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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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2,057 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,057
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 biegaman
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

650ml bomber released back in February, stashed away for Friday the 13th, 2007!

Pours a unique, varnished stain of brown. The colour of lacquered oak wood. Positive signs of carbonation although no substantial head would really stay. Drapes of lacing. Clear with a healthy complexion of various shades. No doubt attractive.

The aroma smells delicious with an enticingly sweet liqueur like character. A very healthy dose of hops blend nicely with a strong malt base. The disposition is somewhere between earthy and fruity. There's also strong notes of brown sugar, maybe even a little chicory. I almost want to suggest bakers chocolate, but I believe chicory is closer to what I'm smelling.

The malts have a melted caramel/rich butterscotch like flavour. The hops balance the richness of flavour with a slight, 'green' bitterness on the finish. The flavour/aroma both are something you'd expect to smell in a bakery - sweet and mouth-wateringly appetizing. There is a very nice, deep blend of malts that can especially be appreciated in the aftertaste. The alcohol has mellowed itself out of existence, allowing flavours to grace the tongue uninterrupted.

I'm impressed again with Lagunitas. They make a number of variations to what is essentially the same beer (hoped up pale ale type) but manage to pull off something slightly different each time. So many brewers resort to this kinda thing - simply amping the hops and voila - but I would tend to agree with what the brewers proclaim in the write up on this Anniversary bottle, that Lagunitas has found "its own voice".

It was also difficult to review for the simple reason that it didn't last long enough. I couldn't find things to say fast enough to keep up with the pace at which I was drinking it. I was too busy enjoying it; this is seriously tasty. A dang nice offering!

biegaman, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Appears a clouded caramel copper tone large cream off white head large bubbled lacing forms thick and evenly in my pint glass. Aromatics contain spicy herbaceous hop bouqets kind bud if you will deep pine ccents raw citus peel with grassy highlights earthiness going on, deep carmel malt sweetness touch of brown sugar and alcohol going on. Flavors contain caramel brown sugar malts mild sweetness, strong upfront bitterness, raw hops bring, pine, citrus, and grassy herbal tones. Great west coast hop monster noticeable 8.3% abv in there as well. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied definitely slick with oily hop resins in the texutre bitterness is a bit unrelenting. Drinkability solid all around big hoppy beer Lagunitas contines to please me I definitely welcome them into this 13th year in operation.

WVbeergeek, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
4.08/5  rDev -1%

Poured a bright copper color with thick off-white head that lasted long and left good lacing up and down the glass. Aroma was a citrus grapefruit hops, mixed with a touch of malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is slightly oily, but crisp, and the flavor was very muich reminded me very much of an IPA, tangy citrus-hops with a touch of malt, and a finish that is long and bitter. A damn good beer that I will definitely have again.

kimcgolf, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of ReebShorts
3.18/5  rDev -22.8%

Poured the entire 22 oz into mugzilla. Decent tan head, orangeish looking brew with plenty beer plankton.

Aroma of orange, malts, grapefruit, bread dough.

Citrus flavor, but thankfully there is a bit of hops here to keep the sweetness in check. Still there is a lingering citrus sweetness that does not appeal to me. Overall it's pretty good. You can tell they really tried to balance this one but just fell a tad short for me. Maybe aged a year or so would help, who knows...

ReebShorts, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a large tumbler, late afternoon on a Friday. Have seen this on the shelves for a while, another appealing, eye-catching label by the Lagunitas design team. Feeling rather dumb that I just now figured out what the Greek-looking "EXAYEAYEAYE" means at the top of the label: XIII. Ahhhh....

A: What does a "mondo red" look like? Well, pretty much like a regular red, rich amber with a definitely rusty-red hued. Ample carbonation, but (hmmm) some floating yeasty proteins... 1/2 finger of fizzy ivory head, interspersed with some big soap bubbles. Good lace, sticking in bands.

S: Spiciness and bitterness emanates from the glass, stingingly zesty citrus rind hops with a grainy, toasted maltiness. Mellows to a sweeter, more caramel-coated aroma as the hops subside.

T: Biting grapefruit//pine hops, wrapped around a grainy malt. A sweeter, more orange-like zestiness develops with a few more sips. Caramel takes over as this beer warms...

