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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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Reviews: 836
Hads: 2,137
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 174
Gots: 154 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous red, like a red head in color. Not sure what I'm detecting here . . . Pleasant none the less. Very nice, yummy red ale. Reminds me of Hairy Eyeball but not as hoppy
. Solid feel, Full bodied, prickly, good carbination. 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 had to try . . . Lagunitas has become a brewery that I have to try everything I see.

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Photo of Emnmarko
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark rich copper in color. Slightly hazy. Creamy two finger off white head leaves moderate lacing.

S- Sour bready malt and yeast. Bitter dank hops behind that.

T- Huge malt and hop flavors melt together with a bitter and sour feel. There's alot going on and plenty of flavor to go around. The aftertaste is a muted version of the beginning. Slightly warming in the end.

M- Med to heavy bodied. Malty but this fades strangely to a more smooth feel towards the end.

O- Plenty of flavor, wonderful look and a decent feel. I don't feel I'm up to rate this brew fairly because its not in my wheelhouse. I'm not a fan of this style, although I can see how some may like it. Too much sour, malty mess. However it does improve with temperature. This one may need to be served a little warmer. Lagunitas consistently puts out brews that inspire me. Unfortunately this one is not one of my favorites. Such is life.

Edit- with no apparent date on the bottle and after reading other reviews, I think this must be a older beer. A complete break down on the hop flavor I experienced leads me to feel this way. I think I need to give this one another go to be sure.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another Lagunitas heavy hitter that I've had in the cellar for a few weeks, a "mondo" red ale that has some decidedly red double IPA and barleywine characteristics. Poured from bomber into a goblet, I was expecting something thick and boozy after a recent run of strong ales and in fact got something fruity and extremely hoppy, potent yet smooth and drinkable (to a point). A light reddish-orange amber color with considerable beige head, the initial aroma was of baked apples, butterscotch, grapefruit citrus rind, and hop resins, with a canned fruit sweet citrus and tropical character like that I've encountered in some Belgian IPAs. Taste is also an entire fruit bowl initially, with pears, red grapes, starfruit (I've noticed this in a few other Lagunitas brews, like sweet yellow flowers and citrus combined), lemon/lime/canned mandarin citrus, even a little banana and passion fruit. Just when you think the barleywine-esque fruit orchard might be a tad too much, cereal malts, generic brown spice, light toast, and astringent tea leaf arrive to provide a foil. The butterscotch and toast elements become more salient as one's sweet and bitter receptors relax. This is nevertheless a very hops-forward brew and really ought to be deemed a red DIPA. Moderately thick body and goes down smooth. The malts are on the lighter side and there's no real dark or roasted flavor of note. I am a Lagunitas buff and this one is different in its relative lack of assertive malts but fits the usual Lagunitas approach of putting citrusy and tropical hops at the forefront.
P.S. - They've changed the malt bill to lighten things up from earlier iterations. See Lagunitas website.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - copper colored beer with off white colored head

Smell - caramel, pine, citrus, bit of herb on this

Taste - caramel, grapefruit, pine, orange rind, butterscotch

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly astringent upfront, hop bitterness in the back end

Overall - decent red ale, worth a shot

Price Point - $4.99/22 oz bottle

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Photo of D-No
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear red/amber color with a great head
Smell - Malty, sweet caramel, and hops dominate the aroma
Taste - Starts with plenty of sweet caramel flavor that evolves into a great hop bitterness at the finish of the profile.
Mouthfeel - Great medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.
Overall - I really like this red ale, it is one of my favorites. I will drink this one again.

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Photo of carolinencarter
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite beer.
slightly fruity rich full body with a citrusy hop kick. huge flavour while managing to be perfectly balanced. I am an extremely fickle beer consumer with so many new beers constantly becoming available, but I still come back to this time and time again...
I only wish it wasnt a seasonal.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a pint of this for 7.99. Was pretty excited

Appearence: dark tan. Reasonable carbonation, thin head. Sort of cloudy and lots of yeast.

Smell:TONS of fruit, pinneapple, pears and bananas, with a drop of bread in the finish.

Taste: like the smell, big bold belgian style fruitiness. Plums, pears and banana, with a hint of pinneapple and some definate yeast.

Mouthfeel; full body, medium-high carbonation.

