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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,112
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 131
Gots: 138 | FT: 1
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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 jasonjlewis
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful reddish color with a hint of brown.

Smell is of caramel toasty malts and a big whif of citrusy hops. Those two coming together is why I love imperial reds. Toasty caramel malts mix well with an aggressively bitter beer.

I had this when I was eating with people so I didn't take notes, I just sort of jotted things down in my mind. Toasty caramel malts with hints of grapefruit upfront with an aggressive citrusy hoppiness.

The mouthfeel could have been a little bit more crisp with more carbonation, but still worked well.

This a well balanced beer and something I could have more of. Too bad it was the last one I saw at the bar, or I would have had another.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double-deuce bomber poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear red-amber body capped with a finger of fine off-white foam that vainshes into a fine ring that leaves wispy lacing.

Smell is spicy, fruity, and juicy with an herbal hop note and a whiff of crisp red apples.

Taste is fruity and crisp with a solid bitterness. Toasty notes of caramel and sweet apple juice grow as the drink warms a bit.

Smooth and medium-bodied, the beer is very drinkable despite the 8.3% ABV.

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

Pours out a deep transluscent nutty amber, it turns into a fiery slightly hazed twilight when held to direct light. Massive foamy and chunky cinnamon head that retains and eventually settles to a frothy cap. Thick layers of lacing, like coral around the glass.

Big piney/grapefruit hops on the nose, sweet caramel malt creeps out from behind it as it warms. I'm even getting hints of orange now from the hops.

The flavour is a bit more balanced out, with sweet caramel malt up front, almost as sticky as the massive piney citrus hops that sit on the other end of the teeter-totter. Warming alcohol throughout as well, the abv% is not masked, but is carried fairly well. Big flavour on this one, yet not overly complex.

Mouthfeel is creamy and silky on the fullish side, it suits the big flavours present.

For a big red I happen to like this one, it's not too overwhelming, nicely balanced, and the hops are quenching and satisfying, at least to my palate. Plus I'm digging on the tattoo flash art label, it just rounds out a great package.

Photo of TheMistler
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a big and bubbly tan head that stuck around a bit - settling to a pockmarked moonscape. Mostly clear, reddish brown hue - and I can't get over the amount of bubbles running up the sides...

So why is there so little carbonation in the taste and mouthfeel? Not necessarily a bad thing, just surprising. I detected bread on the nose (alongside some esters) and that fit the chewy mouthfeel.

Starts off sweet but has a nicely crisp (but not overpowering) bitter finish - a good progression.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: beautiful burgundy with off-white head that leaves sone decent lacing

s: warm caramel malts; some light roasted coffee and chocolate; citrus hops;

t: warm caramel; light toffee; coffee; spicy citrus hops; chocolate; butteriness; good balance of malt and hop flavors

m: really creamy but a little sticky

d: a good ired in my opinion with a lot of flavors that are well-blended

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

On-tap at Hollingshead's,

A: Pours a dark red with a medium off-white head with good retention, light lacing.

S: Smells of caramelized malt and hops, bit of citrus.

T: Taste is quite good as an Imperial Red. Malt is on the light side, caramel, biscuit, toast flavour. Hops are piney, with some citrus juice, everything is there in a good balance.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy and resiny.

D: This is quite a good Imperial Red, I liked it a lot, easily drinkable, would have again.

Photo of tmitch75
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from Sam's in Highland Park. Deep dark amber color, huge frothy off-white head.

Awesome pungent smell of piney and floral hops.

Lightly sweet malt is quickly knocked out by resinous piney hops. Not a lot of balance, but it appears to be on purpose and I am down with it.

Medium body with nice crispness.

An excellent and very tasty beer, well done by the fine folks at Lagunitas.

Tasted on 6/2/08.

Photo of doppelmeup
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reddish amber color. The glass arrived full, so there wasn't a lot of head present, however as I drank the beer a nice coating of lacing remained all the way down.

Nicely aromatic with fresh hops and some sweetness.

Taste was a great balance between hop freshness and malty sweetness. The higher ABV was hidden very well.

Smooth and creamy going down. Reminded me very much of Terrapin's Big Hoppy Monster.

Exceptionally drinkable and highly recommended.

Photo of mikejk305
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark red. Fairly thin head that leaves some lacing down the glass.

The first smell I noticed was hops, but also nice and sweet.

