1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Lucky U IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

Not Rated.
Lucky U IPALucky U IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
78
okay

1,020 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,020
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.87%
Wants: 2
Gots: 66 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,020 | Reviews: 301 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%

I liked this beer. Not as much as Stone, Southern Tier, Mad River, or Dogfish head 60 min IPA but it lands its place in my heart. Pours a dark amber which is kind of cool for a regular IPA. Mild debris in the bottom bottle may mean I had an old one. Smells of mild hops and malts nothing fancy. Taste is slightly bitter but pretty balanced IPA, wasn't offended but kind of forgettable. Mouthfeel was light to medium body, easy drinker.

Overall I would not seek this one out but would show it to someone who just got into hops as a nice starter beer. Then would show them to the fine products of stone. A pretty nice B rated beer.

DrDemento456, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of riversider76
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%

Pours a golden amber/orange with a fluffy white head.Lotts of bubbles. Good retention and lots of laceing. Aroma is of citrus hops. Body is light and carbonated. Taste is of grassy piney hops. Bitter finish. Lucky U is worth a try, but nothing spectacular.

riversider76, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - only somewhat murky, dark copper color with about 2 fingers of off-white foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - very hoppy, probably Cascade hops. I can't smell much else behind the hops.

Taste and texture - extremely hoppy and bitter. Somewhat sweet beginning, mild middle, but bitter finish and somewhat lingering aftertaste. Like the smell, not much else is coming out in the taste other than hops/bitterness...maybe some fruitiness. Texture is well-balanced.

Drinkability - very interesting taste, but possibly a little too bitter for me.

Nerudamann, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of ZeroSignal
2.78/5  rDev -19%

12 oz bottle

A - Hazy golden orange with bits of particulate floating around in the glass. Thin white head, retention settles to edges, very sticky lacing

S - Nose is a lot of caramel malt and less hop forward then I would suspect. A deeper sniff brings on a bit of floral hop aroma and bits of citrus.

T&M - Medium to fuller bodied and rather thick feeling. Very rich with a lot of roasted and caramel malt presence. Floral hops seem like almost an afterthought and are felt mostly in the finish with hints of lavender up front. Bitterness level not very high at all, which is fine, but not what I would expect from an American IPA.

D - Lacks depth in the flavor department, although it is one of the more floral beers I've ever had. Not sure what to make of this one, but I know I really don't care for another.

ZeroSignal, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

A: Amber color, white head, some lacing.

S: Fairly roasty, with an implied hop bite.

T: Pretty decent balance of hops and malts; not too bitter for an IPA.

M: Light-medium body, not too harsh, average carbonation.

D: Easily drinkable, but nothing too special

Rifugium, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of Thanby
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours a nice pale amber color that you don't see too often in IPAs, but is more distinctly representative of an AIPA. Two fingers of foamy off-white head (maybe I poured it a little too hard) that leaves tons of lacing.

The nose is not as hoppy as you would expect for an IPA. Mostly caramel/amber malt. The hops are very high in the nose, almost effervescent. A little floral and fig scent in the background.

First taste is... malty. The hops are more prominent here than in the nose, but not by much. Has a very distinct amber malt quality to it, which provides some of the moderate bitterness in the aftertaste.

Finish is a little sticky, lingering bit of hops and a little caramel from the malt.

The hops in the finish actually made me sneeze. That's a first. It's not like they're strong, just way up there in the sinuses.

Smooth medium body, not much carbonation on the palate, if it had some more it might lighten up the finish a little.

Not a bad specimen of the AIPA style, but not too exciting either. Worth a try. Some cascade hops would probably brighten it up a bit.

Thanby, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of philbertk
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%

Lucky U IPA 2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.2% ABV. 68 IBU's.Half inc rcky dense lacy off white head. No sediment. Clear pretty bright rich amber color. Toasted hint to mellow floral hop malt front. Smooth mildly toasted mildly sweet slightly creamy caramel biscuity mild fruit hop hint tasty body. Light hop spice mild citrus clean smooth end. Tasty nicely balanced mild but rich Medium EtOH Rocky Mountain IPA. (4.0 / 5.0). Sampled November 23, 2010 from 6-Pack purchased @ Woodmen Wine & Liquor, Colorado Springs, Colorado for $8.69 11-23-2010.

philbertk, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of krisandajt
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%

Appearance: Poured from the bottle, I see before me a cloudy, dull amber colored brew. There's a good half inch worth of white foamy head that doesn't hang around too long, but it does leave behind some thin rings of schtick where the beer comes to settle.

