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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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2,103 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,103
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 waldoiverson
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into US Pint

A: more copper than red, good offwhite head and moderate lacing

S: This beer is a beer you can smell from feet away. Sour cherries and grapefruit hoppiness, it also has a bit of nutmeg

T: yum. you get a lot of malt right up front but then a split second later the bitterness of the hops comes trhough. the taste is very true to the nose, and the afterfinish is almost similar to many winterwarmer spices but in a refreshing summer sort of way. make sense?

M: Clean and light, bright with carbonation, very slightly dry

D: I can say i've never had a beer quite like this and I'm glad that I have had the experience. I don't know if I'd drink a lot of this beer as the winter warmer sort of spices get a bit much for me but combined with this new style they are quite good. in fact, i hope they make this in december. get a bottle and enjoy.

Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Decent head, about 1 finger, light reddish brown amber opaque color

N: Nose has lots of sweet brown sugar with slight hops and dark malt and some raisin like qualities

T: Taste starts with dark malts and raisin with brown sugar, more sweet red malts shine through, a slight molasses and toasty flavors as well as biscuit, a slight alcohol tinges the tongue, lots of sweet malty layers with thick brown sugar

M: It has a nice thick mouth feel with some creaminess

T: The finish has the sweet dark rich malts with brown sugar and some bitter hops, the bitterness shines through late on the finish, the sweet stays late on the back of the tongue as well

Final thoughts: Lots more biscuit the more I drink, a little too sweet but a nice heavy red ale, closer to a non-sour/tangy/fruity barleywine or heavy old ale, a great change for Lagunitas from the usual hop bomb

Photo of Chelsea1905
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber, with a large bread like head that stuck around and left some decent lacing.

Smells very Hoppy for an Amber, candied pine hops with a little malt, but less malt than I'd expect for an Amber. This smells better than some IPA's I've sniffed.

Taste is very like it smells with a little more maltiness than the smell. however, this still tastes like some DIPA's I've had.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth and not too fizzy. Drinks well too and and a very nice experience for less thatn $4 a bottle it's a great offering!

Photo of Mistofminn
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a rusty red color, that looks more orange when held into the light. A large beige head is produced from an aggressive pour. Retention is amazing, it lasted the duration of the bomber. Light carbonation and a small amount of lacing.

Initially, the nose brings some intense floral and citrus hops. But a closer inspection reveals the significant sweet malt backbone this brew is sporting. Hops are dominant, but the malt backbone is there for sure. No sign of the ABV in the nose.

The taste starts out with bitter hops with fruity and citrusy characteristics. As I swallow, and the bitterness fades, I get the malt sweetness, and possibly a little bit of caramel. In the aftertaste, the bitterness comes back, and makes sure you know this is a hopped up brew. I think this brew could appease hopheads and maltheads alike.

Medium body with a very light carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. The ABV is nowhere to be found, as is with most other Lagunitas brews I've tried. Drinkability is excellent.

Again, I'm a fan of a Lagunitas brew. I really liked this stuff. The only problem is, I liked Hop Stoopid twice as much, it's available year round, and it's cheaper (at most places). So it looks like this wont become a regular in the fridge, but this 22 oz bomber was definitely a treat.

Photo of b3barron
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really a nice looking beer - good head and lacing. Retention is OK. Smell is of candied grapefruit and carmel malt. The taste follows suit for the most part - I get some herbal hops too. This beer is nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is a little lighter than some other imperial reds I have had and I like it.

I paid five bucks for the bomber which I think is a great deal. I'll be back for more and recommend others give this a try as well.

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

A hop bomb of an Imperial Red. For the first time since I've been reviewing, I couldn't even remember if I had reviewed (or even tried, to be honest) Lagunitas' normal Imperial Red Ale. It turns out that 10 months ago I really liked it. And 10 months later, I really like this one, too. It's a very hoppy Red. There's good malt character (fruity and sweet) lurking beneath the waves of hop resins, but it's not the star of the show. The hops come through with a big piney bitterness that is mostly rounded out by the malt caramel. It's like biting a pine needle candy bar. There's also some grapefruit rind and maybe even tangerine rind, connoisseur to connoisseur. Anyway, it's a very nice beer if you like hoppy West coast style DIPAs or assertive hop charaters, generally.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - very deep burnt orange/rust color w/ a gorgeous beige 2 finger head that stuck around for days...this ones a looker

S - bountiful citrus hops, with a decent serving of sweet malt. very strong smelling

T - quite bitter upfront, but rounds out a bit midway w/ a welcomed biscuit/yeast character followed up w/ a rich malt sweetness that sings to the tune of assorted fruits. I love the sugary sweetness that comes before the bitter close(nothing too harsh, but enough to satisfy hopheads like myself)

MF - my only negative about this beer -i enjoyed the big body and creamy feel, but i think that it could benefit from a bit more carbonation.

