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Lucky U IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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Lucky U IPALucky U IPA

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Ratings: 1,143
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 125 | 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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Ratings: 1,143 | Reviews: 320
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3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint. An ode to a old Denver brewery.

A - Pours a clear brown with some amber hues. Light bubbling, but a very strong and well retained head. A few mm in height. Light white in color.

S - A strong floral american hop profile, simcoe and amarillo seem to be the hop of choice. Some light nutty malt notes lay in the weeds.

T - Only a light amount of malts come through before this thing turns to its IPA roots. Very grassy hop notes. Super potent, dry. A minor phenolic note. Finishes with a bitter aftertaste, oily and resinous.

M - Oily, creamy, thick body. Little carbonation bite or sting. Clinging to the palette.

D - Moderately drinkable- flavors are just a bit potent, which do lead towards some palette fatigue. Not very filling.

An interesting offering - I wonder what the original Tivoli brewery was like.

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12oz bottle of this at Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO. for $1.59 and poured it into a pint glass.

A: Nice amber hue with a decent head that dissipates quickly, leaving good lace in its tracks.

S: Too much malt and not enough hop - definitely not living up to a lot of the other IPA's out there.

T: Good bitter hop, some earthy citrus and good malt at the end that isn't too sweet.

M: Medium bodied but on the lighter side of medium bodied, plenty of carbonation and overall - pretty smooth.

D: Easy drinker and even though it's certainly not one of my favorites, I could post up on this one all night if it were one of my only options.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.48/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. The beer is a slightly hazy copper-orange color. The light cream colored head sticks around for a while, and there's good sticky lacing. The beer smells of cedar and piny hops. This beer tastes spicy and woody. There's a nice hoppy citric finish. It's not quite as tangy as some other IPA's. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly sticky.

Overall, I love the spicy, woody notes.

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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.

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3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reminiscent of a hazy summer sunset orange with a half inch, off-white, creamy head that lasts a few minutes while leaving rings of lacing on a tulip glass.

One perceives mild orange and little else worthy of note.

Opens with caramel malt, quickly followed by hop bitterness and a long, modest finish.

Lucky U has a full body with fizzy carbonation, a hint of alcohol, and the finish is on the dry side.

This is a fine everyday drinking beer, best with food, but has little interest or depth of its own.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of JayS2629
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper color with great clarity and a one finger white head that fades fast and leaves ok lacing.

The aroma is a clean, bready malt backbone with a touch of caramel dominated with floral and citrus and a touch of pine.

Clean malt bottom. Hop flavors dominate with sticky resiny pine notes cutting through floral and citrus flavors. Out of balance. Needs a touch more sweet malt.

Refreshing, crisp, and medium bodied.

Overall, an easy drinking beer. Out of balance, but not bitter. Interesting, but not my favorite IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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.

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Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,143 ratings.