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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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2,074 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,074
Reviews: 832
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 119
Gots: 121 | 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 gpcollen1
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange amber into my Carlsberg Imp Pint. Head gives a rise and holds a bit, settling to pond scum. Aroma is strong and malty with a nice rise of hops coming in late.

Hits the palate with a light feel and a sweetness that progressively intensifies and rolls in the hops. Heart with an initial dryness - getting nice and bitter and drying me out some more.

A nice roll of aroma and flavor through this one. I opened another b.c of a recent thread and this one did not disappoint for under $4. Will grab some more for sure.

gpcollen1, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this on a recent visit to River's Bend. I love the packaging on this one as I have always been into Karma... There's an old school Varga Girl in an upside horseshoe. No freshness date on the 22 ounce bomber.

Pours a gorgeously, rich auburn with bright red and golden highlights. An attractive, creamy ½ inch tan head sits gently on beer with really nice sticky lacing.

Smells of rich caramelized malts and light orangey hops.

Tastes of sweet malts, blended nicely with fresh citrusy hops. Initial sipping hid the hops they were by no means over powering. Very nice balance. Slightly bitter on the middle with grapefruit or orange rind bitterness. As the drink warms, the alcohol and hops become more vibrant.

Medium-bodied with great amounts of carbonation.

Very drinkable. If the ABV was a little lower, I'd drink it all night long. Because the malts and hops are so prevalent, I consider this more of an IPA, short for it's amazing coloring.

Another great beer from Lagunitas.

beachbum1975, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of WeisGuy
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AndySR15 for this bottle as an extra.

a - pours a rusty burnt orange color, one-inch cream colored head, good retention and lacing, pretty clear

s - piney hops and a slightly biscuity and sweet maltiness are the dominant aromas, some lighter orange marmalade notes, wisps of alcohol

t - sweet caramel malt mixed in nicely with a decent amount of bitter piney hopiness up front, light caramel and citrus on the midpalate, finish is pretty bitter with some pine and orange mixed with biscuity malt, hints of alcohol on the finish as well

m - medium-bodied, good amount of carbonation, but not too much, somewhat dry on the finish, not much by way of warming

d - fairly drinkable, pretty well balanced, not overly drying on the palate, alcohol is muted

Decent effort overall and a good example of an amped-up red ale. As Lagunitas beers are always relatively well-priced, this one is worth a try.

WeisGuy, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tall brown 1 pint 6oz glass bottle, twist-off cap. The label sports a lady surrounded by a horseshoe.
Maple brown clear ruby body with low carbonation topped by a tan yellow tinted head of full range of bubbles.
Scent of well balanced caramel and hops with a note of rough pinecone.
Very sweet malty flavor but short lived as the hops take over almost immediately. Pine hops with nutty malty harsh quality.
Full body with decent coating and a harsh dry finish.
Good drinkability. I can see this brew being good in any season.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up from Wiggy's. Thanks for supplying it Zack!

Poured part of a bomber into a snifter.

Appearance - The brew produced a 1 finger latte foam textured head with the color of a manilla envelope. Dissipates to a spotty crown across the surface of the glass. The beer is transparent red with golden hues. Light/moderate lacing.

Smell - This brew has a nice rich scent. Smells full of pink grapefruit and pine. There is a hint of caramel covered orange as well as burnt sugar. My fiancée was able to pick out prune and raisin as well. This brew has a great hop profile while still leaving enough room for the malt to come through.

Taste - The flavor is very tasty on this one. This beer shows great balance between citrus hop flavor, caramel malt, and spicy hop bitterness. Nice deep flavor on this one. Brown sugar covered grapefruit and orange melds into burnt caramel that gets rounded out by a sprig of pine. The bitterness lasts well into the aftertaste. Yum.

Mouthfeel - This beer has a nice medium bodied. Moderate carbonation level - fine textured bubbles keep the beer feeling interesting. Oily and sticky as it runs over the tongue.

Drinkability - I really liked this beer. It has a big bold flavor that demonstrates a nice balance between its malty and hoppy flavors. For as bold of a flavor that it contains, it is pretty easy drinking. Good scent, good flavor, good feel - great beer.

