Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red AleLagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale

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2,123 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,123
Reviews: 838
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 152
Gots: 145 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.65% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2007

77 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,123 | Reviews: 838
Reviews by batty:
Photo of batty
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought and drank in cambridge, ma, november '09.

pours a dark red-brown with decently dense foam. leaves some lace, but not enough. perfectly clear, but just dark enough that you can't quite see through it all that well

smells of caramel malts, spicy hops,

taste is great - well balanced very hoppy red, reminds me a bit of arrogant bastard, but probably because i drank way too much of it at one point in my life.. this is a bit less on the bitter side, more balanced, and better aroma, imo. not quite as intense as AB, but very good. deep crystal malts and maybe a touch of chocolate. good citrus hop presence on the end

a little more thin than i would like, but.. i have ridiculous standards. well done.

definitely keep strong on this for a good time.. delicious.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another big time winner from this NoCal brewer hot damn!.Poured into an impy pint glass a clear deep amber/bronze with billowing 2 1/2 finger slight off white head that stuck like glue to the glass leaving soap scum-like lace behind as it settled slowly.If you like BIG hops then you'll like the nose of this beer its like walking thru a pine forest huge pine needle and grapefruit rind aromas with just a hint of caramel and biscuit hmm Amarillos in there?Yes I am quite certain Amarillo's in there oh man,the flavors are piney and citrusy along with some geranium-like leafiness intertwined with underlying caramel and lightly sweet bread dough,to me though the hop punch steals the show hands down and I applaud Lagunitas on their 13th Anniversary beer this is a left coast gem.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great appearance. Stunning red body with a thick, unyielding, never ending khacki head. Sap, citrus, biscuits, and caramel in the aroma. Balanced flavor. Plums and biscuits matched with grapefruit and pine. Luscious, juicy feel. Bitter finish. Somewhat filling after the first glass. Booze comes out with warming.

Thanks to Brewbaca for the sample.

Photo of hopsleeroy
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber

A-Copper reddish with 1-2 two inch white head. Good looking beer
S-Smell of sweet malt-caramel with hoppy, piney aroma, slightly boozy
T-Piney taste at first, sweetness of malt coming through, slightly boozy and a little metallic, not the smoothest flavor thought it was a little roughr around the edges
M-good feel, but a little watery, decent carbonation
D-Very drinkable beer.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great label, this one's gonna transfer to skin as soon as I get the chance.

A: Ruddy bourbon coloring in the glass

S: The bouquet that comes off of this red ale is
pretty appetizing and quite strong. Hints of
the ABV are also there.

T: Like sippin' flowers... hoppy with a good
overall balance of understated malts, grain,
etc. You really have to seek them out due to
the hop strength.

M: Good bodied and nicely balanced. Of the red
ales I've sampled I'd say this one is most
tactily appealing to the pallet.

D: As drinkable as 8.5% can be. The aftertaste
is a little over the top for me and as per
usual I always prefer a few more bubbles.
Good drink, bravo Louisiana beer.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale 8.56% alochol. 22 oz. bomber poured into a dogfish goblet.

A- This beer pours a beautiful dark amber fluid with a vigorous head that falls to a creamy froth. Lacing is excellent leaving heavy patchy lacing that stays for the duration of the glass.

S- Massive push of barleywine like scents of dark plums, punes and sweet malty candied sugar.

T-M- Taste is complex with an overall excellence of flavors. Upfront is a sweet and overly ripe plum and prune flavor mixed with a citrusy hop balance. Toasted and burnt malt flavors are in the backbone of this beer with hints of brown sugar. Mouthfeel is near perfect with a smoothness that only rolls over the buds with light tart and tang feel making a hell of a drink.

Overall I like this beer in the aspect of drinkability and alcohol content. Excellent beer for session and daily.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

Brewed for their 13th anniversary. Hot label of an old-school pinup girl holding a pint with a horseshoe rocker. As for being a "Mondo Large Red Ale" ... let's find out.

Drops out of the bomber with some nice clarity and a red-stained copper color with a creamy, beige lacing that clings as it settles. Caramel, light brown sugar, alcohol esters, plum and guava. Hmm ... a malt bomb? Oh yeah. Toasty, nutty, caramel, biscuit, turbinado sugar, earth, brown bread, and tons of sweet, toasty grains. Light alcohol spice infused with some soft pepperiness and herbal tea-like hop characters. Some pungency and juiciness too. Finishes sweet, more tea, toasty and dry with granola linger.

Mondo. Check. Large. Redundant, and check. Red. Check. Ale. Check. A malt-a-licious surprise, and there's just enough hops to balance things out without stealing the show--you can't even tell it's 76.92 IBU. Hoist one. Happy 13!

Photo of steelerguy
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear, dark amber, moderately high carbonation, nice just off white head that lasts and is sticky.

S - Lots of malt sweetness with a strong citrus and pine hop aroma.

