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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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2,097 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,097
Reviews: 833
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 124
Gots: 130 | FT: 1
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 WoodBrew
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I will take #13 any day....who said its unlucky...this beer is good!!! The Lucky 13 is a rich amber ale with ecru creamy head that is lacing beautifully!!!! The smell is a nice malt with sweet undertones!!! The taste is a pure full bodies red ale with malt and sweet caramel. The ABV is high...but you cannot sense it. This beer is perfectly balanced. The problem is I would try to session and destroy myself...oh well.

WoodBrew, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of djbreezy
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a standard pint glass from a 22oz bottle

appearance - copper in color, excellent head and retention

smell - caramel malts and tropical/citrus notes

taste - a nice full malt and hop flavor that has some sweetness

mouthfeel - substantial mouthfeel but not too big, some of flavor tends to weigh if that makes sense

overall - a great brew, had no idea what to expect, bold and generous on the palate, a wrecker

djbreezy, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Sensaray
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear looking golden amber with a frothy big bubbled orangy white head. Laced a lot of the glass. Might be because I generally like Laguinitas but it looks really tasty.

Smells very malty sweet with a touch of hops.Tropical and citrus. Alcohol is present.

Light hop spice leads to a bitter combining with a sweet caramely malt flavor which leads to a bigger bitter close. Citrus, apricots, mango, tropicals. Flavors emerged more as this warmed up a little. A tad sweet.

Smooth very drinkable moutfeel. Medium light body. Somewhat dry close.

Very good release. Would purchase again.

Sensaray, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of VicSlick
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First of all, lets get this clear. THIS IS NOT THE LUCKY 13 MONDO RED ALE of yesteryear. This is the .alt version.(alternate). When I can find this, which is getting super rare, I snatch up as many as I can. This shit is great.

Appearance is super good. A nice coarse, foamy head that leave super duper amounts of lacing. I mean a lot of lacing. It pours a dark copper, almost red color.

The smell is fucking great, mostly because I already know whats coming and the smell can suck it. Nothing else to say.

The TASTE is awesome. It is the epitome of an Amber Ale. I taste a lot of malts(a staple of Lagunitas beers). Sweet, like coco butter. Then the hops come in and evict the malts from the taste buds so fash they didnt have time to move their shit outta the apartment. Wow. After about 15 seconds, you smack your lips against each other and feel sticky-ness. Almost like you just smokes copious amounts of mary jane. I love it.

Mouthfeel is just perfect. Not too bubbly, yet not flat.

OVERALL. A+++ BEST BEER ON BA? I say top 3. Hop Stoopid close behind this. TRY IT!

VicSlick, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours out a clear and bright golden amber. Head is thick, a bit rocky and lasts for the duration of the drinking experience, floating on about a half inch cap above the beer itself.

S: Great aroma, pure red ale with a strong, biscuity malt presence coupled with a double-ipa like hoppiness.There has got to be Amarillo hops in here, Simcoe too? Trying to get past just the "fruity/citrusy" descriptions here. Smells even a bit wild in places, that kind of woody/grapey thing that you find in sours comes out just a bit before getting swallowed up by the bigger hop and malt aromas.

T/MF: Super malty up front juicier hops rounding out the back end, melon being the most predominate hop flavor here. Working through the beer the hops take hold of the beer and looses a bit of its balance which I had been enjoying up the that point. This does not ruin the beer, but takes away from its overall enjoyability a bit. Feel is what I would like to get out of my homebrews, a pretty thick body the smooths over the rougher and more astringent portions that the hefty dose of hops lends this beer.

D: Pretty pleased with this beer, but I really, really do like red ales so I guess I wasn't taking much of a risk here.

bluemoonswoon, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

xnicknj, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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..

rfgetz, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of billab914
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Surly glass. It poured more of light copper color with a modest but sticky white head to it. Nice head retention with some pretty good lacing as well.

The aroma has a juicy and bright hoppy presence to it with a little bit of a tropical fruit coming out mixing with some citrus rind like flavors. I get some toasted, sweet malts coming through as well. Very appealing aroma to it overall.

The taste has a little more of the bitter, grapefruit, citrus rind like quality to it throughout the flavor. I get just a little of that tropical fruit, pineapple or mango like flavor coming out as well. Some toasted, sweeter malts are present and come out more towards the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being about average for the style. Overall it's a very solid beer. Some great hoppy flavors to it and enough of a malty presence to keep things interesting. Very enjoyable beer overall.

billab914, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

PicoPapa, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bomber from work today, poured into a weizen glass.

