Lucky U IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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Lucky U IPALucky U IPA

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316 Reviews
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Reviews: 316
Hads: 1,182
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 6
Gots: 152 | 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 jwc215
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange amber with a thin off-white bubbly head that lasts, leaving some draping lace.

The smell is citric - pineapple and tangerine with a touch of caramel.

The citric hops are stronger with some sips than with others, but have a nice flavor. There is a slight metallic tinge at times. Slight alcohol shows, but not harsh or interfering. It has a mild, balanced (for style) finish.

It has a crisp, medium body.

A more balanced, smooth IPA. "Lucky U" if you can find it! (479 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in standard pint glass

A - orange-tinted amber; hazy; scant but lasting off-white head

M - medium body; nicely carbonated.

S - citrusy hops with orange tones and hint of malt

T - excellent flavor, with pronounced citrus tone, but Lucky U has low intensity hops and bitterness as well as sweeter than a typical Amer. IPA. This may disappoint those expecting a more typical or hoppy IPA but probably makes this more drinkable for many. Hop heads might want to think of this as a bold and distinctive pale ale.

Excellent. One of those beers that makes me wonder why appearance plays much of a role in the ratings. (636 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a mild bitterness along with a nice malty core that boasts of pale and caramel malts. It has a light, malty sweetness with a touch of bread-like character. The taste is good. It has a smooth malty flavor that provides adequate balance. The hop character is excellent. It's quite bitter with a crisp piney flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a delicious IPA. It's easy drinking and well balanced with a solid hop profile. (603 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,594 characters)

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

Thanks to my bro for gifting me a bottle of this.12oz poured into a snifter. The brew appears a copper orange with yellow around the edges. A tan finger of froth leaves parches of lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma has herbal hops with a bit of floral component and fruits coupled with minerals and sulfur. A bit of toasty grain is noticed mingled inbetween the hops. Overall not bad smelling.

The taste is mineral-filled with some bitter rindy fruit flavoring. Sulfur and cheese is there coupled with some toasty grain backing. A contrasting floral flavoring of hops lingers in the mouth. Unfortunately the main character throughout this brew though is minerals.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. It is worth a try but not something I would return to if given choices. (788 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.72/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

No kidding - one of my CANtacts laid this on me in a CAN during a recent visit! I CAN't believe that I am the first reviewer for this serving type, but it really does exist. I am not simply padding The CANQuest (TM) numbers - if I were to do that and got caught at it, I would be beyond ashamed.

From the CAN: "A hoppy homage to a Denver landmark - the Tivoli brewery"; "Drink Up Fortuitous One"; "Breckenridge Brewery - Fine Colorado Ales".

The Crack revealed a beer that was anxious to come out and play! It was filled nearly to the brim and an instant burble of light-tan head came right up and out. I like when my beer is exciting. Equally exciting was the aftermath of the Glug as I looked at two thick fingers of eggshell-white head with great retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was grapefruit-citrusy up front with a slight mintiness (spearmint) behind it. Oh sweet mercy, I have been jonesing for not just an IPA, but some CANned IPA and my prayers have been answered! Lucky ME! Mouthfeel was medium with an initial blast of citrusy hops accompanied by a caramel maltiness in the mouth. I began to think (again) of the Brach's Orange Caramels that my grandmother put out on the coffee table in my youth. In the meantime, the lacing began to appear and it was thick and sticky, perhaps requiring a jackhammer to get it off later. Finish was initially breathtaking in its hoppiness and cooled by the caramel flavor on the extreme finish. This was freakin' GREAT! Man, I would absolutely put some of these CANs in my cooler (if I could just find some).

For those that may scoff at The CANQuest (TM) efforts, you might take a look at my scores for this in a bottle. The CAN really allowed the hops to hold up nicely and it has caused me to reCANsider a beer that I had previously dismissed. (1,821 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,643 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
2.36/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This one goes out to Birradr14 and her future trip abroad. Have fun in Belgium. 12oz single bottle into a 2008 Phillies world series champions pint glass.

Lucky U brings a pumpkin orange color to the glass with some lighter spots towards the edges. A little muddled as I cant quite see through the glass. A heavy handed pour only yielded a 1/4 inch of off white loose foam with no stickage on the sides.

Smells like a lot of pale ales i've come across recently with a floral aroma that leads the pack, it's not in IPA territory that's for sure. Under that some burnt/old vegetable smells with pale malt. The malt is quite big but not pleasant and there is no sign of living hops. The 1st bottle reviews on this were two months ago so I believe this to be fairly fresh.

