The Waldos' Special Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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96
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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:
1,977
Reviews:
450
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
7.87%
 
 
Wants:
143
Gots:
546
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,977 |  Reviews: 450
Photo of BeerMe8
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Hot, slightly sweet, dank and smooth. Damn this is one hell of an IPA. How Lagunitas is able to pull together an 11%+ ABV IPA that remains not only drinkable but also enjoyable is beyond me...and to do it at essentially $2/bottle? Outrageous. Pours the darker side of honey-gold with a thin head that separates into nothing. Aroma fills about a 3-foot radius around the bottle - pine, lemongrass, pakalolo, resin, sap. Tastes and drinks like a uber-hopped wine built for slow-sipping. The beer feels thick and viscous and has a level of sweetness that balances out the hops and alcohol, but not completely - this baby has some heat that warms the throat. One and done, for sure, but it's a hell of a glass. Great experience. Not sure how this isn't a triple IPA at this size (assuming size is everything)...

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Photo of FrancisM12
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdlb44
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DraftDaddy
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bret717
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BNarc
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nuggetlover
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to teku
clear amber pour, like really clear
getting dank, piney honey
big flavor on first sips. alcohol is present, but there's a lot of flavor that follows the piney honey nose
glad to have tried it, an big flavor but easy to drink 11.9%- will look for it next year.

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Photo of Nedster10
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Billy_Bars
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hopsonhopsonhops
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

extreme hops, look forward to it every year

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

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lagunitas really knocked this one out of the park! Both last years and this years batch were dank AF! Great seasonal 4/20 hoppy release! Super excited they made it again!

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Photo of mscott58
4.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dank as dank can be, and a wonderful DIPA! For those of us who like this style of beer this is a really, really good version. Great hoppiness and warmth with the higher ABV. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Slim_720
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dustin22martin
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kash2112
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dnb128
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ead73
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Reef
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on a quiet weekend morning while watching a Del Toro Heineken commercial. Drinking from a tulip glass.

1 cm. head quickly dissipating to scant moustaches. Copper-golden, no murk, nothing floating in there.

Strong aroma of grapefruit, pine, wildflower honey, tangerine. Not much changes as it warms which is a feature.

By now I expect the huge rush of hops and strong malt support from this, but I still remember being bowled over the first year I could try this. Really even match between the hop dank and sweetness. I can understand anyone who finds this too sweet, but not for me.

Thick, almost chewy mouthfeel. Only noticed the 12% ABV when I have a cold or allergies. If not for past experience, I'd keep drinking these all day.

One of my annual beer highlights.

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

Photo of ADG2995
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slarson7
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Waldos' Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.32 out of 5 based on 1,977 ratings.
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