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Lucky U IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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Lucky U IPALucky U IPA

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Ratings: 1,000
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.87%
Wants: 2
Gots: 60 | 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 dedrinker


3.38/5  rDev -1.5%

Medium amber color with that same old non-descript "off-white" head I am forced to declare for hundreds of reviews like it's all I know.

Aromas of caramel malt and undecided variety of citrus peel with catty notes (the cascades perhaps)

Flavors of orange rinds and bitter tea leaves.

Medium bodied with hop bitterness on the finish, but not enough flavor and aroma of hops to make it a total package IPA.

I didn't feel so lucky after this, but it wasn't bad.

09-30-2010 05:19:23 | More by dedrinker
Photo of JMad


3.78/5  rDev +10.2%

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours a murky copper color, small head with good lacing.
Smells of sweet malt with earthy piney hops.
Tastes a little malty, piney hop bitterness all around.
Feels very light and thin for an IPA.
It's very refreshing and chuggable.

09-25-2010 00:41:50 | More by JMad
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.68/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours a clean orange-ish/ yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, pine hops, sweet malt, and a small citrus note. In the taste, pine hops and a big dry maltiness. A hop bite and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop aftertaste. Quite malty but nice none the less.

09-24-2010 23:24:58 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of JackieTH


3.7/5  rDev +7.9%

Appearance: Coppery orange with a slight haze. Nice two finger cap of white foam head.

Smell: Lightly citrus and floral.

Taste: Pleasantly agressive citrus and floral hop bitterness in a background that is slightly sweet. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat creamy with a medium body and carbonation.

Drinkability: Works well as a drinkable although unassuming IPA.

09-21-2010 15:25:25 | More by JackieTH
Photo of IndolentReader


3.2/5  rDev -6.7%

I picked up a six-pack of 12 oz bottles of this, and was, quite frankly, far from overwhelmed. Served it in a standard pint - no head, even less lacing. Not much aroma, less flavor - it did not seem worth the money. Flavor seemed kind of bland for an IPA. Too bad - I liked the packaging and had high hopes.

09-19-2010 22:44:31 | More by IndolentReader
Photo of LacquerHead


3.68/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured a burnt sienna color with an off white head of bubbly foam which clung to the glass.

S: Basic IPA aromas. Some musty pine aromas.

T: very pale flavors. Bitter but not too sharp. Pine flavors. There was also a decent malt profile in the background that provided a sweetness to it.

M/F: average for an IPA

D: Indifferent. I could drink one or six. I wouldn't reach for this but I also wouldn't turn one down.

Overall: It had all the basic characteristics of an American IPA. This is one in a long list of mid-level IPA's. It wasn't outstanding. This is not to say I didn't enjoy this beer. It was good in an average sort of way.

09-08-2010 19:17:08 | More by LacquerHead
Photo of nukem5


3.9/5  rDev +13.7%

A: Pours nice 3/4" cap of tan foam sitting on a copper orange hued cloudy(Like an unfiltered wheat), makes my mouth instantly start to water.

S: Not much there a light citrus and hoppy floral aroma, some pale malts.

T: Explosions on the tongue, erupting all over with hop bombs bursting.Fantastic Hop flavors, great example of IPA.

M: Medium bodied with an light alkalynity about itself.

D: Very much so great IPA.

09-07-2010 01:40:47 | More by nukem5
Photo of GallowsThief


2.8/5  rDev -18.4%

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice looking deep golden color with almost no head to speak of and no lacing.

S - Came across a yeasty. I get the fruit and earthy smells as well.

T - Well it seems pretty bitter right off but it does not stay. Earthy tastes.

M - Decent. Medium carbonation.

D - Nothing to stop you from having a few if you like the taste. Its not for me.

Generally I am a fan of Breckenridge but this is not their best brew in my opinion.

09-05-2010 01:12:38 | More by GallowsThief
Photo of BierFan


3.68/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured a couple bottles of this into a large stein.

Appearance: One finger of foamy off-white head. Slightly hazy amber body. Good carbonation and great lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine coming through.

Taste: Mostly pine from the hops. Decent bitterness. Good but nothing exceptional.

