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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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2,027 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,027
Reviews: 831
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 105
Gots: 104 | FT: 2
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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joe1510

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bottle
$3.99
Sam's Downers Grove

Lagunita's Lucky 13 poured a delicious looking crystal clear copper. A 1 finger creamy slightly off white head formed on the pour that stuck around. Left moderate patchy lacing.

This is one hoppy red ale. Big sweetened grapefruit nose along with minimal pine needle. A nice caramel sweetness keeps the hops somewhat in line. Some alcohol fumes rise through the fruitiness.

There is a toasted bread maltiness that sets the canvas. The hops show up mid palate with a unsweetened grapefruit bitterness that leads into a sweetened grapefruit sweetness. Finishes with mild alcohol fumes and slight pine resin. Very nice.

Medium bodied with sluggish carbonation. The beer coats the throat with a prickly tongue numbing bitterness.

Easy drinker. This 22 is going to go down easy. I wish I would have picked up a few more of these.

An excellent big, strong, potent, hoppy red ale. I love hoppy reds and this, so far, is the best I've come across. Really an enjoyable and tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 00:36:07 | More by joe1510
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Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy reddish orange color with a 1" fluffy head that lingers around a while. Decent lacing paints the glass.

Smell: floral and pine hop bitterness, citrus, and ripe fruits are easily detectable.

Taste: nice grainy malt backbone but there is a sharp hop bitterness here. Pine, citrus, plums, caramel, and hints of alcohol are the major flavor components. Good but not great.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smooth and a bit dry at the finish. Heavy bitterness dominates the aftertaste. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: nice and bold but this is more of a hearty brew not intended for multi-glass consumption. Pick up a bottle of this if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 17:43:31 | More by Gavage
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ccrida

Oregon

4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tumbler - the session glass from Michael Jackson's set...figured I'd give it a try. Not bad, though I prefer a Nonick or Imperial pint.

Anyways, the Lucky 13 is a dark copper/amber color with an olive and orange tinged off-white, thick and creamy 2 finger head. It fades to a thick collar and surface skim, leaving moderate, sticky lace.

The aroma on this brew is just fantastic - I can't get enough! Very left coast, lots of bright citrus and pine hop aroma and a wonderfully sweet, malty back drop. As it warms, the pungency of the malts amplifies and is equally enjoyable and well balanced. I've probably spent more time smelling this beer then drinking it, man is it nice.

The taste is even more balanced and just as fantastic. This is a really great beer from a great brewery, and a worthy commemoration of their anniversary. Initially it's very hoppy, but much more flavoring then bittering, and opposite the aroma, more piney then citrus. The bitterness is there not too much, which I really appreciate. The hops give way to a very pleasant sweetness, as much crystal malt as brown sugar, with a bit of fresh bread. As strong as all the flavors are, it finishes very cleanly, and overall is well balanced and quite refreshing. Wow, I'm really impressed. I've only had 3-4 other Lagunitas brews, and have enjoyed them all, but this Mondo Red really raises the bar.

The mouthfeel is nice, medium bodied, crisp but still having a creamy carbonation to it.

The drinkability on this one is as good as it gets for a strong, hoppy ale. I've had two bombers and wish I had another one on deck (I'm getting a case of this ASAP), and my enthusiasm grows with every sip. For being so robust, it finishes very cleanly and avoids beating up the palate.

Overall, Lagunitas has a real winner here, it's a shame it's only a one-off. I'm gonna have to stock up while I can, before you read this review and buy them all!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 23:57:24 | More by ccrida
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with some orange highlights. The head quickly disappears, but it leaves some great lacing. The smell is tangy malt, piney hops, and orange or maybe even tangerine citrus. The taste starts malty and with a chewy mouthfeel with more orange and tangerine citrus. This is followed by some delicious bubblegum flavors and a long finish of piney and citrusy hops. Really flavorful and with a big, creamy mouthfeel. I could drink several of these, but probably shouldn't. A worthy anniversary brew from this underrated brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2007 03:17:08 | More by Georgiabeer
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bradybeer

California

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange copper brown with a nice thick head. Citrus and pine hops aroma with a touch of malt sweetness. Thick malt flavor and for me I detect a little smokeness. Mouthfeel is lucious and thick-drinkability is high-bt beware as this baby packs a punch. I can't wait for #14

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 01:21:13 | More by bradybeer
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scottoale

California

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber pours a beautiful darkish amber-red with a finger of creamy, thick ivory colored head. As the head slowly fades, some thick, sticky lace clings to the glass.

First aroma is of piney hops with some citrus and a doughy sweet malt in the end. Smell's nice and hoppy.

