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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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2,063 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,063
Reviews: 831
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 119
Gots: 119 | 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 homebrewhawk
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber served in a Tank 7 tulip. Poured a reddish gold with a finger of off white head. Big malty aroma with some caramel and toffee and of course it couldn't be Lagunitas without some hops!. Medium to full bodied. Rich, malty flavor with a fair amount of hops, but not as much as a lot of their other offerings. A little heavy on the caramelly flavors for my taste. Not bad, but I don't think I would drink it regularly unlike a lot of their other beers.

homebrewhawk, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of philbertk
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lagunitas Brewing Company--Lucky 13 "A Mondo Large Red Ale" Anniversary Release 2007 22 oz. Bottle. 8.30% ABV. 76.92 IBU's. (4.75 / 5.0) Red Ale--Imperial. Mild lacy head. Clear bright amber red color. Mild fruit rich floral hop front. Clean dry sweet fruit toffee caramel big crisp Red malt body. Tangy clean balanced rich hop spice end. Delicious Big Red IPA. Sampled 4/12/2007.

Lagunitas Brewing Company--Lucky 13--A Mondo Large Red Ale--2008 Release--22 oz. Bottle--8.30% ABV--76.92 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Red Ale--Imperial Thin foamy lacy head. Clear rich bright pretty amber red color. Mild toasted rich malt fruit floral hop front. Mild sweet creamy malty crusty rich toffee fruit bisquit body. Earthy malt hop spice mild bitter cloying rich balanced toffee end. Sampled 7/8/2008. $3.99 Each.

Lagunitas Brewing Company--Lucky 13--A Mondo Large Red Ale--EXAYEAYEAYE--2009 22 oz. Bottle. 8.30% ABV. 76.92 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Red Ale--Imperial. Rocky lacy off white head. Clear thin bright amber red color. Sharp floral pine hop malt front. Dry sweet toasted cherry toffee caramel mild fruit hop infused Red Ale body. Easy hot hop EtOH spicy end. Big Tasty IRA. Sampled 7/12/2009. 3 @ $3.99 Each.

Lagunitas Brewing Company--Lucky 13--A Mondo Large Red Ale--EXAYEAYEAYE--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 8.56% ABV. 76.92 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Red Ale--Imperial. Lacy off white head. Clear dark amber red color. Toasted hop pine roasted sweet floral dark fruit ester front. Cloying mildly creamy sweet rich burnt toffee black cherry earthy hop resin rich malty Imperial Red body. Mild hop spice cloying smooth malt end. Built on Lagunitas hop yeast signature base. Every brew over 7% has the same basic profile. Sampled 8/1/2010. 2 @ $5.49 Each.

philbertk, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt raisins, toffee, stewed peaches, and caramelized scents. Reddish dark brown body with 3.4 inch of off white and dense head; fruity malt aroma.

Grapefruit, oranges, peaches upfront, watery finish with a hint of citrus. Light and creamy with a medium high level of carbonation. Touch of alcohol heat and a medium amount of perceived bitterness.

Opinion: A very balanced and drinkable red ale. The creamy mouthfeel is superb, and the fruity, caramelized malt flavors play well with the citrus hop character. Finish ends sweet yet slightly salty and dry.

TheJollyHop, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of WakeandBake
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy reddish brown color pour with a thick , long lasting creamy offwhite head , loads of sticky lacing , medium carbonation . Aroma of citrus and piny hops , with sweet caramel malts . Flavor is of cirtus and spicy hops with a sweet sticky caramel malt backing , nice balance , long hoppy sweet finish . Full body with a sticky creamy mouthfeel , very good and drinkable .

WakeandBake, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of Natural510
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. No dating, but it's definitely this year's release.

Pours a darker, crimson amber with quality foam & lacing.

Nose is pure malts...hints of dark fruit and brown sugar. The hops are detected as well. Very sweet, very inviting.

Sweet brown sugar in flavor as well. Notes of raisin, plum and and a spice not immediately identifiable round out the sweetness. Hops not forthright in flavor but certainly in bitterness. A flavorful beer with a proper kick.

What else to say but another kickass beer from Lagunitas? Readily available, affordable, great tasting bombers everytime.