MiguelMandingo, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of illidurit
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Poured into a nonic. Dark amber with a tan 1-finger head. Lots of sticky lace and great retention. Aromas of brown sugar and caramel and a mondo dose of grapefruity hops. Flavor runs the gamut, from sticky malt sweetness to big bitter C hops to a unifying, warming finish. Lively carbonation, medium-full body, a touch of booziness.

illidurit, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of WillClark
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Nice rich red amber complexion with a decent head that lingers to kick out a great citrus hop aroma. Smooth, slightly sweet body and a nice tart hop finish bring it all together. Hangs in the mouth but doesn't cling- basically, it makes you want to take another sip.

It's been a while since I had a Lagunitas beer, but this one definitely reminds me of my previous fascination with their line. Good, strong ale. Very drinkable. Love the lack of bitterness.

WillClark, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of everetends
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber I got at Showcase Bev. in Carrollton, GA. Poured into a nonic.

A:Poured a beautiful brown with amber highlights when held to light. Had a nice off white head that diminished down to a nice top cap that created some nice sticky lacing. This beer looks great.

S: Not a whole lot going on here to tell the truth. Sweet malt and hops i all that I can find.

T: Nice piney and citrus hops up front. A nice sweetness to some lightly roasted malt. There is a spiciness to this brew. Very well balanced.

M: A bit thinner than I thought it would be. Still a bit creamy as it coats the mouth and throat but I thought it was going to be much heavier. This beer finishes dry.

D: This beer desperately wants to be Arrogant Bastard. It is a great brew and amazingly easy to drink considering the ABV. This beer is not as complex as AB, but that can be a good thing. This beer doesn't kill your palate but still creates some awesome flavors. Plus I could drink a couple of these in a night where I couldn't drink more than one AB bomber. I would love to do a side by side with this and AB. This is still a great beer.

everetends, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
2.83/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap at ManBearPigs, I mean manderes

A - Golden-orange in color with a lot of head, which dissipates slow and leaves a nice lacing.

S - Excellent. Yellow grapefruit, with lots of citrus, and a malt backing.

T - Very thin. Little to be desired. A little bit of citrus up front, and nothing else. Very disappointed.

M - Slightly watery leaving the drinker more to be desired.

D - I'm glad I only got a taster. This one left me disappointed. Great appearance and smell, no taste.

MisterClean, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of ruckzuck
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - burnt, orange-red body with a thick white head

S - citrusy hop aroma, sweet malt, and hints of alcohol

T - grapefruit, piney hops, and some sweet malt gets through

M - medium-full bodied with alright carbonation

D - this is a really solid beer from Lagunitas (big shocker, I know). I really enjoyed the taste, but the ABV does limit the drinkability to a couple. Still, would definitely rock it and have been recently.

ruckzuck, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of Overlord
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice, mildly reddish amber with a frothy white head.

Smells like an IPA-ish Barleywine, is labelled as a Red Ale, and Beeradvocate has it as a Strong Ale. Hmmm.

Smell is mostly grapefruit hops with a lot of sweet caramel malt coming through. The flavor is nice and biting, with hop and pines, sweet malt, and a nice acrid bitter twang on the finish.

For 3.29, unbelievably good. Nice thick mouthfeel, and the alcohol is supremely hidden.

Overlord, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

A: Great looking beer, deep amber hue; finger of head that stuck around for a bit. Good carbonation.

S: Not very strong comparing it to the apex of this style the Red Seal Ale. Hops on the nose.

T & M: This beer is high alcohol but I do not taste it all. This is mellower red ale, the hops are apparent but do not overhwhelm. Mouthfeel slightly watery, doesn't have as much staying power as some other red ales I've had.

D: Definitely drinkable despite high alcohol. Not my favorite red ale but would like to have again.

elniko, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of FreightTrain
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber with a head that didn't linger but left some sticky lacing. Smelled of "skunky" (not a pejorative) hops. Taste is based on competition between strong hops and thick malts; not so much balance as two strong factors struggling to win out, but in the end tasty. Thick mouthfeel, almost syrupy. A good, big, tasty beer at a good value.

