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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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2,049 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,049
Reviews: 831
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 112
Gots: 113 | FT: 2
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 mooseisloose


3.98/5  rDev -3.4%

Picked up a bomber at the nearby TW. Bottle smell is hoppy and malty, red licorice. Pours to a light amber colour with a light tan, foamy medium bubble head. Taste is hopped to the max, a little sweet at the start with a good bit of bitterness Then the bitters hit the back of the tongue and kick in. The sweetness, however sticks on the roof of the mouth as the bitters finish boldly. The high AC is only evident a little bit in the middle. A great ale for hop lovers. The AC is a tad bit up (which I'm sure contributes to smooth mouthfeel and taste) so in my book the drinkability can't be 5.0. However,as a brewery, Lagunitas never disappoints. A delicious brew.

01-18-2009 23:02:03 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of zeff80


4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, amber color with a very bubbly, off-white, small head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled roasted malts with floral notes. Some sweet caramel aromas, too.

T - It hits you with roasted malts and finishes very hoppy and bitter. It has a slightly fruity flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is one of the better amber ales I've had and one of the better brews I've had from Lagunitas.

01-15-2009 01:58:46 | More by zeff80
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

22 oz. bomber.

Medium sized peachy color head. Moderate carbonation. Clear auburn color. Smells of sweet peach jolly ranchers and patchouli (in a good way). Medium body. Noticeable hop presence upfront, but malt prevails. Raisins and cinnamon also present with a fruity alcohol finish.

01-13-2009 05:21:25 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of FLBeerGuy


4.38/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured from a 22 oz bomber.

Pours a deep copper color with a light tan head.

Nose is complex with a nice hoppy grapefruit smell balance with a sweet maltiness.

Taste is also complex with a nice hop bitterness supported by a strong malt backbone.

Mouth is full bodied with good carbonation.

This is a great strong red ale with high IBU (77) and ABV (8.3). Reminiscent of a style brewed by the arrogant ones in the southern part of the state.

01-09-2009 03:37:14 | More by FLBeerGuy
Photo of onecrazybreeze


4/5  rDev -2.9%

Bottle. Pour a dark red with white head. Smelled fruity, on the more grapefruit side, hoppy and slightly malty with caramel tints. Flavor was mostly hoppy with a slight malty undertone and finishes hoppy. One of the better big reds I've had, Lagunitas made another solid hoppy beer that sells on the cheaper side of bombers that is much appreciated.

12-26-2008 10:32:48 | More by onecrazybreeze
Photo of hoplover82


3.98/5  rDev -3.4%

This IPA pours a clear beautiful copper color which retains a creamy light brown sugar head that sticks around a little bit.

The head gives off a wonderful aroma of hops. Very flowery, not so much citrusy. I like flowery. Like I'm smelling a glass full of fresh wet hops.

The flavor is very hoppy, but not too bitter, (as in harsh).

The IBUs are vey high but it's good and smooth. Smooth on my palate. A beautiful ale.

Ok drinkable.

Thanks Lagunitas. May the Lord bless the hop harvest.

12-22-2008 19:58:44 | More by hoplover82
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Lagunitas Lucky 13 is a hazy red-amber ale with small particles floating in it. It has a foamy, eggy, pale yellow head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is of strong, sweet malt. There are notes of resin and herb and a faint hint of cinnamon. It's pretty full bodied, smooth and syrupy. The finish is slightly gritty. The flavor is quite sweet. The bitterness is pretty good, so it balances it out. The aftertaste is long and sweet. It's a little sweet for my taste, but it's solid and good for sipping.

12-21-2008 21:01:45 | More by yesyouam
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Reviewed on 7/2/08. Bottle. Pours a dark orange with a small white head that left nice lacing. Aroma of wheat and rye malt with flowery, pine and citrus hops. Flavor is an awesome blend of the wheat malt with flowery hops. Lots of wheat and sesame crackers, also a lemon/citrus zest. Quite drinkable. A random purchase that turned out to be a wonderful surprise. Delicious!
8/4/8/4/16 (4.0/5)

12-20-2008 17:46:22 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of Vendetta

New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev -30.8%

Original Rating Date:
September 6, 2008

Pours a red, average head, normal lacing. Weak nose. Tastes of sweet molasses, caramel. Lots of classic red, but nothing that stands out. Strong hops. Average red brew, probably won't try this one again unless it's given to me, though.