Natural510, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of Tucquan
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-07-26 in Lynchburg, VA from a 22oz bomber

A - Moderately hazy copper with a short, tan head

S - Easy to smell at a distance! Rising bread, citrus, raisin, apricot

T - Lots of flavors. Roasted grain, mild caramel, dried fruit, citrus, hop floral, mild pine, Finishes with a mildly sweet honey taste and a very nice hop wollop bitterness. There's also a sour taste that lingers a bit too long, but this is only a minor niggle in a good tasting brew. The alcohol is well-submerged and the balance is great.

M - Smooth and sticky (don't know how they managed this) with medium body and carbonation.

D - Goes down easy. It's a little differnt than say a Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye or a Green Flash Hop Head Red (which I like about this same as this Lucky 13). All-in-all, a very enjoyable concoction.

Tucquan, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a brownish color with slight red highlights nice 2fingers width head which is hanging out for a while and leaves a nice sticky lacing.

S-nice smell of bittery hops balanced by sweet malt scent.

T-bitter hops up front citruousy and piney malts make a small showing mid palate but there come the hops again in the aftertaste.

M medium bodied and nicely(not overly) carbonated to make it smooth creamy and bitter.

D-drinkability on this one is above par the 8.5abv is well hidden. a very nice west coast take on the Red Ale.

drinkiusmaximus, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of sonata2008
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lovely clear amber topped by a thin, creamy head.

Smell: A very hoppy citrus aroma with lots of delicious grapefruit all the way through.

Taste: Heavy on the grapefruit flavored hops with a bit of caramel malt, ending with brown sugar way in the background.

Mouth feel: Very freshing, pleasant character.

Drinkability: Wonderfully balanced. The higher alcohol was nicely hidden. Great beer!

sonata2008, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of steelerguy
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear, dark amber, moderately high carbonation, nice just off white head that lasts and is sticky.

S - Lots of malt sweetness with a strong citrus and pine hop aroma.

T - Like the smell you get a lot of malt up front with a bit of sweetness, then the hops come on strong starting with some citrus and spice and then a good bit of bitterness.

M - Fairly full bodied beer but the higher carbonation level and smooth alcohol feel keep it from feeling chewy.

D - Awesome balance for a high gravity brew makes it very drinkable.

steelerguy, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a pretty ruby red with a creamy off white, one finger head. nice thick lacing coats the glass. I must say this is one good looking beer

S: smells of good spicy hops with a sweet malt backbone and some toffee

T: great hop bite mixed well with sweet malts. a nice citrus fruit twang as well.

M: medium body with nice carbonation

D: smooth and easy to drink. ABV is very well masked and a nice dry finish made this very enjoyable

Overall this a very good red ale at a fantastic price.

CosmoHopHead, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint on tap at manny browns.

A- comes top me with a good finger of light tan head that settles slowly to a nice ring and some sticky lace.

S- big sticky resiny hops and conifers. Sweet caramel malts and some brown sugar. A mild background spice.

T- well balanced back and forth between the hops and malts. Neither one ever over taking the other. Citrus fruits and pine resin, cinnamon toast with caramel on top. Slight spice and a bit of pepper. Long hoppy finish.

M- mid to full bodied and a mid level carb.

D- bold red we've got here and its works very well. No sign of the abv. If its around on tap snag one.

oglmcdgl, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz pour at Rivertowne North Shore - served in a pint glass

A - bit over a finger of very creamy, off-white foam which hung out for awhile...sits on top of a bold amber colored beer, clear texture. excellent coating lace down the sides of the glass.

S - bright citrus hops, highlighting juicy grapefruits and some melon...complimented nicely by a bold caramel sweetness with a notable touch of spice.

T - nicely balanced with a firm citrusy and slightly floral hop flavor, joined immediately by bready malts, caramel, and spice...finishes slightly floral.

M - excellent example of how a good beer can be pushed up a notch by stellar mouthfeel. medium bodied, yet insanely creamy, but oily at the same time, refreshing but with a lot of character.

D - i'm usually hit or miss with the "Imperial" Amber style, this was a huge hit for sure. great to look at, smell, and taste...I will be on the lookout for this for sure. well done.

