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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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836 Reviews

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Reviews: 836
Hads: 2,137
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 15.61%
Wants: 172
Gots: 152 | 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
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Reviews: 836 | Hads: 2,137
Photo of PEBKAC
2.03/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

A throw in on one of my suitcase treks across Manhattan's bottle shops. No BB date, but I think this one was the next to last on the shelf last month.

Pint glass pour. Clear ruby iced-tea body, & an inch plus of light tan head, which in turn leaves me plenty of sticky, ugly, soap scum-like lace(a good omen).

Maybe not. Smell is a real overabundance of caramel, raisins, soaked bread, the sharpness of steak sauce, & just a squirt of fresh citrus right at the end. Underfermented & soggy. The ABV seems bigger then stated. Smells like an opening round at a one & done homebrew competition. I don't think I like where this is going.

A little better here, though not much. The carbonation is right up front, lending itself to a slight roast. Though it quickly gets dominated by a sharp malt taste, along with a lingering acidic grapefruit rind bitterness. A slight tang. The ending dries out on newspaper & a metallic snag of hops. Alcohol is very solvent like.

Even free, I'd be hesitant.

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Photo of suspect
2.08/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden-ruby color. 2 finger off white head recedes to a thin cap with relatively consistent rings of lacing.

S: Strong malt. Some pine, caramel. Very strong on the malty side. Faint hops are present but malt is overpowering.

M: Overwhelmingly heavy, thick and sticky. Medium body, ample carbonation.

O: Yuck. Total malt-bomb. No balance. I hadn't met a Lagunitas beer I didn't like. Until now.

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Photo of warmstorage
2.68/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle, states 8.3%, 1.085 OG, 76.92 IBU. $3.99 at Gold Rush Liquor, Anchorage, AK. Pretty label artwork is about the best thing this beer has going for it.

Visual: deep copper; deep, dense tan head, little lacing.

Aroma: caramel, sweet grain, little hop character.

Taste: earthy, soil, metallic. The metallic taste lingers long. I have little to say about it: it doesn't have too solid a malt sweetness, nor pronounced hops, nor significant alcohol warmth for a high gravity ale.

Mouth: relatively thin, alcohol warmth not notable for 8.3%, slight carbonation tingle.

Overall: to paraphrase Miles, I've come never to expect greatness from Lagunitas, and this one is no exception. It's underwhelming in almost every way. Blah.

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Photo of Floydster
2.81/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

8 ounce glass at the Stone World Bistro in Escondido a couple weeks ago for four dollars, reviewed from notes

A-Amber color with brown highlights, rather clear, thin 1/ inch creamy off white head that went away pretty fast, not much retention, minimal lacing

S-Bready malt aromas, also sweet ones, caramel, toffee, spices, sugar, some piney hoppiness, biscuit, floral accents, grapefruit, and various darker fruits

T-I was expecting a big hop profile when the bartender told me it was a lot like a DIPA but malt was just overpowering from the beginning, sweet malt up front with a little chewiness in the middle, the finish had fruit and some spice, later on it got even sweeter and hard to drink with sugar shining through, caramel malt pretty much took over at the halfway point, wish there was something else here to provide some balance and I was shocked not to taste any floral notes after they were prominent in the scent, needs more hops and a lot less sweet malt in my opinion

M-Sweet, boozy, and malty mouthfeel, sometimes chewy, medium to full bodied, not enough carbonation, taste lingered too long, needed to be less syrupy

D-Could not drink much more than this, would have probably felt sick after a pint, sweet and heavy on the stomach, not smooth, alcohol is present, ABV is fairly high

Not a big fan of imperial reds and this tasted a lot like one because of its heavy reliance on malt, not my favorite from Lagunitas, probably would not drink again, might be worth trying if you like this style of beer

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Photo of Vendetta
2.82/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
September 6, 2008

Pours a red, average head, normal lacing. Weak nose. Tastes of sweet molasses, caramel. Lots of classic red, but nothing that stands out. Strong hops. Average red brew, probably won't try this one again unless it's given to me, though.