D - abv. is well hidden and only becomes remotely appearant as the beer nears room temp. great overall flavor...hell, exceptional overall flavor. I finished the bomber and i want more. I wish Lagunitas would make this into a year 'round, cause this is easily thier best yet IMHO!

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

A: Beautiful copper color with about a finger and a half of white foam. Great lacing.

S: Lots of hops on the front with a great caramel, malt, and bready smell on the finish.

T: Similar sequence to the nose. The hops are present up front followed by a great sweetness of caramel and perhaps butterscotch.

M: Smooth, good body, not much carbonation.

D: Very easy drinking for such a hoppy and boozy ale.

Photo of rossthefireman
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a nice copper/amber color decent head

S- nice hop character with good malt smell. Smelled fresh, slight mineral odor.

T- Great balance! Nice hop character balanced out by a nice malt backbone. Got some mineral flavors and a little hop stickiness.

M- Good mouthfeel. A little stcik but tasty

D- Its drinkable but one and done for me.

This is a great red ale. Great hops, nice malt balance. Dare I say its better that Stones 13th? It just might be. It really is a big red and the hops are just sublime. I will be buying more of this. Another hit from Lagunitas.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Pours a translucent, deep copper body in the mug, yielding half an inch of off-white head. Retention is pretty poor, collapsing into a small donut collar with some streaks of lacing left behind.

S: Very hoppy for a red ale. A lot of citrus hops, toasted malt, toffee, and brown sugar. The malt profile is signature Lagunitas actually -- reminds me of their Gnarlywine and Hairy Eyeball.

T: More hop character than could be discerned in the nose. The taste is initially malty, with a nice blend of caramel, toasted malt, and bread. It is quickly overtaken by a grapefruit / citrus rind hop flavor. As the taste progresses, pine comes into the mix, along with brown sugar and toffee. I feel like there is more beneath the surface, but the flavors aren't fully realized yet.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied, and the carbonation is a bit high. It makes the flavors a bit muted; for a big and complex beer, this is a problem.

D: Honestly, this is a pretty good beer. I found it much better as it warmed, and its BA recommended temperature of 45-50 F is a bit low. The mouthfeel could use some work to bring out the complexity of its flavor, but this is something I'll be picking up again to see if/how it changes. I love the price, too (under $5).

Photo of TLove
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

(From Notes)

I supremely dislike most of Lagunitas's offerings, but I've given this one a shot and found it to be much more agreeable.

8.3% ABV and 76 IBUs. Promisingly strong, but sweet.

Great color. Sharp, hoppy and oily, the smell is very bready and malty, with some brown sugar and plum on the mouth. A touch of citrus on the tongue, with a little too much sweetness to try and round out the hoppiness.

The sweetness is not overwhelming, which makes the beer drinkable in the agreeable sense, but the alcohol kicks in the end and flattens out the taste. The carbonation is a bit awkward on the spiciness on the end seems a desperate cry for attention.

Good on the front end, lacking on the back.

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle into a pint glass

P: Glowing deep copper with a cream colored head that was more on the frothy, bubbly side than the thick and creamy side. Showed decent retention before sinking to a thick cap on top, leaving behind some fingers of lace.

A: Hops right upfront that smell like a boatload of grapefruit in the middle of a pine forest. Toasted malts, toffee, brown sugar, and what I would swear is a cherry candy-like sweetness are also noted.

T: Toasted caramel malt is bready and quite sizeable, teaming up with brown sugar and sticky toffee for a sweet greeting of the palate. Very quickly, however, it is overtaken by the hops with huge flavors of grapefruit, orange rinds, and pine trees. They bring about a bitterness that doesn't overwhelm, and feels about right for the 76 IBUS's being claimed on the bottle. Finishes with a nice little spicy kick from the hops and some butterscotch that mixes in with all of the aforementioned flavors to leave a very pleasant aftertaste as the alcohol warms you up a bit. This is damn tasty!

