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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 drabmuh
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at a local beer bar. Beer is red and mostly clear. Forms a monster head that falls away leaving very little lacing on the glass. Beer's carbonation levels seem a little low.

Strong hop aroma in this one, mild malts, mixture of primarily pine hops character and some citrus as well. Interesting, its about as hoppy of a smell you'll get off of any IPA.

Beer falls a little flat on flavor unfortunately. I guess the aroma propped me up to expect a big bitter finish and its just not there. Mouthfeel is OK and drinkability is high. Mostly malt in the front on the mouth and a gradual diminuendo of flavor until the flat finish.

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

Pours a pretty amber color with some eggshell white head that leaves a little bit of lacing. Decently large hop aromas on this one, a bit of sticky caramel and sweetness too. Taste follows, like a red barleywine or something. Pretty interesting, a bit of resinous hops, some sweet malt in there, a bit of spiciness to it too. A nice big ale from Lagunitas here, nothing too incredible, but a decent, affordable ale nonetheless. Very smooth, medium to light body on this one. A bit prickly on the hind end. Very drinkable, especially considering the ABV. Nice one, I would buy it again.

Photo of dwilson01
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the body is a deep coppery haze of orange amber coloring. small amount of creamy foam head dissipates to a thin film that keeps well.

I get a bitter hop scent on the nose, mostly pine but also some citrus as well as some caramel sweetness.

The flavor is a great balance between the ipa and amber ale styles of beer. The hops come out in an earthy pine bitterness and this is blended exquisitely with amber ale spicing; cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, and coriander. These tastes are balanced perfectly with a sweet caramel and brown sugar sweetness from the malt.

The malt in this brew gives it a full body and hence, quite amazing mouthfeel. The heavy maltiness balances with the carbonation and spicing and is uplifted by the fresh hops.

I think the blending in the flavor and the balance in the mouthfeel make this brew extremely drinkable and therefore, a dangerous one at 8.3%. In my opinion not the best I have had of this style (the ipa/amber blend), but probably the most equal balance I have found which is pretty cool.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It seems to me that Lagunitas flies under the radar. Their stuff is usually pretty good, and the pils is top notch. So, we'll go with this red.

Deep orange and ruby pour, almost chestnut. Looks good, but the head is a bit soft and splotchy. Could be the pour, but quick swirl half way down didn't ressurect it.

Hoppy aroma. Citrus and sweet bread. Some florals. Has a bit of biscuit but dominated by hops. Perhaps too much so.

Great taste, though. Nice balance of caramel up front, some tight hops, citrus and bready malt. Nothing really dominates. It's sweet but that's cut off quick and hard by some hops, which are then calmed by malt. Crisp and clean finish.
Darn good drinking.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a room temperature glass mug. The beer has a very pretty orange/amber color. It's crystal clear and has a bit of carbonation rising within. There is a thick head of tan foam. As it settles, patchy lacework is left behind. This beer looks like how I want a mug of beer served to me. As soon as I opened the bottle, I could smell caramel malts. Now that the beer is in the glass and I can get a better handle on the aroma, I can smell caramel and toffee malts, oak and a bourbon-like alcohol. It smells strong and pleasing. The taste is equally impressive. Crispy, toasted malts are readily apparent and give the beer a a slightly sweet taste, reminiscent of brown sugar. Caramel flavors are present in the finish. The aftertaste has some oakiness. The entire taste has an underlying bitter presence. The beer is full bodied and leaves a lot of coating, but isn't too sticky or sweet. It is highly carbonated. For all of the big aspects of this beer (it is an Imperial Red, after all), it is very drinkable. I'll easily make my way through these 22 ounces this afternoon. I find myself wishing I had more than this one bottle. I also wish I had consumed this beer sooner. I've had this bottle for a few months, and I think the hop presence has suffered. I'll have to seek out a source of fresh bottles.

Photo of nsmartell
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the Bomber bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a ruby red with a 1/2" dirty white head that does not last long.

