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Lucky U IPA - Breckenridge Brewery

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Lucky U IPALucky U IPA

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1,132 Ratings
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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 afsdan
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

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.

Photo of BARFLYB
2.36/5  rDev -31%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
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 DoubleJ
2.49/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of atrocity
2.29/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Creamy mouthfeel but very very little flavor.

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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 GarthDanielson
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.42/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

Photo of IPAchris
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of Duff27
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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