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): 11.30%

Availability: Spring

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

Herbaceous. Botanical. Dank. Resinous.

Added by largadeer on 04-21-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#484
Reviews:
489
Ratings:
2,102
pDev:
7.87%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
156
Gots:
599
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 2,102 |  Reviews: 489
Photo of Riff
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light golden color with less than a finger of sticky, white, head. Smell is pine, tropical fruit, honey, and bread. Taste is herbal hops, honey, maple, and pine. Full syrupy body, alcohol is not overly present. I'm a little torn on this, I think I can appreciate where all the hype comes from, but it's not really a beer for me. Good complexity, easy drinking, fairly decently balanced, but I can't help but think cough drop as I drink this.

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of JeffSK
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigedal60
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of peabody
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBuckley73
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Got two bottles in Trader Joe's as a part of six pack. I'm not fan of triple IPA's (can't stand high level of alcohol) but this one on my surprise is very drinkable beside having 11.3 % of alcohol. Would buy it again.

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Photo of pvibeer
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MacStinson
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of flaskman
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a 16 ounce IPA glass. Light golden amber with a modest head. Decent lacing with tons of tiny floaters. Interesting. It smells and tastes like hop bomb. Very sweet without going over the top. Not too bitter on the finish. Piney, fruity, nice mouth feel. Very well balanced for such a big beer.

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Photo of beernooph
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of spencermacko
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GlennWB
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of barnzy78
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, date stamped 088 8 2. 2018 OneHitter Series. Copper colored ale with a frothy ivory head. Floral & citric hops aroma with caramel malt and alcohol. Big juicy flavors on a full body with a sweet caramel and honey malt backbone; hefty booze, with mango and pine riding out the bitter finish. Always fun to try a big Lagunitas beer. This knocked me on my ass but it was really good!

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Photo of CoasterGuy
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Tap

Pours slightly hazy honey golden, white ring for a head.

Smells of honey, bread malts, maple, and pine.

Flavor is of honey, biscuit, maple, pine and herbal hops.

Full syrupy body, tingly carbonation on the tongue. Warms going down.

Very rich, full barleywine-like beer. Sips very slow. Very tasty, worth trying. Comparable to 120 minute.

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Photo of MGibbons
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DJinVT
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Good, and very interesting, er, triple IPA? Deep amber color with minimal head and virtually no lacing. Intense aromas of dried fruits – pineapple, mango, apricot – and evergreen. Medium-bodied and flavorful on the palate, with plenty of resinous bitterness throughout. My main issue is with the alcohol: at 11%, there isn't enough else there to balance it out, so it shows a bit too much, especially on the finish. Happy to try this but I won't eagerly revisit. [on tap]

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Photo of Scott_McCool
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1mrbeer
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of meatyard
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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The Waldos' Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 2,102 ratings