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Lucky U IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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Lucky U IPALucky U IPA

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Ratings: 978
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.87%
Wants: 3
Gots: 53 | 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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DocDownUnder

Illinois

4/5  rDev +16.6%

11-14-2011 10:34:35 | More by DocDownUnder
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +16.6%

11-14-2011 07:38:45 | More by Jspriest
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Durge

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A murky rich amber color with a decent grey-white foam on top and solid lacing. The aroma includes a flowery pine-grass hop with bready caramel malt. Pretty decent. The first tastes gives up an earthy-grass hop and a vinegar-lemon tartness over a toffee coffee-esque base. It’s grainy but has a good amount of bite. It’s a medium body brew with a coffee-like feel and lively carbonation that keeps your attention. This is a fine option for a somewhat different kind of an IPA, but ultimately not one I’ll make any effort to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 05:16:43 | More by Durge
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Opaque orange amber color. Less than one finger of frothy beige head that fell quickly, but did leave a short ring of lacing.

3.5 S: Floral and citrusy hops, but no flavors in particular stand out. Caramel malts with a heavy breadiness that is enhanced by the yeast.

3.0 T: Light herbal and citrus hop flavor. A bit soapy. The yeastiness and breadiness are strong and block out most of the other flavors. Moderate bitterness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A bit chewy.

2.5 D: I'm not a huge fan of bready IPAs and this is full of it. Additionally, the hops don't really do a lot for this. Lucky me? I think not.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 17:52:27 | More by DavoleBomb
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ommegangpbr

New York

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pretty but tastes and feels thin. Big fluffy head with lacing for days, with an attractive amber body.
Smells are fresh IPA type scents. Well rounded; not striking but appealing.
Flavors make me think more of a hopped up amber ale, or perhaps an english IPA than an american IPA. Sweetened black tea flavor profile. There's some piney hop stuff going on but coming from Colorado I have higher expectations.
I chose this because I hadn't tried it before. I was either going to choose this or a six pack of Southern Tier IPA. Next time I'm getting the Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 05:59:01 | More by ommegangpbr
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with a bit of head that disappears.

Smells like fresh floral hops, citrus and a nice malt presence

Taste is nice and citrusy too with some pleasant peach and pine. Nicely balanced with caramel malts.

Mouthfeel is average for an IPA and well carbonated

Overall a nice IPA from the Mountain State

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 02:07:50 | More by TheMultiYeast
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No date found, except for an illegible, smudged string of characters on the neck.

Appearance - Cloudy amber body. Two finger offwhite head with good stick and retention.

Smell - Floral hops. Banana-like maltiness. Balanced, or leaning slightly towards the malt.

Taste - Mild, bright floral hop. Alcohol. Vague bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied. Smooth. Carbonation adds some foaminess.

Overall Drinkability - Pretty legit IPA. Balanced; mild without being boring.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 22:36:22 | More by ZenAgnostic
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark copper color with an 1/8 inch head that reduces into patchy surface bubbles, some big and some small, before settling into a ripple pattern of foam. Very nice, actually.

S- Moderate hoppy aroma with some malty sweetness.

T- Sweet maltiness upfront with some caramel notes along with maybe some toffee lingering in the background. Next come the hops which are pretty subdued but taste good. Not overly bitter. Easy to drink. Not too shabby.

M- Good amount of carbonation. Crisp and full.

O- A very solid, straightforward IPA. Not a whole lot going on but that's obviously the point considering how drinkable it is

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 01:31:51 | More by Immortale25
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

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

Had on-tap at their Blake St. Brewpub in Denver.

Poured a nice copper color with a bit of haze. Considerable head from an aggressive pour, but it mostly dissipated. Left a good amount of lacing. Aroma was of citrusy and earthy hops as well as some sweet malts. Smells well-balanced. Taste is bitter from the hops, but not overly so. The malts balance it out a bit. I really enjoyed the complexity of the hops...I got multiple notes from them (piney, citrusy, earthy...good stuff).

Light to medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall a good brew that while not overly complex, is well-balanced and drinkable. I would have this again. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2011 23:10:01 | More by MsRif
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer in a trade with a friend. He thought pretty highly of this beer, and I was pretty excited about trying it.