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Photo of thequeen711
2.83/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured amber with a light head, left a lacing throughout the entire pint. Nose of brown sugar and cloves. No real malt flavour (that I could detect)just a hoppy bitterness. I felt that it had a more hoppy taste than other Red Ales...I usually like Lagunitas beers, but not very fond of the Lucky 13.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.9/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was amber colored with a amber head and decent lacing. The beer was hoppy smelling and really hoppy tasting . Too much hops. I thought it was an IPA. If you like a hop bomb go for it. I will not buy again.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.92/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 7/3/2008 (bottle):

Pours a very red colored body, clearish looking, with a small tannish colored head. Has a grapefruity, nutty aroma. A very grapefruity malty taste. Somewhat balanced, between bitterness and the sweetness. A little too piney.

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Photo of KeefD
2.93/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark orange amber color with a small white head that fell quickly leaving no lacing. Not a big in your face hop aroma that I was expecting. Kinda of sweet smelling, almost candy like with a hint of grapefruit and pine. Meh... Taste is about the same. It's a big beer, but it's ain't Mondo. It's actually very well balanced, but that doesn't mean any flavors really stand out. It's hoppy, but not overly bitter, mostly grapefruit and light citrus, and the sweetness is very bready with touches of caramel. Medium body, average carbonation. Just a "meh" beer to me. Tastes llike just about every single other Lagunitas beer. These guys are starting to lose me. Make something different for a change!

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.96/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tan and mostly clear with perhaps a tinge of orange. Head was about half a finger but lasted a long time, capping with a nice bit of foam, leaving good lacing. Many small fine bubbles rose from the bottom of my glass.

Smelled and tasted heavily malty with some pineyness and pungent citrus peel. The malt was almost syrupy and pungent. Some fruitiness, like fermenting fruits. It's a heavy malt bomb and rather odd, slightly offputting. Alcohol noticeable.

Body is medium and slick from sweetness, pungent malt aftertaste and some alcohol burn.

It's a bit overblown and not what I would expect from the listed style of amber/red ale. Not sure what to think here but I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again.

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Photo of MisterClean
2.97/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap at ManBearPigs, I mean manderes

A - Golden-orange in color with a lot of head, which dissipates slow and leaves a nice lacing.

S - Excellent. Yellow grapefruit, with lots of citrus, and a malt backing.

T - Very thin. Little to be desired. A little bit of citrus up front, and nothing else. Very disappointed.

M - Slightly watery leaving the drinker more to be desired.

D - I'm glad I only got a taster. This one left me disappointed. Great appearance and smell, no taste.

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Photo of mentor
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a 2 finger light brown head over a mildly cloudy orange brownish liquid. Poured thick and smells hoppy. To the nose its american red. Some grapefruit pith, a bit of oranges, and some tangerine.

Tastes hoppy flavor more than bitter with a cream malt sweet underneath. Some alcohol sting tries to dry the finish, but the wet sweet wins out, albeit a bit tempered. Strong aftertaste rises of orange hops melded with light-fruit esters. Peaches are potent and ride on the alcohol and sweet giving a peach schnapps character. Sticky sweet to the point of cloying after half a glass. Tough to finish this one. Hop bitter is piercing without a grassy co-humulone component to balance.

Thick body and modest carbonation. Could use more carb to help lift the syrupy off the tongue.

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Photo of tj4288
3.01/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

poured from bomber into tumbler pint. another great brew from lagunitas!

a- obviously a golden ruby colored body. clear. head is... almost yellow. like a french vanilla ice cream color, very creamy and soft. recedes to a thin cap with nice rings of lacing.

s- smell is strongly malt. pine, caramel and slightly perfumy.

t- again very very strong on the malty side. some hops are present but malt is overpowering.

m- slightly heavy thick and sticky. with med-low carbonation.

d- i am not a fan of brews that are so predominatly malty but for those of you who are, this is an excellent american amber/red. higher alcohol levels keep me from opening a second bomber but at $4 for a bomber i sould probably come back to this brew. lagunitas has yet to disapoint me. overall 2 thumbs


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Photo of corby112
3.14/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with dark ruby hues when held to a light source and a thin half finger off white head that quickly fades leaving minimal lacing.

Slightly spicy aroma with hints of alcohol, dark fruit, especially cherry, subtle maltiness and bland earthy hops. I was really disappointed by the aroma of this beer. I was expecting it to be much hoppier and complex but it was just boring.

Medium bodied with a decent roasted malt profile balanced by some dark fruit notes and a nice earthy pine hop bitterness. The hop profile is more prominent than the aroma lead on thankfully. Hints of cherry, slight chocolate and other dark fruit. Nicely balanced but the malt profile was a bit too strong and the hops were as prominent as I prefer.

