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Lucky U IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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Lucky U IPALucky U IPA

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Ratings: 1,021
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.91%
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)
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Photo of IndolentReader
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%

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
Photo of LacquerHead
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

LacquerHead, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of nukem5
3.9/5  rDev +14%

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.

nukem5, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of GallowsThief
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%

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.

GallowsThief, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of BierFan
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

BierFan, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of LittleDon
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

LittleDon, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%

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

AlCaponeJunior, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

scruffwhor, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of burnerfinger
3.9/5  rDev +14%

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!

burnerfinger, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of u2carew
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

u2carew, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of Brent
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

Brent, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Slatetank, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of wedgie9
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

wedgie9, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of schoolboy
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

schoolboy, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of Brysky
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%

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.

Brysky, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of tchenery
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

tchenery, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of eat
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

eat, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of mentor
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

mentor, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of jimbus
2.4/5  rDev -29.8%

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.

jimbus, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of Gavage
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

Gavage, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

yemenmocha, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

tempest, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of dbossman
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%

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

dbossman, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of claminat420
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

claminat420, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of jkrich
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

jkrich, May 29, 2010
Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,021 ratings.