The Waldos' Special Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4.32/5
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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:
2,201
pDev:
7.87%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
155
Gots:
636
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 2,201 |  Reviews: 516
Photo of kitekid
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy amber. Some interesting swirling cloudiness. Tight white head.
Complex citrus, pine, floral/botanicals ... the smell might be my favorite part (well ... next to the taste).
Huge flavor. A pleasing blend of citrus and tropical fruits.
Crisp, tart, lush.
Massive. Over the top delicious. This is why I am a Lagunitas fanboy.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arensburgh
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft, 9 oz plastic glass, nothing fancy.
Very strong/delicious smell, kept sniffing it as I drank. Good goldenish color, not much of a head given due to the glass and the place (grocery store). Very smooth, bitterness isn't too much, malt wasn't overpowering.

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Photo of grapeshops
3.57/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Holderness
3.48/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

L — Pours a mostly clear deep orange body with some noticeable hop particulate in suspension. Tiny white head produced with well aerated pour that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing
S — Very dank and herbaceous. Also getting some felt-tipped marker, new leather, and dried citrus peel
T — Brown sugar, caramel, herbaceous/botanical/woodsy hop, peach, dried grapefruit rind, digestive bitters
F — Syrupy sweet and quite cloying. Big mouthfeel, medium- carb. Carb could be upped a notch and the sweetness could definitely be dropped a few notches
O — Sweet, herbaceous triple IPA that is a bit too syrupy for me. Decent dank hop character for the volume of distribution and the price, though

70/100

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Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

I've been in stout mode for months now, but this came along and seemed inviting. I enjoy many Lagunitas offerings, so a couple came home. Poured from a 12 oz bottle chilled to a snifter. One- finger lively, bubbly head that simmers to a tight ring. Lots of tiny, bottom-generated bubbles... reminds me of the Pliny The Elder my wife brought home from a cross-country trip sooooo many years ago. Hazy, amber color. Nose is really pleasant and refreshing. Definitely that mix of citrus and pine, with a trace of..."weed?" Cut grass? Either way, smells great. First sips are very hop, citrus forward with a primary tangerine flavor...like, nailed the balanced sweet, tart, bitter taste of a liquified tangerine. I get a wee bit of bitter grapefruit at the end, but totally in line with a citrus rind vibe. Mouthfeel is full, but crisp. No sense of syrupy feel. Alcohol is hidden by the tart bitterness, but as you experienced consumers know...read that ABV and apply caution. Not that warm weather is coming anywhere near our town this town, this beer makes me think I should stock up for whenever the sun does decid to show up for more than two days.

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Photo of BeerDreadz
3.25/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brob245
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of B_B
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Henrythethird
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Since the first release it’s been one of my favorites from Lagunitas especially it’s close to one of my favorite holidays! (420) I love the back story to the beer and the flavors are on point and blend well with the high 11% alcohol. hoppy and dank as fuck!!!!

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

Photo of JarMills
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am not an IPA fan, but I can enjoy this happiness. It reminds me of Belgian, but with a twist.

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Photo of Csolsen
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbell23
4.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

THIS A HOP MONSTER! For those of us who are in the prime of life (old) with limited taste and smell faculties , this is an attack on the afore mentioned senses.

Beautiful sweet hoppiness right out of the bottle. Sweet citrus with some grassyness and pine.

Dark golden with minimal head and lacing which is probably due to the high abv. Not the best looking beer but I've never drunk a beer for looks.

Taste is spectacular. A hoppy punch in the face. Super bitter up front with a citrus overall taste. Nice clean finish. One of the best imperial ipas I've had.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Just the right amount of carbonation and a nice hop oil finish. Unbelievable.

Overall another masterpiece from Lagunitas. They never cease to amaze. I know price is not supposed to be a factor but 12.99 a sixer? What a deal for an unbelievable beer. Sorry I only got 3 six packs but that's all I could find in my backwoods town.

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

This is a big beer, a hop bomb and a full-frontal assault. There is pine and citrus peel in the nose. The aroma is rich and wine-like with hints of citrus. The flavor starts with a sharp tart maltiness that hints at alcoholic strength. Flavors of pineapple and peppercorn complement a deep bitterness. Big beer...big hops...big quaff. Love the extreme.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Slightly hazy, amber color. Nice head faded to a cap almost immediately. Left ok lacing. Better than expected for such a high ABV.

S---This is the definition of "dank". Hoppy as balls. Pine & citrus, but a lot more as well. Fruity--mango & pineapple.

T---Tropical fruits--mango, grapefruit, pineapple and a touch of lemon. Hoppy & piney as well.

F---Syrupy. Not at all boozy, despite wicked high ABV. Very light carbonation, almost flat.

O---This is seriously good stuff. If only every IPA could be like this. It's what they shoot for, why don't they all hit?

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Photo of mando31
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of morrowd3
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 8BaconBits
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DanJ1979
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bbtkd
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas The Waldos' Special Ale, 11.3% ABV, 100+ IBU. Pours cloudy orange, with a one finger white head. Nose is hoppy fruit. Taste follows, and surprisingly only moderate bitterness - honey sweetness really balances this out. Decent mouthfeel, overall outstanding. Deceptively well hidden ABV, could really sneak up on you.

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Photo of bobstockwell
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheJudge
3.53/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Way too much alcohol comes through. Nose not particularly pleasant. Did not grow on me as I drank it.

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Photo of twelveinches
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
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 2,201 ratings