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The Waldos' Special Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
#456
Reviews:
461
Ratings:
2,004
pDev:
7.87%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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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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Photo of Arbitrator
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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