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Lucky U IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

Lucky U IPALucky U IPA

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Ratings: 900
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.87%

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 jpro

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled a pint from my buddy, Little D's, growler. Poured a lovely deep orange with a snow white head that shows great retention and leaves a nice web of lace all over the glass. Aroma is of citrusy, floral hops - there's some pine in there, too - the citrus is the more dominant, though. Taste is lighter than what I was expecting based on the aroma - light, caramel malt is followed by the citrus / grapefruit peel hoppiness - finish is light and sweet. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and its fairly drinkable given its refreshing nature. Pretty decent IPA, but nothing mind-blowing.

Serving type: growler

03-07-2010 17:34:31 | More by jpro
Photo of HopintheSouth

North Carolina

3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

In a bottle poured into a pint glass.
A-Golden hue
S-not much hop aroma there, some slight floral hints and a little bit of citrus on the nose.
T-well-balanced bitterness, not as hoppy as I'd like but still not bad. The malt backbone comes through more than expected, spice and pine resin are the most notable flavors.
M-full and thick, malty creaminess

Not a bad beer by this brewery. It's definitely not one I would yearn over, but nonetheless it is a rather good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 23:34:45 | More by HopintheSouth
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and pineapple aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but quite malty for the style.

Serving type: can

01-10-2014 05:21:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of TabulaRasa


2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance : Gorgeous, rich amber color, slightly cloudy. Beautiful 1/2" fine frothy head, normal dissipation, dense, gorgeous lacing all around.

Smell : Subdued hop aroma with a strong malt backbone, nothing impressive.

Taste : Quite bitter, though not offensive

Mouthfeel : Medium-bodied, leaning a little too dense for my taste given the bitterness

Overall : A pretty standard, run-of-the-mill IPA, not very impressive, probably would never have it again - though, as I said, not an offensive brew by any means.


Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 01:29:38 | More by TabulaRasa
Photo of drpimento


3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this a touch warm with a smallish to medium size, cream color head that soon settles and some lace. Color is a clear medium honey amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is hop, butter, spice, resin, wet cardboard, hint of malt. Flavor's a little like nose, tang and hop bitter stand out, some of the flavors clash. Body's ok, carbonation a bit strong. Finish is like flavor, long in the resin. Not all that easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 02:03:14 | More by drpimento
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More of a Pale Ale than an IPA - but that's ok, I love APA and who cares what they call it, we care about smell, taste, feel, and food-complements.

A - Home run. Nutty yam color, darker, great thick head with great retention, retains a quarter thick suds and laces all the way down. Sign of a well made beer.

S- Welcoming, bready malts laced w a bit of hop flowers and grasses, earth, hay. An earthy pale ale.

T - Follows the smell, but as it warms gets better and better. Lots of flower power with out being over-hopped. Great perfume of wild flowers and sun-baked grasses. Great change of pace from hopped up IPAs.

F - strong medium body and weight, welcoming, great with and before food, and dry finish. Winner. Let it warm!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 01:43:47 | More by Act25
Photo of TwoLips


2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance is cloudy hazy golden yellow.

Smells slightly of dull hops

It's an IPA, all right, but the hops and evergreen are vague.

Medium to light mouthfeel.

This is a disappointing effort from Breckenridge. The taste and appearance are cloudy and "off". It almost seems like a wheat beer is trying to sneak in, here. U are not lucky, I am not lucky, and it's barely an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2013 02:31:03 | More by TwoLips
Photo of bmwats


3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Hazy, amber hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Fair spider web lacing.

S: Pine resin, wood chips, caramel, and a hefty does of honey.

T: Pine cones, dish soap, and pecan shells.

M: Light and bitter with an off-putting finish.

D: Session style... although it's a little harsh.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Amber with a nice foamy head, and some pretty fair lacing. Nose is sweet resin, with a woody character, and sweet notes. Bitter and shallow with an off finish. I don't feel so lucky. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 02:03:59 | More by bmwats
Photo of ISmith87


3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - pretty hazy copper amber color. Nice film of head on the top of the beer that's off white, sticks around, and leaves a grainy lacing.
S - Dirty hops, definitely grapefruit and pine in there but nothing more specific.
T - Same as the smell, grassy, grapefruit, pine, dirt, like a poorly made homebrew.
M - medium, leaves a bitter aftertaste, alc covered.
O - Not too good, tastes like a poorly made homebrew. I won't be drinkin this one again.

Serving type: can

09-22-2013 22:05:58 | More by ISmith87
Photo of spoony


3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 355 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about one finger of light-khaki head. The retention is decent atop an orange golden beer with a light haze. I can see some fine carbonation crawling up the glass. Not bad looking.

S-I smell a pleasant mixture of orange, pithy orange zest, and caramel. There is also a bit of bitter pine and a mild, oily dankness. Again, not bad.

