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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

2,075 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,075
Reviews: 832
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 120
Gots: 121 | 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 stephens101
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A crimson brew with a large, rolling tan head. Patience pays off and the head finally devolves into a fairly large quilt-like covering with a nice smattering of craggy lace left behind.

Smells of caramel malts and cinnamon with a distant earthy hoppiness. Tastes of more caramel malts, some sugary candy notes and some more hops. Not all that complex, but all the elements work together in near perfect cohesion.

Has a smooth, medium body with good carbonation. The alcohol heat sticks in the throat a bit, but it's not overbearing.

I haven't been a big fan of big reds, and I don't have a whole lot to say about this one, except that it's a damn fine brew.

stephens101, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of SteelKettle
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber red clear with a nice white head with good retention.
Smell:roasted malts with some citrus hints
Taste:roasted malts very clean and smooth
Mouthfeel:full bodied with smooth feel and good carbonation
Drinkability: very drinkable enjoyed it very much just the right balance of bitterness

SteelKettle, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of vandemonian
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has an intense red colour and a good head that lasts. The smell is hoppy and citrus, almost like an IPA. The taste is very hoppy with a hint of citrus with a slightly bitter aftertaste. This beer feels very carbonated in the mouth, giving it a nice body.

This beer tastes a lot like a high ABV IPA like Dogfish Head 90 minute and I guess that's a compliment.

vandemonian, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of HotHands
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into Chimay chalice.

A - pours a dark red-brown with nice slightly tan head.

S - grapefruit, citrus, caramel. Fruity and lively.

T - Very malty, but still balanced. Nice brown bread savory taste with a touch of sweetness. Caramel, toffee, and granola flavors are pronounced. Hops come up at the end with some grapefruit flavors. Nice bitter, dry finish from the hops.

M - Would like more carbonation. Medium body, not too filling. I'm digging the dry finish.

D - Nicely drinkable for the ABV. Lagunitas made a great beer out of an unappreciated style, and I applaud their efforts.

HotHands, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of gregalobeer
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well hot damn! This red is quite a treat. Color is a gorgeous bright red/amber. The head is moderate to thin, with a solid lacing left behind. Smell and taste have a cherry hint, with a strong supporting cast of bitter hops and malty sweetness. Very well-balanced, with notes of fresh fruit lingering on the lips. I see that it's got a healthy dose of alcohol, but really I wouldn't suspect 8.56. Well-masked in the hops profile. I can't wait to refill the glass with the second half of this big beer.

gregalobeer, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

Brewed for their 13th anniversary. Hot label of an old-school pinup girl holding a pint with a horseshoe rocker. As for being a "Mondo Large Red Ale" ... let's find out.

Drops out of the bomber with some nice clarity and a red-stained copper color with a creamy, beige lacing that clings as it settles. Caramel, light brown sugar, alcohol esters, plum and guava. Hmm ... a malt bomb? Oh yeah. Toasty, nutty, caramel, biscuit, turbinado sugar, earth, brown bread, and tons of sweet, toasty grains. Light alcohol spice infused with some soft pepperiness and herbal tea-like hop characters. Some pungency and juiciness too. Finishes sweet, more tea, toasty and dry with granola linger.

Mondo. Check. Large. Redundant, and check. Red. Check. Ale. Check. A malt-a-licious surprise, and there's just enough hops to balance things out without stealing the show--you can't even tell it's 76.92 IBU. Hoist one. Happy 13!

BeerAdvocate, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of hooliganlife
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep ruby orange with a light cocoa cream head. moderate retention through out.

lights citrus and pine hops. faint resin. a bit of booze.

lots of bitterness through out. starts out mellow and builds through the finish. lots of bitter citrus and pine. strong sweet candied malt backbone.

very full body, lots of chewiness to it.

amazing price and an ABV that is not too nasty. i love this and will pick up more. lagunitas always nails it for the value.

hooliganlife, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of wordemupg
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip sept4 2010

A a clear dark amber with plenty of bubbles feeding a large 3 finger head that has great retention and leaves plenty of lace even after falling to a 1/4in film

S grapefruit, pine, some caramel and a little biscuit

T not far from the smell with loads of hops and some sweetness, I had trouble believing this was 8.5% booze the liquors well concealed

M a little syrupy and its just a little sticky on the lips and rather bitter

D if you like hops this will work for you like it worked for me

I like the idea of just throwing a shitload of hops into every beer, one of the reasons I like this brewer. drinks like a DIPA and a good one at that, pick this one up if you can it's well worth a try

wordemupg, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of KeefD
2.95/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark orange amber color with a small white head that fell quickly leaving no lacing. Not a big in your face hop aroma that I was expecting. Kinda of sweet smelling, almost candy like with a hint of grapefruit and pine. Meh... Taste is about the same. It's a big beer, but it's ain't Mondo. It's actually very well balanced, but that doesn't mean any flavors really stand out. It's hoppy, but not overly bitter, mostly grapefruit and light citrus, and the sweetness is very bready with touches of caramel. Medium body, average carbonation. Just a "meh" beer to me. Tastes llike just about every single other Lagunitas beer. These guys are starting to lose me. Make something different for a change!

