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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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2,117 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,117
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 139
Gots: 142 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2007

77 IBU
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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
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
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
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
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
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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 chewey...lol 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
2.92/5  rDev -29%
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
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
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!

Photo of PEBKAC
2.03/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

A throw in on one of my suitcase treks across Manhattan's bottle shops. No BB date, but I think this one was the next to last on the shelf last month.

Pint glass pour. Clear ruby iced-tea body, & an inch plus of light tan head, which in turn leaves me plenty of sticky, ugly, soap scum-like lace(a good omen).

Maybe not. Smell is a real overabundance of caramel, raisins, soaked bread, the sharpness of steak sauce, & just a squirt of fresh citrus right at the end. Underfermented & soggy. The ABV seems bigger then stated. Smells like an opening round at a one & done homebrew competition. I don't think I like where this is going.

A little better here, though not much. The carbonation is right up front, lending itself to a slight roast. Though it quickly gets dominated by a sharp malt taste, along with a lingering acidic grapefruit rind bitterness. A slight tang. The ending dries out on newspaper & a metallic snag of hops. Alcohol is very solvent like.

Even free, I'd be hesitant.

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

Appearance: Wow! A Big AS$ twist off! What a surprise! The beer itself poured a pretty clear red-orange color with a pretty thick 1/2" head after a somewhat aggressive pour. The head faded back into the beer within about 30 seconds, but did leave some lacing on the glass on the way down.

Aroma: This beer has a pleasantly balanced aroma with toasty malt aromatics mixing well with a mostly floral hop bouquet. As the beer sits a bit, there is some obvious acidity coming out from the hops (I believe) and the beer definitely smells attenuated with a somewhat chalky aromatic deep in there.

Taste: The flavor is also rather pleasant. It starts out somewhat similar in hop profile to some American IPA's, but the malt never gives up and takes control back pretty quickly after the palate gets adjusted. The malt leads into the finish and there is a nice orange flavor that sets in late to get nibbled away by the warming from the alcohol. I like how the beer is so balanced, even though it is pretty damn big, and the carbonation bodes well.

Opinion: I am actually pretty happy with this beer. I am normally not a huge fan of the red ales (though this was the first style I ever brewed). This one has enough of a malty backbone, and hop presence to satisfy just about any palate. I don't know how much I will be seeking out this beer in the future, but I am glad that I tried it. If I saw it on tap, I would probably give it another shot.

Photo of farrago
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good whipped up quality to the head, contributes to strong lacing, head does subside swiftly despite active beads below. Red to brown brick in hue, tinge of yellow around the rims. Sweetly roasted malts dominate the nose, caramel and milk chocolate stick out clearly, good florality, rounds out with plum, raisin notes, minimal hop presence, maybe tangerine juice, sufficiently dense to persist texturally. Full-bodied, decidedly sweet, plays long on caramel, butterscotch, milk chocolate creme fraiche and toffee components. The large-scale carbonation opens up spaces for the more bitter, drying hops to alter the mouth texture. That said, never "dry" in nature, adds in oatmeal, honey and rice elements. Raisin, fig, plum, cherry fruit. Remains broad and full through the finish. May be too sweet for many palates for this category of beer.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear orangey amber color with a decent of-white head. Good retention and lacing. All the ingredients to a great looking beer are there but it looks kinda stagnant.

Smells of sweet caramel malt under grapefruit hops. Pungent.

Juicy Fruit and grapefruit hops with a cherry caramel malt backbone. Very sweet and fruity. Mouthfeel is creamy and euphoric. Some alcoholic warming in the aftertaste. Very similiar to a strong altbier.

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

A- Pours a nice 1 finger head, fades quickly. beautiful orange-amber color. looks good.

S- Sweet, malty aroma. with a hint of hops. bready, grainy smell.

T- very earthy, slightly fruity. tastes like caramel or crystal malt. the bitterness comes out more and more as it warms up. mmmm..

M- very pleasing consistancy, medium carbonation. it just feels right.

D- Very nice, perhaps a bit too hoppy, but still very well balanced. tastes great, very drinkable.

shared this one, thanks donkeyrunner!

Photo of Mitchster
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$4.99 for a 220z bottle. OG=1.085, 76.92 IBU, 8.3% ABV. Pours out to a cloudy near brown with auburn accents, forming a modest yellow head with good retention and solid lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is sweet, malty, and toasty, with a faint sweet hope sheen. Mouthfeel is slick with a dense body. The taste begins large with big raisiny dark fruits and malts, followed by some sweet green hops in the middle, which has some mild bitterness in the finish and tobacco in the aftertaste. Lots of big dark fruits throughout. Touch of peppery alcohol in the finish as well. Lots of hops, yes, but well-balanced considering the malt bill. Nice.

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

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of hoplover82
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,117 ratings.