Lucky U IPA - Breckenridge Brewery
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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
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
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
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
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
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
3.43/5 rDev 0%
Had a bottle for $4 at Liberty St. Served in a pint glass, it was amber with a short white head. Tavern. Yeah, there was a decent citrus hop character and the beer was overall clean and drinkable, but it tasted a bit uninspired. There are too many good IPAs in this world to seek this out, but I wouldn't turn down a free pint.
06-09-2010 21:44:47 | More by tempest
3.65/5 rDev +6.4%
A: Orangish brown with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly; lacing, however, clings to the glass
S: A pine presence dominates but so does a subtle chlorine/chemical aroma; orange rinds and other citrus aromas linger as well; there is a funkiness that creeps through on occasion
T: Although I assume this beer is only a couple months old, I know/assume it would be substantially better fresh because the piny hop presence is prevalent but fades too quickly; also a candied sugar flavor that fits well with the pine and grainy qualities
F: Pretty even mouth coat and feel
D: A good little IPA and a pretty easy drinking sessionable beer as well
06-09-2010 21:38:42 | More by dbossman
3.05/5 rDev -11.1%
A- poured a solid transparent amber color with a white head with light lacing.
S- a light citrus scent and not much else.
T- bitterness hits more in the beginning which to me is odd. bitterness doesn't hang around to much. malt balances out the hops alil to much i think.
M- medium bodied. good carbonation.
D- for a hop lover and a ipa nut it took me two days to knock out a 6. and it was a challenge. made me just want a bell's two hearted or short's huma instead. founder's centennial is really good and puts this to shame.
Overall- this ipa is to me is the stereotypical mainstream ipa if that makes sence. i would suggest this one to people who are curious to venture off into the hop and ipa world but don't want to get their hands too dirty. i know i will never buy this again.
06-05-2010 05:46:19 | More by claminat420
3.43/5 rDev 0%
12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. This one poured a deep, slightly cloudy golden to amber color with a very nice one inch white head; lots of lacing.
The aroma was somewhat fruity and perfumy.
The initial taste was seemed bland and watery as if the bottle was bad. After the ale warms a little, the taste began to take shape. There was a rather weak, fruity hop presence with some malt backbone. Overall, everything seemed muddled. I reviewed the website which stated that seven hops were used including cascade, fuggles and amarillo.
Light to medium bodied and a little watery. The carbonation is about right.
I was disappointed with this one. The ale simply never came together. Perhaps I got hold of a bad or old bottle. It is easy to drink but lacks complexity.
05-29-2010 22:57:03 | More by jkrich
3.38/5 rDev -1.5%
A - Pours a nearly clear, copper color. Head is a bit thin on initial pour, but retains decently and leaves some lacing behind.
S - Pretty balanced aroma, with toasted malts mixing with some citric, tropical fruit hops
T - A bit hoppier in flavor than the smell suggested, with floral, citric, herbal hops lending a moderate level of bitterness. The hops are backed up by lightly sweet, toasty, bready malt flavors.
M - Lighter body with a brisk carbonation. Doesn't leave much lingering hop flavor in the aftertaste, which makes it seem just a bit watery
D - Not an amazing beer, but its body and balance lend it a solid drinkability
05-21-2010 04:19:01 | More by GarrisWH
3.43/5 rDev 0%
A - Brassy gold, scant head and no lace to speak of.
S - Hoppy balanced and juxtaposed with caramel-butter-biscuit malty. Seems like an American-English style fusion.
T - Taste is hoppy and dry with a long finish. Quite decent, would be an interesting and enjoyable take on an English IPA; not great as an American IPA though.
M - Medium-bodied, with a long and bitter finish
D - It is not terrible, but I can't imagine buying this again.
05-17-2010 21:34:59 | More by ktrillionaire
3.45/5 rDev +0.6%
A- A slightly hazy orange liquid with some unique green highlights. The head is splotchy, thin, and white.
S- Caramel, butter, and pine. Smells a little old school.
T- Strong pine bitterness with a buttery aspect coming in a the end. Slightly fruity as well. The bitterness has a lasting presence.
M- Very dry from the strong bitterness. This beer feels like it pulls the enamel off my teeth.
D- Much more bitter than I was expecting from the aroma. The bitterness is great, but overall the beer is not hitting on all cylinders.
05-16-2010 04:05:12 | More by david131
3.23/5 rDev -5.8%
Pours a murky golden orange with a relatively slight head. In the nose there is lots of honeyed malt and just a touch of citrusy hops. definitely could use a little more balance here. The taste introduces a slightly bigger hop profile, and a bit of graininess to more of the same honeyed malt. A little more effervescent than it should be, and on the thinner side in the mouth. What body there is seems more grainy than malty. A bit of a disappointment, could use a bigger infusion of hops, and a more restrained malt profile as well as a bit less graininess.
05-13-2010 02:21:49 | More by Georgiabeer
4.22/5 rDev +23%
A. Golden orange hue with a creamy white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.
S. Starts with subtle hop resin. As the beer warms, carmel malt makes an appearance.
T. Hop bites your tongue with the first sip. Once your taste buds get used to the shock, a rich malty background becomes apparent. The aftertaste is grassy and herbaceous.
M. A good consistency for an IPA, but a bit too carbonated for my taste.
D. A very sessionable brew; a great summer refresher.
05-11-2010 21:18:12 | More by BeerAndBourbon
3.73/5 rDev +8.7%
Pours a hazy copper color with a small white head that leaves little lacing on the glass.
Smells of caramel malt and some grassy and citrus notes.