T - Like the smell you get a lot of malt up front with a bit of sweetness, then the hops come on strong starting with some citrus and spice and then a good bit of bitterness.

M - Fairly full bodied beer but the higher carbonation level and smooth alcohol feel keep it from feeling chewy.

D - Awesome balance for a high gravity brew makes it very drinkable.

Photo of newk340
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a rich translucent copper with hints of amber, thin head with excellent lacing.

S: very faint hop and pine aromas.

T: a faint sizzle of hops, while citrus flavors round out a full bodied, short-lasting taste.

MF/D: a brief fizzle of carbonation on the tongue that certainly doesn't overwhelm the flavor by any means.

Photo of blitz134
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the store tonight...

Nice, clear caramel color. Light tan/off-white head. Came on an inch thick and reduced to an ample layer that wants to finish the beer off with me. Lace clings to the glass in sheet-rings as I drink this one down.

Tons of hops in the nose. Reminds me a lot of Oskar Blues Gordon actually, less caramel though. Citrus and floral mostly here but has some pine sap down in there too. A little sweet bread roll, but its nowhere close to the dominant aroma.

I'll be picking up another bomber of this...maybe two, especially at 3 bucks. This is good stuff, but I dont consider it the strong ale it is listed as in the database. Lots of hops, but super balanced. I agree with Lagunitas' self administered "Mondo Large Red" as the style. Biscuity and crystal malts form the base of this. Then a plethora of hops, citrus rinds and pine resin in the finish. Simple, but super tasty. This combination of malt and hop is my prefered flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is medium or so. Not overly full by anymeans. Carbonation levels are just right to add some nice crispness.

Drinkability is superb. Full flavored, but not overbearing, carbonation makes this refreshing. And as I said I like the flavor profile in this one. 3 bucks a bottle...Schweet!

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a Sam Adams pint glass the beer was copper-colored with a medium tan head that was very sticky.
Caramel aroma, sweet fruit, herbal/peppery hops.
Mostly caramel taste. Sweet fruit that seemed to be cherry. Late piney hops.
Medium-bodied. Hoppy, but not too aggressively.
Enjoyable beer.

Photo of andyfrancis
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber-almost orange in the glass. great thick, frothy head.

piney and citrus hops on the nose, with a biscuity malt backdrop. Definitely has that distinct "Lagunitas smell."

This is interesting. Piney hop blast washes over the tongue, but fades quickly, revealing a brown sugarish hint of malt. That also fades quickly for a surprisingly clean finish

You definitely know you're drinking something, but the alcohol is pretty well hidden for 8.5%.

Photo of Beaver13
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper red with a fluffy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet candy and piney hops.

The flavor is sweet sugary caramel and some melon leading to a good sized resiny piney hop finish that leaves a slightly sticky lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden. It becomes a little too much on the sweet side as it warms. The flavors don't pop out at you but are very pleasing. The mouthfeel is pretty full and creamy.

Overall, a very fine brew! It's well made and well balanced. A nice big brew that's not over the top and is very drinkable.

Photo of generallee
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The abv is listed at 8.3% on the label. There is no born on date or freshness date.

Appearance: The body has a reddish orange color with good clarity. It is topped off with two fingers of thick light tan foam. The head has good retention and leaves sticky lacing all over the glass as it slowly fades.

Smell: The aroma is full of citrusy and lighter pine like hops with notes of grapefruit and lemon zest. Underneath the big hop presence lays a mild malt sweetness.

Taste/Palate: There are nice solid hop flavors throughout with pleasant mild malt backing. Notes of citrus and piney hops mix together on the tongue with sweet bready and lightly roasted grain before finishing with a pleasant level of hop bitterness. This seems to quickly flash off the tongue. The texture is smooth with mellow carbonation.

Notes: This big red ale doesn't disappoint. There is plenty of hop and malt complexities to satisfy both hop heads and malt lovers.

Photo of Duster72
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy deep red/amber. Tan 2 finger head. Aroma is mild citrus and pine hops with some malts beneath it. Taste is mild malty sweetness with a very complex hop profile to go along with it. Definite pine and citrus hops. Mouthfeel is perfect. Very drinkable and it'll get ya drunk! Just kidding. Another excellent brew from Lagunitas, who need to make this and the Freak Out regular releases.

Photo of merlin48
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twenty-two ounce bottle pours a mostly clear reddish amber body with a creamy, two finger beige head that is both sturdy and sticky. A good looker here.

Pungent hop aroma is highlighted by grapefruit and orange notes, but is edged with some pine essence. Caramel and toffee aromas are also upfront.

Medium body and a creamy carbonation.

Taste has a prevailing hop bitterness that is citrusy, grassy, and pine. A bit earthy at times. Solid maltiness balances well, and serves up a caramel and toffee base that is both toasty and sweetish. Hints of freshly sliced ripe orange emerge midway and last into the finish.

