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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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2,064 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,064
Reviews: 831
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 119
Gots: 119 | 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 bjohnson
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber reddish ale with a half finger off white colored head. Clear with bubbles rising to the top. Tight leveled lacing down the glass. Hefty pine needle aromas with a touch of hop fruit notes. Fresh aromas though a tad spicy also.

Bigger mouthfeel then I expected. Pine needles and pine tar flavors. Sweet caramel malt notes play a secondary role to the hops. Carbonation blast gives way to a spicy hop presence that lasts into the finish. Smells quote piney and hoppy, but the hops are more spicy in the flavor. Quite a nice tasting impy red ale. Higher abv goes unnoticed. Definitely one to seek out if you can, although this was only brewed once.

bjohnson, May 05, 2007
Photo of trep
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper body below a nicely retained ivory head. Great clarity and sporadic carbonation bubbles. Looks great in a pint glass. Typical Lagunitas aroma, pine/citrus hops with caramel maltiness. Smells sweet and sticky.

Nice balance between malt and hops. Tastes a little watery, though. Good flavor from both sides of the spectrum. Citrusy hops taste like fresh grapefruit and the malt is sweet and delicious. Bitterness is there, but not overwhelming. Finishes with citrus and the skin of grapes.

Medium bodied with nice carbonation to keep it from being too thick. Pretty drinkable for what it is. A solid brew, I wouldn't mind if this was available year-round instead of Maximus.

trep, May 05, 2007
Photo of SilentSabre
3.28/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a burnt orange colour from a 22oz bomber, and was without question, the hoppiest thing I have had in a long time. I would almost say extremely hoppy..floral. It had fantastic head retention, holding its lovely pillowy cap of foam for several minutes, and leaving a nice sticky web of lace on the glass. A very solid looking beer. Smell was comprised almost entirely of hops and nothing else. Taste, too, seemed very unbalanced to the side of hops and nearly bereft of any malt whatsoever. Another good, but fairly average brew from a brewery that I feel is really good at making such brews: Decent, but nothing to write home about.

SilentSabre, May 04, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great appearance. Stunning red body with a thick, unyielding, never ending khacki head. Sap, citrus, biscuits, and caramel in the aroma. Balanced flavor. Plums and biscuits matched with grapefruit and pine. Luscious, juicy feel. Bitter finish. Somewhat filling after the first glass. Booze comes out with warming.

Thanks to Brewbaca for the sample.

DaPeculierDane, May 04, 2007
Photo of czechsaaz
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is all about hops. I tried to find the malt but it's overpowered (not necessarily a bad thing.) Basically I get both citrus and spice hop aroma which makes me think big amounts of dry-hopped cascade. Just a little yeasty aroma comes through.

Deep amber/red color. Had a big head initially that faded quickly to a small but lasting layer. Clear with lots of rising carbonation.

Big hop bitterness but not so much that you can't taste the malt. Honey flavors mixed with lots of citrus hops and fruity fermentation. Overall very well balanced but I do get some hot alcohol that seems a little harsh.

Big bodied with nice lively carbonation. Very warming from the alcohol. There's no question this is a big beer.

I like it but it's a bit of a hammer. It doesn't really have any finesse, it just kind of hits you over the head with alcohol and hoppiness.

czechsaaz, May 04, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours red/copper with a thin, creamy, lasting tan head.

The smell is hoppy - citrus and pine.

The taste is piney, citrusy, resiny. Hops abound with a sweet toffeeish malt rounding it out in the long, bittersweet finish. Slight alcohol notes appear, but well-covered.

Rich, creamy and smooth, a delightfully hoppy ale that has enough malt in the style of a red ale to keep it all together. Delicious!

jwc215, May 03, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Really thick dense light tan head on a pretty clear red body.
S- Nice big citrus hops with hints of pine in there. Nice big caramel malt body to balance it out a bit. Nice grapefruit comes out too.
T-MMM! Nice balance between a sweetness from the caramel malt but also a nice hop grapefruit juice bite. Hints of grapefruit rind too (mainly the juice though). Really tasty!
M- Full body with medium carbonation. Nice smooth feel to it but hops seem to stick around the mouth nicely and leave a really nice bold bitterness.
D- I really like this brew. I wish they made it as a regular beer. I would pick a few of these up.