Overall: this was a very satisfying experiance, its tasty and filling. It isn't too drinkable however, and I would buy it again but only when I'm looking for that style specifically and not as a " go to" still, definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Hops4Pops
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber
A: Fantastic. Clear. Medium Red. Standard side pour into a tulip. Giant 2 inch off-white head that is receding very slowly. Bubble size ranges from pure foam to giant 1/4 inch. As its receding its creating a cloud like head in middle of glass. Carbonation geyser up the middle of the glass going to surface. Very sticky persistent lacing on side of glass that seems to be glued there. By the time I finished the glass, the lacing on the glass is like artwork. Expectations are high. This is one of the best looking beers I have ever seen. Lots of particles in the second glass of the bomber.
S: Very nice. Lots of hops. More than I expected. Earthy. Pine. Citrus. Grapefruit. Tangerine? Maybe even a floral note. Oats. Getting a little bit of malt but not much. ABV is very well hidden. I don't smell it at all. As it warms I am getting some caramel.
T: Awesome. Now I am getting the malt first with the hops hiding in the background. Very balanced. Its smells really hoppy but it tastes very malty. A lot of bitterness on the back end. A lot is going on with this beer as I let it warm up.
M: Creamy and smooth to start with a tart crisp finish and then the warmth of the ABV settling in. Very excellent. The carbonation is just right. It starts strong and stays nice until the finish of the glass.
O: This is a fantastic beer. One of the best I have had. I love the in your nose hop profile that reminds me of a DIPA. Just when you taste it you are dealing with a different animal that is more complex in character. I have another one and am tempted to drink it right now but won't do that until I get another one for my stash. If you like strong IPAs that can cross over into the complexity of a Stout, this is a beer you want. I am going to grab a few more while I can.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, honey color that is quite red and almost glows when it doesn't have light behind it. Has a big, creamy beige head that clumpily settles to a finger thick or so. Very good retention; nice stringy lacing.

Really cereal-heavy aroma. Hay, grass, hard water, oats, a touch of yeast, malt.

Rich, full flavor, way hoppier than I had anticipated. Fresh water, earthy hops grab you right off; the cereal malts really even it out and keep it from becoming a hop bomb. Ends it with a finish that is strikingly reminiscent of apple skin or citrus rinds. Sweetish and aromatic, it has a slightly lingering medicinal hop aftertaste.

Full body with tons of stuff going on. Good crisp carbonation and a lingering-but-not-overstaying finish.

Good beer.
Overall, this was an enjoyable drink and it was worth trying. This is a beer that seems (to me, at least) to be just on the conservative side of big, bold, experimental brews. I mainly feel this way because it doesn't seem like a "Mondo Large Red Ale" so much as a Mondo Large Ale that happens to be red.
The nose, look and palate are distinctively those of an amber, while the flavor is overly hoppy for the style, I feel. I loves me some hops, but beers like this are kind of annoying in that they could be incredibly good without so much hop presence. They are incredibly good the way they are, but there are more good, in-your-face IPAs and PAs around than good, in-your-face malt-forward brews.
Oh well.... Good beer overall, in either case.
Would have again; worth trying if you have a chance.

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Photo of beergoot
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep amber body, clear, with a thick, sticky white head; lots of rings of foam and lacing on the glass. Nice combination of malt sweetness and spicy hop aroma; pine and some cinnamon. Warm, toasted grain flavor with a graham cracker-like tone; caramel notes; zesty hop bitterness. Medium body; clean, semi-dry finish.

A very nice interplay of malt sweetness with hop spiciness and bitterness. Almost seems like there is some rye in this one. Subtle yet deep complexity. Nice balance throughout. Excellent work in letting the grains and hops shine while not letting the high ABV over-dominate things. A damn good beer...

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Photo of Noboatfred
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I liked this beer, it was pretty good. It wasn't the best red ale that I have had though...sorry Lagunitas, its just a matter of personal preference. I did enjoy drinking this beer, and would recommend trying it.
The initial poor did not create a large head, and the foam did not last very long. The smell was good though. I think smell is more important than head, but people seemed to get wrapped up on the head here....it must be a pseudo-beer snob thing.
The mouth feel was smooth, almost silky, and had a good red ale flavor.

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received this bomber along with a nice mixed sixer as a gift from a friend who stopped at Trader Joe's in Indy. Not a bad pick for a guy who doesn't dink beer at all! Thanks, Wayne!

I love the color of this beer. I found it to be this vibrant collision of orange and red topped with a wispy white cap. Lace was a bit scant, but no matter. Pretty beer that practically glows.

