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): 11.30%

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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Ratings: 2,105 |  Reviews: 489
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's. Very surprised to see this beer here... when I saw it at the Apex in PDX, I was told this beer is very, very limited.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive as well, as I pick up considerable tangerine, tropical fruit (mango, papaya and the like), light pine and underlying citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and the beer is a bit sweeter and maltier than I tend to enjoy in an IPA/DIPA. Still, the beer has a goodly dose of hoppy bitterness as well, which keeps the tropical fruit from overwhelming the flavor profile. The finish is actually fairly dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, tropical fruit and bitter finish. There's a bit of heat from alcohol in the finish as well, but for the most part, the alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile.

Another solid beer from Lagunitas, but for my money, I'll take Hop Stoopid every time.

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Photo of JRBecks
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Waldo's on tap at Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen, NYC. 8-oz glass.

Appearance: Beautiful pale amber, resin-honey color. Great white head and lacing. Promising!

Smell: Sweet and citrus, reminds me of Lagunitas Sucks. Tropical aromas, confectioner's sugar, pineapple juice. Candied orange.

Taste: An assault of citrus hops! Chew on those cones and smell the weed, this is Waldo for you. Piney and sticky, dry finish. Spruce tips scattered on the ground of an Oregon forest. More bitter than in the nose, with some grapefruit juice and lime. Peppery spice around the edges.

Mouthfeel: Full body and flavor, unbalanced and great. It's an onslaught of hops! It almost burns when it warms up- wild and wonderful.

OVerall: Sometimes I demur at these crazy, one-track-mind super-hoppy IPA's, but this one sure does work! Extremely drinkable, flavorful, delicious.

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Photo of Nightrain87
5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of thewimperoo
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DocJitsu
4.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with an off white head. It has a very clean, candied grapefruit bouquet. It has a wonderful grapefruit forward flavor. There's a nearly perfect mouthfeel for the style. It's very complimentary to the flavors. No discernible alcohol warmth. This is a magnificent beer.

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Photo of Chou
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of truuby536
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of 316nuts
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dtx00
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Bike2work
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JPWestCoastIPA
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of dlello2
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

14oz pour at Owen and Engine in Chicago for 5 bucks. Cheers guys!

A - Clear yellow with a hint of orange. Snow white head clings to glass but dissipates fast. Bubbles flowing.

S - Holy cow 420. This is insane. Oranges, pineapple, and malts are next, but they marry with the weed beautifully. You can tell that it is gonna taste hoppy but in the nose they definitely take a back seat. This is intense.

T - Follows the nose. Nice bitterness from the hops, some honey and the citrus to follow. I can smell the mj as I sip. Very good.

M - Good. Full bodied and good carbonation. A little more than I'd like but not enough to detract.

O - Another homer for Lagunitas. Smell is easily the best part. Look forward to trying this again.

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Photo of larbush
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 11.99/ 6 pack. There's a code on the neck but it is some BS that does not equate to an obvious date. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a bright golden orange with about a finger and a half white head. The froth reduces to a faint haze and modest collar, imparting some scattered spots of lace.

The aroma is an amazing blend of citrus, dank and lightly piney hop aromas. Notes of mango, mandarin, grapefruit and cake keep me coming back for more.

Flavors are a huge, delicious barrage of hops. There is a good bit of dankness but also so much more with a fantastic mix of complementing citrus and tropical. Mango, dank green onion/ garlic ( lin the most delicious and appropriately hoppy way), mandarins, papaya, grapefruit, pine, mild peach, caramel, bread, cake and an occasional bite of alcohol. This particular blend is almost custom tailored for my tastes and I can't stop drinking this. I know it's 11.5% abv but it is incredibly smooth, flavorful and dangerously easy to drink quickly.

Slick, sticky, medium full feel with enough carbonation to keep it lively with distracting or preventing those glorious hop oils from resting on the palate. Long, delicious, bitter, dank, fruity finish.

I really enjoyed the draft release I tried four years ago but that 8.67% abv version is nothing compared to this bottled One Hitter 11.5% abv version. For the most part I am a one and done craft beer drinker but I have a serious love affair with this beer. After my first bottle I immediately tracked down another 6 pack. Halfway through that second 6 pack I "had" to search around for another. As I update my review I am into my third 6 pack in about two weeks and seriously considering finding another. I have NEVER before been so addicted or obsessed. This really literally is the first time I have drank the same beer so often in such a short time. I'm getting as much as I can while it is still fresh and available.

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

Appearance: medium/dark copper with low carbonation and a thin head with low retention. Some residual lacing.

Smell: Bright, floral and lemony hops hit you full in the face with an unmistakable dank presence (citrusy sativa aromatics, no joke.) This is one of the most aromatic IIPAs I have ever had, with other complexities including mango, grapefruit and pine.

Taste: Huge hit of weed flavor as expected (again, along the lines of a lemony, funky, skunky sativa.) Huge Chinook hop presence and a very light, sweet malt base that does not interfere with the hops. Lagunitas put the hops first and foremost as always, making the Waldo an unmistakable Norcal IIPA. Booze hits mid-palate with just a touch of warmth (almost untraceable even at 9.4% abv) that transitions into a dry, floral and sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Just perfect. The beer itself in glass appears to have very little carbonation, but seems to be activated once it hits your tongue, coating it in a very light layer of tiny bubbles that dance and delight your taste buds, along the lines of a slightly flat soda. The Waldo is also oily and feels nice and slick.
Extremely drinkable.

How Lagunitas managed to infuse the complexities of chronic Norcal bud is beyond me. There are very few beers that I enjoy as much as I enjoyed the Waldo.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at City Beer Store in SF. Poured a dark, clear orange. Tastes very fruity for a iipaa. Nice bitterness, with the fruity notes really sticking out. I had no idea this was 9.2 percent when I had this. Drinks down really easy. very interesting iipa offer.

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Photo of marcdalke
3.5/5  rDev -19%

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

A- pours a hazy amber with a thin white head.

S- mango, pineapple, citrus, very subtle pine, peach, and malt.

T- pineapple, mango, peach, citrus, and malt. It's not as piney as most DIPA's I've had.

M- Suprisngley this beer is not that bitter. The tropical hop flavor bring a nice sweetness to the palate followed by a little alcohol warmth.

O- I really enjoyed this beer. It was very drinkable and is something I look forward to having again. Hopefully they will brew more of this now that Lagunitas is expanding.

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Photo of mdimeglio
4.75/5  rDev +10%

The Waldos' Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 2,105 ratings