BlindPig, May 02, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an Imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm crystal clear reddish brown body with a boiling carbonation of microbubbles racing through it. There is a creamy yellowish-white head that last as a thick film sticking to the glass after each sip.

S- This beer has a big pine hops smell with notes of pale and toasted malt in the background. There is a light fruit note to the hops as the beer warms a bit.

T- This beer has a bitter grapfruit hop flavor that dominates the first few sips. There is a light dry toasted malt and malt sweetness in the background. The pungent and bitter hops hangs on the tongue after each sip. There is a slight hint of fruit punch that comes though when the beer warms a bit.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight sticky texture and no realy alcohol heat noted.

D- This beer has a big hop flavor with a unique musty flavor that adds a mystery to them. There is nice supporting malt flavor that really compliment the hops.

rhoadsrage, May 01, 2007
Photo of smcolw
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tight bubbled beige head with extraordinary lace on the glass. Dirty copper in color with a slight haze.

Beautiful floral hop aroma is up front on the smell. Very inviting.

Excellent complex flavors featuring fresh hop and warm alcohol. The malt is an wonderful counterbalance, making this a complete flavor profile. Very full in body with an appropriate carbonation that keeps the beer from being creamy. Superb.

In a word, balanced describes this brew. Its complexity is worthy of several. This would fit well in the American IPA category as well. A new favorite for me.

smcolw, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of Franchise
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering from Lagunitas pours a dark orange with red highlights. The aroma is sweet, malty caramel, honey, spicy hops, pine, tarragon, lots of rustic earthy spices. The mouthfeel is syrupy, coating the mouth with a caramel bitterness...the taste falls in line with the aroma, bready, honey, sweet, earthy notes just a wonderful brew. Lagunitas never fails to create a nice, drinkable beer. This is one that I will buy a few more bottles of and keep for a "rainy" day.

Franchise, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of jaxon53
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a beautiful clear amber red color. About two good fingers of thick, pillowy, off-white head formed. Decent retention and left moderate amount of lace. Nice thick malty aroma up front, with a nice hoppiness to it. Somewhat of a fruity aroma as well. Flavors of hops, malt, short bready tones, small hints of citrus fruits, all with a sweet earthiness . Definitely a nice smooth hop bite to it. Nice medium feel in the mouth.No alcohol present. Minimal carbonation. Very drinkable and very enjoyable.

jaxon53, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of jmz62565
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep reddish orange with a frothy tan head. The head is large and lasts a long time with great lacing. The smell has a creamy vanilla and citrus fruit aroma to it that is both pungent and very good. The taste has a strong hop bitterness to it with citrus fruit flavors,vanilla,carmel,and alcohol. The m/f is medium with the flavors not mixing all that well. This is a good beer,but with some cellaring this could be great.

jmz62565, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of theautorestorer
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A slight amber, slightly cloudy. Could be a cold haze though. Strong aroma of hops. Very high in finishing hops( Cascade ? ). Very clean mouth feel. Almost no after taste except the heavy hops. The high alcohol content is almost unperceivable. The kind of beer that can sneak up on you and before you know it you're drunk. Excellent beer.

theautorestorer, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to RedChrome and the Florida Gators.
Pours an amber color that shines crimson when held up to the light. Carbonation sounds like the wind on the pour and a quick carbonated head rises 1" and falls just as quickly. Thin rim of lace.
Smell is full of citrus and floral hops. I also smell strawberries. It's rare that I smell strawberries in a beer but I swear that's what I smell. It smells wonderful.
They've hit perfect balance with this beer. Sweet caramel and biscuity malt backbone with lot's of fruity and piney hops. The hops do not overpower the beer though. They more like bring it to a completion. It's wierd how I got more citrus hops in the nose and the flavor has a more piney taste.
Mouthfeel is medium and adds to the drinkability.
I could session this. Even at 8%. Overall this is a good beer, but it excels at drinkability and is one of the most drinkable strong ales I've had.
I'm really starting to get into the Big Red Beer deal and it's becoming one of my most sought after styles.

wcudwight, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of ejquin
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice rust color with thin beigeish head

S: Very hoppyand sweet. Slightly malty.