M: Moderate to heavy carbonation, has a zesty/tangy kick and causes a mouthful of salivation. Hop oils abound and cling, filling the mouth with bitterness and a tingling spiciness that sticks (oddly) right on the tip of the tongue, then slowly spreads toward the back. A bit of alcohol warmth from this 8.3% offering on the cheeks.

D: A good beer, 'Anniversary Release'-worthy. Something about the hop profile and flavor had to grow on me, then I began to enjoy the bitterness and relative dryness. Not one I'd rush back to, for my own tastes vary from what this offers, but still a good beer worth picking up. Recommended.

msubulldog25, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of Kendo
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

A: From a 22 oz bomber that cost me just $3.59, poured into a nonic-style pint glass, the body is a slightly cloudy dark amber that appears more orangey-red when backlit. A 1/2-finger khaki head settles over the top, and remains with solid staying power. Plenty of bubbles rise and thick rings of lacing remain behind all the way down.

S: First impression is of grapefruity hops and then caramel malt. There's also a hint of pine and wood as well. Nice balance between malty and hoppy.

T: Nicely balanced here as well -- sugar sweet caramel malt up front then the grapefruity hops kick in at the end of the sip -- resiny, citrusy and even piney again. A lingering hop bitterness stays with you. As it warms there's a slightly peppery taste to it as well.

M: Pretty smooth but with a fairly crisp finish and good levels of carbonation. Medium to heavy in heft.

D: Excellent, especially for a beer of this strength. It went down easily -- maybe too easily.

Notes -- Having had the Arrogant Bastard recently, I've got to say this one gives Stone a run for its money in the Strong Ale category. Especially when you factor in the cost. I was so pleased with this one that I immediately beer-mailed two friends to recommend it. Check it out.

Kendo, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

A - this beer pours a clear crisp amber and wells up a half finger of light tan colored, sustained head, a decent amount of medium carbonation keeps it such

S - what a nice aroma, piney and citrine aromas from a ahoppiness i would notmally associate with an IPA, the citrus element is orange though as opposed to grapefruit

T - whoa, hop bomb, very hoppy, DIPA levels of IBU's, with a background brown sugary/resinous sweetness and citrus fruitiness, and another burst of bitter in the finish

M&D - the brown sugary/resin-esque sweetness lends a smooth mouthcoat that battles with the bitterness, the finish is a little harsh, but otherwise a pleasant beer to drink

sinstaineddemon, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of Duster72
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a very hazy deep red/amber. Tan 2 finger head. Aroma is mild citrus and pine hops with some malts beneath it. Taste is mild malty sweetness with a very complex hop profile to go along with it. Definite pine and citrus hops. Mouthfeel is perfect. Very drinkable and it'll get ya drunk! Just kidding. Another excellent brew from Lagunitas, who need to make this and the Freak Out regular releases.

Duster72, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of barknee
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

Lucky #13 is reminiscent of a Jr. IPA kicked down several notches, as the malts tend to sneak ahead of the hops resulting in a brew that has a nice marshmallow creamy mouthfeel with a nose of soft pine and vanillin. Somewhat understated and easygoing, this brew has a user-friendly personality and a serious alcoholic effect, although the alcohol is buried well beneath the flavors never offending the taster.
Malty and satisfying, this brew has a personality of its own, while being adaptable to the need of most who demand a quality brew.

barknee, Jul 02, 2007
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4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

22oz. bottle picked up on business travel in AZ.

Poured a dark, clear, copper color with deep red highlights. A large, rocky, ivory colored head formed atop the liquid. Surprisingly good lacing followed the beer down the glass.

Aroma shows big hops. Grapefruit, citrus and pine. After you get past that, some peaches and caramel show up.

Taste is much sweeter than aroma suggests. This beer is well hopped, but taste is more sweet than bitter. A biscuit with honey and caramel on it supports a nice helping of pine and grass from the hops. Alcohol is noticeable.

Body is a bit more than medium. Medium carbonation. Overall, pretty dry.

I liked it. A cousin/friend of Arrogant Bastard, Gordon, Nugget Nectar? Aggressively hopped, yet pretty well balanced. I'm going to have to find some more!

, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%

A red style with a distinct strong alcohol, highly hopped. Smooth drinking like an IPA. toward a lager yellow colour, a reddish tinge, hoppy aroma, small head and a little lace. One dimension hops above all, but not a double or imperial hop. Understated nicely carbonated.
15 months later, another bottle not as good.Dry but good head.

