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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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2,104 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,104
Reviews: 833
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 127
Gots: 134 | 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 KeOw
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(My first review.) Poured a bomber into a shaker. Not that it matters, but the label is an enticing old-school image of an inviting dark brunette of the 40s/50s noir femme fatale type standing mostly behind an upward-opened horseshoe that frames her from her bust upward, as she proffers a shaker of brew held just in front of the horseshoe, all on old-timey yellow-beige background. Oh yeah.

Appearance 4.5: Inviting and clear orangeish copper with a three-finger head of a very rich off-white, full of shallow craters and rounded peaks and valleys like the surface of a moon made of hops. There appears to be low carbonation, the only detail holding it back from a "5."

Smell 4.5: At first it felt like dipping my nose in a vat of malted barley, all toasted nuttiness, caramel, and grainy sweetness. Then there's the slight bite of hops: a hint of ripe orange and some other non-citrus tropical fruit, a tiny sharp point of pine, and a sweet dessert bread. I'm reminded, just a little, of a fruitbread, somehow flavored with something floral. And is that alcohol I sense?

Taste 4.0: Much like the flavor, malt-dominant. In the same vein, I can also taste a smokiness I didn't smell. Fruitbread-y sweetness with a streak of hops, a little herbal and very slightly flowery. Fruity alcohol esters cling to the hops in the background. Perhaps a thin caramel. Both hops and malt flavors last, a barley sweetness contrasted with some herbal bitterness. Overall, it is somewhat dominated by a somewhat grainy and smoky malt-heaviness--despite the hair-under-77 ibus(!)--offset and complemented by some herbal-floral astringency. In my opinion, it could have used a tiny bit more bite, either from hops or carbonation or both, but it is not too unbalanced. Perhaps more important, the flavors work together, complementary and coherent. I do not believe, however, that it is particularly representative of its putative type, the red or amber ale. In my opinion ambers and reds should be "betweeners," as in between a easy pale ale and a powerful IPA, somewhat balanced and not overwhelming. Lagunitas calls it "mondo," but may as well call it "imperial" or double." It is huge and delicious, but perhaps too much for its type. For that reason I award it "only" a 4.0 on flavor. Perhaps imperial ambers/reds should get their own category, like, for instance, DIPAs . . .

Mouthfeel 4.0: It is so rich and creamy, but perhaps at a slight cost: I'd like a little more carbonation. This ale is far flatter than any red/amber I've ever tasted.

Drinkability 4.0: It is surprisingly drinkable for its ABV 8.3% (as I said, an imperial red), but is held back a little by its extreme nature, whelming malt, slightly imperfect balance, and what I consider insufficient carbonation. But, once again, it is quite quaffable for its "mondo-ness."

Photo of Cheesemoose
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured between a couple pint glasses.

Pours a red tinged copper with a nice khaki head. Good amount of lacing that leaves a solid ring after each sip.

Malty sweetness blasts up to kick your face in. Earthy, bisquity, caramely sweetness with a nice balance in the background with the weakened hops come out to play. Lite citrus notes.

Hops come out a bit heavier in the taste. Citrus hops play off the caramel sweet hops, giving a bit of balance to the "mondo". More graininess on the tongue through the finish. Tastes like candied tangerine peels, or something of the like. The IBU's really come out as it warms, so if you wanted some hops, you won't be disappointed.

Slide down quite easily. Bready taste resonates, making you want to wash it out rather than go for another. ABV will sneak up on you so take it easy.

Photo of greenmonstah
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into DFH snifter

A - Pours a dark, cloudy copper with a finger of off-white head. Excellent lacing.

S - Fig and a bit of caramel malts. Simple but appealing.

T - Fig, caramel, toasted malts. Maybe a little hazelnut. I'm at a loss reading other reviews because no one else mentions the fig, which is simply dominating my palate. I'm getting almost entirely fig and a hint of other dark frutis in the taste. Similar to Troegenator. Aftertaste is still fig.

M - Medium body with average carbonation.

D - Very strong flavor and a nice mouthfeel. Perhaps a bit much for some, but I would never believe you if you told me this was 8.56%.

Photo of hopheadjuice
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no freshness date.

Pours a light burnt amber with a 2 finger head that laces a little bit.

Aromas of herbal and earthy citrus hops, light malt bill balances this beer to the best of its extent. Slight funky yeasty smell in their too.

