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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
92
outstanding

2,060 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,060
Reviews: 831
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 117
Gots: 116 | FT: 2
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 robbyc1
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Sam Adams glass from a 22oz bomber, notes that Original Gravity is 1.085, and IBU's at 76.92 (call it 77).

Very drinkable clear red ale. Looks like it should. I'd rather see some cloudyness though. Nice dissipating head of white fluff. No, not for this style? This is an Imperial red not a strong ale dudes.

Nose is all hops, very fruity but also fresh smelling and orange/lime noses. Very nice, I like these hops.

Taste has the full great malt up front, followed by the hops, very nice, finishes nicely balanced, not sweet or sour.

Great full mouthfeel, perfect carbonation.

Very hoppy, so not that easy to drink, but it warms up nicely. This is a very good beer to find, thanks to my guy at Armanetti's, love it.

robbyc1, May 23, 2008
Photo of asabreed
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: A rich orange red color with nice carbonation, good head retention, and sparse clumps of white lacing.

Smell: Mostly citrus hop with some caramel and sweeter malt aromas, with fruit from the malt and hops, huge fruit, sour cherries, strawberry, mango, maybe some star fruit. Wild and pretty singular.

Taste: An interested balance between citrus and fruit hops, with a lot of strawberry and tropical fruit ala mango, caramel matls, earthiness, and a nice long semi-dry balanced finish with lingering fruit and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, though lighter, with a good fullness and rich carbonation, contributing to easy drinking and a nice balance of flavors.

Drinkability: Another extremely solid brew from Lagunitas, who's starting to take the indefatigable crown of brewing away from some other breweries who I continue to love. They're always experimenting, coming up with new brews, and pushing boundaries. And I'm there to buy as much as I can. A solid ASA in the style of what's more like an Imperial Amber or lighter DIPA, but awesome, and certainly worth a try and beyond.

asabreed, May 23, 2008
Photo of pershan
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear, reddish-amber color with a thick, cream-colored head into a 12 oz pilsner glass. The aroma was of citrusy hops, with a slightly sour component in the background. The initial taste was slightly sweet, followed up with an intense hop flavor in the middle and a strong, yet clean & crisp hop bitterness at the finish. A bit fizzy mouthfeel, but good lacing down the inside of the glass. An intensely hoppy brew.

pershan, May 21, 2008
Photo of amiles
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having this on tap every week for a month or two last spring, I've been waiting for it's return and now it's here. Definetely my favorite of the Lagunitas brand beers.

Poured into a 10oz flute glass from New Holland. Creates a rich fluffy cappuccino like head off white in color. Body is reddish amber. Smells of hops, caramel, and a tiny touch of vanilla. Taste is bigger and hoppier than I remember it. Sweet and dry hops, and caramel again. Mouthfeel is medium carbonation and dry as it goes down. Drinkability is great as this is quite balanced, the alcohol is present but it's not stopping me just one bit.

Excellent beer, and was happy to have it back this year.

amiles, May 19, 2008
Photo of BigJTrucker
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear red color, tan foamy head that settles very quickly. Light lacing. Aroma is heavily fruited, with some pear notes and some nice sweet caramel malt. Taste is also somewhat fruity, with just the right amount of hops. Smooth mouthfeel, not to syrupy, but the alcohol does dry it a bit. A very nice red ale, great flavor. Great finish. Would love to have this again

BigJTrucker, May 14, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint, 6 Fluid OZ bottle copped from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland...
Pours a clear, ruby-red, dark-amber colored hue with an immense foamy and frothy head that exhibited enormous staying power...
Powerful smell replete with amber, nectar, grains, florals, and bittersweet citrus...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma - large amber, grapefruit notes pouring through along with a hint of alcohol on the tongue, caramel, and a touch of vanilla...
As usual, good stuff from Lagunitas... I might even go as far to consider this an Imperial Red Ale...
Good mouthfeel, but drinkability took a slight hint due to the hefty ABV...
Otherwise, another winner from Lagunitas...
Recommended...

dsa7783, May 13, 2008
Photo of Derek
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy copper-amber, light tan head, very little retention, some lacing.

