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Lucky U IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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Lucky U IPALucky U IPA

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319 Reviews
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Reviews: 319
Hads: 1,201
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 27.71%
Wants: 6
Gots: 158 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 3 finger off white head. copper and minimally hazy.

S: nice light pine and citrus with some grass notes.

T: There is a bitterness to this one which I assume is from the hops but not the same bitterness I expect from hops. The pine flavor is mellow

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: There is really only bitter hops flavor from start to finish. Not very dynamic.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that quickly died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the citrusy and piney flavors of hops stand out in the taste, although these are not overly strong and only contribute a light to moderate amount of hop bitterness. There are notes of the underlying malts with some hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink but there's nothing really exciting about its taste.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

very easy drinking ipa, more like a pale ale than an american ipa. just not nearly as hoppy as most, and not even close to their 471. this one pours a richer looking light amber color with a small bubbly white head. smells german malty with a decent hop kick. flavors are all quite tame, its well balanced but not exciting. good crisp finish. mouthfeel is nice, bright and lighter bodied. very smooth and sessionable. overall a good pale ale, not an ipa in my opinion. good brew but not a turn on

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Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is amber in color with a very good head on it. The lacing is fantastic all the way down the glass. The smell is hoppy and grainy. Really nice balance on the nose. The taste has enough of a hoppy flavor to make it and IPA but has a good malt backbone. The mouthfeel is very smooth. Overall pretty damn good brew.

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with an inch or so of foam on top; decent retention and lacing

Smell: A wallop of caramel malt with a fruity aspect; some leafy hops in the back

Taste: Fruity and malty, up front, with equal parts stone fruit and caramel; the leafy hops hit in the middle, bringing a rather complex range of American citrus and earhty English flavors; nice balance in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation; a little flabby

Overall: Call this an Americanized ESB and I am very happy with this beer; as an American IPA it is very middle of the road

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good IPA that drinks somewhere on the boarder with strongly hopped Pale Ales. Comparisons to Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale come to mind.

Brilliant clarity beyond the strong golden/medium copper hue. Medium carbonation causes a solid, white head to accumulate an inch or so. Good retention and good lacing. A standard look for a Pale but prefer more in an IPA.

Pine and citrus aromas fill the nose at first, but as the beer breathes, the hops fade and the caramel malt base challenges for balance. Light esters weave in and out of the hop aroma for a perfumy and flowery tone.

Flavors of caramel rise first, but then a citrusy burst interrups the fleeting malt base and commands attention. Citrus intensifies into pine and grassy flavors- this is the first time we see the IPA showcase of hops. Hop bitterness also rise and give a clean, sharp, identity to the beer from mid-palate on.

Medium body, again maybe a bit light for IPA's, but crisp, well attenuated, and dry after the first punch of graham cracker caramel taste.

Luck U is a fine beer for any occassion but looking for an IPA, this beer falls just a bit timid.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a clear orange color with golden highlights. It had a small head of off-white foam that left thin rings of lace.

S - Tons of citrus hits you in the nose. It had a light caramel maltiness.

T - This is a nice well-balance IPA. It is citrusy and floral with just enough sweet caramel malt. Not overly bitter it drinks pretty easily.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium bodied IPA.

D- This was pretty good. I'm glad I found it on tap while in Colorado.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet potato orange with bright tangerine edges. The manila colored crown is thick and rich, like clotted cream, and looks even better as it begins to melt. It's also impressively sticky and is starting to decorate the glass with loads of attractive lace.

The aroma is as expected given the ingredients. It has mild-moderate toasted-caramel malt underpinnings, with a hoppy top end that would be better if it was more pungent and more focused. The surprisingly diverse lineup includes Amarillo, Magnum, Perle, Cascade, Apollo, Fuggles and Goldings.

Lucky U IPA is pretty good beer from a brewery that isn't always a lock in the good beer department. It delivers with respect to balance, flavor, level of bitterness and overall drinkability. That's a tidy summation, but we need to dig into the specifics.

