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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 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.

Photo of riored4v
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 9/7/09

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy copper color, 1 finger, tan head. Nice lacing. Faded to a thin layer.

Smell is caramely, piney, grapefruity. Followed with a mild sweetness and hints of roasted malts.

Taste is piney, resiny and grapefruity. Nice amount of caramelness and hints of roasted malts. Flavor pretty much reflects the smell. Slightly sticky and a mild lingering bitterness. Nice maltiness as well.

Mouthfeel is slightly sticky and has a medium body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability is good. Slightly sweet and sticky which makes the ABV moderately present.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 8/19/09

A - Hazy, dark amber/brown with swaths of ruby in the light. 1/2 inch head with decent retention. Solid & consistent lacing - impressive to say the least.

S - Floral & citrus hops - grapefruit & orange. Hints of something sugary, maybe a sweet bread of sorts. Every now & then I get a whiff of soapy detergent.

T - Boutique of floral hops up front. Not particularly bitter, though it does have a decent bit of citrus & pine. Some toasty malts are waiting in the depths for this beer to warm.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Resiny feel on the tongue. There is a hint of alcohol slickness & heat that gives a marginal numbing effect.

D - Very drinkable. Fine balance between robust hops, mild bitterness, malts & alcohol potency.

Photo of bret27
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep amber w/golden fluffy 2 finger head. Good lacing as well.

Smell: Piney citrusy hops, w/malt background

Taste: full sweet caramelly malt, followed by hops to the end. Very full mouthfeel.

Overall: Great balance. Kind of similar to Lagunitas' other big beers out there, but probably my favorite so far. Usually don't like imperial red ales d/t overhopping but this one seems to do it right. Very drinkable, especially when considering the high abv. Would choose this any day over Winter yulesmith or shark attack red by port brewing.

Photo of mhatters
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at both South Philly Tap Room and TJs in Paoli - had them the same day

Poured a copper color with a smallish white head. Clear.

Hops pronounced in the nose, pine dominates, but citrus is there too and some herbal notes as well. A bit sweet. The malt comes out in the end - caramel, strong and powerful

The flavor is consistent with the nose, malty, hoppy, and fairly powerful. The alcohol is there in the flavor.

Well balanced, good mouthfeel, neither too thick or too thin. I had these hours and beers apart .neither time did I want another one right after. A lot there for me.

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

Pours a nice red color, nice head that doesn't last long, but such a nice color. Still manages some lacing, though.

Nice hoppy smell with a little malty back. The hoppy smell is nice and fresh.

The taste is a bit surprising. The hops pack a punch, but not in the proportions they do in the nose. The balance is very good. There is also a sweetness in the finish and the aftertaste that are reminiscent of green grapes.

The beer is nicely full-bodied with a good crisp use of carbonation.

This beer is very drinkable. I am fairly sad that I only have one bottle. It is refreshing goes down smooth.

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

Found on tap at Moe's in Lee, MA this shows a deep copper color with a good off-white head and very nice lacing. The aroma brings a tasteful but mild grapefruit hop that leaves me unsure of exactly what it packs. However, the first taste declares a sharp pine hop with a heavy caramel overtone that settles sweetly on the tongue. Mid-bodied for a nice feel with subtle carbonation, quite drinkable if you're a hophead, otherwise, not. This almost settles into a rhubarb tartness with a wheat grain mellow base. Very good stuff but Lagunitas rarely disappoints.

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

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Label pays homage to Sierra Nevada, Rouge, and Anchor Steam.

a: dark amber hue, 1/4" off white head, reduces to a light lacing cap. Lacing also rings the glass.

s: the first thing through my mind was, "This beer has Chinook Hops." Big pine, slight grapefruit.

t: nice caramalized malt backbone, hint of chocolate malt. Piney and grapefruit from hops slightly overpower on the back end.

m&d: medium body, light carbonation, slightly sticky mouth. ABV is hidden well.


Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear, rich amber. Slightly off-white head diminished to a thin layer that persisted throughout the whole experience but did not produce much lacing.

S: The first things that hit me were the fruity grapefruit aromas blended with some big piney hops in there. The malts play backup to the initial tones. The nose on this is incredible! I had to remind myself to actually drink it.

T: The sweetness of the malts comes though more in the taste than it did in the smell. The hops is well blended pine/citrus. Some of the citrus must be coming from the grapefruit that caries over from the nose to the pallet.

M: Medium bodied, creamy sensation and lightly carbonated. Let's not forget the nice crispness.

D: Very drinkable. If you aren't a fan of hops don't drink this one. That way there is more for me!! Lagunitas makes good quality beer and they hit the mark on this one.

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

A: Pours a deep red amber, with a creamy light tan head. A thin film retains well enough to leave nice lacing.

S: Sweet and malty, a little bit of spice, and some alcohol.

T: Quite sweet and quite hoppy. Sticky aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation, medium to full body.

D: Dangerously easy to drink at 8.3%.

Quite good, worth trying.