KeefD, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of mstyne
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"A Mondo Large Red Ale"

No date as far as I can tell. Purchased from Beverage Mart on NY 66.

Red, red, red. This is a red beer. I was surprised at the lack of aroma, but it could be that my sniffer is out of whack. Slight hop aroma... very ripe banana?

Slight head that dissipates quickly, nice lacing. Flavor is very complex, which is awesome. Malt up front, and a oak / smokey flavor comes to the party late.

Another strong offering from LAH-GOO-KNEE-TUSS.

mstyne, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of Pittsburgh
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rick reddish-brown, looks like a very tasty brown ale, lots of foam, which quickly dissolves into a thin topping.

Taste is very powerful, great flavor for a red ale, one of the better ones I have had, with more character than most. A very live and hoppy flavor, along with good malt character as well, mixing into a well balanced red ale, good from start to finish, speaking of finish, that is very strong, pretty tart in the end.

All in all a solid offering, my only complaint is the ABV, maybe it has to be that high to get the flavor, but I bought a bomber, cracked it, then noticed the ABV. If it was a bit lower it would be more drinkable.

Pittsburgh, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of newk340
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a rich translucent copper with hints of amber, thin head with excellent lacing.

S: very faint hop and pine aromas.

T: a faint sizzle of hops, while citrus flavors round out a full bodied, short-lasting taste.

MF/D: a brief fizzle of carbonation on the tongue that certainly doesn't overwhelm the flavor by any means.

newk340, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears copper in color with a large soapy head and lace.

Nose full of floral and pine. Cascade hops giving off a good aroma.

Crisp piney hops, even a little spicy. The hops up front give way to a sweet chewey caramel maltyness. Bitter enough to balance the malt bill. I can liken this brew to a big nugget nectar (NN).

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dryish finish.

Drinkability rates very good as well. A nice hoppy ale with good malt character. Found this to be thoroughly enjoyable.

Stinkypuss, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of CONOR8832
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Copper with a mix of deep red cranberries, good light brown froathy head, leaves excellant lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - very nice aromoa, smells of cherries, a few sprice notes to it, some cinnamon, little hint of corriander, and a good clove aroma about it.

T - at first a fruity tangy flavor, mildy sweet (cherries) them comes the clove taste which could have carried over from the aroma, the the hoppy bitterness finishes it off with a singeing of your tastebuds.

M - Good carbintation, nice medium bodied feel to it, leaves the palate feeling very dry.

D - This beer has a nice combination of flavors, the wonderful aroma carries over to the taste an it makes this a great flavorful beer. Seems to go really well with spicy foods. Share this one with someone who appreciates beer as much as you do.

CONOR8832, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of Vengeance526
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium/dark reddish copper color with a nicely sized tan head that has great retention and leaves a lot of fine lacing.

Aroma is piney with citrus and tropical fruits upfront. A slight malt presence shows up in the background.

Taste starts off very piney once again. Some grapefruit and orange are evident followed by pineapple and a little mango toward the end. The last taste reveals notes of caramel that linger on into the finish.

Full bodied with medium carbonation. Very enjoyable. The alcohol can be felt a little bit toward the end, but for the most part isn't too noticeable. Would have again.

Vengeance526, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of StoutHunter
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle caught my eye at the store today so i decided to give it a try. I have yet to be disappointed by a lagunitas brew.
Poured from a bomber into a 5 ounce sampling glass.

A- This beer poured a nice brownish ruby red, with a fingers worth of head that left some nice lacing.

S- Pretty bready and yeasty, some citrusy hops and matly sweetness.

T- I get some nice malted sweetness that is quickly overpowered by the huge hoppy bitterness, tastes like there's twice the ingredients of a normal red in here with lots of hops.

M- Big and thick with moderate carbonation, could have been a little thinner.

D- This beer is does a great job at hiding its alcohol but with it being so bitter for a red that a bomber of this would be the perfect amount.

Overall this is another good beer by lagunitas and it shows me that not all reds are tame. I wouldn't turn this beer down anytime soon.

StoutHunter, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of samie85
3.28/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes; originally 6/25/10.

A-Pours a ruby-tinged amber with a two finger light tan head.

S-Smells of pine and grapefruit with some caramel malt backbone.

T-Floral notes with pine and some grapefruit and finishes a little caramel malt.

M-Barely there carbonation with medium to heavy body and a smooth, slightly hot (alcohol) mouthfeel.

D-The carbonation, or lack thereof, is a bit distracting but this is otherwise a really enjoyable bigger beer.

samie85, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of TCgoalie
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 7/4/10

It is always nice to try a new Lagunitas brew. Pouring it into an oversized wine glass I notice a brownish red hue. A lovely quarter finger head sits atop this brew and lingers. The lacing is superb, billowy and large. Throughout the brew the lovely head remains.

The smell is very bready and wort like. Cherry and a soap like aroma fills the nose in a flowery manner.

Caramel malts lead the taste with a sweet cherry, peach, and pineapple finish. The hops linger with the malt producing a fuzzy sweet fruity note. Imperial red, yes, but it is understated.

