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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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2,112 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,112
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 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.

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

22oz brown bomber -> pint

Pours a deep ambered orange with scarlet highlights. A frothy head that settles down to a thick tight pillow. Chunks of sticky lace line the glass in patches. Carbonation runs strong and steady.

Nose: Sugar, citris hops, ting of alcohol

Good full body, finishes creamy. Starts with sweet sugared caramel malts, followed by thick piny bitterness. Becomes a bit boozy as it reaches room temperature, but smooths out the flavor and bring the brew full circle. Kudos.

Big red with that come to be expected Lagunitas hop bite. Glad to try it on the last day of summer first day of fall 2009.

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

Pours a cloudy, ruby/brown color with a tan head that falls to minimal or nothing.

Sweet malt aroma. Hops are present as well.

Nice hops but a nice balance of malts too. Semi-sweet with a clean finish then a lingering bitterness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a slight bite, maybe from the slightly higher alcohol content.

I like it, sweet yet hoppy.

Photo of Trappissed
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very enjoyable red ale. Starts off with some nice malt sweetness. Ends with just a touch of bitterness. Lots of caramel, with notes of honey. Nice bit of citrus hops, that you can typically find in other Lagunitas beers. A small dose of pine. A very drinkable and stronger red ale.

Photo of charlesw
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I swear... It's been a while, but I swear I've had this beer before. Now, being in Ithaca my first guess was Cascazilla but, no, that's not it. Ah. Right. It reminds me (at this far remove) of Ricardo's Rocket Red. Of course. Now I'll have to compare side by side, of course.

Anyway, decent white head that is gone fairly quickly but with a ridiculously sticky and fat lace. The color is, well, amber. Duh. Maybe a touch on the dark side of amber but not of amber beers. Give 'er more 'ead retention, would you?

Smells of an inhaler of west coast hops.

Well, shucks, it kind of tastes like that, too. To some extent. A pine zing. Plenty of citrus and a citrus aftertaste. Big and sweet and malty but way a lot of hops going on in there - a big lemon at the back of the mouth. Mouth watering grapefruit around the front. A hugely lingering light citrus bitterness in the aftertaste.

Well, heck. I haven't been all that impressed with the brewery before now. But this one... This one I like. A lot. Wish it were less expensive!

Photo of Dspohn
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from the local deli

A. A very nice shade of red with a solid tan head which left some good lacing.

S. A pretty balanced sweetish caramel malt and piney hops combination.

T. Initially the hops come through with a solid caramel malt backbone like the smell. The finish leaves with a modest bitter hop taste that lingers slightly with just a touch of alcohol warmth. Overall a well-balanced high abv red.

M. The feel is pretty slick with not too much carbonation. Maybe a slight boost of carbonation would help but definitely goes down smooth.

D. A tasty and potent red ale that hides its alcohol well. One of my favorite Lagunitas.

Photo of william5586
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at local 44.

This beer was set on the bar in front of me and I was immediately impressed with its appearance. It was clear dark amber red with a nice big off white head.

The smell of the beer was also great. There was a ton of citrus hops and some caramel malt in the background.

As the name implies, the flavors of this beer are no doubt large, but also remain amazingly balanced. There are tons of big hoppy flavors which are kept in check by an equally large dose of sweet caramel malt. The bitter hops and sweet malt then combine for a great finish in which the hops grab a slight edge and add a bit of spiciness.

The medium body became more and more smooth as the contents of my glass diminished.

Photo of merlin48
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twenty-two ounce bottle pours a mostly clear reddish amber body with a creamy, two finger beige head that is both sturdy and sticky. A good looker here.

Pungent hop aroma is highlighted by grapefruit and orange notes, but is edged with some pine essence. Caramel and toffee aromas are also upfront.

Medium body and a creamy carbonation.

Taste has a prevailing hop bitterness that is citrusy, grassy, and pine. A bit earthy at times. Solid maltiness balances well, and serves up a caramel and toffee base that is both toasty and sweetish. Hints of freshly sliced ripe orange emerge midway and last into the finish.

Very nicely done and highly drinkable. Lagunitas is brewing some excellent ales at more than reasonable prices. I paid less than five dollars for this bomber. Kudos!

Photo of Llewellyn9
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- decent tan head that settles to a thin layer with subtle lacing. beautiful ruby/honey color.

s- malty body, nice hop snap. honey?

t & m- melts in the mouth. light and creamy but gives way to an almost sticky hop aftertaste. generous caramel malts. slight residual sweetness, no alcohol present.

d- deadly drinkable. one endeavoring to see me sober at the end of the night would do well to keep this bad boy away from me.

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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