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IPA - Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.

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207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: RedHaze on 05-23-2010)
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Zaimejs

Nebraska

4.78/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been looking forward to trying Lucky's IPA and I finally had the chance at Shuck's Oyster Bar (Absolutely Fresh!). The green label on the bottle hints at refinement and almost a throwback to a better time. Maybe I exaggerate, but there was something nostalgic about it.

Anyway... the beer. I asked the waitress for a glass so I could see what I was drinking. I was not disappointed. The pour was glorious. The rich, dark ale poured smoothly, foaming just enough to release the aromatic overtones of hops and undertones of fruitiness.

I was pleased to find that the IPA was not overly hoppy or biting. It was smooth and quite drinkable. I love a strong IPA, don't get me wrong, but I was hoping for something a bit more special from Lucky, and I found it. Sometimes, after starting with an IPA, I like to switch to something a bit more mild, but in this case, I was fine sticking with this brew. It had a clean finish full of flavor without an overload of bitter.

Good beer. Enjoy! Can't wait to try it from a tap.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 12:21:48 | More by Zaimejs
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jonathaniler

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

03-30-2014 01:56:26 | More by jonathaniler
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vheissu15

North Dakota

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

03-11-2014 16:43:26 | More by vheissu15
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travishardy929

New York

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

07-14-2013 00:34:07 | More by travishardy929
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Finiki

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

12-24-2011 21:23:08 | More by Finiki
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Jman_01

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

09-23-2012 01:47:54 | More by Jman_01
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buiter

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

07-03-2012 12:49:45 | More by buiter
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fatbatcat

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

11-17-2012 00:40:40 | More by fatbatcat
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BrianCramer

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

01-29-2013 23:07:58 | More by BrianCramer
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ssjkyle

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

07-14-2012 04:30:31 | More by ssjkyle
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Greggy

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 05:43:38 | More by Greggy
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 01:56:29 | More by AleWatcher
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this may be my first foray into a brew from the great state of Nebraska. BA used to have all my reviews where I could look them up by state, but no longer :( If the beer is anything like the college football (used to be), this should be a treat. Purchased a sixer of this from Bearden Beer Garden in Knoxville, TN.

Pours from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Golden amber in color with a stiff, creamy, one finger sized head. Gentle lacing with nice retention.

Aroma is as an IPA should be. Hops fill the nostrils followed by a decent bit of maltiness. The maltiness doenst smell sweet but smells more biscuity, letting the hops do all of the work. Great citrus nose.

Spot on flavors for the style. I like my IPAs bitter and this one foots the bill nicely. There is some slight earthiness in there but the majority of the flavors coming across are citrus in nature. Slightly floral.

A great IPA if you ask me. My only complaint is that the mouthfeel is a little thin. I dont know what the rest of the beer in NE is like, but this was a sure winner. I would certainly drink some of this anytime, anywhere possible.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 20:26:54 | More by SaCkErZ9
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adman08

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours slightly hazy golden amber with ample off-white head. Nice fine bubbles.
S-Slightly sweet aroma with a strong citrus hop scent. Slightly herbal hop aroma as well.
T-Very hop forward with a nice malt balance, slight caramel malt flavor. Strong citrus hop flavor with a slightly earthy hop flavor, matches the aroma.
M-Medium body with a distinct malt sweetness. Dry finish probably from the hop bitterness. Good carbonation.
Overall, a very nice IPA. Maybe a little too sweet but very good hop flavors. Slightly hazy, could be more clear.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 22:09:12 | More by adman08
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phenomenologian

Nebraska

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucky Bucket brews in La Vista, Nebraska not far from where I live so I can get whatever they brew at pretty much any store. this IPA is my favorite IPA at the moment. I poured this in a beer glass. The head is rather thick. its a wet and large head with a sort of beige-ish white color. More beige than white. The color of the beer is very amber dark. it is sort of orange brown dark hue. its not cloudy and you can see the bubbles rise upward. the smell is amazing because its full full of hops. it has a nice bitter hoppy smell to it that you can smell without even having to put your nose up to the glass. its very robust and has a lot of character. the taste obviously hoppy and just has a nice overall bitter taste. that sounds negative but its entirely not. its not smooth but its kind of a beer that you drink slowly and enjoy the flavor. I really like this beer because how strong and hoppy it is. if you dont like strong beers this is not for you of course.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 20:07:59 | More by phenomenologian
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz stubby bottle into a Sam Adam's perfect pint glass. Daps & handshakes to ballz50401 for a killer Nebraskan extra!

