The Waldos' Special Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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The Waldos' Special AleThe Waldos' Special Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed for all the treasure hunters.

Herbaceous. Botanical. Dank. Resinous.

Added by largadeer on 04-21-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,979
Reviews:
451
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
7.87%
 
 
Wants:
143
Gots:
547
For Trade:
3
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Photo of XavierBenitez
4.98/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look: clear peachy-orange. modest head on the pour that fades to some wisps.
smell: popping with citrusy hops bolstered by semi sweet fruity malt. Big nose.
taste: Much like the nose. mostly dry. citrus and fruity.

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

Photo of B302
4.98/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of IronLover
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color with a slight chill haze that ultimately clears as this warmed up. Poured with a short, creamy, off white foam with good retention. Medium high, sharp, citrus and orange hop aromas. Medium malt aroma with light caramel and sweet, pleasant boozy notes. Medium bodied with a viscous creamy smoothness. Carbonation is medium low. Intense boozy warmth from beginning to end, but never hot. Caramel malt and malt flavors with intense orange and citrus hop flavors. Medium high hop bitterness through the middle. Boozy heat beneath throughout. Finished with dark caramel notes, a boozy bite and lingering hop bitterness. Caramel malt flavors temper the intense hop bitterness. Hop flavors are a bit overwhelmed by bitterness. The nearly 12% abv is certainly present, but walks the fine line of being too hot. Overall, a very intense beer, that fatigues the palate.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose is in your face, super fruity, loads of pineapple and mango, subtle cedar and earthy undertones. Flavour is much the same with every fruity flavour under the sun with an intense citrus rind bitterness that lingers. Booze is well hidden though still present. Masterfully crafted and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of RHBIII
4.93/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hoppy, grapefruit coming through, smooth that you wouldnt think twice about drinking 3 of these in a row. High ABV

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Photo of JayQue
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A truly outstanding DIPA. A big beer at 11.5% abv.s Pours a clear, dark gold with some copper highlights. Small white fizzy/foamy head that fades down to a thin ring around the glass. Minimal lacing. All very typical for a high abv beer. Strong aroma of grapefruit and piney hops, very pronounced and impressive. Flavor includes piney hops and grapefruit but there is a strong, somewhat sweet malt presence and some dank/damp presence to the hops. The bitterness level is strong and the alcohol presence is just a minimum warming type. The beer is actually crisp and with a bit of malty balance, it goes down real easy. This is well worth trying, I would buy more of them, if available.

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Photo of bcsbeer
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SerpentX
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cambabeer
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear bright golden color with a one-finger foamy white head that eventually reduces to a ring around the edge

S- big earthy and herbal hop aromas up front, along with citrus/tropical notes of mango, passionfruit, pineapple, orange pith & grapefruit. Undertones of garlic and pine resin

T- juicy and dank up front with notes of grapefruit, mango, guava, pineapple, melon and orange zest. Mid-palate brings some malty sweetness, along with some garlicy hops. The finish gives some pine resin, and herbaceous and earthy mosaic-like linger

M- medium-thick body with moderate carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming, sweet finish

O- juicy, herbal & dank for sure, the only thing I would change is town down the malty sweetness a bit, otherwise outstanding

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Photo of sohearn
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mlefebvre7
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DavidST
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fathercharles
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vinces915
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rachel_and_alex
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of greencovesteve
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmukid87
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NorCalAussie
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason_cs
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nrod
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - Copper orange, clear body, and a finger of white head

S - Syrupy, resinous, garlic, onion, apple juice, black pepper

T - Sweet candies, oranges, dank hops, warming booze

F - Thick and syrupy, flavors stick to every surface, boozy, but a good sipper

O -Unique experience. TIPA fans will love the dank overload and warming with each sip

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: slight haze; copper colored; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a splotchy cap; nice lacing;

S: aromatic; grapefruit is predominant, with pineapple and caramel in the background;

T: caramel for a brief moment, then it's all pineapple through the finish; moderate grapefruit rind bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; hides the ABV well;

O: really good:

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