Stigs, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of alli4051
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a perfect pint.

Pours a deep, mostly clear, amber with a foamy tan head. Head dissipates quickly leaving some heavy lacing and a nice haze over the top of the beer. Nose is malty with some toffee and a hint of citrusy hops. Taste is more of the same, lots of malty character with some caramel notes and a perfectly assertive hoppiness in the middle before a nice malty finish. Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium bodied with a stickiness to the finish. Drinkability is outstanding. I tend to skip over more reds in generally, not that I dislike them they just don't tend to do much for me. Not the case here. Even at 8.5%, which is hidden well, this is a very tasty, easy drinking brew. Comparatively speaking the price is dirt cheap too which never hurts.

alli4051, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a recent trip back to PA. Review is from notes taken on 7/23/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is the color of caramel mixed with dark copper; starts with a one finger creamy light tan head that slowly fades to a thin, but full, cap with a thick foamy ring; body is very clear and shows moderate carbonation; fair spots and washes of lacing are left holding firm to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Lots of sticky piney and citric grapefruit hops -- very bitter!; a sweet caramel malty backing and a burnt toast-like graininess; nose is very robust. adds to the bitterness; sweet malts are buried, but make a brief appearance along with a faint presence of alcohol; a great example of a west coast beer with the hop presence from a really solid brewery.

Taste: Hops are very forward and bitter -- grassy/piney and citric grapefruit; a burnt toasty graininess adds to the bitterness; sweet malts are buried, but make a brief appearance along with a faint presence of alcohol; a great example of a west coast beer with the hop presence from a really solid brewery.

Mouthfeel: Body is a little thicker than light, and has nice carbonation that's a little prickly but still leaves the body fairly smooth; a thick and semi-dry coating is left all over the palate; gums are left tingly and the belly is left a little warm.

Drinkability: Solid enough -- plenty of nose and flavor and the bitter hop profile is certainly refreshing enough; ABV feels like a bit much, but if nursed slowly enough, this beer is easy enough to drink.

bamadog, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber to red in color when poured into my pint glass, two fingers of foamy head that leaves nice lacing behind.

S - Toffee and malts is all I am getting.

T - More then I expected after the lack of aroma produced by this brew. Nice hops, but mostly sweet caramel and malts is what I am getting. There is a citrus like juiciness as well that is very nice.

M - Medium-heavy in body, nice carbonation and very smooth, really nice.

D - Great beer, great price, enjoy a few if you can!

StoneBrewFanatic, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of vdread
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

yep- another AWESOME beer from Lagunitas.

Lagunitas Lucky 13 pours a dark amber with ample frothy head.

smell is dripping with grapefruity and citrus hops. some sweet malt is present, but doesn't nearly compete with the pungent hops

taste is...wow! lots of hop flavor, front, middle, and back. grassy, lemony, grapefruity. bitterness is between medium to heavy here. the flavor and the aroma of the hops shine here more than the raw bitterness. the malt is sweet with brown sugar, toffee and caramel, carrying this massively hoppy amber.

the rich burnt-caramel malt becomes more apparent as the beer wams.

mouthfeel more than medium, very sticky, hides the alcohol well

what is this? an imperial red? a DIPA? a light barleywine? whatever it is, i love it! and probably will be buying more

vdread, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint.

The body is amber/red. Two finger off white head dies down to a foam cap on top. Nice lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smells of caramel and toffee sweet malts. A hint of citrusy hops.

Taste is of caramel and toffee malts with bitter resin and grapefruit malts. Nicely balanced. Very flavorful, and pretty straight forward.

Mouthfeel is a bit more than medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth, and crisp with a subtle bite on the end.

Pretty easy to drink. The abv is almost non existent.

billshmeinke, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of snpub540
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish copper hue. Beautiful scarlet highlights when held up to light. Leaves some scattered off-white lacing on the glass the entire time. Definately a good looking brew in the glass.

Nice breadiness upfront in the nose but that's about it. Very faint smelling.

Taste is a very nice balance of malts and hops. Sweet and bready upfront with a nice caramel taste. Finish is hoppy with a piney stickyness in the finish.

