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): 11.30%

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:
#491
Reviews:
516
Ratings:
2,202
pDev:
7.87%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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155
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636
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Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a really nice peach orange color. About a medium body with just above average carbonation. Aroma is bitter grapefruit,pine, citrus peel, and sweet citrus. Taste is nearly identical although it does have a slight syrupy sweetness to it. The bitter grapefruit is very forward and it takes a while for the pine to show up

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

Photo of newcastlemike
3.82/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of TheBrewsky
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 edition.
Look: Light amber with unfiltered appearance. Loads of residual lacing 2 fingers worth of a head that rapidly dissipated.
Smell: Dank sticky pine, with some orange, lemon and grapefruit.
Taste: Follows the nose. Pineyness to the taste, with some citrus fruit flavor. Has a sweet taste as well that lingers on the tongue.
Feel: Medium in body and weight, with moderate carbonation. It has a nice tongue coating aspect which also covers the palate.
Overall: This is my first time trying this, and I am enjoying it. For 11.3 abv, there is no detection of the booze. Very enjoyable, and I am grateful to try. Cheers!

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Photo of DaveCash
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of reggie3025
3.44/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beertunes
2.82/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a clean, clear honey gold color with about 1/2 inch of white head.

The aroma was mostly musty, stale hops with no real malt or grain aspect.

The taste was the same, stale, dirty hops, and the Lagunitas house yeast taste which doesn't taste very good.

The body was medium, and a bit sticky across the tongue.

Drinkability was OK-ish, I finished the bottle, but was glad it wasn't a larger serving. Overall, I can't recommend it, but a lot of folks like it. Shrug.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Paradox1000
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love double and triple IPAs! I prefer a dank IPA with pine and tropical accents. I was not disappointed with Waldo's at all!
After enjoying my first, I had to have more! Apparently, others had the same idea, and my local store was sold out. My quest located 2 cases in total from various stores. I don't drink this ale, but instead sip and savor it. It is truly enjoyable!!!

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Photo of sposter4
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of animal69
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.42/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance – Clear deep yellow body with a thin ring of head. 5 oz. sample glass.

Aroma – Citrus, a little tropical fruit, some light stone fruits.

Taste – Mostly bitter pine. Heavily bitter and not much else.

Mouthfeel – Astringent and puckering.

Overall – Too bitter, not enough other flavors to balance it out.

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

Photo of Mitchster
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$9.99 for a 6 pack at Meijers on sale. 11.3% ABV, OG=1.107, 100+ IBU per the website. Pours out to a hazy deep golden orange with lots of small flecks of presumed hop debris, forming a modest off white head with OK retention (thins within a minute) and sparse lacing. The nose is beautiful...Sweet with pineapple and mango juice, followed by a little cat pee and some pine. The mouthfeel is gorgeous, lightly syrupy full bodied, like peach nectar. Alcohol is really well hidden, you barely taste it, minimal burn at this strength. The taste is about the same as the nose, lots of peach pineapple, mango, papaya, followed by cat pee and pine in the tail end. Bitterness is firm, but not overwhelming, balanced by the residual sweetness of the copious malt bill. Becomes more firm as it warms. No off flavors or aromas.

A total hop bomb triple IPA on the tropical fruit side. Quite nice. Definitely worth picking up, especially for the modest price. Lagunitas never disappoints. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Donkster46
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Triklino
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmoore32
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas Brewing Co. "The Waldos' Special Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "095 8 2 2724 0208
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Wow, what a great aroma. It smells like opening a bag of hops! They're pungent and resinous, herbal, and lightly citrusy. The body is a clear deep-golden/light amber although you can see particulate in suspension. The head is a densely creamy off-white. On to the flavor... another "wow"... this is one of the "dankest" beers I've ever tasted. It's just as the aroma suggests but even fuller with some floral character, some pine, lots of hop resins, earthiness, light spiciness, and herbs, including what I think marijuana might taste like as I've only ever smelled it. There's also ample malt to support it, golden and grainy, bready, and moderately caramelish but rich. It's the perfect support for the hops. But there's more... it's also solidly bitter, I don't know what the BUs are but they're up there, and the alcohol has a clear presence giving it a little heat and spiciness. It's a really intense beer, and although the label reads "Life is Uncertain, Don't Sip!" I'd have to disagree with that - you'd burn out your palate, or just kill what drinkability it has if you drank it too quickly. On the other hand it's not like a barleywine either, where you just nip at it here and there over the course of an hour or so, no, this one demands attention. To finish up, the head has held well and I still have an almost solid surface covering of creamy foam, and there's some very nice lacing left, mainly from where the head first began but also some from later on; and it's medium-full in body and gently crisp. Wow, stunning, one of the hoppiest beers I've ever tasted, and really nicely done as well.
Review# 5.984 4.25/4.5/4.5/4.25/4.25 =4.41

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Photo of OzarkPA
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The Waldos' Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 2,202 ratings