A: Has a golden orange color with big puffy 2 inch head that is leaving heaps of lacing.

S: Smells super hoppy, lots of citrus and floral aroma. A little spicy and some alcohol is present on the nose as well.

T: Sweet floral hop flavor up front with slightly dry citrus flavors settling in afterwards. The sweet malt is there just enough to balance things out. As someone else said, this is kind of 'juicy' and absolutely in a good way.

M: Smooth, medium-medium heavy mouthfeel with just below average carbonation and a very slight dry finish. I served it probably around 50-55 degrees so that may add to it's sort of creaminess.

O: I loved this beer, although I may have a bit of a bias for supercharged amber ales. And this one is no different; Delicious.

ReelBigwigFish, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of DrStiffington
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lucky 13 poured into a tulip glass. Looks dark orange, crisp and clear. Nice smell - floral, citrus, spicy, sweet. Tastes pretty much the same. It has a tangy, sweet taste. Excellent balance of malts and hops. Smooth mouthfeel. I really love those strong amber ales. Good one, Lagunitas!

DrStiffington, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of dgilks
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

dgilks, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of mdcrouser
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A consistent off-white creamy disc of head provides a sturdy and steady cap to this beer, with a beautifully glowing orange-gold beer underneath.

Candy sweet citrus on the nose, hopping out of the glass, hinting further at a malty backbone.

Juicy, succulent, hoppy, with lots of citrus and undertones of strong florals. Can't imagine that this is actually considered an amber or red, as I'm not picking up much above a mute malt.

Smooth, sparkling lightly, while the hoppiness seems to dry to close.

For $3.49, are you kidding me - that's an outstanding value for an incredible beer.

mdcrouser, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful copper color with great clarity and a foamy white head that sticks around a while and leaves soapy rings of lace.

The aroma is strong on pine, floral, bright citrus like grapefruit and apricot, and some grassy qualities as well. Interesting and complex combinations on top of a brown sugar, honey and leather backbone.

The taste is a bit overly sweet for the style in the malty, honey and brown sugar front. Hints of toffee and leather lend a strange off flavor. The hops are pleasant floral, pine and grassy mixture with some grapefruit and apricot notes. The balance is off with an overly sweet front that doesn't let the interesting combination of hops shine. Strange leather-like musky notes throws things off as well.

A bit sticky and thin.

Overall an interesting sipper. Just not for me.

JayS2629, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful copper color w/ a perfect off white two finger head. Head sticks around for a while. Good carbonation, and great lacing. You can see through the beer pretty easily as well.

S- Alcohol sweetness, hops, grass, a little grapefruit. Great smelling beer. Not too overpowering, just right, and very balanced nose on this one. Very nice.

T- Definitely different than the nose. Hops, grass, earthy-ness, and sweet fruit are the tastes I'm getting. A little too much on the grass taste though, it's a little out of whack w/ the rest of the flavors. Not bad, but not as good as the nose.

M- Very thin, and a very dry aftertaste- which lingers quite a bit. Not bad, but nothing exceptional here.

O- Note a bad brew at all. Worth picking up if you're a fan of Lagunitas, or the style. Enjoyed this one.

jayhawk73, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color that borders on redness. Stingy beige head dissipates quite quickly. Smells of dark caramel and toffee mixed with some grapefruit pine and orange. Tastes smooth with caramel, dark sugars, toffee starting each sip until the citric attack somewhere in the middle. Grapefruit, orange, and apricot cut through the sweetness and meld into a long lingering almost earthy bitterness that's covered in brown sugar. Medium to thick body, lower medium amount of carbonation with a sweet almost sticky mouthfeel. I can't find any bottling dates on this one, but I suspect that this bottle isn't the freshest example of this beer even though I purchased this today at a somewhat reputable store. That being said I really enjoyed this beer. I would have liked a bit more hop, but as is this is still a damn tasty brew. Lagunitas I'm starting to really dig ya.

johnnnniee, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Bright, clear orange with an off-white foamy head.

S - Strong pine, grass, and some citrus.

T - Pine and grass.

D - Slightly bitter, creamy with good carbonation.

O - It's a Nice hoppy amber, close to great.

HuskyinPDX, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of MadBeerX
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucky 13.alt Bottle from Madison Wine Exchange.. Opened 06/17/2011.. This new edition is encouraging, Lagunitas i like your style. Its nose holds hop, citrusy pine, grilled orange and buttery. Mouthfeel once beer settles is thick & smooth. Certainly grab a bottle before its gone and judge it with your own personal touch. 93points..