M: Medium bodied with a rich, clean feel that seems a tad over-carbonated, though. It results in it not being as creamy or silky smooth as it could have been, which would have really been perfect for me.

Notes: This is definitely a hop-forward Imperial Red, but manages to maintain somewhat of an equilibrium from the hefty malt bill. Full-flavored, bold, hopped-up, and delicious. This one is a real winner! Recommended

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

A: Chrystal clear amber red color with a nice two fingered off white head that recedes quickly but does coat the glass in some nice lacing.

S: Smells of citrus notably orange, very pleasant hop overtone with a sweet bitterness mixed with a nice spicy malt flavor.

T: Very nice hoppy bitter flavor followed by just enough sweet malts to balance it out, leaves a nice almost caramel bitter flavor. Very tasty red.

MF: Light bodied beer that is a bit watery but is pretty spot on in carbonation.

D: Very drinkable beer, quite tasty and a good way to end the night.

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucky 13 pours a deep clear red with an off white head that leaves good lacing down my tulip. Aromas are grapefruit, caramel, slight alcohol presence. It looks beautiful and smells that way too. Plenty of caramel malt and grapefruit in the nose. Not heavy in the body, but plenty there. Highly drinkable with enough carbonation to keep it from being thick. I wish this was lower abv, but the alcohol is pretty well hidden for over 8%.

Photo of ralree
4.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Nice deep red color, transparent, with a very small head. No retention and very little lacing to speak of, which is fine for this style.

S: A huge dose of grapefruit with a great big backing of northwestern hops. One of the best IPA/Red ale's I've ever smelled. I can't wait!

T: Great flavor - grapefruit hitting like it did in the smell, one of the strongest grapefruit taste's I've had in a beer. Hops are definitely right there with it, along with a nice healthy dose of malt, which is mostly wheaty with a little barley. Aftertaste doesn't disappoint either, with a little bit of smokey grainy malt left over. Surprisingly clean flavor afterward.

M: Clean feeling after swallowing, pretty thick, medium-heavy body, but not too chewy. Perfect carbonation. Non-astringent.

D: This is a wonderfully drinking beer, but the ABV is a little high if you want to drive home after one. Get a DD.

Photo of cavedave
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A two-finger, shaving cream head of thick beige tops a darkest amber with red highlights, clear, glowing brew. As the head slowly recedes it leaves bas relief mountain ranges of lace on my snifter.

The smell is a sweet, pungent mix of orange rind, grapefruit, spicy flowers, and herbs. It is that signature Lagunitas smell, balanced a bit differently here, but you know it when you smell it. MMM!

The taste is a blast of grapefruit and orange, deep herbosity, floral undernotes, and a bitterness that gives my taste buds erections. The finish is juicy but dry, with hints of caramel sneaking in to tweak the bitterness, and make the sip a WOW. Lagunitas seems never to be satisfied until their beer can elicit a WOW from you.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, medium bodied, and resinous. Carbonation is low and perfect. It clears out well, perhaps a bit too well, could have held for a longer finish like many others of this style, but considering the flavor I guess this is nitpicky.

Drinkability, ala every other Lagunitas offering I've tried, is marvelous. Refreshing, crisp, and tasty, it is the stuff of warm nights and good music.

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

Another great one from Lagunitas. It's starting to me one of my favorite brewers.

appearance: nice red amberish color

smell: loaded and more loaded hops would have guessed an IPA

taste: loaded IPA, amost double. Had an uppleasant aftertaste that overpwered a bit. slightly weird bitterness. Otherwise this would have been an A plus. Similar to rogue deadliest ale but I liked that a little better.

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: overall a great beer and nice anniversay selection.