Tastes of a solid malt backbone with layers hops. Caramel, toasty sweetness comes through at its base, with a good layer of hop bitterness on top. Notes of pine and citrus are prevalent. Grassy and floral notes also make their way through. Fairly balanced, but I would like more bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium-full with a creamy amount of carbonation.
05-09-2010 03:18:17 | More by ocelot2500
3.58/5 rDev +4.4%
Golden orange with a tight foam cap, off-white in color. Nose is OK, pretty run of the mill. Well-balanced, which is good, but not too exciting. Flavor has a solid malt base, with toasted biscuit and a lot of sweetness - candi sugar and toffee. Hops are a bit citric, with some menthol and pine. Comes off fairly sweet overall, with a watery mouthfeel.
Not going to challenge anyone, but just fine for a session-type brew.
05-07-2010 04:22:16 | More by BretSikkink
4.22/5 rDev +23%
Saw this one sitting on the shelf in the store yesterday and have never seen it before which prompted me to take a flyer on it and pick one up. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/27/2010.
Nice rich orange amber pours with a big head of white foam that just sits on the top throughout the session. Really good lacing coming down the side of the glass which masks the broken crown that was across the top. Aroma is deep piney hops, hints of grapefruit and a nice mellow biscuit and buttery like aroma that really seems to pull it together quite nicely. As I take the first sip, nice waves of fresh hops roll across the tongue with ease. Very well done here I have to admit. Crisp, clean orange and grapefruit notes dominate the profile here and really pull the entire thing together very, very well. Long finish with a nice and medium drying to it that again really works for the style and gives it that little bit extra that really pushes it over for me. Nice light body and a clean finish make this very, very session able.
Overall a great example of a style from a selection I normally would have walked right past. I am very happy that I chose not too.
04-29-2010 01:32:07 | More by mikesgroove
3.4/5 rDev -0.9%
12 oz bottle. Pours a light amber with an off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Smell is fresh, and of sweeter malts and mellow hops. Taste has a considerable amount of pungent hops that are very grapefruit-like. So, bitter on the finish, but it isn't unbearable. Drinkability is decent. I'm glad I tried one, but this beer may be balanced a bit too much toward those citrusy hops.
04-27-2010 05:23:38 | More by sixerofelixir
3.68/5 rDev +7.3%
A good IPA that drinks somewhere on the boarder with strongly hopped Pale Ales. Comparisons to Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale come to mind.
Brilliant clarity beyond the strong golden/medium copper hue. Medium carbonation causes a solid, white head to accumulate an inch or so. Good retention and good lacing. A standard look for a Pale but prefer more in an IPA.
Pine and citrus aromas fill the nose at first, but as the beer breathes, the hops fade and the caramel malt base challenges for balance. Light esters weave in and out of the hop aroma for a perfumy and flowery tone.
Flavors of caramel rise first, but then a citrusy burst interrups the fleeting malt base and commands attention. Citrus intensifies into pine and grassy flavors- this is the first time we see the IPA showcase of hops. Hop bitterness also rise and give a clean, sharp, identity to the beer from mid-palate on.
Medium body, again maybe a bit light for IPA's, but crisp, well attenuated, and dry after the first punch of graham cracker caramel taste.
Luck U is a fine beer for any occassion but looking for an IPA, this beer falls just a bit timid.
04-20-2010 03:04:32 | More by BEERchitect
3.05/5 rDev -11.1%
Pours a cloudy orange color with a decent white head that retains well throughout the drink.
smell is dry hoppy and some bready undertones.
Strong metallic taste, dry grapefruit and pine hops.
Not the best IPA. Not really something I would seek out or drink again.
04-18-2010 02:58:42 | More by donteatpoop
3.25/5 rDev -5.2%
Very clear coppery colored ale with a thick head a few shades off from white. Lacing is stellar as the gooey head fades slowly.
Great bitter pine and floral hop notes in the aroma. Caramel malt provides sweet balance. Taste has flowery hops, some big hop bitterness with caramel notes. An unfortunate metallic taste dominate the middle and then a bitter hop finish leaves the mouth tingling.
Medium bodied, with a dry mouthfeel. Not a real winner here.
04-17-2010 23:40:24 | More by ZimZamZoom
3.33/5 rDev -2.9%
Poured into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed a ½ finger off white head. Quick recession left behind no signs of lace. The body is a hazy brick orange color that grows more intensely amber toward the center.
The nose has some mild hops up front...floral and citrus. You can detect some sweet malt aromas in the background.
Bitter pine hops bite the palate before floral hops take over the middle. The malt characters come out toward the end to sweeten things up, but the bitterness prevails.
The mouth feel is on the lighter side, well balanced between oily and astringent and nicely carbonated.
This is pretty drinkable, but be warned...this mashed up my palate pretty well...not suggested as the first drink of the night!
04-16-2010 17:51:05 | More by mgbickel
3.93/5 rDev +14.6%
Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer was a clear orange color, with a one-finger, off-white head. Very little carbonation and moderate lacing around the glass.
Aroma was citrus hops, light caramel and biscuit.
Taste was citrus and pine hops, bread, malt and light spices.
Modertely bitter throughout. Drinkable and refreshing. Would prefer a bit more carbonation, but still a tasty IPA.
04-16-2010 00:03:51 | More by drumrboy22
3.75/5 rDev +9.3%
A: Bright, clear copper color. Poured a one finger white head that dissipated to a skim. Laced in thin rings.
S: Lots of citrus and grapefruit hops. Caramel malt and hint of pine.
T: Big caramel malt. Citrus and floral hops. Lite hop resin lingers through bitter finish that provides a nice balance.
M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Slightly resiny feel with nice bitter finish to balance.
D: Very drinkable. Flavorful, but not overbearing or resiny. Balanced.
04-06-2010 14:30:44 | More by Haybeerman
Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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