Sammy, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%

#13 is a double-dip bird – a red ale dressed up as an IPA. But it works, I had no problem downing a couple bombers on a fine BBQing Saturday.

Beautiful amber / mahogany pour with a ivory head that really had some staying power. Ring laces all the way down.

This is a piney and stickly IPA, just subtle hints of citrus – and needing more in my book. The pine really sharpens in the taste and finishes with a woody and resinous blend of tart flavors.

Crisp and dry, it was a purty strong IPA at 8.3%, almost burned the chicken during the second bomber.

Vancer, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of shroompod
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a clear red , nice rocky head , good lacing.

Smell is citrusy, floral, some caramel.

Taste is citrusy, piny, some sweetness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick , residual sweetness is slightly syrupy.

Overall very good drinkability of a high ABV and high hopped beer.

shroompod, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours a clear amber color with a big, thick, cream colored head that leaves a bunch of lacing and has great retention. Aroma is heavy on the hops, both citrus and pine along with a touch of sweet malt.

Upon first swig, the palate is blasted with hops. Its fresh pine upfront, followed by grapefruit. The hop character is pretty complex here as they are also spicy and slightly floral towards the finish. The beer ends with the malty sweetness noted in the aroma in the form of brown sugar. Mouthfeel is full bodied and the beer is smooth and viscous in the mouth with a good level of carbonation. The 8% abv is well hidden, making this potentially dangerous as it goes down easy. This is the best beer I have had from Lagunitas. A very good beer.

hckyfn9999, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of bruachan
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%

thick head doesn't stick around as long as the roman empire, but leaves just as much of a legacy down the glass. beneath looms a reddish copper giant spewing scents of cascade and sweet

it's massively bitter, and afterwards sports some molasses and sweet malts. more cascades, i'd say. some roasty caramel coats the tongue. brown sugar, too, abounds

a good offering from that fine brewery in petaluma

bruachan, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

Appearance: Dark amber body with a foamy, light beige-colored head. Splotchy lacing.

Smell: A interesting composite aroma of caramel-tangelo and pine resin-bubble gum.

Taste: Right away its sweet, fruity tangelo juice with caramel and piney bitterness following in such a way that it makes me think of burnt caramel. Plenty of sweetiness throughout, all the way to the hilt, in fact, but it still ends distinctly bitter - like a mouth stuffed with freshly-grated citrus peel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Sticky, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Oh, hey, is it good? I guess getting hit in the mouth with a tangelo is pretty fun! If it was anymore fun there would be mobs rioting in the streets.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured from the bottle a clear dark reddish amber with a small beige head. Nice lacing.

Aroma was malty with a sweetness of caramel and dark fruits.

It hits you with a sharp bite which fades to reveal a nice balance of citrusy hops and malts. Finishes with malts and some bitterness.

Medium bodied with a very light carbonation.

This is a red ale with attitude! I tend to really like the IPAs and such and this red ale made me smile.

Monkeyknife, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.08/5  rDev -1%

A very interesting beer, I saw red ale and thought it was not going to be that good. A deep red amberish color. A big hoppy nose, and sweetness in there too. In the taste, a sweet texture and big on the hops. I guess mondoo means that it makes a red ale better. A bit too sweet by the end, but another home run from Lagunitas!

OWSLEY069, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

"Is there rye in this beer?" That is the question I asked myself with each sip of this very good beer. I love rye beer, and I couldn't figure out if this beer was in that club or not. It was very reminiscent to me of Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, and exhibited a malt character that I found very similar to the American rye beers I've had (Red's Rye, Cane & Abel, Hop Rod, Lenny's RIPA, etc). Definitely recommended.

It was very red in color, like a rye beer. I detected rye-like notes in the aroma along with some hop sweetness. Flavor was hops very nicely balanced with a grain presence that once again I thought as rye. Mouthfeel was very effervescent and good, with a bit of graininess in the texture, a bit like the sugar imparts in Two Brothers Cane & Abel.

The more I drank it, the more I liked it.

BeerBelcher, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%

Thanks to gottajiboo2 for bringing this beer over and sharing it with me. What a treat.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a fluffy whit head decent retention and moderate lacing.

Smell: Caramel, crystal malts, grapefruit pine and citrus attribute but also fruity.