Sweet and malty with a healthy dose of pine sap and lots of citrus following through. A bit of rye to dry the finish, with some pine that lingers for just a bit longer.

The body is BIG, the carbonation near perfect and the alcohol is burried deep in the flavor of this tasty brew... a finely crafted brew indeed. If you can find it, buy it and enjoy it... I know I will. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 19:15:50 | More by scottoale
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stephendr

California

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle- color of reddish brown , with a thick off white head - nose of spruce , malty , caramel , butterscotch , and floral – taste of spruce , malty , caramel , brown sugar , resin , tar , and hard floral hops - body is bitter , fresh , and with soft carbonation – aftertaste of hops , tar , resin , and brown sugar

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 06:05:17 | More by stephendr
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bottle, served in a snifter.

Clean, pale auburn in color. Densely creamy, off-white head that is slow to budge. Spotted lacing with decent strength.

Bright, intense pine and spruce; very aromatic hop resin. Fresh bubblegum, grapefruit, peach, and apricot. Mild acidity with a sharp whaff of alcohol. Hints of semi-sweet caramel.

Pine and spruce uprfront: abrasive and rough. Notes of citrus: lemon, pear; and tropical fruit: melon, pineapple. Phenolic notes amidst vinous fruit and a hefty dose of warming, intense alcohol. A touch of cream makes for a smooth finish followed by a bittered aftertaste and a somewhat unbalanced blend of grapefruit and vinous fruit.

Medium in body; light and smooth for an ale so intense in hops and alcohol volume. As it sits though, the texture becomes almost waxy.

A bold ale that is quite rounded and smooth. Sometimes Lagunitas overshoots on their offerings in regards to alcohol, hops, etc., but this one is balanced yet still flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 23:56:28 | More by NEhophead
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Red ales seem to be quite a catching phenomenon these days, beer like Rogue Santa's Private Reserve, Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster, and Lagunitas' own Imperial Red, I seem to be coming across more and more of these darker IPAs (would that make these IDAs?) lately. Another one of these beers that I spotted today was the 13th Anniversary Release from Lagunitas. The bomber was adorned with an appropriate Western style label, and it took me a minute to catch the ExAyeAyeAye pun. The beer poured out a deep shade of bronze. The body was clear, and the head was typical IPA generous. The aroma was quite hoppy with pine resin being the predominant impression. The taste was bitter and resinous with a drying hop presence. Not much of Red Ale like caramel flavor to be found here, or if there was any it was well covered over with hops. Quite a different beer than what it looked like after pouring, but a good one anyway. Hopheads everywhere should seek this out immediately.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 03:52:07 | More by rajendra82
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kgotcher

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle pours a very deep and fairly carbonated amber color.

Active carbonation with a nice looking head and lacings.

Aroma rocks! Huge amounts of piney hops and some sweet caramel malt. Great full body mouthfeel, slightly dry and nicely carbonated. Somewhat astrigent in the aftertaste which along with the bitter hoppyness leaves you feeling a bit dry.

Taste is very good, amazing citrus and piney hop flavor with a sweet malt base.

Overall a VERY good beer, Great flavor and big hops but the aroma puts this beer on top of many others.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 05:39:40 | More by kgotcher
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DogFood11

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured the 22oz brown bottle into a tulip. Light copper in color. Loose white head falls to a thin cover.

Intitial thought was it has similarities to its own Sirius cream ale. Think of the base of that beer and kick it up with some serious hops. I'm a huge Lagunitas "mark" and this just keeps my praise coming. It starts out somewhat thin but snaps in come hell or highwater into a citrusy splash of goodness. Cream soda backdrop gets smacked down. Ends mostly dry and with plenty of tannins knawing at the gums. As it warms the only difference to me is that it gets a bit of an Orange jolly rancher type candied presence. Aftertaste is clinging citrus pulp and slightly peppered.

Notes: A tasty treat. This is the type of brew that would make for yearly case type purchases. Pick up a few with confidence.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 03:49:42 | More by DogFood11
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IntriqKen

California

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definitely a big red. BIG red.
Poured a golden dark amber...almost mahogany...with a decent finger and a half of white that melted to a top covering sticky lace.
Aroma was citrus hops...a little piney...and big amber sweet malts.
Taste doesn't disappoint. First sweet dark amber malt...caramel and brown sugar, then overpowering grapefruit peel and orange peel hops with again...a hint of pine oils.
Very, VERY dry finish in the mouth leaving only a lingering touch of the hops and none of the sweet malts so no cloying aftertaste as is generally found in a big red.
Without a doubt, this is the driest Big Red I have ever had and I've no idea how they do that, but it makes you want more...and more.
This one is very quaff-able and dangerously so.
Thanks...I WILL have another.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 04:13:55 | More by IntriqKen
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Westsidethreat

California

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany with a clean and refined look to it. Only a dozen or so bubbles float to the surface. The head is full and creamy, tight bubbles the color of sand.

