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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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2,105 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,105
Reviews: 833
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 128
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 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.

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

Pours a nice clear reddish copper with a good sized persistent head. Lacing on the surface the whole way down the glass. Great citrusy hops in the nose along with some rich darker fruit notes. Big malt flavor. Toastiness and caramel. Fruit notes again. Citrusy hops are also present but not overwhelming at all. A little boozy in the finish. Well balanced. Nice full bodied mouthfeel. Easily drinkable although a bit heavy. Very good overall.

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

Wow, I could have this every morning for breakfast. It was like grapefruit juice only better because it's beer.

Poured this into a Sam Adams pint at an approx temp of 45

It poured a clear copper/amber color with an off white foamy head that never went away.

S: This was just a great smelling beer. It had a well defined hops aroma that was full of pine, citrus oil, and a touch of malty sweetness.

T: I was expecting a pine flavor; instead I got a sweet grapefruit. There was also a bit of dried apricot. The hops were in the forefront, and were lazily being supported by a malty sweetness - maybe raisin or something dark and sugary.

Good drinkability. The ABV was well masked and it had a pleasant aftertaste. The bitterness was on the mellow side.

Overall I thought this was a great beer, especially for the price. I would have liked a more malty presence but I would definitely have this one again.

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

Dark ruby and clear. I've said ruby before, but this time... I mean it. Dense, plastic-like, camel brown head. Very dense and has above average head retention. Bubble size ranges from tightly packed small to medium in size.

Maple earthiness with a brined olive sting in the nostril, malt is sweet and raisiny with a very piney, metallic hop aroma. Smells like a belgian if you let it sit for a few minutes and don't swirl.

Huge, sticky malt character that, to me, resembles the use of a good portion of the darker kilned malts, say something in the 120 lovibond range. Also I wouldn't put a very, very small hint of something darker (200-300 L) along with something lighter (15-40 L). To put it another way, raisin puree atop dark german bread. Hops not as big in the nose and consist mainly of bitterness with some earthy Fuggle or N. Brewer like tones of mint and soft pine. Alcohol is a little warm and unobtrusive while the finish, except for a little bit of clinging bitterness in the cheeks, is quite clean for something so malty. I personally could have had a little more of the lighter malts, or less raisin like dark malts, but that's just personal taste.

Thick at first, finish is clean with some dryness in the cheeks and a good dose of bitterness on the soft palate and middle/back of the tongue.

Good. Had it on draft and I prefer the bottle. Doesn't taste as strong as it smells, which I'm like. I was ready for syrup, but the lightness while swallowing makes this one a good beer for quick sipping.

Photo of BeerNinja007
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber for $4.99 at Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY. Served cold into a chilled pint glass.

Deep reddish brown brew is a clear dark cherry red when held to a light. With a moderate pour it generates 1/2" of light tan foam that settles to a thick foamy layer. Smell is pretty hoppy with a robust and toasty body. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side of moderate but the hops and carbonation cut through easily. Tasty malty hoppy, pretty darn good. Semi-sweet, dark cherry, strong mixed hop, fairly smoky/ earthy, lingering finish of smoke and licorice... a very wide palate, there's a lot to be found in there. A good hoppy and robust red.

Photo of mlazzaro
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Healthy off-white head over a dense colored red. Looks nice.
Sweet malt and floral hops in the smell.
Booze is very well hidden in the bitterness and sweetness. Super hoppy for a red. Beginning of the sip is nice maltiness, followed by floral citrousy hops. Kind of a scorching beer, worth trying but I would make it one of the last beers of the night.

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

A: Pours a brownish red color with a fluffy white head

S: Hoppy at first, with some fruit and grain following

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 a bit of complexity once you get past the hops.

M: Light-medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

D: This was an enjoyable beer but didn't blow my mind.

Photo of uwmgdman
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours brilliantly clear red-copper with a thick, clingy off-white head. The aroma is moderate-high hops, citrus, piny, and floral -- almost minty, moderate malt aroma, sweet caramel with hints of raisin and roast. The flavor is intensely hoppy -- pine and grapefruit with a firm hop bitterness that slightly puckers the mouth. The hops linger after the swallow, with a bit of alcohol warmth. The malt is masked by the hops -- but still noticeable, chewy caramel and a bit of raisin. The body is medium-full and carbonation moderate. Overall a very flavorful, bold beer that is very well made and not for the faint of heart!

Photo of chickenflea
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber red in color with a clear complexion, a thick, foamy beige-colored head, a super fresh hoppy aroma that jumps out of the glass, and a strongly malty and hoppy flavor, this is one super big red ale! As mentioned, the aroma showcases a really fragrant hoppy (pine, resin, some citrus and grass) along with some toffee-like maltiness and dried peach fruitiness. The flavor delivers true to the aroma and is really nicely balanced between a resin and vague citrus hop flavor with a moderate level of bitterness and slightly roasted, heavy fruity, sweet caramel maltiness. More and more citrus (tangerine a sweet red grapefruit) and earthiness become evident with each passing sip and as the beer warms. This beer feels strong, but the flavor definitely supports it and the alcohol is extremely well-hidden. This beer has a medium-full body and is very smooth, even a bit mellow, and really easy to drink.

