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Lucky U IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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Lucky U IPALucky U IPA

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Ratings: 1,075
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 84 | 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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Photo of LeafCutter
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours - a light/very clear copper. Thin head with not much retention. Minimal lacing.

Smell- a slight caramel-earthy note. Had difficulty picking up good hop aroma.

Taste - in the beginning I tasted small amounts of hop and then quick bitter taste with a nice malt backbone. Finish taste with a dull oak hop taste.

Overall, not that exciting of an IPA. I have a lot of imbalances going on in my mouth. Carbonation is right on and adds to the fullness of the beer, however, the "hop" factor of the IPA is overpowered by the malty bitter bite at the end of each sip.

LeafCutter, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of tigg924
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: caramel malt, and citrus hops

Taste: citrus hops, caramel malt, and some meadow

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium-light bodied, sweet start and middle with some bitterness at the end and in the aftertaste

Overall: This bottle was good through the end of August, so perhaps it is crisper when fresher, but I found this to be a very average IPA that is a more on the malty side. This is certainly easy to drink, but probably not one I would look for again. I wanted a bit more hops zing.

tigg924, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear copper color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label.
One finger head that dissipates slowly to a thin film that stays.
Aroma is mildly hoppy with hints of citrus and malt coming through.
Taste is similar to the aroma, mild hop character with a light bitterness in the finish.
Not the kind of IPA that I was expecting. Somehow it just didn't feel right to my palate.
It is however, easy to drink. Not an ale I would be going out of my way to get.

CaptDavyJones, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of PCampbell
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Has an orange-ish color with a thin, creamy head. Large amount of lacing stays on the edge of the glass.

Felt as if it had a more powerful smell of malt sweetness then it should have had of hops. Little bit of pine and citrus notes. Taste is more of the sweet malts with a good amount of citrus hop flavors. Has a medium body to it with decent carbonation.

A little bit of an underwhelming IPA, but still good nonetheless. Worth a shot if you're in the mood.

PCampbell, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. The color is an opaque orange-ish. I say quite opaque because I read other reviews that called it transparent and clear. I wanted to make a clear distinction (no pun intended) that mine is not. (Not a good or bad judgement, btw) The head is foamy, off-white, but settled almost immediately to a nice skim and left a nice lacing.

The smell is on the citrus side from the hops, more grapefruit than say a sweeter orange or tangerine. About halfway down I pick up a pine scent that smells more like it tastes. I'm not getting much from the malts as the hops are really overpowering.

The taste is almost aggressively bitter. Only 68 IBUs? It seems much more bitter than that to me. The taste is somewhat resinous and pine-y, which contrasts the citrus aroma. What citrus I get is grapefruit. The malts make themselves known, however, It's a bread-y presence that is welcome.

The mouth feel is substantial. More than medium for an IPA. Dense and filling with good carbonation.

Lucky U IPA tastes more like an Imperial IPA than a regular IPA. It reminds me of Maharajah (which I didn't like). It's hard to give this a bad rating as everything seems like a purposeful and well made IPA. I personally, would rather have a number of IPAs before this, but that is just my personal tastes. I think a lot of IPA lovers would really like this. I'm thinking of a friend who just can't get anything bitter enough. I taste too much grapefruit for my preference.

airheadmtrcycle, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 07/22/11 notes. Had on tap at Stoney's in DC. Poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat clear orange amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, citrus hops, and caramel malts.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, bready malts, fruity malts, light citrus. Some moderate bitterness in the taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a decent beer, but not a ton of hops. Malts dominate this one. Would give it another shot.

mdfb79, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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

russpowell, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of yesyouam
4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Breckenridge Lucky U IPA is a very sparkling, pretty clear, amber ale with a fine, white head that fades to a film and leaves delicate lacing on the glass. It has an aroma of pine and biscuity malt. The very smooth, soft medium body has a clean, gentle finish. It has a pretty mellow flavor with a nice pine bitterness and a little caramel in the malt. I wouldn't call this an IPA so much as a nice American pale ale. It's super smooth and easy to drink.

yesyouam, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

oriolesfan4, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of HosP
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on the 4th of July while by the pool. Poured into pint glass.

A- Pours nice bright orange in color, slightly hazy. White head with small retention the leaves some lace to it.

S- Nice hop aromas here, although a little muted. Floral and citrus notes mostly come out of the beer. Some malt sweetness comes through at the end.

T- Follows the nose, with a nice hop forward flavor. Citrus and earthy bitterness come through until the middle. Malt backbone rounds out the beer nice with some sweetness to it. Malts linger more than the bitterness here.

M- Medium body with good carbonation.

O- Good IPA here, but nothing special. Good summer beer though by the pool, but not sure if I'll buy more of this or not. Maybe if it's on sale.

HosP, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of thebrood1987
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, for an IPA there isn't that powerful hop smell you usually get from IPA's. It reminds me of the smell of Flying Fish Hopfish and Cricket Hill's IPA. You really get the sweet toffee malt the most on the smell with citrus and herbal smells in the back. You get the spicy hop taste right on the tip of the tongue along with an earthiness that mixes in well with very nice toffee tasting malts they have in this beer. I also get some wheat malt in there too. It ends with a citric bitterness a lot more hop flavor and bitterness on the taste might I add. The bitterness sticks around with a pill like bitterness just sitting on the back of your tongue.

