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The Waldos' Special Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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The Waldos' Special AleThe Waldos' Special Ale
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4.32/5
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2,010 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#452
Reviews:
462
Ratings:
2,010
pDev:
7.87%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
147
Gots:
552
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 2,010 |  Reviews: 462
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

**
06/29/17
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

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

The Waldos' Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 2,010 ratings
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