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

On tap at Samuel Horne's Tavern in Folsom, CA.

A --- nice deep and thick orange/yellow with 1/2 foam

S --- lots of citrus and flowers

T --- sweet, hoppy and bitter

M --- full bodied and nicely carbinated

O --- As usual another excellent beer from Lagunitas. Very good, but not among their best.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of HopHead84
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


On tap at the Regal Beagle in a Lagunitas mason jar.

A: Bright yellow gold with a thick white creamy head. A seemingly infinite number of bubbles ascend heavenward signaling a healthy level of carbonation.

S: Dank with lots of resin and spicy grapefruit. Restrained tropical notes accompany floral aromatics. As the beer warms up weed notes become apparent. Wow, they're pretty strong. There's a little lemon and tangerine as well. No booze is noticeable.

T: Resinous pine with a juicy tangerine and grapefruit flair. Smooth moderate bitterness with a pleasant level of sweetness that provides some balance and greatly augments the drinkability of the tincture. There's notable herbal and weedy character with a little lemon. The 9.2% is deftly hidden. Finishes smooth and firmly bitter with a final citrus pine punch.

M:  Medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and dry.

Overall: A damn good Double IPA. A bit sweeter than I normally prefer but it works very well here. The drinkability is dangerous. I would have loved to advocate this all night.

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Photo of emerge077
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 is 8.75%. Sampled 4/20/12.

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar pint glass. Bright orange with a delicate ring of drippy lacing around the edges and a lasting skim across the surface.

Truly capital-D dank aroma of funky mango and grapefruit, similar tropical fruit flavors with a resiny, sticky feel on the lips. Aftertaste of juicyfruit gum. Some sweetness, but balanced by a light maltiness, and not cloying at all. Comes off pretty much perfect, and if not for time constraints, I would have had 3 pints on the spot.

Basically an "imperial Sucks" which is awesome in itself.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 4:20 of course.

Pours a golden translucent color with a fingers worth of white head. Small spots of lacing.

The nose has a ton of pine and earthy hops. Smells like bud. Herb. Buddah. Whatever you wanna call it. Suitable considering the occasion but smelling mighty fine regardless. Big hops. Well hidden ABV.

The flavors are earthy, light onion, grassy, and piney hops. Hoppy and again, resembling mary jane. The malt is offered in a subtle fashion behind the hop masses.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and is smooth and creamy through and through. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, another impressive hop bomb from the brewers/stoners over at Lagunitas. Impressive.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of illidurit
3.53/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Parish Publick House in Santa Cruz. Poured into a nice Sierra Nevada tulip glass. Bright tangerine color with a thick off-white head. Aroma is sweet and succulent with lots of caramel, orange, and lesser notes of stone fruit. Flavor is much the same. Rather sweet and sticky with rich caramel malts along with the sweet fruitiness of the aroma. Thick and slightly boozy. A dry DIPA with this hop character would be good, and a barleywine with this malt character would be good. But I don't want both in one beer. It's not bad at all. It's just too sweet for me. A definite improvement on some of their previous unbearable IPAs though.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beer Revolution. Pours a clear, light amber with a two finger white head that has very good retention and leaves a huge amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is huge weed, some orange peel, grapefruit, and some light caramel malt. Definitely the dankest smelling beer that I've had. The initial taste is relatively sweet with dank hops. There is also some light floral hops, grapefruit, as well as some apricot. A bit of caramel malt as well. The finish is dry with a decent bitterness. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall a pretty enjoyable beer. They certainly succeeded in creating a really dank beer for 4/20.

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4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the R&C.

A: Pours a clear, golden-amber body in the Allagash tulip. It's capped by a small off-white head, which is totally gone by the time I start working on the beer. A few washes of lace, but nothing remarkable.

S: Washes of stone fruit hit the nose first: apricot, peach. The aromas progress into tangerines and oranges, finally pulling out a mossy, weed-like finishing presence.

T: The taste is more defined by tangerines and oranges than the nose led me to expect. Peaches are impossible to miss, and apricots eventually follow, along with pineapple. I tend to love tropical citrus flavors, so this assortment is right up my alley. There doesn't seem to be much crystal malt, if any -- no caramel or strongly malty flavors. But there is some residual sugar cookie sweetness, though it's far less pronounced than in (say) Pliny the Younger. Bitterness is mild; it overpowers the sweetness and gives the beer the impression of dryness.

M: However, after the bitterness fades, I realize that the beer is more on the syrupy end. The carbonation falls short of being smooth; it could stand to be higher for a body of this gravity. It leaves a residual coat of sugar on the palate, which accentuates the light booze burn.

O: I liked this one quite a bit.

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Photo of lechroy
3.44/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Beer Revolution in Oakland.

A - Nice warm brown with a warmed single finger head that departed quickly.
S - Hopsextravaganza. That good. This baby is loaded with piney strength. Think boreal forest.
T - really heavy hitter with lots of weight. This is not a beer for the delicate palette. Lots of malt and lots of hops. Doesn't hold a candle to the Hop Stoopid, which is just a much nicer, more balanced beer without the kick in the arse.
M - heavy. maybe a touch syrup-y. Felt slightly under carbonated.
O - Let me start by saying that Lagunitas is my favorite brewery. This beer feels slightly overdone. Too much, too think, too big for my taste even as an imperial IPA. Sorry Lagunitas, I think this one isn't as desirable as many others you brew.

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Photo of largadeer
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Rose and Crown, served in a 10 oz tulip.

Appearance: Effervescent golden-amber with a lasting head.

Smell: Incredibly fruity and citrusy, this is awesomely dank stuff. Stonefruit is at the forefront, but there's pineapple and tangerine right behind it. It's mildly sweet in a fruity way; there's little perceptible malt. Nectarine comes to mind after a while. The hop profile is great, and pretty unusual, too.

Taste & mouthfeel: Wow, Lagunitas is really stepping it up with their hoppy beers this year. This is a beautifully balanced DIPA, bursting with hop flavor that's backed by a near ideal level of malt. Ripe nectarine pops into my head again, which is followed by more citrusy grapefruit/pineapple hop flavor mid-palate. It opens sweet but ends dry, exhibiting a moderate level of bitterness that doesn't wear on the palate. There's not much malt flavor to speak of, more a raw grainy character buried beneath layers of hip flavor. Between this and Hop High, I've earned a new respect for Lagunitas. Hopefully they brew this again.

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The Waldos' Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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