Release Lagunitas Waldos' Special

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by Bisco42, Mar 30, 2018.

  1. Bisco42

    Bisco42 Aspirant (277) Oct 16, 2014 Ohio

    Surprised this thread hasn't already been made, but alas, here we are...

    Found a few cases of this yesterday in Columbus, OH. Ended up enjoying two bottles of it last night. Wasn't until I opened the second one that I decided to check the Julian date. (So annoyed that I have to search google for what the 83rd day in 2018 is). To my surprise, this beer was bottled 5 days prior.

    Last year's thread talked a lot about how syrup-y and dank it is, and this year is no different. Still delicious and worth every penny. I'd recommend buying this the second you find it offered at your local shop!

    https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/220/68269/

    https://lagunitas.com/

    https://lagunitas.com/beer/waldos
     
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  2. threeviews

    threeviews Defender (607) Apr 18, 2011 Florida

    @Bisco42
    Lucky you...I do love me some Waldo's and would love to have some as fresh as you've found. However, I thought distributors had to wait until April 20th to release it to retailers!?
     
  3. Bisco42

    Bisco42 Aspirant (277) Oct 16, 2014 Ohio

    That would make sense given the 'gimmick', but after doing a little more research, it seems like there are dozens of locations here in Columbus who have received their allotment. Distributors don't care, and they play by their own rules. (Especially Superior Beverage Group here in Columbus).

    Even though it seems that they made the right decision and got this beer out as soon as they got it. I'm still in shock it is this fresh.
     
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  4. dacubz

    dacubz Devotee (477) May 5, 2010 Illinois
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    Waldo's is excellent. I'm not far from Lagunitas Chicago and bought a few cases there last year. Will be stocking up again! Lagunitas isn't even tapping until 4/20.
     
  5. raynmoon

    raynmoon Crusader (749) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    Between this, kbs, parabola, and the endless local crud that piles up sporadically, ill be having a good time the next week or two...



    Watching my wallet go on a diet.
     
  6. BigJim5021

    BigJim5021 Zealot (595) Sep 2, 2007 Indiana
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    I'd honestly be happy to just smell someone's empty bottle. Waaaaaaaaay too sweet for me, but that nose is amazing.
     
  7. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,573) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    I agree 100% here: waaaaaaaaaaay too sweet for me too.

    I suppose some folks enjoy "syrupy" but I personally will save that aspect for my waffles!

    Cheers!
     
  8. reefer_bob

    reefer_bob Disciple (358) May 13, 2014 California
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    Among popular beers, Waldo's is probably my most hated. Really disagrees with my taste buds. Yuck.
     
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  9. raynmoon

    raynmoon Crusader (749) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    Big, boozy triples aren't for everyone. No worries.
     
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  10. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,880) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I didn't note any excessive sweetness in my review of the 2016. Has it changed from then?
     
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  11. BenHoppy

    BenHoppy Zealot (543) Nov 15, 2017 Michigan

    Waldo is only Lagunitas beer I enjoy. Can't wait to get a bottle.
     
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  12. msscott1973

    msscott1973 Devotee (469) Dec 28, 2013 North Carolina
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    I love this beer but a six pack per year is about all I can chew on.
     
  13. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Aspirant (227) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Apparently my go to distributor has kegs of this, but not cases yet.
     
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  14. Hoppedelic

    Hoppedelic Devotee (407) Dec 6, 2010 California
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    Great beer as always. Is it just me or is this vintage appear a lot cloudier than normal? I remember it being pretty clear but this is unfiltered and very hazy. Either way this is a killer TIPA.
     
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  15. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Aspirant (227) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    The pics on Untappd do appear cloudier than last year's. Thought last year's was syrupy, but will get at least one sixer this year.
     
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  16. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Meyvn (1,369) Sep 15, 2014 New York

    I really love this year's Hopslam and Hi-Res, so I'm really eager to try this year's Waldo's and see how it compares.
     
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  17. BeerseAnyone

    BeerseAnyone Initiate (14) Oct 5, 2017 Ohio

    I picked up a sixer last night at an average gas station in the middle of nowhere, Ohio. Unbelievable stuff IMO and for $11.99...WOW!! Will be going back today to buy whatever is left.
     
  18. beermeplz

    beermeplz Disciple (349) Feb 13, 2015 California

    the reviews here are making it sound pretty good this year....good to hear. last year's didn't do it for me but loved it the year before that.
     
  19. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Aspirant (227) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Grabbed a 6er of last year's and only had one. Hoping this year's is much better.
     