This beer is a pleasure to drink. Another fine offering from one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, Summer 2010 vintage.

Pours copper/red with a one-finger off-white head that leaves some nice lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma is OK, features some citrus, pine, resinous hops and caramel malts.

Flavor stays true to the aroma, decent hop punch of some citrus and resinous hops, moderate bitterness balanced against a fair caramel malt backbone with a bit of sweetness. Alcohol makes a noticeable presence.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation.

A solid ASA/Imperial Red, although not quite as good as I remembered it.

Photo of Bizz88
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear mahogany amber with a nice two fingered off white creamy head with nice sticky lacing. Aromas of burnt carmel malts and bread. On the palette sweet burnt carmel, citrus, and booze. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. The hippies from Petaluma got this one right. Viva la Lagunitas!

Photo of hwwty4
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bomber into my Smokestack goblet. This beer pours a rust red with a 2 inch creamy, white head that leaves just a little bit of lacing. The head eventually resides as just a little lily pad in the middle of my glass. I have to give it to Lagunitas. They really know how to pack a ass load of aroma and flavor into a $3.99 bomber. I really wish more breweries would follow their lead. This one is the same. The nose is nothing short of a ass ton of hops and a butt load of malt. Up front is a blast of citrus hops. It almost reminds me of sticking my nose into a bowl of Fruit Loops, if Fruit Loops weren't fake fruit flavored. Right after that is a toffee smack down. Toast, caramel, and over caramelized sugars. Man, this is tasty. With the nose so hop heavy, I'm surprised that its so malt forward. Big caramel and toffee notes. Sweet candied dark fruits, and just a bit of heavily toasted bread. After that is a blast of tropical fruits. Mango, pineapple, and tangerine. But its all complimentary. The mouthfeel is excellent. Medium bodied and finishes dry. In my mind, Lagunitas is the BEST brewery in the nation. Great beers at great prices.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep amber color with a nice off-white head. The scent is dark dried fruits with sweet sugars. Taste is exactly how it smells. Great flavor to this. Such sweet, sugary fruitiness. Followed up by some very fresh hoppiness. The mouthfeel is very full-bodied and refreshing. The drinkability is pretty high.

Photo of niibuyaa
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best beers I've had in the past month.

A> Dark Reddish Amber. 1.5 fingers of creamy tan head, that settles slowly with moderate lacing.

S> Pleasant smelling, Bitter hops scent noticed immediately followed by a citrus and sweet grain scent.

T> Hoppy with hints of grapefruit and dried apricot. Finishes smoothly with more than a hint of hops.

M> Smooth flavoured and sticks to you tongue for awhile after you taste it. The bottle tells me there is a high alcohol content, but it's blended in so expertly you don't taste it.

D> You can sip this for hours or pound it back it tastes that good. The only downside is the alcohol content will catch up with you sooner or later. That is really the only down side to this excellently balanced brew.

All in all this is a superbly balanced beer. It's citrus hints and flavours embody what a California beer should.

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

16oz glass at the Rhino dive craft beer bar in downtown Missoula, MT, just as it is starting to get a bit too crowded with dirty hipsters for my liking.

This beer appears a clear dark bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, rocky, and ultimately creamy ecru head, which leaves cascading layers of patchy lace down the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of warming citrus vodka, heady bready caramel malt, a touch of rising yeast, and further Pine-Sol hops. The taste is more big musty caramel/toffee malt, a restrained citrus hoppiness, soaked and rather inert pine needles, middling earthy yeast, and a slight alcohol warming. Simple, but serviceable.

The carbonation is on the low side, but supportive enough, the body an unsteady medium weight, and weirdly crisp, in a crackery manner, which barely informs on the otherwise plain and agreeable smoothness. It finishes more hoppy than malty, somewhat, with the citrus character standing out uber alles.

Red, large, and mondo, this one surely is. Tasty, and drinkable, but perhaps a bit too boozy to be all that much of a sessioner, though I'm more than tempted right now, with 2 buck Tuesday still in full effect. Good thing my hotel is within stumbling distance.

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

This was recommended to me several times during my two weeks home in the summer. I'm a little surprised at how high the abv is and how low the price is but Lagunitas is good like that.

Pours a dense, almost opaque copper color with thin tannish head. The nose is all spicy, pine, and citrus hops, almost no malt indicative of the style. Still nice though. Pretty lace with sticky dots.

The taste is similarly very good without really being completely in character for red ale. An assertive hop centered bite to the start of the swallow and slight mellowing afterwards but very much a hop-centric brew.

Very tasty and easy to drink. Ridiculously easy to drink for the amount of alcohol involved. Not really a red ale outside of color but worth enjoying nonetheless.

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

Deep mahogany with red highlights. Nice off white head with nice lacing.

Hoppy tea like scent with a neat malty backbone.

Taste is the same except a touch more bitter. Nice toasty bite in the end too. A bit of heat but in a good way.

Mouthfeel is kindof dry medium bodied and a bit creamy. Bitter finish.

I could drink a few of these.

Quite a change of pace for a red. Never though of an imperial red but I'm impressed.

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of philbertk
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of WakeandBake
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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 .

Photo of Natural510
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Tucquan
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of sonata2008
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,105 ratings.