The Waldos' Special Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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96
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1,994 Ratings
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): 11.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed for all the treasure hunters.

Herbaceous. Botanical. Dank. Resinous.

Added by largadeer on 04-21-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,994
Reviews:
458
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
7.87%
 
 
Wants:
144
Gots:
551
For Trade:
4
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,994 |  Reviews: 458
Photo of Damian74
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CrimeDog
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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 rockrob
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tedho21
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of caburdette51
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mbw314
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zonian1
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Grupatre
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jame515
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 mickyge
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 Marco_Gtz
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of GoBeerGo
3.89/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NHSTEVE
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of GreenEggsHam1
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hopkrid
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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The Waldos' Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.32 out of 5 based on 1,994 ratings.
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