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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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Reviews: 319 | Hads: 1,201
Photo of mdwalsh
4.32/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

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Photo of delmarfountain
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Beverage Warehouse in Winooski, VT. Six pack of bottles. Oh, yeah.

Served in pint glass with very thin head and lace.

Pretty good-looking, but more carbonated than better IPAs.

Not bitter, but smooth. Not much hop or malt either.

Smell, look, and taste of a solid but average IPA.

Be cool, dogs.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

A- golden-orange , slightly hazy body. Small white head that reduces fairly quickly to a white ring.

S- very floral upfront, with caramel and grapefruit notes too. Slightly soapy. Very inviting

T- Citrus, grapefruit, pine notes. Slight malty backbone. Leaves a slight bitter hop taste on the tongue, but I would have preferred a little more hoppy bite.

M- medium to high carbonation, medium body.

A very drinkable, balanced ipa. I really enjoyed this one. Recommendable for the non-hop head beer fans.

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

Appearance: Hazy orange with a soapy off-white head. Like an average American IPA looks.

Aroma: Sweet candy-like hops. Caramel malt. Smells like a good balance.

Taste: There's some good malt flavor in there but it's overpowered by a sweet hop/wet dog flavor. That makes it sound much worse than it is but it's the only way I can think to describe it. The malts and hops are very well balanced. There is some decent bitterness in there as well.

Mouthfeel: Nice and drinkable. Lighter side of medium bodied.

Final Thoughts: This one left something to be desired. It's lacking some bitterness and good hop flavor. Instead of pine or citrus you just have sweet hops with nothing particularly pleasing about them. Basically this is a good beer but a not so good IPA.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.29/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Victory tulip

A- pours a very cloudy shade of orange with a one finger white head. Boring

S- aroma is essentially nonexistent. Getting a slight bit of pine, but that's it

T- some citrus, some pine, and a whole lot of nothing in between. Finish is abrasively bitter

M- this is actually pretty syrupy...which is weird for a 6% IPA. Not a fan

O- no thanks....very bland. Tons of better options out there

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Photo of ninaturner
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden brown with 1-2 finger head.

Aroma: I noticed the floral hops right away as well as the citrus/grapefruit smells.

Taste: Taste is similar to the smell in that you can pick up on the floral hops. The taste is very light and then you can taste the bittering hops toward the end.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium mouthfeel--not thick at all.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable IPA.

Overall: Overall, good IPA. Could be improved with more citrus tastes.

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

A- A hazy amber color with a light foamy head that is about an inch or so high. It sticks around for a little bit and then turns into a nice lacing around the edge and spots in the middle.

S- Pretty good, nice hopiness. The more I dive into the scent there is a maltiness that develops over time.

T- Smooth hopiness that turns into a big bitterness as it sits on the tongue.

M- Pretty solid body for an IPA with a light carbonation that blends well with the hops.

O- It's a standard IPA that isn't shockingly good, but I would drink it again.

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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 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 SouljaSaia17
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This IPA has bright orange color with a 2 finger soapy head, also has a hint of amber. Head dissipates dramatically, but leaves some nice lacing.

S: Aroma is of citrus hops with some pine resin. Also has a hint of honey and some sweet malts.

T: Nice bitterness upfront, some tangy orange and pine in the initial flavor with a grapefruit aftertaste. Some spice and earthy type hops present as well.

M: Very medium bodied for an IPA, very drinkable. Get all of the flavors without it being over the top.

O: I've had quite a few IPA's and this is the way the style should be. Not to mild, not too bitter. Definite balance in flavors for this beer makes it another hit for the Colorado Brewing Company!

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Photo of JonathanW
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice refreshing IPA that is crisp, citrusy, and more restrained on its hopiness. Upon pouring into a pint glass the color was a nice amber hue with a very thin head which quickly dissipated into the crisp looking beer. The aroma was nice, citrus and mellow malt; it produced a heady feeling- like grapefruit aromatherapy. The citrus is first tasted than a slight bitterness from the hopps which is followed by an almost earthy aftertaste. Overall a nice ipa. Its not a rockstar of a beer but factoring the taste- price ratio this beer definitely has a place in our craft your own six pack rotation.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Slightly hazy light amber color with little head.

Smell: Slightly sweet and slightly bitter citrus smell.

Taste: There is a slight mellow sweetness that finishes off with a bitterness that is not too bitter but pleasant.

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Photo of stakem
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my bro for gifting me a bottle of this.12oz poured into a snifter. The brew appears a copper orange with yellow around the edges. A tan finger of froth leaves parches of lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma has herbal hops with a bit of floral component and fruits coupled with minerals and sulfur. A bit of toasty grain is noticed mingled inbetween the hops. Overall not bad smelling.

The taste is mineral-filled with some bitter rindy fruit flavoring. Sulfur and cheese is there coupled with some toasty grain backing. A contrasting floral flavoring of hops lingers in the mouth. Unfortunately the main character throughout this brew though is minerals.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. It is worth a try but not something I would return to if given choices.