Medium hop bitterness with a citrus aspect and and that funk is in the taste as well, not sure if its off putting or not, very weird.

Medium bodied with a slick slightly watery feel to it.

Good drinkabiity but definitely not my favorite Amber/red ale, but not bad just not amazing.

Photo of shadow1961
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Laugunitas Lucky 13 pours a finger of loose foam over a clear dark orange fluid. Carbonation is moderate but steady, the nose orange marmelade and yeast funk. The flavor is sweet and fruity up front, with notes of molasses and a firm slap of medicinal hop off the back for balance. Mouthfeel is not unexpectedly round, given that they got this up to 8.56% ABV. All that alcohol doesn't really make itself felt except as a feeling of well-being, so take care. Aftertaste is grassy, medicinal hops. Just a tad sticky-sweet but not bad.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 22oz bomber with my bro. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a maple syrup brown, nice two-finger head which sticks around for a while and leaves good lacing.

S: Lots of hops; some barley and honey aroma

T: Taste follows smell closely - lots of hops, with the normal flavours from a brown ale taking back seat to the hop presence.

D: Drinkability is good due to a nice carbonation and well-balanced flavours. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall: This is a good brew, but not mind blowing. It honestly smells and tastes more like a soft IPA than a hopped-up brown ale, however it is refreshing and the original concept and always low Lagunitas price will bring me back for more.

Photo of stonermouse
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a goblet (only glassware on hand in my hotel room...)

Pours a deep copper with a touch of merlot. Head is thick and sandy-colored. Beautiful brew.

The nose is really light. It gives nothing away without giving it a good whiff, and even then I get only a hint of syrupy sweetness, which is pretty nice.

Wow, this sucker tastes nice. Mellow smell, but complex, heavy flavor. Thick malts, with molasses and an almost port-like flavor and booziness pushing through. Strangely, the late floral hop-bite bites at the back-end, and works nicely with the other flavors. Definitely took an entire bomber to savor all of the flavors involved.

The mouthfeel is syrupy, but necessarily so. The flavors, especially the port flavor and associated warmth, are quite compatible with a slick beer, and the hops are mild enough that they don't hang around too long.

Drinkability is good, but the one bomber was the perfect volume. The flavor is pretty potent, warm, and complex, so I wouldn't go all night with this one. But it's a really nice after-dinner beverage. I could see putting back one of these bombers in the winter time after shoveling the snow out of my driveway...

Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep amber copper red color with little to no carbonation, thin tan lacing ring at the top, and can see right through. Really looks good!

S - Aroma is a little faint. Has caramel malt with a piney undertone, not overly strong. There's also a trace of floral aroma.

T - Very enjoyable. The tip of the tongue gets tickled up front first and foremost with a piney hop presence. Minimal amount of grapefruit followed with some caramel malt, then ends with floral bitterness. The malt is interesting, presents itself on the tongue as a little tangy and slightly acidic. The ABV is impressively hidden.

M - Body is on the heavier side of medium. Is a little bit chewy, and leaves an aftertaste that I can best describe as toasted caramel floral hoppiness with a lingering citric bite.

D - Very nice balance.

Photo of adam42381
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a nonic pint glass. Bottled on June 3, 2010 according to the Julian dating code on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish-amber color with a 2 finger fluffy light tan head. Very sticky spiderweb lacing throughout.

Smell: Pine and citrus hops with sweet malt and pineapple in the background. Very sweet and fruity.

Taste: Sweet citrus with a hint of pine up front followed by sweet caramel malt and a touch of grilled pineapple in the middle and ending with bitter hops at the finish. Aftertaste is mildly bitter. Delicious beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. The alcohol is completely masked so this one could get you in trouble considering the elevated ABV.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. I was worried it would be out of date but it was excellent. One of my new favorites. I'll be picking up more if I see them. Another fine offering from Lagunitas. I would highly recommend this beer.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely red tinged deep amber, with a full and forthy head of yellow-white bubbles. Lacing is excellent and consistent right down through the glass. Looks very sticky and thick, and very tasty. I love a good looking Red Ale, and this is one. Could be more truly red, but it's pretty good.

Nose is a little thin. Little sweetness and a bit of reedy piney hop fragrance. A touch of grapefruit. Not a lot on the nose overall though.

