IPA - Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 3
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lucky Bucket Brewing Co. visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedHaze on 05-23-2010

India Pale Ale is about balance. The right balance of malt, hop flavor, bitterness, and aroma to create an unforgettable ale. Lucky Bucket's Original American IPA begins with a nice malt bill that lets the brew stand up to the mountain of hops added later. After the boil, the hot wort (the beer before it's really beer) is fired through a hop back, a unique four-barrel stainless steel tank filled with a gratuitous amount of raw flower Amarillo, Centennial, and Cascade hops, extracting the aromatic oils and flavor of the hops. Followed with additional dry hopping in the fermenter, the end result is a big, well-balanced West Coast-style IPA with terrific hop flavor and aroma. Lucky Bucket IPA weighs in at 65 IBUs and 6.3% ABV.
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Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Lucky bucket beer.Pours into a standard pint glass a clear copper color with a thin white head atop,aromas have a nice resiny sharp hop kick with a big biscuit malt base to hold up to the hops.A pretty big complex hop profile with resiny/piney hops really standing out and a somwhat balancing lightly sweet biscuit base.This is a pretty good American style IPA,the hops are resiny and lightly bitter but are restrained a little with such a big malt base.

Photo of bsp77
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into glass.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy amber with good sized head.

Smell: Nice citrus notes of orange and grapefruit initially. After a few minutes I can mainly just smell alcohol - odd as this is not close to being a DIPA.

Taste: Strong hop flavor of grapefruit and orange over a bed of toasted and caramel malts. Finish is not particularly bitter, but it certainly is hoppy.

Feel: Smooth and creamy body that almost seems more DIPA than IPA. That mostly works for me, but the finish is not quite dry enough and slightly boozy. Once again, a little odd.

Overall: Nice hop flavor on this one, but the surprising booziness is a slight detriment.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like the Lucky Bucket IPA....kuddos to the Nebraskan brewer. The beer poured a copper color with thin white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is mostly fresh pine that has a tinge of cirtus that almost makes a gumball type flare. The taste is a hop burst with sweet malt balance that finishes bitter. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a good beer and should definitely be tried for those that like IPAs.

Photo of plfahey
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Reddish-copper color with brilliant clarity and a sticky, yellowish head of cream which sticks around and laces nicely as it goes.

Aroma-Pungent, grapefruity hops, with orange zest and light pine. Some tropical flavors-pineapple. Bready malt is spiked with a dab of caramel, and light fruity esters round out the aroma.

Flavor-Sweet tropical fruit and a touch of bready malt open give way quickly to moderately strong hop bitterness. The hop flavor profile is not nearly as robust as the aroma, with pungent orange rind showing through in the mid-palate. The finish is dominated by hop bitterness, and shows an unpleasant, papery, oxidation character with slight vegetal notes.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Hop bitterness lingers on the palate, but not unpleasantly so.

Aside from slight flaws in the flavor, this is a decent American IPA. Good hop character in the aroma with nice supporting malt and alcohol notes. Unfortunately, the papery/vegetal finish is a deterrent for me, but I'm willing to give it another shot, and hope that this bottle just wasn't in top condition.

Photo of dbossman
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy light brown to fading golden hue with good head that holds out for quite a while until finally dissipating to a thin film; great lacing

S: Unfortunately the aroma is a bit muted but the grapefruit and pine quality does persist a bit; pleasant but subtle

T: A good balance of grapefruit and pine with a sweet caramel malt finish--a bit of a lemon tartness at the end that detracts from the otherwise balanced finish

F: Very balanced mouth coat and feel

D: A very good IPA from the folks at Lucky Bucket--I'm glad they finally started bottling this great hoppy, session beer

Photo of lawlerj
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured on tap at Lucky Bucket Brewery tour. Dark amber/coppery color. Leaves a solid head.

S - very hoppy w/ some citrus notes. Not a huge IPA fan, but the aroma wasn't too overwhelming for me.

T - again, solid hops. Not nearly as hoppy as some other IPA's I've tried, which I actually liked. Citrus undertones.

M - nice and smooth, good carbonation. Easy drinking.

D - As I said, I'm not a huge IPA fan, but I could definitely drink a few of these brews. Overall, a solid beer.

