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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2,105 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,105
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 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
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
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
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
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
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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

22 ounce bottle shared with a friend

A- pours a deep amber color with a 2 finger frothy, white head that lingers. Lots of lacing lines the glass.

S- Malted caramel and lots of citrus

T- More complex than the smell with hints of orange, malts, earthy tones, and plenty of hops. Minimal alcohol is noticed. Very great tasting beer.

M- Medium bodied

D- Overall very high, alcohol is well balanced with the complex taste.

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

A - Poured an amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of caramel malt and citrus hops

T - Follows the smell sweet caramel malt then a citrus hop finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this one quite a bit I have a thing for hopped up ambers and this one meets my craving a very good beer thats worth getting to try

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

Pours reddish amber with a good two inch light tan head. Good amount of sticky lacings.
Aroma is hoppy resinous.
Taste is big piney citrus hops with a minimal malt level.
This is all about the hops and an obvious higher than normal abv.
There is actually a bit of malt sweetness in the finish.
Overall a memorable strong ale. Cool label art too.

Photo of aglose45
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber

A: Light amber color with an ivory colored head. Left nice lacing on my Huntington Beach Beer Co. pint glass.

S: Sweet malty scent up front with a hint of hoppy pine at the end.

T: The taste follows as the nose suggests; sweet maltiness up front. There is a brief period where there is a bit of hoppy bitterness, pine or floral, but that is quickly taken back over by the maltiness.

M: Light bodied, minimal stickiness from the hops, and a bit under-carbonated.

D: Fairly easy drinking, but it just doesn't do too much for me on the flavor end. Although I enjoyed the sweet maltiness, I was hoping for a bit more bitterness. I'm still searching for that Amber/ Red Ale that can hang with Troegs Nugget Nectar.

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

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear reddish/amber color with an off-white head that thinned out to a light layer and left a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S - caramel malt and some citrus hop.

T - good balanced brew with sweet malty taste upfront and bitter hoppy bite on the finish. a little alcohol comes out as the beer warms.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - goes down well, a pretty nice all around beer.

Photo of Offa
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favourite Lagunitas beers, rich, flavourful, and balanced with lots of both malt and hop character.

It's deep red with a medium-large, foamy, light tan head, steadily shrinking to a thin top and leaving some lace.

The aroma is richly fruity, raisiny, citrusy with grapferuit and candied orange, caramel and a hint of rum.

The taste is like the aroma, with plenty of hoppy bitterness and character balanced with sweetness and the high alcohol and malt. It tastes of caramelly toasty grain, some fermented rummy fruit, rich candied citrus - lemon, caramelised grapefruit, and candied orange, with candied pine and a little pine bark, plus some dryish pine needle with citrus in the finish. It's feel is rich and full, oily, yet zesty frothy. It stays engaging and tatse and feel throughout, and has sweetness and bitterness in good balance. Considering its strenght, it's dangerously easy to drink.

Compared to something similar, Oscar Blues Gordon's Ale, which I recently compared to this, this is darker, with a richer, more complex and less grapferuity character in smell and taste and a richer, frothier feel.

Photo of tjkurz
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into imperial pint glass nice dark brown with thick tight head - excellent lacing all the way through. Smells great - malt pine citrus. Tastes some malt upfront citrus hops and alcohol - lots of alcohol, it kind of overwhelms much of the upfront flavor. Mouthfeel syrupy with some carb. Drinkability - at 8.3 abv - this is not a session beer - way too heavy. 12oz would do me fine.

Photo of DJRezN00
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to TheChauffeur1.

Poured a nice amber color with a slight haze and a rather large slightly tan head that hangs quite nice into a snifter.
Nose tingles with spicy hops and alcohol. malt characters are strong here that remind me of a small barleywine. there is a balance to me in smell but it teeters very rapidly either way.
once again in taste i am reminded of a small barleywine with strong hop notes. leaves a small alcohol tinge in the background and rests nice on the palate. the aftertaste lingers a bit.
slight greasy feel with awesome carbonation. slightly but very nice sparkling feeling and refreshing. alcohol low enuff to drink fairly well as a session beverage. as long as you dont slam em down lol.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.88/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 7/3/2008 (bottle):

Pours a very red colored body, clearish looking, with a small tannish colored head. Has a grapefruity, nutty aroma. A very grapefruity malty taste. Somewhat balanced, between bitterness and the sweetness. A little too piney.

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

Poured from a bomber bottle into my Dogfish Head Tulip glass.

A: A reddish orange browny color with a nice one finger tight white head. Nice glass lacing that is full in the glass.

S: Hops hit me first, with big sweet malts and a bit of spicy.

T: Sweetness of dark fruits and caramel with some spicy peppery (slight) flavor. The malt is overcome at the end by the spicy hops that lead into a citrus finish. Nice complex beer, and a nice bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium, not overly coating and a bitterness on the very final finish. Alcohol is hidden well. Overall though not real dry.

D: Farily high, these drink nicely.

Overall a solid brew by Lagunitas but not a standout. Still I would be glad to drink one any time. Good beer.

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

Thick bumpy pillow floats atop a non parting red sea. The scent is intense. Toffee covered cherries smoking over maple wood, boiling in molasses and brown sugar. A heavy malt foundation reminiscent of a DIPA with the hops turned dessert, cinnamon swirl bread, spicy caramel, maple syrup, and red cake. The hops provide a healthy bitter to disguise the power punching ABV, which is no where to found. Thick, sappy, spicy and littered in saw dust; another check into the IMP RED column.

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

Pours a translucent red with 2-3 finger head that leaves lacing. Gorgeous looks! Smells of spices, bread, sugar, malt which is very inviting. The taste gives you exactly the scent: a flavor pyramid with thick, fat malt supporting the top half of brown sugar, cinnamon-ginger bread, spice and everything nice. Medium-heavy in body with a thick malty mouthfeel and cinnamon aftertaste. A great brew with dessert-like qualities as well as session beer characteristics.

Photo of surfer4life
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

A - pours a dark copper with about an inch head. Head recedes fairyl quick to a small film.

S - Sweet caramel malts, citrus fruits and some hop bitterness detected.

T - This is quite a hoppy one, not so hoppy though that the sweetness can't be tasted. But the bitterness defintely defines the drink.

M - Medium bodies with medium high carbonation. Very good mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable, although I would rather have a port shark attack.

Photo of david131
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Red with some orange hues. Absolutely clear with as massive off white head that settles to a pancake on the surface while leaving excellent lacing.

S- Some cotton candy, fruit punch, grapefruit, and a wonderful malt backing. A little bit of floral notes in there as well.

T- Wow this is smooth. A sweet, caramel malt presence up front, then the fruit, followed by the hops. Everything goes so well together, I would've never guessed that this was such a high ABV.

M- Very smooth, and seems almost undercarbonated. It is a little sticky and dry on the tail end, but it seems to work pretty well here.

D- Damn tasty and an exemplary example of the style. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. This is a good beer to sit back and take 'er easy with.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep copper color with very nice clarity. Has a creamy, tan fine-bubbled head that has very nice retention and superb lacing.

Fresh light malt scent mingles with floral and fruity aromas. Smells really good with hints of white bread and grapefruit.

Good balance to this beer. Has a shitload of very clean malty sweetness and alot of citrusy hop flavor. As this is one of my last couple bottles and has aged about 5 months, it has lost some of the bright hop bitterness...which blows, but it is still drinking phenomenally. Fruity aspect is nice - green apples, strawberries and grapefruit. ABV is so well hidden that it almost seems sessionable. I would absolutely love to see this beer re-released at some point. Wonderful job Lagunitas!

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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