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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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2,027 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,027
Reviews: 831
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 105
Gots: 104 | 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 Humulus85


3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second of the Lagunitas line (hop stoopid being the first). Poured a bit lighter than anticipated; with a cream, two finger head and pale amber color. Sweet and hoppy at the front with a nice raisiny sweetness on the finish. Not too thick either, which I like, and plenty of carbonation. Makes for a overall tasty, strong, but drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 02:51:11 | More by Humulus85
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 eclipse54


4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle I picked up at the local Co-op. I look forward to this one every year, but am finally getting around to adding my review on here. Into a Deschutes tulip it goes...

Pours a burnt orange color that has some hazy red hues to it. It grows about an inch of eggshell white head that dissipates quickly into a ring and patches of bubbles. It smells of citrus (grapefruit, orange), plenty of hops as is the Lagunitas way, some grass and herbs, and a nice malt base. Tastes similar, with an emphasis on the hops and citrus. A caramel malt backbone plays nicely throughout the drink, and helps smooth out the bitterness of the hops. Has a nice, medium bodied mouth that finishes very well (not too dry or sticky wet). Overall, a solid beer and one that I always look forward to.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 23:45:02 | More by eclipse54
Photo of Chico1985


3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this a couple times, decided to make this my "hurricane" beer today. ABV listed as 8.9%.

Light color for the style, pours a pale copper/orange, white head retains well at a finger leaving some lace.

Sweet butterscotch malts stand out in the nose, some earthy/piny hops, a hint of grapefruit.

Taste is much hoppier, lots of hop oils, resin, pine, grapefruit. General earthiness. Malts are still pretty sweet but toned down from the scent, leaning more towards caramel. Improves a bit with warmth.

Mouthfeel is a bit high on the carbonation, it's too stinging and oily at first, but seems to even itself out a little with some time. Booze is pretty well hidden.

A good red ale, but the resiny sweetness is a little rough, a bomber of this may be a bit too much for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 21:13:31 | More by Chico1985
Photo of mactrail


4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great sweet, hoppy mouthful! Classic Lagunitas beer-- no style, just pure flavor. I have apparently forgotten how good this can be. Sweet malt is the big flavor, but cut with tartness and expanding hoppy aromatics. Sparkling mouthfeel but subsides as you sip. Even the beautiful golden color seems brighter than other beers. Hops provide a nice burning bitterness to go with the hotness of the alcohol, but both are in line with the flowery, fruity flavor. Not to be confused with a piney DIPA, this is more of a Belgian golden but cleaner.

Another great beer bargain at $4.99.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 04:20:52 | More by mactrail
Photo of omniscientcause


3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: Bottle into a Pint glass.

A - Clear orange and amber with a thin white head of maybe a finger.

S - Piny hop aroma but nothing amazing.

T - Didn't notice any alcohol taste at 8.9. It had the familiar hop and citrus taste present in all Lagunitas Brews. (Which I enjoy)

M - A little thicker than a medium body.

O - A solid beer from Lagunitas, they always make a decent beer worth having again.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 16:04:18 | More by omniscientcause
Photo of obrike


4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber at HEB in Round Rock for 5 bucks.

Dark honey color...nice fluffy head, did not last long but certainly left sticky lacing throughout. Quite nice.

MMM...malty sweetness dominates...some tropical fruit, assorted spices...cinammon, clove maybe? Very nice indeed.

Wow...this is a sweet beer. The tropical fruit hops hit first, but the sweet malt on the backend is fierce. Super sweet...but very refreshing...and quite tasty on a super hot day. This one packs a pretty big boozy punch but you wouldn't know it..super easy to drink...very dangerous.

Once again, Lagunitas comes through with a tasty, boozy, affordable taste explosion. Keep rocking Lagunitas!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 23:36:31 | More by obrike
Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

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

Poured a dark copper color from a 22 oz bomber, with OG, IBUs and ABV on the label.
Nice one finger head that dissipates fairly slowly to a persistent film. Good head retention.
The moment I cracked the bottle open I could feel the citrusy, fruity, floral hoppy aroma. Mild sweet notes make their presence felt among the floral, hop aroma.
Taste upfront is slight bitter, and then moves to a sweeter malty backbone. The aftertaste however is oily and mildly bitter.
Very good mouthfeel, and very good drinkability considering the high ABV. The alcohol is very well masked.
The lace it leaves behind is almost picture perfect.
Overall, I would say this is a very good brew from Lagunitas.
Definitely worth a try. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 00:53:25 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of inlimbo77


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
Photo of TenHornsProud


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

Pours a clear amber with an off-white head that sticks around.

