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Lucky U IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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Lucky U IPALucky U IPA

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Ratings: 1,112
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 101 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 06-28-2009

Amarillo, Magnum, Perle, Cascade, Apollo, Fuggle, Golding hops.

Two Row Pale, Munich, Carmel, Torrified Wheat malts.

68 IBU.
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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
4.54/5  rDev +32.7%
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
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
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
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
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
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
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 base...like 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
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
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
3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
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
2.23/5  rDev -34.8%
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
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
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
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
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!!

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

Pours a fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a medium pace, over clear rosy orange copper colored beer.

Nose adds some light creamy malts, some lighter hops, a bit earthy and bit grassy, some crystal malts, the malts seem to overpower the hops a bit.

Taste starts with an earthy toasty malt flavor, some crystal malts and other reddish malts, a bit of an earthy hop character, light grassy and almost herbal. Some light bitterness but not heavy. Finishes with a bit more bitterness, dries a bit but not a lot, lingering sweet toasty reddish malts too.

Mouth is medium bodied with lower but decent carbonation.

Drink is OK, not too boozy but a bit malty and sweet, some bitterness but not too heavy. Overall an OK IPA, nothing special, a bit on the malty side.

Photo of silentjay
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pretty translucent and plain copper with a fluffy almost white head that quickly recedes to 1cm and leaves little lacing.

slightly metallic aroma with caramel and toasty malts followed by earthy, spicy, and a touch piney hops.

very herbal flavoring with a grainy finish. tea-like with light rye toast and some caramel. not digging it.

medium bodied with decent carbonation and a grainy, yet bitter finish that does not leave me looking forward to the next sip.

not quite what I look for in an IPA. a weird mix of flavors that don't come together well, and grainy (almost chewy) throughout.

Photo of cbutova
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours into my pint glass with a clear light red body. Small creamy white head only forms to a small size, falls quickly. A few spots of lace here and there.

S- A pretty nice balance of malt and hops. Hops lend a decent amount of citrus, fruit and pine notes. Malt balances with caramel. Some bread from the yeast. Starts fairly strong but fades fast.

T- Yeast lends dark fruit and bread notes. Malt gives some light caramel and sweetness. Hops lend floral, pine, grapefruit and zesty hints.

MF- Silky, creamy light body with moderate carbonation. Nice smooth feel with a decent amount of bitterness.

DB- A decent beer but I just don't feel like there is much going on here, nothing to anchor it. The flavors and aroma sort of fade eventually to a bready hop mix. Just doesn't balance out all that well.

Photo of jwinship83
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle picked up as a single. i couldnt find any freshness information on the bottle. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours a translucent golden colored body with a small eggshell colored head on top. the head is quick to fall and leaves behind small, thin rings of lacing.

S- sweet caramel malts and toasted bread are the first things to greet my nose. after that, i get plenty of hops to back it up. lots of grapefruit and pine. a little bit of orange peel. this one smells pretty fresh.

T- the taste starts out with the toasted bread and sweet caramel malts that i noticed in the nose. after that it quickly moves onto the main attraction, the hops. lots of resiny pine and grapefruit. a little bit of orange zest.

M- medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. nice and bitter. finishes dry.

D- this bottle was easy to finish. while not a terrible example, its pretty mediocre in a very much over saturated style. i dont see myself working this into my regular rotation, but i also dont see myself turning one down.

Photo of CliffBrake
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright medium amber color with light head and little lacing left on the glass.

Slight citrus in the nose backed with sweet malts. The flavor is a bit subdued for an American IPA and slightly sour. Good medium body.

Served before my meal, I was thinking I would not finish it. However, the burger and barbeque sauce that I ate as I drank the rest seemed to balance and enhance some of the flavors and made for not a bad lunch.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A hazy orange topped by a frothy and light eggshell white head standing over two inches tall. The lacing left along the pint glass is very nice. This lucky brew is a looker.

S - Bitter hoppy aroma consisting of pine, grass and a hint of grapefruit.

T - Bitter hops and not much more that that. Not an impressive tasting IPA but it does meet the need.

M - Soft and rather smooth condiering the style. It has a nice thickness to it that really makes it go down easy.

~ The look and the feel are worth the time. Unfortunately the taste and smells leave much to be desired. There are better IPAs out there, which is why I cannot recommend this brew.

Photo of Schracky
3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We just started getting Breckenridge Brewery Beers in New Hampshire in the last week or so. I split a two six packs with a pal of Lucky U IPA and the Oatmeal Stout.

I poured the beer into a pint glass. It has a nice amber color. The smell is more malty sweet than hoppy. The first taste was nice and smooth. The hop character was mild but pleasant. Not as hoppy as I like my IPA's, but nice nonetheless. The aftertaste was also malty with just a hint of hoppiness.

I actually like that this IPA is not quite as hoppy as other IPAs. It's a nice variation of the style.

Photo of ism
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear yellow with a copper tint, topped with a one-finger white head with decent retention, thin but substantial at the bottom of the glass. Nice rings of lacing.

Sweet malt in the nose with a bit of floral hop, earthiness, and grapefruit. The mix of hops is evident here.

Gentle carbonation as malt sweetness hits the front of the tongue, and a bit of bread grain. All hop characteristics are present, but the balance is on the sweet side. Medium body with a slight oil and chewiness. Pine resin fully emerges in the finish as it turns to earth.

Pleasant drinking with a nice hop blast at the end of the sip, lingering long enough for the next one. Not something I'd pick against other existing IPAs but since I've got the six-pack, not a problem to finish.

Photo of HOPPYKC
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this brew into a pint glass. The bottle had no bottled on date or bb date available.

A- Pours a nice a light brown. Not straw like but more towards the amber side. I small amount oh head emerged. Barely any large bubbles just a block of foam that stuck to the glass for about a minute. Slightly hazy and hard to see through but still not fully opaque.

S- Malty and grain right up front. I think it might be more of a roasted malt character that hits me in the beginning. I definitely et a nice hoppy note too. Just maybe not as much of most of the great IPA's i've had do.

T- Taste is much different than the original smell. I got almost nothing but roasted malt and grain from the smell but i get a nice layered hop character in the taste. A great fullness to it. Carbonated.

M&D- Goes down pretty well. A nice carbonation keeps the brew light as it goes down. I think its in medium body; not fully thick but not water like either. I do like the consistency and think it would be a great brew to session. Its not overwhelmingly aggressive

Photo of HalfFull
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. brown bottle. Lucky U claims to be a Hoppy Homage to a Denver landmark. Pours a somewhat hazy orange golden in color with half an inch of soapy white foam. Moderate retention and some decent lacing follow.

Nose seems as though it may be a bit dated as it resembles many an ok IPA but no great ones. Primarily citric hops sit alongside some more earthy notes, and a caramel stitch is everpresent. Warms to offer decent variety and depth.

Flavor is more malt forward with orange and caramel, and offers a decent spice and texture on the finish. Nothing deters nor attracts to any notable degree, a solid single down the left field line. Offers a full feel and a pleasant tingly carbonation and texture, finishing with a slightly rancid citric hop nature, though not nearly as distinct as many a 'Northwest' IPA. Somewhat mundane on the finish keeps the drink in check.

Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,112 ratings.