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Lucky U IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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Lucky U IPALucky U IPA

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Ratings: 971
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.87%
Wants: 3
Gots: 50 | 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 superspak


3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 03:16:16 | More by superspak
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 03:44:59 | More by plaid75
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 22:42:47 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

07-15-2013 00:13:58 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.38/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 01:38:39 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev +2%

10-11-2013 00:22:01 | More by LXIXME
Photo of glid02


3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pale malts and citrus hops without much else. As it warms the pale malt aromas intensify.

Tastes similar to how it smells, however the flavors are a bit more layered. Pale malt flavors kick things off and have a good amount of graininess to them - almost like some toasted malts were used. Hop flavors join in midway through the sip and are largely citrus-oriented however hints of pine lurk in the background. The ending is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this tasted like a maltier version of the 471 Small Batch - maybe an APA to the SB's IPA. Not amazing but worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2009 23:44:30 | More by glid02
Photo of sendbeer


3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

10-23-2012 21:07:31 | More by sendbeer
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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

05-21-2014 04:45:15 | More by afsdan
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 22:43:21 | More by chinchill
Photo of Brad007


4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mild golden with a thin head into my glass. Love the color since a lot of IPAs tend to be darker than usual.

A mild hop bite greets the nose. Pine and citrus come to mind. This one doesn't seem to be all about the hops.

Piney hops with buttery malt. That's all I can think of. Mhmmm! Balanced.

Just enough hops to satisfy my palate at the back. Buttery malt too.

A decent iPA that drinks very well. Not the hoppiest out there if that's what floats your boat.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 04:41:50 | More by Brad007
Photo of drummermattie02


3.5/5  rDev +2%

04-18-2013 00:20:52 | More by drummermattie02
Photo of scruffwhor


3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a slightly hazey copper with almost no visible carbonation. The head is about one finger after the pour, and recedes to nothing after a few sips.

Mediocre floral and herbal citrus hop aromas with a little remnance of toasted bread crust malt.

Nice toasted malt upfront. The hops step-up in the middle with some mild orange peel hops. Pretty simple tasting IPA.

Pretty easy palate that is a little resiny, but the carbonation dissipates that nicely for a blanced palate that has a lingereing bitterness after each sip.This is an easy drinking IPA, but needs a little boost in the flavor department.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 02:00:09 | More by scruffwhor
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

10-04-2013 17:18:27 | More by GraduatedCashew
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 03:07:22 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of jrallen34


3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

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


3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

02-12-2010 23:32:42 | More by Bitterbill
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

01-16-2010 14:32:06 | More by avalon07
Photo of DrDemento456


3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I liked this beer. Not as much as Stone, Southern Tier, Mad River, or Dogfish head 60 min IPA but it lands its place in my heart. Pours a dark amber which is kind of cool for a regular IPA. Mild debris in the bottom bottle may mean I had an old one. Smells of mild hops and malts nothing fancy. Taste is slightly bitter but pretty balanced IPA, wasn't offended but kind of forgettable. Mouthfeel was light to medium body, easy drinker.

Overall I would not seek this one out but would show it to someone who just got into hops as a nice starter beer. Then would show them to the fine products of stone. A pretty nice B rated beer.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

01-03-2011 01:44:35 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish/ yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, pine hops, sweet malt, and a small citrus note. In the taste, pine hops and a big dry maltiness. A hop bite and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop aftertaste. Quite malty but nice none the less.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

09-24-2010 23:24:58 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a pretty clear amber with a respectable fine-bubbled pale golden head. Aroma is hoppy and resiny, typical for an IPA but still appealing. Flavor, fortunately, is better - decidedly hoppy, slightly bitter, with an evergreen undertone and a hint of sour citrus. Lively texture leaves a nice hoppy fizz. As far as IPAs go, not too shabby.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

03-11-2012 02:10:53 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Hopheadjeffery


3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

01-01-2013 18:02:02 | More by Hopheadjeffery
Photo of tone77


3.43/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

03-05-2011 16:17:39 | More by tone77
Photo of WoodBrew


3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

12-24-2011 23:54:04 | More by WoodBrew
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

07-30-2013 02:21:17 | More by Cynic-ale
Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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