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Photo of mghotbi
3.14/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A beautiful deep clear red with thin off white head and lots of lacing. Smell is strong of caramel and fig with fusel alcohols and floral undertones.

A rush of cloying sugary sweetness followed immediately by oily and prominent hop bitterness, citrus and pine - which really sticks around for a long time. Carbonation is mild and alcohol notes, which are prominent in the nose, are surprisingly well hidden. Mouthfeel is thick and borders on syrupy.

Can only drink about 10 ounces of this. Too over the top for sessioning.

I guess every American brewery has to make a "Strong Ale" ala "Arrogant Bastard". This is Lagunitas' entry. Balanced, in the way that putting two tons on each end of a seesaw is balanced. Fine if you are into it, but it's a bit like getting hit in the tastebuds with a hammer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 650 mL bottle.

A: The ale is a dark, crimson red color that appears brown from a distance. Up close, lighter orange colors emerge. What little head emerged on pour was quick to disappear.

S: The nose is malty, thick with booze aromas.

T: The first sip reveals a strong, intensely concentrated malt flavor, as much old ale as strong ale. The result is an old American strong ale, I suppose. The graininess is bitter, astringent in an unpleasant kind of way, with some green tart fruit flavors driving the way. Overall, I find the taste to be too strong, offputting in the malty strengtht that is shows off.

M: The mouthfeel is astringent, harsh with bitter flavors that never really come together.

D: This is the second strong ale from Lagunitas that I have not been a fan of. I find their IPAs to be excellent, but this one is just too over the top.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very nice copper color and lacing as it goes down. The aroma was a precursor to the unexpected hoppiness. I am a hop head but the mega 'pine' hop flavor in this beer seemed unwelcome. I expected this to be better. I did like the splash of plum/fruit flavor in the middle, but I guess what I'm trying to say is that there's too much going on, in a bad way in this particular one. Very 'boozy.' I don't understand the reviewers who feel that it's balanced. This is my first Lagunitas offering, and I def. want to give them another try though.

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Photo of ReebShorts
3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured the entire 22 oz into mugzilla. Decent tan head, orangeish looking brew with plenty beer plankton.

Aroma of orange, malts, grapefruit, bread dough.

Citrus flavor, but thankfully there is a bit of hops here to keep the sweetness in check. Still there is a lingering citrus sweetness that does not appeal to me. Overall it's pretty good. You can tell they really tried to balance this one but just fell a tad short for me. Maybe aged a year or so would help, who knows...

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Photo of TLove
3.21/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

(From Notes)

I supremely dislike most of Lagunitas's offerings, but I've given this one a shot and found it to be much more agreeable.

8.3% ABV and 76 IBUs. Promisingly strong, but sweet.

Great color. Sharp, hoppy and oily, the smell is very bready and malty, with some brown sugar and plum on the mouth. A touch of citrus on the tongue, with a little too much sweetness to try and round out the hoppiness.

The sweetness is not overwhelming, which makes the beer drinkable in the agreeable sense, but the alcohol kicks in the end and flattens out the taste. The carbonation is a bit awkward on the spiciness on the end seems a desperate cry for attention.

Good on the front end, lacking on the back.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

8.65% ABV according to my bottle (not 8.90% as currently shown). 76.92 IBU. O.G. 1.085. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing old-style label art and branded pressure cap acquired earlier tonight at a bottle shop for $4.99 USD (plus LA's 9% sales tax...) and served into a Samuel Smith's nonical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings, though I don't think Lagunitas has ever put out a beer that blew my mind. Identifies as a "Hi Gravity Auburn" beer, which I'm taking to mean imperial red; reviewing as such.

Served cold, straight from a quick chill in me freezer. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 6.5 finger wide light khaki colour head. Good creaminess and frothiness. Has supple soft complexion. Damn good retention for the ABV as well - easily 10+ minutes. Even sticky lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Looking real good for the head.

Body colour is a clear translucent amber with some coppery hues. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Should be more vibrant, but it's passable.

No overt flaws are noticeable. Overall, it's definitely above average.

