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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,060 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,060
Reviews: 831
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 118
Gots: 116 | FT: 2
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 Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A red style with a distinct strong alcohol, highly hopped. Smooth drinking like an IPA. toward a lager yellow colour, a reddish tinge, hoppy aroma, small head and a little lace. One dimension hops above all, but not a double or imperial hop. Understated nicely carbonated.
15 months later, another bottle not as good.Dry but good head.

Sammy, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.9%

t0rin0, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark copper color with a 1 inch bone color head that fades to a residue on the top of the beer. Good ring lacing around the glass on the drink down. Smells of grapefruit, caramel, plums. A very good smelling beer. Tastes of sweet caramel malt, grapefruit, brown sugar. Mild hop bitterness on the tongue after each sip. Good carbonation with a medium body. Somewhat creamy. Hop coating is mild in the mouth. I usually don't like amber/red ales but this is super good. Very easy to drink and very tasty.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -15%

djrn2, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep amber with a bit of copper coming through. Nice wheat head and a bit of lacing.

S: Loads of floral hops come right at me alongside some bready caramel malt.

T: The floral hops completely dominate the show and bring forth pretty big amounts of bitterness. A little bit of citrus and grassy hops as well. A hint of caramel in the background.

M: Light-to-medium body with a nice dryness to it.

D: Very drinkable. Lagunitas sure does it right when it comes to hops.

Thorpe429, May 05, 2010
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.9%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

nmann08, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high beige head that has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a quarter finger head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose - pineapples seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste starts out with initial flavors of tropical fruits followed by notes of caramel malts and brown sugar. A light amount of bitterness is present and hints of alcohol are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with a bit of crispness and light bites of alcohol warming.
O: This beer has interesting complexities in the taste, akin to a lighter version of an American Barleywine. It's a pleasant beer to sip.

metter98, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a frothy head that drapes lace along the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Big citrus ruby red grapefruit dominates the aroma, but the careful sniff will also detect plenty of caramel malt underneath

Taste: The caramel malt makes its presence felt first but the bitter resinous hop flavors arrive before the pint glass is placed back on the table; by mid-palate, however, there is plenty of minty caramel sweetness to match the hop resins; after the swallow, the flavors blend together to produce a sweet, but citrusy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and somewhat sticky; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice example of the style; gets a bit sweet at times for my palate, but I enjoy the bitter aspects well enough

brentk56, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rusted butterscotch with bright slices of Sunkist orange along the sides and bottom of the glass. What a great color! A somewhat gentle pour has resulted in a small golden ecru cap that is becoming nicely creamy as it settles. Tattered sheets of lace are a nice touch.

Lagunitas Lucky 13 smells like a DIPA that has more caramel malt than pale malt. That's pretty much what an Imperial red is anyway. It smells like a few busloads of citric hops were added to the kettles. The ingredients list is a mystery, but Chinook might be one member of the hop bill.

Other than a slightly higher ABV, I wonder how this beer differs from Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale. It's been too long to remember what IRA tasted like, but this one is equally as good based on the scores granted. These guys don't shy away from adding malt and (especially) hops with a heavy hand. That's why I love their beer so much.

Right out of the gate, Lucky 13 delivers a wave of brown sugar-crusted toffee that has just the right amount of sweetness. Just enough, that is, to be overtaken (and then overwhelmed) by loads of C-hop bitterness before the glass has been lowered.

The finish is a whirlwind of flavor that includes candied grapefruit, orange peel, freshly cut spruce tips and an almost rye-like spiciness. Again, I have no doubt that Chinook hops are in the house. This is truly delicious beer.

The only letdown (relatively speaking) is the mouthfeel. A slightly too loud escape of CO2 on crown cracking gave me pause. It turns out that the carbonation is a bit too buzzy for the ABV and the style... and the body isn't quite as big as it could be.

Lagunitas Brewing Company is a fantastic big beer brewery. Olde Gnarlywine (barleywine) and Brown Shugga' (American strong ale) are two of the most delicious examples of their respective styles in the world of American craft beer. I don't care if a renamed Lucky 13 becomes their new Imperial red or if they keep the original Imperial Red. They're both superb.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep red color ale with a large purer white foamy head with some good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of intense bitter hops with some notes of citrus. Taste is also dominated by some citrus and grapefruit –like hops with an intense bitter ending. Malt with some caramel characteristic is quite subtle with some semi-sweet notes. Body is above average with some nice carbonation.

Phyl21ca, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Certainly a big Red, but I think I had my hopes just a bit too high for this brew. Starts off with the obvious amber hue, great clarity, and nicely carbonated. Off-white head retention withstood the session well. Aromas of toasted malts, light caramel and barley malt rose high above the spicy, citrusy hops. Light bready / yeasty fermentation scent gave a sense of depth to the smell. Tastes kick off with the barley / caramel flavors, but well attenuated for clean taste. Along with the yeast, bready character, the beer tastes very sturdy. Spiced up with a mix of warming alcohols, orage-flavored and grapefruit hops, and a modest peppery note late. The beer actually feels light compared to the bold flavors, and became a bit metallic late. Finished clean but a little bite-ey. Although I enjoyed this beer well, I did not prefer it to their standard Imperial Red.