T: Hoppy up front fades to caremly malt. Alcohol starts to come through, and is a bit hot. Long finish with some hop bitterness and alcohol burn. Tasty.

M: Nice and smooth. Semi-heavy with low carbonation.

D: Very hoppy and higher abv, but not bad considering.

Ovr: Very solid beer. Very hoppy and a bit hot on the alcohol downgrades this a little, but very tasty for a strong ale/DIPA.

ejquin, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a rich, malty aroma that boasts of pale, crystal, and bisquit malts along with a wicked hop aroma that is quite bitter. The taste is great also. It's extremely bitter with loads of citrus hops from start to finish. The malt bill adds a bit of complexity. It's built with a bunch of specialty grains which add excellent flavor to the beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer with great malt and hop character. Another winner from Lagunitas.

WesWes, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of RedChrome
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

See through dark amber colored beer. A off white head of half an inch took a long few minutes to shrink. Handful of large meandering carbonation bubbles. Lacing is thick clumps.

Malt has a floral presence that leapt out of the bottle even before the pour. There is also a definite citric hops presence belonging to lemons and tangerines.

Pine taste controlled the taste right from the get go. As the beer lingured on the tongue there were notes of grapefruit and tangerine as well as a very tight roasted oat bread presence.

Carbonation effect on the tongue was pleasent. Thick body clings to the tip of the tongue and taste retains.

A very nice beer. This is a great pair to go with almost anything. Cheers on the exayeayeaye to the peeps at Lagunitas. Worth a try by anyone with a love for this style.

RedChrome, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautifully clear amber brown that's a shade darker then the norm. Very nice color, looks a bit like true maple syrup. Nice medium stacking of foamy stature leaps up to the top of the glass with vigor as it then settles slowly to a keep a heap of skim always present and a wall of tightly broken lacing across the glass is etched well across the glass.

Smell is quite nice and hoppy with a moderate amount of citrusy orange & lemon peels and pith rising from the pour like a ray of sunshine through the clouds after a storm. Deep piney ascents protrude past the citrus as it gains a woody resin oiled presense as it sits. Quite nice.

Taste is just as nice with a very even toned presense of hops and malts. Pale and toasty malts mix well with a slight piney oiled lathering and a citrusy pith touch of bitterness to keep it peppy and hopped up in spice. It has a lovely hop complexity with leafyness, resinyness, fruityness, bitterness, dryness, and citrusy stuff all over the place. Yet, with that all said, its balance is immaculately placed and teetering on the edge of either going more malts or going all hops. Damn nice.

Feel is slick and oily with a nice, well-rounded bitterness of citrusy oils and pine oils across a slightly toasted realm of malt sweetness and bready play. Body is about medium/full with a great disposition of balance between malt and hop.

Wow, I could drink alot of this stuff! It's probably one of the better beers I've had by Lagunitas by far and suits me just right. So seek this out and enjoy. It has a little of everything that exudes the West Coast style of what an American Strong Ale needs to be. Very good stuff. Yum!

tavernjef, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice dark amber-brown, it pours with a thin but persistent head. Aroma is very hoppy and makes one think of an evergreen tree. Taste is outrageously hoppy - a must for any hop fanatic! The flavor is like the way a pine tree smells, but there is minimal bitterness. This is a beer to be sipped and savored. Even with all its hoppiness, it is smooth and pleasant to drink.

Cyberkedi, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of auntfloyd
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22 oz bomber into a US pint glass.

Pours a very dark, clear, copper color with a small amount of white head. Looks rather bold.

