Lagunitas Waldos' Special

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

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  1. threeviews

    threeviews Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2011 Florida

    If memory serves me correctly, 2016 was the first time that Waldos' was bottled. Back then, it was so limited that every place I found carrying it had limits. However, after a whiff and a sip...I was hooked. Ultimately scored 3 6-Packs and they were poured down my neck with alacrity.

    2017 rolls around and I was poised to get as much as possible...3 6-Packs the year prior turned into 3 cases thinking that it (like other Lagunitas beers) would hold up without issue for the (mostly) agreed upon freshness window of a hoppy beer to be 90 days. However, I greatly assumed incorrectly and as soon as 60 days (from packaging date) passed, the nose fell off the edge of a cliff, the hop flavor diminished and what was left was something akin (but not really) to an American Barleywine. It was unpleasant enough that I ended up <gulp...then tears> dumping a number of them. Without that pungent aroma and hop flavor, the beer (for me, at least) is not very pleasant...chock it up for experience!

    Here we are in 2018 and I will definitely be picking up some...but only enough that I'm assured of finishing my stock in as timely a fashion as possible. When, oh when will them Waldos' show up in my area...I'm ready for the treasure hunt!
  2. beermeplz

    beermeplz Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2015 California

    i have not intentionally aged any for an extended period of time - just hoping it'll smooth out a bit over the course of ~1-3 weeks. has worked well for me with other beers with significant "hop burn" and the like. i don't think this beer would benefit from extended aging and will probably be drinking it for only the next month or two.
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  3. Dan411

    Dan411 Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2017 Missouri

    Still trying to track some down here in MO. Funny, I remember thinking last year I was glad I didn't get a 6 of them, but that's probably what I will do this year. The nose on this beer is incredible!
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  4. msscott1973

    msscott1973 Maven (1,483) Dec 28, 2013 North Carolina

    I respect your game. I could not even fathom putting away three cases of a beer with this gravity within such a limited freshness window.
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  5. infectur

    infectur Initiate (0) Apr 6, 2016 Pennsylvania

    It's best enjoyed as fresh as possible. After enough time it turns into a syrupy sweet mess and one dimensional. The same can be said for Hoptimum.
  6. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Anyone see this in PA yet?
  7. msscott1973

    msscott1973 Maven (1,483) Dec 28, 2013 North Carolina

    Getting my taste buds bashed in at the moment.
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  8. hopflyer

    hopflyer Initiate (0) Nov 10, 2013 Pennsylvania

    I haven't seen it yet but noticed it is posted on Beeryard's (Wayne, PA) website as a recent arrival there, so it must be around SEPA now.
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  9. deleted_user_950283

    deleted_user_950283 Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2015

    We never get the one hitter series here in Montana but ordered a couple 6 packs on craft beer kings. $12.99 each. Should be here Monday. Super stoked.
  10. AWA

    AWA Savant (1,171) Jul 22, 2014 California

    I'm 2 hours south of the brewery. and I still haven't seen it. Gonna grab 2 cases as soon as it hits my town.
  11. donspublic

    donspublic Grand Pooh-Bah (3,356) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    Still waiting for this in Houston it dropped April 6th here last year
  12. Steve_Studnuts

    Steve_Studnuts Savant (1,191) Apr 21, 2015 Pennsylvania

    I could have sworn I was using Ad Blocker!:stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
  13. hayseed

    hayseed Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2005 Washington

    Some how, some way, this has made it to Hawaii. Just picked up two sixers on Oahu for $11.59!
  14. babaracas

    babaracas Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2008 Florida

    Seems like this year Publix is the place to find it in FL
  15. Lahey

    Lahey Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2016 Michigan

    I passed on it today, but now I'm wishing I didn't. Damn FOMO... I could spend so much on beer if I just had a third fridge:money_mouth:
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  16. scream

    scream Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2014 Wisconsin

    drink more or store stouts and barleywines in a cool spot out of the fridge ?
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  17. LADEDA

    LADEDA Initiate (0) Jul 29, 2014 Florida

    Beer Rev in Lakeland received 10 cases. $12.99.
  18. ESHBG

    ESHBG Pooh-Bah (2,037) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Wegman's KOP has it on the floor, about one case left, $12.99 I think the price was. I considered it but passed, beers like this I typically enjoy one and then it can take a while for me to want to finish the others. If I happen to come across a single somewhere I'll definitely try it.
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  19. CHL

    CHL Initiate (0) Mar 27, 2009 Illinois

    I love resinous DIPAs like this, but what really impresses me is the value. Outside of April is there anything like this beer that I can get for anything close to the price point?

    Seems to be widely available in Chicago, though packs are noticeably disappearing, $12.99.
  20. Love_in_a_canoe

    Love_in_a_canoe Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2014 Oregon

    On tap Friday afternoon, you know what time, at Platypus Pub in Bend, Oregon. I am sad to report -- like last year -- that this is no 2016 Waldos' Special.

    The 2016 absolutely blew me away, it was all dank hops. Like rolling around in a sticky, resinous wheelbarrow full of freshly-picked ones. Last year, 2017, didn't measure up.

    I can't really say whether I like 2018 better than 2017. If anything I would say it is more boozy and less hoppy than 2017. It is certainly not a bad IIIPA in any way, but I'm not going to go out and drink every bit of it I can find like I did in 2016. In fact, other than buying a bottle (if possible) to compare to the draught version, I'm unlikely to have it again. It just doesn't smack my taste buds in all the right places like 2016.