12-14-2008 18:03:21 | More by Vendetta
Photo of magictrokini


4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

Clear mahogany pour with a meringue-like off-white head. Awesome aroma of grapefruit hops, brown sugar, and pineapple. Clean, strong hop taste up front with pine and grassiness. Sweet, but not as stong as other Lagunitas beers. Taste gives way to a nice malty back, but without losing any bitterness. Resiny finish. One of the best Lagunitas beers I've ever had.

12-10-2008 17:38:30 | More by magictrokini
Photo of thespaceman


4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass

Appearance: A beautiful deep cranberry red color, nice pouring with a nice size head and sticky lacing. Really a sight to see up against the light.

Smell: A deep apple spice can be smelled on contact, a nice fruity floral that bites in the backround, cherries, and a small tinge of esters lets you know this one is going to bring you on a nice ride.

Taste: A sweet caramel forefront, a bit of sour bitterness comes along with some good hoppiness showing it's stuff. The hop and malt balance is almost perfect, without one taking over the other. A tinge of grapefruit and bread kicks off the finish which is delightful to the palete.

Mouthfeel: Fairly carbonated, even with the pour, it sounds more like your pouring a soda. Good complexity to this medium bodied red ale, the maltiness keeps it body in check in the mouth.

Drinkability: This one is definetley one of my new go to red ales. It's got great balance and executes the style perfectly. A diamond in the rough to say the least. Now I know why they say Californians brew the best reds, excellent job.

12-05-2008 04:22:02 | More by thespaceman
Photo of dondeez21

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

This beer pous a nice copper-redish beer with a frothy head. The first thing I taste is the sweetness of the malt followed by a nice mellow hop flavor. Dont let the mellow taste fool you this beer weighs in at over 8%. My local liquor store has a few bottles in stock and I make it a point to grab one almost everytime I stop in there. I would recommend this beer to any fan of American Red Ales.

12-03-2008 00:22:09 | More by dondeez21
Photo of babaracas


3.93/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours a clear orangey-red with billowy off-white head. Impressive meringue-like retention and thick rings of lace. Smell: nice balance between sweet caramel malts and citric and earthy hops, fruity. Taste: caramel malts, grapefruit, earthy+subdued pine hops, slightly yeasty. The alcohol is very well hidden. Sweetness seems to get amplified - a little too much - halfway through the bomber. A malty hop fix? not quite. Pretty good, works as a big red ale, but a little too sweet towards the end.

11-27-2008 04:52:16 | More by babaracas
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Walked by this one for a while, for fear of the typical Lagunitas overmalt the hell out of everything brew. This one is not so bad.

Pours a clear ruby red color with some slight orange hues. A nice white head that retains pretty well and leaves ok lacing.

Nose is full of sugary rock candyesque malt and some west coast hoppage. Some slight straw and a bit of citrus.

Taste follows the nose. A big malt presence, but not the usual lagunitas beast. Very sugary maltiness with bread, biscuit, and candy glaze. Hop profile is weaker in the taste than in the nose, but is still very much there. Some grapefruit and a bit of earthiness. A tiny bit of peatiness here, odly enough. Bitterness hits at the end with a weakened punch, but lingers on with candy sugar in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty much right where it should be. A touch thick, but carbonation is good. Not very slick, pretty dry.

Drinkability is quite solid for the abv. A very drinkable beer. Would like a bit more hop balance in here, but this is pretty good as far as sessionability.

Overall a tasty brew. Nothing amazing, nothing flashy, nothing i will intentionally recommend, but it is a nice take on a "mondo large red ale" as alot of brewers these days think all they have to do to make an A rated red ale is hop the shit out of it and turn it into some red IPA. I would love to see a perfect melding between something like this and your HHRs and NNs. A good brew. I may have this one again, we'll find out. Give it a try, you will not be upset.