FreightTrain, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of allengarvin
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a chalice glass, this beer forms a lovely, lasting head upon the pour. It has a nice polished mahogany color, clear when held to the light. Sweet malt, caramelly, in the nose, with a lot of resinous hop aroma. Very nice, complex malt on the first taste, nutty with a little bit a molasses hook, followed by a huge blast of dry bitter piney hoppiness. Finish is a mix of lingering sweetness and dry bitterness.

allengarvin, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of jakekohut
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought again at Southbay Drugs for anyone in San Diego there is a great place to buy beer in Imperial Beach!

Good beer, I tend to enjoy red ales and one of my favorites of all time is Port Brewing's Shark Attack Red... This compares, it doesn't have quite as much body as the Shark Attack but it is well worth buying and drinking. Excellent mouthfeel and the taste is excellent. I recommend anyone who can buy this at a store to definitely pick one up or if you can get it tossed in on trade then go for it otherwise don't search high and low for it.

jakekohut, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of Atlas1
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gotta love a beer called the Mondo Large Red Ale.

From the bomber, a vigorous pour yields a beautiful beer. Bright crimson amber in color with three (count 'em, three) fingers of slightly off-white foam on top. Good clumps of lace left in its wake as the beer recedes. The nose is mighty hoppy. Some citrus in there, but mostly it's just strong pine. Reminds me of many a DIPA I've had before. Other fruits and spices take a back seat here. The taste is muy delicioso. Crisp and piney (again) with lots of strong hops here. But malty sweet too, with stronger fruits noticeable (pear, strawberry). Heavy caramel too. Yum. Mouthfeel is almost syrupy, but it goes down easy.

A fine mondo large red ale to say the least. Sure, at 8.3% ABV, it's bigger than most session beers I like, but I could easily down a couple of these bombers without batting an eye. Big, bold, and very very tasty. I'll definitely revisit this beer in the future.

Atlas1, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I feel like a gambling man when I think of "Lucky 13", see a horseshoe displayed on the front label, and being lured by a lovley dame. 22 ounces of mondo red provided by Pacific Ranch Market, and on to the beer we go:

Is that thick luxurous head ever going to go down? Before I find out, let's admire the deep reddish copper color infused with Jello-orange hues. Big juicy fruits in the nose, corutesy of the hops, There are even suggestions of burnt sugar and caramel. Let's see how lucky I am with the taste.

Is it sinful to have a beer feel as light as this for what its ABV is? Upfront, there's a kick of booze with a nice balance of malt and hops. Burnt sugar, touch of pinneapple, piney/strong bitterness, and in the aftertaste are sweet bready notes. For its size, it goes down pretty easy, though the sharp bitterness might get to you.

Add this to the list of strong ales brewed by Lagunitas, and this is one that's worth going after. Oddly, I haven't their other two strong ales they make yet.

DoubleJ, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of bbothen
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pretty looking amber/rust color with a foamy 2 finger head. Looks nice.

S - Sweet malt & citrus hops. Smells great. Wish it was more pronounced.

T - Follows the aroma. Sweet malt with a nice dry citrus hoppy finish. Very well balanced, as a red should be.

M - Fullbodied. Crisp. Dry. Nice.

D - This is an easy drinkin 8% brew. Drinks like a 6%.

This is a great value. I think I paid $3 for the 22oz bottle. Hold on, I'm heading out to buy some more.

bbothen, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose:
The first thing I notice about this beer is the exquisitely hopped demeanor. Luscious hop aromas of resinous pine and citric flower remind me of Bigfoot 07. Milder malt aromas fill in the gaps with a soft richness.

Look:
Rusty ruby color, good clarity, great head.

Flavor:
On first sip I discovered the devilishly strong luscious hop I expected to find. Dancing on my palate are both the magnanimous resinous pine and loud citrus as well as delicate floral perfume touches and milder herbal nuances. To my surprise, I found an equally strong and succulent malt character. Rich syrupy sweetness, subtle layers of roast, and a light toastiness water my mouth.

Tying both of these great forces together is an amply strong bitterness of hop origin. Mild to moderate alcohol comes and goes on whim. The crazy and exciting balance displayed by this brew is truly exceptional as the flavors are enjoyably aggressively robust.

Feel:
Medium-thick body sloshes viscously around my mouth. Carbonation is dull at best. Bitterness feels its way around the dark before pitching a tent; it makes me a happy camper.