The most unique thing about this beer is the toffee malt flavor mixing in with the citric herbal earthy hop flavors. I've never had an IPA like this and its refreshing to not have the same juicy fruity hop bomb in smell and taste. This one stands on its own. You can tell they put a whole variety of hop strains in there especially when you drink it more. The malt bill sort of reminds me of Rogue Dead Guy ale, so its a Dead guy ale with more hops. Good beer.

thebrood1987, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of drinkslinger028
2.6/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is not what I came to become accustomed to from this brewery it might be a bad bottle but this should be a drain pour, the only reason I'm going to finish this is a buddy gave it to me

A- slightly cloudy orange with slight head retention
S- almost non existent
T- very mild tones of resin
D - tolerable but nothing I would purchase again

drinkslinger028, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Lucky U poured a copper bronze color with an off white head that left a lace on the glass as it was consumed. The beer was very clear with nice rising bubbles.

The aroma was Floral and Piney but was very muted.

The taste was mostly of a malt backbone with hints of toffee and caramel. There was little hop flavor and a very minimal aftertaste.

The body of the beer was somewhat watery.

I was not very impressed by this beer and could think of many IPAs that are more to style and more enjoyable.

LeeryLeprechaun, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of WanderingFool
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lucky U IPA pours a clear bronze color into the glass with a small, frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving behind spots and lines of lace.

The aroma is somewhat faint. It has malty notes of biscuit, hints of orange citrus and a touch of ripe fruit.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and soft with mild carbonation. The flavor is malty with a taste of caramel and pale malt. In the middle some grassy and citrus hops appear. They are not very strong for the style. It finishes mildly bitter with a mild fruityness. Once gone the bitterness and grassy hops linger on the palate.

This is a good session beer, even with 6% abv. It could use some more hop flavor to balance out the malt.

WanderingFool, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

- from the notes and a 12 ounce bottle
A - a copper tinged ale with a short dissapating head.
S - lightly hoppy with not a whole lot elsse happening.
T - more going on here in the tastes than the smell would tell you to expect. Strong hops throughout without much malt.
M - well carbonated but the body leans toward thin for an IPA.
D - easily drinkable but not as enjoyable as some other IPA's.

Beer4Baltimore, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange amber with a thin off-white bubbly head that lasts, leaving some draping lace.

The smell is citric - pineapple and tangerine with a touch of caramel.

The citric hops are stronger with some sips than with others, but have a nice flavor. There is a slight metallic tinge at times. Slight alcohol shows, but not harsh or interfering. It has a mild, balanced (for style) finish.

It has a crisp, medium body.

A more balanced, smooth IPA. "Lucky U" if you can find it!

jwc215, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of BeTheBall
2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Looks copper on color with a minimalhead, some slight lacing down the glass. Smells of citrus, but sort of muted compared to most IPA's. Taste starts as bitter and hoppy, with grass notes, but smacks you with malt in the back, something I don't want when I see IPA on the bottle. Sorry, I would not buy this again. Mouthfeel is average. This needs some work, and some more hops!

BeTheBall, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of Creely77
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

For me personally, I've come to expect a more hoppy/bitter tasting IPA so when I try an IPA it's the main characteristic I want... In that regard, this beer missed the mark completely.

That being said, if I was just starting with IPA's it might be a good entry level IPA. This partucular brewery produces many fine beers and I'll stick with those in the future.

Creely77, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of dmfrench
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet, creamy, acidic and floral Chick IPA.

A: Light, clear pumpkin body with a somewhat persistent one finger off white head.

S: Perfumey, floral, and mildly citric (orange), and just a hint of dusty hops. Brown sugary and slightly spicy caramel malt balances equally, through as the beer warms, hops fade.

T: Very similar to the nose except that acidic, resinous hops come out in force, though floral notes are still very much in control. The malt body is very sweet and creamy.

M: Medium, smooth and creamy, with a bit of tongue gripping texture.

O: I can't say that I'm blown away, but it is a fairly unique beer. With the sweet creamy floral vibe, I think the ladies would really like this one.

dmfrench, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of OldIronLungs
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint a honey gold with two fingers of lacy white head.

There's hops there, but all I can get from a sniff is a hint of bready caramel.

Lightly bodied with medium carbonation, a sweet malt turns into bitterness to start off but indiscernible flavor-wise. Finish is bitter and dry, slightly earthy.

I don't know - it's light and bitter, but in a very nondescript fashion.

OldIronLungs, May 30, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Knapp85, May 26, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in a short glass

A: cloudy dark orange; no head; inert
S: malty, spritzy, but no hops evident
T: distinctive but not a great IPA; dry, grassy, bitter, not complex; flavor is moderately intense

Not one of my favorite IPAs; it's worth a visit, but I won't hurry for a return visit

Arithmeticus, May 23, 2011
Photo of land724beer
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer starts off with a real nice pour, from the rich orange/amber color to the nice head to finish the pour. The initial taste is a pleasant citrus (again orange)and yeast taste with a touch of tropical fruit (mango or papaya). A solid body and mouth feel follow, maybe a little light that soon disipates. The finish is ok, a touch of bitterness. Overall a nice beer that is most enjoyable on a spring day.

land724beer, May 07, 2011
Photo of beer2day
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange marmalade color with very thin cap of light cream head. No retention but laces well. Carbonation actually sticking to the side of the glass in a full pour.

Orange citrus notes along with earthy hops. Fresh dirt aroma, but in a good way.

Orange hits the tongue fist, nice and consistent with the appearance and smell. Dusty, earthy middle followed by a sweet semi-dry finish. Not much in the way of a hop burn at all. Flavors are nice, but not much "i" in this ipa. Some peat and caramel malt coming in as the glass warms.

Feel is lighter than expected. Not syrupy, resiny, or creamy. All of those qualities are there, but not in abundance.

Overall, a decent easy drinker that I could get again. Probably won't.

beer2day, May 06, 2011
Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,075 ratings.