BEERchitect, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I cannot believe I had not had this one before. But I was lucky enough to receive it as an extra from a kind BA. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed with dinner on 11/04/2009.
 
The pour was deep garnet amber in color with a nice light haze to it. A smallish head of white then rose up to the surface and settled down gently into a thin film that totally covered the top of the glass. Rich color then ensued throughout the rest of the session. Nice rich malts up front. Candied sugars, hints of light hops dancing through the nose and a tone of rich tones through out the session. Easily a malt monster if I have ever had one. As I take the first sip that deep, caramel and candy flavor takes over. Nice touches of earthen hops trying to balance it out but going nowhere against the huge bill that was laid out in front of them. Warming makes it sweeter and a touch hot as it is over 8 percent and you can tell. Still though very drinkable and the bottle did not last long especially with a rich feel that really helped to even it all out,
 
Overall a very, very solid example of the style and a favorite of mine I think going forward. I would have no issue at all trying this one when I see it in the local store.

mikesgroove, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2.9%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful copper color with about a finger and a half of white foam. Great lacing.

S: Lots of hops on the front with a great caramel, malt, and bready smell on the finish.

T: Similar sequence to the nose. The hops are present up front followed by a great sweetness of caramel and perhaps butterscotch.

M: Smooth, good body, not much carbonation.

D: Very easy drinking for such a hoppy and boozy ale.

womencantsail, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -2.9%

GRG1313, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -9%

spycow, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber body with a foamy, light beige-colored head. Splotchy lacing.

Smell: A interesting composite aroma of caramel-tangelo and pine resin-bubble gum.

Taste: Right away its sweet, fruity tangelo juice with caramel and piney bitterness following in such a way that it makes me think of burnt caramel. Plenty of sweetiness throughout, all the way to the hilt, in fact, but it still ends distinctly bitter - like a mouth stuffed with freshly-grated citrus peel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Sticky, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Oh, hey, is it good? I guess getting hit in the mouth with a tangelo is pretty fun! If it was anymore fun there would be mobs rioting in the streets.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of oberon
4.78/5  rDev +16%
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.

oberon, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, amber color with a very bubbly, off-white, small head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled roasted malts with floral notes. Some sweet caramel aromas, too.

T - It hits you with roasted malts and finishes very hoppy and bitter. It has a slightly fruity flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is one of the better amber ales I've had and one of the better brews I've had from Lagunitas.

zeff80, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz glass at the Rhino dive craft beer bar in downtown Missoula, MT, just as it is starting to get a bit too crowded with dirty hipsters for my liking.

This beer appears a clear dark bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, rocky, and ultimately creamy ecru head, which leaves cascading layers of patchy lace down the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of warming citrus vodka, heady bready caramel malt, a touch of rising yeast, and further Pine-Sol hops. The taste is more big musty caramel/toffee malt, a restrained citrus hoppiness, soaked and rather inert pine needles, middling earthy yeast, and a slight alcohol warming. Simple, but serviceable.

The carbonation is on the low side, but supportive enough, the body an unsteady medium weight, and weirdly crisp, in a crackery manner, which barely informs on the otherwise plain and agreeable smoothness. It finishes more hoppy than malty, somewhat, with the citrus character standing out uber alles.

Red, large, and mondo, this one surely is. Tasty, and drinkable, but perhaps a bit too boozy to be all that much of a sessioner, though I'm more than tempted right now, with 2 buck Tuesday still in full effect. Good thing my hotel is within stumbling distance.

biboergosum, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big red hoppy ales have come on strong lately, and I wonder why that is? Is it a backlash against the Imperial pils? Is it a much needed, more malty repose to the ever growing number of big APA's out there? Or is it a kind of get to the heart of it and back to the roots kind of thing? I dunno, but I can say without doubt that Lagunitas has really hit the nail on the head with this one. The citrusy hops, yeasty fruitiness, and sweetish caramelish malts combine so perfectly that you'd hardly ever realize it was anything other than an average "red" ale. The alcohol never really stands out (although you will feel it halfway through a bomber), and it has great drinkability. They've kept the hops in-check - although it would have been very easy fro them to take them to a resinous, raspy level; and the bitterness is fine-tuned to give great balance, and nothing else. The caramelish malt is clear, but not overdone in depth or sweetness; and the hops are blended so as not to be all splashy and zesty citrusy fruit. In a way it's a bold move for Lagunitas (who are kind of known for having a bit of an aggressive edge) to have NOT gone all out with an anniversary beer - but they've done it. AND, on the label they reference a couple of guys who've done the same thing... made a beer that stands out, but embraces - and I think they're on the right track. Well-rounded, superbly balanced, remarkably drinkable!

NeroFiddled, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

SocalKicks, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright copper color with a short foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is well-blended and loaded with floral hops and citrus & caramel sweetness.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with a strong hops bitterness and sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. There’s a tiny bit of alcohol that comes through, but it doesn’t detract from the taste at all. The malt character is hearty and the after-taste is nicely bitter and hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not very filling, good kick to it, if the label didn’t read “a mondo large red ale” I’d swear this was a 2IPA and a very good one at that. This beer is one that I could drink for a whole and enjoy the entire time.

TheManiacalOne, May 26, 2007
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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,060 ratings.