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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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2,120 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,120
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 142
Gots: 144 | 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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Ratings: 2,120 | Reviews: 836
Photo of aubuc1
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle in to a goblet, paid 4.49 from local store. Pours clear amber with a nice soft head and lacing climbing the sides. Smells a mellowed citrusy, piney covered by malt sweet. Tastes a lot like it smells. Malt covering a strong IPA like taste. It is very creamy in your mouth. As good as I hoped it would be.

Photo of midaszero
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle into pint glass

A - Clear amber color with solid off white head and good lacing

S - Piny hop smell with some signs of caramel

T - Very hoppy close but not quite a DIPA

M - Creamy and warm

D - Not a session beer IMO but good when you want a hoppy drink without going for the DIPA

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

Interestingly good. (Or goodly interesting?)

Appearance: Like a dark bourbon with head

Aroma: Hops (Cascade? Mt. Hood?), bitter tobacco

Taste: Earthy! hops, leather, tobacco, strong alcohol notes -- almost whisky-like.

Palate: Nice and spritzy.

Overall: Don't know if I'd commit to buying a 4-or 6-pack of this, but I would definitely revisit it, given the opportunity. Nice.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 picked up Friday evening at A New Vintage in Meridian for about $3.50.. poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass tonight.. preparing some work stuff for tomorrow while listening to FabricLive 33 Spank Rock.

2 Finger pillowy long lasting head atop a crystal clear red amber brew... rings of lace are pretty.

Aroma smells fresh.. citrusy hops and caramel malts battle for the front of the nose.. but ultimately the hops win out.

Flavor is much like a DIPA with alot of caramel and munich malts mixed in... quite a bit of bitterness melts into fairly thick toffee/caramel notes.. citrus and piney hops.. with a long hoppy finish. Body is thicker than expected.. carbonation is light and helps with a slightly creamy body and a oily hoppiness from front to back... toasty malts show their head more as it warms.. Drinkability is not too high just because it is a little viscous.. but I will consider this a late night sipper tonight.

This is a very nice big beer and I am glad it seems to be an annual treat now... A very good/great beer for an unbeatable value.

Photo of yourefragile
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Burnt, clear amber color with a off white, light coffee head that has great retention and lacing
S: Malt, brown sugar, some citrus hop, definite alcohol presence. Not particularly strong.
T: Strong grapefruit hoppy taste, minus the bitterness, more malt and strong alcohol presence in the finish. Resembles a barley wine, very nice, but not exceptional.
M: Slightly thin and a little too much alcohol in the finish. Could use some more carbonation.
D: Lots of flavor and very drinkable for such a big beer, but overall not one I would just to revisit. Excellent purchase for $3.25 a bomber however.

Photo of srandycarter
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Carmel apple dark, thin, quickly eroding head, lace almost non existent.

S - Cooked malt smell, that is about it. Good smell, just not outstanding.

T - Nice deep malt start with an even handed hop finish to back it up. Professional beer.

M - Coating and carbonation almost perfect.

D - Hey, I was surprised by the ABV. This sucker could hurt me.

Photo of smellsofstout
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

average creamy off white dimishing head. good lacing.
aroma consists of some very heavy hops carrying tones of grass, pine, and grapefruit. light caramel notes. average aroma of alcohol and wine. light body thin texture lively carbonated. long finish with light sweetness and a bitter punch to the palate.

i had this on tap at city beer in san francisco and it was even better than the bottle.

Photo of Portertime
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You can't go wrong with Lagunitas. The Betty Paige look alike on the bottle is a nice touch. Had this one well chilled in my Sam Adams pub glass. Pours a nice iced tea color with a wee head that yeilds nice lacing. The smell at first is smokey, reminiscent of a rauch beer. Some piney hops in the background and then some floral hops come in to play. Taste is oily hops with some floral accents that sticks to the tongue and doesn't go away. I'm getting some grapefruit too. A nice "mondo large" red ale.

Photo of tpd975
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man do I love Lagunitas. As the other brewers continue to raise their prices, these guys keep pumping out tasty hop bomb after hop bomb at the same low price point they have used. Thanks Lagunitas...You Rule!

A: Pours a nice burnt orange hue with an average off white head. The retention is so so, but nice thick patches of streaky lace are noted.

S: It is not big on aroma, but being a Lagunitas brew they will make up for it on taste. The aromas are mild. Nice hints of sweet brown sugar coated caramel malt with a blast of grapefruit.

T: Ahh Lagunitas equals hoppy goodness in a $5 bomber. Tons of grapefruit tickle the tongue right from the start. A nice caramel malt sweeteness pushes thru in the middle and the finish is all about the hops.

M: Pretty thick for an IPA, great carbonation.

D: Rather drinkable. I enjoyed the bomber myself and if I had another I think I would have popped it open.

Overall: Well it's May 28 in Tampa Florida and it's hotter than balls. I mowed the yard trimmed the palms and tried to take a dip in the pool to get myself right after a bit of overexposure. The pool was nice, but a hoppy treat is what I really needed. I pulled this baby from the cellar and popped it open. Hoppy goodness in a bottle cures all ills. Yum...Happy 13th Lagunitas....Here's to MANY more.

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

Bomber served in a big wine glass at 56 F/ 13 C.

Clear amber color, big dense beige head that sticks around and leaves thick sticky rings of lace.

Smells hoppy - pine, mango, citrus - with toast, caramel, and some rose. Fresh, deep, quite attractive.

Plenty of hop flavor: tropical fruit, then a bit of citrus rind and flowers join in, then deep resinous pine. Toast and caramel. Bitterness is quite noticeable, but moderate. Mildly sweet. Well balanced. Long resinous finish, tasty.

Smooth fine carbonation, a bit fizzy at first but some swirling smooths it out nicely. Some slick oiliness. Quite drinkable.

Photo of robbyc1
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of asabreed
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of pershan
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of amiles
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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

Photo of dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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...

Photo of Derek
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of jakon
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of mattster
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of ncvbc
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of wobblynoggin
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.87/5  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.

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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