Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by chemmie:
3.8/5 rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I have a major dilemma with this beer. I'm not a big fan of reds, but I'm a hop-head. This beer has an equally strong flavor from both of those areas.
It pours a nice amber color with a thick off-white head. The head stays for a couple minutes and it leaves a lot of sticky lacing behind in the glass.
The funny thing is that a lot of reviews point out the hops. I smell the malts, first. It's a turn-off. Give it a good swirl and I smell more of the hops. The hops are there, but are overpowered by the malt.
The taste is slightly different. The first thing I taste is the caramel from the malt. This isn't my favorite thing. However, after the malt comes a nice little kick from the sweet hops. This is a nice hop flavor that takes over for me, leaving a good taste in my mouth. It seems like the good (hops) is overpowering the bad (malt) in the taste category.
Overall, it isn't bad. I cringe a little at first, because the taste of a red, especially one this bold, isn't my favorite. But then the hops come in and make everything better. Lagunitas has balanced these two flavors well, making a beer that is drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2008 00:58:48 | More by chemmie
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4.16/5 rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I generally don't like red ales. This is an exception, by far, for me.
Beautiful pour from the bottle. Ruby mahogany color, slow moving carbonation, a little hazy. Creamy head that dissipates to a couple of millimeters slowly, but that lace will stay there forever.
The nose is one of the most inviting I've encountered in a while. Malty and bread, creamy yet crisp and herbal as well. Plum and raisin, a whole lot. Sweet burnt malt and alcohol. Give me some!
Taste is sweet and fruity at the beginning, like toasted raisin bread and malty granola. The hops really only kick in at the finish, as does the alcohol, but both combine for a bitter and clean aftertaste.
Good, real good.
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2014 01:52:56 | More by cambabeer
Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,011 ratings.