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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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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: 2,010 |  Reviews: 462
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

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

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

Photo of MJ64
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brucebeernut
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Strike00
4.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is an absolutely fantastic DIPA. High ABV that doesn't hide it all that well but it doesn't matter. Fresh tasting and hoppy, Intense but smooth, one of my favorites for sure.

Plus it might be the best value in the beer world.

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

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

Bottled on 4/7/17 (097 7 Julian code) enjoyed on 5/10,11,12,24,25/17, 6/10,11/17, 7/7/17...

L: Poured to YETI. Golden amber. Head was small to medium in size with spotty lacing.

S: Oh my! Smells so good! Initially very sharp and distinctly hoppy/fruity, with a light earthy and herbal aroma. Wonderfully strong! Tangerine, mango, apricot, peach; tropical. Halfway through gave it a good swirl in the cup and smelled some dank!

T: Great and unique; Lagunitas signature flavor but with much more intensity. Came in smooth, then BAM! Lots to decipher on this one. But, surprisingly to me, based on the nose, it's not as sweet or as fruity as I thought it would be. It's richly hoppy with a nice, ripe and fruity undertone, and a very pleasant earthy bitterness. This is so good! Just a tinge of alcohol zing. Dank!

F: Great; resinous, perfect carbonation. ROBUST! Peppery. Not too boozy, dangerously drinkable.

O: This is one HOSS of a beer! Not for the faint of heart. Bold but not rude in any category. 11.9 abv is very well hidden in aroma and taste, but after a few good sips you'll know it's there! This is no copycat; it stands alone as a wonderfully/perfectly engineered HOP BOMB. The hype is entertaining. The hunt is exciting. The aroma is inviting. The taste is alluring. The content is intoxicating. The experience is outstanding!!! Hate to see the bottom of the cup coming on this one. Life is good! I'm thinking to myself, does it get any better than this?

It does get better. When you have 2 Waldos' in a row, the 2nd one is super rich and creamy; it's very deep and full of intense hop flavor! Picking up on a rich malty aroma that I love. Total package. This is what it's all about! Thank you Lagunitas. This may be the best DIPA experience I've ever had.

Huge props to Chelsea Food Mart/Citco for their AWESOME selection of craft! 11.95 for a 6pk... Wow!

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Photo of FFreak
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a beast of a beer. Pours totally clear golden color with a finger of white head that persists and leaves some lace. Nice tropical fruit, pine and cannabis in the nose. Taste follows with just a little bit of alcohol in the taste. For such a big beer, it has a really nice mouth feel...not heavy or malty like you'd expect. Overall, a seriously delicious and buzzworthy beer.

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Photo of obrike
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My goodness. Bought a sixer at Highland Market in Austin (great little bottle shop by the way). Just a fantastic DIPA. Near perfection. Dank, hoppy (excellent combo of citrus and a hint of pine), and sweet with a great finish. If you like Sucks, consider this its roided up brother.

I cannot believe it's nearly 12%!! Dangerously drinkable and so very tasty.
Another home run from one of the best breweries in the country. Getcha sum!

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