The mouthfeel is creamy and chewy. Does not take the form of a typical 8%er.

This is very drinkable for the double style. This is one of the better red ales I've had.

TCgoalie, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of e11a627
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brown, orange, caramel-brown.

S: Malty, dried fruit, oranges, hop aromas.

T: Delicious hoppy bite to it, hint of caramel and a little bit of a cried fruit taste that lingers.

M: Very flavorful, nice carbonation and an enjoyable bite but still a smooth finish.

D: It's a great red! Easy to drink for 8.56% ABV. Impressed. Would definitely have it again.

e11a627, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of hu5om
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks for bringing the bomber to the party, sam.
a-amber/red bubbly. bone colored foam. soapy. decent patchy lacing
s-citrus, light caramel. pretty faint.
t-big hop kick. orange. big pine. sweet caramel balances it out. brown sugar sweetness. some dark fruit. good little booziness. dates?
m-low/med carbonation. light tingle of boozy.
d-yummy. nice balanced bigger beer. the price is right too! definitely try it out.

hu5om, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of 713IPA
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving was the ubiquitous 22oz bomber. Is there a better size, really?

This beer pours an inviting dark coppery color into the pint glass. With a 1/2 inch tan colored head that leaves lacing all the way to the bottom of my all too fast empty glass.
One whiff of this beaut and I was hooked. Lots of resiny hop smell. A touch of citrus, but not sure what b/c I'm just not that good yet. Kinda of a hint of a west coast IPA smell if you follow that.

TASTE- Here is where good turns golden. It hits the tongue with some force and wrecks it all the way down the back of the mouth, but in a good way. Hops galore, but balanced oh so delicately with what must have been tons of malt. A red the way a red should always be.

The mouthfeel is big, naturally. It can overpower if not prepared.

I could drink this in the Sahara or Antarctica, but probably only 2 or so at a time. It's a tad strong to be sessioning this mutha unless you got your big boy pants on.

713IPA, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of burnstar
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear reddish copper with a good sized persistent head. Lacing on the surface the whole way down the glass. Great citrusy hops in the nose along with some rich darker fruit notes. Big malt flavor. Toastiness and caramel. Fruit notes again. Citrusy hops are also present but not overwhelming at all. A little boozy in the finish. Well balanced. Nice full bodied mouthfeel. Easily drinkable although a bit heavy. Very good overall.

burnstar, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of LacquerHead
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I could have this every morning for breakfast. It was like grapefruit juice only better because it's beer.

Poured this into a Sam Adams pint at an approx temp of 45

It poured a clear copper/amber color with an off white foamy head that never went away.

S: This was just a great smelling beer. It had a well defined hops aroma that was full of pine, citrus oil, and a touch of malty sweetness.

T: I was expecting a pine flavor; instead I got a sweet grapefruit. There was also a bit of dried apricot. The hops were in the forefront, and were lazily being supported by a malty sweetness - maybe raisin or something dark and sugary.

Good drinkability. The ABV was well masked and it had a pleasant aftertaste. The bitterness was on the mellow side.

Overall I thought this was a great beer, especially for the price. I would have liked a more malty presence but I would definitely have this one again.

LacquerHead, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of tapman
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby and clear. I've said ruby before, but this time... I mean it. Dense, plastic-like, camel brown head. Very dense and has above average head retention. Bubble size ranges from tightly packed small to medium in size.

Maple earthiness with a brined olive sting in the nostril, malt is sweet and raisiny with a very piney, metallic hop aroma. Smells like a belgian if you let it sit for a few minutes and don't swirl.

Huge, sticky malt character that, to me, resembles the use of a good portion of the darker kilned malts, say something in the 120 lovibond range. Also I wouldn't put a very, very small hint of something darker (200-300 L) along with something lighter (15-40 L). To put it another way, raisin puree atop dark german bread. Hops not as big in the nose and consist mainly of bitterness with some earthy Fuggle or N. Brewer like tones of mint and soft pine. Alcohol is a little warm and unobtrusive while the finish, except for a little bit of clinging bitterness in the cheeks, is quite clean for something so malty. I personally could have had a little more of the lighter malts, or less raisin like dark malts, but that's just personal taste.

Thick at first, finish is clean with some dryness in the cheeks and a good dose of bitterness on the soft palate and middle/back of the tongue.

Good. Had it on draft and I prefer the bottle. Doesn't taste as strong as it smells, which I'm like. I was ready for syrup, but the lightness while swallowing makes this one a good beer for quick sipping.

tapman, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber for $4.99 at Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY. Served cold into a chilled pint glass.

Deep reddish brown brew is a clear dark cherry red when held to a light. With a moderate pour it generates 1/2" of light tan foam that settles to a thick foamy layer. Smell is pretty hoppy with a robust and toasty body. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side of moderate but the hops and carbonation cut through easily. Tasty malty hoppy, pretty darn good. Semi-sweet, dark cherry, strong mixed hop, fairly smoky/ earthy, lingering finish of smoke and licorice... a very wide palate, there's a lot to be found in there. A good hoppy and robust red.

BeerNinja007, Aug 18, 2010
Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,075 ratings.