08-27-2010 04:28:58 | More by BierFan
Photo of LittleDon


3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

A pint served at the Breckenridge Brewery in Breckenridge, CO. Amber in color and slightly hazy. Nice dense head with good retention. Muted citrus aroma with a hint of caramel. Taste is along the same lines. Some pine in the front, followed by a thinish middle and bitter back end. Mouthfeel is a bit light for the style.

08-18-2010 14:53:24 | More by LittleDon
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.88/5  rDev +13.1%

Pours clear and amber to copper in color. Careful pour didn't produce much head, but lacing was decent. 3.5

Smells of hops a bit of earth, with a tinge of bay mud. 3.5

Tastes typically IPA. Hops are the main flavor, as are a nice pineyness and medium bitterness with a very slight sweet background taste. Very enjoyable taste for an IPA. 4.0

Feels crisp and clean. Medium carbonation. Easy to drink. 4

Drinks well within the style. Getting three in a 12 pack sampler is perfect, but a sixer would do when I'm in an IPA mood. 4

08-17-2010 15:08:55 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of scruffwhor


3.28/5  rDev -4.4%

The color is a slightly hazey copper with almost no visible carbonation. The head is about one finger after the pour, and recedes to nothing after a few sips.

Mediocre floral and herbal citrus hop aromas with a little remnance of toasted bread crust malt.

Nice toasted malt upfront. The hops step-up in the middle with some mild orange peel hops. Pretty simple tasting IPA.

Pretty easy palate that is a little resiny, but the carbonation dissipates that nicely for a blanced palate that has a lingereing bitterness after each sip.This is an easy drinking IPA, but needs a little boost in the flavor department.

08-13-2010 02:00:09 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of burnerfinger


3.9/5  rDev +13.7%

bought a six pack of these: poured into my goblet:

A: thin, sticky head dissovled quick but leaves a nice healthy lacing. dark honey color and cloudy.

S: nice piney hopiness but lite on the nose

T: nice strong hoppy bite. sticks with you for a while too.

M: no abv bite, nice heatly body.

D: SESSIONABLE IPA!!! hoppy and good!

08-08-2010 04:00:30 | More by burnerfinger
Photo of u2carew


3.95/5  rDev +15.2%

12oz. longneck.
A) Pours with a thin and wispy head. Fairly transparent body. Copper in color. Mellow upward carbonation.
S) Floral. Peach. Caramel.
T) A mostly balanced flavor. The hops are a little stronger at the beginning and fade out toward the finish. Whereas the malts start weak and pick up strength. Caramel. Grapefruit. Finishes with a lingering hop bite.
M) Fizzy. Medium body. Crisp and sharp. Slightly dry in the finish.
D) A decent IPA. True to the American style.

08-07-2010 17:59:21 | More by u2carew
Photo of Brent


3.58/5  rDev +4.4%

Touted as an American IPA, this seemed to me much more in the English pale ale class. Nice malt backbone, with a touch of caramel malt. Hopping was a bit of a letdown - blunt bittering with no personality to speak of. Finish was nondesript with lingering bitterness at the back of the tongue. Were the hops more distinctive, then perhaps the AIPA classification would be appropriate.

08-06-2010 18:24:56 | More by Brent
Photo of Slatetank


3.43/5  rDev 0%

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.

08-04-2010 16:18:33 | More by Slatetank
Photo of wedgie9


3.15/5  rDev -8.2%

Tasted from 12oz bottle. Pours clear amber-orange with a thin and quickly receding off-white head. Nose of hops, slightly sweet fruitiness, and light caramel malt. The flavor is more malty than hoppy with very light sweetness. The body and carbonation are both medium with a bitter medium length finish.

07-27-2010 03:37:02 | More by wedgie9
Photo of schoolboy


3.93/5  rDev +14.6%

This is such an average IPA that it is great. There are tons of ipa's that have more going on, but what this one does is good balance. It's a bit on the tame side - creamy, not bite. But the main things it does right. The color is great. The smell is better.

So while this brew is very middle of the road but well balanced, this makes it less interesting. If I had a whole 6 of these instead of a single I don't think I would complain. It's well crafted and unique and worth drinking.