It smells pretty good. I got a lot of hops off the top (it was an IPA, big surprise).

The flavor was a lot more neutral. There was no complexity or challenge. It tasted like Simcoe hops (pine).

The only down-side is the amount of bitterness. There was a lot.

It was a pretty good beer over all. I recommend picking up a bottle or six.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 00:07:52 | More by ummswimmin
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer and left some lacing on the glass. Copper, orange, amber color with some haziness and little signs of carbonation.

Smell: slight hints of sweet malts and citrus. Can't really smell anything else.

Taste: Thingss are more noticeable now. Sweet caramel malts and some pine and grapefruit are there too. Slight bitterness towards the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: This beer is medium bodied, a light amount of carbonation, and is easy to drink too.

Overall: This is a decent IPA that I will try to have in Denver when I head west in December for the Pats/Broncos game. I am going to head over to the brewery right across the street from Coors Field and order a pint. This is an IPA I can see myself drinking from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 17:56:51 | More by Flounder57
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vickersspitfire

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark copper/amber color and is very clear with somelight carbonation.Its covered with a thick off white head that creamy and inviting.Its has a slight malt and hops aroma.
The hops are very present and you can taste some mild tangy fruits in the corners of your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 04:05:13 | More by vickersspitfire
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 01:26:29 | More by kylehay2004
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WesWes

New York

3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a mild bitterness along with a nice malty core that boasts of pale and caramel malts. It has a light, malty sweetness with a touch of bread-like character. The taste is good. It has a smooth malty flavor that provides adequate balance. The hop character is excellent. It's quite bitter with a crisp piney flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a delicious IPA. It's easy drinking and well balanced with a solid hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 19:27:04 | More by WesWes
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blakelive784

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass:

A - nice, hazy copper color with a wispy white head that dissipated quickly. Very appealing color.

S - sweet Orange hops on the nose initially, followed by a biscuity tones. Nicely balanced aroma, especially for the style.

T - strong citric taste, like grapefruit. Not as much hoppiness as I would have predicted from the aroma though. Sweet caramel malt is there, but you have to search for it.

M - a bit thick with a wet finish.

D - built very well for an IPA. I'm not partial towards IPA's, but I find this one to be quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 05:56:20 | More by blakelive784
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A lovely hazed burnt orange color. The head is rather short but, sticks around for a long time and generates some nice lacing.

The nose is very light, but has some nice citrus notes along with pineapple. Lightly sweet smelling as well, but overall the nose is too light.

A very balanced IPA. Big malty backbone that balances the hops. Caramel sweetness, citrus and pineapple along with some earthy notes. Some noticeable alcohol along the way.

Almost has a DIPA feel to it due to the malt bill. Very smooth, lower carbonated and quite slick feeling.

I can appreciate a good balanced IPA, but I think this one just falls a little short on hop presence. Still quite good and very drinkable though. Kind of a nice fall IPA really.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 21:59:58 | More by jera1350
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yankeej13

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy their beers wanted to pick up something new and give it a shot.

A- Haa a nice redish amber like color, and has a pretty big head of foam that fades pretty slow. Little carbonation and has a good amount of sediment floating around the glass.

S- Has a nice hoppy smell to it, a good citrus flavor little pine scent.

T- Kinda wish that the taste meet up with the smell. Wasn't as hoppy as a taste that I thought it would have. A nice mild citrus flavor.

M- Good drinkability, leaves your mouth with a hoppy linger.

Overall- I did enjoy it. Was not at first what I thought it would be but like it. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 01:52:28 | More by yankeej13
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minterro

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Six pack from Tom’s Liquor store

A & S: floral smelling hops. The scent has some good grapefruit tones to it also. Light tan head that pours about a finger and fades quickly. Not much lacing. Mostly transparent color colored beer with hints of yellow when the light hits it right.

T & M: Kinda a non-distinct hoppy bitterness as the main taste. Nice bitter finish. Medium to low body, with tongue tingling carbonation. Crisp and refreshing but not smooth. Seems to become more bitter and hoppy as it warms.

