The Waldos' Special Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

1,896 Ratings
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:
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Added by largadeer on 04-21-2011

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Reviews: 424 | Ratings: 1,896
Photo of nuggetlover
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to teku
clear amber pour, like really clear
getting dank, piney honey
big flavor on first sips. alcohol is present, but there's a lot of flavor that follows the piney honey nose
glad to have tried it, an big flavor but easy to drink 11.9%- will look for it next year.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lagunitas really knocked this one out of the park! Both last years and this years batch were dank AF! Great seasonal 4/20 hoppy release! Super excited they made it again!

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Photo of mscott58
4.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dank as dank can be, and a wonderful DIPA! For those of us who like this style of beer this is a really, really good version. Great happiness and warmth with the higher ABV. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Reef
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on a quiet weekend morning while watching a Del Toro Heineken commercial. Drinking from a tulip glass.

1 cm. head quickly dissipating to scant moustaches. Copper-golden, no murk, nothing floating in there.

Strong aroma of grapefruit, pine, wildflower honey, tangerine. Not much changes as it warms which is a feature.

By now I expect the huge rush of hops and strong malt support from this, but I still remember being bowled over the first year I could try this. Really even match between the hop dank and sweetness. I can understand anyone who finds this too sweet, but not for me.

Thick, almost chewy mouthfeel. Only noticed the 12% ABV when I have a cold or allergies. If not for past experience, I'd keep drinking these all day.

One of my annual beer highlights.

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Photo of GerryPendry
4.99/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't throw the word "dank" around very often, but you do not know dank until you've had The Waldos. This beer has a damn near perfect combination of over-the-top hoppiness and delicious chewy malt. Forget wasting your time waiting in line in the middle of the woods somewhere for a bottle of over-hyped beer brewed by some pretentious hipster who thinks he's Yoda. You can get this at the grocery store every April for under 11 bucks a 6 pack. Believe me, it doesn't get much better than this.
BY THE WAY, BEER NOOBS: If you dislike a style so much that you are incapable of rating it objectively, please do yourself and the rest of us a favor and DO NOT RATE BEERS OF THAT STYLE. Thanks. Carry on.

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Photo of Bdubz94
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter at fridge temp. Just a few weeks old.

Pours a slightly hazy medium amber color. Leaves about a finger of foamy head.

The aroma of hops streams out of the bottle upon opening. Also I am getting mango, citrus fruits, and pine. No booze.

Hops dominate the taste with definite fruity and earthy tones. Not getting much alcohol taste at all. Bitter upfront and on the finish but complex enough to keep things interesting.

Mouthfeel is quite heavy. Definite warming sensation of alcohol. Very drinkable.

Overall a great double IPA. At the risk of sounding cliche, this beer is dank. Impressive how well the booze is hidden among the hops. Be careful with this one!

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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 OKbrew89
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a tulip glass. Pours a golden amber color with a finger head that recedes moderately and leaves a thin ring of lacing at the top of the glass. Nose of dank and pine hops. Decent amount of malt with citrus, pine, and dank hops leading to a sharp, boozy finish. Medium body and medium carbonation with an unavoidable boozy aftertaste.
It's an interesting beer but the aftertaste was too much for me. For me, it's a once in a while sipper but taste is subjective.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.76/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Best beer I ever had from Lagunitas and @ Over 11% abv I have to say well done. Very piney and smooth can barely tell it's so potent. Taste might even be better than Hopslam.

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

First taste is too much flavor profile at once, herby, fruit, and a dank Ness hit me all at once. Second and third taste I really started to appreciate and get the individual notes of lychee and citrus. Herbs are not as string as I got half way through. Strong alcohol but as I lingered along with this beer it holds all strong notes of all the flavor profiles to the end.

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Photo of Meatsock
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thick mouth feel. Over hoppy and bitter the first time with a strong alcohol taste. The second time that I ordered a glass it was after fried food and the beer tasted crisp and flowery with a weak alcohol aftertaste. I started getting buzzed good after the third. Oily food helps the flavor

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Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

As much as I like Lagunitas for its entrepreneurial zeal (and its good sense and better citizenship to put its main production facility on Chicago's struggling westside), I regard this ale as a cheap shot for the hop-head market; appealing to their baser instincts... (or their lesser angels, if you are a hop-head.)

While its orange makes Waldos a good Looker.
Is abundant hops and barley give off lots of juicy Smells.
But quickly, Taste gets drown out by the bittering hops, lots of them.
This imposes on Feel and it is way too bitter for me to want to finish this ale. So I didn't.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pretty darn clear copper colored ale.

Whiffs of citrus fruits dipped into dankness. Some alcohol smells are differently present.

The taste is a blend of citrus, mango, pineapple and lemon zest. A bit boozy. Mucho bitterness on the swallow and aftertaste.

Overall this is a very nice beer though the alcohol is definitely present which makes multiples a bit tough. Still.....this is a meal in a bottle and worth seeking out and experiencing this beast.

