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Beer Review: "THE" Waldo's Special Ale – Lagunitas


It's finally that time of year folks. I had this beer for the first time last year. I'm not exactly sure how many years its been around, but I remember being blown away. Unfortunately, this beer is a very limited release, so I was only able to have a couple six packs last year before I couldn't find it anymore. I have been waiting and waiting for this day when I finally got to taste this gift from the cosmos again. I wasn't expecting to see this beer until next month, but while perusing my local Binny's I caught it beckoning to me. "Jim! Here I am! Purchase me and consume me immediately." Oh, there's two 6 packs of you? For only $10.99 each? Well, don't mind if it do!


Lagunitas has long been one of my favorite breweries. Every beer I've ever had from them (which is a lot) has been good. This Waldo's Special Ale, classified more specifically as an Imperial IPA, is on another level. It packs a massive 10.8% ABV with 100+ IBUs. I can taste every bit of that alcohol and IBU rating. The super hoppy and bitter beers, where you can really feel the booziness, are my favorite kind of beers and this one hits the nail on the head.

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As soon as I pour this beer, I get a huge wave of strong floral notes. I can smell this beer from five feet away. It has a beautiful amber color with only a half inch of foam that dissolves fairly quick. It leaves virtually no lacing, which doesn't matter, because this beer does not need it. The aftertaste is what really does it for me. It starts off slightly mild on the front, but quickly gets heavy on the back end and it really sticks in there.

This is easily one of my top five favorite beers ever. Maybe top three. This is not a beer to be messed around with. The super high IBU matched with a high alcohol content is not going to be for everyone, but if you're a hop head like me this is an absolute must try. I was lucky to snatch two packs today and I will continue to buy them as long as I can. Last year, they only lasted about two weeks, so buy this while you can. The Waldo's Special Ale gets a 9.99/10 from me. Hunt this beer down immediately.

Happy Drinking.

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