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 LiquidBread219
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber.

A= Nice dark copper-red color. Not much of a head and goes away fast. No lacing.

S= Citrus, light caramel. pretty faint.

T= Hops. First and foremost hops. Beyond the hops there is citrus, toast, and a little bit of a malty sligtly fruity sweetness. There's quite

M= Light-medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

D= This beer was very drinkable to me really enjoyed it.

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

Lagunitas Lucky 13 pouring out of a 22-oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Nice dark copper-red color. Not much head to speak of, dies soon. No lacing.

Smell: Sugar and more sugar! Toasted bread/biscuit... reminds me of a Fat Tire on steroids (on the nose only).

Taste: Toasty bread, some hops and citrus. Nice dry finish and pungent bitterness to boot. Slightly spicy. Sweet all around.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, bitter, sugary. Full carbonation and body.

Drinkability: High! Very well balanced.

One of the better Lagunitas, in my opinion.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a clear copper red, short tan head dissipated to a few islands with a pretty good lace
S - sweet molasses, roasty and grainy malt hints, brown sugar reduction, plum, and a spicy hop note
T - a malt bomb, sweet sugary dark molasses, strong roasty grains, and plum fruitiness, and a nice hop spice
M - medium carbonation, smooth and almost chewy moving to slightly bitter and tingly on the palate
D - this is a big beer (Mondo as it were), great variety and balance of malts, sweet, fruity, spicy, and the alcohol is VERY well hidden, another home run for Lagunitas

Photo of edbeered
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap, this beer is a hazy amber color, with an abundant white head, which lingers as lacing all over this glass. Smell is hoppy, but does not prepare one for the taste, which is exceptional. The taste is quite hoppy, with a bitterness on the tip of the tongue and a great orange rind citrussy component. The mouthfeel is neither too watery nor too rich-just about right. I wish this wasn't the last beer I had tonight, as it is one I could drink all night.

Photo of stephens101
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of SteelKettle
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Photo of vandemonian
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of HotHands
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of gregalobeer
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

Photo of hooliganlife
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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

Photo of KeefD
2.95/5  rDev -28.2%
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!

Photo of mstyne
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of Pittsburgh
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of newk340
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of CONOR8832
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of samie85
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of e11a627
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of hu5om
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of 713IPA
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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