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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
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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
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2007

77 IBU
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Ratings: 2,120 | Reviews: 836
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.

Photo of Drewcifer
4.52/5  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.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of Slynger
4.32/5  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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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

A - Dark copper orange with a light tan head. Good amount of lacing.

S-Sweetmaltiness with a nice big dose of grapefruit hops.

T-A nice hoppy sweetness. This is the hoppy kind of red that I like...more like a sweet/malty IPA. Plenty of citrus hops supported by brown sugar type sweetness.

M-Fairly heavy supported by low carbonation. This one certainly does not lack body.

D-A solid GOOD brew overall. Nothing outstanding but nothing disappointing either. A nice beer for a 13th anni...Happy Birthday Lagunitas! Keep up the good work.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 4-1-07. Pours a perfectly clear and very dark ruby/garnet with a tan head that falls to nothing after a bit. Nose is piney hops. Flavor is firm with those piney hops. It's no hop bomb. It doesn't try to blow you away. It is a smooth and even flavor profile that provides an excellent drinking experience. Feel is decent on the liquid with a slightly meaty feel and the carbonation is good too. Overall a very drinkable brew. Seeing as how this is an anniversary brew and it is not one that is trying to blow my taste buds out of the water, I have to wonder if this might just be the direction these breweries are heading in that have been open for 10+ years. A maturely brewed beer that doesn't have to show off to be good? Hmmmm. Perhaps a sign of brewing skill?

Photo of irishkyle21
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a deep copper color and a faint amount of haziness. A thick head, good retention and lots of lacing to boot.

Smells rather sweet but still pretty laid back. Notes of spicy earthy hops, toffee and pine.

Tastes of sweet toasty malt, lots of hops (citrus, pine) and spices.

Photo of blakesell
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a belgian style cereal bowl.

Appearance- Pours a deep red with a half fingers worth of head and tiny bubbles rising from the bottom rousing the.. critters? It's either yeast sediment or dry hopping, you never can tell with Lagunitas. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass for the duration of the show.

Smell- Grapefruity hoppiness and a bit of light frutiness. Citrus and gummi bears. I am smelling things quite strangely toward the candy levels lately. Odd. Fresh mown grass in there too.

Taste- Wow there are the hops. Hops and alcohol upfront but fruit and malt behind it to give the beer a solid backbone. A bit buttery like buttered toast. Grainy but not overly so. Hoppy, but quite smooth.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and full bodied with a bit of alcohol warmth in there. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability- This is quite drinkable, but I'm not so sure I would do more than one in a sitting. Initally I was sure I would have another beer afterward, but soon after the warmth started creeping and there was no need. Great to have this in the 22oz size though as it is just enough compared to a smaller size.

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

Great bottle artwork as usual from Lagunitas for their 13th anniversary ale.

Pours a heady deep mahogany color and retains head for a short while which gives way to shallow puddles of larger bubbles in a sea of a thin over lace.
The nose on this isn't as pronounced as i had expected, a strong inhalation brings scents of non-ripened strawberries and small seed fruit fields.
The flavor is really where this excels, a great mouthfeel all around along with instant bursts of roasted malts and then a punch of dampened sour fruit.
As the drink comes up to room temperature a more lengthy flavor of caramel sneaks into the brew with a nice mild finish.
Hard to drink many of these considering the ABV, but it's something i'd easily be able to have an entire 22oz bottle of.
A solid brew from a dependable brewery.

Photo of plaid75
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark hazy copper hue with a one and a half finger creamy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a sweet caramel malt with hints of burnt grain and piney hops.

The taste was rather well balanced and consisted of a sweet toasted malt and a spicy piney hop. Some cereal graininess detected as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the full side with a pleasant dry finish.

Overall a tasty and easy to drink ale.

Photo of LeftyBWS
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Hazy orange in color, with some pronounced amber tones to it, especially near the top. Pours with a full 2 inches of smooth head with big bubbles at first, whitish in color. Sticky but spotty sheets of lacing. Esepcially after warming a bit, on the second pour from the bomber, this beer has an awesome color and an amazing creamy head that looks oh so enticing.
S: Piney and citrus hops with an underlying citrus, at first. Perhaps a hint of some fruit, like lemon or apples? Definitely a roasted sugariness to it as well, with nose-filling caramel malts that seem to grow after letting the beer warm. Pretty good smell, but the hops seem to disappear on the second pour.
T: Caramels and citrus right away, and this leads into some tangy but sweet hoppy flavors. More markedly sweet over time. The finish is initially kinda bitter, with some piney hops, but then a tingly sweetness comes in and washes everything away, leaving a tickle on the sides of the mouth. Overall, I really would have liked a bigger hop flavor, but as it is, I really can't complain about this taste.
M: Good for such a strong beer. Soft and smooth at first, and even creamier after warming. The finish remains kinda bitter, though, with a noticeable alcohol tingle.
D: Good; I enjoyed drinking this bottle, but this is plenty for me in one sitting.

Photo of SargeC
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brown-red coloration. Dense, tan head.

Smell: Sweet malt with licorice.

Taste: Strong malt foundation, good touch of hops that is not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Hearty and alive.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for a big beer. It provides plenty of character without crossing over the line of drinkability.