Digging in there is some minimal flavor initially with a faint trace of hopping with floral taste. Some pale malts and then boom, it happens... something rancid invades in the aftertaste with some metallic/steel and then some old vegetal matter that sticks around forever. This does not taste like a IPA at all, more like a stale Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

The feel is medium with a smoothness up front turned wrong by the worst aftertaste i've had all year. Not bitter in any way, the hops are non existent, or just plain dead. Carbonation is no problem though.

Well I was not so lucky when picking up Lucky U IPA in the store. What I got was not what was advertised and this recipe should be buried. If I find it on tap i'll give it a whirl just to make sure im not being unfair here. Birradr14, sorry, i'll dedicate a good beer for you next time you leave. Be safe. (1,639 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: light amber in color with a 2" head that lasts a long time.

Smell: some caramel, soft fruit sweetness, and a hint of bitterness rise from the glass.

Taste: bready malt profile here. Caramel, ripe dark fruit sweetness, and a moderate bitterness makes up a mellow flavored IPA that definitely leans more towards and English style.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Aftertaste is short.

Drinkability: this is an easy drinking IPA that makes it a sessionable beer. (511 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.49/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

If Miller Lite is triple-hopped, then Lucky U IPA is sevendruple-hopped. I think it's great lampooning, and honestly part of the reason I grabbed a bottle. From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

The pour is dark for an IPA, going into an amber orange color. On top rests a creamy head with fair retention and there are some strings of lacing which stick to the glass. A smell a few pellets of raw hops (bits of grapefruit and lemon) and a caramelized malt base.

Lucky U offers a rather bitter flavor. In fact, it's overwhelming in the scheme of things. Grapefruit rind, bitter grass, bitter tea. I can't seem to find the base malt, though I do find a note of the 6.2% alcohol. I feel like I've switched gears from the Miller Lite triple-hopped propaganda to Keystone Light's bitter beer face. And the beer feels a little lighter as well for its size.

Lucky U, unlucky me. This was disappointing. (900 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a bottle for $4 at Liberty St. Served in a pint glass, it was amber with a short white head. Tavern. Yeah, there was a decent citrus hop character and the beer was overall clean and drinkable, but it tasted a bit uninspired. There are too many good IPAs in this world to seek this out, but I wouldn't turn down a free pint. (327 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (559 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a light copper amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, but what I get is pretty attractive. It consists of some light orange citrus and a hint of pine. Mouthfeel replicates the nose pretty closely in this fairly light, dry and light weight IPA. Mouthfeel is light, with a fairly dry and bitter finish. Drinkabiity is pretty good I guess. You can tell the abv. is fairly low, and the beer isn't completely devoid of flavor. That being said, this has to be one of the more "mehhh" IPA's I've had in some time. Really not very impressive. (625 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, light, orange-yellow coloring that is slightly hazed, with a foamy, light, big bubbled, off-white head. Good cling to the glass as you drink. The nose is light and mild, with subtle citrus highlights, and a fresh cut grass characteristic. Flavors are peppery hops initially, but that quickly gives way to a mango, citrus, and passion fruit blend of sweetness, with an underlying toffee malt taste. At the end of the palate, the hops return, this time with a resiny and green profile. The aftertaste is a blend of the citrus, hops, and pepper spicing, but overall low key. The mid-bodied beer has a smooth, easy finish, with just a bit of bitter drying on the tip of the tongue. Solid IPA, and easy enough to drink. Would make a good starter IPA for someone just getting into the world of hops flavors. (865 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft cereal malt and grassy hop.

The taste consisted of smooth cereal grains and a balancing hop. Some residual herbalness as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a mellow and enjoyable IPA. (335 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third beer of the evening and I am enjoying my Xmas eve!!! The Breckenridge Lucky U IPA is a nice tasting IPA. The beer pours great clear copper with thin white head that is lacing nicely. The smell includes spice and grapefruit. The taste is a great blend of malt and hop which brings citrus and spice to the beer. I am guessing a Semco or equivalent hop was used on this one. The mouthfeel is a fuller bodied IPA with good carbontaion. Overall it is a good IPA. (463 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (374 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -2%
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. (1,043 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is malt and fresh leafy hops. 

T- The taste is dominated by the hops. The hops create a nice bitterness, but more important the flavor created from the hops is really good.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed this IPA. Recommended! (391 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,489 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.42/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What an underwhelming beer. Breckenridge makes some good stuff like their oatmeal stout, but this one just doesn't hold up.

Looks impressive enough, standard orange and brown hue you would expect in an ipa. Maybe a little darker in appearance than standard.

Nothing comes across aroma wise. Taste is massively disappointing. They say on the label it is a hoppy homage to something, but there is no discernable hop profile.

It at least isn't thin and punishing throughout the bottle. Disappointing. (501 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (262 characters)

Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.