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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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2,114 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,114
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 139
Gots: 141 | 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 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.

Photo of Floydster
2.81/5  rDev -31.6%
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

Photo of vtfan77
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of azagthoth
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of pwoods
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of dmamiano
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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