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RATINGS: 351   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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In 1971, the Waldos met one afteroon at 4:20 in the front courtyard of their school near the statue of Louis Pasteur. They set out in a ’66 Impala armed with a "treasure map" on a journey to find a secret garden near Point Reyes. They met there at the same time every day and continued their quest. They never found the secret garden....But they keep lookin’. The dankest and hoppiest beer ever brewed at Lagunitas was made with help of the Waldos for all treasure hunters.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2015
Draft at Whole Foods PM. Pours hazy dark straw with white head. Nose is intense resiny hops, honeydew, pineapple. Tastes well balanced, with extremely well hidden alcohol, juicy hops, melon, citrus, and a crisp, velvety finish. Bravo!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ads135 (4191) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 17, 2016
Wow, this is a fantastic imperial IPA, maybe the best I’ve had. Its super sweet, which disguises the ridiculous ABV. VERY potent fruitiness, mostly tropical with some citrus.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tribblemaker (18) - Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2015
On draft at Ashley’s. About as perfect as an IPA can be. Super floral aroma, super dank hops flavour. Like fermented weed, only far better (as weed makes me nauseous, and this was just delicious).

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Odysseyalien (71) - New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2016
I didn’t expect much thinking it would be another over rated listing. Hmmm...I pour into my snifter from the 12 oz bottle. Wow, smells like the pine forests of the Pacific Northwest with ripe mangos in the mix. My exact words upon first sip, quote: "Oh...sh*t"!. No kidding! The taste was just like the smell, like drinking an orange mango sherbet or something like that. Really blew me away unlike any other double IPA has in the last few years. Really a nice surprise and pleasant gift from Lagunitas. Six packs instead of four packs to boot. This is up there in the top five for me as far as imperial ipas are concerned. Bravo!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tstamba (735) - Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2016
Draft at Map room. Snifter.., pale amber gold with white head and lacing. The dankest aroma ever, big pine and resin notes with tropical fruit (guava, mango, passion) and florals seeping in the side. Dank bitter dry finish.., my new favorite DIPA!!! Wow!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gmku (300) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2016
This is a delicious beer. In fact, after consuming a lot this beer over the past several weeks, I’m left wondering if there is a double- or even triple-IPA, receiving its level of distribution, that comes even close. I believe I just purchased the last couple of sixers on the shelf in my neck of the woods, and I’m going to miss this lovely monster. One good sign, for me, of an excellent IPA is when aroma hits me as soon as I uncap a bottle, and I’m smacked in the face with a good dark and dank hoppy one every time with Waldos. Beyond the aroma, there’s plenty of taste to enjoy--bread-like, a little hay, and resin and flowery beyond belief. The ABV is evident in every sip, but in a kind and welcoming way. Don’t pass this up. Or do, and leave that much more for me, please.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
curtisgrif (1) - CENTREVILLE, Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2012 does not count
UPDATED: APR 21, 2012 A fresh tap pour from Dogwood Tavern in Falls Church, VA. Lagunitas actually outdid themselves on this hop masterpiece! A 9.2% Double IPA that smells like a fresh hop garden, is PERFECTLY well balanced, and drinks like something of a session IPA. Floral, citrusy-sweet and piney, I could drink this all night long!!!!! Unfortunately, it wasn’t lit enough to see the color, but I’m almost certain of a full clarity, amber-yellow. It has a thin white, sugary lacing, This is very possibly my favorite beer from the hop side of Lagunitas ever!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocJitsu (1688) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Pours a clear golden color with an off white head. It has a very clean, candied grapefruit bouquet. It has a wonderful grapefruit forward flavor. There’s a nearly perfect mouthfeel for the style. It’s very complimentary to the flavors. No discernible alcohol warmth. This is a magnificent beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HomerBeerOdysy (103) - New York, New York, USA - APR 28, 2015
APPEARANCE - Opaque, 1FH, carbonation, amber, lacing. AROMA/SCENT - Hops, citrus, pine. TASTE - Hops, bitter, yeast, pine. MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Thick, carbonation, smooth, creamy, lingering, bubbly. VALUE - $8 for 12-oz draft. Decent. OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Great beer. Why the hell won’t they bottle it?

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MetalNHopHead (1432) - 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.


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