Lucky U IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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Lucky U IPALucky U IPA

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Ratings: 1,158
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 6
Gots: 134 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 06-28-2009

Amarillo, Magnum, Perle, Cascade, Apollo, Fuggle, Golding hops.

Two Row Pale, Munich, Carmel, Torrified Wheat malts.

68 IBU.
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Ratings: 1,158 | Reviews: 323
Reviews by mdwalsh:
Photo of mdwalsh
4.32/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange with a large, attractive white head. Leaves a nice lace.

S: Orange and Resin, very nice. A slight, caramelly sweetness behind it.

T: Taste doesn't hold up as bold as the aroma, but still a nice citrus, maybe more grapefruit that the orange in the aroma.

M; Mouthfeel is super nice, the exact balance I'm looking for in an IPA. Perfect.

D: Pretty darn drinkable, but nt enough to make me drink only this in a night if I have the chance.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
2.57/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a smallish frothy white head that goes to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet melon with some grassy, fruity, spicy floral hops.

The flavor is vegetal malts with some charry bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery. As it warms, it's not as bad, but any decent hop flavors (fruits, spicy florals) trying to peek through get washed out by the watery body.

Overall, after an interesting pour, a bit of a disappointment. It's very watery and not very appealing flavor-wise.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.42/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What an underwhelming beer. Breckenridge makes some good stuff like their oatmeal stout, but this one just doesn't hold up.

Looks impressive enough, standard orange and brown hue you would expect in an ipa. Maybe a little darker in appearance than standard.

Nothing comes across aroma wise. Taste is massively disappointing. They say on the label it is a hoppy homage to something, but there is no discernable hop profile.

It at least isn't thin and punishing throughout the bottle. Disappointing.

Photo of sgoodship
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the local market. THought I'd give it a whirl.

It's a not so pretty murky copper color. With a fairly aggressive pour, it only managed to provide a modest half finger head that dissipates to spottiness pretty quickly. The lack of cap didn't stop it from delivering a surprising amount of fine lace. The really fine stuff disappeared, leaving some small spots.

The initial smell is a good mix of malt and grassy hop. Some grapefruit coming through.

The taste is sweet with a nice strong caramel malt up front. The grassy and citrus hop comes on strong in the middle but dies out before it gets to end, leaving a bit of a void - kinda seltzer-like. It's a shame because there is a nice piney kick there that showed some promise. The finish is a bitterness with no bite - a bit hollow. There's some residual hop dryness and pine in the back of the palate as aftertaste.

The body is medium. The carbonation felt medium but didn't really seem to be able to establish a reason for being.

It's a nice drink but it just didn't hit the spot for me. For an American IPA, I think it is missing a little oomph. I really don't like seltzery type flavor coming through in an IPA.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle

no freshness info

pour: Hazed and dull copper. Lighter khake head, gauzy, tiny bubble and leaves nice looking cpoious scattered webs of lace.

Sniff: citrus, orange beel

Taste: Solidly hopped, citric, with more orange notes, grapefruit in the mix. Malty counterbalance present and smoothening with toasty under notes. Fully flavorful, freshtasting and quite enjoyable.

A worthy newcomer to my neighborhood's beer distribution points.

Photo of tigg924
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: caramel malt, and citrus hops

Taste: citrus hops, caramel malt, and some meadow

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium-light bodied, sweet start and middle with some bitterness at the end and in the aftertaste

Overall: This bottle was good through the end of August, so perhaps it is crisper when fresher, but I found this to be a very average IPA that is a more on the malty side. This is certainly easy to drink, but probably not one I would look for again. I wanted a bit more hops zing.

Photo of pat61
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lucky U IPA pours lightly copper tinted gold with a light chill haze under a 2’ bone white fluffy foam cap. It has a bready malt nose with just a hint of citrusy hops. Bready malt leads the palate through citrus flavors to a big bitter grapefruit rind dry finish. The texture is creamy created by fine soft carbonation and a medium body for drinkability.

Photo of far333
3.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazed aprocot copper colored with a beige-orance head that rises up an inch high and settles out quickly. Aroma of biscuity malt and subtle floral hops, some mint and butterscotch and graham cracker.

Flavor of toasty malt and ornage rind hopes, punctuated with piney notes. Finishes with more pine, and a slight metallic note. Hop bitterness lingers.