Photo of Forb
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: Dark straw, hazy orange color present.

Smell: Earthy, herbal, piney, grapefruit citrusy elements make up what one expect from a good solid IPA.

Taste: A slight malt backbone characterized by eccentric hop flavoring that expresses all aspects of an IPA

Mouthfeel: Medium to full IPA with medium carbonation.

Overall: A good solid rendition but by no means a staple in the style.

Photo of bourbonbock
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a fresh pint glass and got the following.

A. Golden, slightly cloudy with white billowy had that reaches out off the glass and stays for a while. Maybe slightly over carbonated.

S. I smell a lot of citrus hops and a lot of Crystal malt.

T. Bright hop flavor with subdued bitterness followed by a slightly sweet body and clean finish. Definitely not a west coast style up a which is a nice change from the usual.

I would pick this up again but not regular rotation.

Photo of n2185
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with four fingers of white head that recedes into a dense cap with a solid sheet of lacing. Lovely.

S: Some pine notes at first followed by lots of grassy and earthy aromas. There are some sweeter citrus notes mixed in there as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are some notes of pine and grapefruit. Grassy and earthy notes dominate, though, with only a light bitterness that doesn't linger too long. There are some slightly nutty notes in there as well, which is unusual but not in a bad way.

M: Medium body and carbonation, it's feels fairly crisp feeling which works with the flavors well.

O: A somewhat unique, but good IPA. I like the earthy flavors with a hint of grapefruit citrus but without a strong bitterness.

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass
A – Massive head did not allow me to pour the whole bottle into the pint, left nice lacing as it settled. Appears quite carbonated, a hazy amber color 4
S – Caramel toasted malts and grassy hops with a slight citrus 3.5
T – Citrus upfront, to a slight caramel sweetness, pine and bitter dry-ish finish, hops all the way through. A decent IPA 3.5
M – Carbonation appeared as if it may be overdone, but it was actually right on and balanced with a resiny brew, light to medium body 4.5
O – I really enjoyed the mouthfeel on this beer, worth a try for any hop-head. A drinkable IPA but lacking for me in what I seek out of an IPA… dare I say this needs a bit more malt balance? A good IPA but I won’t seek it out 4

Photo of eclaycamp
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce shorty bottle. Lucky Bucket IPA is robust in color, moving from dark amber to red. My initial impression of the nose is that it gives a pretty solid aroma of piney hops, though it fades quickly. Moderate amount of lacing and about a half finger of foam. Sticky lacing continues down the glass. There's a hefty amount of bitterness and a nice piney bitter finish. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy, but it could use more body. There's light cereal sweetness is up front, with grapefruit and citrus in the middle, followed by those piney hops.. Obviously, this is a pine bomb. The beer could benefit from some more malt sweetness, but overall I like it.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No date, but looked like it hadn't been on the shelf long. Cap is on super tight.

A: A brownish amber, very clear, but too dark. The head is almost porter like, but very rich, thick and creamy. A little active carbonation, so I'll give it a 4

S: No one dominant traditional hop aroma here, but it is hoppy. A solid caramel malt comes through. It smells cooked, overall. It's very different. Not a classic amazing IPA smell, but very good. 4.5

T: The malt falls away here, and it's a harsher hoppiness, more like what I remember being afraid of and not liking when I started drinking craft beer. This definitely needs a bit of a malt boost and a more rounded, pinier hop profile.

M: Too thin, but good carbonation.

D: Drinkable, not amazing, but good. It needs some depth to it for sure. Not the beer I hoped it would be.

Photo of titosupertramp
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a darker, hazy gold. Thick white head that recedes to a soapy film. Lots of lacing around the glass. Good looking beer.

S: Sweet malts, bitter hops. Piney, grassy, herbal. Not very aromatic. Pleasent smell, just hard to pick up.

T: Sweet bready malts start off and quickly give way to bitter hops. Bitter over powers the sweet in this one. Pine, grass, floral and herbal hops...not a lot of citrus if any. Semi-spicy, bitter finish. Not bad.

M: Bitter and dry, but smooth.

O: Easy drinking IPA if you don't mind bitter...not filling, not bad. Will probably pick this up again at some point down the line. Would feel comfortable recommending this to most IPA fans.

