Lagunitas The Waldos’ Special Ale

The dankest and hoppiest beer ever brewed at Lagunitas.

Lagunitas The Waldos’ Special Ale
By Bill Lau | Potable Pastime

2019 OneHitter Series – “Brewed for all the treasure hunters.”
11.7% ABV, 100+ IBU triple IPA (well that’s what untappd lists the style as, and who am I to argue?)

Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, CA

The Deal

Brewed in honor of the origins of 420, a tale of 5 dudes hangin’ out on a wall at their school (aha! The Waldos – I get it), a treasure map, a statue of Louis Pasteur, a ’66 Impala, and the agreed-upon meeting time of 4:20 pm. According to legend, they never found the treasure they sought, but they did start something that rolled on into American culture and lore.

And they were called upon many years later to help brew an uber-hoppy and dank celebration of hops. For treasure hunters everywhere.

The Review


The color is bright, glowing golden-orange to pale amber, initially topped with a thick stash of off-white foam.

I take a deep inhale; the aromas slap me upside the head with a bushelful of piney, citric, catty and herbal hops. Ahhhh.

Full-bodied and smooth textured with fine, light carbonation, The Waldos’ Special Ale proceeds to bludgeon my senses with a veritable zephyr of hops. Opens with light malty sweetness accompanied by dank, herbaceous, piney, dank, citrusy (orange peel & oil, lime), tropical (mango and papaya), dank resiny hops. Did I mention dank? I mean, this has an absolute overload of dank, hoppy goodness.

Bittering builds gently, lending balance and leading into a lengthy, lingering (and dare I say dank?) finish. Very lingering. Like I think I’ll still notice it 6 hours from now. Cool!

Drinks deceptively easily for a beer of its weight. A luscious, zangblastic (yeah, I just made that up) paean to the day and to hops as well.

By the bottom of the glass I’m feelin’ pretty damn fine, man. Take a hit and pass it around!

Disclosure: The author has received no reimbursement or compensation for this article. All opinions and remarks are those of the author alone.

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