The malts (pale, Munich, caramel, torrified wheat) were very well-chosen. They provide just enough flavor and sweetness, without stealing the spotlight from the IPA ingredient that really matters. The hops have an Anglo-American quality that keeps the taste buds interested throughout. Orange peel, grapefruit and apricot are most prominent. 68 IBUs seems like a stretch, but then this bottle probably didn't just leave the brewery.

The mouthfeel started out in APAville and is now, in the bottom half, beginning to creep into the outer reaches of IPA Town. A light creaminess and near perfect carbonation almost allow the next highest score to be granted.

Along with 471 ESB (Scottish Ale), Lucky U IPA is my favorite Breckenridge BBQ brew to date. It does pretty much everything right and even manages to avoid going over the Iowa ABV limit. Lucky U? Yes, and lucky me too.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this one sitting on the shelf in the store yesterday and have never seen it before which prompted me to take a flyer on it and pick one up. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/27/2010.

Nice rich orange amber pours with a big head of white foam that just sits on the top throughout the session. Really good lacing coming down the side of the glass which masks the broken crown that was across the top. Aroma is deep piney hops, hints of grapefruit and a nice mellow biscuit and buttery like aroma that really seems to pull it together quite nicely. As I take the first sip, nice waves of fresh hops roll across the tongue with ease. Very well done here I have to admit. Crisp, clean orange and grapefruit notes dominate the profile here and really pull the entire thing together very, very well. Long finish with a nice and medium drying to it that again really works for the style and gives it that little bit extra that really pushes it over for me. Nice light body and a clean finish make this very, very session able.

Overall a great example of a style from a selection I normally would have walked right past. I am very happy that I chose not too.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: There's a slight haze to the dark amber-hued body capped smallish, white head kept from quickly fading by continuous steady streams of bubbles.

Smell: Sweet-scented maltiness in the nose gives hints of caramel-flavored candy and honey served atop toast. The rich blend of hops throw off notes of citrus, pine resin, and grass. The Amarillo is certainly imparting a clear-cut scent citrus note akin to take a whiff of triple sec.

Taste: Malts bring about a taste of candy caramel with lesser degrees of toasted and honey-dipped grains. Moderate resin quality transfers to hoppy tastes of white pine, dried grasses, pressed flowers, grapefruit pith, and a few big ole drops of tangerine oil. Medium-high bitterness. While rebounding hints of caramel and honey try inject, it remains a bitter brew. The finish is very dry and with a bitterness that confidently strolls out into the aftertaste.

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

Drinkability: It's plenty bitter, but still amply malty and with no more alcohol than is needed. For me, it was reminiscent of their Small Batch 471 IPA, except with a brighter hop character and less alcohol, though, I must admit, it's been a coon's age since I last had the SB471IPA, so maybe this calls for a side-by-side comparison.

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Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a medium pace, over clear rosy orange copper colored beer.

Nose adds some light creamy malts, some lighter hops, a bit earthy and bit grassy, some crystal malts, the malts seem to overpower the hops a bit.

Taste starts with an earthy toasty malt flavor, some crystal malts and other reddish malts, a bit of an earthy hop character, light grassy and almost herbal. Some light bitterness but not heavy. Finishes with a bit more bitterness, dries a bit but not a lot, lingering sweet toasty reddish malts too.

Mouth is medium bodied with lower but decent carbonation.

Drink is OK, not too boozy but a bit malty and sweet, some bitterness but not too heavy. Overall an OK IPA, nothing special, a bit on the malty side.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a hazed copper (which eventually clears out), topped with several fingers of thick off-white head. This eventually peters down into a creamy finger, which stays rich, and leaves back some robust sticky lacing. The aroma smells grassy and very spicy in the nose, as well as a touch herbal. Earthy citrus character and some sweet notes of caramel and toast sit along the back of the nose, giving this a green tanginess.

