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IPA - Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.


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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%

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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 00:13:37 | More by oberon
Photo of feloniousmonk


4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucky Bucket, Est. 2008, Craft Brewery, Full Hop Flavor IPA, Original American India Pale Ale, 6.3% ALC by Vol.
"It's no secret that IPA is all about the hops. American Craft Brewers have been especially adept in the ways the humulus lupus can be used to make a spectacular beer for hop heads to enjoy. Our Original American IPA celebrates this interesting diversity in hop flavor. The final result is big, bold, and, shall we say, in your face….as it should be."

Blah, blah, blah…let's open and see.

Clouded, apricot to amber-ish appearance, nice, large, strong, lasting pillow of snow-white head. Looks good, no question.

Aromatics: Lovely delivery of essential oils and flavors of that aforementioned wolf weed. Piney, prickly, bitter, and only slightly sweet, citrus and tropical fruit associations. Quite a potent thrill in the nose, without going overboard.

Taste: Bam! Hops deployed, bitterness boards the tongue, a trickle and a tickle on the palate, then all is mellow once more. Up with the brew to the lips we go again…and it hits the same. Generous blast of hop, terrific drinka---CONSUMability. Down it goes, happy all the way. Orange and lemon, peach and pomegranate. Grapefruit and mango. Little bitter, little sweet, hoppy all the way up and down.
Medium body, medium finish. A bit creamy in the end, making for a perfectly sessionable IPA. I'd be a happy Nebraskan with this.
One more Lucky Bucket brew to go. Can't wait.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 00:37:59 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of zeff80


3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left sheets of sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine with some nutty notes.

T - It tasted of bitter piney hops with some nuttiness. It had some nice roasted malt backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice IPA. The nutty flavor is a little odd for an IPA, but it is still tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 03:28:42 | More by zeff80
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 18:38:09 | More by Gavage
Photo of ZAP


2.85/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Dark tan colored...

S-Odd...almost smells off...tea like I guess...herbal...perhaps some overripe slightly spoiled tropical fruits.

T-More malty than hoppy....I just drank a sweet whit before this too so I was worried the hops would be biting....not the case...call the hops herbal...malt a little toffee like...no off flavors that I was worried about from the smell..

M-Medium bodied...dryish the more you drink it...

O-Not horrible but below average. There are so many solid IPA's out there. This is not one of them. If you like in Nebraska and want to support the local brewery hey more power to you but this can't stack up with the multitude of IPA's now available in Minnesota.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 04:43:27 | More by ZAP
Photo of scruffwhor


3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you n8dietz for the cross country road trip brew.

Good bubbling, two finger head fater the pour, and a nice thick foam that lasts through all twleve ounces. Ohhh... did i mention the lacing too.

Lots of toasted malt, bread and bsicuits. The hops seem to add an odd funky musty aroma thats off-putting for me.

Weord super malt sweetness meets with IPA, toasted hop bitterness flavors. The hops show off some toasted or maybe singed orange peel, mix in an odd way on the palate. The mouthfeel is verysmooth and bubbly with some grainy moments here and there.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 01:16:25 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of FosterJM


3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 03:00:40 | More by FosterJM
Photo of maximum12


3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

All of a sudden, Lucky Bucket is everywhere in Minnesota. Every store! We didn't buy this bottle. A friend asked if we'd had it, we said "not yet" & he pulled one out of the fridge & handed it to us. "I barely ever have had something you haven't had, let me know if you like it!" OK!

First off, there's a bigger loogie of yeast in the bottom than I've ever seen in a 12 oz. bottle: yikes. And it sticks together, too. Poured very carefully, yellow, bubbled. Floral hops answer the nose bell, along with bits of citrus & sweetness. OK, but it would all be easy to overlook.

Lucky Bucket IPA packs a wallop. The hop bitterness leaps to the forefront & bruises the tongue. Piney. I like pine. Limited caramel underneath the hops. A touch of algae - yes, algae, I've pumped water from many less than desirable lakes - colors the aftertaste. Not quite sure how that got in, but it wizzes on the taste, & not in a good way.

This is close. Really nice upfront, lovely hopping & nice malts, but the aftertaste gives this beer a couple of unsightly warts. Decent beer that has upside potential.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 01:47:09 | More by maximum12
Photo of ArrogantB


3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle $1.69. Bright orange color, sticky lace and a fluffy head. Smells slightly hoppy, nothing overwhelming. Flavor definitely has a lot of hops but it's almost all bitterness. I was really surprised by how bitter this was but I liked it. Still, I would have preferred a little more diversity in the hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 01:51:32 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer from AlexFields. Thanks Alex!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazy rust color with a off-white head that settled to a thick layer leaving a sheet of lacing on the glass.

S - oily hop resin aroma.

T - good balance of malt and hops but it's just a little thin tasting.

F - medium bodied but the feel is somewhat thin.