Taste is better. Pleasant sweetness with a nice bite of hops through the centre. Finish is pleasantly malty, with just enough remaining hop oil to cleanse the palate. Buttery feel, very pleasant. Perhaps a slightly sweeter palate than perfect for my ultimate American red, but it delineates it nicely from a darker IPA.

Very nice beer, although lacking in some key areas. Well, whatever. I'm happy to drink it. I'm still waiting for an Australian brewery to get this style right.

Photo of hoppyhampy
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on July 13th. A little old but hopefully not past its prime. A solid inch of lumpy head formation slowly dissipates. Deep amber color. Reminds me of bourbon. Light carbonation. Good lacing. Very nice smell. Light, fruity hops. I don't know if I would call it fresh but definitely lively. The must have been amazing when it was younger. Rich malt notes of molasses and maple syrup lie just below the hoppyness. Fairly light body but with a robust texture. A smooth sip with an interesting finish. Hoppy enough so that when the malt comes through you get hints of coffee and dark chocolate and not just sweet. It reminds me a little bit of a dubbel in that respect. Very quaffable for such a big beer. I will restate my original sentiment: the must have been amazing fresh! It has been years since I have had this and will try to make it a point to pick one up next year as soon as they hit the shelf.

Photo of Yimosan
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber / Spiegelau pint glass

A: Reddish copper, with a nice foamy 2 finger beige head. Nice sticky lacing left behind.

S: Sweet Caramel malt and citrus on the nose, like candied pineapple. Hint of pine, not overwhelming.

T: Again, sweet malt and caramel up front, with a slight hop and fruity bitterness that balances this brew nicely.

M: Medium bodied. Sweet on the front palate, yet somewhat hoppy clean on the finish.

D: Very well balanced and easy to drink beer. The alcohol is a bit warming, but not in a bad way...especially since it's starting to cool down.

Very good beer, one of my favorites from Lagunitas!!


Photo of begforme4484
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark reddish brown/amber. Slight head with decent lacing.

Some slight piney and citrusy hops scent right away. The malts come through strong, smelling of toffee and dough.

Lots of malts up front on the tongue. Burnt sugar/molasses taste, sweet yet smoky. A crisp and clean bitter hop finish rounds out the beer well.

Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Somewhat abrasive to the palate.

It's nice to find a good red ale with big hops presence. Most are mainly malt.

Photo of fourplayed
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 6oz bottle poured into tulip shaped 16oz glass.

Pours a little hazy but clears up fast to a nice medium red and amber with a small head.

Smells rich, a nice mellow sweetness of pineapples with a nice mix of hops, malts and touch of citrus.

Tastes as good as it smells. Still getting the mild sweet pineapple, hops and some alcohol presense.

Medium weight in the mouth. Nice effervescence on tip of tongue and finishes fairly dry and hops bitter. Not too complex, but nice! More alcohol warmth as it warms up.

I was pleasantly surprised by the nice balance and flavors in this Red Ale. I've tried several other styles of beer from Lagunitas and have enjoyed them all. No dissapointments.

Photo of hophead247
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber body with a big and fluffy tan head. Some caramel maltiness in the aroma, but it leans more toward some floral hoppiness. Grapefruits and pine show through as it warms. Medium-bodied. Nice balance taste-wise. Caramel maltiness and a hint of cocoa upfront. Ample hops show through at the end with a solidly bitter finish that features just a touch of warming alcohol. I loved Lagunita's regular red ale, but this will fit the bill nicely...

Photo of Snamnoum
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear copper red color, one finger of beige head. Excellent retention and plenty of sticky lace.

Smell - piny hops, grapefruit, burnt sugar, citrus , and alcohol

Taste - big sweet malt upfront, toffee, smoky molasses, burnt sugar and toasted grain. Finish is hoppy and slightly bitter. Very round and balanced beer.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied with substantial carbonation and a slightly abrasive feel.

Drinkability - interesting red ale with a big hop presence. A high gravity beer that drinks remarkable well with little to no alcohol presence.

Photo of Tone
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, red color. 6/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops, sweet malt, citrus, alcohol, and yeast. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of coffee, slight roasted malt, alcohol, strong hops, slight yeast, and slight citrus. Overall, good aroma, body, appearance, blend, and complexity.

Photo of RJLarse
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Lucky 13 in a beer store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a mahogany brown color and is clear with a frothy resilient two-tone beige and off-white head.

The smell is a caramel candy aroma with some dark fruit scents, plumes and raisins.