11-27-2008 01:52:12 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of Reagan1984


3.58/5  rDev -13.1%

Poured from the bottle with a beautiful thick and rich off white head. The retention was downright insane and it essentially sat there like whipped cream. Eventually it mostly faded into the beer leaving behind an 1/8 inch thick film. The lacing on this beer was also out of control. Essentially ½ the glass (opposite side from where I drank) was completely covered in horizontal rings leaving behind a trail of every sip. The beer itself was a deep red amber color that was clear and showed and turbulent amount of visible carbonation. Beautiful looking beer.

Aroma was slightly sweet and while crazy, I swore I smelled a little cinnamon. Some slight fruit notes and a touch floral... Not overly hoppy, but you can sense them..

The flavor was a little too sweet. I enjoyed this, but as I slowly made my way through the bomber I kept thinking... Man, I wish this was a touch less sweet. Nice roasted malt flavor up front gives was to a slight fruity flavor that begins then is overwhelmed by sweetness. After the sweet burst you head into some nice hop bitterness. Just when I get excited about this it fades a touch and the sweetness is back. Bordering on cloyingly sweet.

Mouth feel was a bit thick, sticky and syrupy. Drinkability was a little tarnished by the sweetness.

I wanted to love this, but could not. I love aggressively hopped Red/Amber Ales. This had a chance and was just too much like a kids candy...

11-21-2008 23:40:14 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of fav920

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

This is one of THE best bargains on the market!! Consistently pay $3.99 for a 22oz. bomber at Wine King in Wall, NJ.
Pours a reddish-orange similar to a double ipa, and smells like one too- though its categorized as a Red Ale. Poured into a tulip with a light head that disintegrates quickly.
Great hoppy taste that hides the alcohol, and keeps reminding me of a low quality double ipa, but for a red ale, and for this price, i'm hooked!
I've tried Lagunitas Maximus, which is their double ipa, for $8.99 per bomber. The Maximus may be slightly better, but certainly not more than twice as good, as price would suggest!

11-15-2008 04:47:49 | More by fav920
Photo of PorterLambic


3.7/5  rDev -10.2%

Pours a beautiful red hue with a hint of brown. Fluffy, creamy 1" plus light tan head. Incredible retention.
Smell is malt, hops, hint of citrus, grass, woody, yeast, pine.
Taste is hops, malt, alcohol, pomegranate (?), light cherry.
Smooth, slightly chewy, medium/full body, good effervescence, slightly hoppy aftertaste. Agood brew. A little hoppier than my normal choices and a bit more than an ale should be, I suppose.

11-04-2008 15:00:09 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of UA8


4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

A- Pours a super clear ruby red with a big froth head that displays very nice retention.

S- scents of citrus and pine hops with a light malt backing

T- Medium caramel malts lead into big hop profile, starting with citrus and finishing big green and herbal.

M- Big and round in the mouth with moderate but mouth coating carbonation.

D- A solid amber ale with big hop characteristics. Straight from the brewery fresh this would probably be a hop explosion.

10-31-2008 01:30:01 | More by UA8
Photo of oriolesfan4


4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

Bought a 22 oz bomber of this for $3.99.

Wow, this is a fantastic beer. For those of you that have tried Ithaca's Cascazilla and enjoyed it as much as I did, you'll absolutely love this beer. It looks and smells great, has a nice caramel taste with a hop kick to it, and finishes smooth and creamy. It's almost 9% alcohol yet you can't detect the flavor of ethanol... delicious beer.

10-20-2008 23:47:11 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of corey0212


3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours a clear coppery color with a lot of ruby highlights when held to the light, tan head rises lazily, fades somewhat quickly, and leaves behind sheets of lacing. Smell is intense caramel, and a bit of a faint boozy smell comes through. This is a pretty intense malt bomb! Thick, sticky, chewy caramel flavors, some faint grapefruit bitterness tries to fight its way through the malt, but gets knocked back down. Mouthfeel is nice, very sticky & chewy, some lingering bitterness. Tasty, but with a borderline-cloying sweetness that would prevent this from being something I'd want a whole lot more of. Definitely worth a try.