Final Thoughts:
Could pass for a Barley Wine or perhaps a more-proper-than-American English Double IPA, if there were such a thing. There are some serious hops in here, and they aren't without balance. One of the best offerings from Lagunitas I've had, hands down. Also, I like that they pay homage to the classic crafters, that's truly classy. Stay classy, Lagunitas!

The Verdict:
An intensely robust brew, Lucky 13 is bursting with hoppy goodness and harmonious balance; "Crazy!" declare my tastebuds in an uproar.

MrHungryMonkey, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to say that I really enjoyed this beer but it might be mis-categorized here as an American Strong Ale. It's really more of a red IPA (if there is such a group) or an imperial IPA.

It pours from a 22oz. bottle with lots of head and vigorous bubbling from beneath. It has great clarity and a striking amber red color.

The smell is exceptional - lots of fresh hop aroma and citrus. Very appealing...

The taste doesn't disappoint in the least. It is full of hoppy bitterness but not overdone. Sweetness is there but with a dry bitter finish that is definately reminiscent of IIPA.

Full bodied and perfectly carbonated. I really can't say anything bad about this beer!

I would have to say this is worth seeking out. I'll be picking up some more before it's all gone.

GilGarp, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of turbine2475
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a maple syrup brown with mild red hues. White Head is large and dense and disipated slowly leaving a spotty lace.
S - Nice balance of hops in the nose. A little bit of pine and a little bit of citrus. Subtle sweet and salty malts.
T - Starts with an eathy pine and fades leaving the citrus to take over. Have had a lot of beers that tend to have the hops fighing over each other, but in this one each has a specific and tasty role. Toffe hinted malt helps to balance the brew.
M - Smooth with a good amount of carbonation.
D - Good beer that was very well put together. I would love to try this on tap. Alcohol content keeps you from having too many.

turbine2475, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at BevMo. Surprisingly, I have never had a Lagunitas beer, so I'm pretty curious to see how this will be. As always, love trying anniversary ales.

A: Clear coppery red/brown. I only get a thin tan film and little lacing. Many tiny bubbles come from the bottom of the cup.

S: Strong sugary malt, molasses scent really comes out. Maybe some prune or raisin as well.

T: Big sweet malty flavor, bready and full. Some fruity or estery sweetness as well, again seems like perhaps raisin or some other dark dried fruit. Finish is just a touch bitter without having any real flavor character to the hops.

MF: Thick and chewy with a nice carbonation bite. Plenty of warming in the mouth between the alcohol and fizz. The alcohol itself did not hit too hard at first, but certainly catches up to you by the end of the pint.

D: Pretty high drinkability for the style. Seems like the alcohol and flavor isn't quite as extreme as in some other cases. A malt-dominant brew to be sure, but enough of a hop balance as to not become a malt bomb. Personally, I like my strong ales a little more hard hitting in general, but I have to say this is pretty darn good. Taking something like an amber ale and turning it into this is a nice piece of work.

rxdrewthejew, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of Drew966
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale pours a reddish copper with a tan head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. There is a strong malty aroma that also has some noticeable hops. There is a thick mouthfeel and a burst of flavor, it's moderately hoppy with a really strong malt backing. Really nice.

Drew966, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of SolsticeDreamer
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pour into a large Duvel glass, amazing copper red color, beautiful put up to the light. One finger hight of head, lingers on the side as one drinks.

Smell: Sweet pleasant malt aroma chased by piney hop aroma a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Not very smooth, a bit rough with the bitterness but that balances out to a night malty sweetness and that lovely pine finish.

Mouthfeel: Really enjoyable medium bodied beer with wee bit too much carbonation. Alcohol very much present.

A daily drinker for a nice price at about 3.50$ for a bomber. Good over all flavor with a good strength for those of strong livers and lack of taste buds.

SolsticeDreamer, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of gabeerfan
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks a dark, coppery red with a good, off-white head that hung around a while.
First scent catches the citrus, pine, grassy hops, then I caught a little carmel sweetness in there.
Taste is pretty much the same as the smell. Citrus, pine, grass hops with a good caramel malt backbone to round it out.
Good, medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation. The flavors hang around on the palate.
Decent drinkability. Somewhat high ABV and the flavors don't completely kill the palate.
As always, a tasty beer from one of my favorite CA breweries. Definitely recommended.

gabeerfan, Jun 07, 2008
Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,074 ratings.