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:
#489
Reviews:
517
Ratings:
2,201
pDev:
7.87%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
155
Gots:
635
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4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robotic_being
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MeLLo10
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of izraelc
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Damn!!!! It's like hop flavored whiskey. I've never had a beer burn going down. Wild Turkey has got nothing on this beer. Golden pour with thick head. The smell is very deceiving. Smells light and hoppy and then BAM!!! Very syrupy with a strong bitter hop finish. Not for the faint of heart. Make sure youve got brass ones before you attempt this one.

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Photo of BrewsandBlues
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Photo of B33rcules
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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 DrBill1962
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer I've had in 2018. Hoppy, 11.3. Tastes perfect. Not for amateurs!

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

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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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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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The Waldos' Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 2,201 ratings