The Waldos' Special Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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The Waldos' Special AleThe Waldos' Special Ale
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The Waldos' Special AleThe Waldos' Special Ale

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American 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

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Ratings: 2,218 |  Reviews: 518
Photo of wilhelmr3
1.18/5  rDev -72.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of JNPIII127
2.45/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of 1971bernat
2.5/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of MinerBob
2.54/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Disclaimer: NOT A FAN OF IPA's! Beer pours hazy yellow with with a white head and lacing. Smell of cactus and pine. The taste is IPA harsh with the funky cactus flavor. The good points is it's 11.9% and it does go down smooth but the aftertaste is there.

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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 beertunes
2.82/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a clean, clear honey gold color with about 1/2 inch of white head.

The aroma was mostly musty, stale hops with no real malt or grain aspect.

The taste was the same, stale, dirty hops, and the Lagunitas house yeast taste which doesn't taste very good.

The body was medium, and a bit sticky across the tongue.

Drinkability was OK-ish, I finished the bottle, but was glad it wasn't a larger serving. Overall, I can't recommend it, but a lot of folks like it. Shrug.

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Photo of RyanTheLion13
2.84/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Lucular
2.89/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Smelled like wet, musty socks.

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Photo of jason_nwx
3/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of C-Dog
3/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.02/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Covocali
3.03/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big piney dank ipa. Not a big fan of double ipa. Would not drink again

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Photo of LarryK
3.03/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was excited to try this given its placement among the Top 50 DIPAs as well as its very-limited-edition status – I didn’t think it left the state of California -- and managed to have a pour last week at The Blind Tiger.

Appearance: Very dark for a double IPA, more of an amber hue than one would expect.

Smell: Malty, sweet, barleywine-esque.

Taste: This is a barleywine masquerading as a DIPA. While it certainly has a robust, full, malty flavor, almost none of the characteristics I look for in a DIPA are present, and the sweetness of the malt totally dominates any hop flavors that might be present.

Mouthfeel: Again, this is a heavy beer, highly carbonated and very much drinks like a 10.5% beer.

Overall: This might be the first beer I’ve ever had from Lagunitas that didn’t blow me away. I’ve also mellowed on barleywines some, and so some bias may be present, but given that this beer is being called a DIPA it definitely missed the mark for me.

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Photo of corby112
3.09/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark copper color with mahogany edges and a one finger, frothy off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Glass is left coated with streaks of soapy lacing.  Looks great!  

Dank floral hop aroma with a decent balance of tropical fruit, earthy grass and sweet malt.  Malt presence is a bit stronger than expected with lots of caramel and toffee sweetness along with some dark fruit and cracker.  

Full bodied and surprisignly malty for the style.  Again, there is a lot of caramel sweetness along with fig, vinous fruit and biscuit.  The strong malt character takes away from the hops too much for my liking. Also, the hop profile is kind of one dimensional with dry bitterness lingering throughout.  Needs some sweetness to cut through.  All dry, earthy  bitterness with prominent grass and pine needle flavors.  Lacks balance and complexity.  A rare miss from Lagunitas.

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Photo of deebo
3.11/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Fresh bottled poured into a proper pint glass.
A-A big bubbled white foam atop a clear golden brew with an orangish hue.
S-Big fruitiness up in here. Sweet marmalade. A little grass.
T-Bold flavors punch you in the face. Lots of sweetness, candied oranges. A fair amount of piney hops start to come out as you go deeper. A bit of a caramel, toffee note from the ample malts. A nice mango flavor comes out as it warms. This is a heavy, sipping beer.
M-Big ass beer. A vapory alcohol bite that gets stronger as the beer warms.
O-A heavy, sipping beer. This is a bit too much for me. Too sweet and boozy. Tastes like Hopslam's less refined bro.

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Photo of mattpuskas
3.2/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25


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Photo of fehrminator
3.21/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of BeeerMaan
3.23/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All alcohol. No distinct taste.

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Photo of BeerDreadz
3.25/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Smurf2055
3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of Rick778
3.25/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of winningwes91
3.25/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

What in the world is the hype with this one? It's very malty and boozy. Kinda a mess tbh. It smells and tastes like an old boozy ipa/barleywine. I've had no luck with ipas over 10%, and this is by far the worst. I'm actually being generous with the score.

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Photo of Diverr69
3.27/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am a big fan of Lagunitas brewery. I have often mentioned to others that I have never had a Lagunitas beer that I didn't like. Until now. Maybe timing, mood, sense of taste all have something to do with how we perceive a beer.

My first sip was positive and I thought the beer had potential. But the more I drank it, the less I became fond of it. It was a 12 ounce draft pour and about one fourth of the way, I started tasting the hop and alcohol bittering become too much. I love hops and love hoppy beers but this one had too much bitter from the aforementioned combination to be a pleasant experience. If I had not paid a premium for the beer, I probably would not have finished it. But I did finish it and decided against pursuing a 6-pack of it. I went out of my way to sample this and was totally disappointed.

There is no balance to this beer, only bitterness. A slight sweet maltiness did little to balance the beer and the flavor and aroma were quickly snuffed out by the overwhelming bitterness

I was reminded while drinking this about hot sauces and how guys will laugh and taste the hottest damn sauces they can find, turn red, sweat and choke and then laugh and say, "That's some good shit!" Well, if IPA lovers are trending in that direction, no matter how bitter, the bitter the better, then go for this beer.

Waldo's Special Ale should be served like hot sauce, in very small portions. Like a shot glass.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.28/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of buyyourfreedom
3.29/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

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