S: Big piny hop aroma, tangerine, toffee, biscuit, cotton-candy fruity esters & caramel.

T: Assertive, slightly harsh bitterness, pine, nectarine, cotton-candy, toffee, slightly biscuity pale malt, warming alcohol.

M: A little too much residual sweetness, smooth, some hop acidity.

D: The residual sweetness & harsh bitterness are having a battle on my tastebuds.

Derek, May 13, 2008
Photo of jakon
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased for $3.49 on 5-8-8 at West Union Albertsons.

This beer pours ruby red with a beautiful light tan colored, tightly compacted head that displays good retention while leaving rings of lacing in its wake.

The aroma consists of dandelion, pine needles, caramel, popcorn and spicy hops.

The taste is a bit different than I remember when this beer first came out. I'm under the impression that this is a new batch, because it suddenly reappeared on local shelves after a long absence. It's not as decadent as I remember.

Spicy, piny hops, dandelion bitterness, underlying malt sweetness comes across a bit like burnt marshmallows when combined with the other flavors. Not bad, but not as good as I remember.

Mouthfeel is nice and prickly with the carbonation. A bit thick overall, which I like.

Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

jakon, May 12, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red pour with light lacing. Strong scent of hops with caramel and some sugars. Flavor is hoppy with some caramel and malts. Mouthfeel is fairly tart, but pretty smooth going down. Drinkability is good.

A damn good beer at a very reasonable price. I recommend this beer.

paco1029384756, May 10, 2008
Photo of mattster
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened 22 fluid ounce bomber bottle, poured into snifter.

Pours a bubbly head of 1" atop a nice clear garnet/brown brew.

Smell is very hoppy with sweet malts flowing through nose. Taste is hoppy with dark fruit notes and herbaceous tones. A bit overwhelming at first, but as glass warms a bit it becomes very nice. Bubbles are balanced and has a great finish with clean aftertaste.

mattster, May 08, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A reddish brownish orange in color with medium off-white head, some lacing down the glass. Great clarity and steady carbonation. Smell is a good balance of hop and malt. Citrus, grapefruit, some pine. Caramel and brown sugar. Not too big, not too bold. It doesn't come at you like some but is more subtle and seductive. Taste is excellent. Again, well balanced but the hops win over here. Anybody who says this doesn't have hops is plain crazy. A heaping helping are here for the taking if you just notice them. Big, juicy citrus. Orange, tangerine, mostly grapefruit though. Good caramel backbone and some toasted bread. Nice bitter mouthfeel with some decent body to it. By no means thick and excellent carbonation on this one. Damn drinkable as well. It's not boisterous or in your face. Subtle but will get your attention with it's great flavor and balance. I wish I had more because I'd honestly crack another right now. It's that drinkable.

ncvbc, May 06, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange red, clear, with a white head. Reasonably fluffy, great lacing. About the best looking red ale I've ever seen.

Big hopping for this style; plenty of caramel malt backing up, but the star is very citric leaf.

Tastes very much like an American strong ale, with the heavy-handed hops and insistently sweet malt. Quite bitter, citric and grapefruity; spicy and sweet with a good bite.

This is a fun and drinkable big ale. I reviewed it before seeing the internets, so I didn't know to expect Arrogant Bastard. It's really terrific and I'll be on the lookout for a draft.

BretSikkink, May 05, 2008
Photo of wobblynoggin
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at the guidance of my buddy at the liquor store. I am not a fan of reds, but his mention of it being very hoppy and the alcohol content convinced me to give it a try.

A - A translucent ruby color, nice lacing, with a medium head if you pour it right that dissipates in a few minutes.

S - Citrus, hops and a bit grassy, but more sweet alcohol coming through.