    So now it's back to Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing and and River Bend's Hawaiian Crunk -- I'm currently on a hazy kick. BTW, Hawaiian Crunk is available in cans now, only in Oregon AFAIK, so any of you into beer trading and hazy might want to try to get some.
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  21. Love_in_a_canoe

    Love_in_a_canoe Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2014 Oregon

    I believe you are correct about 2016 being the first bottling year, and the 2016 version was one for the ages. (I don't mean aging, I mean the best! Drink immediately for all that hop goodness.) Also, at some point prior to 2016 it was called 420, but then Sweetwater Brewing sued Lagunitas. Not cool. And when was the last time you sought out a Sweetwater 420?

    As I stated in a separate post in this thread, this year's just doesn't compare to 2016, to my taste buds. Last night I had a Knee Deep Breaking Bud, and I prefer the hop flavor in it. Also, I want to enjoy it while it is still called Breaking Bud. Sony is going after Knee Deep, also not cool.
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  22. Wolvmar

    Wolvmar Initiate (0) Jul 2, 2014 Michigan

    Any sightings in southeast Michigan?
  23. CHL

    CHL Initiate (0) Mar 27, 2009 Illinois

    Not sure that's right; I don't think Lagunitas ever made a beer actually called 420. Thought Sweetwater reacted to little notes that said "420" rather than the beer name itself, which seems even sillier.
  24. darklord2011

    darklord2011 Zealot (602) Nov 18, 2011 Indiana

    Had a bottle over the weekend. I think it's drinking amazing. Had a few beers before hand so my perception might have been a little fuzzy but at the time I was really happy about it. About to go pickup some more.
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  25. kwakwhore

    kwakwhore Initiate (0) Nov 1, 2004 North Carolina

    It came to NC before 4/20.
  26. Mikecd234

    Mikecd234 Crusader (499) Jun 24, 2015 Michigan

    Showed up like 2 weeks ago
  27. thedaveofbeer

    thedaveofbeer Savant (1,169) Mar 25, 2016 Massachusetts

    Has anyone bought Waldo's in MA?
  28. AWA

    AWA Savant (1,171) Jul 22, 2014 California

    I grabbed 2 cases at $10.99 per 6 at Total Wine in San Jose. It's not the best year, but it's still damn solid
  29. flaskman

    flaskman Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2015 New York

    I purchased a six pack last Thursday. It was the first time I have ever seen it and the last six pack they had. I thought it was delicious. If you enjoy hops grab it if you see it. It gave me an understanding of what "dank" tastes like. I found it to be very sweet and incredibly balanced for such a big beer.
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  30. dcotom

    dcotom Grand Pooh-Bah (5,151) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    My impression was that this year's seems much sweeter than last year's. Still dangerously drinkable for a big beer, but I was expecting more of the assertive hop presence that characterized the 2017.
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  31. bleakies

    bleakies Maven (1,319) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    I just picked up a second sixer the other day in Franklin. The two packies where I've seen it (Liquor World and Village Mall Liquors) don't have much of it but it doesn't seem to be moving. This is my first year in the 'burbs so I don't really know what's what down here, but in Boston the stuff disappeared fast.
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  32. rather

    rather Initiate (0) May 31, 2013 California

    Thank hieneken
  33. Love_in_a_canoe

    Love_in_a_canoe Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2014 Oregon

  34. Love_in_a_canoe

    Love_in_a_canoe Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2014 Oregon

    Hey there, you Buckeye, did you have the 2016? Because I agree with you about 2017-18. When I described 2018 as more boozy, that equates to sweeter on my palate. To my way of thinking, 2016 was a hop motherlode, 2017 less, and 2018 even less. I remember seeing photos from Lagunitas in 2016, of equipment having to be taken apart and cleaned because of so clogged with hops. I hope they aren't intentionally cutting back in a continuing trend.
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  35. donspublic

    donspublic Grand Pooh-Bah (3,356) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    Yeah finally landed in Houston yesterday, grabbed a 6 pack and had one last nite after walking the dog, found when cold it is pretty damned sweet, but when it warms it gets better. Boozie bastard indeed, woke up on the couch at 4:30, drained the last slip and went to bed. Kicked my ass on 5 hrs sleep
  36. thedaveofbeer

    thedaveofbeer Savant (1,169) Mar 25, 2016 Massachusetts

    Thanks for the reply-I actually found a sixer at a local place that doesn't usually have the "one hitter" beers, so I guess it is pretty far out there. Both distribution and the beer. Heyoh!
  37. AMessenger

    AMessenger Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2018 Pennsylvania

    Got a case of this in SEPA. $48 bucks seems like a real great deal here.

    I'm enjoying it more than I did this year's PTY. We'll see if I can drink it all before it drifts into Barleywine territory
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  38. 1960mb

    1960mb Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2015 Wisconsin

    Found a 6 pack at Discount Liquor in MKE for $10.99---limit one. First time drinker of this offering and found it pedestrian at best from a flavor and complexity perspective and I am a bit fan of Lagunitas in general. It is quite boozy. On one sampling had two at the end of the night and when I woke up the next morning I did not know if I was on foot or horseback. It packs a punch no doubt.
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  39. thedaveofbeer

    thedaveofbeer Savant (1,169) Mar 25, 2016 Massachusetts

    Hell, I have had three; I hope I wake up bareback on a unicorn!
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  40. dcotom

    dcotom Grand Pooh-Bah (5,151) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I did indeed. I wasn't as much of a hophead back then, which is probably why the 2017 was more memorable for me. But rest assured, as soon as I get this damn flux capacitor fixed, I'm heading back for some of that machinery-clogging resiny goodness. :slight_smile:
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