Lucky U IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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Lucky U IPALucky U IPA

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Ratings: 1,097
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 91 | 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 secondtooth
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive cloudy amber, with a lovely, extensive and detailed lace. Beautiful!

Delicious nose -- I get fruity hops, some pine. Bodes well so far!

Flavor is superb -- citrus sharp with some pine accents. A quite delicious IPA...and one I'd not hesitate to pick up again.

Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle

no freshness info

pour: Hazed and dull copper. Lighter khake head, gauzy, tiny bubble and leaves nice looking cpoious scattered webs of lace.

Sniff: citrus, orange beel

Taste: Solidly hopped, citric, with more orange notes, grapefruit in the mix. Malty counterbalance present and smoothening with toasty under notes. Fully flavorful, freshtasting and quite enjoyable.

A worthy newcomer to my neighborhood's beer distribution points.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: An aggressive pour yields a parchment toned thin and patchy head that sits atop briefly on a orange soda colored body. A lazy rising effervesce is barely visible within the non-translucent nature of the drink while the lacing was equally as hard to pick up on.

S: The nose brought forth a soft scent of floral, particularly tulips, along with some oranges and traditional pine scents. There is also a hint of spicy rye that comes on the close.

T: The flavor reveals spicy citrus and rye, with a dash of pepper. A soft grassy and herbal hopping along with dry oranges comes about late on the swallow. The body or substance is a bit light, the level of hopping adequate. Finishes with a dry grassy hopping.

M: that of a medium consistency resting on the tongue, and is softly carbonated. Pine and spicy rye along with warm citrus warm the inner cheeks.

D: Nice level of drinkability, not a monster hop wise but respectable enough to continue drinking in multiples. Definitely an easy drinking session ipa tha is a worth whiled affair.

Photo of haddon
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bit of a chill haze to the dark amber-body. capped by a small white head that held for a while with decent lacing.

Sweet maltiness in the nose gives hints of caramel-flavored candy and honey. can taste the blend of hops (pine, grass, light citrus)... but honestly, a bit imbalanced towards the sweet side for an IPA.

Malts bring a taste of caramel, grains & honey. slight hint of hoppy tastes of pine, grass, grapefruit, and tangerine. again, light bitterness for an IPA and the finish is very dry with the malts more evident than hops.

Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is just the slightest bit sticky.

to me, this seemed a little more subtle like an APA rather than IPA. the hops were lacking and the malts dominated a bit. I had this pint with fish & chips in a pub. perhaps I will revisit without food to see if the profile changes any.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Buy-Rite in Jersey City since I'm on a Breckenridge kick of sorts lately. This reminded me of the jeans I had on when I bought this but unfortunately, I like the denim more than I enjoyed this beer. With so many IPA's on the shelves, this had a lot to measure up to and unfortunately, this came up a bit short.

The pour to this was decent with a bright copper hue and fluffy head. There wasn't a lot of lacing to be seen on the sides of the glass and the aroma was faint. Like the taste, it had a bit of lemon tartness, and an earthy hop presence. In the aftertaste, that faded to a very sharp metallic feel and the mouthfeel was thin the entire time, just like the carbonation. While I don't mind my IPA's to have some bite to it, this was too "tinny" and detracted from the rest of the beer.

In terms of alcohol, this wasn't the strongest IPA that I've had and I could barely feel the alcohol at all. This didn't warm me up at all and looking at all the hops and malts used in this, I find it hard to believe that this had that many ingredients in it. There's too much sweetness from the carmel and munich malts without any body to back it up. If this was streamlined a bit and just a bit more full-bodied, this could be a great beer. Instead, it reminded me of the other Breckenridge beers that I've tried, because of it's simplicity and lack of carbonation. Because this is a lighter style, it just needs a bit more behind the taste.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is nearly but not quite copper and slightly hazed. The head is just off-white and sits nice and tall, about one finger tall, sticking itself to the top of the glass staunchly and leaving good lacing the rest of the way.
Pine, a bit of perfume and some floral hops notes are foremost in the aroma before a bit of caramel malt kicks in that adds a bit of balance.
I get mostly pine from the hops off the bat before a splash of citrus comes in. Until it warms, there's a touch of sweetness but really not much. Caramel malts do play their part here. Bitterness stays strong and offers an almost dandelion root edge to it in the finish.
The body is medium and carbonation is light here. There's a crispness to the feel that doesn't fade, and it stays sturdy all the way.

