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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 JaredinOmaha


4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of the best examples of a red ale you will find. A round, pungent blast of super strength. You cannot go wrong. Lagunitas cares, you should as well.
Get a hold of any of their beers, except for the PILS, which I think is a wasted effort. Also, try not to drink too much, as in the brewery in general. It will wash your palate away, and you'll be hunting for a great stout or porter to revive your palate. You will know. Thanks Lagunitas, you guys make great brews!

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2014 20:55:31 | More by JaredinOmaha
Photo of GOBLIN


4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Lucky 13

Mondo Lagunitas, Mondo

Poured into pint glass

A: Gorgeous red, like a red head in color

S: Not sure what I'm detecting here . . . Pleasant none the less

T: Very nice, yummy red ale. Reminds me of Hairy Eyeball but not as hoppy

M: Solid feel, Full bodied, prickly, good carbination

O: 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 hadto try . . . Lagunitas has become a brewery that I have to try everything I see.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2014 16:30:57 | More by GOBLIN
Photo of thecheapies


3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnished bronze-to-brick red color with microfoam header. Laces with ease. Looks big and sticky.

A harmonious nose with sweet malts, rye-like pepperiness, treacle, sweet floral and citrus hop with dankness, creaminess, perfume, and a bite of pomme and alcohol. Delightful.

Creamy malts squelch out most of the kilned notes. Apple-like hops are rich with sweetness and floral tones. Not really dank, after all, but mildly bitter behind sweet nutty malt grains. Notes of caramel and treacle syrup that never become too pronounced. Tastes fresh with a zippy pep of implied spice. Totals out with some fumage from the almost 9% ABV. Dangerously drinkable in its smoothness. Warms the belly, which can't quite catch up to the tongue's warning. Body has some stickiness, but retains a creamy nature that is a big positive for the feel. Carbonation is mostly soft, with some collective sizzle under the lips. Nice beer. Not stereotypically Lagunitas, in a good way.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2013 02:51:03 | More by thecheapies
Photo of BradMacMullin


4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Ha a pint on tap at Rattlesnake. Impressed the bartender warned in advance that it is 8.5 percent. Poured a standard copper color with nice lacing. The head is what stood out and it lingered for some time. I read someone else who thought he got a yea aroma from this, and after a few drinks I get the same. Not sure if I like that. However it does have a nice sweetness to it, and the malt and hoppy combination is well done. Nice carbonated taste and solid beer...but damn I am thinking of Nestea right now..

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2013 22:54:27 | More by BradMacMullin
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had at Boulevard Tavern in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

A. It has a nice dark red color, semi-cloudy, with a big foamy white head that leaves behind some lacing. A few bubbles throughout.

S. It has a very strong flowery scent and some bready maltiness.

T/M. This is the kind of beer that gets better as it coats the palate after a few sips. Very sweet and malty, an organic grassiness to it. Some alcohol strong kick. Full bodied with a medium finish.

O. This is exactly what I would want out of a strong red ale. Absolutely nailed it, even if it's not my first choice of style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2013 16:10:04 | More by Amalak
Photo of FanofHefe


4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap in a Bells tulip at Global Brew in O'Fallon, IL. Nice tap pour that presents a clear amber/red body with a small one-finger tan head that runs right up to the top of the glass. Light lacing. Looks very good.

Nice aroma of hops and sweet malt that blend together nicely. Citrus hop note, leaning toward grapefruit, and bready malt notes. Not overpowering but inviting.

Definitely like the flavor of this beer. Although it comes across a little sweeter than I would have expected from the aroma, it's not cloying. Tasty citric hop notes blend nicely with the sweet malt. Might be the best amber ale flavor I've ever had, probably due to the extra presence of the tasty hops.

Medium thickness in the mouthfeel with no notice of the alcohol. I enjoyed this very much and asked for a second serving. I've never seen this in bottles but will start looking for it now. Highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2013 00:33:52 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of delta490


3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a clear deep copper. Short lived tan head lingers for a while and leaves nice lacing

S- not much aroma that I could detect, which seems odd, given its taste (initially gave it a 2.5. The bottle pour I later had had notes of citrus and pine hops and some caramel sweetness. Moved up to current rating.)

T- sweet and nutty, with a nice hop pine bitterness on the finish

M- thinner and no carbonation (bottled version had a nice fullness to it. Not too heavy but just right)

O- a really and good unique beer

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 22:17:33 | More by delta490
Photo of Oakenator


4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep amber brown leaning more towards amber. Thick fluffy head at pour retains fairly well. Chunky lacing present on the glass.

S: Hoppy, sweet aroma - maybe some citrus.

T: Bitter front to back with a good dose of sweet malts toward the back - candi sugar, brown sugar sweetness.

M: Creamy and rich texture.

