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Lucky U IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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Lucky U IPALucky U IPA

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Ratings: 1,004
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.87%
Wants: 2
Gots: 61 | 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 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.

03-22-2010 23:37:24 | More by budgood1
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.

03-17-2010 00:31:45 | More by Parrotbeak
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 .

03-13-2010 21:25:56 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

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.

03-07-2010 17:34:31 | More by jpro
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.

03-07-2010 16:45:31 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

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.

03-03-2010 23:40:58 | More by dmamiano
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.

03-03-2010 19:30:34 | More by JamesS
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.

03-02-2010 05:18:04 | More by Duff27
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.

02-27-2010 01:00:21 | More by JEdmund
Photo of BradLikesBrew


3.93/5  rDev +14.6%

The aroma is a nice change up for IPA. Bready malt sweetness reminiscent of English Barleywine. Some floral hop, earthy notes too. Must be some English varieties in there.

Sweet caramel, honey, and bread notes deliver a solid malty layer. Hops are more subdued here than in the more popular aggressive takes on the style. This IPA is more on the balanced and approachable side. Apricot, grapefruit, maramalade and orange peel hop flavors. Bitterness is lower than many IPAs, but there is plenty there.

Love the balance on this one. I feel like I spent just as much time appreciating the malt as I did enjoying the hops. Why is that such a rare statement for modern American IPAs?

Certainly on of the brewery's best.

02-23-2010 06:04:28 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of zeff80


3.98/5  rDev +16%

A - Poured a clear orange color with golden highlights. It had a small head of off-white foam that left thin rings of lace.

S - Tons of citrus hits you in the nose. It had a light caramel maltiness.

T - This is a nice well-balance IPA. It is citrusy and floral with just enough sweet caramel malt. Not overly bitter it drinks pretty easily.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium bodied IPA.

D- This was pretty good. I'm glad I found it on tap while in Colorado.

02-23-2010 03:18:26 | More by zeff80
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +8.7%

Breckenridge- Lucky U

A- Clear caramel orange/ brown with a good frothy chunky alcing white head.
S- Good sweet grapefruit and pine hops overpower the light caramel malt. Bready grainy malt pokes through as well.
T- Sweet grainy malt, caramel and bread crust dominate the malt base. Sweet grapefruit hops with a bitter oily pine hop punch.
M- This one starts off with light sweet malt and transitions into a sweet hop body and bitter oily pine hop finish. Light feel throughout.

Overall- mild with a quick pine burst in the end. above average.

02-20-2010 01:47:34 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Appears a pale copper hue bright and clear visually appealing for sure nice thicket of off white head forms nicely. Head leaves speckled scattered layers of lacing with each sip. Aroma is nice with a full line up of citrus peel hop assault Amarillo for certain, with a tame mild sugar coated grapefruit halve like note. Just a touch accent of dank weed flowing bright, the flavor here hits much like many of the Breckenridge lineup with a tart yeast driven dough ball tone with a harsh water content backing it up. Amongst the base of the pale malts are the citric blast of grapefruit zest with floral and herbal hop flavors. Aren't actually that bad probably the best of the lot that I've tried from Breckenridge for quite some time, good lord knows this is better than their DIPA. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied slick with hop oils and smooth carbonation, goes down pretty easy overall. Drinkability is solid another solid ipa from the west, glad I didn't count Brickenridge out.

02-19-2010 22:49:20 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.85/5  rDev +12.2%

Sweet potato orange with bright tangerine edges. The manila colored crown is thick and rich, like clotted cream, and looks even better as it begins to melt. It's also impressively sticky and is starting to decorate the glass with loads of attractive lace.

The aroma is as expected given the ingredients. It has mild-moderate toasted-caramel malt underpinnings, with a hoppy top end that would be better if it was more pungent and more focused. The surprisingly diverse lineup includes Amarillo, Magnum, Perle, Cascade, Apollo, Fuggles and Goldings.

Lucky U IPA is pretty good beer from a brewery that isn't always a lock in the good beer department. It delivers with respect to balance, flavor, level of bitterness and overall drinkability. That's a tidy summation, but we need to dig into the specifics.

The malts (pale, Munich, caramel, torrified wheat) were very well-chosen. They provide just enough flavor and sweetness, without stealing the spotlight from the IPA ingredient that really matters. The hops have an Anglo-American quality that keeps the taste buds interested throughout. Orange peel, grapefruit and apricot are most prominent. 68 IBUs seems like a stretch, but then this bottle probably didn't just leave the brewery.