T - A citrus twang, and hoppy enough to make you raise raise a brow, with a grapefruit and heady alcohol finish. It doesn't finish with as oppressing an aftertaste as a double IPA like a Stoudt's Double, or other extreme IPAs. I think they are on to something here, with the way the malt balances out the finish. The malt seems to keep the finish away from the lemon sucking candy feel of a strong IPA and actually leaves your pallet pretty clear. That's impressive.

M - At first sip or gulp you think it may be a bit thin, but the flavor follows up nice, leaving you with a sweet, and citrus hoppy taste on the sides of your tongue. It dissipates a few seconds after a swallow. I would imagine this will pair well with rich foods given its lack of aftertaste.

D - Wow, this slides down nice. I have gotten through about 7 ounces through this review, and it finishes so well on your pallet you really look forward to the next sip. At 8.3%, it's heady, so I will be careful.

I am very impressed. For a very hoppy beer to not have an oppressive aftertaste makes this a very drinkable selection. As I said, I am really not a fan of reds, but this hoppy red balances out the hops so well. Perhaps this was the intention. There will be a spot in my fridge for this beer as long as I can get it.

wobblynoggin, May 04, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark ruby red with a quickly dissipating head.

S: sweet caramel, burnt malts, and some cascade, grassy aroma.

T: For flavor there was a big grassiness hopping, that dominated the palate which was dry with a flowery hop bite. The smooth grassy flavor reminds me of a hop wallop. There was some dried grapefruit as well on the fade.

M: medium-full body with some creaminss and moderate carbonation.

D: good drinkability, big and hoppy. The high alcohol and coarse hopping may limit those who are not big hopheads, but for those who are should really enjoy this.

beerthulhu, May 03, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

220oz bomber.

Reddish amber with a tall frothy head.

Pine IPA aroma with some cirtusy bite.

A fairly hop-forward concoction, with a really nice fruity citrus, cherry, and a good herbal addition. The hop bitterness is really pronouced, which is typical lagunitas. The complex fruitiness adds quite a nice drinkability. Hops are a bit too spicy, and the malt is not expressed well enough. Alcohol is a bit harsh and medicinal.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick and chewy. Definitly full-bodied, but just a bit overpowering.

Overall, a good enough drinker, but it lacks any real uniqueness. It's just trying to be big.

SurlyDuff, May 01, 2008
Photo of Floydster
2.83/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

8 ounce glass at the Stone World Bistro in Escondido a couple weeks ago for four dollars, reviewed from notes

A-Amber color with brown highlights, rather clear, thin 1/ inch creamy off white head that went away pretty fast, not much retention, minimal lacing

S-Bready malt aromas, also sweet ones, caramel, toffee, spices, sugar, some piney hoppiness, biscuit, floral accents, grapefruit, and various darker fruits

T-I was expecting a big hop profile when the bartender told me it was a lot like a DIPA but malt was just overpowering from the beginning, sweet malt up front with a little chewiness in the middle, the finish had fruit and some spice, later on it got even sweeter and hard to drink with sugar shining through, caramel malt pretty much took over at the halfway point, wish there was something else here to provide some balance and I was shocked not to taste any floral notes after they were prominent in the scent, needs more hops and a lot less sweet malt in my opinion

M-Sweet, boozy, and malty mouthfeel, sometimes chewy, medium to full bodied, not enough carbonation, taste lingered too long, needed to be less syrupy

D-Could not drink much more than this, would have probably felt sick after a pint, sweet and heavy on the stomach, not smooth, alcohol is present, ABV is fairly high

Not a big fan of imperial reds and this tasted a lot like one because of its heavy reliance on malt, not my favorite from Lagunitas, probably would not drink again, might be worth trying if you like this style of beer

Floydster, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of vtfan77
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After a fairly long hiatus from reviewing (thanks, school!), I've acquired a bit of a stockpile of brews. I'll be clearing that out over the next couple of weeks. I actually haven't had this one that long, so I'm reviewing it first because it seems less likely to hold up than the others.