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  20. ESB

    ESB Initiate (133) Jun 17, 2017 California

    Interested to hear all the reservations about last year's…I liked it.

    I haven't been drinking much Lagunitas because I never see fresh beer from them anymore, but B10K was absolutely delicious so I'm hoping they can still make their special releases taste special.
     
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  21. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,573) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    What happened to the other 5 beers?

    Cheers!
     
  22. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Aspirant (227) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Drain pours. Jk. I gave them to my brother.
     
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  23. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,573) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    I take it you don't like your brother!?!:rolling_eyes:

    Cheers!
     
  24. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Aspirant (227) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    He enjoyed it if I remember correctly.
     
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  25. darklord2011

    darklord2011 Initiate (133) Nov 18, 2011 Indiana
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    This is a very solid beer. I'm excited to get a couple six packs when it hits Indy.
     
  26. BenHoppy

    BenHoppy Zealot (543) Nov 15, 2017 Michigan

    Loving this beer for 2nd year in a row. How is Hopslam on top 250 and this isn't? I'm a west coast IPA fan and have to say no IPA is better than this. It's bitter and hoppy just the way I like it. Wish Lagunitas made all beers to excel as they do with this.
     
  27. readyski

    readyski Aspirant (251) Jun 4, 2005 California
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    Couple dozen Sixers just sitting on the floor at Safeway (@$12 per). A week old. Smells like gummy bears and tastes like a Hop God's tribute to man. Can only muscle one down in a sitting though :grin:
     
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  28. Hoppedelic

    Hoppedelic Devotee (407) Dec 6, 2010 California
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    I just smelled my glass and it really does smell like gummy bears haha.
     
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  29. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,176) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    The Heineken Hype is real.

    Also, it sucks that people have to count, in a rational numerical order, to figure out when the beer they're just gonna slam while hittin' the bong was brewed.
     
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  30. Hoppedelic

    Hoppedelic Devotee (407) Dec 6, 2010 California
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    It's dab rigs now not bongs.
     
  31. beermeplz

    beermeplz Disciple (349) Feb 13, 2015 California

    some strong shit this year but definitely a lot better to my palate...much less syrupy, drier, hoppier. kinda harsh at the moment but hoping it'll mellow a bit and further improve...will be picking up more than last year for sure
     
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  32. vinylfiend1

    vinylfiend1 Initiate (138) Jun 8, 2013 California
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    I think I like this Years better , less sweet I think . Just saw someone on untapped write that insiders secret is that this Years is really close to 13%. Wonder how that is. It's is quite boozy but i liked my bottle tonight.
     
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  33. Wolfhead

    Wolfhead Initiate (167) Sep 1, 2009 Illinois
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    To easy to hit the pen
     
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  34. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Meyvn (1,079) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    We are going to have a whole generation of folks with popcorn lung..

    Looking forward to Waldo's has it been a whole year already :wink:
     
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  35. Wolfhead

    Wolfhead Initiate (167) Sep 1, 2009 Illinois
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    Some kid at Binny's put it on the floor yesterday $11.99 limit one
    This store is typically late not early so...my 1st one will be tonight and I'll slide by to get another sixer today during errands.

    Pen's empty, prefer to use flower anyway
     
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  36. stevepat

    stevepat Disciple (360) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Definitely a good beer, will probably pick up a 6, but I will still go with hopslam as a better bigIPA yearly. Also I prefer the born yesterday from lagunitas. Tried it on draft today after a long day of painting and yard work and I was really underwhelmed.
     
  37. raynmoon

    raynmoon Crusader (749) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    We're SO spoiled when we get to come online and talk about/ complain about a beer of this magnitude and it's availability. Same goes for Willetized, and what Firestone is doing with their barrel aged series.
     
  38. pjeagles

    pjeagles Initiate (168) May 29, 2005 New Mexico
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    Last year's was too syrupy...this year's is surprisingly bitter on the finish. Not loving it, but maybe a little time will round it out, as beermeplz said. With its high ABV, this beer should come in those stubby 7 oz. bottles. Lagunitas brought back the 32 oz. bottle, so why not?
     
  39. stevepat

    stevepat Disciple (360) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    It is insane how spoiled we are. My whole drinking life I have had access to amazing beer. When I drink fridge beers with my older relatives (usually, although less now than ever, some lager like labatt or miller) I just marvel at their fortitude, powering through decades of fizzy yellow all so I could wallow in barrel aged, dry hopped, mixed-fermented glory. Damn it feels good to be spoiled.
     
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  40. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Aspirant (227) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Have you aged this previously? If so, when do you feel it is best?