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:
1,978
Reviews:
451
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
7.87%
 
 
Wants:
143
Gots:
546
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,978 |  Reviews: 451
Photo of rodlavers
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hop. Bomb.

In the West Coast hop genre, Waldo's may be king. There are very few in this style of IPA that can hang with this hop monster. The nose is juicy fruit gum, pineapple, orange, mango. The taste is all that on steroids. Tropical fruit flavors, a pungent hop bite, nice malt body, and boozy balance. This is a gem. If you can find Waldo, lock it up. Its legit.

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

Had this beer in draft and upon being served it immediately noticed the awesome tropical fruit smells. Thought this beer was smooth and was blown away that it contains such a high alcohol content. I really enjoyed this beer and highly recommend it.

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

Photo of bnes09
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep, translucent orange color. Descent head for the strength. Dank, piney and oily aroma. Very spicy hop palate right away with pine, grapefruit and detergent. Dense bready and slightly buttery malt presence. Heavy consistency with light oil texture. Nice bubbles. Dry finish. Very solid.

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Photo of Skrat45
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbdpsu82
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Golden color with handsome rings of foam in the New Belgium snifter. Deep and delirious hop aroma with honeysuckle in the alcohol fumes. Blazing hot, of course, but the alcohol doesn't dominate. Uncannily well balanced among the booze, the massive hops, and the sugar.

Candied grapefruit and malt and Cointreau orange liqueur. Clear and clean, it's something like a "quadrupel IPA" or a hop liqueur. This is actually quite delicious and surprisingly sippable. I have been thinking Lagunitas had lost their touch (like the nasty mess Brown Shugga has become), but this is a nice surprise. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham, Wash.

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Photo of jayfarley3
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heddar33
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of NappyB
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of glf60
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy pinkish orange body, soapy frothy white head that leaves very little lace and the only remainders of the head are shallow clouds. The pungent nose turns up tons of tropical fruits like orange, grapefruit, mango, apricot, peach, as well as some stiff bread crust/caramel and an insidious undertone of alcoholic firepower. The flavor still does not reveal the near 12% hiding within, instead displaying more fruit, a bit of pine, and the hearty malts. The fruit is the most prominent but belies the bite beneath. On the first few sips it is astoundingly bitter, but as I begin my thirteenth and subsequent ounces, a pervasive sweetness grows to rival it, eventually equaling it proving to be a well engineered brew. The body is slick and somewhat astringent, barely avoiding the harsh alcohol notes with cleverly devised flavors and quick, fine carbonation.
Triple IPA indeed. And yet, the flavor was too delicate, the heat too obscured, for me to believe it. How did such clear flavors persevere through all that chaotic chemistry? Kudos to Lagunitas, this was an insanely over-the-top IPA that was somehow approachable. It didn't have the dankness I wanted, despite being very fresh, but nevertheless, it did impress.

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

Photo of dspadaro
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - Deep and relatively clear reddish-gold. Slightly off-white head that tends to not stick around

S - Exceedingly fruit-forward: pineapple, passion fruit, plum or strawberry.

T - Pine and herbal, almost vegetable. Noticeably not very fruity. At 11.9% (!) only the slightest bit boozy.

F - Medium bodied with a remarkably dry finish.

O - To me, a very "technically" excellent beer. Not a daily sipper, but still very impressive. I can recognize how difficult it is to a make a beer this big taste this balanced, and not like pure booze.

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

Photo of RAKeeler
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BIGPOPPAS
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergoot
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Faintly hazy, golden hued, with a thick, soapy head. Dank and resinous aroma. Zesty and spicy flavor, heavy on the hop presence; very bitter; deep, subtle malt flavors, subtle caramel and sweet but not too sweet. Heavy body; coarse on the palate; dry and biting with a pleasing edge of alcohol heat.

This does qualify as a "wow" beer, smell and taste-wise. It suffers somewhat in appearance from its rather lackluster head, yet many high ABV beers suffer the same thing. It comes with the territory. Ah, but the rush of scent to the nostrils and the lip-smacking, tongue buckling flavors really stand out. Sure, not outstanding from all judgement points, but on the ones that really count, this is a standout beer...

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden color with a small white head. The aroma is a full on assault of citrus hops. The taste is a nice mellow hop bomb. Outstanding beer.

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Photo of Botulizard
3.81/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Waldos' Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.32 out of 5 based on 1,978 ratings.
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