Smell: A pretty good dose of clean, citrusy smelling hops. Simple, straightforward.

Taste: A hop profile similar to what I picked up in the nose. Some simple, clean tasting citrusy hops without much of a malt presence to back it up. Nothing extraordinary, but not bad either.

Mouthfeel: A bit disappointed here, the body is thin and a little watery and it's a little undercarbonated for my tastes.

Drinkability: Overall, it's not a bad tasting IPA, but I wouldn't say it's a good drinking IPA. I'm glad I got a chance to try it, but I don't think I'd be in any kind of hurry to grab another one.

krisandajt, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of thedoubler55
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%

This beer was not bad for an average IPA. Although I have never tried BreckenRidge this was not a bad start. The beer had a copper type of color. It tasted of malt at first sip but did not leave a bad aftertaste. The smell was citrusy, and gave off a pleasant aroma. I would recommend this beer on occasion but definitely not a 6 pack.

thedoubler55, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of Tifore
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%

On tap at Melt Bar & Grilled in Cleveland Heights. Poured into a stemless wine glass or tumbler.

A - The beer is light amber in color with a medium sized white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Looks highly carbonated and refreshing.

S - Smells very citrusy, hoppy and sharp. Maybe a bit of caramel on the end of the nose. Hops definitely are number one on this IPA.

T - Hops hops and more hops. Lots of orange and lemon as well. Sweetness comes through at the end. Suprisingly smooth.

M - Mouthfeel is very light and carbonated. Makes the sweetness and smoothness work even better.

D - Drinkability is pretty good. Lots of hops and good sweetness and a smooth overall drink make this pretty good. I'd have it again but wouldn't run out right away to grab a six pack.

Tifore, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of zdk9
3.6/5  rDev +5%

A- Pours out a cloudy dark orange color. It's as hazy as an afterlife sequence out of a movie, barely can see through the glass. Head is about half a finger and sticks in lines and icicle shapes to the glass. A pretty looking beer.

S- Hops of pine sap, sweet lemon, overripe pineapple, more orange and fruitniess coming out as it warms up. Some savory caramel.

T- A stronger taste with the piney and pinappley hops blending well with the caramel and dark wheat bread flavors of the malt. The aftertaste has some lighter sweetness- think marshmallow.

M- Very bitter in the vein of a Stone beer, but somewhat surprising- it is also fairly carbonated which helps wash down the bitterness and prevents it from lingering. I can dig that effect.

D- A good hoppy and caramely beer that doesn't show any alcohol. I think it's a little better colder than your average IPA as the sweetness gets to be a little much as it warms, but a good style example.

zdk9, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev +18.4%

12 oz bottle served in standard pint glass

A - orange-tinted amber; hazy; scant but lasting off-white head

M - medium body; nicely carbonated.

S - citrusy hops with orange tones and hint of malt

T - excellent flavor, with pronounced citrus tone, but Lucky U has low intensity hops and bitterness as well as sweeter than a typical Amer. IPA. This may disappoint those expecting a more typical or hoppy IPA but probably makes this more drinkable for many. Hop heads might want to think of this as a bold and distinctive pale ale.

Excellent. One of those beers that makes me wonder why appearance plays much of a role in the ratings.

chinchill, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%

Picked up a 12oz bottle of this at Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO. for $1.59 and poured it into a pint glass.

A: Nice amber hue with a decent head that dissipates quickly, leaving good lace in its tracks.

S: Too much malt and not enough hop - definitely not living up to a lot of the other IPA's out there.

T: Good bitter hop, some earthy citrus and good malt at the end that isn't too sweet.

M: Medium bodied but on the lighter side of medium bodied, plenty of carbonation and overall - pretty smooth.

D: Easy drinker and even though it's certainly not one of my favorites, I could post up on this one all night if it were one of my only options.

