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Lucky U IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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Lucky U IPALucky U IPA

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Ratings: 973
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.87%
Wants: 3
Gots: 51 | 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 Tuckstar


3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK. I drink what I like. I usually choose IPAs. My apologies to Beer Advocate (the greatest website and magazine in the world), but, alas, I'm going to totally manipulate the ratings to reach my own preferred generic, overall rating. Honestly, I don't care about the appearance, smell or mouthfeel. Here's my rating system:

5.0: The BEST
4.0: Hella good
3.0: Decent
2.0: Better than Lone Star
1.0: Worse than Lone Star

(PS. Lone Star gets a bad rep.)

Breckenridge Lucky U IPA is OK. Let me preface this by saying that this ain't the Breckenridge Double IPA (which is an amazing beer prominently featured on my 30th birthday roadtrip through south Texas visiting Texas Mothly's best small town cafes). Let also preface this by saying I may be out of practice ... I lived in Portland for several years and relocated to Austin a year and a half ago, so a decent IPA is a great thing (as opposed to a stepchild of the all-mighty Terminal Gravity IPA). Yes, this beer is a great thing / stepchild of Terminal Gravity IPA. It ain't that hoppy, which is bad. It is an IPA, which is good. It's $8 a sixer, which is good. Sierra Neveda Torpedo is $8 a sixer, which is good / bad for Lucky U. I'm going to drink the rest of the six pack and be happy. I'm not going to buy another six pack when there is Torpedo / Broken Halo / Bridgeport IPA / Thunderhead / Third Eye Pale / Stone IPA / Dogfish Head readily available at any decent retailer.

Bottom line: Lucky U is decent, but it ain't the Double IPA, i.e. I would be luckier if I had shelled out another $4 for the good stuff. But cheers to Breckenridge Brewery, Lucky U is still a standout in the Austin beer market (just try to land a slot in the HEB beer cooler).

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 23:55:21 | More by Tuckstar
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a clear orange-gold color with a thin ring of bubbles lining the glass.

Aroma of sweet caramel malts, citrus hops, and metallic graininess.

Light grapefruit and tangerine along with sweet caramel malts upfront with a light metallic bitterness in the finish. Overall, quite subdued.

Medium bodied, dry, and moderately carbonated.

An easy drinking AIPA from Breckenridge but not one I'd likely try again.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 22:32:42 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of endincolorado


3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, deep amber with a nice, white head and a good amount of lacing.

Fragrant grassy/citrusy hops, with some caramel malt aroma to balance.

Flavors are also heavy on a light, grassy hops, with some grassiness and a fruit flavor that reminds me of kiwi or melon. Fresh flavors overall, with some malt to balance.

Body is medium with a decent amount of carbonation.

Refreshing and different. A fairly impressive offering from Breckenridge.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 03:52:25 | More by endincolorado
Photo of glid02


3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pale malts and citrus hops without much else. As it warms the pale malt aromas intensify.

Tastes similar to how it smells, however the flavors are a bit more layered. Pale malt flavors kick things off and have a good amount of graininess to them - almost like some toasted malts were used. Hop flavors join in midway through the sip and are largely citrus-oriented however hints of pine lurk in the background. The ending is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this tasted like a maltier version of the 471 Small Batch - maybe an APA to the SB's IPA. Not amazing but worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2009 23:44:30 | More by glid02
Photo of katan


3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint. An ode to a old Denver brewery.

A - Pours a clear brown with some amber hues. Light bubbling, but a very strong and well retained head. A few mm in height. Light white in color.

S - A strong floral american hop profile, simcoe and amarillo seem to be the hop of choice. Some light nutty malt notes lay in the weeds.

T - Only a light amount of malts come through before this thing turns to its IPA roots. Very grassy hop notes. Super potent, dry. A minor phenolic note. Finishes with a bitter aftertaste, oily and resinous.

M - Oily, creamy, thick body. Little carbonation bite or sting. Clinging to the palette.

D - Moderately drinkable- flavors are just a bit potent, which do lead towards some palette fatigue. Not very filling.

An interesting offering - I wonder what the original Tivoli brewery was like.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 03:57:00 | More by katan
Photo of armock

New York

3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured an amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus hops not as strong as I expected them to be

T - Citrus hops upfront then the malt tries to balance it out but creates a weird combination

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall its just an average beer thats pretty weak for an IPA theres better IPAs out there to drink over this one

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2009 23:17:08 | More by armock
Photo of OldSchoolGamer


2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A new beer from Breckenridge. I have never had a Breckenridge beer I would buy again, so lets see if this one is any different.

A: Pours a semi-hazy amber color. Lots of carbonation. Head is almost not there, and lacing is minimal at best.

