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 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

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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

Photo of akirakcat
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft in a 12 oz glass.

Amber color with no real head. On the nose I smell all the usual suspects--citrus, pine, floral, but nothing unusual or unique (unless that's butterscotch I'm making out before it cedes to dank hops). Tastes quite sweet, and while the hops are clearly there, I only noticed a bitter, zingy bite on later sips. Strong notes of brown sugar, honey, and citrus rind.

Stellar mouthfeel. Full bodied, oily and smooth. Almost no alcohol taste whatsoever.

Not sure why it tasted so sweet at first and so complex later, but I am sure that I enjoyed this brew a lot.

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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


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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
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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, 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 that ABV and apply caution. Not that warm weather is coming anywhere near our town this year, but this beer makes me think I should stock up for whenever the sun does decide to show up for more than two days.

2018-10 just downgraded a couple items due to the wide variation I’m getting between batches. Some have been balanced and bitter/crisp, while others are bitter and dank.

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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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The Waldos' Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 2,213 ratings