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

A - poured coppery color with hints of amber when held up to the light; minimal head with a bit of lacing

S - malt was very upfront in the initial sniff but as the beer warmed up, the hops came up and the two blended very well

T - as with the first smell, malt was most prevalent up front but hops came forward as the beer warmed up; detected bits of caramel as well

M - loved the beer...is it me or does it taste like Arrogant Bastard? The blend of the flavors and the alcohol were perfect.

D - highly recommended! I have had 4 other beers from Lagunitas and have yet to be disappointed. Seek this one out!

This is my first tasting of an American Amber/Red Ale an am hoping to find Nugget Nectar to compare.

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a frothy head that drapes lace along the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Big citrus ruby red grapefruit dominates the aroma, but the careful sniff will also detect plenty of caramel malt underneath

Taste: The caramel malt makes its presence felt first but the bitter resinous hop flavors arrive before the pint glass is placed back on the table; by mid-palate, however, there is plenty of minty caramel sweetness to match the hop resins; after the swallow, the flavors blend together to produce a sweet, but citrusy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and somewhat sticky; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice example of the style; gets a bit sweet at times for my palate, but I enjoy the bitter aspects well enough

Photo of swierczt
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Upon pouring, there is nearly no head. Awesome clear, copper red color. Was some light lacing on the glass.

S: Even from a distance, the extreme citrus and grapefruit smells hit your nose first. More hops in the smell than I expected. Followed by some more subtle malty notes.

T: Fantastic. Nice balance of malt and hops. Warming of alcohol comes through as the hops fade. More malt in the taste than detected in the smell.

M: Clean and slightly dry. Medium carbonation.

D: I really enjoyed this brew. Overall, flavor was exceptional. Will attempt to purchase more while it is available.

Photo of dbossman
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Very read with a nice head; it's a bit cloudy with really nice lacing

S: Sweet and citrusy; the grapefruit is HUGE; the alcohol isn't masked as well as it probably should be

T: The citrus and grapefruit are intense; this is quite the red--a nice sweetness that isn't overwhelming

F: It dissipates a bit too quickly but goes down quite well

D: For what this is--a big red beer--this is a drinkable beer; of course, one must be aware that this beer packs quite the bite.

Photo of jjanega08
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a nice looking bright red color with a nice one finger head that lasts a while and leaves pretty decent lacing along the glass.
S= the hops come first but are quickly swallowed by some darker malts with chocolate coming through a little. Sort of a barleywine smell.
T= lots of sweet maltyness. Really incredibly sweet acutally but also quite hoppy on the tip of my tongue as well as further back down my tongue. The middle is a really sweet bite. Sort of tropical fruityness to it as well really unique and impressive.
M= smooth and delicious.
D= best red ale I've had? Possibly. Really a great beer here. Something special.

Photo of snaotheus
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fresh growler (only hours old) poured into a pint glass. Filled the growler at Dog & Pony in Renton, WA.

Dark ruby-amber, medium carbonation, medium-small head, a little lacing. Smell is sweet and toffee and caramel and malt. Smells great.

Taste is very pleasant, nicely balanced malt with a little bitter hops. Smokey but sweet, toffee and nuts.

Mouthfeel is a little flat, slightly filmy, light.

Very drinkable. I might go through this whole growler tonight.


Having a bomber at home now. 124 3 6082 0025 is the bottle code, whatever it means. I may not have had this since I reviewed it from the growler, close to four years ago...so this should be an interesting revisit. My taste buds have moved far toward the hops since then. I'm not touching the scores, just adding words, because that's what I do.

Looks about the same as I last described it. Smell is screaming hops to me now, though. Piney/grassy.

Taste is mostly as last reviewed, but the hops are so clear to me now. I don't get much smoke, but I get a glimmer of what might have caused that reaction.

Mouthfeel does not seem flat or filmy today. It seems light, slightly gritty, and pretty effervescent. Might be bottle versus growler.

I might need to start buying this more often. This is hitting a special spot.

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

Lucky 13 pours almost plum-like in color. Its quite beautiful when held to the light. Great head retention with the inch of off-white head that graces this pour.

Aroma is rich cake batter, biscuity, bready, caramel/brown sugar and faint hints of orange. Its a very malty smelling beer and it makes me wonder if that is what I am going to get in the flavor.

Taste is initially full of the aroma characters, plenty of big malt flavor and caramel sweetness. This however gives way, a little to my surprise, to very nice hoppy, citrusy finish. The hops really do a great job of balancing things out, much more than I expected.

Photo of jnn4v
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Whole Foods in Fair Lakes, VA today. Served in a standard pint glass.

A: Dark amber color. Maybe between copper and brown, but with a reddish tint. Poured with nearly no head. Looked thick.

S: Some hints of citrusy hops, but the sweet and deep malt scents tell the real story here. Maybe brown sugar? Candy. Hopefully it tastes more balanced than it smells.

T: Yep. More malt than hops for sure. But then again, it's a "large red ale" so I guess the large part here is the gravity. Fortunately, it's got enough good flavors to make it enjoyable and some mild bitterness to round it out.

M: Very good mouthfeel for my preferences. Nice density, and enough carbonation to keep me interested. May be too "thick" for some drinkers.

D: By the time I finished, I enjoyed it much more than when I started. And I definitely wanted another. Mmm.

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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