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Lucky U IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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Lucky U IPALucky U IPA

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78
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1,091 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,091
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 92 | 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 Slatetank
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this single 12oz up at brass rail deli on 7/24 -poured chilled into a willybecker

A - A rusty amber color w/ golden hues -clarity is lightly hazed with a thick 3/4 inch rocky cream cap. The lace clings well and beading is fine, carbonation is visibly apparent

S - a piney, mildly fruity sappy ester w/ lots of sticky caramel malt aromas and light odors of alcohol

M - The feel has a decent amount of sweet malt texture with pretty high carbonation which fits the style w/ light astringency and moderate bitterness w/ semi-dry spicy finish

T - The flavor is a fairly pedestrian hop taste -the sweetness of the malt mutes the hop flavor with a slight pine accent the most noticeable attribute and mild vegetal tinge. The flavor has sweet woody hop notes w/ caramel malt providing a slight fruity sweet flavor combined with the gentle dry yeast and light astringency and mild grapefruit from the hops hiding in the background. The beer is pretty good, but not very well developed flavor-wise.

D - The drinkability is middle of the road, I could take it or leave it. It has the bitterness of an IPA, but doesn't set itself apart in any way - it comes off as pretty one note but worth a try I guess.

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 russpowell
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours caramel with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & average head retention

S: Grassy hops & pears

T: Grassy hops, woody notes & slight pear notes up front. Leafy hops dominate as this warms, some pear & caramel notes as well. Finishes with leafy hops plus a nice crispness

MF: Medium bodied with nice crispness, fairly good balance

Skewed more EIPA to me, but not a bad offering if your just looking for a bit of hoppyness, but not one I would buy again

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Rifugium
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

A: Amber color, white head, some lacing.

S: Fairly roasty, with an implied hop bite.

T: Pretty decent balance of hops and malts; not too bitter for an IPA.

M: Light-medium body, not too harsh, average carbonation.

D: Easily drinkable, but nothing too special

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 07/22/11 notes. Had on tap at Stoney's in DC. Poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat clear orange amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, citrus hops, and caramel malts.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, bready malts, fruity malts, light citrus. Some moderate bitterness in the taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a decent beer, but not a ton of hops. Malts dominate this one. Would give it another shot.

Photo of WesWes
3.9/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
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 oriolesfan4
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of the sampler pack, I'm really digging this beer. It's been a while since I've had a nice solid IPA and this is definitely one. Nice copper color, foamy head, and lacing down the glass. Great hoppiness but still well balanced for a complete taste that goes down real smooth and is super drinkable and tasty. The best one in the sampler, I recommend it.

Photo of kojevergas
2.48/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of decent cream, pretty decent thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a semitransparent vibrant copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Piney hops and a really bad off-note - a bit putrefaction-esque. Really unappealing. Pretty strong.

T: Piney hops and clean malts alongside pleasant cream. A bit sappy on the backend, evoking pine twigs and oily character. A strangely built IPA. Not particularly balanced, and certainly not complex or subtle. Meh.

Mf: Oily, smooth, and wet. A bit overcarbonated. Too thick as well. The oily quality doesn't work for it, and even evokes a vague medicinal character. Watery - the kiss of death.

Dr: A mundane IPA. I wouldn't bother with it again. Drinkable but bland and unremarkable, even a bit off-putting.

D+

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of GClarkage
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Gavage
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.35/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.75/5  rDev +38.9%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Pours crystal clear orange amber color with a dense 2 finger off white head with great retention, that reduces to a thick lacing cap. Thick lacing clings to the glass as you drink. Aroma of strong caramel, pine, big spiciness, and a bit of citrus in the background. Very interesting IPA aromas here, different than what I am used to. The aromas fade the more it sits. Taste of big caramel, pine, wheat, spices, and some citrus. Decent amount of bitterness present on the finish that linger with pine, citrus, and spicy flavors. More malt forward than I was hoping for, but still nice. Medium carbonation and body; with a decent amount of creaminess in the mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed other than a small warming after the finish. Very smooth and easy to drink. Overall, a nice IPA. I would have it again sometime.

Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +14%
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 LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of mothman
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,091 ratings.