Floods the nostrils with sweet caramel malt, candy sugar, pear, apple, and fragrant hop spice.

Fantastic for the tongue. Flavors of sweet fruit, sticky caramel malt, buttery pie crust, and well-tempered hop balance. Very good. I could drink this every day.

Medium bodied slightly oily buttery fluffy feel. Carb on the down low and pleasant.

Lagunitas always does it right. I need more of this beer. One bottle shared with a friend is not enough. Cheers!

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy copper brown with two fingers of bubbly white head. Nice stick on the glass.

S - Very aromatic - cologne / perfume. Flowers, hoppy, citrus, bread, malts, brown sugga.

T - Nice hop forward build on this, citrus, bready, crackers, malts, brown sugar. All this melds nicely. Medium to full bodied with a dry finish that sits on the tongue.

O - Very solid Red ale with IPA characteristics.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: 0.5L stein glass
From: My father-in-law
Price: N/A
Purchased: Nov. 9, 2013
Consumed: Nov. 13, 2013
Misc.: Thought I had already rated this, but that was the Lucky 13 alt

Poured a dark caramel copper clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of white head. Good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention as well. Best part of the beer by far.

Smelled malty floral hops up front. Reminded me of an imperial IPA or DIPA. Earthy, malty, a bit like a strong pilsner. Caramel, bread and rye hops.

Tasted pretty close to the smell. Earthy rye hops, heavy malts, caramel, copper, some lemon, pine and a bitter feeling on the tongue after.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

Not a big fan of this beer. Part of that was expecting something more with it being Lagunitas, but this just didn’t hit the spot. I would not have it again.

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Photo of LABrewjourneyman
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of the best concoctions to come from Lagunitas. The bottle caught my eye amongst the ever growing lineup of 24 oz. craft brews showing up around the supermarkets in California, and the uniqueness of the beer reflected the bottle art. Expecting something like an imperial red IPA, I was pleasantly surprised to find something much more mild and easily drinkable. Amber with tonal red accents would be better to describe the Mondo Large Red here. Only slightly sharp and tangy (or maybe zesty) characteristics, which is surprising considering the ABV. Overall I call the taste unique and perhaps complex - hops that will remind you of a well brewed IPA rather than a red. A nicely palatable fall beer that pairs well with a hearty roast pork loin meal.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is not a deep red, more like amber red, with plenty of foamy head and sticky lace. Little bit of a head sticks around the whole time and helps lend a velvety mouthfeel.

Smell is great - dank with hops, along with grape and a caramel sweetness.

Taste mimics the nose. Rich and perfectly sweet, with notes of grape, honey, berries, raisins and a caramel center. Cool hops round things out. It starts out a touch watery, but seems to fill out better as it warms. Alcohol is virtually imperceptible. Impressive.

Mouthfeel is a little bit of everything - full, round, soft, sticky and a little slick. Yet surprisingly dry. Almost abruptly dry at first, cutting the finish short. Again, this gets better as the beer warms.

Overall, I have to concur that this is a good value. Reminds me of a lighter version of Double Bastard or the Heavy Seas Big DIPA I had a couple days ago. Basically a solid (and cheap) entry into the American light barleywine category.

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Photo of McStagger
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Brilliant copper. Clear as a bell. Finger and a half of slightly tawny heady. Very fine, with some large bubbles. Carbonation is moderate. Lacing is stellar, retention is moderate.

S: Big hoppy notes up front. Lot of citrus, grapefruit, lot of forest in there. Underneath that is a bruising bit of malt. Lot of caramel, toffee. Touch of baking spices.

T: Lots of the same red malts come through in the taste. Huge shot of baking spices, lots of toffee, some brown sugar. The mid palate takes over with a big, citric hop blast that isn't quite enough to overtake the caramel malt sweetness. The hops are citric, piney, with some grapefruit and lemon peel running through, but the malt ultimately beats them back and the finish is mostly sweet, with some lingering bitterness.

M: It's a biggun, for sure. The sugary malts give this one an added weight. Definitely a sipper.

O: Bueno. The toasted sugars flavors of the malt tend to take over, especially as it warms. However, the bitterness of the hops keeps this one from being completely one side. Definitely a unique beer.