The taste is spice and leafy feeling, with a raw citric bite that spreads pithy bitterness out into the mouth (and which is coming on a bit to harshly as well). Toasted grains and sweet caramel malts shore up the back of the profile before this leads into a finish of dry spiciness and gritty bitter rind. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crispness that is undercut by a smooth underlying slickness. Alcohol seems well hit for here for 6%.

I think I cut this beer a bit of slack, because when first pulled this out of the fridge (at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit) this was all kinds of lacking in the flavor department, with a strange metallic character to it, and an extremely thin body. Luckily things greatly improved and opened up all around as this warmed up and that’s what I’m basing my review on. I will say though that the hop profile was very strange here, with that combo of American and English hops giving this an almost German feeling flavor and bitterness at times. There’s just a lot of spice and earthy bitterness to this that came on a bit too strong. Anyway, if you’re going to give this a shot, let it warm up some, but otherwise, this was a pretty average IPA for me.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.42/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of decent cream, pretty decent thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a semitransparent vibrant copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Piney hops and a really bad off-note - a bit putrefaction-esque. Really unappealing. Pretty strong.

T: Piney hops and clean malts alongside pleasant cream. A bit sappy on the backend, evoking pine twigs and oily character. A strangely built IPA. Not particularly balanced, and certainly not complex or subtle. Meh.

Mf: Oily, smooth, and wet. A bit overcarbonated. Too thick as well. The oily quality doesn't work for it, and even evokes a vague medicinal character. Watery - the kiss of death.

Dr: A mundane IPA. I wouldn't bother with it again. Drinkable but bland and unremarkable, even a bit off-putting.


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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of the sampler pack, I'm really digging this beer. It's been a while since I've had a nice solid IPA and this is definitely one. Nice copper color, foamy head, and lacing down the glass. Great hoppiness but still well balanced for a complete taste that goes down real smooth and is super drinkable and tasty. The best one in the sampler, I recommend it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains earthy hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild for the style and there isn’t much balance as the flavors don’t seem to blend together well. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, with so many good beers in the style this beer barely comes close to the average ones.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this single 12oz up at brass rail deli on 7/24 -poured chilled into a willybecker

A - A rusty amber color w/ golden hues -clarity is lightly hazed with a thick 3/4 inch rocky cream cap. The lace clings well and beading is fine, carbonation is visibly apparent

S - a piney, mildly fruity sappy ester w/ lots of sticky caramel malt aromas and light odors of alcohol

M - The feel has a decent amount of sweet malt texture with pretty high carbonation which fits the style w/ light astringency and moderate bitterness w/ semi-dry spicy finish

T - The flavor is a fairly pedestrian hop taste -the sweetness of the malt mutes the hop flavor with a slight pine accent the most noticeable attribute and mild vegetal tinge. The flavor has sweet woody hop notes w/ caramel malt providing a slight fruity sweet flavor combined with the gentle dry yeast and light astringency and mild grapefruit from the hops hiding in the background. The beer is pretty good, but not very well developed flavor-wise.

D - The drinkability is middle of the road, I could take it or leave it. It has the bitterness of an IPA, but doesn't set itself apart in any way - it comes off as pretty one note but worth a try I guess.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

A: Amber color, white head, some lacing.

S: Fairly roasty, with an implied hop bite.

T: Pretty decent balance of hops and malts; not too bitter for an IPA.

M: Light-medium body, not too harsh, average carbonation.

D: Easily drinkable, but nothing too special

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Photo of russpowell
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 7/15/2015. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of spicy pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/sticky/resinous mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice american IPA. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/pine/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle bubbled over when first opened. Moderate head that leaves an initial ring of lace, but spotty thereafter. Cloudy, solid amber color.

Very nice traditional hop aroma. It's mellow but strong. Good malt base...like fresh bread. Great blend.

The taste is a little harsher. The hop is more bitter, like spicy pepper. The malt is dryer, almost astringent. Not very complex, but it is full bodied.

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Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.