Semi-slick mouthfeel, a bit watery. Average beer overall.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a pale copper hue bright and clear visually appealing for sure nice thicket of off white head forms nicely. Head leaves speckled scattered layers of lacing with each sip. Aroma is nice with a full line up of citrus peel hop assault Amarillo for certain, with a tame mild sugar coated grapefruit halve like note. Just a touch accent of dank weed flowing bright, the flavor here hits much like many of the Breckenridge lineup with a tart yeast driven dough ball tone with a harsh water content backing it up. Amongst the base of the pale malts are the citric blast of grapefruit zest with floral and herbal hop flavors. Aren't actually that bad probably the best of the lot that I've tried from Breckenridge for quite some time, good lord knows this is better than their DIPA. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied slick with hop oils and smooth carbonation, goes down pretty easy overall. Drinkability is solid another solid ipa from the west, glad I didn't count Brickenridge out.

Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in standard pint glass

A - orange-tinted amber; hazy; scant but lasting off-white head

M - medium body; nicely carbonated.

S - citrusy hops with orange tones and hint of malt

T - excellent flavor, with pronounced citrus tone, but Lucky U has low intensity hops and bitterness as well as sweeter than a typical Amer. IPA. This may disappoint those expecting a more typical or hoppy IPA but probably makes this more drinkable for many. Hop heads might want to think of this as a bold and distinctive pale ale.

Excellent. One of those beers that makes me wonder why appearance plays much of a role in the ratings.

Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pale malts and citrus hops without much else. As it warms the pale malt aromas intensify.

Tastes similar to how it smells, however the flavors are a bit more layered. Pale malt flavors kick things off and have a good amount of graininess to them - almost like some toasted malts were used. Hop flavors join in midway through the sip and are largely citrus-oriented however hints of pine lurk in the background. The ending is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this tasted like a maltier version of the 471 Small Batch - maybe an APA to the SB's IPA. Not amazing but worth a shot.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is nearly but not quite copper and slightly hazed. The head is just off-white and sits nice and tall, about one finger tall, sticking itself to the top of the glass staunchly and leaving good lacing the rest of the way.
Pine, a bit of perfume and some floral hops notes are foremost in the aroma before a bit of caramel malt kicks in that adds a bit of balance.
I get mostly pine from the hops off the bat before a splash of citrus comes in. Until it warms, there's a touch of sweetness but really not much. Caramel malts do play their part here. Bitterness stays strong and offers an almost dandelion root edge to it in the finish.
The body is medium and carbonation is light here. There's a crispness to the feel that doesn't fade, and it stays sturdy all the way.

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz glass at Aviator's lounge in DIA, Broncos are ahead by a TD or so.

This beer appears a clear, medium bronzed amber colour, with a thin cap of wispy, and ethereal off-white head, which leaves some random specks of islet lace around the glass as things slowly drop away.

It smells of orange and red grapefruit flesh, a stoney flintiness, bready, crackery caramel malt, a bit of lemon polish, and leafy, weedy hops. The taste is acrid pine needle, orange and lemon rind, crackery, grainy caramel malt, and leafy, somewhat grassy hops - simple!

The bubbles are quite tight, and perhaps a tad frothy, the body a solid medium weight, with the hops and carbonation interfering with any latent smoothness. It finishes just off-dry, the caramel malt showing off its legs, alongside some consistently bitter and lingering hops.

A decent IPA, one which falls on the bitter side of hoppy, and the hoppy side of balanced. Its drying tendencies could make for multiple rounds, were I so inclined.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
2.19/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thought I'd experiment with a 6-pack I'd never had while visiting Imperial Nebraska for a wedding. I picked up this beer at a liquor store in Sterling. What a dissapointment to say the least.

No real flavor or smell to note except bready and earthy bitterness. Seriously, as if a Budweiser was given more hops to the recipe. No pine, No hop resin finish making you smack your lips with a smile, NO citrus period and No dankness. Just bitterness... which is fine but you need something...ANYTHING to go with it.

I did pick up some Pale 31 that was on the shelf next to it (which I've had plenty of before) and thank god I did..

Waste of $10

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Breckenridge- Lucky U

A- Clear caramel orange/ brown with a good frothy chunky alcing white head.
S- Good sweet grapefruit and pine hops overpower the light caramel malt. Bready grainy malt pokes through as well.
T- Sweet grainy malt, caramel and bread crust dominate the malt base. Sweet grapefruit hops with a bitter oily pine hop punch.
M- This one starts off with light sweet malt and transitions into a sweet hop body and bitter oily pine hop finish. Light feel throughout.

Overall- mild with a quick pine burst in the end. above average.