A- Nice reddish amber hue with about an inch or so of slightly off-white head. Nice lacing, too. Beautiful appearance.

S- The first sniff reveals a big, piney hop character. Upon further examination, the malt becomes equally prominent. It's almost barleywine-like with fruit and caramel aromas.

T- The hop aroma is much more prominent in the taste, to the point of drifting into Double IPA territory. Much less balanced than the aroma would suggest. The caramel flavor is still there, but plays second fiddle to the hops. Fairly strong bitterness on the finish.

M- Medium-bodied and smooth. The carbonation is not as high as I would have thought. Quite pleasant.

D- Not bad, although I wouldn't be able to drink more than a bomber of it in one sitting. Certainly not sessionable. Still, an enjoyable drink.

This is simply a solid, if unspectacular, beer. It's kind of like a cross between a barleywine and an IPA, without committing to either one. Lagunitas did a good job distinguishing this big red ale from either of those styles. It's a good beer, and well worth picking up. Recommended.

vtfan77, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Lucky 13 Mondo Red poured, yes you guessed it a clear red hue with a kicking foam head which was around 2 fingers and some sea wave lacing that stuck pretty well to the glass.

The aroma was spicy and had some good hop smell to it. Malt at the end of the nose with caramelized sugar.

The taste was a caramel malty and spicy. It left a strong hop bite or alcohol bite on the finish. It was a bit chewy which was cool. And covered your mouth with some hop bitterness. A very enjoyable beer with a good abv. Mikey likes.

cswhitehorse, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of azagthoth
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into my Stone Levitation Glass.

Appearance - A respective deep reddish amber body with a 1 finger creamy tan head.

Smell - Very sweet and potent with the carmel and toasted malt presence. A strong whiff of piney hops add to this malty brew.

Taste - This was where I was let down because the strong whiff of hops was more or less a tease and didn't live up to that glorious smell. Perhaps I am biased from being a hophead, but the taste here was all carmel malt (which isn't necessarily a bad thing) and I wasn't getting the hop kick that I was expecting. A bit oily in the finish, and overall very clean and well done. I couldn't detect much alcohol, if any at all, considering it's high level of ABV. The chewy malt body hides that pretty well.

Mouthfeel - Medium on the body and a touch rough. Not quite as smooth and creamy as it could be, but had no problem finishing this bottle.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, especially at 8.3% ABV. Although it wasn't the smoothest brew I have had, it was easy to put down and perhaps closer to an Imperial Red Ale rather than an American Strong Ale. The alcohol is pretty well hidden underneath everything, so be careful with this one as it was put down no problem in less than a half hour.

azagthoth, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of pwoods
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bomber, purchased at From the Vine in Columbus, poured into a pint.

A: Pours a dense amber with some coppery hues. 1 finger of light caramel colored head forms and holds decently. A nice coating of lacing... I bet this bad boy is hopped to hell!

S: Hops are big but the massive DIPA like malt structure is overpowering. I feel like I have to chew through the sweet, biscuity malts. Hops are still there with some floral and citrus notes.

T/M: Thick, chunky malts, super sweet and chewy. A nice alcohol spice mixes nicely with a highly hopped red. A firm hop hand of citrus and pine go nicely as well. The malts cut back in with buttery and nutty taste. Body is fat and chewy with enough carbonation to cut through it a bit. Finish is dry and long lasting bitter.

D: Tasty brew... but maybe a bit too much going on(hence a slightly lowered taste score). I do love hoppy red's, though. 8.3% isn't too obvious but this is definitely a big beer. I'll have no problem finishing the bomber, though.

pwoods, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classified as an American Strong Ale.
Tastes like a Double IPA. Big and bold is how I would describe this on.
Poured amber in color, with a big head and also big on the "floaties: whirling around in the glass.
Lacing evident.
Smells of sweet malts and big citrus hops. Caramel malts evident as well as a touch of roasted barley.
This beer was big in both flavor and mouthfeel. Very sweet, almost cloying.

dmamiano, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of Drewcifer
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy amber orange with a fluffy two-fingered, yellow/off-white head, good retention, decent lacing.

