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

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
77 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2007

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Reviews: 867 | Ratings: 2,262
Photo of bman13
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

House Lagunitas yest OVERLOAD. not bad, but not true to the style. Might get again if I see nothing else, but if you're looking for a true red ale, then look elsewhere.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very nice red ale and I am not usually one to pick them up. Doesn't necessarily have that over powering Lagunitas hoppy taste, but has a nice fruity blend of tastes. I definitely enjoy this beer while kicking it on the porch w/ a nice twist of something different from Lagunitas!

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous maple brown color with plenty of cakey off white head.

Dank piney, orange hops with plenty of caramel malt backbone.

Medium body with loose, creamy feel.

Decent bitterness level with nascent malt sweetness. Treacle and lychee fruit nuttiness. Lingering pine and citrus. Ranks high for drinkability, which is attributable to a great balance of flavors.

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Photo of glass_house
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Ale? Ok. Call it what you want. Lots of sticky pine resin in the nose and taste. Some bitter citrus too, with some sweet caramel malt. Tastes a lot like many of Lagunitas brews--delicious. Maximus, Brown Shugga, Undercover, Little Sumpin Extra--very little to separate them. But all very good, so no complaints here.

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Photo of jooler
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look is good. Smell is predominantly grapefruit. Taste is very citrusy and bitter. A tad malty sweetness. It is amazing. Only issue is the very strong alcohol taste.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I always expect good brews from Lagunitas, but this one great exceeded expectations.

It is real purdy. All reddish light brown - exactly what a red should be. Lace up the wazoo too. The aroma is strong and hoppy, and not just finishing hops, you can tell there are hops and malts having a good time in there from the smell.

The taste is very large. All malty and hoppy. Tangy, slightly sharp and with a slight bite. The whole package is big and sticks around nicely.

I will need to get more of these!

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Photo of BB1313
3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours copper with solid clarity; fluffy light tan head that fades leaving great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are full of caramel malts along with some citrus notes. The hops are there, but not overwhelming like most of Lagunitas's hoppy brews. The flavors seem to follow the nose. The malts seem to shine. Lots of caramel notes. Some alcohol notes, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Some orange notes along with some pine. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid red ale. It might not be a crazy hop bomb like Lagunitas is known for. It's more of a traditional example of the style, which is cool. I personally like their Imperial Red Ale much more, but this is still okay.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled day 82 of 2016, poured into a tulip glass.

A - Clear, crimson orange/red mix, with a one and half finger fluffy head that retains well.

S - Dank, resinous hops, citrus/orange, faint bread.

T - Much more balanced in the taste than the nose, the red ale aspect/malt comes through, though the orange/citrus flavor lurks underneath. A touch of heat, with the a decent dose of bitterness on the finish.

M - Heft is medium, carbonation is medium

O - Not sure where the difference lies between this and the Imperial Red, but I found the Imperial Red to be slightly superior. This is no slouch in the category either.

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Photo of hoping4hopps
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I love lagunitas. It's the pioneer beer for me. It inspired my need to brew my own and opened up my palate to crafted ales and lager. However this beer imo don't stand out like what I'm used to from them. However a nice tasting thick mouth feel brew, it lacked it's own independence. Imo this tastes like there sessions ipa (a fractional ipa) day time ipa. Almost exactly. However 2 later and I'm jamming out to Bob Marley and can't stop socializing with my mates.

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Photo of ktvton
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear, deep copper color with two fingers of head. Sticky lacing.

S: Hints of fruit, piney hop, rich malt

T: Subtle fruity notes with a nice boozy, malty backbone. The malt sweetness and hop bitterness are very well balanced.

F: Medium body.

O: Lagunitas does not disappoint. This is a complex and well-balanced beer. I'm not a big red ale drinker, but this one might just open up a whole new world for me.

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Photo of stevoj
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber in color with thick foamy head. Sticky lacing coats the glass. Citrusy aroma of grapefruit, citrus strong in the taste also. No hint at the alcohol, this one is almost all hops, yet surprisingly smooth.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear, toned copper in color, crowned with a fairly large and dense off-white head. The lacing is modest and finely-beaded, coating the glass walls.