Sm: Sweet caramalts and amber malts. Below average attenuation for the style. Somewhat grainy. It's got the trademark Lagunitas hop extract note, but the caramelization lends it a bit more distinctive character. Hop character is herbal, floral, and what your neighborhood stoners would call dank. Some biscuity amarillo. Sweet toffee. Light toasted malts. Some brown sugar. A biteen oily. Some unexpected spiciness, perhaps from rye; it's certainly not coming from the yeast - which itself contributes little to the flavour profile. Some bready/crusty notes. An assertive clean aroma of moderate to fairly high strength. It's pungent alright. No alcohol is detectable. Looking forward to trying it.

T: Caramel sweetness up front welcomes the drinker to the flavour profile and stays around to lend focus. Amber malts and caramelization fill out the body, with some latent residual sugars adding a bit more sweetness. Toffee. Clean barley. Toasted malts. A bit underattenuated. No yeast character is evident. Getting a bit of amarillo, but the core of the hop profile is that distinctive Lagunitas hop extract/hop oil - which gives a good balanced hop character but holds individual hops back from coming off truly evocative. Floral, herbal, and very light oily hops. Some rye spiciness; maybe some white pepper too? Bready and grainy.

Not getting any real pine, grapefruit, or citrus hops. No nectary hop character either. A bit of alcohol does come through in the taste, but it's forgivable. Caramalts dominate here, but there's plenty going on.

In terms of off flavours, it is slightly soapy. (Too long in Primary). I also get some butterscotch; diacetyl is suspected.

It's a clean taste, but it's not gestalt; it lacks cohesion and direction. While it's fairly complex, the balance and subtlety needed for it to be truly great just aren't there. Additionally, it's too far on the sweet end of the spectrum.

Mf: Overcarbonated. A biteen oily. Too thick; a bit overbearing on the palate. Presence on the palate is decent; the flavours do come through fully. Smooth and wet, with some unfortunate scratchy coarseness on the climax. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but it doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Dr: One could easily draw unfavorable comparisons to Troegs Nugget Nectar. While the price on this bomber is great, the beer doesn't live up to its current high ratings. ABV is not as well hidden as it should be (and as the best beers in the style are). I'll be able to finish this bottle alone with relative ease, though while it's drinkable, I wouldn't get it again. It just doesn't bring the depth of flavour I want from a good imperial red. The rye spiciness also feels a bit odd in a flavour profile that emphasizes caramel malts. It's a nice offering from Lagunitas, but there are far better imperial reds out there.


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Photo of SilentSabre
3.26/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a burnt orange colour from a 22oz bomber, and was without question, the hoppiest thing I have had in a long time. I would almost say extremely hoppy..floral. It had fantastic head retention, holding its lovely pillowy cap of foam for several minutes, and leaving a nice sticky web of lace on the glass. A very solid looking beer. Smell was comprised almost entirely of hops and nothing else. Taste, too, seemed very unbalanced to the side of hops and nearly bereft of any malt whatsoever. Another good, but fairly average brew from a brewery that I feel is really good at making such brews: Decent, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of samie85
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes; originally 6/25/10.

A-Pours a ruby-tinged amber with a two finger light tan head.

S-Smells of pine and grapefruit with some caramel malt backbone.

T-Floral notes with pine and some grapefruit and finishes a little caramel malt.

M-Barely there carbonation with medium to heavy body and a smooth, slightly hot (alcohol) mouthfeel.

D-The carbonation, or lack thereof, is a bit distracting but this is otherwise a really enjoyable bigger beer.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep ruby red with a large bone white thick creamy head

S- mostly citrus hops with a little bit of yeast.

T- mildly sweet but very hoppy with a lingering hop aftertaste.

M- well carbonated, full bodied, and creamy

D- its a tad plain to have me reaching for others. decently enjoyable but not something ill be missing anytime soon

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Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish-amber color with about a half-inch of light khaki colored head that had OK retention and lacing. The aroma was malty upfront and hoppy at the back. The flavor was a bit malty sweet with a sharp hop finish. The body was decent and drinkability was good. Overall, a very nice little beer. Nothing great, but enjoyable. Worth trying.

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Photo of tjkurz
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into imperial pint glass nice dark brown with thick tight head - excellent lacing all the way through. Smells great - malt pine citrus. Tastes some malt upfront citrus hops and alcohol - lots of alcohol, it kind of overwhelms much of the upfront flavor. Mouthfeel syrupy with some carb. Drinkability - at 8.3 abv - this is not a session beer - way too heavy. 12oz would do me fine.

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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