. Dark orange/amber and very hazy, a thin line of off white foam. Good retention and nice rings of lacing left on the glass.

Caramel malt, deeper notes of toffee and red fruit. Hops are dank with copious amounts of pine, canned peaches and orange citrus. Huge sweetness and booze on the back end.

Much like the nose, heavy honey bread, caramel and heavy doses of vinous fruit. Malt dominance is briefly cut by the pine and resiny forward hops that have a dull background of citrus and a grassy edge. One dimensional hops aren't enough to balance the sweetness and a medium bitterness and hot alcohol wash out through the finish.

Burdensome body with average carbonation. This beer should not be this boozy with the amount of malt that is here, also lacks drying. More bright flavors and bitterness would be useful.

Call me naive, I didn't know Waldo's Special was the Lagunitas 4.20 beer. So this DIPA is a month old, I just thought Lagunitas + IPA = winner. A big bodied and boozy DIPA, one dimensional profile and sluggish body doesn't help it either. Maybe if it wasn't 90+ degrees out I would like it more. Had to pass the glass around to get this one finished

rawfish, May 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

mendvicdog, May 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Dylanjf, May 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Mantooth, May 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

CreightonSM, May 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

mvdillman, May 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Tex_hex, May 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

kob424, May 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

straightlambic, May 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

pjs234, May 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

ari32, May 02, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours a brilliant golden with a frothy cream head that lingers and leaves sheets of lacing as it dissipates.

Resin, pine, grass, and sharp citrus dominate the aroma. There's a hint of dank, catty hops.

Flavor is dominated by tart orange, lemon, and grapefruit pith, with resin and pine accenting nicely into the fairly bitter, resiny finish. Fruity notes surface with earthy hops in the finish.

Body is a touch light, with moderate carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

Great fruity hop character, accented well by herbal, grassy, resiny hops. Bitterness is not overwhelming. Earthiness helps with that in the finish.

barczar, May 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

SoCalBeerIdiot, May 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

outoffocus, Apr 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

sansho, Apr 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

QuietAlien, Apr 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
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3.79/5  rDev -12.3%

Appearance- Received with about half a finger's worth of head which has okay retention. The head is pure cotton white while the body is a pale to medium amber which appears as a pale amber in the light. Some lacingis left behind.

Nose- Starts off with a pretty even blend of citrus (orange, lemon, and grapefruit), peaches, slight hints of cherry, and caramel that tends toward a slightly burnt quality. Slight grassiness; dank. As it opens up, peach takes over and at points, it smells like freshly sliced peaches. Some honey, floral notes. Tropical fruits as well. Swirling reveals light grassiness and some herbal qualities.

Taste- This appears to be a mix of the newer style of IIPAs and the old style: a blend of bright citrus (orange and lemon), matchstick, tropical fruits, and a good amount of pine and resin on the finish. Some earwax, woodiness, and cracked pepper. Some cherry but none of the dominant peach of the nose and that's a shame. The more and more I drink this, the more it tastes old school. It's almost ashy and burnt from the profusion of pine, resin, and woodiness. This will definitely hit the spot with hopheads but for fans of Sucks, this might be a turn off. Beers like that have definitely changed my palate and have made beers like this one less enjoyable. Most fruit notes fade into the background as straight up lupulin takes over the palate. A solid, good beer and pretty good for the style that it is but I just can't rank it as highly as many others have. Too much of an earwax beer for me and something I would have loved 5 years ago. I'm very glad that I didn't get a growler of this last week.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Maybe a little zing.

Drinkability- A bit of a task for me because of its focus on the more bitter hops but still pretty drinkable for such a beer. Four dollars is okay for a 12 oz pour of an imperial but seems a little expensive for a Lagunitas brew. But this is Apex and I don't think this is ever bottled.

Overall- A solid, good beer which would probably be great if the strong peach of the nose had any presence on the flavor profile. It would also be nice if there were more caramel and malt to balance out the sometimes simplistic hop presence. Still worth a try but I probably wouldn't get this again.

artoolemomo, Apr 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

oldvines, Apr 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Canada_Dan, Apr 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

xdtfx, Apr 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

JMUbrewz, Apr 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

ncelauro, Apr 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Bosoxfan20, Apr 27, 2014
Waldo's Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.