The nose is hoppy, full of American hops notes: citrus, pine, with a lesser amount of caramel sweetness.

The flavor is out-and-out bold, with a slightly sugary malty sweetness up front (somewhat reminiscent of the Brown Shugga ale), followed by an even stronger array of west-coast hops, with grapefruit and piney flavors predominating.

The mouthfeel is good, not too heavily carbonated, with a decent amount of body. The drinkability is quite high for the style; the bitterness is not overwhelming, and even the high strength is not very noticeable.

Overall, this is another great ale from Lagunitas, not only one of the best of their brews, but one of the best Strong Ales around. Highly reccommended.

auntfloyd, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of prototypic
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep copper color with a creamy one and half finger head. Very good retention and nice lacing remained.

Smell: Hops are readily apparent in this one. Smells of big time pine and grapefruit. It also has a health dose of caramel and toffee malts as well, which are blended very well with the hops. Finally, there is a bit of a biscuity aroma mixed in.

Taste: Wow. I'm impressed with this. Caramel and toffee malts are very tasty. Piney hops are blended extremely well and provide a nice, bitter hop bite. Grapefruit taste only adds to the bitterness. It does have a slight biscuity taste and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It is light to medium bodied and very, very smooth. Alcohol is masked very well. Goes down surprisingly easy at 8.3%. Overall, it's a very good beer. Highly recommended. Pick it up while you can.

prototypic, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of oberon
4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another big time winner from this NoCal brewer hot damn!.Poured into an impy pint glass a clear deep amber/bronze with billowing 2 1/2 finger slight off white head that stuck like glue to the glass leaving soap scum-like lace behind as it settled slowly.If you like BIG hops then you'll like the nose of this beer its like walking thru a pine forest huge pine needle and grapefruit rind aromas with just a hint of caramel and biscuit hmm Amarillos in there?Yes I am quite certain Amarillo's in there oh man,the flavors are piney and citrusy along with some geranium-like leafiness intertwined with underlying caramel and lightly sweet bread dough,to me though the hop punch steals the show hands down and I applaud Lagunitas on their 13th Anniversary beer this is a left coast gem.

oberon, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of AltBock
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber bottle with the best Lagunitas label I've seen yet. They put some effort into this label. It starts off with a little rectangle with the word "exayeayeaye" in it. I think I might know what they're trying to say there. Below that in medium sized red letters is "Lagunitas." After that is the main picture of a big gold horse shoe that has a beautiful tanned black haired woman in it. This woman looks very similar to the famous pin up girl from the 1950s, Bettie Page. She's giving a very sultry look while holding a pint glass full of a brown colored beer. I sure hope the beer itself isn't going to look like that. Toward the bottom and behind the horse shoe and the Bettie Page look a like is what appears to be a mountain range with a big red explosion behind it. At the bottom of the horse shoe is the number 13 in red, the word "Lucky" in front of the number, and "Anniversary Release" all in red cursive letters. To the left and right of the words "Anniversary Release" is where they state the O.G. of 1.085, 76.92 IBU, and it's Alcohol 8.3% ABV. On the outer black rims of the label is where they keep the Government warning and a nice hefty paragraph telling you about the beer. No date anywhere on the label or bottle. Upon further inspection, I found out that on the right side of the horse shoe is the name of the artist of John Wishman who drew this wonderful label. Just a great label!

Appearance: Served in a Brooklyn Brewery/Winking Lizard Imperial Pint glass. Lucky 13 looked nothing like the beer the Bettie Page look a like was holding on the label. In real life, the beer is actually a dark amber with cranberry red highlights. It had a quarter of an inch of this white meets tan colored head of foam that that quickly dissipated into some white/tan colored bubbles along the edge of the beer and a small trace of white/tan colored bubbly lace around the glass. Lagunitas came close to what they said this beer was, a Mondo Large Red Ale.

