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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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

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1,947 Ratings

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Ratings: 1947
Reviews: 829
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%

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:
77 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2007)
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Photo of beertunes


3.38/5  rDev -18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 00:15:07 | More by beertunes
Photo of serspecv


3.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an oversized pilsner glass. The aroma hits you as soon as the cap is pryed off. Pours a light brown color that settles into a reddish brown with a thick, foamy tan colored head.

First thing you smell is a caramel-like sweet malt aroma with a less apparent but delightful spicy and piney hop presence.

The taste is very much similar to the smell in the fact that the sweet malt character dominates the palate with a lively cinnamon hop aftertaste. Very well balanced for a brewery that usually goes overboard on hops (and that's not necessarily a bad thing).

The mouth feel is medium, with just enough carbonation that you can feel some of the bubbles dissipate over your tongue. Not very heavy at all.

Overall a nicely crafted beer that is very well balanced and not to hoppy for those that aren't used to a dominant hop presence. I still prefer Wilco Tango Foxtrot over this brew, but won't hesistate to pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 09:57:00 | More by serspecv
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3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle into pint glass

A - Clear amber color with solid off white head and good lacing

S - Piny hop smell with some signs of caramel

T - Very hoppy close but not quite a DIPA

M - Creamy and warm

D - Not a session beer IMO but good when you want a hoppy drink without going for the DIPA

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 03:40:06 | More by midaszero
Photo of GreenCard


3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: coppery orange-red, slight haze, huge plume of off-white foam, great head retention

Aroma: strawberries, orange peel, piney hops, malt, alcohol

Flavor: malty sweet with a layer of simple syrup sugaryness; hints of toasted wheat, malted caramel, and sour milk; resiny hop flavor with a subdued bitterness that doesn't do too much to dry out the beer; finishes semisweet with a malt "lozenge" aftertaste and a bitterness at the back of the tongue/throat

Mouthfeel: full body, chewy, gentle carbonation, alcohol warmth

Other comments: I really like Lagunitas IPA and Hop Stoopid is pretty good, but the others I've tried are a bit off the mark for me. Not sure what exactly I don't like. They're too rich or something. And there's something odd in the background flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 19:49:58 | More by GreenCard
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District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/17/11
*From notes

A: Unfiltered chestnut ruby-brown. 1.75 head on a standard pour. Sticky yet unremarkable lacing rims the glass.

S: Quite hoppy. It reminds me a bit of Clown Shoes "Eagle Claw Fist". Toasty malt and resin are also detectable.

T: A bit musty. As it warms slightly, the hoppy bitterness is revealed. Dusty malt on the mid leads to a cup of black medium roast on the finish. A heavy dose of alcohol is detectable from start to finish. It's off-putting and isn't well integrated.

M: Quite rich and creamy. The carbonation is kept in check, and it drinks quite well. Really nice weight and balance here.

O: Lucky 13 isn't even close to the best brew I've had from Lagunitas. It's not bad, but the overdose of alcohol on the palate really hurts this one. If they'd tweak it a bit here and there, this could be a really killer bottle of beer. In the meantime, I'd look elsewhere to get your Amber fix.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 17:23:27 | More by Rhettroactive
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3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up from the Beer Shoppe in Yakima, WA.

Pours a dark amber in color with a thin white/brown head. There is a slight clarity. Aroma was decent, mainly hops but some malt. Taste was hoppy and sweet, with a bitter aftertaste. Good texture, a lot of carbonation. A bit on the heavy side. Decent beer with good flavor, but it is on the sweet side. Not recommended for a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 23:52:17 | More by tbeck
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3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours out an awesome deep amber color, but leaves only a hint of head. some nice lacing though.

smell is dank and resin slight pine and citrus notes.

more citrus in the taste up front finishes with bitter thick resin and a hint of onion and pine. complex, seems like a big dose of bittering hops.

mouthfeel is thick and creamy almost. very nice good balance.

drinkability is an issue here because of a combination of the beer being thick and a lot more biting bittering flavor from the hops than i like.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 06:08:50 | More by pdoran10
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New York

3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep golden red colour. Poured from a 1Pt 6oz. bottle in a Duvel tulip. Pours a half-inch head that fades quickly.

Smell: Sweet malty hops. There are also some spicy alcohol notes.

Taste: Sweet and boozy, very similar to the smell. Not as much bitterness as I would expect from a beer with 76 IBU's.

Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy, and sticky. Carbonation is at a minimum, although, not flat. Medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Overall, this isn't a bad beer. While the aromas and flavours seem a little bland, it is still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 04:17:52 | More by EkimGram
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3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a wonderfull copper color. Has a surprisingly grassy nose. Little head, but decent amount of lacing. Though, I am still listening to the dropkick Murphys. Very clear

Taste is kind of surprising. Matly and Hoppy, mixed nicely together. The dominatant flavor is malty, but there is a strong, overridding hop finish. To be honest, this reminds me in terms of flavor and charecter of a session beer. yeah, the big elements are there, but this is surprisingly easy to drink. no overpowering aspect to this beer.

Despite the high ABV, this is a nice, easy beer to drink. Nice brew if you can get it

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 04:43:54 | More by PSUDREW
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy copper-amber, light tan head, very little retention, some lacing.

S: Big piny hop aroma, tangerine, toffee, biscuit, cotton-candy fruity esters & caramel.

T: Assertive, slightly harsh bitterness, pine, nectarine, cotton-candy, toffee, slightly biscuity pale malt, warming alcohol.

M: A little too much residual sweetness, smooth, some hop acidity.

D: The residual sweetness & harsh bitterness are having a battle on my tastebuds.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 01:43:01 | More by Derek
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3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from large bottle into clear glass

A A basic amber appearance. One finger head remained for 30 seconds.

S balanced smell of muted amber qualities. Can sense higher alcohol in the smell.

T Strong amber, woodsy taste.

M Full with strong tastes, high alcohol content.

D Fair. The large bottle that I bought it in I could not finish. It is certainly not to be taken in multiples in my opinion.

Notes: I was not blown away by this beer but it is worthy of a taste, especially if you like ambers.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 02:18:20 | More by adamette
Photo of SickBrew


3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pils glass.

A good looking brew with a copper to brow hue and topped with a nice persistent head, even some lacing going on up there!

Aromas are fair and mild with a good balance hops and malts coming through.

Flavor is ok, this bottle has a somewhat tart malty finish with a bit of a zingy thing going on.

Overall this beer is fine but just doesn't hit my brew-spot.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 22:40:35 | More by SickBrew
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New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lagunitas- Lucky 13

Appearance- Bright red with a big foamy white head. Heavy lacing down the glass.
Smell- Huge pine hops with a strong malt backbone.
Taste- Strong caramel malt with an even stronger oily pine hop flavor. Alcohol is always present.
Mouthfeel- Strong alcohol dominates, oily bitter pine hop comes on strong in the end.

Overall- A big flavored beer that the huge alcohol flavor almost ruins. Nice, never the less.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 20:36:33 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of Gouldsby


3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured softly out of a chilled bottle into a small tulipy "shaped" DFH pint glass. purchased for $3.79 at le beau market atop nob hill in SF.

A: pours bright red rusty amber with two fingers of rocky ruptious head. head sticks around with near full cover, and replenishes with a simple swirl, plenty of protein.

S: strong heady dry amber malt (which reminds me of DFH ipa's), sweet undertones of light butter toffee and caramel, candy orange, apricot brandy booze winks slyly through.

T: lightly sweet in the mouth, with peach and vanilla, before turning candy orangey to curacao bitter to dry amber malt, following the nose. hops are present in bitterness but little aroma. clears out of the mouth woody and dry, with more amber malt, bitter overall.

M: medium high carbonation balances a medium full mouthfeel finishing pinewood astringent and hoppily dry.

D: a bit hot up front and in the mouth and dry bitter finishing...i prefer red's a bit more voluptuous and sweetside. more caramel/munich/2row malt character to balance out the dry bitterness and I'd be grinning slyly for the evening. as it warms, the nuanced vanilla and butter creme flavors flesh out the flavor welcomingly, balancing this big boy more winningly.

*Paired very well with the carmelized sweetness of
rotisserie chicken.

**Paired with peanut butter cup cookies, the sweetness brings out the pine and citrus hop tones of the brew, leaving the palate refreshed by the cleansing hops, though still finishing slightly dry and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 04:56:55 | More by Gouldsby
Photo of philbertk


3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lagunitas Brewing Company--Lucky 13 "A Mondo Large Red Ale" Anniversary Release 2007 22 oz. Bottle. 8.30% ABV. 76.92 IBU's. (4.75 / 5.0) Red Ale--Imperial. Mild lacy head. Clear bright amber red color. Mild fruit rich floral hop front. Clean dry sweet fruit toffee caramel big crisp Red malt body. Tangy clean balanced rich hop spice end. Delicious Big Red IPA. Sampled 4/12/2007.

