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Lucky U IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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Lucky U IPALucky U IPA

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1,110 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,110
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 100 | 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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Photo of crossovert
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Photo of MurphyMacManus
4/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of Idodgepucks
3.9/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of Lauthaha
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of stercomm
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of beveritt
2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Pours crystal clear orange amber color with a dense 2 finger off white head with great retention, that reduces to a thick lacing cap. Thick lacing clings to the glass as you drink. Aroma of strong caramel, pine, big spiciness, and a bit of citrus in the background. Very interesting IPA aromas here, different than what I am used to. The aromas fade the more it sits. Taste of big caramel, pine, wheat, spices, and some citrus. Decent amount of bitterness present on the finish that linger with pine, citrus, and spicy flavors. More malt forward than I was hoping for, but still nice. Medium carbonation and body; with a decent amount of creaminess in the mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed other than a small warming after the finish. Very smooth and easy to drink. Overall, a nice IPA. I would have it again sometime.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,110 ratings.