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Waldo's Special Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 714
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 20.89%
Wants: 80
Gots: 107 | FT: 0
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Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: largadeer on 04-21-2011

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Reviews: 99 | Hads: 714
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Waldo's on tap at Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen, NYC. 8-oz glass.

Appearance: Beautiful pale amber, resin-honey color. Great white head and lacing. Promising!

Smell: Sweet and citrus, reminds me of Lagunitas Sucks. Tropical aromas, confectioner's sugar, pineapple juice. Candied orange.

Taste: An assault of citrus hops! Chew on those cones and smell the weed, this is Waldo for you. Piney and sticky, dry finish. Spruce tips scattered on the ground of an Oregon forest. More bitter than in the nose, with some grapefruit juice and lime. Peppery spice around the edges.

Mouthfeel: Full body and flavor, unbalanced and great. It's an onslaught of hops! It almost burns when it warms up- wild and wonderful.

OVerall: Sometimes I demur at these crazy, one-track-mind super-hoppy IPA's, but this one sure does work! Extremely drinkable, flavorful, delicious.

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Photo of DocJitsu
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with an off white head. It has a very clean, candied grapefruit bouquet. It has a wonderful grapefruit forward flavor. There's a nearly perfect mouthfeel for the style. It's very complimentary to the flavors. No discernible alcohol warmth. This is a magnificent beer.

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Photo of dlello2
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

14oz pour at Owen and Engine in Chicago for 5 bucks. Cheers guys!

A - Clear yellow with a hint of orange. Snow white head clings to glass but dissipates fast. Bubbles flowing.

S - Holy cow 420. This is insane. Oranges, pineapple, and malts are next, but they marry with the weed beautifully. You can tell that it is gonna taste hoppy but in the nose they definitely take a back seat. This is intense.

T - Follows the nose. Nice bitterness from the hops, some honey and the citrus to follow. I can smell the mj as I sip. Very good.

M - Good. Full bodied and good carbonation. A little more than I'd like but not enough to detract.

O - Another homer for Lagunitas. Smell is easily the best part. Look forward to trying this again.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barley's (Asheville, NC). Served in a 10oz goblet. 

Pours a vibrant clear orange-gold with 1 finger pale head. Nice, abundant lacing. 

Big mango orange citrus hops, sweet bread. More pine. Really nice. 

Dank mango, garlic, pine, citrus, pepper, biscuit. Nice mix with the alcohol well hidden. 

Medium full feel. Low carbonation. Nice sticky long dank hoppy aftertaste. 

Another excellent imperial IPA from Lagunitas. Kind of a cross between Deviant Dales and Double Trouble. I'm happy that I got to try this.

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Photo of dmatsui
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: medium/dark copper with low carbonation and a thin head with low retention. Some residual lacing.

Smell: Bright, floral and lemony hops hit you full in the face with an unmistakable dank presence (citrusy sativa aromatics, no joke.) This is one of the most aromatic IIPAs I have ever had, with other complexities including mango, grapefruit and pine.

Taste: Huge hit of weed flavor as expected (again, along the lines of a lemony, funky, skunky sativa.) Huge Chinook hop presence and a very light, sweet malt base that does not interfere with the hops. Lagunitas put the hops first and foremost as always, making the Waldo an unmistakable Norcal IIPA. Booze hits mid-palate with just a touch of warmth (almost untraceable even at 9.4% abv) that transitions into a dry, floral and sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Just perfect. The beer itself in glass appears to have very little carbonation, but seems to be activated once it hits your tongue, coating it in a very light layer of tiny bubbles that dance and delight your taste buds, along the lines of a slightly flat soda. The Waldo is also oily and feels nice and slick.
Extremely drinkable.

How Lagunitas managed to infuse the complexities of chronic Norcal bud is beyond me. There are very few beers that I enjoy as much as I enjoyed the Waldo.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at City Beer Store in SF. Poured a dark, clear orange. Tastes very fruity for a iipaa. Nice bitterness, with the fruity notes really sticking out. I had no idea this was 9.2 percent when I had this. Drinks down really easy. very interesting iipa offer.

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Photo of Giovacchini
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a hazy amber with a thin white head.

S- mango, pineapple, citrus, very subtle pine, peach, and malt.

T- pineapple, mango, peach, citrus, and malt. It's not as piney as most DIPA's I've had.

M- Suprisngley this beer is not that bitter. The tropical hop flavor bring a nice sweetness to the palate followed by a little alcohol warmth.

O- I really enjoyed this beer. It was very drinkable and is something I look forward to having again. Hopefully they will brew more of this now that Lagunitas is expanding.

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Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Papago in Scottsdale, AZ.

A: Beautiful, clear, golden-yellow with a bubbly white head. Not much lace or retention.

S: Heavy American, fruity, and piney hops.

T: Massive American hops. Bitter and dry but refreshing and delicious.

M: Smooth and tons of flavor. Highly drinkable for a Double IPA.

O: Another incredible beer from Lagunitas. Up there with some of the best IIPA's.

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Photo of D-Pi-314
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had the opp to taste this fantastic brew at the Surly Goat in w hollywood. At $12 for 550ml. I would not be knocking down the door. Got to hand it to Lagunitas for producing another A+. Golden\Bronze appearence. Full body nose, grapefruit over a crisp floral undertone. Taste supports the nose. Full BODY hops with Lacey sold malty flavor. Backed by mild finish which vanishes after a short dry linger. Mouth fell is smooth like a pearl and soft like a summer breeze. Overal if you are a Lagunitas fan this is a must have. Waldo will be gone soon. He comes back each year for 4/20 special release.