MadBeerX, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of cdkrenz
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I cellared this fine brew below 45 degrees for 1 year.

A - It pours a deep clear amber, orange and purple. The head isn't much at less than a 1/2 inch in a bubbly and far from foamy or frothy consistency.

S - Sweet caramel malt.

T - Rich malty flavor that has some real basis to it. The malt is firm and to the point. There's a tiny bit of bitter hops here but the story is pretty much all about the malt.

M - Thick and creamy body. It goes down smooth and without effort.

~ This is a very fine tasting and feeling beverage. The look is average and the aroma is run of the mill. That being said, I would still certainly recommend this to a friend.

cdkrenz, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of albertjr21
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from 2010 poured into a tulip on 5.31.11.

A: Appears a semi-clear and dull reddish color under a thin but persistent film head. Looks the color of iced tea.

S: A very appealing and complex aroma with sweet notes of gingerbread, caramel malt, bright sour citrus and brown sugar,

M: After sitting in fridge temperature for several months, I've let the bottle hang out at room temperature for about 15 minutes. There seems to be the perfect mellow carbonation here to call this a somewhat quenching brew though the finish does leave the palate dry and nicely bitter'd up. Sophisticated body and relatively smooth.

T: At its opening, this approaches the palate immediately with its deep earthy sugar and mild peppery spice. Resinous flowery hops and a pleasant note of burnt sugary caramel echo for a long time in the finish.

O: A fine "Imperialized" Red...

albertjr21, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Rhettroactive, May 18, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazed copper coloring with a chunky, light, fluffy cream colored head. Nose is slightly sour malt, mild hops, and peppery spices. The aromas are similar to a lot of DIPAs. The beer is round and robust in mouth, with the malt carrying most of the load, and the spices picking up the tail end. Spiced flavors include pepper and cardamom. The beer has a semi-sweet aftertaste, with a slight citrus hint at the very end. The finish is semi-sweet, also, with a slight sour balance. Flavors also remind me of some DIPAs. Beer leaves a great, thick lacing on the glass while you drink. Solid brew.

GarthDanielson, May 11, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, dark amber color with over one finger of cinnamon-tinted foam head that collapses to a large island. Heavy lacing--nearly continuous sheeting--remains on the glass.

S: Caramelized sugar, brown rye bread, and dark orange citrus with a spicy edge, all combine to make for an uncanny similarity to ketchup. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with an immense malty character consisting of caramel and husky grain. A whiff of umami is also detected in the flavor--reminding of the way that very fresh bacon-flavored dog treats smell. Restrained fruitiness matches the citrus of the smell. Acidity builds slowly to a moderate peak during the middle, where flavors turn more spirituous--but with a few less sharp edges. The finish is respectably bitter, reaching a moderate level at its peak, then quickly tapering off to leave bready crystal malt and alcohol fumes to linger on the palate.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, slightly sticky and gently acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: While comparisons of this beer to Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot may be appropriate, the Lucky 13 is the maltier of the two--seeming unbalanced in that direction despite the detectable hop influences. It is extreme for the style, considering the unusual sensory qualities, and would make an interesting player in a malt/hops contrast to Stone Arrogant Bastard. The aggressively malty backbone encourages pairing with zesty savory food, especially tomato-based sauces or soups.

beagle75, May 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber-red with a moderate head.
Aroma is full of the orange and resinous pine scent characteristic of west coast hops. Looming just beneath the hops is a deep syrupy malt sweetness that threatens, but never quite manages to, overwhelm the nose of this beer. It also contains hints of cocoa, caramel,dark fruits and an earthy forest floor note.
The taste is equally complex with an explosion of deep toasty malt full of dried fig, raisin, brown sugar, and pungent white pepper. Finishes with a lingering hops bitterness to complement the sweet malts.

, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of Sudsy89
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a reddish-brown, has a thick, beige-colored head. I thought it was hoppier than other reviewers noted, I got an upfront bitterness, almost a pine-like hop taste (as with SN Torpedo). Taste is big, bold flavors of dark fruit, slight caramel, hops, alchohol is noticeable at 8.56% abv. It isn't very "drinkable" for me because of the higher ABV, but it is a good beer. The bottle I tried was perhaps a year old anyways, so a fresher one would probably taste better.

Sudsy89, Apr 10, 2011
Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,097 ratings.