The Waldos' Special Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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:
1,996
Reviews:
458
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
7.87%
 
 
Wants:
145
Gots:
551
For Trade:
4
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,996 |  Reviews: 458
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

Photo of cambabeer
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear bright golden color with a one-finger foamy white head that eventually reduces to a ring around the edge

S- big earthy and herbal hop aromas up front, along with citrus/tropical notes of mango, passionfruit, pineapple, orange pith & grapefruit. Undertones of garlic and pine resin

T- juicy and dank up front with notes of grapefruit, mango, guava, pineapple, melon and orange zest. Mid-palate brings some malty sweetness, along with some garlicy hops. The finish gives some pine resin, and herbaceous and earthy mosaic-like linger

M- medium-thick body with moderate carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming, sweet finish

O- juicy, herbal & dank for sure, the only thing I would change is town down the malty sweetness a bit, otherwise outstanding

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

Photo of mlefebvre7
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DavidST
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fathercharles
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vinces915
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rachel_and_alex
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of greencovesteve
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmukid87
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NorCalAussie
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Nrod
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - Copper orange, clear body, and a finger of white head

S - Syrupy, resinous, garlic, onion, apple juice, black pepper

T - Sweet candies, oranges, dank hops, warming booze

F - Thick and syrupy, flavors stick to every surface, boozy, but a good sipper

O -Unique experience. TIPA fans will love the dank overload and warming with each sip

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: slight haze; copper colored; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a splotchy cap; nice lacing;

S: aromatic; grapefruit is predominant, with pineapple and caramel in the background;

T: caramel for a brief moment, then it's all pineapple through the finish; moderate grapefruit rind bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; hides the ABV well;

O: really good:

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Photo of MFMB
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a amber orange with a nice white foam head. Nose is of herbs, floral and grass. Taste of grasses, herbal, floral and sticky pine gum. It's a bit in your face as it's supposed to be. Like brushing your teeth with hops.full bodied and a bit sticky/oily that I enjoy. A little hot going down. It's good and if you're into getting your teeth kicked in by hops then Waldos' wont disappoint.

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

Phenomenal. Drank 1 and the next day went back and bought 2 more 6 packs

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Photo of Wolverine48092
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of whatthehull
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a hybrid glass from a 12 oz bottle

A - a beautiful golden copper with half to maybe a one finger head and so serious sticky legs and lacing

S - pine, pineapple, mango, guava, hibiscus, sugar, tons of sweet and slightly toasted malts, booze is huge and sexy, peach, some very sweet citrus, sexy California style yeast and it Smells of a wonderful dream.

T - first off this ale is huge and how. The hops are hug bitter/succulent/sweet, huge sweet malts with a nice toasted/roasted back end, slight citrus (mostly sweet) the booze note is huge but hard to pinpoint where it is coming from (obviously the sugar), crisp water, huge bitter island/floral/pine hops, huge island tropical fruits, so much sugar, really nice bread you California style yeast and all together beautiful

M - full bodied, awesome balance, awesome complexity, medium acidity, medium carbonation and a wild sugar/booze/hoppy ride

D/O - this all is a beast of all beasts. Huge, sexy, smooth, easy to drink, refreshing and just plain awesome. This being a "one-hitter" series (really it has been released twice) it's hard to know this is my last bottle for Lord knows how long. I haven't found a food, time of year, date, time and otherwise that this ale can't pair with. One of the better if not best ales of my time. Really, really well done.

Final thoughts - this guy is a huge near 12%, only about $11-13 a sixer and I can't say it enough if you see it but it -- tap, bottle or otherwise.

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Photo of Coltron23
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong citrus hops, piney hops, sweet malt, and strong alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of strong citrus hops, piney hops, sweet malt, pale malt, slight spicy hops, and strong alcohol. Overall, good appearance, quite strong aroma and body, good feel, but blend is too strongly hopped and overly alcoholic.

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

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

The Waldos' Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.32 out of 5 based on 1,996 ratings.
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