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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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2,120 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,120
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 142
Gots: 144 | FT: 1
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Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.65% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2007

77 IBU
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Ratings: 2,120 | Reviews: 836
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
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
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
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
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of LiquidBread219
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
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
4.12/5  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
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
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
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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
4.12/5  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
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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