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Lucky U IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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Lucky U IPALucky U IPA

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Ratings: 1,132
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 117 | 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 OldIronLungs
2.97/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint a honey gold with two fingers of lacy white head.

There's hops there, but all I can get from a sniff is a hint of bready caramel.

Lightly bodied with medium carbonation, a sweet malt turns into bitterness to start off but indiscernible flavor-wise. Finish is bitter and dry, slightly earthy.

I don't know - it's light and bitter, but in a very nondescript fashion.

Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is amber in color with a very good head on it. The lacing is fantastic all the way down the glass. The smell is hoppy and grainy. Really nice balance on the nose. The taste has enough of a hoppy flavor to make it and IPA but has a good malt backbone. The mouthfeel is very smooth. Overall pretty damn good brew.

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in a short glass

A: cloudy dark orange; no head; inert
S: malty, spritzy, but no hops evident
T: distinctive but not a great IPA; dry, grassy, bitter, not complex; flavor is moderately intense

Not one of my favorite IPAs; it's worth a visit, but I won't hurry for a return visit

Photo of land724beer
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer starts off with a real nice pour, from the rich orange/amber color to the nice head to finish the pour. The initial taste is a pleasant citrus (again orange)and yeast taste with a touch of tropical fruit (mango or papaya). A solid body and mouth feel follow, maybe a little light that soon disipates. The finish is ok, a touch of bitterness. Overall a nice beer that is most enjoyable on a spring day.

Photo of beer2day
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange marmalade color with very thin cap of light cream head. No retention but laces well. Carbonation actually sticking to the side of the glass in a full pour.

Orange citrus notes along with earthy hops. Fresh dirt aroma, but in a good way.

Orange hits the tongue fist, nice and consistent with the appearance and smell. Dusty, earthy middle followed by a sweet semi-dry finish. Not much in the way of a hop burn at all. Flavors are nice, but not much "i" in this ipa. Some peat and caramel malt coming in as the glass warms.

Feel is lighter than expected. Not syrupy, resiny, or creamy. All of those qualities are there, but not in abundance.

Overall, a decent easy drinker that I could get again. Probably won't.

Photo of jables7
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- a good looking ipa with a light orange/amber shade to it. not much head to speak of.

S- I'm getting the right aroma for the style but in short supply. it's too light for my liking and leaves much to be desired.

T- it fairs a little better on the taste front. overall it finishes too bitter. the piny hop flavor is there but doesn't hold on as long as I'd like.

M- not bad for the style but not covering my palate like I would prefer.

O- a little disappointed in this one. a lack of balance and a bitter finish on top of a virtually non-existent nose caused this brew to come up lacking.

Photo of GeezLynn
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Full white head over a cloudy bronze body.

S: Caramel, sugar, and a little citrus. Aroma is pretty light bordering on weak.

T: Lots of initial grassy bitterness followed by caramel and biscuit flavors. Sweet and lacking much in the way of dryness. The hop bill really doesn’t agree with me as there is plenty of bitterness, but distinctive hop flavors like fruit, pine, etc are not very apparent.

M: Slick mouthfeel with soft, fine carbonation. Smooth, bordering on dead.

Not what I would consider a good IPA and yet another unimpressive beer from Breckenridge.

Photo of lstokes
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange color with an impressively lasting head, smells like caramel malt and an unfocused hoppiness. I found the taste solid but pretty one-dimensional--orange and grapefruit hops with a slightly-too-sweet malt backbone. Mouthfeel is also on the light side. Standard sessionable IPA but not much more.

Photo of runner72
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving out of a 12 oz bottle.
Pours a copper collor with a decent head, which sticks to the glass. Smell is mix of pine and citrus, faint. Not as strong as other IPAs. Mouthfeel is smooth, malty. Taste is alright, hints of pine and citrus. Decent balance with malt. Overall, a decent IPA, average. It doesn't stand out to me as being exceptional.

Photo of nimrod979
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a hazy orange amber with a tiny white head that dissipates quicly to just a thin film floating on top.
Decent floral hop aroma with some citrus notes. Pleasant.
Taste is clean citrus and floral hops. Not too bitter but a nice balanced IPA that is easy to drink. Medium body with a slick mouthfeel. Moderately bitter finish.

Photo of secondtooth
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive cloudy amber, with a lovely, extensive and detailed lace. Beautiful!

Delicious nose -- I get fruity hops, some pine. Bodes well so far!

Flavor is superb -- citrus sharp with some pine accents. A quite delicious IPA...and one I'd not hesitate to pick up again.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle

no freshness info

pour: Hazed and dull copper. Lighter khake head, gauzy, tiny bubble and leaves nice looking cpoious scattered webs of lace.

Sniff: citrus, orange beel

Taste: Solidly hopped, citric, with more orange notes, grapefruit in the mix. Malty counterbalance present and smoothening with toasty under notes. Fully flavorful, freshtasting and quite enjoyable.

A worthy newcomer to my neighborhood's beer distribution points.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: An aggressive pour yields a parchment toned thin and patchy head that sits atop briefly on a orange soda colored body. A lazy rising effervesce is barely visible within the non-translucent nature of the drink while the lacing was equally as hard to pick up on.

S: The nose brought forth a soft scent of floral, particularly tulips, along with some oranges and traditional pine scents. There is also a hint of spicy rye that comes on the close.

T: The flavor reveals spicy citrus and rye, with a dash of pepper. A soft grassy and herbal hopping along with dry oranges comes about late on the swallow. The body or substance is a bit light, the level of hopping adequate. Finishes with a dry grassy hopping.