Lucky Bucket's IPA pours nicely to form a sizable tuft of fluffy, meringue-colored head that hardly budges from its perch atop a clear amber-golden liquid. Lots of carbonation and sticky lace. Aroma suggests pungent hop aromas of pine resin and grapefruit zest. Big backing of amber & pale malts adds some caramel sweetness. Really liking this beer thus far...

Oh, wow! A bold hop flavor hits the palate hard with bitter tree sap and herbal, almost minty-tasting hop cones. Excellent balance of pale malts adds just the right amount of sweetness with a kiss of honey biscuit and toffee. Mouthfeel is perfect in every way--tight carbonation level rolls effortlessly through a medium-thin body and crisp, semi-dry finish. Lots of hop flavor all the way through, and the hop profile is unique enough to make this IPA stand out. Definitely a must-try for any fan of *Humulus lupulus*.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 04:59:21 | More by wagenvolks
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cbottorff

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

12-10-2012 15:45:46 | More by cbottorff
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TeachChefs

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

12-15-2012 16:53:59 | More by TeachChefs
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firkinhophead

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

10-11-2012 01:19:12 | More by firkinhophead
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lccrunchy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

03-18-2013 00:08:38 | More by lccrunchy
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Dapperticus

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

07-28-2013 18:39:06 | More by Dapperticus
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valianes

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

01-04-2014 16:22:33 | More by valianes
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thomasarose

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

10-07-2012 14:39:29 | More by thomasarose
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pint glass at the Broadway Brewhouse in Nashville, TN. Clear, light orange/yellow body with a one finger off-white head. A few rings of lacing as I work my way down the glass.

Definite piney and grassy aroma up front that features the hops. Just a bit of sweet malt in the background.

Boom! Nice bitter hop bite right away. Pine resin, cut grass, lemon, and a hint of orange citrus. Only a bit of balance from the malt, but this is one serious "in your face" hoppy IPA. I like it.

Medium thickness in the mouthfeel. that drinks pretty easily, for a true hop-head. Well done, Lucky Bucket.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 00:18:15 | More by FanofHefe
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"A nation trying to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle."

--Winston Churchill

Dark bronze-like orange with sunny pumpkin highlights. Nearly two fingers of pale caramel colored foam was produced on the pour and looks good at all points in its lifespan. Here's hoping that abundant lace means abundant hop resins.

The nose keeps the happy train chugging right along. LBIPA smells like a caramel-malted brew that uses a generous amount of American hops. Amarillo, Centennial and Cascade (great choices all) add the usual white grapefruit and orange zest. If the proportions between malt and hops is on the money, this should be damn good beer.

Ain't no holes in this (Lucky) Bucket. This is solid ale from front to back and side to side. As always when it comes to American IPAs, the three most important gotta-haves are quality ingredients... of sufficient quantity... and in the right proportions. How hard is that? It must be fairly difficult because relatively few pull it off this well.

Any AIPA that uses the Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale blueprint (whether intentional on the part of the brewers or not) has a better than 50-50 chance to be hugely enjoyable beer. Plenty of caramel and toasted malt on the bottom end, plenty of biting citrus zest on the top end. What could be better than that?

The mouthfeel would be big enough even if the ABV was 7.5%. My big beer bias is not easy to please sometimes... and these guys did it with room to spare. Excellent carbonation as well.

It's always a good day when another delicious, drinkable IPA makes it to store shelves in Iowa. I'll still be picking up my annual 12 bottles of Celebration Ale, but Lucky Bucket IPA has the advantange of being available year-round. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 11:45:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
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IPA from Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
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