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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 caddybuyer
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass

A-Beautiful deep rusty red with a slight veiling and a creamy eggshell head. Very appealing.

S-Pungent, rich sweet caramel malts and tangy citrus hops. My mouth is watering.

T-An explosion of the sweet caramel malts, a hint of cherry and barrel aged rum soaked dark fruit and a whif of alcohol give way to delicious grapefruit hops with a finish that goes on forever. Simply wonderful and utterly delicious.

M-Well balanced mouthfeel without being too chewy or heavy. Balanced carbonation. Spot on.

D-This is one of those beers that every sip is a pleasure and it is sad to see the bomber drained. I am a repeat customer for this offering, and have enjoyed each and every one completely.

This is a superb beer from a brewery that produces some of my favorites. Strong enough to have some backbone, but not so strong that you can enjoy a bit of this without getting knocked about. Lagunitas is one left coast brewery that is not afraid to let the malts shine and not blow it all to hell with over the top hopping. Bravo, this hits the ball out of the park.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a combination of a red ale and IPA. Coppery red tones in the appearance.

The smell has something less than desireable about it. I suspect its the malts used in a red, because those aren't something I typically dig on, and I almost always love Lagunitas use of hops.

Taste is the best thing about this beer. Recommend getting it as fresh as possible, one of those highly hopped beers that doesn't age the greatest. Has the irish red thing underneath all the hops and bitterness. Hides the alcohol well. Lingers nicely. Could drink a few of these.

Photo of alleykatking
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a deep darker amber color. When I head this to the light it seemed to be a much more red liquid instead of deep amber. Not much of a head to speak of 1/2 finger tannish/mocha head. Lacing was here and there sticking to the sides of the glass.

S- Sweet malts in this come. Sugar candy hints here and there. Some lighter hopping in this beer. Piney and earthy hops in the front and back of this beer.

T- Big malt bomb for me. The malts take over right away in this beer and turn this into a sugary sweet caramel mess for me. The piney hops come and blance this beer a little more but it's still malty and more malty.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good in this beer. Malty sweetness sticks to the palate long after the beer is gone. Aftertaste has a little hop to it but mostly sweet malts.

D- This is a drinkable beer and a nice surprise from what I am use to which is hops hops and mor hops. Would drink this again in a heartbeat. Plus I really like the artwork on the label.

Photo of david18
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer a lot, even more than the bottle version. The 8.3 percent alcohol is well hidden in the malty flavor and the hop bitterness.

Great red color, very good hop aroma and bitterness. I'll get this again whenever I see it on draft. Great for any season.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A tremendous "red" ale on this cask incarnation. Very rich, complex and memorable.

Presentation: 16 oz cask offering. Menu only notes "Imperial IPA/Strong Ale", and Alc. (8.30%) Served in a "nonick" pint glass.

A - Deep amber-red color. Almost brown with a red glow. Nice short head touching the rim that dissipates slowly into a stubborn layer and ring during the rest of the drink. Nice touches of lacing on the glass.

S - Nose is very subdued compared to the bottle, but again there is still a nice if shy sweet malt aroma wit a hoppy whiff.

T - Quite the surprise here... Very rich, assertive and complex range. Starts with a hoppy kick, very complex, woven with a malty depth that takes over as the beer warms a bit. It does not stop to go back and forth between the flavors, sugar coated grapefruit, malt crispness, bready notes, fresh and equally warm.

M - Very smooth body, which remains medium but feels far more assertive and growing in body that the memory of the bottle.

D - Extraordinary, almost a sipper given the perceived richness at times. The experience, difficult to describe, lingers in the memory. I should have had another...

Notes: Most notable cask experience I´ve ever had. I had a few, maybe not too many cask servings over the years, but I typically prefer them seeking their complexity and uniqueness. This one made the top of experiences: what a brew revealing its potential as a live ale.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bottle to goblet like glass.

A: Pours a deepening copper. When you lift the glass to the sunlight falling through the window it is about the perfect red. Not much head to speak of, but a ring of tiny bubbles in beige attend this party.

S: Pounds and pounds of caramel. The first whiff I took was some citrus hop and that remains tucked behind that pile of caramel. Toffee.

T: Much less sweet than the nose indicates. Very evenly balanced between the malt and bitterness. There is a medicinal, herbal hop flavor that takes up a lot of the aftertaste. Not really complicated and there is lots of alcohol in the finish.

Overall: Lots, nay tons, of tiny bubbles rising rapidly. This, however, does not make the beer too fizzy like many I've had lately. Mouth is substantial and appropriate and probably due to the obvious alcohol. I'd say this malt verges on Scotch ale.

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

Poured a dark orangish brown color with good carbonation and a big dirty white head. Nose is warm with citrus, pine, bread and malt. Taste is a thick malt flavor and pretty hoppy. Mouthfeel is bready, warm with hops and drinkability is good but this is the strongest amber/red I have ever had, that I recall.