Photo of Kegatron
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a hazed copper (which eventually clears out), topped with several fingers of thick off-white head. This eventually peters down into a creamy finger, which stays rich, and leaves back some robust sticky lacing. The aroma smells grassy and very spicy in the nose, as well as a touch herbal. Earthy citrus character and some sweet notes of caramel and toast sit along the back of the nose, giving this a green tanginess.

The taste is spice and leafy feeling, with a raw citric bite that spreads pithy bitterness out into the mouth (and which is coming on a bit to harshly as well). Toasted grains and sweet caramel malts shore up the back of the profile before this leads into a finish of dry spiciness and gritty bitter rind. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crispness that is undercut by a smooth underlying slickness. Alcohol seems well hit for here for 6%.

I think I cut this beer a bit of slack, because when first pulled this out of the fridge (at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit) this was all kinds of lacking in the flavor department, with a strange metallic character to it, and an extremely thin body. Luckily things greatly improved and opened up all around as this warmed up and that’s what I’m basing my review on. I will say though that the hop profile was very strange here, with that combo of American and English hops giving this an almost German feeling flavor and bitterness at times. There’s just a lot of spice and earthy bitterness to this that came on a bit too strong. Anyway, if you’re going to give this a shot, let it warm up some, but otherwise, this was a pretty average IPA for me.

Photo of b3shine
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft to pint. Disappointing. But it's a buyer's market these days. Make it memorable, or don't bother making it. And now I'm going to fill space to meet my minimum length requirement... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .... ... ...

Photo of Jwale73
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my Harpoon IPA willibecker. Pours a translucent golden orange with a creamy, half inch, off-white head. Head eventually dissipates into a solid, consistent skim with thin spots and strands of lacing revealed during the tasting. Not much to the nose - a faint citrusy and resinous character as well as light toasted/biscuity malts. Taste cosistent with nose; however, flavors are more forward than initially suggested. There's also a trace of citrus rind bitterness and a subtle sweetness that follows. Aftertaste is slightly medicinal and lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation and a slight oiliness. Not a bad IPA. Fairly flavorful; however, the medicinal character gets be a little trying. Nonetheless, I wouldn't pass one up if offered.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with a thin beige head that doesn't stick around long. The aroma has a nice blast of juicy, citrusy hops upfront, along with some turbinado sugar, biscuit malt, caramel, fruity esters and alcohol. The flavor is citrus and floral hops on the front end, along with some caramel and biscuit malt, fruity esters, a flinty sharpness and alcohol. The mouthfeel is light and a tad prickly. Overall a solid but unspectacular IPA.

Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy dark orange with a dense white head that hangs around awhile.

Aroma is biscuity caramel malt and citrus hop. Hints of honey and lemon grass.

Taste is more grainy and toasted than the nose lead me to expect. Earthy and piney hops bring a pleasant bitterness that has a cedar perfume character and a tart dryness. Slight citrus and dark fruit notes. Honey and lemon grass makes an appearance as well. Finishes with lingering hop spice.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Overall a pretty tasty IPA. The tart fruit, and the earthy, dry woody bitterness reminds me more of an English ale than the more aggressive resinous american style. Interesting, and off the beaten path.

Photo of metaltec15
4.53/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed the hop aroma very citrus(tangerine/orange). The mouthfeel was average. The taste was very good very hoppy. A nice reddish color when poured into a tulip glass. Overall I would definitely buy this again. I was a little hesitant on this one since past experiences with Breckenridge has not been that good. They have definitely redeemed themselves with this one.

Photo of nrbw23
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy reddish orange color with a nice cream colored head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- A bit toned down for what I prefer. A bit of piney and citrus hops. A bit of sweet malts too. Smells good just not quite bold enough.

T- Just like the nose good but nothing thats over the top.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- I think I'd put this one under the "beginer IPA" since my wife tried this one and said, "I could drink this." She normally doesn't like IPAs.

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that quickly died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the citrusy and piney flavors of hops stand out in the taste, although these are not overly strong and only contribute a light to moderate amount of hop bitterness. There are notes of the underlying malts with some hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink but there's nothing really exciting about its taste.

Photo of SkipWeathers
4.22/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable standard IPA copper-colored with swirling whitish-cream head. Initial grapefruit-pine aroma and taste with bitter aftertaste. Somewhat lacking in the middle, slightly metallic. On the bitter end of the continuum of regular IPA's. Average mouthfeel, nothing too fizzy. Very drinkable, as the alcohol is not that high. Of course I did not like it as much as the 471, but I think that is a more premium version of this.

Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle bubbled over when first opened. Moderate head that leaves an initial ring of lace, but spotty thereafter. Cloudy, solid amber color.

Very nice traditional hop aroma. It's mellow but strong. Good malt fresh bread. Great blend.

The taste is a little harsher. The hop is more bitter, like spicy pepper. The malt is dryer, almost astringent. Not very complex, but it is full bodied.

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is good, hops, citrus, a touch of malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good brew.

Photo of shand
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint.

Pours a nice thick head that leaves decent lacing and has pretty good retention. Nice pungent hops over caramel malts on the nose. The taste features some slightly astringent fruity hops and citrus over a nice caramel malt base. I feel the astringency here works though, it works out to be a pretty tasty IPA.

The mouthfeel is solid, although probably a little thicker than it should be. The drinkability is quite good. This is a good IPA that does little to separate itself from the pack. A possible local favourite.

Photo of salvo
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy copper into my new-favorite Sam Adams beer glass with a quick foam head that quickly collapses. Leaves a nice foam ring, though. Little to no lacing.

Nose is strongly astringent, tea and grass, some mild orange pith in the nose.

Taste is bitter, and complex with competing rather than harmonious flavors. Some malt fights with lemon and orange, grassy and pine fights for who dissipates quicker. Nothing is balanced. Bitterness lasts a few moments too long without any malt sweetness to temper.

I probably won't go back for another anytime soon, but it isn't in any way bad. It's just not good, either.

Photo of HomebrewNurse
2.2/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a copper color with a thin head that dissipates quickly.

Barely any hop aroma perceptible, mostly earthy/sweet malts in the nose.

Sweet caramel malts on the initial, then moving into a harsh bittering hop flavor midway through to the end. Aftertaste is all bitter.

With the poor head retention I was surprised to have as much carbonation in the mouth.

Below average drinkability, this beer lingers far too long on the pallate with astringent bitterness that is just not all that pleasant.

Overall, I don't see myself buying this beer again. Too bed I shelled out ten bucks for a sixer. Doh!

Photo of StJamesGate
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light amber with trailers of lace. Sweet grain on the nose. Candy corn and berry malts and orange + bark hops with some red grapefruit juice. Resiny linger. Chewy, medium and round.

Bitter and fruity. IBUs over hop flavor. A bit harsh to be very drinkable.

*from notes, Nov. 2010

Photo of FreshHawk
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear, crisp copper with an average sized, light, foamy, slightly sticky, off-white head. Average retention leaving a nice thin, foamy lace.

S - Sweet caramel malt with a nice showing of citrus, pine, tea/herbal, and a touch of grass hops. A subtle fruity and floral aspect as well. The malt is a little stronger at first, but the hop profile comes on stronger at the finish.

T - Interesting mix of flavors with a good mix of hops including: slight citrus (orange peel), pine, tea, herbal, grassy and bitter flavors. Malt flavors include caramel and biscuit mostly. Sweet but has a bitter finish. Nothing dominates, rather there is a nice balance.

M - Lighter body with average carbonation. Is a touch thin and lacking, but there is a slight creamy/smoothness.

D - Pretty easy to drink and enjoyable as well. Nothing that I will crave, but it is a nice, balanced, easy to drink beer.

Notes: Nothing special about this beer, but it is a nice, balanced, easy to drink IPA. It taste good, but I don't know if I would call it tasty. I enjoy it, but I'm not wowed or craving it.

Photo of ne0m00re
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

02/19/11- Had a 12 oz bottle of this one marked 03828B11.
A: Orange amber with gold hues, an oily-looking top with constant bubbles, but with a good white lace.
S: Earthy grapefuit hops, slight cheese, and almost creamy. Slightly strawberry and overall crisp. Only OK.
T: Mostly just bitter, dry malt like a pilsener, the hops are strange (almsot astringent) with a citric acid character. I'm not really impressed by this taste.
M: Thinner but with a nice frothy carbonation.
D: Pretty good. It's mild.

Photo of puboflyons
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle partially stamped 05E. Sampled on February 19, 2011. It pours orange-amber with no head or lacing to speak of. The aroma brings out thin hops and citrus on the nose. The taste is a bit more hopped but it leaves a rather odd aftertaste.

Photo of daledeee
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright copper color with a white head and some lacing.

Nose is rather hoppy with some grain.

Taste is pretty straight forward hops and not as balanced as I like.

Mouth feel is kind of over carbonated. I can't get too excited about this beer but it is pretty easy to drink. I got it on sale so I can't complain that much!!

Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,097 ratings.