S: Pomegranate and skunky weed. Straight up

T: Begins with red apple, under ripe plums and watermelon playing well together. Moves towards minor caramel with a good doughy backbone and spicy hops. Lot of pink grapefruit, blood orange with with some cranberry tie all the flavors together. I think I can taste some rye in here too…I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case. Finishes with a good amount of abstract bitterness around the back sides with shades of vanilla and sappiness.

M: Medium mouthfeel, somewhat hard with moments of fluffiness.

D: Lagunitas is stepping up their game. A lot of their beers sort of taste the same but this one stands out. I like this. Interesting that both of my favorite beers by Lagunitas are red ales.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 21:40:25 | More by Westsidethreat
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Talisker

California

3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Starts off great, but doesn't quite live up to the promise.

An aggressive pour creates a dense, fluffy light tan head on top of a beautifully crystal clear deep red beer. Lacing lingers forever.

Aroma is caramely, hoppy, piney, bitter, with a crisp edge. Nicely integrated and wonderfully inviting. But the taste is a bit of a letdown from the nose - *very* bitter at the start, leavened by a quick sweetness that finishes all too quickly. The American hops promised on the nose are nowhere to be found. The thin mouthfeel and lack of presence are unexpected in such an otherwise rich beer.

Such a wonderful aroma, but doesn't quite integrate with the taste. And at 8.3% this isn't one you want to keep chasing to find the taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 01:12:54 | More by Talisker
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Wildman

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My compromise for St. Patrick's Day. This beer poured a clear red amber color and fromed a nice foamy white head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided. A small amount of carbonation was present. An aroma of malt, hops, citrus, pine and caramel. The flavor was of malt, hops, caramel with a hint of pine. It had a medium light body and a bittersweet finish. A nice pumped up red ale that doesn't go over the top and loose it's red ale heritage.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 01:04:44 | More by Wildman
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cbl2

New York

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

3/17/2007 $3.49 22 oz. 8.30% No best by date.

Unique roman numerals: EXAYEAYEAYE (XIII for thirteen).

Appearance:

Pours a crystal clear medium brown with an inch of off-white head that is slow to settle.

Aroma:

The bottle states 76.92 IBU's, and they are definitely apparent in the nose, with vibrant bursts of fresh sweet grapefruit , along with what might be pomegranite juice.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Mouthfeel is a little weak, but flavors more than make up for it. This begins brutally bitter, but the bitterness is quickly replaced loads of fresh fruit (grapefruit and pomegranite which were present in the nose, as well as some apple/pear). Sweetness fades into bitterness once more for the finish, which lingers with lots of citrus hoppiness. An excellent brew, which I would love them to add to their regular line-up. Alcohol is nicely masked, though you do feel a warming sensation about a quarter of the way through the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 21:57:52 | More by cbl2
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geographie

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong psst when cracked open, but the head is difficult to form. White, airy head floats atop a clear, dark amber body. Clean and neat looking. Peppercorn & slightly smoky nose, with a very floral hop presence.

Taste is very pleasant. Nice caramel overtones, wooed by a big hop finish. One of the most pleasantly hoppy beers i've tried. Its bitter, but not aggressively so. Small bubbles and a touch syrupy give an awesome vessel for taste. At 8.3%, i barely notice its any above 6 percent.

Overall, a pretty solid beer. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 20:19:57 | More by geographie
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WetCoaster

California

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hmmm, looks a bit like Bigfoot, actually. Deep amber with a garnet undertone. Clear with lazy carbonation and a caramel head. Head's a bit lackluster and retention is a so-so, but overall it's a good-looking beer.

Smell: Whoa, the spruce is on the loose. The pine-iest pine that ever pined. Oh, and grapefruit, how about that. Beneath that is a tangy, fruity maltiness that tries -- and fails -- to balance this citrus/evergreen bomb. If you like hops, you'll like this.

Taste: Pine, obviously, grapefruit rind, lemon, cherry, and caramel bordering on chocolate bubbling up from the malt. Bitters up nicely at the finish. It's a flavorful beer to be sure, but I've been here before with Lagunitas.

Mouthfeel: I like this a lot; thick, smooth, but there's enough carbonation to keep it from getting syrupy on you -- quite rich.