Aroma: A dense aroma of dark caramel and grapefruit greets a deep inhalation. Lesser notes of brown sugar and dark fruit are notable as well.

Taste: Opens with equal measures of dark caramel and profound grapefruit and citric hops. Considering that there are nearly eighty IBUs on offer, Lucky 13 manages the remarkable feat of seeming quite well-balanced. Besides the omnipresent hops and dark caramel, there is a strong undercurrent of sweet alcohol, which offers a gracious warming.Then, too, there are notable flavors of brown sugar and dark fruit, mostly plums. A bit of bitter apple rind appears as well. Late in the taste, the caramel and hops vie for supremacy, with the result being a gracious draw. Finishes with a lingering note of moderate grapefruit rind bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft with a body that is quite full.

Drinkability/notes: An excellent example of the style, and quite reasonably priced at $4.49 for a standard twenty-two bomber.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber, served in a New Belgium chalice.

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Photo of pat61
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant amber red with 1” off-white clingy foam cap
S: Grassy, piney hops, caramel malts, light fruit
T: Starts with malt with light sweetness and then pine bitterness takes over with traces of light fruit.
F: Very creamy, full body, medium carbonation.
O: Big strong malt flavors and body balance assertive hop flavors for a very drinkable large red ale.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at rock 'n brews El Segundo poured into nonic pint glass. Red amber in color with off-white head that clings. Smells of passion fruit and booze. Tastes about the same with good crisp pine and carbonation.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Store label of 12.04.13.
Poured from a bomber into a beer can glass on 06.08.14.

A: 3 finger tan head that retains well. A 1 finger head stayed the entire time. Somewhat cloudy amber/red body.

S: Caramel, pine, citrus.

T: Strong caramel and toffee dominate. Grapefruit is subtle.

M: Creamy smooth.

O: This is like a stronger Censored but with a grapefruit sweetness. This also has a stronger caramel and toffee flavor than anything I've tried.

Rating: A, 95/100.

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Photo of scotorum
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Gotta love the label graphic - nicely done

Looks like this was bottled about April 23rd 2013, so it's got a lot of age on it now! Bought at the end of last September and mistakenly aged. That might explain why it came across as more of an ESB than an American amber.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Nearly clear dark amber/copper with an inch plus offwhite head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mild caramel malt.

t; First impression is its pleasing silky smoothness, followed by a nice caramel malt and hops balance. Sweet to dry finish. Its 8.65% ABV is well concealed.

m: Medium, silky smooth.

o: A very enjoyable and satisfying ESB-style ale, highly sippable and savory in texture and overall taste. I'd buy this again anytime of year. However I'll need to try a much fresher bottle to confirm this.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I generally don't like red ales. This is an exception, by far, for me.

Beautiful pour from the bottle. Ruby mahogany color, slow moving carbonation, a little hazy. Creamy head that dissipates to a couple of millimeters slowly, but that lace will stay there forever.

The nose is one of the most inviting I've encountered in a while. Malty and bread, creamy yet crisp and herbal as well. Plum and raisin, a whole lot. Sweet burnt malt and alcohol. Give me some!

Taste is sweet and fruity at the beginning, like toasted raisin bread and malty granola. The hops really only kick in at the finish, as does the alcohol, but both combine for a bitter and clean aftertaste.

Good, real good.

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Photo of lochef81
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this sitting around for a while and finally decided to crack it open. This red ale pours a true red copper color with a thick and lasting off white head that leaves beautiful silky lacing. The nose is a delicious blend of sweet malts, west coast hops, and spice. The body is rather full with a pleasant carbonation and just the right amount of sticky sweetness. It finishes rather dry for such a malty ale. The flavor is a little different from the nose with a more pronounced spicy, peppery bite and an increased sweetness. This is a very good red. Knowing lagunitas and their love of hops, I want to try this fresh to see if there is a more pronounced hop character. This is very good none the less, just a tad sweet for what I expect from the brewer.

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Photo of jellikit
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: orange-red. Thin head. Clear. No lacing.
S: citrus and floral
T: citrus. Candy/bubblegum. Small alcohol notes. Basic mealtimes.
M: fizzy. Malty.
O: tasty. Big beer that is well balanced. Big hop flavor up front. Slightly bitter. Easy drinking for how big it is.