O: Very well done brew and enoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2013 03:09:27 | More by Oakenator
Photo of rboinski


4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a lagunitas mason jar at the taproom

Appearance: Great looking beer, red with a nice head and fairly good retention

Smell: A little bit muted. The smell doesn't let you know exactly what to expect, as it has a citrus pine hop aroma without much malt.

Taste: Great flavor! A really good malt base and the hop flavors come through, but in the background a bit. Solid red ale.

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel, nice and oily. Could use slightly more carbonation maybe?

Overall: Great beer and I look forward to drinking more of this when waldo runs out!

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2013 20:03:08 | More by rboinski
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Max's today.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise impressivbe, with some noticeable dank earth and dry citrus. There's a hint of sweet malt as well, but the dry citrus dominates.

On the palate, this beer is a hophead's dream. It's a joke to call this an amber ale instead of an IPA or DIPA. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but there is considerable citrus and skunky marijuana, with just enough sweet malt to act as the perfect foil for all the hoppy goodness. It adds a slight tropical fruit component to the hoppy, bitter flavor profile. Moutheel is medium bodied, with a long, bitter finish. Alcohol is noticeable, but is well integrated into the flavor profile. It's exactly what you would want and expect in a high quality IPA/DIPA.

If this were listed as an IPA/DIPA, it would likely make by top 10 (well, at least my top 20). This is excellent stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2012 18:30:56 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of paulginva


4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a tap into a pint glass, produced an off-white frothy 1" head that dissipated slowly leaving good head lacing. Carbonation was soft in a hazy amber body.

AROMA: A gentle, slightly sweet scent of moderate pineapple and mango with a bit of pine and citrus hoppiness offset by a note of caramel and a very slight bit of alcohol.

TASTE: An enticing sweet mango and pineapple with a bit of honey and caramel followed by the pine and citrus hops hit. Avery light hint of alcohol warmth. All in all, well matched and pleasurable without being overwhelming.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer has a medium body with a smooth texture, soft carbonation and good body lacing that dissipates slowly. The initial flavor is moderately sweet with a lightly sweet, bitter finish that lasted for a moderate length of time.

DRINKABILITY: This is definitely a winner but because of the high alcohol content, it's sipping beer, not a session beer as are many other amber ales. It's perhaps a little more hoppy than a typical amber ale but that is a positive distinguishing characteristic. The beer has a decent price to value tradeoff and I'd definitely buy it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 00:44:24 | More by paulginva
Photo of drpimento


4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served with a nice, foamy, frothy, off white head that settled out after a bit and plenty of lace. Color is a clear dark amber. Aroma is on the mild side, malt, hop, caramel. Flavor has a lot more going on - similar to nose, plus roast, nutmeats, toffee, leather. Body and carbonation are perfect for style. Finish is like flavor, tapers off nicely and stays true. Good drinking beer. Yessir.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2011 01:23:02 | More by drpimento
Photo of TheRealBigC


4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at St. James Infirmary

This is a killer Amber ale. It's very strong and it's very hoppy, but Lagunitas is king at hoppy beers. There is always a solid balance for the huge amount of hops. So people who don't consider themselves a fan of hops can still enjoy this beer, most likely.

It's weird that they call this a "red ale," when it is clearly an amber color. Other amber ales are far more red than this.

Check out the .alt version of this one too!

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 00:10:34 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of Soonami


3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Local 44, $5 for 12 oz pour.

-Copper, fairly clear with a thin, sticky head with great cling. Restrained, piney aroma. Resinous hops, some caramel sweetness that finishes clean with just a little but not too much lingering spruce bitterness. Smooth, mouthfeel with a bit of prickly carbonation. The high abv is very restrained.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 23:47:57 | More by Soonami
Photo of TheBrewo


4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew was served in a tulip from the tap at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It arrived a golden orange/brown color. It had a big two finger head of light brown bubbles that retained for quite some time. The lacing left was gorgeously sticky and thick. Carbonation appeared low and transparency was decent, despite the lack of haze or sediment. The nose opened with sweet citric, floral, and earthy hops. These blended together nicely, making room for slightly toasted malts. The citrus came out further towards the back of the nose, with fresh orange sweetness, and more nectary fruit sweetness, of fresh honey and pulp. Booze and phenolic plastics came forth with warmth. As we sipped, sugary sweetness and huge citric hops crashed up front. The sweetness was not overwhelming, and the hops spoke characteristically of Lagunitas Brewing. The middle of the flavor peaked with soft grain, cooler hops, and a high point of spicy and tart sweetness. Moving through the end we rumbled by with bigger booze, further tartness of citric hop, and a metallic yeast. The aftertaste breathed of dirty, earthy hops, mineral, steely grain, and a boozy sweetness. The body was medium and the carbonation was the same. The feel to each sip was with a sticky smack and inviting creaminess. This served to coat the mouth nicely, offering a bit of a drying twinge once things were all said and done. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drinks great.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the big hoppy flavoring. For a red ale it is always nice to see gratuitous use of hops, while not straying too far away from the origins of the beer. The flavors here were complex, but yet well blended and seemingly simplistic. This is another homerun for Lagunitas.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2011 17:48:32 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of ehammond1

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 15:28:58 | More by ehammond1
Photo of HopHead84


3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On tap at High Dive.