Smell: Pungent, grassy hops with a nice toasted malt back.

Taste: Similar to the nose, this beer tastes of grassy hops and toasted malts with just a hint of alcohol to finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little sticky and a good dry finish.

Drinkability: Good. Went down nice and I could easily enjoy another bomber. Would/will drink again and recommend.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep amber with a bit of copper coming through. Nice wheat head and a bit of lacing.

S: Loads of floral hops come right at me alongside some bready caramel malt.

T: The floral hops completely dominate the show and bring forth pretty big amounts of bitterness. A little bit of citrus and grassy hops as well. A hint of caramel in the background.

M: Light-to-medium body with a nice dryness to it.

D: Very drinkable. Lagunitas sure does it right when it comes to hops.

Photo of corby112
3.14/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with dark ruby hues when held to a light source and a thin half finger off white head that quickly fades leaving minimal lacing.

Slightly spicy aroma with hints of alcohol, dark fruit, especially cherry, subtle maltiness and bland earthy hops. I was really disappointed by the aroma of this beer. I was expecting it to be much hoppier and complex but it was just boring.

Medium bodied with a decent roasted malt profile balanced by some dark fruit notes and a nice earthy pine hop bitterness. The hop profile is more prominent than the aroma lead on thankfully. Hints of cherry, slight chocolate and other dark fruit. Nicely balanced but the malt profile was a bit too strong and the hops were as prominent as I prefer.

Photo of Pahn
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Careful pour yields a half inch, frothy white head that dissipates steadily leaving a few small streaks of lacing. Pours a hazy, reddish amber and leaves occasional spots of lacing.

Smell: Caramel, some citrus/tropical fruit hops, and sugary sweetness combine to make a very nice and strong aroma. As the beer warms, the aroma gets more boozy and some vanilla and bready malt notes come out.

Taste: Follows the nose, smooth and sweet (but not cloying, thankfully--Brown Shugga had me worried). First sip is caramel and brown sugar with some fruity hops and mild bitterness popping up in the finish. Second sip is completely different, with big tropical fruit hops merging with the caramel up front, segueing beautifully to a strong vanilla note in back--very, very nice. Finishes a little dry and bitter.

As the beer warms, the malt gets a bit breadier and more complex, but the sweet caramel, vanilla, and hops stay present. Very satisfying flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and a little chewy/sticky/sugary up front. Moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Bottle says 76~ IBUs, but it's really not that bitter, just dry.

Drinkability: The alcohol is well-hidden, and the flavor delivers a lot.

Very impressive and interesting flavor in this beer. I'd believe it if I was told that this beer was oak-aged from that awesome vanilla note, but I know that it wasn't. Apparently this was an anniversary beer that Lagunitas decided to make a seasonal offering. Good decision.

Photo of selecter70
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another excellent Lagunitas...not what I expected, but in a good way! A thin pour to coppery opaque honey brown with a full finger of off-white head & some decent lace. Aromas of malty vanilla, almost a Goetze cow-tail candy, but rounded by some hints of pepper & hops. The mouthfeel is creamy but not too heavy, with good roasted caramel malt and a bit of hop that leaves a strawberry aftertaste. Quite nice & unexpected. A bit sweet, but not too tacky; a bomber is sufficient although some might go for more.

Photo of thecarster1
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bomber poured into a pint, one plus finger light tan bubbly, creamy head, slightly hazy chesnut brown coloring with copper highlights.

s- sharp vanilla, caramel, biscuit, slight yeasty smell, and a mystery spice that i'm having a hard time putting my finger on.

t- slight roast, caramel, biscuit, bread, spice, pepper, vanilla toast, some hops are present only showing themselves more as it warms.

m- medium body, with some coating.

d- this has decent drinkability, i don't think that i expected this beer to taste this way, i think i was expecting more of a nugget nectar profile, so i was bound to be a bit disappointed because of that fact.

