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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Ratings: 2,019 |  Reviews: 464
Photo of MackT
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Caught my eye in the middle of the isle at my grocery store. The table that has reduced price items. Reading the 6pk carton, had Some trippy prose. Plus naming it "A one-hitter series".
Sweetish, heavy mouth feel, bueno nose. Ample alcohol,will creep slowly. Good stuff here.
Goin back to market to see if the las 2 6pks are still there.

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

Photo of mltobin
3.72/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tillmac62
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear medium amber pour over gold (copper with a bit of garnet). World class head volume, lacing and uber world class retention.

The nose is world class. It is a blend of citrus and tropical fruit over a sweetly balanced base with a touch of "spice" from the alcohol. Orange and pineapple/mango are the most prominent. There is a dank undercurrent along with spruce.

Medium bodied with a texture that is oily and slick from an abundance of hops. Even long after the finish, hop oil still coats the tongue. The carbonation / body balance is quite outstanding. The effervescence is expertly subdued to retain the texture. The middle is slightly prickly while the finish tickles the tongue. In sum, world class mouthfeel.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding and nudges the world class line but can't quite break it. Near the end, alcohol becomes uncovered and lingers in the finish. Other than that, this high octane ale has all cylinders firing to the max. Everything in the nose is present in ample intensity and complexity - AND perfectly balanced. The malt base is sweeter than the nose suggested - delivering rich pale/honey malt and caramel. Another world class attribute is the hops - not just flavor but a SMOOTH aggressive bitterness that contrasts the malts.

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Photo of adam36
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of captaincoffee
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours honey-colored with a smallish head that slowly dissipates to a creamy layer and leaves good lace. Nose is sweet, resinous, dank, but also has plenty of citrus. It has the kind of nose that tells you this is a very high ABV IPA...if you weren't already aware. Taste is chewy-sweet pine and citrus. The hops, malt, and booze are all amped up and counterbalance each other so that it doesn't get too lopsided in any direction. Some may wish for a dryer more hop-leaning version, but I thought this was a better way to go with this "big boy" beer. A sipper that you end up gulping at times. Great (maybe dangerous) beer.

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Photo of mudROCK
4.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the best beer I have ever experienced. Definitely "herbaceous"!!! In fact, it smells like a certain "herb" ;) !!! On one hand, I wish it was available year-round. On the other, maybe the limited release makes me appreciate it that much more. I can't think of one single flaw with this masterpiece. Can't wait for it to come back again!

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Photo of lsloganjr
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - citrus fruit and pine
A - light yellow with medium head that disappears quickly.
P - smooth and slippery. Carbonation is light with small, velvety bubbles.
T - huge upfront profile of pine and Frazier fir. This is greeted by a refreshing pop of citrus fruits (orange, pineapple and Mango.
O - is had this bottle sitting in the fridge for over a year now. The first few of these I honestly didn't enjoy. This one has aged incredibly and the citrus had really matured.

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

Photo of JLK7299
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of q33jeff
3.71/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Lagunitas tasting with DC.

Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: clear orangeish-yellow, color of honey. Minimal head
AROMA: honey, pine, very woody and floral, smells mellow.
TASTE: bite of pine mixed with a sweetness, honey or molasses. The resin /pine does start to accumulate, but I am sipping a water with this since we are trying many different beers, and that helps to keep it fresh.

FEEL: dry, Medium body. The resin drys out the palate and makes the beer "drag".

Still not my kind of beer, but well crafted. I can appreciate this not tasting like it smells. Changes as it goes...for me it wears on me, but I think "dank" people would say it gets better as it goes.


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Photo of byronic
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a glossy burnt orange color. Thin white little head that quickly dissipated. Moderate amount of lacing slides around the glass after the head dissipated nicely. The smell had the sweet danky onion covering bursting citrus/grapefruit pulp, honeysuckle, honey, and a sly bitter grass. All combining in an exceptional way. The taste was moderately sweet with that underlying bitterness bouncing in to a semi-dry sweet honey/grassy aftertaste. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a nice sipping quality about it. Carbonation runs fairly under allowing a light dry stickiness hitting my tongue. Overall, to me, it’s an awesome DIPA with hidden booze and a slight danker/sweeter awesomeness to it. Definitely would have again.

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Photo of XavierBenitez
4.98/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look: clear peachy-orange. modest head on the pour that fades to some wisps.
smell: popping with citrusy hops bolstered by semi sweet fruity malt. Big nose.
taste: Much like the nose. mostly dry. citrus and fruity.

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

Photo of B302
4.98/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of IronLover
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color with a slight chill haze that ultimately clears as this warmed up. Poured with a short, creamy, off white foam with good retention. Medium high, sharp, citrus and orange hop aromas. Medium malt aroma with light caramel and sweet, pleasant boozy notes. Medium bodied with a viscous creamy smoothness. Carbonation is medium low. Intense boozy warmth from beginning to end, but never hot. Caramel malt and malt flavors with intense orange and citrus hop flavors. Medium high hop bitterness through the middle. Boozy heat beneath throughout. Finished with dark caramel notes, a boozy bite and lingering hop bitterness. Caramel malt flavors temper the intense hop bitterness. Hop flavors are a bit overwhelmed by bitterness. The nearly 12% abv is certainly present, but walks the fine line of being too hot. Overall, a very intense beer, that fatigues the palate.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose is in your face, super fruity, loads of pineapple and mango, subtle cedar and earthy undertones. Flavour is much the same with every fruity flavour under the sun with an intense citrus rind bitterness that lingers. Booze is well hidden though still present. Masterfully crafted and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of RHBIII
4.93/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hoppy, grapefruit coming through, smooth that you wouldnt think twice about drinking 3 of these in a row. High ABV

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Photo of JayQue
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A truly outstanding DIPA. A big beer at 11.5% abv.s Pours a clear, dark gold with some copper highlights. Small white fizzy/foamy head that fades down to a thin ring around the glass. Minimal lacing. All very typical for a high abv beer. Strong aroma of grapefruit and piney hops, very pronounced and impressive. Flavor includes piney hops and grapefruit but there is a strong, somewhat sweet malt presence and some dank/damp presence to the hops. The bitterness level is strong and the alcohol presence is just a minimum warming type. The beer is actually crisp and with a bit of malty balance, it goes down real easy. This is well worth trying, I would buy more of them, if available.

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Photo of bcsbeer
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

The Waldos' Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 2,019 ratings