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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2,104 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,104
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 adamette
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from large bottle into clear glass

A A basic amber appearance. One finger head remained for 30 seconds.

S balanced smell of muted amber qualities. Can sense higher alcohol in the smell.

T Strong amber, woodsy taste.

M Full with strong tastes, high alcohol content.

D Fair. The large bottle that I bought it in I could not finish. It is certainly not to be taken in multiples in my opinion.

Notes: I was not blown away by this beer but it is worthy of a taste, especially if you like ambers.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to Tayner for the chance to try this beer. Wow, 271 reviews as of this writing so I'll go with a slighty different approach. It looks great, has a nice approachable hoppy taste and it works. It's a nice brew to round out the night. Worth a try if you're looking for something different.

Photo of tastybeer
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glows a pretty orange red with hints of copper. Atop rests a slightly orange white head comprised of extremely fine, dense little bubbles. Aroma contains a giant punch of citrus, light pine hops over moderately sweet caramel malt. Basic but well done. Taste matches rather well. Appropriate sweetness, moderate bitterness, and packed with citrus. Very nice fine carbonation is certainly a bonus and this is also very drinkable for what it is.

I'll be picking this up every once + awhile. A good 'have whenever' type brew in my opinion.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:Nice deep red color with two fingers of white head. Tons of lacing.

S: Nice hoppy character. Earthy smell as well. Something else I cannot place. Spice?

T: Nice spicy hop character. Well balanced by the malt. Usually their stuff is just one dimensional but this did have some balance.

M: Medium body that was slightly syrupy.

D: Very easy drinking. No real hints of the ABV. I have become a fan of hoppier red ales as of late. Lagunitas should keep this one around they have a winner.

Photo of BMoney575
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 8-17-08

Pours a very clear deep amber color, with a thin white head that leaves behind huge lacing.

Smell is big malt, and a little bit of sweet amber hops. Maybe just a hint of alcohol, if you look for it.

Taste is big and sweet, but then very subtle. The hops come in much later, and contribute a tart, earthy flavor. The alcohol is insanely well masked, not even noticeable.

Mouthfeel is good, very slick and sweet, with a pleasant hop dryness to balance it out.

Drinkability is good, the flavors are nice and the alcohol does not detract at all.

Overall, not as strong as I expected. Still, very good, and a solid pick.

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

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Not really read but more of a blood orange with a thick 1-2 finger off-white head and above-average lacing.

S: Very hoppy with equal amounts floral and earthy components nicely meshed with a bold caramel maltiness with light toasting.

T: There are less hops in the flavor compared to the aroma, but the flavor is more even, delicious, and balanced for it. Layers of sweet and roasted caramel malt are very evenly matched with floral and earthy hops. This red ale is more even than other bigger-name red/amber ales. With warming, the taste takes a more rough, hoppy edge.

M: Extremely smooth with low-to-average carbonation keeps it easy to drink. Aftertaste is sweet and long.

D: An very underrated and underbought red/amber ale. Its evenness is unsurpassed and further cements Lagunitas as a top-5 brewery regardless of style. Get out and find this beer -- it is a top-notch brew.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Bright rusty red color. Clear as a bell. Head is 1/2" of fluff.

S- A tad fruity from hops, sweet malts, bubblegum, buttery toffee. The alcohol has a slight warming sensation in the nose.

T- Sweet up front; honey and brown sugar. Very bitter in the middle mixing with the malty sweetness offering a nice compliment. Finishes sweet but the aftertaste is a little dryer. The alcohol is present in the tail end of the taste too.

M- Pretty thin but oily in the mouth with medium carbonation.

D- Just OK. Very sweet and strong, but a good experience. I don't think I will seek it out, but all in all not bad.

Photo of raiser
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am a stout drinker. But I am always looking for the "perfect" Amber, which is elusive, but prefered. I think I have found it. WHAT? It's a limited 1-time release? Shit, now I have to go and buy as may as I can find and hope it lasts :(

This beer was so fucking good, I couldn't stop drinking it. I poured half the bomber, planning to only drink a little. Yet I couldn't stop drinking it. I poured out the rest and it just kept giving.

The only sad part is this is a very heavy beer, and 1 bomber practically knocked me on my ass. I need to go get some more.

The only Amber I have had recently that compares is Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster, which is not readily or locally available. I like Bear Republic Red Rocket, but it didn't knock me on my ass the way this did, both literally and figuratively. The Troeg's Ambers are good, but too hoppy for the style IMHO. I'm working a trade for Ambergeddon, we'll see how it compares.