Photo of jera1350
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep and dark amber hue with a nice creamy tan one-finger head. Several rings of sticky lace around the glass.

Huge citric hops, some pine needles, sweet malt, candi sugar. The nose is zesty and makes my mouth water instantly.

Wow, packed with flavor. Like the nose, the hops hit strongly. Citric, sweet and slightly piney are the hops. Fair amount of alcohol comes through but is masked by the big hops. This has great balance from the big sweet caramel malts and candi sugar. This teeters along the lines of a triple or a quad. Really nice. The hops linger in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied, smooth with some soft and slightly creamy carbonation. Warming sensation on the way down from the alcohol.

Even with the ABV, this is very drinkable. Sweet and refreshing. I would have this again.

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

I cannot believe I had not had this one before. But I was lucky enough to receive it as an extra from a kind BA. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed with dinner on 11/04/2009.
The pour was deep garnet amber in color with a nice light haze to it. A smallish head of white then rose up to the surface and settled down gently into a thin film that totally covered the top of the glass. Rich color then ensued throughout the rest of the session. Nice rich malts up front. Candied sugars, hints of light hops dancing through the nose and a tone of rich tones through out the session. Easily a malt monster if I have ever had one. As I take the first sip that deep, caramel and candy flavor takes over. Nice touches of earthen hops trying to balance it out but going nowhere against the huge bill that was laid out in front of them. Warming makes it sweeter and a touch hot as it is over 8 percent and you can tell. Still though very drinkable and the bottle did not last long especially with a rich feel that really helped to even it all out,
Overall a very, very solid example of the style and a favorite of mine I think going forward. I would have no issue at all trying this one when I see it in the local store.

Photo of skeetermoses
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad of a beer, a little bit of a bite to it, nice soup beer or a good winter beer, like the flavor can see myself eating a good cheese product with this such as raclette not bad or a good beer cheese fondue, like my BDAY this LAST WEEK you know. will have again

Photo of batty
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought and drank in cambridge, ma, november '09.

pours a dark red-brown with decently dense foam. leaves some lace, but not enough. perfectly clear, but just dark enough that you can't quite see through it all that well

smells of caramel malts, spicy hops,

taste is great - well balanced very hoppy red, reminds me a bit of arrogant bastard, but probably because i drank way too much of it at one point in my life.. this is a bit less on the bitter side, more balanced, and better aroma, imo. not quite as intense as AB, but very good. deep crystal malts and maybe a touch of chocolate. good citrus hop presence on the end

a little more thin than i would like, but.. i have ridiculous standards. well done.

definitely keep strong on this for a good time.. delicious.

Photo of thor638
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good Amber ale. Great color, smell and taste. Very drinkable beer. Smooth, does not taste like an 8.3% ABV beer. I always expect good beers from Lagunitas and this one did not dissapoint.

I believe it to be one of the better Amber ales I've had. Very drinkable beer with great taste. Will look for this beer again.

Photo of kegger22
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium, reddish brown with a moderate head that reduced to a collar. The aroma was malty. The taste was a good balance of citrus hops and malty sweet. There was no bitterness in the aftertaste. The feel was medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Drinkability was reasonably good. Lucky 13 may be a red ale but it drinks more like an APA.

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

Ruby/copper color. Cream colored head was less than a finger from a pretty lazy pour. Sweet malty notes are prominent in the nose along with a floral hops. Not bursting with the piney hops of other Lagunitas brews I've sampled. Sweet caramel malts up front with a nice influx of hoppy bitterness at the end...left a hint of grapefruit moments after swallowing. Didn't reallyget a sense of the alcohol till that warming feeling hit my belly. I was unimpressed upon my first drink, but it really grew on me as I drank. Nice balance, just a hair on the sweet side. It is, however, very good for a red ale.

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

Bottle from Belmont Party.

Poured dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that lasted and produced excellent lacing. Moderate complex toasted malt,citrus and bread aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture. Heavy balanced bittersweet flavor with a solid bittersweet finish of long duration.

This is a solid complex beer.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Kostritzer Mug
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Thanks to my friend Tommy for bringing this back from Houston for me.

Pours a medium-level amber color. Almost three-fingers of beige colored foam sits on top. Retention is very good and lacing is abundant and sticky.

There is a nice level of maltiness here. It is quickly overpowered by floral and citrus hop notes, though.

Definitely a nice malty base here. Hints of caramel and brown sugars. Mild touches of dates and a hint of figs. The hops are here, side-by-side, with the malts. Nice floral notes and hints of lemon, tangerine, grapefruit and pineapple.
It seems to me a bit more like a DIPA or IIPA than a red/amber ale, but it's quite well-balanced whatever it is.

Lower end of full-bodied. Light to medium level of carbonation. Very smooth, but not much in the way of creaminess.

Very balanced and quite drinkable. Too bad it's an anniversary release and not on their full-time brewing schedule.

