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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 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
3.7/5  rDev -10%
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
3.21/5  rDev -21.9%
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
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
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
4.94/5  rDev +20.2%
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
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
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
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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

22oz. brown bomber with no dates.

A: This is the stuff beer commercials are made from. THe color is like blood orange. It is extremely clear and just radiates orange, amber, copper, and red hues. The head builds up nicely then recedes to adequate lacing which sticks to the glass the entire session. My only complaint, I would like to see a bit more resting carbonation action. There really isn't any to speak of, otherwise this is a 5.

S: Hops. Grass, pine, grapefruit. This really could pass as an IPA on nose.

T/M: Tart bitter hops on first sip settle down once your palate gets over the shock. Grapefruit comes out in full force, but the malts make their appearance and balance this hop-stravaganza. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

This is ridiculous good. If your a fan of IPAs and a fan of Red Ales, this is your beer. They should create a new category for this beer and Big Hoppy Monster.

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

Picked up this brown bomber today, mmm fresh beer on a hot friday.

Poured into my Sam adams turbulator. The pour produced a 2'' tan head. Color is a transparent redish copper, with glowing golden hues when held to light.
Frothy head leaves behind THICK sticky lace and a thin layer of retention.

Aroma of sweet caramelly hops, orange peel, pine and grapefruit with a small amount of pineaple. Its malty as well with a bit of cereal grain aroma mixed with the bready sweet malt.

This was described to me as a Furious on steroids. I would have to agree. Its similer to furious without the bitter hop bite. It has much more sweet caramel flavors and alot of citric pinneaple and oranges too it. Hops throughout with more bittering into the linger of the swallow.
Just a touch of roasty grain and burnt sugars. Some hop spice too, just a wee bit of pepper in there.

Mouthfeel is sticky and full bodied. Just a touch of creamyness between the carbonation. This is well balanced in mouthfeel, with just a touch of each carbonation, stickyness, thicker creamyness and its very enjoyable.

Only the slightest bit of warmth as its warmed. This beer is fantastic! A must have for any hop lover.

Photo of Magpie14
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: the color looks a jeweled ruby with shades of orange with soft reddish yellows hugging strongly. Carbonation is visibly streaming up the side. Sitting atop is a dingy yellow-white foamed blob, very sticky. And as a result hordes of stringy lace grabbed the glass

S: the nose puts forth smells of ripe citrus fruits with a heavy dose of caramelized malts. Malts would be more in accordance with the Red Ale style. Smells are quietly reminiscent of a Double IPA in some ways, just bit malt heavy. In any event, smells are righteous

T: what pulls me into this one is the toasted malty flavors, with rye-like dimensions. These grain characters are soaked with brown sugary goodness. On top of this are the seasoned veteran citrus/pine hop flavors. They consist of the usual suspects of sappy pine shavings, grapefruits, and even a few wedges of oranges and passion fruit. This are even and balanced between malts, hops, and candied sweets.
As the liquid consumption continues, I find myself assessing the soft spiciness that can be attributed to either the hops or the dried rye type of character showing up, or a combination of both, I'll let you decide. Somewhat of a different twist...

M: carbonation is a little on the aggressive side, but it is alright. The body is on the medium side and just a touch sticky at times. Well balanced overall in the glass

D: lagunitas has struck another winner with this Red Ale. Nice flavors and a bit of class

Photo of ryrust5301
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Copper color that looks to be identical to the color of a penny. Great looking red ale with a tan head that looked almost creamy on the top. Pretty sweet in the lace department as well.

Smell - First thing I get is a deep caramel malt smell, with an almost bready quality to it. Hops are blended in as well as some citrus notes.

Taste & Mouthfeel - This one has a deep almost abyss like amount of never ending caramel malt. Hops seem to scratch through in the back to give a bitterness to the finish. Citrus flavors are present as well to help tip the scales back to an ipa feel. Mouthfeel is smooth as silk and way on the creamy side.

Drinkability - Absolutely a must for any lover of the style. Delicious to the last drop.

Photo of ShrLSU
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearence is a hazy amber color with a light chunky off white head that recedes down nicely. THe smell is sweet malt and citrus hops. A light breadiness as well. THe taste is big malts, very sweet and caramel. I don't taste as much hops as i thought i would but its enough. There is slight bitterness at the end. Maybe a little piney taste too. Mouthfeel is nice a medium. Low carbonation and kind of a thick and slick feel down the throat. Overall pretty good beer. The hops may have died slightly on this one but its pretty good overall.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear red amber color with a nice film of foam retaining well atop the liquid

The smell is fantastic, I picked up whiffs of it as I poured the beer and felt my mouth watering. Lots of hops, carmel malts, and an underlying alcohol scent.

The taste is very good, nice and strong with the hops, the malts balance the bitterness out well. The alcohol is not malt-masked as well as I'd like, but overall this had a great taste.

The mouthfeel was decent, definate bitter hop presence throughout with the malts coating it in a light sweetness. The alcohol lingers in the mouth, I feel like I shouldn't light a match for a while.

Given the high ABV this is surprisingly drinkable. Glad to have tried this.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my trusty nonic pint glass. Appears a hazed crimson copper color with an inch of fluffy off white foam. Smells and tastes of a healthy dose of sweet caramelized malt and toasted grains, resinous, piney hops, maybe a bit of tangerine and grapefruit as it warms. Alcohol is in hiding and this red ale is adequately carbonated for it's style with a satisfying body. Good stuff.

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

Great label, this one's gonna transfer to skin as soon as I get the chance.

A: Ruddy bourbon coloring in the glass

S: The bouquet that comes off of this red ale is
pretty appetizing and quite strong. Hints of
the ABV are also there.

T: Like sippin' flowers... hoppy with a good
overall balance of understated malts, grain,
etc. You really have to seek them out due to
the hop strength.

M: Good bodied and nicely balanced. Of the red
ales I've sampled I'd say this one is most
tactily appealing to the pallet.

D: As drinkable as 8.5% can be. The aftertaste
is a little over the top for me and as per
usual I always prefer a few more bubbles.
Good drink, bravo Louisiana beer.

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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