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Lucky U IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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Lucky U IPALucky U IPA

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Ratings: 1,077
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Amarillo, Magnum, Perle, Cascade, Apollo, Fuggle, Golding hops.

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

68 IBU.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 06-28-2009)
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Photo of Beaver13
2.48/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Beaver13, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.38/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 21, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

I am a huge fan of Breckenridge Brewery, but this brew is a bit disappointing. I don't have a glass available, so I can't do a full review, but ..

The bitterness and hoppiness overwhelms the beer a bit. I LOVE good hops and bitter beer, I should add, but there this beer lacks balance. It's not terrible. It does have a citrus flavor to it that is nice, but more would be better.

Also, I've read other reviews. I wonder if this beer lacks consistency? Some mention how little hops they taste while others mentions how over the top the hops is with this beer. I realize people enjoy a plethora of tasting preferences, but this one seems to enjoy a vastly disparate set of reviews.

Anyway, it's a 3.25. I enjoyed the beer -- and it has a dryness that makes me want another beer. I actually like that part of this beer quite a bit. I like the beer, but I don't love it.

A little more balance and this beer immediately moves from 3.25 to 4.5, imho.

BeerHistoryGuy, Yesterday at 08:00 PM
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3.44/5  rDev +0.6%

JCMattson, Yesterday at 06:18 PM
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4/5  rDev +17%

gordonj, Tuesday at 01:22 AM
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

RedTarmac, Monday at 06:45 PM
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Aprice34, Sunday at 02:31 PM
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2.72/5  rDev -20.5%

44leaves, Nov 21, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +25.1%

Iamjlopez12, Nov 21, 2014
Photo of Cylinsier
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a hazy amber orange, fine off-white head retains indefinitely as a film.

Smells of citrusy hops and orange blossom honey. Some bready malts.

Tastes of vegetal hops and mild biscuit malt. Kind of bland. Dry hop finish.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A very pretty beer with a decent aroma and body is marred by subpar flavor. It's not terrible, but certainly inferior to any number of other IPAs. Ultimately would have to pass on this one in the future.

Cylinsier, Nov 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Trashcat, Nov 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

haems, Nov 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

dbauer, Nov 17, 2014
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2.96/5  rDev -13.5%

DougAppleby, Nov 15, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

newbeeraday, Nov 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Stillmakingnoise, Nov 14, 2014
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3.24/5  rDev -5.3%

corywalston, Nov 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Gaddabble, Nov 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

CED, Nov 12, 2014
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3.08/5  rDev -9.9%

stomioka, Nov 10, 2014
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3.24/5  rDev -5.3%

mta11c, Nov 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

BPMeyer27, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of DoubleJ
2.43/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

If Miller Lite is triple-hopped, then Lucky U IPA is sevendruple-hopped. I think it's great lampooning, and honestly part of the reason I grabbed a bottle. From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

The pour is dark for an IPA, going into an amber orange color. On top rests a creamy head with fair retention and there are some strings of lacing which stick to the glass. A smell a few pellets of raw hops (bits of grapefruit and lemon) and a caramelized malt base.

Lucky U offers a rather bitter flavor. In fact, it's overwhelming in the scheme of things. Grapefruit rind, bitter grass, bitter tea. I can't seem to find the base malt, though I do find a note of the 6.2% alcohol. I feel like I've switched gears from the Miller Lite triple-hopped propaganda to Keystone Light's bitter beer face. And the beer feels a little lighter as well for its size.

Lucky U, unlucky me. This was disappointing.

DoubleJ, Nov 06, 2014
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Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,077 ratings.