Taste: A very well balanced beer with resinous hop flavor and a solid caramel malt backbone. It starts off hoppy on the tough and cheeks and then a caramel malt and bread like undertone come into play along with a detectible yeastiness and fruit before the big hops cling relentlessly to the cheeks in the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy body with a crisp dry finish and very even carbonation all the way through.

Drinkability: This is a drinkable Strong Ale. It may not be quite a session-er but it it one you will easily enjoy the full 22 ounces of.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of mntlover
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

Thanks go to RedwoodGeorge for this treat.

Pours a clear copper color a few bubbles rising to an impressive large khaki head that lasts and leaves lots of nice sheet lace.

Aroma is nice, wow loads of caramel malt lots of fruity citrus orange grapefruit with hints of pine. Very nice relaxing aroma.

Taste is bam lots of hops fruity and pine mixed grapefruit up front then mellows to orange , tangerine very nice. Caramel malt makes it self known in the middle peaking thru the hops. Malt is soon overwhelmed again by a lingering grapefruit finish.

Mouthfeel is almost medium a little lighter perhapse figured it would be bigger for 8% but nice. Carbonation is a little peppy but not overdone.

Drinkability is very good, an enjoyable big red ale if there ever was one.

mntlover, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of PSUDREW
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%

Pours a wonderfull copper color. Has a surprisingly grassy nose. Little head, but decent amount of lacing. Though, I am still listening to the dropkick Murphys. Very clear

Taste is kind of surprising. Matly and Hoppy, mixed nicely together. The dominatant flavor is malty, but there is a strong, overridding hop finish. To be honest, this reminds me in terms of flavor and charecter of a session beer. yeah, the big elements are there, but this is surprisingly easy to drink. no overpowering aspect to this beer.

Despite the high ABV, this is a nice, easy beer to drink. Nice brew if you can get it

PSUDREW, Jun 03, 2007
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3.73/5  rDev -9.5%

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber. No freshness date, but a small blurb about their 13 years of success.

Appearance: Beautiful deep ruby color with a golden tinge. For the most part, very clear. Thick dense amber colored head rests gently on top with excellent retention and lacing.

Smell: Lots of hops. Must like a double IPA. Resinous, piney, and a hint of the 8.3% ABV that lurks within.

Taste: Starts off very malty. There is a thiness of the beer from the alcohol. It is a little on the "warm " side. A nice full mouthfeel and dryness from the rye sneaks in then with a rush of resiny and citrus hop flavor and some light bitterness.

Notes: It is a large red ale, but I was hoping for something bigger. Not in terms of alcohol, but the body, malt flavor, and some sweetness. The hop aroma and flavor is definitely there, but the bitterness isn't.

dauss, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours a nice, clear reddish amber color with about half of an inch of light tan head. Some crackly rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The aroma is different for the style with scents of caramel, cotton candy, and sweet bready malts blending perfectly with fresh, green citrus and pine hops. Neither one dominates over the other.

The flavor is more on the hoppy side and I like it. Some bitter citrus up front, followed by the sweet caramel in the middle that gives way to the bitter, resinous hops at the finish. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish, but isn't at all off putting.

Very creamy medium to full bodied brew. Bitter, dry aftertaste with some slight burn from the alcohol present. Hop oils coat the tongue really nicely, giving it a bit of a slick feel. I am starting to feel the abv in this one as I near the end of the bottle, but overall a really enjoyable beer that goes down rather easy.

Imstillthegman, May 31, 2007
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%

From notes, drank on 5/26/07
Pours a dark amber color with slight ruby red highlights; thick, compact, off-white head with nice tracing and sustain. Aromas of very fresh, bitter hops (lots of citrus with a little pine, perhaps Amarillo and cascade). It finishes with a nice candy sweetness that is a nice touch, a perfect DIPA aroma. In the mouth, my initial impression was sweetened grapefruit juice. It was not quite balanced enough, and leaning towards the sweet/malty end was a bit of a surprise coming from Lagunitas. There simply wasn't enough bitterness to meet all the crystal malt sweetness it brought, it was borderline cloying for me. In addition, the malts didn't proclaim themselves very distinctly, not toasty, bready or yeasty, a little nondescript for being a "red ale". Mouthfeel was where this beer suffered the most: it was sticky and slick, medium carbonation couldn't cut through all the stickly sweetness. Drinkability was fine, the aroma and fresh hop flavor were enough to give this beer high marks, but it's not something I need to check out again.

dreadnatty08, May 28, 2007
Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,057 ratings.