T-Unfortunately, the taste is not a pleasing as the smell. Where once there was orange and caramel, there is now an earthy, dull shell of a beer. All I get is a touch of pine and spice, and virtually none of the citrus flavors that I smelled. The caramel that I taste is dull and sort-of watered down.

M-The feel is pretty heavy for the style with a wet and substantial presence on my palate. The carbonation is mostly in the background and does not add anything.

O-This beer has potential with good looks and a pleasing aroma, but it does not live up to the initial promise. I have no idea if I got an old bottle or if this beer just doesn't have it, but for an IPA, it lacks any sort of distinguishing sharpness or hoppy intrigue. The flavors and the feel are both dull and lifeless. In a word, meh.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 03:23:23 | More by spoony
Photo of MisSigsFan


2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a golden amber color with a white head. Smell is slightly hoppy with some sweetness behind it. Taste is very malty. Sweetness coming from the malt and bitterness from the hops. Not much else. A pretty straightforward IPA. Mouthfeel is a bit thick. Carbonation is about right. Overall, nothing special here. Got three of em in a 12 bottle variety pack which I thought was a bit overpriced compared to 12 packs of Torpedo or Lagunitas IPA which cost about 3 or 4 bucks less. Needless to say I probably won't be getting this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 23:29:11 | More by MisSigsFan
Photo of far333


3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 21:27:20 | More by far333
Photo of nickapalooza86


3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange color with very little head

Smell is malt, grassy and herbal hops, grapefruit, copper?

Taste is bitter up front with pine, grapefruit, herbal and grassy hops all there, lemon zest, not as much malt in the flavor as the nose would suggest, and thankfully no copper in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is strange, light, carbonated and tingy? Lingering bitterness.

well unique beer for sure. Nose and Taste are very different. Some strangeness going on that is for sure. Nothing to get upset about, but also nothing to get excited about.

Worth a try. not a re purchase for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 20:23:41 | More by nickapalooza86
Photo of Maximusmaximus


2.19/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours a lovely clear, amber with a significant head composed of large bubbles. A thin layer of head remains throughout the session and laces nicely.

S: One whiff discovers a sharp and ferrous aroma with a tinge of rock-candy sweetness.

T: A faint and subtle, malty sweetness is soon overcome by a sharp iron-oxide tartness that lingers, and curls the tongue, long after each sip.

M: Initially full to the point of thickness, each sip dissolves into a carbonated fizz.

O: Perhaps my sample is too old. I can't imagine that anyone would taste this and say, "Yeah, iron!" But that's what this thing tastes like: a semi-sweet, thick-n-fizzy, rusted, cast-iron, beer. This is why freshness labels are so important. I'm willing to give Breckenridge the benefit of the doubt and call this one over-ripe. I hope that is the case.... otherwise this beer is supremely sub-par.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 01:40:09 | More by Maximusmaximus
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark orangey/amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of bitter citrus notes with semi sweet malty notes is quite nice. Taste is a mix between some semi-sweet malt backbones which is fuller then expected with some citrus notes and a medium bitter finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Hops profile is not as explosive as I would have been expected with more residual sugar then I usually like in my IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 20:11:30 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of beergoot


3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

An older bottle (unknown date) that was sitting in my garage refrigerator for over a year or more.

Cloudy orange body with a few brown flecks (yeast, I'm assuming) dancing around the carbonation and topped with a thick, creamy white head; sticky rings adhering to the glass sides. Musty, malty, slightly sweet (like molasses) scent. Malt forward flavors, very caramel-like; slight esters lingering about; nice, mellow hop bitterness. Medium-bodied, smooth.

Not a bad beer, but not too exciting either. Despite its relative old age, it still had good malt presence and a decent hop bitterness, although the hop aroma was lacking a bit.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 00:59:57 | More by beergoot
Photo of BeerKangaroo


2.6/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Thanx Aaron:

Into a pint glass:

A: cloudy orange body, one finger white foamy head rises and falls leaving some clingy spider web lacing

S: faded hops and malts somewhat bitter yet combined

T: bland bittersweet through previously mentioned flavors, dry sweet aftertaste, dry finish

M: light to medium, sessionable

O: well, I`m not sure how fresh this is, something seems off, so until then only seek again fresher

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 19:35:19 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of GoldHorde


2.46/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've had a Breckenridge beer before - I don't recall exactly what it was - but I know it wasn't this one. I think Brekenridge's Lucky-U-IPA is a nice ale-ish beer and I'd be content to have it over many other ales EXCEPT that it says that it is an IPA - and I am forced to review it in the IPA style. And in my book, IPA's have a couple of high notes that need to be approached or hit but NEVER MISSED.