Lagunitas Brewing Company--Lucky 13--A Mondo Large Red Ale--2008 Release--22 oz. Bottle--8.30% ABV--76.92 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Red Ale--Imperial Thin foamy lacy head. Clear rich bright pretty amber red color. Mild toasted rich malt fruit floral hop front. Mild sweet creamy malty crusty rich toffee fruit bisquit body. Earthy malt hop spice mild bitter cloying rich balanced toffee end. Sampled 7/8/2008. $3.99 Each.

Lagunitas Brewing Company--Lucky 13--A Mondo Large Red Ale--EXAYEAYEAYE--2009 22 oz. Bottle. 8.30% ABV. 76.92 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Red Ale--Imperial. Rocky lacy off white head. Clear thin bright amber red color. Sharp floral pine hop malt front. Dry sweet toasted cherry toffee caramel mild fruit hop infused Red Ale body. Easy hot hop EtOH spicy end. Big Tasty IRA. Sampled 7/12/2009. 3 @ $3.99 Each.

Lagunitas Brewing Company--Lucky 13--A Mondo Large Red Ale--EXAYEAYEAYE--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 8.56% ABV. 76.92 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Red Ale--Imperial. Lacy off white head. Clear dark amber red color. Toasted hop pine roasted sweet floral dark fruit ester front. Cloying mildly creamy sweet rich burnt toffee black cherry earthy hop resin rich malty Imperial Red body. Mild hop spice cloying smooth malt end. Built on Lagunitas hop yeast signature base. Every brew over 7% has the same basic profile. Sampled 8/1/2010. 2 @ $5.49 Each.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 22:16:20 | More by philbertk
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3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottle poured into Victory Golden Monkey labeled snifter. No bottle date, but assuming it's pretty fresh from the bottle shop I purchased (Capone's). 2011 release, with blonde haired gal on label.

A: This one pours a redish orange color. I heard this is a red ale, usually, but this year was different? Very clear. Good carbonation. Fingers worth of white head. The head disapates very quickly. 8.9% ABV will do that.

S: I don't know what it is, but I just get tons of malts from the nose. I think that there is some hop character behind it, but I really can't tell what I am getting.

T: It's obviously a BIG beer. You get "some" hop notes from the first taste. It's really malt dominated from the sip though. Front to back: mild hop bite, lots of malt mellowness on the middle of the mouth, and a really smooth finish. Definitely a BIG one.

M: Medium but boardering on full.

O: Usually I would say that "anything" from Lagunitas is amazing. BUT, this is the first beer from them that I don't really care that much for. Good, definitely. Great, by no means. For $6.50 a bottle, no complains though. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 01:28:24 | More by inlimbo77
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3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I remember really liking this beer last year and was really excited to see it hit shelves again

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass

A: slightly cloudy deep amber color with half-finger of light khaki head that dissipates quickly to minor lacing.

S: amber malt sweetness, lots of hoppiness. Earthiness.

T: Not what I remembered. A quick punch from the carbonation and hops followed by an enormous malty backbone and hop bitterness that sticks around long after sipping. Not as much hop flavor as I remember, and simultaneously a little bit more bitterness early in the sip and lingering.

M: a very full body, smooth, with lots of carbonation and an oily sensation that lingers in the mouth that is really the only thing I'm not liking.

O: a little above average, and certainly not disappointing for its price, but not what I remembered it being from last year. This year it does seem to be much more the amber it advertises than the DIPA it seemed like in memory. Still tons of hop as the 77 IBUs can attest. Probably not seeking out more of this, but not unhappy to be drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 23:43:20 | More by jdhowe
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3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. The color was a bright red-orange with a perfect white head that settled to a creamy coating on top of the beer. The smell was a little grassy hops. The taste was some caramel, more grassy hops, some citrus, and alcohol. The alcohol really tingled my mouth and was not at all hidden. That definitely takes away from the drinkability. If you like reds give this one a try. Not as good as Nugget Nectar but still pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2007 15:53:20 | More by ArrogantB
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3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, Summer 2010 vintage.

Pours copper/red with a one-finger off-white head that leaves some nice lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma is OK, features some citrus, pine, resinous hops and caramel malts.

Flavor stays true to the aroma, decent hop punch of some citrus and resinous hops, moderate bitterness balanced against a fair caramel malt backbone with a bit of sweetness. Alcohol makes a noticeable presence.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation.