07-25-2010 23:30:35 | More by schoolboy
Photo of Brysky


4.1/5  rDev +19.5%

This Beer is lives up to what Breckenridge was going, a session IPA. It starts with a slight bitterness ending with a smooth hops that isn't over the top in your face. The hops are defiantly not over whelming but very nice to make this the perfect session IPA.

07-21-2010 23:16:56 | More by Brysky
Photo of tchenery


3.78/5  rDev +10.2%

Beer looks great. It's a nice glowing orange. Thin head that seems to lace.

Smells of floral hops all the way. Just the way it should.

Nice high carbonation that pairs well with the hop bitterness. Combine that with the malty backbone and slight roastedness.

Very drinkable, very approachable good representation of the style.

07-17-2010 20:46:31 | More by tchenery
Photo of eat

Quebec (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -4.4%

Part of a trade with rudge75 at Half Pints in Winnipeg. Thanks again, Dave!

Opaque amber in colour with a sparse cover of cream-white head, presenting some lacing.

Smells of floral hops and lots of caramel, with bits of pine and citrus (grapefruit juice) in there as well.

Where are the hops? Where is the anything? Nothing from the nose shows up here. Darkly bitter with no real character. Minerals (including a little salt) and faded old grapefruit rind sit atop an odd malt backbone. Not completely balanced and neither interesting nor too tasty. I can't say I'm into this one. No alcohol.

Light-medium body and maybe a touch over-carbonated (a bit foamy). Drying finish.

This seems like a pale ale at best, with almost a little ESB character in its emptiness (I'm not generally a fan of ESB). This is weird enough an IPA to taste like it was brewed in Ontario. Doesn't taste bad, it's just not too enjoyable to drink. I was expecting much more than this from a real American IPA.

07-08-2010 18:16:24 | More by eat
Photo of mentor


3.68/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours a heavy finger of thick finely-bubbled clingy head over a lightly hazed orange amber liquid. Smells tropical fruity from hops, woody, baby aspirin, dates/raisins (from hops, not caramel grains). Mild aromas overall, but fruity and enticing. Some bready grain character, that's not quite as heavy as a biscuit malt would impart.

Tastes playful. Nothing extreme in the flavor, bitterness, acidity, or carbonation. Balanced. Pleasant fruity hop flavor (tangerine, orange with pith, some pine, and a bit of the baby aspirin flavor that is all the trend this past year or two) with crisp hop bitterness and mild carbonation sting. Thin, yet somehow creamy mouthfeel and mild carbonation that does add some acrid sting in the finish. Very fine bubbled carbonation. The bitterness became more prominent and took on a flatter (waxier?) quality as the beer warmed.

07-03-2010 00:21:45 | More by mentor
Photo of jimbus


2.4/5  rDev -30%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Nice three finger head, decent clear orangish color and a ridiculous amount of lacing. Smell...what smell? I really had to fight to find some slight candied caramel in the nose, maybe a tinge of citrus, but no where near the floral hop aroma that i expect out of an IPA. Taste wise, this beer just didn't do anything for me...bitterness and hops almost nonexistent by IPA standards and too much sweet malt to balance. Mouthfeel was super light and watery. I suppose this could easily be drank as a session beer, but wouldn't be worth it to me.

I don't know if this bottle was far beyond its prime or what, but I would not suggest this as an IPA example. Disappointing, especially considering Breckenridge makes a phenomenal DIPA, the Small Batch 471.

06-30-2010 03:24:20 | More by jimbus
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +5.8%

Appearance: light amber in color with a 2" head that lasts a long time.

Smell: some caramel, soft fruit sweetness, and a hint of bitterness rise from the glass.

Taste: bready malt profile here. Caramel, ripe dark fruit sweetness, and a moderate bitterness makes up a mellow flavored IPA that definitely leans more towards and English style.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Aftertaste is short.

Drinkability: this is an easy drinking IPA that makes it a sessionable beer.

06-23-2010 12:38:17 | More by Gavage
Photo of yemenmocha


3.58/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a dull copper color with small but persistent head. Nose is very, very light with some caramel and a whiff of citrus. On the palate there's a quite a bit of malt presence (more like a pale ale) along with the citrusy hops. Not a ton of bitterness here, or at least it isn't in focus because of the citrus and malt features. Creamy body, and rather easy drinking.

06-20-2010 03:31:00 | More by yemenmocha
Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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