S/T: The aroma is there, but thats the best thing I can say. I get lots of metal, grain, and a touch of hops on the nose. There is also a rotten smell in there. Almost like spoiled milk. The taste is a little better than the aroma, but thats it. Its got a very grainy taste. Hops give off a slight tea-like quality. Its bitter, but bitter in the way a typical macro lager is. A strong candidate for one of the worst tasting IPAs I have had.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied. Slightly bitter. Not dry in the finish. Drinks pretty well, and that is the only redeeming quality about this beer. The flavors fade rather quickly, so you go for another sip quicker than you would like.

Add this one to the list of Breckenridge beers that I will never drink again. Just very bland and somewhat offensive. This would probably be a good beer for macro lager drinkers looking to change the pace a little bit. Other than that, I highly recommend passing on this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 19:37:26 | More by OldSchoolGamer
Photo of jasonjlewis


3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pretty disappointing ipa. this review.

nice head and retention. light orange color.

smell is of mild c hops with a hint of minty, herbal, medicinal notes. some solvency comes through.

taste of of herbal and citrusy hops with significant english fruity esters. slight fusel alcohol solvency comes through.

thin mouthfeel. very disappointing ipa.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 02:53:57 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of hoplover82


3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear deep golden/light amber color with a medium sized white head that dissapates quickly and leaves descent lacing.

S-Has a lot of fruity esthers and some pretty good floral and cirusy aroma.

T-The flavor is ok. It has a slight medicinal finish. And has an herbal hoppy resiny taste. A nice bitterness to boot.

M-It has a medium body and an off finish. Can't put my finger on it.

D-It is pretty drinkable in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 02:42:57 | More by hoplover82
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a pint glass

a: light amber hue, translucent. lots of bubbling carbonation. Foamy 1/2" head with decent retention

s: slight caramel and honey. pine and citrus hop

t: piney and floral hop cut through the tounge. caramel malt slightly balances the bitterness. slight bread/biscuit. Enjoyable for a hop head.

m&d: slightly slick, resiny mouth. finished dry. Very drinkable and quite enjoyable.


Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 11:16:55 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of wagenvolks


3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of a buddy, poured into a Foothills pint glass.

Presents a clear, tawny amber color with a well-retained cap of light khaki head. Nice lacing, too. Aroma is too light for an IPA, with faint hints of amber malts and toffee supporting traces of vegetal hops, citrus, and tropical fruit.

Lots of bitterness to back up the IPA style, but not much hop flavor to accompany it. Malts are thin and slightly watery, with a hint of bread dough and cracker. Thin mouthfeel as well, with an under-carbonated body and a piny, bitter finish that lingers well. Overall, a run-of-the-mill IPA (almost English in some of its qualities), but it'll do in a pinch--much like all of Breckenridge's lineup.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 23:14:39 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: There's a slight haze to the dark amber-hued body capped smallish, white head kept from quickly fading by continuous steady streams of bubbles.

Smell: Sweet-scented maltiness in the nose gives hints of caramel-flavored candy and honey served atop toast. The rich blend of hops throw off notes of citrus, pine resin, and grass. The Amarillo is certainly imparting a clear-cut scent citrus note akin to take a whiff of triple sec.

Taste: Malts bring about a taste of candy caramel with lesser degrees of toasted and honey-dipped grains. Moderate resin quality transfers to hoppy tastes of white pine, dried grasses, pressed flowers, grapefruit pith, and a few big ole drops of tangerine oil. Medium-high bitterness. While rebounding hints of caramel and honey try inject, it remains a bitter brew. The finish is very dry and with a bitterness that confidently strolls out into the aftertaste.

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

Drinkability: It's plenty bitter, but still amply malty and with no more alcohol than is needed. For me, it was reminiscent of their Small Batch 471 IPA, except with a brighter hop character and less alcohol, though, I must admit, it's been a coon's age since I last had the SB471IPA, so maybe this calls for a side-by-side comparison.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2009 02:59:48 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Kadonny


3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle gotten at TJs in Paoli into my Sierra Nevada tulip glass.

A: A dark amber orange with a minimal white head on a pretty aggressive pour. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Nice citrus smells with some floral and pine notes. Mild whiffs of malt sweetness. Nice smelling beer, I am excited for the taste!

T: What? Is this the same beer I just smelled? The hops flavor come right out but contradict the smell a bit. More piney earthy floral flavors are prevalent with some slight citrus grapefruit flavors. Less citrus flavor than nose for sure. A mild malt bready sweetness balances and seems to finish the beer out. Finish is smooth with some hops flavor, but nothing extreme.