First thing I noticed about the taste was the sweetness. A little sweet for my tastes, but not too bad. The hops come in at the end for a little bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel, with a decent amount of carbonation.

Pretty easy to drink, it's my first beer from the brewery, I'll probably try some others down the road.

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

22 oz brown bottle.

Poured into a victory hopdevil shaker pint. Has a amber color with red hue. Off white head that clings and laces nicely, and remains a layer across the liquid for the entire glass.

Smell up front for me was a caramelized brown sugar and with deep inhalation i could feel the burn of alcohol. very little hops to be smelled despite the bottle saying it was 76.92 IBU. I am hoping the stickiness of the head means lots of hops in, and smell is just muted.

This brewery is not usually my favorite one, but this brew surprised me. I am having it with my lunch, and it pairs well with some cheese and crackers. Up front is the floral and citrus hop profile I was afraid was lacking from the nose. It is not so strong as to burn the tongue, but it cannot go unnoticed either. Midpalate I am getting some of the same caramelized brown sugar flavors that I could smell. The finish is quite dry and slightly bitter. Pretty decently balanced. The alcohol is nicely tucked away too.

This one is midbodied but with enough carbonation to keep the hop oils from being too oily on the tongue and helping the finish to be dry.

The alcohol is hidden, and with food this bomber was easy to put down rather quickly, and it nearly gave me a lunchtime buzz. It is definitely worth the $4, and IMO one of the best offerings from Lagunitas. Shame it is a limited beer.

Photo of masikon
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at "Bottleworks" in Seattle. I've had mixed results with this brewery but I was very curious about the labeling as a " Mondo Large Red Ale". Pour definitely had rosy red suggestions as well as dark orange down the sides of the glass, head was dense and cream colored, leaving lots of lacing as it dissipates. Nose was actually milder than expected for a beer with over 8 percent alcohol, I get some very nice juicy hops and a bit of bubblegum. Taste is actually very smooth and soft, well balanced caramel texture with a well-timed hop finish, alcohol is almost invisible. I think this beer is very well done, quite tasty and despite carrying a high ABV would make a good introduction to someone wanting to wander into over 7% ABV territory.

Photo of atsprings
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since we just recently got Lagunitas here in NC, I was very pleasantly surprised to see this one at Flying Saucer after enjoying a sample in April at the World Beer Festival. Poured into a Belgian glass a nice copper amber with a decent head that lasted as a thin layer and leaves spectacular lacing. Aroma was some nice caramel malt and slight pine. Taste was an almost perfect balance of burnt caramel and pine hops, very flavorable. The beer is medium bodied with some alcohol, but for the strength it's fairly well hidden. This is an immensly enjoyable beer that I would certainly enjoy again if given the opportunity.

Photo of Gouldsby
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured softly out of a chilled bottle into a small tulipy "shaped" DFH pint glass. purchased for $3.79 at le beau market atop nob hill in SF.

A: pours bright red rusty amber with two fingers of rocky ruptious head. head sticks around with near full cover, and replenishes with a simple swirl, plenty of protein.

S: strong heady dry amber malt (which reminds me of DFH ipa's), sweet undertones of light butter toffee and caramel, candy orange, apricot brandy booze winks slyly through.

T: lightly sweet in the mouth, with peach and vanilla, before turning candy orangey to curacao bitter to dry amber malt, following the nose. hops are present in bitterness but little aroma. clears out of the mouth woody and dry, with more amber malt, bitter overall.

M: medium high carbonation balances a medium full mouthfeel finishing pinewood astringent and hoppily dry.

D: a bit hot up front and in the mouth and dry bitter finishing...i prefer red's a bit more voluptuous and sweetside. more caramel/munich/2row malt character to balance out the dry bitterness and I'd be grinning slyly for the evening. as it warms, the nuanced vanilla and butter creme flavors flesh out the flavor welcomingly, balancing this big boy more winningly.

*Paired very well with the carmelized sweetness of
rotisserie chicken.

**Paired with peanut butter cup cookies, the sweetness brings out the pine and citrus hop tones of the brew, leaving the palate refreshed by the cleansing hops, though still finishing slightly dry and bitter.

Photo of gpcollen1
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of illidurit
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of WillClark
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of everetends
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of MisterClean
2.97/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Photo of ruckzuck
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of Overlord
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of elniko
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,112 ratings.