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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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BA SCORE
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2,064 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,064
Reviews: 831
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 119
Gots: 119 | 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 thespaceman
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

thespaceman, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of dondeez21
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

dondeez21, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of babaracas
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

babaracas, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

AKBelgianBeast, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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...

Reagan1984, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of fav920
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

fav920, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of PorterLambic
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

PorterLambic, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of UA8
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

UA8, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

oriolesfan4, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of corey0212
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

corey0212, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

mrasskicktastic, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of arizcards
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

arizcards, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of peck95
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

peck95, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of Pencible
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Pencible, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

CrellMoset, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on-tap at Taco Mac Lindbergh in Atlanta.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells good. Big piney aromas at first, and as it warms it has an almost vanilla smell to go along with sweet malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of pine flavors at first to go along with a sweet malt backbone. As it warms it has a bitter vanilla flavor. Mild bitterness throughout. There's really no hint of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and subtle carbonation that makes it pretty creamy, and it goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is very good. For the high ABV it goes down super easy. I could definitely have a few more of these.

Overall this is a solid take on a style that in my opinion is hit or miss. Good, robust flavors throughout. Definitely worth a shot.

glid02, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber into shaker pint glass on 10/3/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Clear ruby-colored body with amber highlights and one finger of foamy beige head that settled into a patchy film with plenty of sticky lacing and moderate amount of carbonation.

S - Huge caramel malt nose with plenty of sweetness up front, as well as a floral and perfumy hop profile with some alcohol twang.

T - Big malty presence with dark caramel notes and a good amount of perfumy and floral hops. Drinks almost like an Imperial ESB, if there is such a thing. Slight bitter sting in the finish.

M - Creamy and warm mouthfeel with very soft carbonation. Overall, this is a little oily and slick with a moderate bitter finish that lingers for a while on the palate.

D - This has a big malty presence with plenty of hops, yet the balance seems a little off kilter. This is pretty tasty, but the hop profile isn't one of my favorites.

ffejherb, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle purchased from Jax in Cumming

A: A beautiful beer. Pours a reddish copper color with a finger thick head. The head disappears into a thin haze of bubbles. That thin covering leaves sheets of lacing with each swallow. The only knock on this one is head retention.

S: If it were a blind smell test for this one, I would have picked it out as another Lagunitas beer: Olde Gnarleywine. Huge malt aroma that meets the nose before it even gets near the glass. There is just a hint of citrus hops mixed in with the malt. You can't really call the aroma complex, but it definitely smells very good.

T: Big malty caramel taste when it initially crosses the lips. The finish is slightly dry from the excellently balanced hops. The only other amber/red I can think of with this much flavor is Stone Levitation.

M: In mouth carbonation makes it feel creamy in the mouth. It has a medium body that is very smooth.

D: I could really knock these back. The balance is superb. You get both a nice malty taste and a clean hop finish. The alcohol is amazingly hidden.

GatorBeerNerd, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of macster
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bomber a translucent deep amber-orange color. Props up a thick and creamy light tan head with superb retention throughout the glass. Some spotty lacing is noted as snifter drains.

Aroma is dominated by the caramel malts with smells of warm caramel apple and toasted malt with a background of herbal and spicy hops. Not sure what hop strains they're using here , but not your typical citrus/piney west coast hop profile in this offering.

Mouthfeel shows of a silky smooth and creamy texture with just a hint of tingly CO2 on the tongue.

Flavor profile starts out sweet with notes of caramel candy, toffee, Grape Nut cereal and ripe fruit. Some faint s[ice and herb hop notes make their appearance mid-palate. Finish shows a slightly dry, minerally presence with a mild hop bitterness.

Alcohol is very subdued. An easy drinkin' and well balanced Imperial Red.

macster, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of tbeck
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up from the Beer Shoppe in Yakima, WA.

Pours a dark amber in color with a thin white/brown head. There is a slight clarity. Aroma was decent, mainly hops but some malt. Taste was hoppy and sweet, with a bitter aftertaste. Good texture, a lot of carbonation. A bit on the heavy side. Decent beer with good flavor, but it is on the sweet side. Not recommended for a session beer.

tbeck, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of TerjUGA
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very rich red dark amber color with a very large very pillowy head, lacing and head stay present throughout the drink.malt is present in the smell and taste as well.taste of hops and floral notes up front, finished with strong malt flavor. hints or bready flavors throughout.good beer not one of my favorites but its pretty good.

TerjUGA, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber, three fingers of off white head, excellent lacing.

Smooth spicy hops and caramel malt nose, nice nose that's perfectly balanced.

Flavor's excellent - like the nose, there's a solid caramel malt base that's the jumping off point for the spicy, piney hops. Solid but fairly short hoppy aftertaste. No alcohol flavor, which is a problem I've found in some Lagunitas "big" beers.

Body's nice and it's well carbonated, almost creamy.

Really liked this one, the best Lagunitas brew I've had so far.

soupyman10, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of Shaw
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After reading the surprisingly cogent blurb (for Lagunitas) on the bottle, which nicely compliments Rogue Ales, I poured this beer.

It's a clear copper in color with a sticky off-white head that leaves wonderful lace in my glass.

Its aroma of toasted malts, citrus hops and fusel alcohol is also quite nice.

The taste is big and bold, with sharp hop bitterness mixing with a strong warming alcohol effect. The biscuit, caramel and toast flavors from the malts are also very apparent.

The body is excellent: Creamy -- even chewy. Just the way I like it.

Overall this is a very good beer and another winner from Lagunitas. Seek it out while you can.

Shaw, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of montageman
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Beautiful red hue with a bone white head that leaves a bunch of lacing. The smell is sweet like brown sugar. The taste is complex - dry and sweet with a nice alcohol burn in the finish. Perfect in the mouth with just the right amount of carbonation. Very easy to drink for a big boy - totally satisfying and balanced. A delicious beer. Highest recommendation.

montageman, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, reddish amber with a small, loosely creamy yellowish head. Big fruity hop nose...juicy with some brown sugar and caramel. Tastes like more of the same fruity hops and a good bit of soft, sweet underlying malt. Moderately prickly and slick adding some texture to a medium body. This is easy drinking for the strength, though I could just as easily move onto something else...

wedge, Sep 12, 2008
Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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