Photo of daliandragon
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer review for my Christmas present; a beer of the month club subscription. I was kind of impressed they found a Nebraska brewer I'd never even heard of. Pours a light orange brown with nearly full clarity. Really like the head and lace combo. Nose is light and fresh with floral and citrus hops and underlying biscuit malt.

Mellow and well balanced in the first sip with an outward citrus and herbal hop lean but plenty of medium malts. Finish is more slightly spicy hops. Texture is just thin enough to really increase the drinkability quotient. This is another decent, if not spectacular entry into America's crowded IPA market. This is easy to drink and satisfying, but not up to the level of the elite examples of the style.

Photo of gatornation
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from 12 oz bottle

A- pours a slight hazed copper color with a 2 finger head that recedes to a nice collar with good lacing

S-malty and citrus hops some baked bread

T- is a caramel and malt forward ipa with a with some floral hops. a tad bit bitter

M- medium carbonation some what bitter with a crisp finish

O- just an average ipa in an ocean of great one on the market..its a well made ipa its just not one i would reach for ...with so so many others available

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%

The aroma is boldly fragrant—spruce, grapefruit, fresh floweriness. The small, eggshell-white head doesn't last long; the deep amber body is mostly clear. The flavor at first is very bitter and resiny but fresh, almost minty; the hop character is flowery with an oregano-like leafy quality; some soft sweetness provides balance. The carbonation is restrained but provides a little crispness and body; the texture is smooth but the bitterness lends a touch of astringency.

Overall, quite bitter but somehow satisfying and invigorating. Washes down cleanly and leaves a pleasant bready sweetness. Nicely balanced for the most part, with a uniquely stimulating combination of flavors and aromas.

Photo of Gilmango
2.41/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Prelude: So I have a nice symbiotic trading relationship with a beer drinking buddy, his wife got him a beer of the month thing where he gets 3 bottles of each of 4 new beers each month (2 are domestic "craft" beers, 2 are imports). 12 bottles total. He saves 1 of each for me and I, in return, give him 2 bombers of different homebrews. So I get to try 4 new beers a month, sadly most rate a "B" here and this one really should be lower than that.

Rating: I could not resist opening the IPA first (others were a Brown Ale from Michigan Brewing - very good!, a stout from Jamaica, and a Pilsner from Germany) as I love hops.

Appearance was fairly amber with a nice head.

Aroma was merely ok not a lot of clearly discernible hops, but still no off flavors. I looked but could not find a "best by" or "bottled on" date. So maybe it was muted by age.

Taste was where I knew the beer was a failure, there was an off flavor that was not merely that of older hops or oxidation, more like an astringent flavor possibly suggesting an infection or possibly some weird hop utilization (non-full boil jammed full of hops then watered down?). Hard to tell where the hop bitterness ended and this astringent/off flavor began. Like a bad home brew. I finished it but then I rarely drain pour. Put me in mind of another failure I was moved to review (the Tule Duck beer in cans from NV).

Mouthfeel and drinkability were similarly compromised by the taste issue. I should add that it had a fairly carmely/malty flavor for an IPA, usually not my preference, but at least the sweet malt partly masked the off flavor.

Photo of MCain04
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass from a 12 oz bottle, no dating. Obtained via a friend's beer of the month club.

Appearance: Standard dark yellow color. 1 finger of head, off-white. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Clean, grassy, orange, lemon, pine. Some sweetness on the nose as well, maybe honey.

Taste: Upfront tastes much like the smell, somewhat subdued, with good hop taste. Towards the end of the swallow however there is some unpleasant sourness and unpleasant taste. Moderate bitterness at the end but again the lingering aftertaste is that of lingering acid and sourness.

Mouthfeel: Along with the smell, probably the high point in this beer. Fairly smooth, moderate carbonation.

Overall: A young brewery, not necessarily a bad offering from Lucky Bucket. A good hop selection with nice mouthfeel makes this one drinkable, but the meld of unpleasant tastes makes this something I would pass on in the future.

Photo of PokerGod
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- pours a dark straw color, with a thin white head that retains nicely and leaves a gorgeous amount of lacing around my glass.

Smell- Very floral, and citrusy, very intriguing.