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Photo of Dionysus777
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a noob when it comes to craft beer but this was an exceptional beer for the price... Even though the ABV is 8.65% it's masked by the flavorful filler in the beer itself. Fruity overtones-not in a bad way-it's a delicious beer...Get it while it's hot! The label is pretty bad ass, too...

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the bright mahogany to light ruby hue of this very well presented ale. The head mounted to a stiff thickness of off white foam that slowly disappated to a thin collared froth.

Mondo malt bomb with strong tea leaf and grainy sweetness. What I find interesting is that it has some sticky sweet candied fruit smell. I get prune, raisin and date. Amongst all that there is a kilned nutty grain but it's got a humid open air wildness.

The flavors are more in line with a Quad as the sweet dried fruits really stand out. The date and prune flavors seem to move in first but then I get a raisin. The kilned yet outdoorsy grain set to the back but support the sweetness well.

The feel has an alcohol warmth but nothing unsettling. There is a good smoothness with less than moderate carbonation.

Not necessarily what I expect in a Red but who cares, this is is really good.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Julian date 164 3.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Has that signature Lagunitas hop aroma that's somehow always the same while still being slightly different. Piney and fruity hop aromas emanate from the glass along with some sweet cereal grain from the malt.

T- The hops slowly creep in with a tangy bitterness and more fruit notes including orange zest and grapefruit. There is also a strong malt backbone here that meshes well with the non-overbearing hop bite and provides some sweetness as well. Quite drinkable for the ABV. Reminds me of a more restrained take on Brown Shugga and/or Undercover Investigation.

M- Slightly syrupy and oily with a bit of sharpness from the hops. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- While I don't like it quite as much as the Imperial Red, it's still a great brew and one of the first I'd ever had from this brewery.

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Photo of Livefreeordie
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When reading "A Mondo Large Red Ale" I was expecting a deep chestnut, boozy, syrupy unbalanced beer. I was immediately surprised, however, to pour a nice amber beer with moderate red hues. The smell was familiar for a Lagunitas beer, but then gave way to aromas of fruit cake. It coated the pallet smoothly and slowly, building in apparent body, with mounting tanginess and heat. Very pleasant for a Fall day such as this.

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Photo of mjurney
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Copper color, clear with a little sediment. Tons of small bubbles rising up. Thick rocky head.

Grassy-piney hops, bready, very crisp.

Grassy-piney hops, a little grapefruit. Malt background, bready, caramel, a little nutty. Finish is bitter-sweet, crisp, dry. Body is full, juicy, smooth, crisp, a little warmth (from the alcohol).

It's an outstanding beer.

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Photo of Hendry
3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A fine example of why you should not read reviews before you try the beer. I've enjoyed Lagunitas Sucks very much in the past when it was available, was disappointed by Hop Stoopid, so I wanted to keep an open mind about Lucky 13 knowing what Lagunitas is capable of.

No deep chestnut or mahogany here, just a straightforward translucent amber with a tinge of red hue in there, tall 3 finger ecru head.

Aroma is straight up malt,slight roastiness with a trace of pine in the mix. The nose is that of a butterscotchy diacetyl assault on the palate.Decent lacing,though spotty.

The force and graininess of the malt flavor overshadows any attempt at bitterness the hops try to bring.The alcohol is present but less of an offputting character than the sweetness that is everpresent.

Mouthfeel is medium full and grainy.

On a recent kick of hoppy red ales, I've been enjoying the local varieties from Lawson's (Steve's Back Yard Red Ale), Maine Beer Company (Zoe),and most notably and refined, Fiddlehead Ruby Claire, with an incredible nose and finish accomplished by dry hopping with simcoe. Lucky 13 is pretty boring,quite malty, and overrated IMO.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Crystal clear ruby copper body with a dense off white creamy head. A few bubbles cascading toward the massive cloud of froth that stays for a considerable amount of time. Chunky lacing left behind.

S: Toasted malt base, faint caramel, orange peel, dank resinous pine, twiggy, and peppery spice. Slight phenol once warmed.

T/M: Rich toasted caramel and busquity malt, orange oil and the same dank resiny pine. A little wood on the backend with earthy dryness. Spicy orange rind alcohol comes in toward the end once the beer warms. Great slightly carbonated body that rolls across the tongue nicely.

O: This beer is a dangerous one. The ABV doesn't really show and it's nice and smooth. Creamy with citrus and resin combined in a flattering spice profile to marry with the rich toasted caramel malts. Affordable and delicious, a true winner.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.