I like. Find some.

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

Dark crimson with a finger of off-white to slightly tan foam, good duration--a great-looking brew. The nose was more hopped than I expected with lots of malt--citrus fruit with a hint of roasted vanilla bean. Wonderful taste, malty and smooth with a nice bite from hops; well-balanced. This is easily one of the two best Red Ales I've ever had, just fantastic.

A slightly thin mouthfeel results from a little flattening, but nothing too compromising. Incredibly good beer, Lucky 13 Mondo is a gem.

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

22 oz bottle. Pours red with an orange tint and over 2 cm of foamy, off-white head that is slowly diminishing. Some citrus and hops, mostly malt aroma. Caremel, citrus, and malt are the initial flavors. Flavor shifts to become drier and dominated by hops. Dry and sour aftertaste. Tons of lacing, medium body, light carbonation, and lots of warming from the alcohol. Overall, enjoyed it a lot, shocked that its rating is currently below 3.8.

Photo of pinotboy007
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep rosewood color with some nice bubbles and splendid, pillowy head. Modest lace.

S - Hops, caramel.

T/M - Terrific! Delicious caramel, citrus and hops all in harmony and providing a superb ale experience. It has a nice, velvety swing to it that is a pleasure to swirl down.

D - Very drinkable for year 'round enjoyment on its own or with BBQ ribs and an after-dinner cigar.

Photo of orcasteve
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a big bad hopy monster has graced my glass, this is hopy all the way through, i love this one. it is bold and makes my toung tingle, this beer makes outher lesser beers hide in the corner trembling with feer, i would drink this one all the time if i could get my hands on it.this hops for days and keeps you coming back for more.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Man, I am a huge fan of red ales and especially the whole product line of reds that lagunitas puts out. This one being no exception. Smells of faint hops and brown sugar. Pours a lucious head with tracings of it all the way down the glass. Tastes of some slight fruit (cherry maybe) and then lots of hops. Not quite as hoppy as say, hairy eyeball, but nice enough. Red/copper color on the pour. A really dry finish and a great beer. Hope sixers come out soon.

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

Poured into a standard pint from a 22oz bottle. Hints of citrus fruit introduces the beer before the first pour. The head bursts out to form a dense orange/white creamy head that sits like a milkshake atop the deep ruby color. Citrus and grassy hop aromas fill the nose with sweet grain. As the first molocule hits the tongue the sweetness parts for the earthy grassy hop flavor. The full round flavor lasts through the whole pint with some caramel sweetness that lends to a metallic hint that your mind might pick up due to the rusty color. The head is now reduced to a dollup of whipped cream in the center of the class as I pour in the remainder of the bottle.

Photo of andrewm190
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very good, solid beer. An enticing and eye catching bottle, the beer pours relatively thin and ephemeral head with stick bubbles. The smell of fairly sweet, with a distinctly fresh set of spicy. The taste is redolent a barely wine, although it's clearly not. The bottle describes it as " a mondo large red ale," and its appearance certainly matches. The brew is a bit spicy, a healthy bite on the mouth from the 8.3 percent alcohol, and one certainly gets a hint both in smell and taste of some hops. The aftertaste is remarkably sweet; perhaps a bit much for my personal pallet, but respectably done. You'll do well with this beer, its certainly well done, but anticipate a bit of the barley wine sweet taste.

Photo of ewright
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark reddish-brown color underneath a thin layer of foam flecked with the occasional large bubble.

S: Nice big resiny hop aroma come right out to meet the nose. Hints of melon and tropical fruits linger in the background.

T: Hefty dose of bittering hops right up front. Flavors come in later with notes of pine or spruce. There is a malt backbone, but it really doesn't contribute to the palate.

M: Here is where the malt shines. A rich, luxurious tongue coating body with prickly bitterness and moderate carbonation.

D: This is a tasty one for sure, but the hops may induce a bit of palate fatigue by the end of 22 oz.

Photo of tonistruth
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap @ Stone in Escondido, CA

A- amber with a red tint and a head of off white foam, decent retent, silky lace

S- toffee, sweet with a pine hop edge

T- pine and citrus hops headline throughout, toffee sweetness (also in aftertaste), toasted malts, and caramel

M- creamy medium body until hops turn it coarse

D- love the balance and mouthfeel, malts are great, easily one of my faves from Lagunitas, great for style, recommended

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

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear ruby hued amber color. About a half inch tan head, with average retention, settling into moderate lace.