Taste- not good. hoppy, floral, but a bad, strange aftertaste. I'm an IPA fan so I'm used to a strong hoppy aftertaste, but theres something here, that I don't quite like.

Overall- Finishes high in all categories except taste. Looks beautiful, smells beautiful, tastes awful. And if a beer tastes terribly, then none of the other qualities matter.

Photo of JamesMN
1.72/5  rDev -53%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Hazy orange to the point of opaqueness. One finger frothy off-white head.

Aroma: Honestly pretty bad. Smells like old apple cider.

Taste: Almost afraid to take a sip after that bad aroma. Tastes like metallic rotten fruit. Drain pour after two sips.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with lots of carbonation.

Final Thoughts: One of the worst experiences I've had trying a new beer. No bottled on or enjoy by date so I don't feel bad giving a poor grade. Would I drink it again? Only if the head brewer handed it to me himself.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this as an extra from grownfool in our excellent trade-- Thanks man!
Poured into tulip pint (my go to glass for IPAs!)

Wow. The head on this thing rose a solid finger ABOVE the rim of the glass... And it held on tight. Not a drop was lost. It was thick and foamy, huge bubbles around the edges with microbubbles in the middle. It reminds me of a root beer float-- at least in terms if head. The body is slightly hazy coppery orange that really glows when backlit. The creamy tan head is frothy, and as it subsides the giant bubbles disappear leaving a thick froth-- almost looks like it was served on nitro! Pretty decent lacing to boot! The color is a tad darker than I like, but this is a great looking beer nonetheless. The retention is damn nice.

If the color can be any indication, I'd guess this has a decent amount of malt... Mmmmm... Nice strong backbone of caramel malt. The hops are here too-- grapefruit mostly, perhaps a little orange peel. The flavor is just as I'd hoped-- sweet caramel malt with an assertive hop profile of citrus notes that dries it out and keeps it refreshing through and through. Very strong bitterness at the finish, but doesn't linger too long... That makes this a great brew to drink.

I can't detect any alcohol on this one, so couple that with a nice medium body and carbonation, and I'd say we have a winner.

If I lived in Nebraska, I'd be proud. Well done gentlemen. I'll be happy to drink this again, anytime.

Photo of climax
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my second Lucky Bucket beer, started out better than the first (lager). The relaxed pour yielded a massive foamy head that faded slowly with large craters and dollops of lace. The color was a rich dark copper/red.

The aroma definitely hinted at a West Coast IPA. Lots of pine and citrus was a given, but an interesting spicy pumpkin note and sweet caramel brought balance and capped off an enjoyable nose.

Balance is further proved with the flavor, which is good and bold. Toasty malt and spice does a commendable job at challenging the hop bill.

The resinous feel makes the medium body feel thick and viscous. Carbonation is perfect, a crisp accent but knows it's place. Good IPA.

Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a darkish orange color with a one finger head that lasts a bit. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: orange and floral hops rise from the glass.

Taste: caramel, orange, a hint of lemon zest, pear, and a floral bitterness creates a mild flavored IPA that is well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Short aftertaste. Refreshing.

Overall: a very easy to drink IPA that won't overwhelm the taste buds. Decent version of the west coast style here.

Photo of Greggy
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Orange color body, hazed with a little fine yeast sediment. Head is off white/very light tan. Decent retention and some sparse lacing.

S- Hoppy grapefruit/pine and marmalade.

T- Starts with nice earthy hoppiness plus grassy/pineapple notes. After about 15 seconds, this beer comes alive and transitions into a nice hop dryness while the palette gets swallowed by great hop oils.

M- Appropriate carbonation, big body and great finish.

O- Great IPA, definitely try this.

Photo of FosterJM
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

383rd review on BA
bottle to pint
12 oz

Tavern on the square, Lincoln, NE

App- A dark hazy orane with a nice two finger fluffy head. A little bit of cling on the glass.

Smell- Big spicy hops were the first thing and then malts come secondary. Was very for a smaller IPA

Taste- The flavors fall off a little bit on the taste. The malts are more forward on the drink then nose and the hops fall off a bit as well.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. A little bit of a flatter grapefruit malt residual feel.

Drink- Decent is key word. This bar didn't have too many IPAs to go for and actually I think this was 1 of 2.

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IPA from Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
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