The mouthfeel started out in APAville and is now, in the bottom half, beginning to creep into the outer reaches of IPA Town. A light creaminess and near perfect carbonation almost allow the next highest score to be granted.

Along with 471 ESB (Scottish Ale), Lucky U IPA is my favorite Breckenridge BBQ brew to date. It does pretty much everything right and even manages to avoid going over the Iowa ABV limit. Lucky U? Yes, and lucky me too.

02-16-2010 13:44:53 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Bitterbill


3.83/5  rDev +11.7%

The 6 pack bottles just turned up in Casper. I'm wondering how they will compare to the tap version I had which was very tasty.

The label has this on it: " A Hoppy Homage To A Denver Landmark The Tivoli Brewery"

It pours a clear colour of gold, the smallest of heads of foam I've seen lately in an IPA and the lacing..she's not so good as well. The colour *is* nice but that's the only strong point for this brew in the appearance category.

The smell is nice. The hops bring some pine and grass, heavier on the pine, with a light amount coming from citrus. No malt presence that I can detect.

The taste is a different story. The pine is their and nicely done, the citrus is more obvious...not so much the grass and that's ok too. The malt shows up with some bready and earthy tones and a lighter bit of a hint of sweetness but..at least they are there and offer up a bit of balance. Definitely an American style IPA but I find the overall flavours pleasing. Maybe not as pleasing as the tap I had but that was a 10oz serving at a Colorado beer festival so maybe my experience with the tap was influenced by my surroundings. Or maybe not. You just never know.

Medium bodied, light side of medium when it comes to the carbonation, very surprisingly, the little foam I got when I poured it...is still there.

Drinkability? Lucky U is a good drinker as it's right in the usual range for the style abv-wise and has enough good taste to keep me reaching for another sip. A good bottled IPA.

02-12-2010 23:32:42 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of 1fastz28


3.9/5  rDev +13.7%

bought a whole keg of this without even trying it, and its pretty good, definitely worth the money and the gamble. has a nice color to it, a light copper color with a nice white head, it really is a good looking beer. smell is good, but for an IPA i think its sort of mild, not a kick in the face hop aroma like alot of IPA's, not to say its bad but maybe thats just what i come to expect? taste is a classic IPA, reminds me more of an English IPA, a bit more reserved and standard, not a punch in the face hop flavor, but some nice malt flavors compliment the hops, its a bit of a nice change from the strong IPAs which are so popular. i like this beer quite a lot.

02-11-2010 06:39:00 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.6/5  rDev +5%

Poured this into a standard pint glass.

It pours about a finger of khaki colored off white head. The head fades down to a thinner layer and as I drink, it leaves tremendous lacing on the glass. I enjoy it when a beer leaves lots of lacing, as it makes it look way more appealing. The color is a clear dark orange hued copper. It is a little darker than most IPAs.

Aroma: The aroma of this beer starts out a little muted, not much in the nose, so I let it warm up a tad in order to get some more flavor out of it. Now that it is warmer a bit, I get some floral hops with caramel malts balancing the aroma. Then, a nice citrus burst is evident. For an IPA, this beer is fairly balanced on the nose.

Taste: The floral hops jump right out at you quick, but it is immediately followed by caramel and bready malts. This isn't your typical 'in your face' IPA. This is a more balanced IPA. After the initial flavor, I get a lot of citrus blend going on, mainly some lemon and grapefruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but balanced. It is a little crisp, because it has a decent amount of carbonation. The body is medium sized. Lucky U ends with a sticky aftertaste, which is typical for an IPA.

Overall, if you are not into super hoppy beers yet, but you want to work your way into them, then this would be a good place to start. It has a decent amount of hops, but it is balanced out a lot with all of the malts. I personally like my IPAs to be hoppier and less malty, but the brewer's went a different route with this. I am glad I got to try this one, as it was a change from most mainstream IPAs.

02-03-2010 03:16:44 | More by mothman
Photo of ebraun


3.73/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Nice off-white fluffy head with decent lacing on the way down the glass.

S: Piney hops, very clean. Picked up just a hint of some citrus and fruity esters

T: Big pine hops really dominate with a touch of citrus.

M: Quite a bit of fizz, but full and clean in the mouth with a nice dry finish.

D: Alcohol is a touch high for a session beer, but it goes down very, very easy. For an IPA this one is very, very drinkable and that is its biggest strength, easily one of the easiest drinking IPAs I've had.