Photo of haddon
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bit of a chill haze to the dark amber-body. capped by a small white head that held for a while with decent lacing.

Sweet maltiness in the nose gives hints of caramel-flavored candy and honey. can taste the blend of hops (pine, grass, light citrus)... but honestly, a bit imbalanced towards the sweet side for an IPA.

Malts bring a taste of caramel, grains & honey. slight hint of hoppy tastes of pine, grass, grapefruit, and tangerine. again, light bitterness for an IPA and the finish is very dry with the malts more evident than hops.

Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is just the slightest bit sticky.

to me, this seemed a little more subtle like an APA rather than IPA. the hops were lacking and the malts dominated a bit. I had this pint with fish & chips in a pub. perhaps I will revisit without food to see if the profile changes any.

Photo of secondtooth
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive cloudy amber, with a lovely, extensive and detailed lace. Beautiful!

Delicious nose -- I get fruity hops, some pine. Bodes well so far!

Flavor is superb -- citrus sharp with some pine accents. A quite delicious IPA...and one I'd not hesitate to pick up again.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third beer of the evening and I am enjoying my Xmas eve!!! The Breckenridge Lucky U IPA is a nice tasting IPA. The beer pours great clear copper with thin white head that is lacing nicely. The smell includes spice and grapefruit. The taste is a great blend of malt and hop which brings citrus and spice to the beer. I am guessing a Semco or equivalent hop was used on this one. The mouthfeel is a fuller bodied IPA with good carbontaion. Overall it is a good IPA.

Photo of cjgator3
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is malt and fresh leafy hops. 

T- The taste is dominated by the hops. The hops create a nice bitterness, but more important the flavor created from the hops is really good.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed this IPA. Recommended!

Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a bottle for $4 at Liberty St. Served in a pint glass, it was amber with a short white head. Tavern. Yeah, there was a decent citrus hop character and the beer was overall clean and drinkable, but it tasted a bit uninspired. There are too many good IPAs in this world to seek this out, but I wouldn't turn down a free pint.

Photo of ImusBeer
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical IPA appearance, a clear copper color with an off white thin head.

The likely aromas of slight pine hops and some citrus. The taste starts imediately with pine and then a finish of citrus lemon.

A very light mouthfeel with good carbonation. This is good IPA in my opinion, very smooth and not too hoppy, just right.

Photo of dbossman
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orangish brown with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly; lacing, however, clings to the glass

S: A pine presence dominates but so does a subtle chlorine/chemical aroma; orange rinds and other citrus aromas linger as well; there is a funkiness that creeps through on occasion

T: Although I assume this beer is only a couple months old, I know/assume it would be substantially better fresh because the piny hop presence is prevalent but fades too quickly; also a candied sugar flavor that fits well with the pine and grainy qualities

F: Pretty even mouth coat and feel

D: A good little IPA and a pretty easy drinking sessionable beer as well

Photo of midwestbrewers
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light copperish color. Thin head but sticks around for a bit.

S: To me this is a typical IPA smell, but kicked up a bit. It has an extremely hoppy smell to it with very little malts.

T: Grapefruits and bitter. Extremely smooth though for all the hops. Bitter after taste but doesn't seem too strong.

At 68 IBU's, this beer is actually pretty good. I have tried several IPA's and as they go this is probably my second favorite and actually has the most hops in it. There is a nice malt flavor but not a lot. Since I don't drink IPA's much this probably won't make the rotation in my fridge, but as part of the variety pack offered by Breckenridge it's a refreshing brew. GREAT BEER BRECKENRIDGE BREWERY!!!!

Photo of silver0rlead
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with a thin beige head that doesn't stick around long. The aroma has a nice blast of juicy, citrusy hops upfront, along with some turbinado sugar, biscuit malt, caramel, fruity esters and alcohol. The flavor is citrus and floral hops on the front end, along with some caramel and biscuit malt, fruity esters, a flinty sharpness and alcohol. The mouthfeel is light and a tad prickly. Overall a solid but unspectacular IPA.

Photo of russpowell
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours caramel with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & average head retention

S: Grassy hops & pears

T: Grassy hops, woody notes & slight pear notes up front. Leafy hops dominate as this warms, some pear & caramel notes as well. Finishes with leafy hops plus a nice crispness

MF: Medium bodied with nice crispness, fairly good balance

Skewed more EIPA to me, but not a bad offering if your just looking for a bit of hoppyness, but not one I would buy again

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Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,158 ratings.