O - a decent IPA

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 23:33:35 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of scottfrie


3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pried off the twist-top on this 12oz bottle poured into Duvel Green tulip. Big thanks to roosevelt25 for the extra!

A: Pours a clear burnt amber with an insanely fluffy light tan head that took forever to fade into a dense oily film that looked like almost-melted vanilla ice-cream. I could not ask for better rocking lacing either.
S: Nose is full of hops that smell both sweet and fresh. I get mostly citrus, tangerine actually, but there is some grapefruit pith as well.
T: As many great smelling IPAs are, this doesn't taste as good as the nose. Flavors are much more malty that the nose suggested, and the bitter grapefruit pith really dominates the hop flavor. Finish is leafy, almost tea like, and bitter.
M: Carbonation fluffs up on the palate with each sip; body is medium and the mouthfeel is slightly astringent.
D: I really liked the look and smell of this one but the taste is just a little too rough around the edges for me to love. It's good, but it could use some polishing. That's again for the extra!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 00:02:17 | More by scottfrie
Photo of homebrew311


3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from BriMaster56- thanks for my first Nebraska tick!

A: pours a slightly hazy gold with a generous 1 finger head, heavy lacing, the head is bone white and has good retention

S: the aroma features heavy caramel malts along with toasted nut and oak, grassy hops come in to round things out, a slight honey sweetness in there as well.

T: taste is much hoppier than the aroma, features firm pine notes backed with a big malt backbone, notes of graham cracker and a slight citric tartness on the finish. Nice balance.

MF: medium body, high carbonation

O: this is a nice "no coast" IPA, leans towards the malty side of things and perhaps is more stylistically similar to an APA. It is quite drinkable and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 08:24:22 | More by homebrew311
Photo of WoodBrew


3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 01:42:56 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of AgentMunky


3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass.

A: Clearish gold with a finger of white head.

S: Fruity piny hops. West Coast-ish and very nice!

T: Good beer, moderately good IPA. Malty, soft, and round with noticeably fruity body and a nicely bitter hopbite on the endtaste. Aftertaste is dry and bready.

M: Robust and pleasant.

O: Not a great IPA, but a decent beer. Drinkable. I'd maybe have another, if not recommend.

ABV: 6.3%
IBU: 60
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Caramel 60L, White Wheat
Hops: Magnum, Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 02:34:30 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of BretSikkink


3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden brown with a tan-grey foam. Not much stick here, and a fairly average appearance in general. The nose is clean, with an herbal hop note alongside toasted malts.

The flavor is again quite herbal, with hop notes of pine, tea, and aspirin. A touch of toffee malt alongside sweetened toast and a light hint of vanilla all jump in.

Dry, body is light and finish is long and hoppy though not assertively bitter. Doesn't stand out in a crowded field but it's better than most beers from the Iowa-Nebraska area. Keep an eye on Lucky Bucket.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 00:11:34 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of wagenvolks


4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
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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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 03:51:27 | More by daliandragon
Photo of bsp77


3.83/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 03:30:29 | More by bsp77
Photo of SaCkErZ9


4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
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
Photo of gatornation


3.43/5  rDev -7%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 21:54:57 | More by gatornation
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Nice off-white head has great retention and chunky lace. Nice, bright orange apricot body.

S – Bold, west coast citrus hops with a peppery, woody bitter note over the top.

T – Huge hop character right off the bat. Alpha bitterness ramps up early and rides into resiny rosemary and parsley. Peppery finish.

M – Bright carbonation. Medium body. Light and mildly wax on the backend.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 22:20:29 | More by vfgccp
Photo of katan


3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep brown color. Very clear, well filtered. Light head formation, pearly white. Light bubbling, not much carbonation appearance. Seems darker than most IPAs.

S - Solidly hoppy, clearly american hops - grassy and earthy. Seems very dry.

T - Starts off with some caramel malts- but it is quickly overwhelmed by some american hops, grassy, piney, and earthy. Gets more bitter mid-stream, some floral hops come in as well. Finishes dry, bitter and somewhat biting. Leans a little too hard to the bitterness and not the hop flavors.

M - Smooth mouth feel. Carbonation is present, somewhat stinging, but finishes mostly clean.

D - Very drinkable IPA. Not a super hop bomb - does seem to have more bitterness. Not filling.

A somewhat middle of the road IPA - nothing particular spectacular about any attribute.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 04:38:34 | More by katan
Photo of AleWatcher


4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
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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3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark orange with lots of chunks floating in the glass. Not very appealing to look at but at least I know this beer is unfiltered.

Aroma of tropical fruit with just the slightest hint of pine. A little caramel malt thrown in there as well adding some depth.

Tropical fruit and pine up front on the flavor but it doesn't linger as long as I would like. Some dark bread and toffee round out the malt side and it is fairly well balanced. Moderate bitterness and a slightly sticky finish.

Overall, a solid but not overly impressive IPA. There is just not the depth of flavor that I am looking for.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 00:27:51 | More by rangerred
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IPA from Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.