M: that of a medium consistency resting on the tongue, and is softly carbonated. Pine and spicy rye along with warm citrus warm the inner cheeks.

D: Nice level of drinkability, not a monster hop wise but respectable enough to continue drinking in multiples. Definitely an easy drinking session ipa tha is a worth whiled affair.

Photo of haddon
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bit of a chill haze to the dark amber-body. capped by a small white head that held for a while with decent lacing.

Sweet maltiness in the nose gives hints of caramel-flavored candy and honey. can taste the blend of hops (pine, grass, light citrus)... but honestly, a bit imbalanced towards the sweet side for an IPA.

Malts bring a taste of caramel, grains & honey. slight hint of hoppy tastes of pine, grass, grapefruit, and tangerine. again, light bitterness for an IPA and the finish is very dry with the malts more evident than hops.

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

to me, this seemed a little more subtle like an APA rather than IPA. the hops were lacking and the malts dominated a bit. I had this pint with fish & chips in a pub. perhaps I will revisit without food to see if the profile changes any.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Buy-Rite in Jersey City since I'm on a Breckenridge kick of sorts lately. This reminded me of the jeans I had on when I bought this but unfortunately, I like the denim more than I enjoyed this beer. With so many IPA's on the shelves, this had a lot to measure up to and unfortunately, this came up a bit short.

The pour to this was decent with a bright copper hue and fluffy head. There wasn't a lot of lacing to be seen on the sides of the glass and the aroma was faint. Like the taste, it had a bit of lemon tartness, and an earthy hop presence. In the aftertaste, that faded to a very sharp metallic feel and the mouthfeel was thin the entire time, just like the carbonation. While I don't mind my IPA's to have some bite to it, this was too "tinny" and detracted from the rest of the beer.

In terms of alcohol, this wasn't the strongest IPA that I've had and I could barely feel the alcohol at all. This didn't warm me up at all and looking at all the hops and malts used in this, I find it hard to believe that this had that many ingredients in it. There's too much sweetness from the carmel and munich malts without any body to back it up. If this was streamlined a bit and just a bit more full-bodied, this could be a great beer. Instead, it reminded me of the other Breckenridge beers that I've tried, because of it's simplicity and lack of carbonation. Because this is a lighter style, it just needs a bit more behind the taste.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is nearly but not quite copper and slightly hazed. The head is just off-white and sits nice and tall, about one finger tall, sticking itself to the top of the glass staunchly and leaving good lacing the rest of the way.
Pine, a bit of perfume and some floral hops notes are foremost in the aroma before a bit of caramel malt kicks in that adds a bit of balance.
I get mostly pine from the hops off the bat before a splash of citrus comes in. Until it warms, there's a touch of sweetness but really not much. Caramel malts do play their part here. Bitterness stays strong and offers an almost dandelion root edge to it in the finish.
The body is medium and carbonation is light here. There's a crispness to the feel that doesn't fade, and it stays sturdy all the way.

Photo of Kegatron
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a hazed copper (which eventually clears out), topped with several fingers of thick off-white head. This eventually peters down into a creamy finger, which stays rich, and leaves back some robust sticky lacing. The aroma smells grassy and very spicy in the nose, as well as a touch herbal. Earthy citrus character and some sweet notes of caramel and toast sit along the back of the nose, giving this a green tanginess.

The taste is spice and leafy feeling, with a raw citric bite that spreads pithy bitterness out into the mouth (and which is coming on a bit to harshly as well). Toasted grains and sweet caramel malts shore up the back of the profile before this leads into a finish of dry spiciness and gritty bitter rind. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crispness that is undercut by a smooth underlying slickness. Alcohol seems well hit for here for 6%.

I think I cut this beer a bit of slack, because when first pulled this out of the fridge (at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit) this was all kinds of lacking in the flavor department, with a strange metallic character to it, and an extremely thin body. Luckily things greatly improved and opened up all around as this warmed up and that’s what I’m basing my review on. I will say though that the hop profile was very strange here, with that combo of American and English hops giving this an almost German feeling flavor and bitterness at times. There’s just a lot of spice and earthy bitterness to this that came on a bit too strong. Anyway, if you’re going to give this a shot, let it warm up some, but otherwise, this was a pretty average IPA for me.

Photo of b3shine
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft to pint. Disappointing. But it's a buyer's market these days. Make it memorable, or don't bother making it. And now I'm going to fill space to meet my minimum length requirement... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .... ... ...

Photo of Jwale73
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my Harpoon IPA willibecker. Pours a translucent golden orange with a creamy, half inch, off-white head. Head eventually dissipates into a solid, consistent skim with thin spots and strands of lacing revealed during the tasting. Not much to the nose - a faint citrusy and resinous character as well as light toasted/biscuity malts. Taste cosistent with nose; however, flavors are more forward than initially suggested. There's also a trace of citrus rind bitterness and a subtle sweetness that follows. Aftertaste is slightly medicinal and lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation and a slight oiliness. Not a bad IPA. Fairly flavorful; however, the medicinal character gets be a little trying. Nonetheless, I wouldn't pass one up if offered.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with a thin beige head that doesn't stick around long. The aroma has a nice blast of juicy, citrusy hops upfront, along with some turbinado sugar, biscuit malt, caramel, fruity esters and alcohol. The flavor is citrus and floral hops on the front end, along with some caramel and biscuit malt, fruity esters, a flinty sharpness and alcohol. The mouthfeel is light and a tad prickly. Overall a solid but unspectacular IPA.

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.

Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,132 ratings.