Very nicely done and highly drinkable. Lagunitas is brewing some excellent ales at more than reasonable prices. I paid less than five dollars for this bomber. Kudos!

Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the Birdsall House in Peekskill, NY.

This one poured cloudydark honey, caramel amber with some ruby hues.

Flowery nose, with some lavender and orange peel picked up.

Darker khaki head, with decent retention and leaving a thick collar and respectable, sheeting and lace.

I found this to to a rich, flavorful and malty brew, also packing a larger then usual hop package. Typical for the Lagunitas offerings, loaded with flavor, malts and crunching hops, well crafted and thoroughly enjoyable stuff. Me like

Photo of mattster
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened 22 fluid ounce bomber bottle, poured into snifter.

Pours a bubbly head of 1" atop a nice clear garnet/brown brew.

Smell is very hoppy with sweet malts flowing through nose. Taste is hoppy with dark fruit notes and herbaceous tones. A bit overwhelming at first, but as glass warms a bit it becomes very nice. Bubbles are balanced and has a great finish with clean aftertaste.

Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Reddish-copper with nice sized head and light lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit and other tropical fruits with some caramel-like malts. Sweet, sticky and tart smelling.

Taste: Malty upfront with caramel and some sweet, dark fruits. Nice hoppy overtones of grapefruit, orange and pine. The finish is spicy and just somewhat bitter. Pretty balanced, but a little sticky sweet.

Feel: Smooth and creamy with a medium to full body. Moderate carbonation with a barely dry finish.

Overall: This is very similar to their Imperial Red Ale. In fact, I copied my review and changed a few words. However, I would say that this is a little bigger and sweeter, and ultimately not quite as good. But still very good.

Photo of magictrokini
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany pour with a meringue-like off-white head. Awesome aroma of grapefruit hops, brown sugar, and pineapple. Clean, strong hop taste up front with pine and grassiness. Sweet, but not as stong as other Lagunitas beers. Taste gives way to a nice malty back, but without losing any bitterness. Resiny finish. One of the best Lagunitas beers I've ever had.

Photo of niibuyaa
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best beers I've had in the past month.

A> Dark Reddish Amber. 1.5 fingers of creamy tan head, that settles slowly with moderate lacing.

S> Pleasant smelling, Bitter hops scent noticed immediately followed by a citrus and sweet grain scent.

T> Hoppy with hints of grapefruit and dried apricot. Finishes smoothly with more than a hint of hops.

M> Smooth flavoured and sticks to you tongue for awhile after you taste it. The bottle tells me there is a high alcohol content, but it's blended in so expertly you don't taste it.

D> You can sip this for hours or pound it back it tastes that good. The only downside is the alcohol content will catch up with you sooner or later. That is really the only down side to this excellently balanced brew.

All in all this is a superbly balanced beer. It's citrus hints and flavours embody what a California beer should.

Photo of pat61
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant amber red with 1” off-white clingy foam cap
S: Grassy, piney hops, caramel malts, light fruit
T: Starts with malt with light sweetness and then pine bitterness takes over with traces of light fruit.
F: Very creamy, full body, medium carbonation.
O: Big strong malt flavors and body balance assertive hop flavors for a very drinkable large red ale.

Photo of ehammond1
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

San Diego Brewing Co.
San Diego, CA

Clear orange and amber with a thin white head. Some lacing down the glass, but not a lot.

Floral, citrus, caramel, and biscuit aromas combine.

The flavor consists of caramel sweetness, some biscuit, distinct and strong hop bitterness, along with citrus, namely grapefruit, flesh and peels. A definitive version of the style. No alcohol heat. Very good.

Medium to thick bodied though a touch prickly and sharp.

A definitive and delicious version of the style. One of my favorite big reds.

Photo of masikon
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at "Bottleworks" in Seattle. I've had mixed results with this brewery but I was very curious about the labeling as a " Mondo Large Red Ale". Pour definitely had rosy red suggestions as well as dark orange down the sides of the glass, head was dense and cream colored, leaving lots of lacing as it dissipates. Nose was actually milder than expected for a beer with over 8 percent alcohol, I get some very nice juicy hops and a bit of bubblegum. Taste is actually very smooth and soft, well balanced caramel texture with a well-timed hop finish, alcohol is almost invisible. I think this beer is very well done, quite tasty and despite carrying a high ABV would make a good introduction to someone wanting to wander into over 7% ABV territory.

Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous red, like a red head in color. Not sure what I'm detecting here . . . Pleasant none the less. Very nice, yummy red ale. Reminds me of Hairy Eyeball but not as hoppy
. Solid feel, Full bodied, prickly, good carbination. Not a wow beer for me but very yummy. This would be good in the fall and spring (might be a spring seasonal not sure though) Seen that this was a Lagunitas beer so I had to try . . . Lagunitas has become a brewery that I have to try everything I see.

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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