10-19-2008 23:29:01 | More by corey0212
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

A - A rich dark amber. Large tan head, lots of lacing. Looks fairly thick.

S - Sweet caramel malt overshadows grassy and pithy hops.

T - Caramel upfront with a strong mesh of grapefruit pith, hay and milder pine. Aftertaste is a pungent bitterness, very pleasant.

M - Smooth, thick and refreshing.

D - Damn good. I might have again (if I find it). It is a spectacular beer pushing toward DIPA.

10-19-2008 05:49:00 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of arizcards


4.18/5  rDev +1.5%

Picked up a bomber at Sportsman's in late August for $3.39.

Beer poured a copper color with a very nice long lasting off white head. Nose is quite pungent, it is citrusy and malty. Taste is caramel malts, with a generous dose of citic hops. Finish is quite clean. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a decent carbonation providing for a lively play on the palate. Drinkability is good, this is a pretty hoppy for a red but is quite enjoyable. Would recommend as the price is right and the taste quite nice!

Update 11-13-09
Picked up a bomber from Sprouts in late September for $4.29.

Beer poured copper ready with a generous white head that is leaving a nice lacing behind. Nose is very malty with a big floral hop presence. Taste is a nice blend of caramel malts, citrus, and finishes with a generous piney hop. Mouthfeel is very smooth and very full. Drinkability is surprisingly good for such a high abv. This is a wonderful double red that is a must try if you like strong ambers.

10-13-2008 22:24:28 | More by arizcards
Photo of peck95


3.88/5  rDev -5.8%

a wonderful dark amber red color a light tan head that dosn't dissipate and nice lacing but a little bit hazy.

a big malty smell with a decent hop precense

taste is similar to smell a good sweet malty taste with some bitter hop presence.

the mouthfeel is also good nice and creamy but does have a slight alcohol feel

the drink correlates with the mouthfeel a little thick and alcohol after taste.

10-12-2008 00:25:26 | More by peck95
Photo of Pencible


4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

This poured a clear, light auburn with light tan head. It smelled like roasted red barley with copper hops. It tasted like rich caramel malt and copper hops with a slight bit of coffee malt. It was oily with a bit of carbonation, and had a slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a very interesting flavor that was clean and hid the alcohol well. It was easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

10-08-2008 17:25:47 | More by Pencible
Photo of CrellMoset


3.98/5  rDev -3.4%

Bottle from Smoke Rise Bottle Shoppe, Lilburn, GA. Poured into a goblet (again).

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, thick copper color with a fluffy one-plus-finger tan head with great retention that eventually fades into a slick and leaves a solid ring of sponge-like lacing around the glass. Carbonation is active and big-bubbled. Very nice-looking ale.

Aroma: Mondo red ale indeed. There's lots of roasted malts here, but what really shines through is the hops. A nice amount of spicy vegetal spiciness, very pine-like, and a decent helping of citrus.

Taste: Precisely what you'd expect from the nose. It's thick, chewy, malty - toffee, caramel, roasted doughy notes - but also very well-hopped - spruce, a little wood, grapefruit, and some other leafy notes. Bitterness is at a good level, as well - melds well with the spice of the piney hops and keeps the heavy malt from being too cloying. Faintest kiss of alcohol in the finish as it warms, but it's by and large well-hidden.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and fluffy, as would be expected from the appearance of the head, but the body itself is fairly uneven. Carbonation is at a nice level though, keeping a beer this thick and chewy fairly lively as opposed to just sitting there on your tongue - compliments the pine spice nicely.

Drinkability: Not too much to say about this one. Alcohol's a little up there, but you knew that gettin' in to it. Like the 10 or so other Imperial Reds that Lagunitas makes, it's well-balanced, decently interesting, and well-made - they've found something that works and are sticking to it with minor variations. Does that make it terribly interesting? No, but it does make for a decent to above-average beer.

10-07-2008 21:57:26 | More by CrellMoset
Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,049 ratings.