01-24-2010 23:33:43 | More by ebraun
Photo of matjack85


4.15/5  rDev +21%

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.59. There was no freshness date on the bottle - just a tribute to the old Tivoli Brewery in Denver.

The beer poured a slightly hazed golden/orange color probably due to the use of some wheat malt. The beer made only a half finger of white head that dissipated quickly, but surprisingly still left a lot of nice lacing.

The smell had a very appealing citrus and hop aroma.

The use of 4 different malts and 5 different hops in here makes for some really nice flavors. Grapefruit and orange peel flavors dominate, but there are also enough sweet malts in here to tame some of the bitterness. Caramel and wheat malts are the most noticeable. Then in the aftertaste a different hop bitterness (not citrus) kicks in. A very interesting IPA. I liked it.

The mouthfeel was crisp and light, but by no means watery. Plenty of carbonation to keep it refreshing.

A 6.2% abv brew, yet there is no alcohol flavor at all. You have to like bitter beers to enjoy this, but since I do, I found it very enjoyable and very drinkable.

01-24-2010 03:51:17 | More by matjack85
Photo of alleykatking


3.55/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a light hazed copper color. One finger cream colored head after a semi-hard pour. This doesn't stay around for long leaving just whisps of foam on the top of the beer. Light lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Floral hops and light citrus (grapefruit) hops dominate the aroma. Light malt backing on this one. There really isn't too much else to say. My only complaint is the nose isn't more aggressive.

T- Bigger piney hops kick in the front of this beer. Almost, a little too resiny. Malts in this one come in and help to balance it out but fails about midway through the beer. This turns into a big bitter bomb by the ending.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Big piney taste left on the palate and in the aftertaste. Hop resin is also left on the teeth and tongue after each sip.

D- This is a drinkable IPA. Not the best I've had from Breckenridge but by far not the worst thing. This could be a little more balanced but I won't knock them for making a nicely bittered IPA.

01-21-2010 03:44:39 | More by alleykatking
Photo of jrallen34


3.88/5  rDev +13.1%

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a clear light orange with not much head. The head is light tan and gone right away.

The aroma is super sweet but not your typical citrus. Its candy, sugar sweet. Its pleasant not overpowering, but its lacking some hops which would really balance it out.

The taste is good, that's where the hops have been hiding. Its farily light but there and provide a nice finish.

The feel is a little to light, almost watery.

Its pretty drinkable, but should be even more drinkable with the low abv.

Overall, this is an ok session beer, nothing special.

01-21-2010 02:39:45 | More by jrallen34
Photo of tugdriver7


4.33/5  rDev +26.2%

Hand carried from Breckenridge by N&E (Thanks!). Surprisingly pleasant and drinkable IPA. Orange to cloudy amber in the glass with subtle carbonation and small head (though lack of carbonation may be attributed to a high altitude plane trip). Just a hint of hops in the nose but somewhat stronger hops flavor in the first sip. Not the typical spicy hop bite I expected for an IPA but a softer, fruitier hops flavor that was immediately pleasant and easily quaffed. This would be a wonderful session IPA--especially on tap.

01-21-2010 01:50:18 | More by tugdriver7
Photo of Seanibus


3/5  rDev -12.5%

Surprisingly undistinguished. Pours clear copper with modest head with scattered lacing. Aroma is tight, pinched and laced with banana. Flavor is overripe, heavy banana ester with floral hops in the back. Caramel malt, very slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is weak, bitterness is late to the party.

01-17-2010 00:54:20 | More by Seanibus
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +16.6%

A: On tap, in a pint glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy texture. There was a good half inch of long-lasting, foamy head and some very good lacing.

S: A sharp aroma hops, pine and citrus.

T: Had a bitter taste of floral hops, pine, citrus, and a resiny quality. Not quite as flavorful as Breckenridge's 471 IPA, but still decent.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: A solid, drinkable IPA.

01-16-2010 14:32:06 | More by avalon07
Photo of bonsreeb85


3.63/5  rDev +5.8%

THis brew is a bright and shiny clear orange copper(like a lucky brand new shiny penny). well retaining ivory head that leaves sticky rings adds to the presentation.

The scent is resiny hops, both earthy and floral and they dominate.

The flavor is very yeasty and bready with a bitter hop kick and some pine on the follow through. all of this supported by a solid malt backbone.

THe feel is smooth and slick with a light-medium body and a moderate level of carbonation.

Balanced, this is a middle of the road beer, but sessionable. Nothing to get excited about.

01-12-2010 01:51:56 | More by bonsreeb85
Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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