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Lucky U IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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Lucky U IPALucky U IPA

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Ratings: 1,020
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.87%
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 ktrillionaire
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.

ktrillionaire, May 17, 2010
Photo of david131
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.

david131, May 16, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
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.

Georgiabeer, May 13, 2010
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
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.

BeerAndBourbon, May 11, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
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.

ocelot2500, May 09, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
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.

BretSikkink, May 07, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of sixerofelixir
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.

sixerofelixir, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
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.

BEERchitect, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of donteatpoop
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.

donteatpoop, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of ZimZamZoom
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.

ZimZamZoom, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
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!

mgbickel, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of drumrboy22
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.

drumrboy22, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
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.

Haybeerman, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

A: Pours a bright copper color with a respectable head and minimal lacing.

S: Malty sweetness with hints of biscuit and honey. Subdued floral hops and herbal notes.

T: Opens with a sweet malt foundation and notes of caramel, honey, and bread. Herbal tones and hints of tea follow as hops remain resolutely in the background. Well balanced, perhaps more of an English-take on the style. A little citrus fruit on the finish. Bitterness is present, but plays a supporting role in the taste profile.

M: Creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

D: Maybe not the most representative of the style, yet extremely drinkable with a well-crafted balance that leaves you appreciating hops and malt in equal measure.

Lucky U. "Drink up fortuitous one."

CaptainIPA, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of jsh420
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%

pours cloudy dark amber orange with a 2 finger head that coat the glass with lacing

smell is somewhat metallic - watery - but does have some fruity hops and some malts in there

taste is a little better - the hops are very fruity - citrus(kinda sour) and some apricots which was pleasant - good malt back bone

mouthfeel is right - good carbonation crisp and creamy

drinkability so so - not a beer i am ging to buy again but it was different

jsh420, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of budgood1
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%

pours out a light amber colour with a modest off white head...sticking and staying leaving some appropriate lacing. understated aroma of roasty, toasty maltiness with a good dose of piney hops. taste is a good deal of brown sugar leaning maltiness; nothing spectacular with a healthy dose of very bitter earth, pine and herbal hops. what the overall flavour lacks the back end bitterness makes up for with a satisfying pucker of hoppy goodness. sort of one/two dimensional, but solid. full bodied...rich and sticky mouthfeel...solid foundation. drinkability is good. makes for worthwhile six pack.

overall, a rock solid IPA yet lacking in any distinguishable character that might set it aside from the others. recommended.

budgood1, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of Parrotbeak
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%

Slightly cloudy reddish copper with a thin white head that quickly dissolves, leaving some thin, scattered patches.
Smell is fairly subdued mixture of hops and malts, with the hops being slightly dominating. Some pineapple, orange, and citrus.
Taste is similar to the smell--almost equal parts hops and malts, with the hops being a little more dominant. Bready notes come in after, with some bitterness and citrus.
Mouthfeel is fairly crisp and a bit watery. Medium light body.
Though I'm not crazy about this one, it's still pretty easy to drink. I probably won't seek it out again, however.

Parrotbeak, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of WakeandBake
3/5  rDev -12.5%

A slightly hazy light amber color pour with a thin frothy off white head , leaving some spotty lacing , medium carbonation. Aroma is of pale toasty malt light citrus hops , resin and fruit . Flavor is lightly malty , grainy caramel,with citrus and piny hops , earthy , spicy , light body for the style , watery mouthfeel dry fruity finish , easy drinker .

WakeandBake, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of jpro
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%

Sampled a pint from my buddy, Little D's, growler. Poured a lovely deep orange with a snow white head that shows great retention and leaves a nice web of lace all over the glass. Aroma is of citrusy, floral hops - there's some pine in there, too - the citrus is the more dominant, though. Taste is lighter than what I was expecting based on the aroma - light, caramel malt is followed by the citrus / grapefruit peel hoppiness - finish is light and sweet. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and its fairly drinkable given its refreshing nature. Pretty decent IPA, but nothing mind-blowing.

jpro, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%

Sampled December 2009
A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two finger thick, tightly beaded, pale tan colored head that leaves some layered lacing on the sides of my glass. the beer is a rich cranberry stained, amber color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, copper-amber color when held up to the light. The aroma has an up front pine-like hoppiness that is then anchored by caramelized crystal malt notes and candied orange zest aromatics. This is a bit heavier on the crystal malt aromatics than I might prefer, but it is not so much that it keeps this from being clean and light. Underneath the malt there is a nice hop character of tangerine zest, lychee and some mixed citrus zest complexity.

Fairly dry tasting upon my first sip, and with all the citrus hop character it is also a touch tartness. There is a nice, firm bitterness that is quite nice. This balances a malt character that isn't quite as distinct as the nose would have suggested, but still contributes a soft creamy fullness to the otherwise quaffable body, a hint of sweet tea flavor, and a caramelized note that lingers a bit in the finish. A touch of pine character and a definite herbal note that leans towards menthol are met, and even surpassed by notes of tangerine, grapefruit and kumquat zest as well as notes of lychee and tangelo flesh.

This is definitely a serviceable IPA, not the greatest thing in the world, but there are definitely enough hops to hold in check the malt character. The hop character can get a touch too astringent in the finish at times, but this is definitely a beer any hop lover should try at least once.

Gueuzedude, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of dmamiano
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%

pretty orange brassy color with a nice two finger head...leaving way to plenty of lacing.
nice blend of malts and hops in the nose.
hints if bread...biscuit and orange bits.
citrus rind is noticed.
well balanced but a bit bland. bitter end but seems to be missin some character.
Decent mouthfeel.

dmamiano, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of JamesS
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%

Pours a decent copper color with a bit of nice head, but no lacing to speak of. Nice scent, good hop bitterness with a slight malty undertone; competing hop aromas (and not in a good way), with citrus and pine. Good flavor, decent malt backbone with a nice hop flavor and aftertaste; quite piney with some citrus -- would have liked less competition between them. Not a bad IPA.

JamesS, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of Duff27
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%

A- Beautiful orange/reddish color. Nice half-inch head doesn't last long but leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S- Lot of grapefruit.

T- Tastes of a weak IPA, needs more hop flavor. Some citrus.

M- Nothing special here, watery.

D/O- Is their such thing as an IPA Light? Missing the full flavor of an IPA but that could be beneficial if you wanted to down a 6 pack of these.

Duff27, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of JEdmund
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%

Vibrant orange and clear body; decent sized head that settles fast

Wonderful nose-juicy citrus hops as well as some nice dry malt

Taste & Body
Taste doesn't quite follow the delicious smell. The bittering hops seem to be outweighing the flavor hops, and the body is a bit on the weak side. Hops also seem a little one-dimensional, with a slight bubble bum flavor. Finishes a bit thin.

I know Breckenridge makes a killer DIPA, so I think the brewers could tweak the recipe on this and then have a standout IPA. Until then, it's a lackluster IPA in a crowded league of good and solid IPAs.

JEdmund, Feb 27, 2010
Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.