Photo of therica
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like their Red you'll love this limited-edition beer. [NOTE- which as of 2011 is no longer a limited beer, it's now Unlimited].

A= copper-amber, bountiful off-white yellowish head, little rimming but nice lacing. A thin column of bubbles rising.

S= I'm hyperventilating on all of the aroma coming from this stein. Bountiful hops florals, toasted caramel malts galore. Scent of dry hay on a hot summer's day.

T= slightly dry, caramelized red malts, modest bitters, slight liquor notes. Slightly low on carbonation but overall a very balanced offering. Occasional orange-citrus notes when it's slightly warmed up. Dry but not overly bitter.

M= slightly dry, a little grassy, nice caramelized malts lingering, some bitters and light liquor.

D= if you like a good amber with plenty of gusto yet a dry finish, you'll love this. Probably would go well with a good filet mignon rolled and grilled with roasted garlic, or even a decent chocolate dessert.

Photo of cagocubs
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper red with nice white head

Smells of pine, citrus, grapefruit, hops, and some grain

Tastes phenomenal. Has the pine and citrus taste with the bite of the hops.

Nice mouthfeel, good carbonation and mouth coating.

Very easy beer to drink. Great for the spring season. I will be buying this one much more.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a relatively clear red / dark amber. Nice white head at the start that quickly settles to light lacing.

Smell of a sticky nearly maple aroma with hops, and a strong malt backbone. There is caramel mixed with pine and grapefruit that is usually what I am looking for in a red ale.

Taste of malt first, pine, grapefruit, brown sugar, eerily reminiscent of a smaller version of 'brown shugga' but very tasty, not quite as much caramelized sugar flavors. Good carbonation medium mouthfeel and a pretty nice finishing flavor of caramel malt and some sugars. Plenty sweet and tasty. I would get a couple of these at the reasonable price point.

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

Appearance: A barely hazy reddish-orange body capped by two fingers of off-white head that feature great retention and lacing.

Aroma: Pungent, piney, and resinous hops over a caramel malt body--easily identifiable as a Red Ale.

Flavor: Piney and tropical-fruity hops on top of a rich brown sugar and caramel malt backbone. The alcohol is masked rather well, offering a hint of spiciness from time to time. Leafy hops and sweet malt in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little sticky with good carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Somewhere in the middle of this spectrum, this drinks a little faster than it's ABV would suggest.

Verdict: Rather close to their Imperial Red Ale, Lucky 13 is pretty much exactly what you would expect from a Lagunitas big Red Ale.

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a czechvar glass.

Pours a light amber with a two finger head that dies quickly but leaves a very tick cap of foam.

Aroma is tannic grain, bready and doughy. Slight hop aroma. Boozey to an exent.

Flavor is tannic grain, bready and doughy, like the aroma. Middle brings bitter hops and an astringent piny flavor. Finishes with a bit of hop bite and chewy, doughy grain. Finishes slightly sweet. Alcohol is hidden quite well.

Mouthfeel is full, almost heavy. The grain bill in this one is big and you can tell from the mouthfeel.

A nice amber ale, I would buy it again.

Photo of Luk13
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle via bobsy. Absolutely beautiful slightly hazy reddish-brown pour with a foamy, persistent white head. Lots of cascade hops, piney, grapefruit, and a lot of grass. Taste is is very well balanced between the hops and the caramel malt sweetness. This tastes like liquid grass. Very smooth palate. Very solid beer. Thanks again, I didn't expected it to be that good.

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

Pours a clear amber with 2 fingers of yellowishly stained head. Tons of sticky lace cling all about the glass. Nose is quite citrusy and floral from the hops with a little bit of malt sweetness in there as well. Taste is a nice mixture of malt sweetness similar to caramel and a moderate amount of hop bitterness coupled with a warming alcohol driven finish. Medium feel with light carbination. Very drinkable. As it warms the alcohol becomes very pronounced for 8% and the hops start to taste and smell more grassy and piney. Very nice red ale.