I usually stay away from reds because most of them are more malty then I usually appreciate, but I think Lagunitas has struck a nice balance here. My only complaint is the aroma or lack thereof. Drinkability is great for a beer of its ABV but I don't think I could session it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and its nice and refreshing.

snpub540, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of Aenema
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a bright, amber red topped by an offwhite head and that coats the glass with lacing.
Smell - Bready, caramel malts. The nose was a bit underwhelming, even a bit weak.
Taste - Caramel malts, floral hops along with slight resin notes.
Mouthfeel - Silky, creamy smooth. Great feel.
Drinkability - Easy drinking when considering the abv, watch out.

Aenema, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark reddish-amber with a thick, oily, light-tan head that slowly reduced into an oily film that left crazy thick sheets of chunky lace down the glass.
S: Sweet malt and fruit notes with a solid scent of citrusy hops. Notes of exotic fruits including mango.
T: Big caramel malt taste is quickly balanced by fruity hops. Notes of orange peel, lemon zest, caramel, and butterscotch. Finish is spicy and aftertaste is grainy and roasted. There is also an overall spiciness to the flavor, almost rye like.
M: Not a ton of carbonation, but soft mouthfeel just the same. Oily slick medium body with a decent bitter hop punch. There is a boozy, high AVB quality to this beer, although no actual alcohol flavor is present. Reminds me of an American strong ale.
D: Pretty hoppy, almost like a DIPA but maltier. Red ales aren't my favorite, but this one is better than most. Strong flavors of both caramel malt and bitter hops, but very balanced.

scottfrie, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of thetomG
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber pour with a fluffy cream colored head leaving some nice lacing around the glass.

Interesting beer - aroma and flavor are all mixed up with some really malty notes coming through sometimes, and more bitter hoppy elements dominating at other times - I even get a little bit of some mild spiciness from this. Carbonation seems about right and the slightly higher than normal ABV is hidden well. Interesting & tasty brew and something I would drink again.

thetomG, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, dark amber color with a frothy off-white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of caramel sweetness and citrus hops.

Tastes of sweet caramel malts with a large dose of citrus hops. Hops are big and juicy grapefruits with some pine that give a solid amount of bitterness. Caramel malt is featured prominently and lends plenty of sweetness to the mix. A touch of toasted breadiness, but not much. Overall pretty balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a crisp amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of CBlack85
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a deep amber color with orange highlights. There is about three fingers worth of off white/tannish head that recedes rather slowly and leaves behind a nice sticky lace that covers the glass

Loads of citrusy hops blends well with lots of crystal & caramel malts. Really the nose is quite balanced.

Like the nose the flavor is really well balanced between a big citrusy hop bill, and an equally big malt bill that is full of sweet and grainy malts. There are bready/bicuity notes and some sweet brown sugar & caramel notes that give balance and complexity to the brew, but the spotlight is on the hops; lots of orange peel and grapefruit, with hits of lemon and some piney notes as well. It really seems that this beer has everything. For a higher ABV beer there is no real burn, the alcohol presence is there, but well masked. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

This is a big beer in many aspects, but the balance makes it very drinkable

CBlack85, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of LittleDon
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear brown amber with a rich head that produces plenty of lace. Nearly no visible carbonation. Predominant aroma is citrus-grapefruit with secondary caramel malt notes. Bit of a carbonation bite up front (despite lack of visible carbonation). Drinks like a strong ale: sweet with a bit of alcohol in the middle and end with plenty of hops balancing everything out. Mouthfeel a bit on the thin side for the style.

LittleDon, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pint glass, this brew pours a golden amber color with a wonderfully strong and fluffy head. Seriously, head like a pillow, just they way I like me beer to look.

S: A balanced hop aroma follows. Lovely citrus. This is a very hoppy imperial red.

T: Exceptionally balanced, Lucky 13 combines a perfect amount of malty caramel sweetness with hop bite. Citrus, piny hops...mmhmm.

M: The mouthfeel on this brew is outstanding. Full, generously, but no overly carbonated. It's almost a 5.0 in my book.

D: The brew drinks excellent at just over 8%ABV. Well balanced, well crafted, and a pleasure to enjoy.

TKEbeerman, Jul 13, 2010
Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,063 ratings.