Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine and get 12 issues / year of fresh beer content delivered to your door each month.

Already subscribe? to manage your subscription.

Lucky U IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

Not Rated.
Lucky U IPALucky U IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
80
good

318 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 318
Hads: 1,190
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 6
Gots: 154 | 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.
View: Beers (63) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 318 | Hads: 1,190
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of TabulaRasa
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Cheers. (527 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
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! (735 characters)

Photo of TwoLips
2.99/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (1,196 characters)

Photo of MisSigsFan
2.87/5  rDev -18.5%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of far333
3.14/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured hazy light honey color. Half a finger width foamy head. Head retention is not that great, lacing is ok to moderate. Slight citrus and piney hops aroma. There seems to be an underlying funky lager like aroma to this. I don't remember this from the first time I drank it. Malty taste up front with mild to moderate piney hoppy bitterness. Aftertaste is dry, bitter and slightly soapy. Not bad, but not one of my favorite IPAs by a long shot. I am not sure if this was a bad batch or outdated, but the first time I tried it, I remember liking it a lot more. I had drank it straight out of the bottle then, but I don't think that had anything to do with it. I would like to try it again to see if my review would be the same. (728 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
3.46/5  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. (598 characters)

Photo of Maximusmaximus
2.21/5  rDev -37.2%
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. (876 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.38/5  rDev -4%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of GoldHorde
2.45/5  rDev -30.4%
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. (1,200 characters)

Photo of hardy008
2.48/5  rDev -29.5%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of Thads324
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (815 characters)

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of Hatchman
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
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 (698 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of PhantasIPA
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of magine
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a deep dark cooper color; hazy with lots of bubbles cascading to make up a fluffy pocketed head. Head leaves a nice lace layer side to side. Some really good sticky lacing here clings all around and stays the whole drink. Brew looks very good.

Brew smells of good citrus and grapefruit hops, even some piney notes. Some mild caramel malts. A good nose here.

Brew is medium bodied; good blend and balance here. Some peppery hops upfront and a caramel malty middle follwed by a hoppy mildly bitter finish. Good fruits and piney oil slick hops here. Nothing earth shattering as far as hops, but a very solid IPA that drinks very good. Good stuff here.

This is a good, very soild sessionable IPA here. Good flavors and has nice balance to keep all drinkers interested. This is one of the better 'not overly hoppy' types of IPA's to have. Good stuff here. (881 characters)

Photo of mdwalsh
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
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. (455 characters)

Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.