Photo of apbarwood
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A warm amber color with a small off-white head. Not much retention and minimal lacing. The aroma is a blend of caramel malts and citrus hop notes. Pleasant but not overly powerful. Those aromas are present in the flavor with a nice brown sugar/toffee/caramel malt flavor blended with a bright citrus grapefruit/orange flavor. Sort of reminds me of a toned down version of brown sugar. Medium-bodied and low on the carbonation. Also, a bit cloying on the finish, maybe could have used a little more hop to balance out. At any rate, it's a decent beer that may be worth a try if you enjoy Lagunitas' other offerings. I'd probably recommend the Imperial Red or Brown Shugga over this one though.

Photo of biophiliadude
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint

A: Reddish-brown. Lacing. Nice 1/2" head.

S: little bite of fruity pebbles. Nice malt character.

T: Malt, bitter, caramel. Sweet fruits.

F: Smooth

D: Very high. Well balanced, really enjoyable. Lagunitas makes so many great, extremely drinkable beers!!!

Photo of Minkybut
2.9/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was amber colored with a amber head and decent lacing. The beer was hoppy smelling and really hoppy tasting . Too much hops. I thought it was an IPA. If you like a hop bomb go for it. I will not buy again.

Photo of diamondc
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle for a little less than $5. No bottled on or best buy date on bottle.

Dark brown, bronze color with a medium sized head. Slowly dissipates into a thin cap of foam after a minute or so. Some very light lacing on my New Belgium goblet. Nothing extraordinary here yet.

The aroma is intoxicating .. tangerine up front, medium pine & grapefruit notes. After a few swirls and warming up to cellar temperature a strong cinnamon / apricot / tropical fruit smell leaps out. I'm loving it and I haven't taken a sip yet.

Taste reminds me a lot of DFH 90 Min. The malt sweetness perfectly matches up with the grapefruit & pine notes from the hops. Lots of caramel, some coffee, a bit spicy on the tongue. Excellent stuff.

The alcohol hotness doesn't show up at all throughout the bomber. Decent carbonation makes this 'dangerously drinkable'. There is a strong bitter aftertaste, but this beer is for people who love their hops.

One of the most drinkable 8% abv beers out there.

Photo of madtappers
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bottle to standard pint glass.

Poured a nice amber orange hue with an impressive bold white head.

First smell it had the grassy hop scent with a slight smell of caramel.

Really enjoyed the taste of this beer. Has just enough hoppiness backed by a smooth caramel malt to make it very drinkable for an 8% beer.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Given to me by my dad for my birthday.

The pour is a medium amber and rich copper color with a great strong head that leaves a bit of spier silk lacing. The aroma is hot, hoppy and sweet. Plenty of orangey citrus hops with the abv. adding some spice to the hop nose. The caramel and crystal malts lend a sweet bread smell to the mix. The taste starts super orange and cane suagr. Then toasted malt and some warm, bitter orange zest snaps the middle of your palate and slowly recedes all the way to the finish. This beers palate is bitter at first, then add som alcoholic heat to that bitterness, and you'll have the finish. Pretty good and pretty heated red ale.

Photo of maestrophil
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: rich, clear orange-amber. Very little head fades to collar and thin islands of foam, minimal lacing. Faint but steady carbonation rises up the glass.

S: Hops first, then a nice rich malty aroma, sweet with some familiar fruit I cannot place- maybe raisin, plus chewy, slightly tart malts. A good sniff brings the alcohol bite as well.

T: spicy hop bitterness, balanced by sweetish, rich, chewy malt, ripe fruits, and more than a touch of warming alcohol. Tiny hint of metallic on the finish. Hops fade and malt sweetness prevails.

M: Full body, light to medium carbonation, finish is slick and sweeter, with not much lasting hop scrub.

D: Very drinkable for the ABV. Excellent balance makes this a dangerous beer for me.
Overall, a very well-done beer by Lagunitas.

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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