The Waldos' Special Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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 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

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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 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 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 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

Photo of rawfish
3.3/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap at Hamilton's Tavern. Served in a bar chalice glass. Dark orange/amber and very hazy, a thin line of off white foam. Good retention and nice rings of lacing left on the glass.

Caramel malt, deeper notes of toffee and red fruit. Hops are dank with copious amounts of pine, canned peaches and orange citrus. Huge sweetness and booze on the back end.

Much like the nose, heavy honey bread, caramel and heavy doses of vinous fruit. Malt dominance is briefly cut by the pine and resiny forward hops that have a dull background of citrus and a grassy edge. One dimensional hops aren't enough to balance the sweetness and a medium bitterness and hot alcohol wash out through the finish.

Burdensome body with average carbonation. This beer should not be this boozy with the amount of malt that is here, also lacks drying. More bright flavors and bitterness would be useful.

Call me naive, I didn't know Waldo's Special was the Lagunitas 4.20 beer. So this DIPA is a month old, I just thought Lagunitas + IPA = winner. A big bodied and boozy DIPA, one dimensional profile and sluggish body doesn't help it either. Maybe if it wasn't 90+ degrees out I would like it more. Had to pass the glass around to get this one finished

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Photo of DarthVorador
3.3/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Brian29
3.33/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of papposilenus
3.41/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle. There's a date code on it but I can't be bothered figuring it out. Why not just put the frigging date on the bottle? I mean, how hard can that be? At any rate, served in a pub glass.

Pours a mildly hazed, deep gold with three-fingers-plus of cream coloured, rocky head. Retention is exceptionally good but only leaves some sparse, spotty lacing.

Smells of biscuity malt and lemon-scented cleaning solvent.

Taste is dense, doughy biscuit and Dundee marmalade at the start, followed by a bunch of undifferentiated overripe tropical fruits and more cleaning solvent. Finishes with pine, composting fermented pineapples and hot booze.

Feel is thick and hefty, medium-heavy bodied and under-carbonated, over-sweet and boozy.

Overall, well, I'll drink the whole thing because waste-not-want-not, right? But I can't say I particularly care for it.

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The Waldos' Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95.9% out of 100 with 2,001 ratings
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