It tastes remarkably like it smells. A nice caramel malt flavor, with a fermented fruit essence and a bit of bourbon like heat.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and clean.

Very drinkable especially for the ABV. I probably won;t have this again, but I'm glad I did once. Another solid offering from Lagunitas.

Photo of Naugros
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep amber, almost red, with a thick head with great structure. It reduces but sticks around and leaves behind a ton of lace with exceptional coverage.

First whiff is all pine and citrus hops. Upon further sniffing you'll get some sweetness from the bready malts.

It tastes almost exactly as it smells and it tastes and smells more like an imperial IPA than a red ale except that the malts are a little bolder and bring darker bread notes than the biscuit of an IPA.

The hops leave behind a pine sap aftertaste that endures. If you drink anything after this one you'll probably still taste this one.

Photo of andrenaline
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper colour with a nice red amber hue, thumb of off-white head, solid retention (5+ minutes), some light carbonation visible in the body and some nice tacky lacing.

S - Scent is very floral hops, with pine and citrus, sweet caramel and toffee malts. The hop flavours are definitely prominent, but nicely balanced.

T - The bitter lemon hops come through nicely followed by caramel malts, pine and cedar with some woody bark flavours. A bit of a peach flavour also detectable with some burnt almonds on the finish. The higher ABV is slightly noticeable, but nicely hidden.

M - Medium bodied, tad on the thicker and chewy side, a bit oily and syropy, but definitely non-offensive. Perfect given the other characteristics.

D - This stuff is fantastic. I could drink bombers of this all night, except for the fact that I'd regret it in the morning. The flavours are delicious with powerful hops coming through but still offering a balanced offering. Number 13 has never been so lucky! If you can get your hands on this, I'd highly recommend it!

Photo of berley31
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a moderate-sized, off-white creamy head. Lasting fairly long at 1-finger before dropping down to a thin film. Body is a dark ruby red, and very clear.

S: Strong, citrusy hop aroma, along with a nice balance of malt sweetness and caramel.

T: The malty sweetness is quite strong with caramel undertones; moderate citrus hop flavor, and moderate bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium-full body, with moderate carbonation. Despite the higher ABV, I don't really detect any alcohol here.

D: Very tasty American Amber, even if it is outside the style guidelines... but aren't most West Coast Ambers out there now, anyway?

Photo of robwestcott
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle a rich, translucent amber to a sun king shaped pint glass with a full one finger off white foamy head with a great deal of lace.

aroma of malty sweet candy corn and earthy hops.

malty sweet, faint earthy hops, candied caramel nuts, subtle fruitiness.

very smooth and creamy, medium carbonation, very nice.

drinkable - oh yeahhh.

* and at 5$ a bottle, this is a great beer.

Photo of WJVII
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the bottle from my BA bud Cdkrenz!
Poured into a pint glass this brew has a wonderful deep amber color with a thick frothy 2 finger white head from an aggressive pour leaving a puffy cap and thick sticky lacing down the glass. The aroma is a punch in the face. No wimpy stuff here. Strong caramel malts, bolt citrus and spicy hops are present. The taste is just as good. The beginning is full of the sour citrus hops, the middle is full of sweet caramel and brown sugar from malt balance and the finish leaves with a slight bitter but pine needle fresh hop. The medium body and moderate carbonation fit this to a T. Very solid work and worth the strong accolades. Get some!

Photo of chrisgn
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into large BN army glass from a 22oz bomber.

A- glowing amber color with a head that doesnt quit.

S- sweet malts.

T- rich sweet malty flavor comes through most with some backround bitterness to help balance the beer out. I enjoy a malty beer that is not syrupy sweet.

M- med bodiedm sweetness lingers on the palate.

D- I cannot believe this is an almost 9% beer because it is so smooth and easy drink. I usually go to Lagunitas for hoppy beers, but Lucky 13 is a nicely balanced red ale. Yum!

Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber-reddish color with a half finger of fluffy khaki foam.

Smell: Malt heavy nose, brown sugar and some interesting hop character at the end.

Taste: Biscuit and caramel malt, brown sugar, molasses, subtle hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and the alcohol is very well hidden.

Drinkability: Enjoyable beer from Lagunitas. They are really starting to become a favorite of mine, as they have some really solid beers at really good prices. I have another bottle of this and probably will pick up some more.

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,104 ratings.