Smells of piney hops and sweet malt, caramel and earth tones dominate.

Sweet bitterness fades into pineapple notes that mix with sweetness and fade into a bitter but balanced finish. It really is an amazing balance of sweet, caramel malt and earthy/pineapple hop. The bitterness hits you but is almost immediately followed by sweetness. Some alcohol is present but nowhere near what you'd expect for the high abv.

Medium bodied but almost chewy at the same time. Medium amount of carbonation as well.

I really enjoy this beer. It's a yin/yang of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. The flavor is pleasant, and it's too easy to drink given its masked-high alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 23:06:53 | More by TenHornsProud
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 sonnmr31


4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear orange and amber with a thin white head.

S - Tons of piney hop aroma here.

T - A slight alcohol taste despite its 8.9 ABV.

M - Changes between smooth and crisp both as it warms in your mouth and in the glass.

O - The flavors are great in this beer. Very drinkable and enjoyable red ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 02:24:25 | More by sonnmr31
Photo of Vanlingleipa


4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a little like Brown Shugga Jr. - very sweet (although certainly not as sweet as BS), but far more hops. Certainly a well-rounded beer that also recalls brews like Bootlegger's Knuckle Sandwich. Typical example of Lagunitas' penchant for bold flavors.

Poured a bright brownish-orange with medium head - lots of carb bubbles immediately after the pour. Carmel malt aroma with a bit of hops.

First sensation is that classic roasty malt sweetness followed by a nicely balanced flavor of pine and bitterness - just enough bitterness to jump start the tongue. The malt remained dominant and kept a warm presence throughout.

Very nice beverage and one that I'll buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 12:56:47 | More by Vanlingleipa
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer after dealing with the challenge of working my way through a "Triple" IPA. You can see the review on my profile. I switched to this beer based on all positive experiences with Lagunitas.

This beer looks really good. It is a deep shade of orange. There is minimal head on this beer after it settles.

The smell was different on the opening pour. I passed it to wife to get a second opinion. We picked up fruity sweetness, some lemon, and a little bit of breadiness (like pie crust). It was really enjoyable to get these different flavors.

The flavor is excellent. I get maltiness and distinct flavors like a red. There is some sweetness in this beer as well. There is great balance, and a good amount of bitterness.

This is an excellent beer. Pick up a bottle if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 01:11:02 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of jtingue

New York

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Gorgous orange amber in color. Perfectly clear with a nice lacing of white head.

Smell. Tons of piney hop aroma here. Also a lot of hop infused alcohol notes as well. Not any malt to really speak of here.

Taste. Unlike the nose, there is a nice balance between malt and hop. Starts out sweet with flavors of honey and some bready malt notes. Hops take over with a good amount of bitterness but also nice grapefruit and piney flavors. Sweeter hop flavors take over the bitterness with a lot of citrus, specifically orange. The finish is a bit dry and very bitter.

Mouthfeel. Medium to heavy body with a moderate amount of carbonation. They combine to give an almost creamy mouthfeel which combines nicely with the hoppiness.

Great red ale, always worth a try.

Serving type: growler

08-12-2011 19:18:18 | More by jtingue
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 Chaney

District of Columbia

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

At the time of this review, this is the #6 ranked American Amber/Red Ale on BA.

A: Man, I haven't had a peach colored brew in a while, but that was exactly what this was. Very pretty actually, crystal clear in translucence, with a soft solid white head that stayed afloat as a ring around the brew.

S: Candy sugar... melted Astro Pop actually, with a slight puff of West Coast-style hoppiness. Very subdued.

T: Right off the bat, I got a very clear hop presence that was reminiscence of an IPA. I didn't get the red velvet cake-esque quality that I usually get with reds (eg. Southern Tier Big Red, Port Shark Attack, etc.). The balance between the hop and fruit was very linear indeed. I must say though, I got a slight hint of Castor Oil on the finish.

M: Bitter and sweet at the same time, but not too bitter or sweet at all. The lacing was minimal and the alcohol was very well hidden.