A: Golden orange with good clarity and a slow upward flow of bubbles feeding a finger of pillowy white froth. Lots of lacing.

S: Grapefruit flesh and pine with a little orange. The hops are nice and aromatic. Malt is pronounced, reminding me of bread and caramel. Alcohol is evident.

T: The beer has a strong caramel malt foundation with bready aspects. Hop bitterness is at a moderate level, with notes of orange, pine, and grapefruit. Alcohol is apparent throughout the flavor, but it's neither offensive nor detracting. Malt and hops are about on par, but the beer is more on the dry side than the sweet. Bitterness waxes in the finish.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky.

Overall: A strong malty red ale with a robust hop profile to match. Not one of my favorite styles, but I recognize its merit and can appreciate it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2011 21:12:32 | More by HopHead84
Photo of xnicknj


4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at khyber in philly

Pours a mostly clear reddish color with some bright ruby and golden tones. A layer of white head dissolves with some spotty lacing left on the glass.

Strong fruit scents, hints of pear, orange, and apricot. Fairly sweet with caramel and bread crust, faint notion of alcohol.

Soft bite of citrusy hops up front, sweeter orange and grapefruit tones. Pear and apricot, with a tropical vibe, juicy and refreshing on the tongue. Decent malt body, but pretty balanced, syrupy caramel and faint roastyness. Light alcohol warmth in the finish.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and pleasant on palate. Drinks nicely, and I was pleasantly surprised to see this wasn't another overly boozy malt bomb from Lagunitas. I'll drink this again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2011 02:48:55 | More by xnicknj
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours the color of a fresh new penny, clean and clear, thin cap of yellow white head with some very sticky rings. Scent is pure Lagunitas west coast hop - grapefruit and bitter pine - with some brown sugary sweet malt. Taste is quite strong on the grapefruit, some pine resin, with enough sweet malt to cut into the overall bitterness. Medium bodied, thinner feeling then the boldness of the scent and taste dictate, goes down clean and smooth...would like a touch of creaminess. Overall I'm a huge fan of hopped up ambers and this is one of the best, though well behind Nugget Nectar in all areas..

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2011 15:44:07 | More by rfgetz
Photo of PicoPapa


4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours a translucent amber color with a thin ring of head. Lots of lacing. Great hoppy aroma. Citrus and tropical fruits. Taste is more of the same. Nice hoppy flavor with a dry, piney finish. Tropical fruits as well. Pineapple is most prevelant. Dangerously drinkable. Awesome hoppy red ale. Has some of that signature hoppy Lagunitas taste. Overall, worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2011 14:51:12 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of dgilks


4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark golden colour with a thick, creamy white head. Very good. Nice head retention.

Deep and dark, raw crystal malt with a nice nutty sweetness. Good.

Nutty, malty and a touch earthy. Good balance with a hint of tea-like character. Nice.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very good.

A silky, smooth creamy ale with nice nutty flavour and plenty of balance. Solid.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 21:46:14 | More by dgilks
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2011 17:23:37 | More by Billolick
Photo of Chincino


4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap at a couple places in San Francisco. The beer poured to be a mahogany color.

The beer was rich in aroma of malt, caramel, and citrus. It is not overwhelming in its flavor with each element having a subtle sweet taste.

The alcohol content is well hidden with this beer. I was able to drink two of these in one sitting.

Great beer!

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2010 11:57:00 | More by Chincino
Photo of Bfarr


4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear red amber with thin tan fluffy head with good retention and lacing. Caramel and sweet tea aroma. Roasted malt, caramel and tea in a good balance with a splash of chocolate in there to shake things up and finishes with a dose of alcohol sweetness. Moderate carbonation with light creamy syrup combination.

Probably my second favorite red thus far. Full of flavor and easy drinking, my only criticism is it's slightly heavy on the roasted flavors but very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2010 14:28:13 | More by Bfarr
Photo of jzeilinger


4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep amber copper red color with little to no carbonation, thin tan lacing ring at the top, and can see right through. Really looks good!

S - Aroma is a little faint. Has caramel malt with a piney undertone, not overly strong. There's also a trace of floral aroma.

T - Very enjoyable. The tip of the tongue gets tickled up front first and foremost with a piney hop presence. Minimal amount of grapefruit followed with some caramel malt, then ends with floral bitterness. The malt is interesting, presents itself on the tongue as a little tangy and slightly acidic. The ABV is impressively hidden.

M - Body is on the heavier side of medium. Is a little bit chewy, and leaves an aftertaste that I can best describe as toasted caramel floral hoppiness with a lingering citric bite.

D - Very nice balance.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2010 00:09:52 | More by jzeilinger
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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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