DeanMoriarty, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Atlas1
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%

Bought a six pack of this the other day at the local grocery store. I was in the mood for an IPA and I'd never had this one. Figured I should give it a try. I've never been all that impressed by Breckenridge beers, but I don't discriminate and I'm always willing to give old breweries a new try.

Pours a dark orange color with a nice looking 1.5 finger head which fades fast and leaves some lace. Big bubbles that don't last long. The nose is sweet citrus with a bit of dirty pine funk. Nice enough, but uninspiring. The taste is a bit bland in my opinion. Sure, there are notes of grapefruit and pine (more pine than citrus), but it's sweeter than a lot of IPAs I'm accustomed to. Very floral. Bitter aftertaste reminds you it's an IPA, but otherwise I wouldn't be so sure. Muted, dull mouthfeel.

I'm not a huge fan of this one. It goes down easy, but it does nothing to make me run to the fridge for a second one. I have had a few bottles from the six pack so far, thinking it might grow on me as the time passes, but it doesn't. I'll skip this one next time.

Atlas1, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of kzoobrew
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%

Hazy orange body glows when held to the light. Slime white head, retention is minimal. Moderate sticky lacing.

Juicy fruit aroma and caramel are strong upfront. Grapefruit couples with a less intense citrus aroma dominate the hop aroma. A subtle ganga aroma is nestled beneath. Caramel sweetness is a bit strong and cloying.

Pithy and piny bitterness paired with juicy hop flavors are centered up front. The caramel maltiness does come up strong just after the hops. A sweeter hop flavor coupled with the caramel malt makes for an IPA that is far too sweet.

Medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation Smooth texture. Sweet flavor makes for a long finish.

Decent IPA with far too much crystal malt. The sweetness is just too much to drink more than one.

kzoobrew, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.47/5  rDev +30.3%

A- Slightly hazy orange-amber color with a nice, soapy head that leaves some spot of lacing

S- Juicy, Stinky hops with herbal and citrus notes.

T- Really all over the hop spectrum. From light and floral to dank and herbal. The malt backbone is sugar simple and lets the hops shine

M- Smooth and filmy with low carbonation

D- I really like this IPA. Solid brew with just enough hops to be interesting and no off flavors to detract.

EnojysAnyBeer, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%

Picked up a single at Total Wine in late August for $1.49.

Beer poured orange with a nice thick head that is leaving a very nice ringtrail behind. Nose is floral hops and light malts. Taste is piney and citrus hops that greet the palate immediately. Malt bill is fairly light, making this true to the style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decently carbonated. Drinkability is good. With an abv just over sessionable this IPA is a good representation of the style and is reasonably priced. Glad to have tried again!

arizcards, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of KarlHungus
3.6/5  rDev +5%

This beer pours a cloudy burnt orange color. The head is a solid inch in height, and recedes into a rocky half inch cap of foam that lingers until the beer is gone sticking to everything. The aroma is of over ripe grapefruit which has been made into juice then poured onto a pine tree. The taste is similar with a moderate bitterness. Both the taste and aroma of this beer are lacking in complexity. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is a decent beer. I could drink it again, but with the plethora of great IPAs out there I doubt I will.

KarlHungus, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of mirish72
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%

A gift from a friend from the midwest as we don't see Breckenridge around here. Poured into a pint glass, dark copper coloring. You can smell hops, but there is a malty backbone throughout this beer. Has some hints of citrus in the taste. Overall not bad, but certainly wouldn't be an IPA I would strongly recommend.

mirish72, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of JohnWaynes44
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%

This poured opaque orange with a 2 finger head that quickly disappeared to a few lumps. Smells of yeast and some citrus. Taste is very yeasty right away. Orange notes are nice, but the hops and yeast are prominent. Pretty nicely balanced. Oily mouth and creamy finish is pleasing too. Drinkable and tasty, I like this offering by one of my favorite brew-makers. Hope the horseshoe gives my COLTS some luck today.

JohnWaynes44, Oct 10, 2010
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.

dedrinker, Sep 30, 2010
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.

JMad, Sep 25, 2010
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.

OWSLEY069, Sep 24, 2010
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.

JackieTH, Sep 21, 2010
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.

IndolentReader, Sep 19, 2010
Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.