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Photo of EMH73
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy deep gold color with an inch and a half head that dissipated quickly and left a fair amount of lacing. Smells of tropical and citrus fruits, pine with a sweet malt presence. Tastes of grapefruit, mango, pine, spices and a hint of malt. Finishes quite dry and moderately bitter, full bodied, alcohol noticeable but well hidden at 11.5%.

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

Pours a cloudy-with-fine-yeast dark gold topped with a beauty white head that left bas relief lace as it slowly retreated to a lasting cap.

Med. strength aroma that is a wonderful mix of crisp grainy sweet, sweet general citrus, grapefruit pith, and sativa herb.

Full flavored attack of all the flavors in the nose followed by righteous dank bitter herb at the end of the sip that is a blast of great flavors.

Thick, viscous, med. carb., killer finish mouthfeel that is just a perfect frame for the flavor profile.

Wooaahhh, dude let's party, this one is for the Waldo's. Mad respect da kine brew.

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Photo of eppCOS
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dear God, meet thy destroyer.... if you could throw yourself full speed at a wall of beer, this is it. If you could crash a top-speed into an IPA with your mouth open with a turbo on your back, this is it. Completely dangerous - smooth, resinous, dank, and hides the ABV (nearly 12% wth?) incredibly well. I struggle with big beers, anything over 8% really, but this is frankly worth it. Will be getting every year from now on. Promise. Not just the weed-i-ness in this monster talking.
I swear.
Wall. Of. Beer.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Casa Video Film Bar. Pours a beautiful and clear dark golden color with a half finger of white head. Smells of sweet fruits and mild hops. Tastes very sweet and very bitter, with malt, some hops, sweet fruits, pine resin, and some citrus. Very full, resinous, and syrupy mouthfeel. Overall one of the better DIPAs that I've had.

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Photo of WesWes
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a one inch off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding. It's bold and bitter up front with a good deal of citrus hop notes. The malts create adequate balance, but are overshadowed by a wonderful hop bouquet. The taste is very good. It's malty sweet with a rich, warm, bold character. The hops are right there every step of the way bringing balance and an overwhelming bitterness and hop flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer and a fine example of what DIPA's can be when they are properly brewed and approaching 12% abv. It's a slow, tasty beer with enormous flavor and depth. This is one to take your time and enjoy. Thanks to my friend Freddie Vedder for the opportunity to try this.

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Photo of wumpshire
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Just shy of the perfect triple IPA. The flavor is spot on with piney dankness, West Coast IPA x10. Alcohol taste is very hidden. For big IPAs, I like there to be a softer mouth feel, but very minor issue. 9.75/10

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Photo of Blackop555
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours gold. Foamy, short, white head lasts a while.

Smells Tropical, citrus, malt, pine, pepper.

Tastes doughy malt, citrus and mango. Followed by pine and pepper. Finish is dry with a pine linger and light alcohol. Medium to full body with creamy medium carbonation.

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

Appearance - golden body with white head

Smell - Herbaceous, onion, nectarine, mango

Taste - Grapefruit, mango, herbs, onion, nectarine

Mouthfeel - full bodied, medium carbonation, sticky, sweet upfront, bitter in the back end and finish

Overall - Good, bold DIPA with big bitterness

Price Point - $2.29/12 oz bottle

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a stemmed red wine glass.
Pours a medium to light amber color with great clarity and low head that drops off.
Aromas a lot of good hop notes with a body a light breadiness.
Flavor is excellent. Great hop character, malt is there but not too sweet with not much alc. present for a 11.9% abv beer.
Mouthfeel was solid just right for a triple IPA.
Overall, this is an impressive offering. Wish it was unfiltered. But excellent.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely deep gold with a fluffy two finger head. Okay lacing after break. The smell is amazing. Hop city. Citrusy, spicy and sweet. Taste is a hop punch to the face. Sweet malts come in, but nice and tasty. Feel is about medium with a creamy touch.

This is a damn nice beer. Reminds me of Hop Stoopid bit a little more refined and tasty.

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Photo of stephens101
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy reddish-orange brew that tops off with a thin white froth. Aroma is strong with pungent, resinous hops followed by a big bowl of grapefruit and lemon.

Taste is cranked to eleven with huge notes of grapefruit along with orange juice and a squirt of lemon. Earthy and perfectly boozy in the aftertaste with a medium body and a dry finish.

This is a loud and in your face boss of a big ass bitter brew that can dance a little too.

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Photo of pro45
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with a nice soapy white head. The aroma is incredible. Grapefruit, juicy citrus, peach, pineapple, mango. Taste is similar. Juicy, good amount of hops come through as well. Tropical. The alcohol is there but perfectly balanced. Shows up at the finish, but not harsh at all.. Not too carbonated but goes down very easy. Extremely smooth. This is the best offering I've had from this brewer after being disappointed with some of their other beers. I purchased this sixer for $12.99 at my local grocer here in my neighborhood and today I noticed two more untouched. Tomorrow they, too, will be gone. Hopefully in my procession.

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