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:
#491
Reviews:
516
Ratings:
2,191
pDev:
7.87%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Photo of Hando
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nhirsch04
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep apricot peach color, very thin lacing around edges. Powerful aroma of pineapple, tropical hops, apricots, peaches, orange, mango. Great smelling beer. Taste is solid. Taste mimics the nose with a sweet honey note and a slightly bitter finish. Enjoyable bitter though. Quality beer that rivals Born Yesterday.

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Photo of golf4collet
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of tapabrew
3.35/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Boca-X
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sakamano
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Triple IPA with a funky backbone. Definite go to beer for this style. Wish it was available at least all month, as I usually can only find it for a week and its gone.

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Photo of Hayley_86
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Rogerlb
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's spring and the Waldo's has shown up again.

A Lagunitas DIPA. pours a beautiful orange, slightly opaque color. Hardly any head, but alcohol lacing when you swirl the glass.

Aroma is fantastic, an orangy citrus with just enough dank and hops to make it not too juicy. Not as tart as grapefruit, more tangerine. Bit of malt in the back.

Taste has that typical Lagunitas sweet boozy taste, almost sickly. This is 11.3% and it feels like it although it's not "hot." Malty cream, orange rind. Hops introduce earth, dank, some pine (but not a lot), some bitterness that doesn't overpower but won't leave. Lingers rather than palate-wrecks.

Hop Stoopid or Dogfish 90 Minute, other DIPAs push the hops almost to their detriment. This brew seems to be more interested in the balance between hops and maltiness. And yet the sweet malt is not forgiving. Especially as it warms the sickly sweet alcohol intrudes over any hop nuance.

Body is relatively thin, bright and sticky. It's just strong. Easy to sip but with every taste I'm asking, should I be drinking this this fast? Like bad pot, you smoke one bowl too many and can't decide when you should have stopped.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very string DIPA/TIPA with a lot of fresh resinous hops on the nose and a strong malty presence in the taste followed by an insanely intense late bitterness. The booze is well hidden when cold.

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Photo of porters4life
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Photo of BIABTony
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I picked this up because it came highly recommended by my local brewery pub. Other posters have compared it to Pliny The Younger and although I've never had it I know that it's rated pretty high as well. All I can say is definitely go buy this right now if you're an IPA fan. 90 minute IPA WAS my previous favorite but this balances the sweetness of the malt and hop bitterness better in my opinion.

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Photo of Chilmer
2.65/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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

Photo of h4ger
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shade1951
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am so tired of IPAs. Even so, I picked up a 6-pack of this because 1) I prefer high ABV, which this definitely has, and 2) Lagunitas rarely misfires.

Upon pouring it from the bottle into a standard beer glass, I noticed how nice the smell was. When I used to really like IPAs, this is the smell I remember: citrusy, almost like grapefruit, juicy, and not very piney. Too much pine flavor, for me, adds a medicinal quality to the smell and taste that I'm not fond of.

I was happy to taste the same qualities. Even with the ABV, it was refreshing. Especially with the hot weather having finally arrived. I find it pleasurable to sip and smell this ale. It's slightly sticky on the tongue, and the carbonation is about right. There is a citrusy aftertaste that is not at all unpleasant.

I *might* buy this one again. But whether or not I do, I will surely enjoy this 6-pack.

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Photo of KShophead
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bshu
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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The Waldos' Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 2,191 ratings