1. AROMA is for me the #1 keynote - it ANNOUNCES the IPA - you should be able to say while blindfolded - "prob'lee an IPA". This beer had a hint of something light & grassy but was essentially vaporless.

2. FLAVOR must ring of herbal, floral or spicy hop accents and aftertastes. Lucky-U-IPA approaches here. It has a hop sting with grassy aftertaste - nice summery edge to it. I'd place it much higher in the Pale Ale category than I can in the IPA category - only because there are so many excellent IPA's readily available.

In other notes:

APPEARANCE = Hazy amber
HEAD = One finger fading fast, some open lace
MOUTHFEEL = right up the middle where it ought to be with a hop sting

If you are looking for an unoffensive Pale Ale - here you go. If you really need an IPA, keep shopping.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 05:24:01 | More by GoldHorde
Photo of hardy008


2.46/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy amber with a one finger off white head with decent retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has caramel malt, and light citrus hops.

Tastes more caramel malt forward than citrus hop forward. There is also a bit of earthiness, and bread malt. There's nothing which really stands out.

Light to medium bodied with average carbonation. Not worth seeking out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 02:19:24 | More by hardy008
Photo of Thads324


3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear and bright orange. Only semblance of carbonation is a thin line of bubbles around the edges.
Aroma is of mellow caramel malt and slight citrus hops. Faint pine and earthy hops as well. Not very strong, but enticing none the less.
Flavor is much of the same. Very malty, with an overlying hop presence that mixes slight citrus, zesty pine and a bit of rose and floral hop too. The malt is bready and sweet caramel tasting. Bitterness is the lower end of medium.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavily carbonated. despite the lack of head. A little soapy towards the end, but nothing cloying. Medium body, good bitterness at the end that lingers nicely and tingles.

A pretty good beer. The hops weren't overpowering, but as I maneuvered through the pint it got hoppier. A good enough ipa to warrant buying again.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 22:04:20 | More by Thads324
Photo of ColdWaffles


3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange brew with a nice, decently long lasting tan head that leaves a good lacing. No complaints.

Smell: A lot of citrus and floral notes, almost like a toilet cleaner...

Taste: Piney, citrusy, hoppy, malty... In that descending order. An interesting IPA. but not a particularly strong one. Not completely like others I've had in any way. I can dig it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and almost syrupy with a good bit of carbonation. Similar to PA's Troegs' Perpetual IPA, which is also a very "piney" IPA.

This is a little different... in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 00:36:08 | More by ColdWaffles
Photo of stephenjmoore


3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice transparent medium amber body. Thin tan head that leaves a layer of bubbles and some lacing.

S- Piney hops with a hint of citrus and some sweet malt.

T- Very piney hop flavor up front along with a hint of lemon. Light toasted malt towards the end, but this one is definitely hop forward. I will have to look up the type of hops used, because this one has a lemony taste to it.

M- Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. Slight sting on the tongue.

O- Good IPA. Like I mentioned before, this one has a different flavor profile than most IPAs, but it works.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 01:26:35 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of Hatchman


3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Golden, good head, nice lacing ring.

S- Floral, piney, soapy. Very promising.

T- Not as good as the smell. Bitter hops and grapefruit, needs a little malt to balance it out. Tastes pretty sour, even for an IPA. Too soapy. Not a great taste.

M- Light body, high carbonation for an IPA.

Overall do not like. Too light and carbonated for an IPA. Not enough hoppiness for an IPA. Taste is more sour than bitter. Needs more malt to give it a little balance. Probably one of the worst IPA's I've ever had. Wouldn't buy it again unless my car was on fire and this was the only thing around I could pour on it to put it out.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 00:38:13 | More by Hatchman
Photo of BMMillsy


3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours cloudy amber. Not much head. Smells of faint sweet fruit. Not much hops to speak of. A little watered down and rather malty, some stale hops perhaps. A bit of a candy flavor. Slick mouthfeel. Not what I want from the style. Not great. I hope I got an outdated bottle, but based on all the other ratings it seems like this is just a poorly executed IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 17:51:36 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of PhantasIPA


3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a 1/2 inch head and leaves a slight lacing on the glass. It has a light copper color.

The smell is as malty as it is hoppy. A touch of spice but nothing that really jumps out. Pretty good balance.

The taste is caramel malt, spices and a hint of hoppiness at the end. Good balance but a little straight forward. No flavor is really in control and no flavor is really that amazing, but it is good because of the balance.

Mouthfeel is decent, above average in fact. Not too carbonated and leaves a nice dryness on the tongue.

Overall the beer is above average and worth a try but I would not buy a 6-pack. A single bottle was good enough for me. Pretty good in general.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 20:01:03 | More by PhantasIPA
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Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 900 ratings.