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Lagunitas Waldo’s Special Ale

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style
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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unknown

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
4/20 Special Double IPA


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jbuskirk (576) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAY 31, 2015
A 4/20 IPA release by Lagunitas? Hmm I wonder if it’s going to smell like... Oh Lord, yes. Waldo’s Special Ale is in a new class of dank. The smell is piney, floral, piney, grassy, piney, herbal, and piney. Appearance is a ruby-amber shade with a nice head. Given the pine-dominated aroma, I was surprised at Waldo’s complexity. Yes, it has plenty of aggressive resin bitterness. But there’s also sweet malt, bright citrus, spicy ginger-like notes, and nectar. The feel is damn near syrupy; this is an ale you practically chew. This 4/20 special is winner from Lagunitas. Imagine that.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bebum (456) - - MAY 29, 2015
Deep amber with copper undertone. Full body, intense flavors, hot and slick mouthfeel, lingeeing palate. Sweet and bitter, good acidity. Hoppy, herbal, resiny, fruity, raisin, orange syrup. Delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome (1265) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2015
Orange pour, beautiful white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, fruit and caramel. Flavor of citrus, booze, caramel and pine. Creamy and full. Fantastic.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (2022) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Draft. Lots of resin, pine, big nose. Taste is medium high bitter with the same resin and piney hops, slightly tips to the oniony/gasoline thing that I don’t care for. Comes off super hop heavy. Pretty nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4971) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Tap at Rays. 2015 version. Unfiltered orange-gold body. Foamy off-white head. Deep grapefruit marmalade hop aroma. Their description nails it: Herbacious, botanical, resinous. Even though this is at IIIPA levels(13%?), it drinks like a IIPA. Pretty intense still, lots of hops, deep malts, pinch of heat. There is some juicy guava, but surrounded by rich resinous tones. Heavy golden malt/medium-light malts. Pretty legit, especially for $5.00 a pint.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2768) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 23, 2015
On Tap Orange/amber witha thick lasting sand colored head. Huge grapefruit pithy aroma. Thick full bodied and lots of bitter citrus hop flavor. Great DIPA

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christpuncher (1792) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Citrus bomb gets dropped on you with this one. Really hoppy and citrus notes. Nice hoppy bitter finish. Had a draft pour at grafton. Pours orange with a white sticky head ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1669) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2015
On tap at Champps. Orange pour, very clear light head with some lace. Nose is bitter and fruity tropical. Taste is very citrusy, sweet tropical fruits, pine and resin. Medium bodied, lightly sticky, with little alcohol. Finishes well balanced between bitter and sweet, leaning fruity bitter. Very hop forward and mosaic-y. Nice one! 15.4

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2891) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2015
Quite the large beer. Pours a clear light amber. The aroma is complex with a big sweet start of caramel and bread. The hops come in with a big hit of citrus and pine. The flavor is sweet at first then gets bitter with a bit of a bite. Long lasting finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (8185) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2015
4oz on tap at Brass Tap - U Square. Big piney, resiny hop, kind of herbal, lasts long into the finish, with sort of a bite at the end. Big malt too, big caramel and biscuit. Bigger sweet taste, moderate bitter, some alcohol warmth. Clear amber color. Thin off-white head. Some loose bits of lace. Bigger body. Kind of slick texture. Smooth, kind of soft lighter carbonation. An alright DIPA at the moment. Past it’s prime. Gotta be at least 2 months old now, right? Was probably a lot better when fresh. Drinking less like a DIPA and more like an pale american strong ale, basically. Either that, or my 4oz was sitting in the line for too long ...


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