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Photo of CenCalMario
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ST: On tap at Eureka Burger Fresno.

A: Nice beautiful deep orange.

S: Yeah buddy! Hops, sweet citra, danky.

T: Resinous, piney, citrus, fruity, yummy. Sneaky 9.2% beer for sure.

MF: Liquid heaven

O: Superb double IPA, on the same path as Sucks/Holiday Ale. Resinous, sticky and sweet... I would drink this everyday!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Glibber
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer in downtown Boise at Bitter creek. I really like Lagunitas, and even though many of their beers have a similar hopped flavor, this one was extremely good. A little more citrus tang, but as usual for Lagunits a good looking beer with a nice aroma, heavy lacing, and not nearly as hoppy as some of the other strong and imperial offerings. Somewhere between Little Sumpin and Maximus, both of which I love- I would definately drink more of these.
At a similar ABV to Hairy Eyeball, Undercover, and WTF, but I felt this was superior.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Deciccos Brewster poured into tulip.
Pours a golden color. Not much head but sticky lacing. Smells of sweet fruity malts and sweet hops. Taste is like it smells but much more flavor than expected. Very fruity...mango and maybe passionfruit-like. Nice hop bite with a slightly bitter finish. This is such a great DIPA! Its not your typical over hopped brew but its so well balanced and full of flavor. Just get past the boring look and you will be pleasantly satisfied!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of nkeckhar
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger, NYC.

A: yellow/orange gold with a nice head, fully carbonated.

S: hoppy, resin, and earthy

T: flavor is similar, with some bitter citrus and sweet candied fruits...emphasis on the sweet

M: medium body, slightly oily

Overall: surprising how drinkable it is. i got one for a female friend i was with who isn't an ipa drinker and even she thought it was solid - that signals to me a great ipa!

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Photo of mikechance
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Samuel Horne's Tavern in Folsom, CA.

A --- nice deep and thick orange/yellow with 1/2 foam

S --- lots of citrus and flowers

T --- sweet, hoppy and bitter

M --- full bodied and nicely carbinated

O --- As usual another excellent beer from Lagunitas. Very good, but not among their best.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 4:20 of course.

Pours a golden translucent color with a fingers worth of white head. Small spots of lacing.

The nose has a ton of pine and earthy hops. Smells like bud. Herb. Buddah. Whatever you wanna call it. Suitable considering the occasion but smelling mighty fine regardless. Big hops. Well hidden ABV.

The flavors are earthy, light onion, grassy, and piney hops. Hoppy and again, resembling mary jane. The malt is offered in a subtle fashion behind the hop masses.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and is smooth and creamy through and through. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, another impressive hop bomb from the brewers/stoners over at Lagunitas. Impressive.

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Photo of illidurit
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Parish Publick House in Santa Cruz. Poured into a nice Sierra Nevada tulip glass. Bright tangerine color with a thick off-white head. Aroma is sweet and succulent with lots of caramel, orange, and lesser notes of stone fruit. Flavor is much the same. Rather sweet and sticky with rich caramel malts along with the sweet fruitiness of the aroma. Thick and slightly boozy. A dry DIPA with this hop character would be good, and a barleywine with this malt character would be good. But I don't want both in one beer. It's not bad at all. It's just too sweet for me. A definite improvement on some of their previous unbearable IPAs though.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beer Revolution. Pours a clear, light amber with a two finger white head that has very good retention and leaves a huge amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is huge weed, some orange peel, grapefruit, and some light caramel malt. Definitely the dankest smelling beer that I've had. The initial taste is relatively sweet with dank hops. There is also some light floral hops, grapefruit, as well as some apricot. A bit of caramel malt as well. The finish is dry with a decent bitterness. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall a pretty enjoyable beer. They certainly succeeded in creating a really dank beer for 4/20.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the R&C.

A: Pours a clear, golden-amber body in the Allagash tulip. It's capped by a small off-white head, which is totally gone by the time I start working on the beer. A few washes of lace, but nothing remarkable.

S: Washes of stone fruit hit the nose first: apricot, peach. The aromas progress into tangerines and oranges, finally pulling out a mossy, weed-like finishing presence.

T: The taste is more defined by tangerines and oranges than the nose led me to expect. Peaches are impossible to miss, and apricots eventually follow, along with pineapple. I tend to love tropical citrus flavors, so this assortment is right up my alley. There doesn't seem to be much crystal malt, if any -- no caramel or strongly malty flavors. But there is some residual sugar cookie sweetness, though it's far less pronounced than in (say) Pliny the Younger. Bitterness is mild; it overpowers the sweetness and gives the beer the impression of dryness.

M: However, after the bitterness fades, I realize that the beer is more on the syrupy end. The carbonation falls short of being smooth; it could stand to be higher for a body of this gravity. It leaves a residual coat of sugar on the palate, which accentuates the light booze burn.

O: I liked this one quite a bit.

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Photo of lechroy
3.44/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Beer Revolution in Oakland.

A - Nice warm brown with a warmed single finger head that departed quickly.
S - Hopsextravaganza. That good. This baby is loaded with piney strength. Think boreal forest.
T - really heavy hitter with lots of weight. This is not a beer for the delicate palette. Lots of malt and lots of hops. Doesn't hold a candle to the Hop Stoopid, which is just a much nicer, more balanced beer without the kick in the arse.
M - heavy. maybe a touch syrup-y. Felt slightly under carbonated.
O - Let me start by saying that Lagunitas is my favorite brewery. This beer feels slightly overdone. Too much, too think, too big for my taste even as an imperial IPA. Sorry Lagunitas, I think this one isn't as desirable as many others you brew.

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Photo of largadeer
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Waldo's Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.