O: This is just personal preference here: When I'm in the mood for a West Coast Imperial Red Ale, I prefer a cake batter hop bomb (eg. Green Flash Hop Head Red). But once again, that's just personal preference.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 00:46:32 | More by Chaney
Photo of YouSkeete


4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber, orangey/copper color, very mildly cloudy. Short bubbly white head with lots of lacing.

S: Apples, grapefruits, bananas. Belgian yeasts, fresh hop aroma, bitter malts and some honey-influenced sweetness. A very aromatic brew.

T/M: Big fresh hop mouthfeel with bitter malt and belgian yeast flavors. Moderately fruity with apples, grapefruits, bananas, and maybe even candied plums in the mix. Earthy and piney, with a bready/wheat beer characteristics. Very well put together body overall. 8.5%ABV is a great percentage for the body, very smooth. Bitter, earthy, fruity and maly brew. Medium body with medium carb.

D: Really a fantastic amber. A great investment for amber or red ale lovers.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 02:28:57 | More by YouSkeete
Photo of coldriver


4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Sam Adams glass

Appearance - pours a deep amber decent head and lacing

Smell - caramel, with subdued pine, grapefruit, and apricot

Taste - malty caramel but not too sweet. Peppery hops are very present as well slight alcohol warming. Overall nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel - slightly oily, good carbonation, dry finish

Overall - I'm really liking these hoppy ambers - and this one is damn good!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 17:36:03 | More by coldriver
Photo of WrathsU


4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - deep copper colored body. Poured a thin white head and had decent retention. Lacing looks phenomenal.

S - Definitely picking up citra and simcoe smelling hops in the nose. Citrusy and piney.

T - Wow this thing packs a nice hop wallop. Surprising for a beer like this but works really well. The sweet from the amber malts really help balance it out and it is quite amazing.

M - Alcohol is definitely there and you can feel it. Other than that the beer works nicely, not too heavy and not too light.

D - Definitely a great beer and put in front of me I could drink quite a few but it is quite a strong beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 00:33:16 | More by WrathsU
Photo of mentaltraveller


3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer. It sports the Lagunitas trademark sweet taste. My only complaint is that every Lagunitas beer tastes remarkably similar. Pours a reddish hue with a decent loose head. This one is sweet, malty and clean, with enough alcohol to make an impact. With little carbonation, this is a good sipper. Pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 01:38:08 | More by mentaltraveller
Photo of Jammies


3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a golden orange with some amber tones. About an inch of foam with excellent retention. Strong lacing.

S- sweet with some citrusy and floral notes

T- slightly earthy. Great balance of flavor and hops

M- light and slightly bitter, but not too hoppy

O- Great appearance and good taste. The bitterness may be just a little off balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 01:30:40 | More by Jammies
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 BurpingtonDC


4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - I poured this in a pint glass and got a beautiful deep amber color, and a healthy two-fingered head that faded quickly, but left an abundant amount of lacing.

S - Bright, citrus and pine hop scent, mango and pineapple is quite abundant with a malty undertone.

T - Nicely balanced hop and sweet malt flavor. Sticky, but pleasant taste that settles at the back of the throat. Mango or apricot tinged. Just a slight alcohol taste despite its 8.9 ABV.

M - Sticky, sweet with delicate carbonation and a medium body.

O - Perhaps the above description doesn't adequately demonstrate my satisfaction with this brew. I enjoyed it tremendously, what with its bright hoppy flavors, and it's malty sweetness. A very enjoyable alt. Laguinitas does a great job on just about everything they touch. They were at the Charlottesville VA brewfest last year and I hope they bring something special this year!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 23:57:54 | More by BurpingtonDC
Photo of IronLover


4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a bottle with no freshness date. Light copper orange in color with a reddish hue and excellent clarity. Poured with a stiff bright white foamy head with excellent head retention. Foam left rows of sticky lacings on the glass. Grapefruit hop and sweet caramel malt aromas are dominant with a hint of pine hop as well. Very crisp, fresh aroma. On the heavier side of medium bodied with a delicate smooth feel from beginning to end with just a touch of resinous feel at the finish. Nice balance of citrus grapefruit and caramal malt flavor from beginning to end with pine hop bitterness flavors becoming more prominent at the finish. Finishes clean with a light pine bitterness. This was excellent.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 19:17:28 | More by IronLover
Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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