Photo of Tballz420
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty large khaki colored head rides a deep amber to brown colored body. Slightly hazy and good lace. Big malt nose with a bunch of bitter hops mixed in. Lots of piney hops dominate the flavor, sweet red malts in the front. A bit of spicy alcohol as it warms. Medium sized mouth, pretty wet. Pretty solid overall

Photo of morimech
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a large off-white head that has good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Mostly hops in the aroma. Pine mostly but a touch of citrus as well. The flavor is dominated by the hops with the malt notably abcent. Pine resin hop flavor at first with a citrus finish. I really miss the malt I like in red ales. Bitterness is high. Medium body but it is a touch overcarbonated. Otherwise has a nice body. I like hopped up red ales and I enjoyed this one. Could of been better with some malt flavor. The high ABV and high bitterness limits drinkability.

Photo of kirok1999
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby with a nice rising head and a bit of lace with each sip.
Smell is pretty mild, just a bit of rich malts, sweet caramel, citrus from the hops.
Taste is much like the smell, a bit mild and bland. Not bland in a bad way, there is nothing offensive here at all. It's a great sipper when you don't want your face blown off by a monster beer. Some slight pine and citrus come through as it warms a bit. It actually improves a lot as it warms.
Feels smooth and creamy and is a very drinkable beer in the right circumstance.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just arrived today. The beer pours a mahogany with a thin off-white head, with a fine carbonation and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma isn't very strong, but resinous, piney hops are abundant. Sipping this beer is a real treat. Toasty malt is apparent, followed with a strong hop profile. Pineapple, grapefruit, and cedar dominate. The mouthfeel is good. Medium to full-bodied, the flavors last for a long time. Even with it's color, I wouldn't consider this a red. Unless one wants to name a new style category known as west coast reds. I'll be buying this one again.

Photo of GreenCard
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: coppery orange-red, slight haze, huge plume of off-white foam, great head retention

Aroma: strawberries, orange peel, piney hops, malt, alcohol

Flavor: malty sweet with a layer of simple syrup sugaryness; hints of toasted wheat, malted caramel, and sour milk; resiny hop flavor with a subdued bitterness that doesn't do too much to dry out the beer; finishes semisweet with a malt "lozenge" aftertaste and a bitterness at the back of the tongue/throat

Mouthfeel: full body, chewy, gentle carbonation, alcohol warmth

Other comments: I really like Lagunitas IPA and Hop Stoopid is pretty good, but the others I've tried are a bit off the mark for me. Not sure what exactly I don't like. They're too rich or something. And there's something odd in the background flavor.

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

pours a chestnut amber color with a fresh fluffy head that dissipates slowly to a beige ring til the end....the smell is oily hops fruits and nutty malty smell..smells good to me..the taste is hops and pine first with some fruit and bready sweet caramel malts.hops are defiantly in charge for sure in this.. i will call it an imperial amber..overall this is yet another solid offering lagunitas who keeps putting out winner after winner..i find this enjoyable and very smooth and scary drinkable 1 bomber @ 8.3 will be felt..defiantly recommended

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

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a clear amber color with a finger or so of creamy off-white head that very slowly dissolves and never completely disappears. The aroma has some serious resinous piney hops along with some aromas that are reminiscent of barley (i.e. brown sugar, dried fruits) and some toasted malts. The flavor is sweet, sticky hops upfront with some dried fruits and toasted malts and a soft bitterness to round things off. This is a full to medium bodied beer and is very sticky but at the same time has ample carbonation. Very interesting, seems like a super hoppy barleywine overall. It does get much hotter as it warms up which makes it a sipper.

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

Grabbed the new arrival bomber at a close market over here...

- A new castle brown sort of a color... copper, brown.. lots of little rising bubbles... minimal bubbly head that quickly shot down to some bubbly lacing...

- There's that extracty citrus watermelon candy hop profile again... kind of wish they would get away from that and leave it just for their Hop Stoopid... but this is the 5th brew from them that has the same scent and taste... little bit of sweet malt, caramel... spicyness.. at least a bit more complex..

- Creamy caramel amber goodness.. rather good, and not so much of the extract taste... tastes like some real fresh hop bitterness.. a rather bitter punch of hop, some citrus and pine.. and sweet malts... bet it could go even longer to make a triple red or something of the sort.. but overall very well balanced.. bit more impressed w/ this one over a lot of their other bomber offerings.

- Little oily, bit chewy and dry... bitterness makes drinking more very easy..

- Super smooth and drinkable... and not too str4ong in the alc. taste dept. Bit over carbonated for my taste... but most Reds/Ambers are... Overall a very good offering from Lagunitas.

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,103 ratings.