Photo of froghop
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear copper with a small beige head, and very good lacing.

smell of floral, hops, malt, cocoa, citrus, brown sugar, and spice.

taste is smooth and creamy with a little kick, malt, grass, hops, and a nice earthiness, end is thick, dry, and bitter.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a murky reddish/copper color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. Aroma is pine hops, caramel malt, brown sugar and some bread. Taste is similar to the aroma, there's pine and citrusy (grapefruit) hops along with some caramel malt. Good balance between the hops and malt. There's also a nice bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and slick, and is well carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good, it's smooth and very easy to drink. Overall I think this is a good brew, I enjoyed it.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a Unibroue tulip. The aroma seems to be fresh citrusy hops mixed with sweet caramel malt and the taste follows suit. ABV is masterfully hidden by the beautiful blend of sweet and bitter tastes. Almost reminds me of an aged double IPA. Probably a bit out of style but who cares...I suppose we have to fit all beers into a category but Lagunitas seems to always push the envelope of style...with some flair for the dramatic. Yet another awesome beer from Lagunitas in an expanding collection of amazing shit.

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

Appearance: Red-orange body, transparent, with a thin off-white head that dissipates to soapscum rather quickly. Very slight effervescence.

Smell: Rich fruity amber aroma, crisp white hops. Very floral, very inviting.

Taste: Rich amber flavor, thick with apples and syrupy goodness, with a hoppy backbone and a very dry finish. The alcohol is present in the aftertaste, along with a strong floral hoppiness. Very very nice.

Mouthfeel: Thick, heavy with hops and with high carbonation.

Drinkability: The beer I'd describe as the closest to this is Arrogant Bastard, which has got to be one of my all-time favorite beers. This is higher in alcohol and may be even smoother than the Bastard, although it's not quite as well-balanced. Highly recommended.

Photo of Lothore
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep sunset orange color with a nice, 2 finger head that leaves tons of lacing.

S- Very malty, tons of sweet brown sugar, bready notes.

T- Starts off sweet and malty, caramel and brown sugar notes are immediately followed with a wall of piney hops which fades quickly with a very dry and somewhat bitter finish.

M- Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.

D- This was a very enjoyable beer. Certainly one of the best i've had from lagunitas. If you're expecting a red ale, you might be disappointed but it is a damn good beer.

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

Nice great head very hoppy smell to it right away. The great big hop taste comes jolting out. A great big gulp from my mug and instant heaven sweet caramel flavors with a nice bitter and god is it ever smooth. Its definitely a drinkable beer and I would say that this won't be the only time that I will be picking up this beer. its a house favorite.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One finger of head sits atop a deep copper/brown body. Good lacing left on the glass. Smell is caramel malts, apple skin, wax, and pine cone. The taste is very sharp and refreshing, the malt really jumps out at first but a big wave of pine hop bitterness is lurking underneath. Haven't really had many beers of this style that I enjoyed, but this one is pretty damn good. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I normally prefer, but this is a solid beer overall and one worth purchasing, but not necessarily seeking out.

Photo of zdk9
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A light ruby in color with a finger of creamy bubbles. Leaves a mix of trails and pocadots of lacing on the glass.

S- A lot of hops. Especially for an aroma. Pine sap, evergreen juice, lime zest. Really a great smell. I can also smell the expectant caramel flavors.

T- Like the aroma- a lot of hops. Though actually there is much more balance to the taste than there was to the smell. Caramel, and dark bread- pumpernickel even, comes out in the maltiness.

M- Very bitter and very syrupy with lends to an overall lingering hop feeling on the inside of my mouth. Perhaps a shade too hot for only 8.3, but besides that I'm liking.

D- Great beer. This beer really deserves and Imperial Red category, for it is far out of the league of Bud American Ale. Hoppy, fragrant, fairly well balanced and sticks with you. I quite enjoy this beer.

Photo of velosuds
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $3.99 at local grocer, occasionally on sale for less.

A-Pours a light amber-orange with a one finger, creamy-white head with good retention and sticky lacing. A more vigorous poor of the remainder produced a three finger head that slowly receded into heavy lacy. A very light appearing amber/red ale, perhaps due to the hops being extract and oils instead of the typical whole hop in the mash.

S-The hops are very fragrant, piney, and citrus, similar to Hop Stoopid. There is also a very pleasant malt sweetness in the aroma. Smells yummy.

T-Lucky 13 delivers a brown sugar sweetness that makes me want more, and more, and yeah, more. The finish is pleasantly bitter from the piney and citrus, especially ripe grapefruit, hops. This beer is bursting with flavor. Yum. This is very tasty.

M-Amazingly smooth for 76.92 IBU (according to the label) and an 8.3% ABV. Carbonation is spot on. Very well balanced.

D-This seems more like a DIPA, or an imperial red. Damn drinkable. A very nice offering from Lagunitas.

This is an excellent value for what is really a DIPA or imperial red. Lucky 13 is readily available to me at $3.99 a bomber. I hope to enjoy this again.

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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