Aroma is toasted malt, with a light to moderate citrus hop presence.

Flavor has a nice base of toasted malt, moving quickly to a moderate to high grapefruit rind bitterness which lingers into the finish. Trace of alchohol in the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Good balance. Alcohol hidden well. Overall an above average red, with a bit more of a hop bite than a typical example. Easy to drink, certainly worth having again.

Photo of cokes
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bronze bodied topped with a short but sticky beige film.
The somewhat muted nose brings conifers, rose oil, orange rinds, brown sugar, and walnuts.
Begins with a toasted malt rush into the mouth, it quickly ventures on towards mixed nuts (bitter almonds and walnuts, primarily) glazed with brown sugar. There's a slight pause, then the hops bring in a forcefully bitter notion of pine cones, orange juice, and pressed flowers.
A taut medium body is given spark by a steady, if sluggish, carbonation.
It's quite drinkable, and while featuring the hops a bit more, it retains a certain amount of balance. It's like a slightly earthier/nuttier Arrogant Bastard.

Photo of jwinship83
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep ruby red with a large bone white thick creamy head

S- mostly citrus hops with a little bit of yeast.

T- mildly sweet but very hoppy with a lingering hop aftertaste.

M- well carbonated, full bodied, and creamy

D- its a tad plain to have me reaching for others. decently enjoyable but not something ill be missing anytime soon

Photo of BeerSox
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into nonic. Number ExAyeAyeAye.

Clear deep copper hue with a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing.

The aroma is mostly sharp hops. Light brown sugar in the background.

Once again the hops steal the show. Plenty of sharp and spicy hops on top of a roasty malt base (caramel, brown sugar). Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is the lingering hops (I think I taste centennial?).

A pretty good beer. I'm starting to like these Red Ales that are loaded with hops. They're like a dark IPAs. Recommended.

Photo of guzzle211
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into my trusty Moosehead Pale Ale glass.

Appearance is true to description, dark amber / red. A healthy off-white head bellows forth but disappears as quickly as it forms. Slight traces of lacing, respectable for the abv.

Smell is dominated by hops. These days it seems that double/imperial/mondo means strictly hops, regardless of the style.

I love the balance of the Lagunitas Imperial Red, and was expecting a mondo version of that (including the balance,) but this tastes more like every other West Coast hop bomb. I am a little confused by some of the previous reviews that mention malt. I was hoping for more of a malt balance in this, but hops dominate. Mouthfeel is nothing special.

Drinkability is high for the ABV, the alcohol is very well hidden.

Photo of chileman13
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured form 22 oz bottle in Stone pintglass.
A-true to it's name it tis auburn- red amber. 1 finger cream white head that left quickly. It left plenty of lacing on the glass.
A- citrus hops top note with carmel-tofee sweet malt 2nd note.
T- Fresh hops and then some good malt flavors. well balanced. Strong etoh taste and hopsy aftertaste.
m- smooth perfectly balanced carbonation.
d- this is probably the best red ale i have ever tasted. this is not my favorite style of beer, however if the rest tasted this good i would reconsider. i will buy this one again and will check out their other wares.

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

A - very red, crystal clear, thick tan head, lots of fine carbonation bubbles, leaves thick sheets of lace behind.

S - grapefruit hop, lucious caramel malt

T - nicely balanced between the hop and malt, both are firm, but blend well. Extremely clean. Distinct grapefruit character finally takes over in the finish. Aftertaste leaves a firm bitterness, yet it is quite smooth and somehow fitting.

M - med body, creamy fullness, dry resiny finish

D - lighter than a barleywine, easy to drink, great flavours, extremely clean and smooth.

The really like the hop finish on this one. It seems like a perfect ending to a hard fought battle between malt and hops, with the hops finally coming out on top. Lagunitas rarely disappoints, and is very reasonably priced... Lucky 13 is yet another winner!

Photo of jordoo
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bottle poored into a pint glass.

This one has a large slightly tan thick foamy head with great retention. Looks to be a deep Aubern with a redish glow. Some lace but less than I expected honestly. The smell is of carmalized malts, citrus, floral and piney hops. Cannot smell the alcohol but this one is obviously well hoped and malted. The taste is very ballanced, malts and hops peak here and there but keep each other in check. A little hint of the alcohol on the back end. This one is thick and slick leaving some hop oil residue with some lingering bitterness. Very drinkable almost too drinkable for a strong ale.

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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