A solid ASA/Imperial Red, although not quite as good as I remembered it.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 15:23:17 | More by elgiacomo
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3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Copper with a mix of deep red cranberries, good light brown froathy head, leaves excellant lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - very nice aromoa, smells of cherries, a few sprice notes to it, some cinnamon, little hint of corriander, and a good clove aroma about it.

T - at first a fruity tangy flavor, mildy sweet (cherries) them comes the clove taste which could have carried over from the aroma, the the hoppy bitterness finishes it off with a singeing of your tastebuds.

M - Good carbintation, nice medium bodied feel to it, leaves the palate feeling very dry.

D - This beer has a nice combination of flavors, the wonderful aroma carries over to the taste an it makes this a great flavorful beer. Seems to go really well with spicy foods. Share this one with someone who appreciates beer as much as you do.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 13:56:18 | More by CONOR8832
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3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Starts off great, but doesn't quite live up to the promise.

An aggressive pour creates a dense, fluffy light tan head on top of a beautifully crystal clear deep red beer. Lacing lingers forever.

Aroma is caramely, hoppy, piney, bitter, with a crisp edge. Nicely integrated and wonderfully inviting. But the taste is a bit of a letdown from the nose - *very* bitter at the start, leavened by a quick sweetness that finishes all too quickly. The American hops promised on the nose are nowhere to be found. The thin mouthfeel and lack of presence are unexpected in such an otherwise rich beer.

Such a wonderful aroma, but doesn't quite integrate with the taste. And at 8.3% this isn't one you want to keep chasing to find the taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 01:12:54 | More by Talisker
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3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is all about hops. I tried to find the malt but it's overpowered (not necessarily a bad thing.) Basically I get both citrus and spice hop aroma which makes me think big amounts of dry-hopped cascade. Just a little yeasty aroma comes through.

Deep amber/red color. Had a big head initially that faded quickly to a small but lasting layer. Clear with lots of rising carbonation.

Big hop bitterness but not so much that you can't taste the malt. Honey flavors mixed with lots of citrus hops and fruity fermentation. Overall very well balanced but I do get some hot alcohol that seems a little harsh.

Big bodied with nice lively carbonation. Very warming from the alcohol. There's no question this is a big beer.

I like it but it's a bit of a hammer. It doesn't really have any finesse, it just kind of hits you over the head with alcohol and hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 07:52:57 | More by czechsaaz
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3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle with a beautiful thick and rich off white head. The retention was downright insane and it essentially sat there like whipped cream. Eventually it mostly faded into the beer leaving behind an 1/8 inch thick film. The lacing on this beer was also out of control. Essentially ½ the glass (opposite side from where I drank) was completely covered in horizontal rings leaving behind a trail of every sip. The beer itself was a deep red amber color that was clear and showed and turbulent amount of visible carbonation. Beautiful looking beer.

Aroma was slightly sweet and while crazy, I swore I smelled a little cinnamon. Some slight fruit notes and a touch floral... Not overly hoppy, but you can sense them..

The flavor was a little too sweet. I enjoyed this, but as I slowly made my way through the bomber I kept thinking... Man, I wish this was a touch less sweet. Nice roasted malt flavor up front gives was to a slight fruity flavor that begins then is overwhelmed by sweetness. After the sweet burst you head into some nice hop bitterness. Just when I get excited about this it fades a touch and the sweetness is back. Bordering on cloyingly sweet.

Mouth feel was a bit thick, sticky and syrupy. Drinkability was a little tarnished by the sweetness.

I wanted to love this, but could not. I love aggressively hopped Red/Amber Ales. This had a chance and was just too much like a kids candy...

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 23:40:14 | More by Reagan1984
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3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber served in a Tank 7 tulip. Poured a reddish gold with a finger of off white head. Big malty aroma with some caramel and toffee and of course it couldn't be Lagunitas without some hops!. Medium to full bodied. Rich, malty flavor with a fair amount of hops, but not as much as a lot of their other offerings. A little heavy on the caramelly flavors for my taste. Not bad, but I don't think I would drink it regularly unlike a lot of their other beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 23:43:40 | More by homebrewhawk
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3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no freshness date.

Pours a light burnt amber with a 2 finger head that laces a little bit.

Aromas of herbal and earthy citrus hops, light malt bill balances this beer to the best of its extent. Slight funky yeasty smell in their too.

Medium hop bitterness with a citrus aspect and and that funk is in the taste as well, not sure if its off putting or not, very weird.

Medium bodied with a slick slightly watery feel to it.

Good drinkabiity but definitely not my favorite Amber/red ale, but not bad just not amazing.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 19:08:45 | More by hopheadjuice
Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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