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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,111 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,111
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 131
Gots: 138 | 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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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.

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.

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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