Smell is mostly citrus hops, some pine, some malts, slightly sweet.

Taste is prevalantly citrus hops, some pine, a good malt backing. Sweeter than I was expecting, lacks the overt alcohol taste found in many of the bigger ales.

Mouthfeel is medium-to-full and smooth, carbonation is just about right.

Overall, a very pleasant beer, a great choice for an anniversary brew, very drinkable for a bigger beer. Well balanced aroma and taste, possibly the biggest negative is the haziness. But a great beer, regardless.

Drewcifer, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle, via BeerRun13

A: Pours a semi-clear dark amber under a half fingers worth of white head. Good retention, some lace.

S: Smells of citrus hops, hint of alcohol. A nice grapefruit stands out the most.

T: Really a lot going on up front before the hops kick in. Really complex on the front of the tongue. Caramel malt, candied citrus fruit, maybe some brown sugar, very well done. The hop kick is big, citrus, grassy and piney. Bitterness is big as well.

M/D: Body is medium, carbonation is high. Drinkability is fine for 8.30%. Really a nicely done brew, my first that I have tasted from Lagunitas.

NCSUdo, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber orange with a big frothy yellow tinted cap. I don't have to get my nose very close to the glass before I smell the bountiful citrus and pine hops in this one, but a deeper whiff reveals the sweet malty caramel which accompanies. The sweet side of oranges and grapefruits combines with caramel malt sweetness in the front as their rinds provide back end bitterness. A bit of spicy rye in the middle (credit to peeking at Buckeye below, I wouldn't have attributed that spiciness to rye on my own, but I believe you are correct sir) with earthy, piney hops joining in on the bitter finish. Medium to full in body with good carbonation contributing to a moderately creamy mouthfeel. I've had Imperial Red before--although I've never officially reviewed it--and retain very fond memories, so I think I lean slightly toward that offering. This one is really good though, and it may take a faceoff to decide the true champ.

Slynger, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rusted butterscotch with bright slices of Sunkist orange along the sides and bottom of the glass. What a great color! A somewhat gentle pour has resulted in a small golden ecru cap that is becoming nicely creamy as it settles. Tattered sheets of lace are a nice touch.

Lagunitas Lucky 13 smells like a DIPA that has more caramel malt than pale malt. That's pretty much what an Imperial red is anyway. It smells like a few busloads of citric hops were added to the kettles. The ingredients list is a mystery, but Chinook might be one member of the hop bill.

Other than a slightly higher ABV, I wonder how this beer differs from Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale. It's been too long to remember what IRA tasted like, but this one is equally as good based on the scores granted. These guys don't shy away from adding malt and (especially) hops with a heavy hand. That's why I love their beer so much.

Right out of the gate, Lucky 13 delivers a wave of brown sugar-crusted toffee that has just the right amount of sweetness. Just enough, that is, to be overtaken (and then overwhelmed) by loads of C-hop bitterness before the glass has been lowered.

The finish is a whirlwind of flavor that includes candied grapefruit, orange peel, freshly cut spruce tips and an almost rye-like spiciness. Again, I have no doubt that Chinook hops are in the house. This is truly delicious beer.

The only letdown (relatively speaking) is the mouthfeel. A slightly too loud escape of CO2 on crown cracking gave me pause. It turns out that the carbonation is a bit too buzzy for the ABV and the style... and the body isn't quite as big as it could be.

Lagunitas Brewing Company is a fantastic big beer brewery. Olde Gnarlywine (barleywine) and Brown Shugga' (American strong ale) are two of the most delicious examples of their respective styles in the world of American craft beer. I don't care if a renamed Lucky 13 becomes their new Imperial red or if they keep the original Imperial Red. They're both superb.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 18, 2008
Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,060 ratings.