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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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2,104 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 CosmoHopHead
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of Stigs
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of alli4051
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Photo of vdread
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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

Photo of billshmeinke
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of snpub540
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of Aenema
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of scottfrie
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of thetomG
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of CBlack85
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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

Photo of LittleDon
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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

Poured a muddy reddish copper into a Duvel tulip with around a finger of quick-receding head. Citrus aroma with a touch of honey/caramel. Moderately high carbonation and a light mouthfeel. Alcohol warmth at first followed by flavors of grapefruit, a touch of malty caramel, and pine-like bitterness on the finish. Nice balance overall, highly drinkable (flavor from the higher ABV quickly recedes into the background).

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes: 2010 Release, abv listed as 8.56%

Appearance -- Pours a deep ruddy amber with two fingers of rocky beige head. Great clarity, monster lacing.

Smell -- In a word: dank. Pine hop aroma dominates, with some additional citrus/tropical fruit notes. Some sweet caramel maltiness and buttery bread in the backdrop.

Taste -- Largely follows the nose. Lots of resinous hops with citrus and tropical being a little further forward in flavor than in aroma. More malt sweetness than the nose let on. Caramel and raw can sugar balance the load of hops. Finish is grapefruit rind, raw cane sugar, and some burnt toast.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, moderate carbonation. Feels slick, leaves a bit of an oily hop resin coating on the mouth. Satisfying.

Drinkability -- Hopped up, but well balanced. Nothing seems too far out of proportion. Excellent hoppy red, glad I got mine.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Mondo Red I guess! Actually, a nice amber with a butterscotchy head.
smell: fruity hops. Like a DIPA with a hint of caramel.
taste: As the nose advertises with more emphasis on malty sweetness up front with a slightly bitter finish. Nice balance.
mouthfeel: medium with prominent carbonation.
drinkability: Pretty darm smooth for a >8%'er.

Photo of pdoran10
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours out an awesome deep amber color, but leaves only a hint of head. some nice lacing though.

smell is dank and resin slight pine and citrus notes.

more citrus in the taste up front finishes with bitter thick resin and a hint of onion and pine. complex, seems like a big dose of bittering hops.

mouthfeel is thick and creamy almost. very nice good balance.

drinkability is an issue here because of a combination of the beer being thick and a lot more biting bittering flavor from the hops than i like.

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

Pours a dark brown/red with an inch of head. Great lacing. Dark roasted malts are at the front of the smell followed by a nice citrus and pine.
The taste is the smell with a creamy thickness to it. Very nice hop character with a little bit of alcohol heat as the beer warms. This is a hefty red and should be treated as such, very delicious though.

Photo of rfabian
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler it produces a 1 inch head with solid lacing. The appearance is red-amber and clear. The aroma is of citrus hops and medium roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate. The taste is sweet, nicely bitter and balanced. The feel is medium to full bodied with a clean finish.

This is a delicious and near perfect strong red ale. I hope to be able to get more.

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

Chill hazed amber with a fluffy off-white head. Thick froth with tiny bubbles in the middle. Aroma of perfumy citrus, gingerbread, toffee. Classic Lagunitas sweet and hoppy up front. Toffee and molasses meets bitter navel orange. Great looking lacing in the Duvel stem. Sticky citrus hops with some pine in there. Quite a nice hop profile. Sweet mouthfeel with a toffee-citric glaze on the finish. Alcohol nicely hidden and very drinkable.

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

A: Deep, clear dark amber color; like reddish/copper. Poured a 2 finger creamy tan head with excellent retention. Sticky sheets of lacing.

S: Pine and burnt caramel; almost smokey. Grapefruit and toasted malt in the background.

T: Big, bready malts like a sourdough bread. Caramel and resiny floral hops; pine and grapefruit. Sharp bitter in the finish to balance with lingering resiny feel.

M: Medium body. Low to moderate carbonation. Smooth, sweet feel slowly transitions to dry and warming finish.

D: Very drinkable despite the ABV. Complex in a sometimes ordinary category.

Photo of rwf08
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a mug.

A: A very nice medium brown color with reddish notes. Crystal clear but little head. A light ring around the glass and some sticky, spotty lacing in different locations on the glass. No hard lace lines.

S: Citrusy pungent hop character. Good malt in the back. Nice balanced combination.

T: I get malt and hops all at once. Hops dominate the palate but the malt is right there to counter balance it all. Some faint grain is left after the finish and come cocoa too.

M: On the lighter side as it should be. Coats the tongue and kind of leaves a film on it. Not bad just different.

D: Something to drink slow and enjoy. Flavors develop and come out as it warms up. I like it and since I have fresh bottles at my store I'll get some more.

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