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Photo of JaredinOmaha
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of the best examples of a red ale you will find. A round, pungent blast of super strength. You cannot go wrong. Lagunitas cares, you should as well.
Get a hold of any of their beers, except for the PILS, which I think is a wasted effort. Also, try not to drink too much, as in the brewery in general. It will wash your palate away, and you'll be hunting for a great stout or porter to revive your palate. You will know. Thanks Lagunitas, you guys make great brews!

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Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous red, like a red head in color. Not sure what I'm detecting here . . . Pleasant none the less. Very nice, yummy red ale. Reminds me of Hairy Eyeball but not as hoppy
. Solid feel, Full bodied, prickly, good carbination. Not a wow beer for me but very yummy. This would be good in the fall and spring (might be a spring seasonal not sure though) Seen that this was a Lagunitas beer so I had to try . . . Lagunitas has become a brewery that I have to try everything I see.

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Photo of Emnmarko
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark rich copper in color. Slightly hazy. Creamy two finger off white head leaves moderate lacing.

S- Sour bready malt and yeast. Bitter dank hops behind that.

T- Huge malt and hop flavors melt together with a bitter and sour feel. There's alot going on and plenty of flavor to go around. The aftertaste is a muted version of the beginning. Slightly warming in the end.

M- Med to heavy bodied. Malty but this fades strangely to a more smooth feel towards the end.

O- Plenty of flavor, wonderful look and a decent feel. I don't feel I'm up to rate this brew fairly because its not in my wheelhouse. I'm not a fan of this style, although I can see how some may like it. Too much sour, malty mess. However it does improve with temperature. This one may need to be served a little warmer. Lagunitas consistently puts out brews that inspire me. Unfortunately this one is not one of my favorites. Such is life.

Edit- with no apparent date on the bottle and after reading other reviews, I think this must be a older beer. A complete break down on the hop flavor I experienced leads me to feel this way. I think I need to give this one another go to be sure.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another Lagunitas heavy hitter that I've had in the cellar for a few weeks, a "mondo" red ale that has some decidedly red double IPA and barleywine characteristics. Poured from bomber into a goblet, I was expecting something thick and boozy after a recent run of strong ales and in fact got something fruity and extremely hoppy, potent yet smooth and drinkable (to a point). A light reddish-orange amber color with considerable beige head, the initial aroma was of baked apples, butterscotch, grapefruit citrus rind, and hop resins, with a canned fruit sweet citrus and tropical character like that I've encountered in some Belgian IPAs. Taste is also an entire fruit bowl initially, with pears, red grapes, starfruit (I've noticed this in a few other Lagunitas brews, like sweet yellow flowers and citrus combined), lemon/lime/canned mandarin citrus, even a little banana and passion fruit. Just when you think the barleywine-esque fruit orchard might be a tad too much, cereal malts, generic brown spice, light toast, and astringent tea leaf arrive to provide a foil. The butterscotch and toast elements become more salient as one's sweet and bitter receptors relax. This is nevertheless a very hops-forward brew and really ought to be deemed a red DIPA. Moderately thick body and goes down smooth. The malts are on the lighter side and there's no real dark or roasted flavor of note. I am a Lagunitas buff and this one is different in its relative lack of assertive malts but fits the usual Lagunitas approach of putting citrusy and tropical hops at the forefront.
P.S. - They've changed the malt bill to lighten things up from earlier iterations. See Lagunitas website.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - copper colored beer with off white colored head

Smell - caramel, pine, citrus, bit of herb on this

Taste - caramel, grapefruit, pine, orange rind, butterscotch

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly astringent upfront, hop bitterness in the back end

Overall - decent red ale, worth a shot

Price Point - $4.99/22 oz bottle

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Photo of D-No
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear red/amber color with a great head
Smell - Malty, sweet caramel, and hops dominate the aroma
Taste - Starts with plenty of sweet caramel flavor that evolves into a great hop bitterness at the finish of the profile.
Mouthfeel - Great medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.
Overall - I really like this red ale, it is one of my favorites. I will drink this one again.

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 867 ratings.