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

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear light mahongy color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tan head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, sweet, very slight dark fruit, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, big on malts/caramel, some dark fruits. Medium body. Very drinkable, another very tasty brew from a underrated brewery, highly recommended.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a reasonably tightly beaded, initially three-finger thick, amber tinged tan colored head that forms a lacing pattern as it slowly recedes. The beer is a lightly hazy, dark cherry red color. The aroma has quite a bit of crystal / caramel malt character that is noticeable as I pour this brew. This is mixed in quite well with the hops, and in fact the hop character becomes much more dominant as I move in for a more focused exploration of the nose. Aromatic notes of resinous grapefruit, candied orange peel, syrup soaked lychees and interestingly enough something like candied cherries. The last I think is the point where the caramel malt character and hop notes meet. The hops also contribute, on a much more subdued level, notes of pine, a green grass character and a touch of menthol. As my nose gets used to the beer, aromas of toasted grain, biscuit malt, deeply caramelized malt sugars and a touch of warming alcohol become noticeable.

A rich mix of malt and hops, this has always reminded me a bit of Arrogant Bastard. The beer finishes with a certain astringent bitterness, and a toasty, slightly roasted malt note; both of these help to dry out this beer. Up front this beer is sweet with notes of caramel, brown sugar, and a touch of raisins. These notes are not all that easy to pull out though as there is a ton of hop character oozing out every pore of this beer. Competing notes of grapefruit, lychee and tangelo meld into and become subsumed by an aggressive, pine & menthol like, herbal / turpene driven hop stank. This beer has a medium heft to it, that in combination with the tongue scouring hop character and touch of warming alcohol, definitely make this a brew that is somewhere between a quaffing and a savoring brew (perhaps leaning more towards the sipping side of the spectrum).

This is perhaps a bit rough around the edges, some of the hops are definitely on the rough side of the spectrum, but sometimes that is just what a hophead wants (who needs those pansy-assed low cohumulone hops anyway). The mix of fruity hop driven notes, aggressive herbal hops, ample bitterness and dark malt character make this an engaging brew. I really like the depth of malt character here, or perhaps what I mean is that I love that the malt & darker malt notes play a significant role here. The malt character sometimes comes off as being a bit simplistically heavy on the crystal malt notes, but it still adds a significant character to this brew that even stands separated from the overwhelming hop character. Mighty tasty, and certainly serves as a hop fix for this oft-times hop head.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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

Poured a cloudy amber-red with an off-white head that stuck around. Sweet creamy aroma with tea-like hops in the background. Tastes like it smells. Sweet, creamy malt upfront, with a kick of strong iced-tea-like hops behind. I'm not feeling much of an alcohol burn, despite the %8.3.

This is a nicely balanced, "sipping" ale. You would want to be in the mood for something hoppy, but not overpoweringly so.

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

A - Dark orange color. Dark white head settles to a quarter inch. Good amount of lacing.

S - Sweet brown sugary malts with very fruity sweet grapefruity hops.

T - Fruity bitterness, apple or some tropical fruits, with very light carbonation and some spicy malts. Taste remains sweet and fruity and the bitterness increases. Finish leaves a semi-oily hoppy flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is fairly heavy, with light carbonation.

D - Overall a good brew. It's an imperial red ale, a bit more hoppy than a regular red. I'd like a little bit more balance myself, but this was very interesting.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep red color ale with a large purer white foamy head with some good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of intense bitter hops with some notes of citrus. Taste is also dominated by some citrus and grapefruit –like hops with an intense bitter ending. Malt with some caramel characteristic is quite subtle with some semi-sweet notes. Body is above average with some nice carbonation.

Photo of akorsak
3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 650 mL bottle.

A: The ale is a dark, crimson red color that appears brown from a distance. Up close, lighter orange colors emerge. What little head emerged on pour was quick to disappear.

S: The nose is malty, thick with booze aromas.

T: The first sip reveals a strong, intensely concentrated malt flavor, as much old ale as strong ale. The result is an old American strong ale, I suppose. The graininess is bitter, astringent in an unpleasant kind of way, with some green tart fruit flavors driving the way. Overall, I find the taste to be too strong, offputting in the malty strengtht that is shows off.

M: The mouthfeel is astringent, harsh with bitter flavors that never really come together.

D: This is the second strong ale from Lagunitas that I have not been a fan of. I find their IPAs to be excellent, but this one is just too over the top.

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

Clear red colored ale with a small tan head doesn't look too impressive.

The smell is sweetish with lots of caramel and a decently strong grapefruit, lemon, pine, and eucalyptus hop aromas. Fair amount of wood aroma from hops too.

The taste starts out neutral and creamy with a little caramel taste in the first sip. Neutral and woody ale without too much strong hop flavor, but then again I think Arrogant Bastard isn't bitter. For what it lacks in strong flavors it makes up with smoothness.

Very full mouthfeel even feels a bit oily on the tongue. Super smooth in the mouth.

Truly excellent drinkability here. Lagunitas might as well rename this smooth 13 because that is what it is smooth as all hell. A must try beer and a not very expensive beer either.

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,120 ratings.