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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,097 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,097
Reviews: 833
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 124
Gots: 130 | 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:
77 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2007)
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Photo of akorsak
3.13/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

akorsak, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of Zorro
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Zorro, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of DrJay
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, deep reddish amber with a thick, beige head. Lots of chunky lacing composed of fine bubbles and great retention. Citrusy grapefruit aroma, fragrant hops, pine needles, floral and fruity with a malty background. Moderate bitterness with a big hop flavour - lots of grapefruit, orange, some pine and fruitiness. Sweet caramel provided some balance, as did a bit of spice and mild alcohol. Bitterness builded into the finish. Medium to full bodied and a little sticky, with lowish carbonation and a pleasant warmth at the back of the palate. Good stuff and quite a hop showcase. Easy drinking for a big red ale.

DrJay, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of sulldaddy
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am sampling a cellar temp bomber bottle of this beer poured into a snifter. The beer pours a clear chestnut with ruby highlights. A fluffy beige head of 4 cm foams up easily and fades slowly leaving some tight clingy lattice and creating craters in the center.
Aroma is citrusy hops with some caramel and general malt mixed in the background. Not overwhelming hops on the nose but enough to get your attention.
First sip reveals a soft smooth texture with mild gentle carbonation. The flavor starts with some bready yeast and caramel malt and rolls to some slightly grassy and also grapefruity hops. The hops are not over the top, but do leave a lingering astringency on my palate after each sip. The ABV is well hidden and the beer is easy to drink. I enjoy this beer a lot and it is just what I needed after a long day.

sulldaddy, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of EPseja
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz. bottle in a SABL glass (that's Sam Adams Boston Lager, and I'm tired of typing the whole thing) at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Predictably orangey-copper in color with a definite viscosity and a glowingly translucent body. The off-white head is super creamy and starts out great, but even in the etched-bottomed glass, it has trouble keeping up. Lacing is decent although sporadic.

S - Beautifully balanced caramel maltiness and floral, light citrus hoppiness. Sappy pine is also detected in the background. Fresh and inviting. Very "red".

T - Nice malted sweetness on the tip of the tongue, with the crisp, hoppy bitterness slyly switching places as the beer makes its way to the back of the tongue. Medium dry finish with a slightly astringent lingering bitterness in the aftertaste that makes you want to continue on with another sip. Decent complexity.

M - Tingly and bright on the way in, rising to a decently thick foam. A smidge too forward and just slightly shy of the full creaminess I would have liked. Finish is filling and a tinge gassy.

D - This is definitely a delicious offering from Lagunitas, but when pitte against their Imperial Red, its shortcomings are obvious, especially where overall balance is concerned. Otherwise, this one is a treat on its own merit anyway.

EPseja, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the 13th anniversary release from Lagunitas and bills itself as "A Mondo Large Red Ale". Knowing Lagunitas, that means copius amounts of hops.

I guessed right as big citrusy hops hit the nose as it pours a lovely orangey copper. The hops dominate the tongue too but it's nicely balanced by a considerable malt backbone. The 8.3% ABV is nicely masked and it the malt is pleasantly sweet. Very smooth and drinkable for a big beer.

This is probably only the second "Double Red" type beer I've had and they both have been really nice. Go get it.

ViveLaChouffe, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Certainly a big Red, but I think I had my hopes just a bit too high for this brew. Starts off with the obvious amber hue, great clarity, and nicely carbonated. Off-white head retention withstood the session well. Aromas of toasted malts, light caramel and barley malt rose high above the spicy, citrusy hops. Light bready / yeasty fermentation scent gave a sense of depth to the smell. Tastes kick off with the barley / caramel flavors, but well attenuated for clean taste. Along with the yeast, bready character, the beer tastes very sturdy. Spiced up with a mix of warming alcohols, orage-flavored and grapefruit hops, and a modest peppery note late. The beer actually feels light compared to the bold flavors, and became a bit metallic late. Finished clean but a little bite-ey. Although I enjoyed this beer well, I did not prefer it to their standard Imperial Red.

BEERchitect, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of Viggo
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jgaston for hooking me up with this for BC2!

Pours an almost clear red/orange, very brilliant, huge off white head, massive lacing, great retention, just doesn't want to quit. Aroma is fantastic, very sticky caramel malt, resinous pine and floral hops, signature Lagunitas but just jacked up a couple notches. Grapefruit, bread, very malty, very hoppy, nicely balanced. Taste is bready caramel malt, citrus/floral, more toffee, iron, not very much complexity, but very drinkable and balanced big beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, almost sticky, low to medium carbonation, can't taste the 8.3% ABV. Very well done strong ale. Thanks James!!

