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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,116
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 139
Gots: 142 | 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 BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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!!

Photo of rallison
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of dgallina
3.78/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of warmstorage
2.68/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of taez555
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of far333
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of biegaman
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of kimcgolf
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of ReebShorts
3.2/5  rDev -22.1%
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...

Photo of msubulldog25
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
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

Photo of Duster72
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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.

Photo of
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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!

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

#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.

Photo of shroompod
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bruachan
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,116 ratings.