M: Smooth but thin. The finish left me wanting more, way more. No alcohol trace.

D: Ok, as I said above I was left wanting more flavor, but when drinking it goes down well.

Overall a decent IPA, but far from a record setter. A bit thin for me as I want an IPA to make me want another sip, make me just savor the flavors that are jumping around in my mouth. This just didn't do it and left me wanting more from this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 13:03:27 | More by Kadonny
Photo of rowew


4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, label has a large horseshoe and a mention of the Tivoli preservation fund. Date code is cryptic.

Appearance: Reddish orange, thin head but good retention.

Smell: Nice hop aroma, piney and just a bit sweet.

Taste: Sticky hop flavor, medium bodied. Lots of hop flavor but not overly bitter. Nice flavors.

Overall impression: Not a bad beer - interesting flavors, and drinkable. One of the better offerings from Breck in a while.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 00:28:16 | More by rowew
Photo of allengarvin


3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle, poured into a tall chalice. This is a golden amber beer, with orange tinting, topped with a creamy, airy head. Nice fresh hop aroma, rather grassy, though it's fairly light. A touch of sweet malt at the front gives way to moderate bitterness backed with a lot of hop flavor, grassy and lightly citrus. Very light bodied--I'm surprised it's 6% alcohol. From the body, I would have guessed around four. Spritzy, well-carbonated. Good "quaffing" beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 01:28:52 | More by allengarvin
Photo of hosehead83


4.22/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a Sam Adams "bubble" glass
Dark copper in color, with a nice two-inch head of foam
Aroma-Piney, citrussy hops
Taste-Full-on hops with an orange-rind bitterness,snappy and tasty
Overall, a fine example of an American IPA-A nice everyday IPA to keep in the fridge

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 23:42:57 | More by hosehead83
Photo of ImusBeer


3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical IPA appearance, a clear copper color with an off white thin head.

The likely aromas of slight pine hops and some citrus. The taste starts imediately with pine and then a finish of citrus lemon.

A very light mouthfeel with good carbonation. This is good IPA in my opinion, very smooth and not too hoppy, just right.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2009 18:55:53 | More by ImusBeer
Photo of sml505


3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear copper with off white, lasting head.

S - Earthy, piney hops dominate. Bready malt backnotes.

T - Earthy hops and a nice bread, caramel malt balance. Dry and bitter.

M/ F - Stong earthy notes gave an English IPA slant. Bready malts cut into hops. Light mf. Okay IPA

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 04:44:59 | More by sml505
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is very hoppy - American grapefruit with pine resin. Smells very good.

Pours a clear deep copper with a massive and lasting head. Looks great.

Smooth body ripe with oily hop resin, fresh and floral, moderately bitter, with some leafy freshness and mild pungentness. Mild malt base. Hop balance, as expected. Tastes good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

A good solid IPA. I will support the Tivoli Brewery Preservation by having another.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 23:27:31 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucky U IPA served on tap for free. Lucky me indeed.

Pours a hazed orange with a creamy foam and lace all the way down the glass.

Floral aroma of hop blossoms and some malt character lingers in.

Nicely balanced and not overly bitter. Light citrus and light pine, malt kicks in a bit of sweetness. Creamed corn also present with a slight vegetal twinge. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and full bodied.

This was a beer I didn't seek out, instead it found me. Not over the top with the hopping. I found this beer to be best cold and as it warmed some astringency came out. Still a decent IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2009 14:13:13 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of jacobseyb


4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=on tap at Breckenridge Oktoberfest...pours a nice deep copper color with ample head

S=oozes pine on the nose, crisp and bitter

T=great pine crispness and quite dry and bitter.

M=good feel, really light on the carbonation, some oiliness on the finish, light aftertaste

D=nice beer very drinkable and enjoyable, could have kept going on this all day....

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2009 03:37:01 | More by jacobseyb
Photo of rye726


3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown with a nice tan head. Nose has fresh hops, citrus and bready malts. Sweet candy malts over power the fruity hops a bit in the flavor, but still a good beer. Light body just a tad thin. Decent IPA from Breckenridge, but the flavor just does not live up to the nose.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2009 04:53:35 | More by rye726
Photo of manahansf


4.43/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great earthy/piney hop aroma, very pleasant. Low but ideal levels of carbonation and great dark blonde color. Smooth earthy hop bitterness flavor over a great balance of malt. Light body that drinks very nicely. The finish was very smooth and the hop flavor and bitterness stays as the beer ends with a sweet "good bye". Great beer on tap with such fresh hop flavor and aroma! Hope those flavors don't diminish too much in a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2009 00:06:50 | More by manahansf
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Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 973 ratings.