O: It wasn’t worth the price, but I wasn’t horrible. It would be better as just a really chill beer for a gathering, but it’s not by any means a beer I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 21:07:55 | More by minterro
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crossovert

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz can, no date.

IT pours a hazy copper color with a frothy off-white head that leaves some decent lacing.

The smell has a bit of frosting and an indistinguishable mishmash of hop scents. Orange is the only real standout.

The flavor is initially very harsh and herbal and vegetal. Like biting into a plant or something. The malt is there as well and it is pretty bland. It is like sugar and some herbs. Not that great.

Serving type: can

09-08-2011 20:19:45 | More by crossovert
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MurphyMacManus

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. longneck into pint glass.

A: medium amber with a rocky white head. Head fades to thick lace that leaves residue on the glass.

S: Pine, resin, grapefruit, caramel/brown sugar *way* in the background.

T/M: Herbal and resiny up front, with biting carbonation. Sweet, caramel malt in the middle, and a slightly bitter finish. Comes out with a nice hop/malt balance in the end, with a moderately full mouthfeel.

Overall: It could be that I have an old bottle and the hop presence is more subdued than when it's fresh, but the balance is really quite pleasant and not unlike some versions of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 06:02:14 | More by MurphyMacManus
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Idodgepucks

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice IPA all around. Definitely would recommend and buy again.

A - Drank out of the bottle, so didn't get a real good look, but there didn't seem to be too much carbonation when I popped the cap off. Kind of enjoyed the medium carbonation though.

S - Nice aroma full of hops mixed with the scent of grapefruit.

T- Real nice bitterness, goes down easy and leaves that nice malt taste.

M- Feel some oiliness and a bit of caramel, but but pretty nice.

Overall - I'd definitely recommend giving it a try. Nice IPA that doesn't really blow you away, but is well made.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 22:25:39 | More by Idodgepucks
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Lauthaha

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Beer pours a clear but strong copper color. Medium level of carbonation visible through the glass, and the head (a thick, frothy off-white masterpiece) recedes slowly leaving pretty heavy lacing as it does so.

Smell: Slightly grassy with a touch of citrus zest. A sweet piney character, and maybe a little toffee thrown in for good measure.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very oily going in, not a great deal of carbonation to work with. Hops are bitter first and foremost, and there's a touch of grapefruit sourness. An unpleasantly understated malt character. Aftertaste is sourness and the palate is mostly dry.

Overall: A very standard IPA with not much going for it past the look and smell.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 02:38:44 | More by Lauthaha
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DavidST

Texas

4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, not sure of the freshness, couldn't find a date.

This pours a nice amber color with a slightly off white head. The smells are of pine, a hint of citrus and some caramel malts. The taste is about what you'd expect, lots of pine hops, a little grapefruit with a little bit of caramel malt to balance it out. Its not a bad IPA, its one I'd get again.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 20:00:44 | More by DavidST
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stercomm

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Fuller's pint glass.

A - Hazy honey orange with a single finger slightly off white head that receded quickly leaving a thin foam that laced the galls nicely with each sip.

S - Getting some pine notes, slight hint of citrus and a very slight malty smokiness.

T - Hops dominate but not in a bad way, carmel, pine and citrus, smooth dry finish, after finish is almost a bit slate like.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

D - This would be a good beer for someone just starting to sample craft beers, not overwhelming but has enough going on that they could start to grasp some of the different tastes of a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 19:04:43 | More by stercomm
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beveritt

Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into am Imperial pint glass. Label is red and gold, sowing a horseshoe and describing the beer as "A hoppy homage to a Denver landmark the Tivoli brewery." There is some type of ink stamp on the neck, but no clear freshness dating.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of one finger of very light tan head. This settles quickly to just a thin yet complete cap of foam, leaving behind nice lacing. The beer itself is amber with the slightest chill haze. Some well compacted sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: An equal mix of light floral hops and buttery diacetyls.

Taste: Slight caramel malt flavor upfront quickly overpowered by a mild hop bitterness with unpleasant vegetal undertones.

Mouthfeel: Slightly lower than average carbonation. Body is thin.

Drinkability: Palatable, but just barely. Finished the six pack, but won't ever buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 00:19:35 | More by beveritt
Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 978 ratings.