Viggo, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of rallison
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber red with a 1 finger white head that leaves some lacing.

Smells of bready malts and piny hops.

Taste is nice. Good bready malts serve as an excellent backbone. Lots more body than most reds. Piny hops then take over. Very little citrus, and that's ok for this beer. Nice balance of semi-sweet bready malts bittered by pretty strong piny hops (even after 6 months of aging).

Mouthfeel is good - lots of body for a red with a good level of carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. Tasty and easy to drink.

Highly recommended. This is how I like my reds.

rallison, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of dgallina
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce brown bomber without dating.

Pours clear copper-red with thin film on top and plenty of persistent lace. Smell is low-toned, with damp earth, rough grains, and pine hops. Really over the top in flavor. Huge raw pine overtones lead to a chewy orange fruit and grain center. Prickly bitter pine and alcohol finish. Mostly creamy rich mouth feel, with just enough carbonation. Flavorful, but not very easy-drinking since it's such a brute.

dgallina, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of kmpitz2
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber. The beer pours a solid deep amber color with a 2 fingers of ivory head over top that is maintained by a massive carbonation that keeps cascading up. The clarity is excellent as well. The head sits very well over top and doesn't fall for anything. The aroma is piney and spicey hop that sits over a deep caramel base. Smells nice to me. Flavor is right there with the aroma. It hits first with an earthy pine and a moderate toasty and caramel maltyness. It finishes with a mild bitterness and a reprise of the earthy and pine notes. The flavor on this one is very big, but not at all overbearing. The toastyness really works well with the earthy notes from the hop. I don't find any alcohol flavor in there which is a surprise from the ABV. Mouthfeel is moderate with a mild carbonation. Overall, this one really presents itself as a nice moderate abv drinking beer to me and not a big bad-ass strong ale like it is. The flavors are strong, but not overpowering. I really find this to be a nice beer.

kmpitz2, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of warmstorage
2.65/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle, states 8.3%, 1.085 OG, 76.92 IBU. $3.99 at Gold Rush Liquor, Anchorage, AK. Pretty label artwork is about the best thing this beer has going for it.

Visual: deep copper; deep, dense tan head, little lacing.

Aroma: caramel, sweet grain, little hop character.

Taste: earthy, soil, metallic. The metallic taste lingers long. I have little to say about it: it doesn't have too solid a malt sweetness, nor pronounced hops, nor significant alcohol warmth for a high gravity ale.

Mouth: relatively thin, alcohol warmth not notable for 8.3%, slight carbonation tingle.

Overall: to paraphrase Miles, I've come never to expect greatness from Lagunitas, and this one is no exception. It's underwhelming in almost every way. Blah.

warmstorage, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle and a tulip glass.

Nice deep amber color with a thick tan head. The head has some endurance, and lacing is stellar.

This strong ale has a deep malty aroma with caramel sweetness, and a nice earthy hop balance. I want to say this is a malt-bomb but the hops come through in the end.

Taste is dominated by malt up front, with lots of caramel flavor, bitter hops and dry burning alcohol in the finish. Not so hot as to be unpleasant though. But definitely warm. The finish does not quite finish as it just keeps going.

Thick and hearty, I know it sounds like soup. But this one really fills you up in an "it's good to be full" kind of way. An all around nice offering on a rainy summer day.

ZimZamZoom, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of taez555
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a reddish/amber body with a white head.

Nose has immediate strong notes of resin hops and sharp citrus peel. Licks of caramel and metal sneak in as well.

Taste is medium to full bodied with a rocky mouth-feel. A strong resin based citrus peel hop taste dominates, but is mixed well with that classic red ale taste. A fine crushed caramel and biscuit malt, with a faint hint of rye dominate the malt taste. Bitterness is very strong and overshadows the malt base.

A huge beer with loads of flavor, but at the same time very simple. Big malt, big red ale, big resin hops, big yum. It's really not much more than that, just an amazing big red ale. Love it.

taez555, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of far333
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear ruddy copper colored with an inch-high thick head of frothy meringue full of dimples and craters.

Inviting aroma of brown sugar and caramel, toffee and citrus.

Flavor is initially sweet malt, rich caramel with some marshmallow, but gets harder-edged as citrus rind hops rise up, alcohol warmth wraps the tongue and cheeks, and chewy oak chips hit the back of the mouth. This is followed closely by ripe pear and sugary dark malt.

Mouthfeel is full and rich, a little tannic and grainy. Fairly drinkable, a good session beer for a very short session.

far333, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of biegaman
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 14, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,097 ratings.