Smell: When I popped the cap, I could really smell the pine that was in this. When it settled into the glass it had a mild aroma of just a slice of fresh grapefruit, a recently picked pine tree pine cone, a few citrus hops, and some toasted malts and sweet caramel toward the bottom of the beer. The malts and caramel only came out when the glass was about half full. Other times it was just the grapefruit, pine cone, and the citrus hops. Basically, each aroma flavor took their turn on when to come out.

Taste: This beer isn't going to give you any BS! It started right off the bat with a strong grapefruit/pine hop bomb. They couldn't wait to detonate the hop bomb in your mouth. They wanted to do it right away for some reason. After the explosion, the taste then went into some toasted biscuit malts, a touch of caramel, a pine cone, a few citrus fruits, and then finished with a slight drop of alcohol. I sort of liked the hop bomb in the beginning instead of it being at the end of the taste. Like I said before, it didn't want to give you any BS by leading you into the hop bomb, it just blew up right there in the beginning.

Mouthfeel: I would have to say that it's more medium bodied than full bodied, low carbonation, and with a not too strong aftertaste of that grapefruit/pine hop bomb that was in the taste. The hops were on the stubborn side by not leaving your mouth on it's on accord. I think it masks it's 8.3% ABV. I couldn't taste or feel much of the alcohol. I'm sure if you drank 2 of these in a sitting, you would be having an unlucky day.

Drinkability: I've had a few Lagunitas brews before, but I believe this is my favorite one so far. I didn't have a problem drinking a whole bomber bottle by myself and neither will you. Would I drink another one in the future? I sure would! If the label doesn't entices you to buy a bottle, then maybe it's hop content will. Well done Lagunitas on the beer and for choosing to put that sweet ass label on it.

AltBock, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of blitz134
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the store tonight...

Nice, clear caramel color. Light tan/off-white head. Came on an inch thick and reduced to an ample layer that wants to finish the beer off with me. Lace clings to the glass in sheet-rings as I drink this one down.

Tons of hops in the nose. Reminds me a lot of Oskar Blues Gordon actually, less caramel though. Citrus and floral mostly here but has some pine sap down in there too. A little sweet bread roll, but its nowhere close to the dominant aroma.

I'll be picking up another bomber of this...maybe two, especially at 3 bucks. This is good stuff, but I dont consider it the strong ale it is listed as in the database. Lots of hops, but super balanced. I agree with Lagunitas' self administered "Mondo Large Red" as the style. Biscuity and crystal malts form the base of this. Then a plethora of hops, citrus rinds and pine resin in the finish. Simple, but super tasty. This combination of malt and hop is my prefered flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is medium or so. Not overly full by anymeans. Carbonation levels are just right to add some nice crispness.

Drinkability is superb. Full flavored, but not overbearing, carbonation makes this refreshing. And as I said I like the flavor profile in this one. 3 bucks a bottle...Schweet!

blitz134, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of Foxman
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazy reddish amber, almost copper. A finger of very light tan head dissembles promptly to a pointillistic surface film. The lacing is reminiscent of the Cyrillic alphabet.

In the aroma, malt is caramel, berry, and brown sugar sweet. The hops are strident, delivering a balance of pine and dry citrus. Creamy vanilla leads to a flex of alcohol.

Upon sipping, the malt is sweet, or tries valiantly to be, quickly caramel, briefly berry, and swiftly sugary, before the bittering onslaught of grapefruit and pine hops act the drying dynamo. A toffee malt presence revisits before a milder but fetching bitterness allows a bit more sweetness to linger. It's an energetic example of the style, extreme even maybe, and nicely enjoyable.

Medium bodied, there's a creamy presence that lays softly and slick, and it flows smoothly and deliberately.

Yes, I said extreme up there, and I don't think that's a dirty word. And especially when it's an anniversary brew, if it's well done, it's actually a plus. the balance is rather impressive, and despite a solid ABV it drinks smooth and swell, though one bomber is the likely limit. And so, to fall back on a cliche, I am lucky to have found Lucky 13.

Foxman, Apr 12, 2007
Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,064 ratings.