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

Pours out to a good lathery white head and prominent lacing all the way down. Color was orange-amber and very cloudy. Lots of floating chunks in this one. Aroma is mostly floral and grassy hops, with a bit of citrus and pine along with it. Sweet malt, graham crackers and caramel also in the nose. Flavor is low-key for the style with the bitterness more balancing than bracing, the aforementioned aromas also translate to the tongue with some alcohol sweetness also. Mouthfeel is medium and "smooth" with some warmth and slickness from the alcohol and hops. Now some may say this is not much of a US IPA because it lacks the perceived high IBU's and grapefruit/pine assault. I say it is a very solid brew and worth having again.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
2.19/5  rDev -37.4%
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

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Photo of cjgator3
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

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

A: Pours a orange and golden colored clear liquid into the glass. The head is uneven and about three fingers high before it slowly goes down to about one finger high leaving lots of lacings on the glass.

S: Floral hops, a hint of grapefruit, barley and some earthy tones. There is also a smell that resembles detergents.

T: Lots of grapefruit peel up front. But there is an earthy tone that quickly takes over before the grapefruit tones comes back again. The aftertaste is pleasantly bitter. However, the tastes don't play well together in this one. Something feels a bit off.

M: Medium to Low carbonation, leaving almost no tickeling on the tongue. Medium body.

O: An IPA in the average range. Nothing spectacular, but it does it job.

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

Pours cloudy dark orange color with small 1 finger foamy off white head that faded pretty quick, leaving good foamy lacing sticking to the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, sweet malt and toasted grains up front, followed by biscuit, orange peel, light caramel and light herbs or spices; a very mild nose that seems more malt than hops.

Taste follows the nose with citrus hops, grapefruit, toasted grains, malt, flowers, grass, piney hops, orange peel, light caramel, biscuit, light spices like pepper and coriander, and then lightly toasted wheat; the hops are quite mild and grains take ownership until the slightly bitter finish. A little disappointing for an American IPA as there was no real hop burst in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing, with a smooth creamy feel that goes down easy as it has very light carbonation, a light to medium body and a slightly bitter finish.

This beer was OK and is worth trying, but there are a lot more hoppy IPA’s out there. High drinkability, it flowed down well but was just an average IPA.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice amber with little head that dissipates quickly. Smells of floral hops and slight malt, nothing too outstanding, but has the nice aroma of an IPA. Tastes of malt with earthy tones from the hops, quite balance. Light/Medium bodied, perfect carbonation, and no real aftertastes. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours an orange copper with about an inch of white head with lots of big bubbles. A little bit of thin lace on this one.

The aroma gives off a little bit of an orange zest aroma with some hints of metallic hops and cracker malts. A little bit on the mellow side on this one with a mild cracker body with just a touch of bitter hops in the background.

The body is light and the carbonation is good. Overall this one doesn't offend the taste buds but it doesn't seem to go in any particular direction. I wouldn't mind seeing a little bit more of a hop flavor here and I bet it would be a real solid offering.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reminiscent of a hazy summer sunset orange with a half inch, off-white, creamy head that lasts a few minutes while leaving rings of lacing on a tulip glass.

One perceives mild orange and little else worthy of note.

Opens with caramel malt, quickly followed by hop bitterness and a long, modest finish.

Lucky U has a full body with fizzy carbonation, a hint of alcohol, and the finish is on the dry side.

This is a fine everyday drinking beer, best with food, but has little interest or depth of its own.

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

Overall it was a pretty good beer however was not the best tasting IPA I have ever had (but far from the worst). Had that bitter taste at the end but just didn't last long enough to be appreciated The look of the bottle left a lot to be desired (why not use the "U" from the horseshoe as the U in the name?") but still creative. Something I would drink again in the future.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber with one-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Really nice lacing.

S: Caramel malt with a hint of spicy hops.

T: Moderate sweetness and light to moderate bitterness. Toasted caramel malt flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.

O: This is a solid beer, but there's just not quite enough there to make it stand out in any way. Also, it didn't seem very hoppy.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz botlle; no date.

Clear amber color with a sudsy 1-finger head. Smell is grassy hops with some floral undertones, not much malt to note. Taste is much of the same; bitter, earthy hops up front, with a light malt finish. The balance is off-kilter: the bitter hop dominates the palate, and not in a good way. Has a strong resin aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a tad watery.

Overall, this IPA is unbalanced, but still tasty. It is overly bitter with tasty citrus and pine hop flavor, but retains just enough sweet malt to round out the flavor. A little too watery on the mouthfeel, but an extemely drinkable IPA. Would love to give this another try on-tap.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a pretty clear amber with a respectable fine-bubbled pale golden head. Aroma is hoppy and resiny, typical for an IPA but still appealing. Flavor, fortunately, is better - decidedly hoppy, slightly bitter, with an evergreen undertone and a hint of sour citrus. Lively texture leaves a nice hoppy fizz. As far as IPAs go, not too shabby.

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