Drinkability: I'm a bit conflicted with this one. It's quite tasty and at around 8 percent, not totally out-of-control alcohol-wise. But at the same time, it's a pretty middle-of-the-road beer from these guys, especially for an anniversary beer. I can't complain about it, but I can't get too excited about it, either. Lagunitas may be in a bit of a rut, methinks -- I'd like to see something a bit more out there from them next year.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2007 03:59:10 | More by WetCoaster
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uberabr

California

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Standard brown 22oz Lagunitas bottle with some nice art on the label. Poured into a tulip. Mild one and a half finger off-white head settles to a creamy froth and leaves chunky rings of lace. Color is a deep, rusty mahogany red.

Smell is of fruity hops and candies: Abba-Zaba, peanut brittle, and caramel. A definite grapefruit hop with hints of fresh pine, bananas and berries, along with some spices, pepper, and lemon rind. Taste is well balanced between bitter pine and rich buttery cornbread malts. Subtle fruit juices add to the complexity, rounding out into lemon peel, honey, and pomegranate. A moderate booze twang is made somewhat cloying by the bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full and bubbly but a tad oily.

Very well rounded all in all. This beer would offset Arrogant Bastard well, highly similar but probably less arrogant and definitely more complex. If it was bottle conditioned this could definitely be a good candidate for aging. Too bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 23:38:31 | More by uberabr
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big red hoppy ales have come on strong lately, and I wonder why that is? Is it a backlash against the Imperial pils? Is it a much needed, more malty repose to the ever growing number of big APA's out there? Or is it a kind of get to the heart of it and back to the roots kind of thing? I dunno, but I can say without doubt that Lagunitas has really hit the nail on the head with this one. The citrusy hops, yeasty fruitiness, and sweetish caramelish malts combine so perfectly that you'd hardly ever realize it was anything other than an average "red" ale. The alcohol never really stands out (although you will feel it halfway through a bomber), and it has great drinkability. They've kept the hops in-check - although it would have been very easy fro them to take them to a resinous, raspy level; and the bitterness is fine-tuned to give great balance, and nothing else. The caramelish malt is clear, but not overdone in depth or sweetness; and the hops are blended so as not to be all splashy and zesty citrusy fruit. In a way it's a bold move for Lagunitas (who are kind of known for having a bit of an aggressive edge) to have NOT gone all out with an anniversary beer - but they've done it. AND, on the label they reference a couple of guys who've done the same thing... made a beer that stands out, but embraces - and I think they're on the right track. Well-rounded, superbly balanced, remarkably drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 02:17:50 | More by NeroFiddled
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Reidrover

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. A furious pour leaves a rather attractive ale, clear dark copper with a lovelly eggshell/creme head thats large and creamy. very spicy hop aromas, with a good hint of fruitiness mmm tasty beer, its fully hopped ,yet very good malting mellows the raging hop a bit and leaves a nice fruity ,sweet beer, bitter finish. Very nice and smooth mouthfeel, makes avery drinkable ale for its strength. I liked this beer a lot.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 02:31:35 | More by Reidrover
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KingG

California

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled and poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance is very good. Bright, clear, copper colored beer with a nice fluffy head that simmers down revealing sticky, web-like lace on the sides of the glass. Fantastic lacing. Streams of carbonation bubbles rise to the head. Quite nice.

Smell is good. Caramel malt jumps out with a nice hop bouquet to round things out. Reminiscent of Stone's Arrogant Bastard.

Taste is good. Toffee and caramel malts and a piny, oily, bitter, clean finish. Fantastic balance in this beer.

Mouthfeel is good. Good level of carbonation and a slick velvet texture.

Drinkability is very good. This is where this beer excels. The clean finish makes this beer a very easy drinker that i could have all day.

Overall: Lagunitas did it again. Simply a tasty brew with terrific drinkability. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 06:27:31 | More by KingG
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GClarkage

California

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

03/09/07- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info, but is notated as it's 13th anniversary release. Poured into my Lagunitas pint glass.

Appearance- Very clear amber colored pour. 1/2 inch head which settles to an 1/8 inch creamy rim. Various patchwork lacing left behind.

Smell- Deep caramel malts hit first followed by a good amount of grapefruit hop goodness. Doesn't jump out though. You have to go and get it.

Taste- This is one well rounded brew. The first thing that hits is a nice sugary sweet caramel flavor. Then some very intense grapefruit hops come into play. Really only those two things as far as my buds can determine. They work so well together though. The caramel malt really comes out to it's fullest if you let it approach room temp.

Mouthfeel- Truly a creamy brew. Perfect carbonation for a style like this. Bitterness hangs around for a decent amount of time in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- This is right up there if not better than their Imperial Red and Bear Republic Red Rocket. Fine example of style. Delicious and easy to drink. Wonder how this would age for a year. Might want to taid the piggy back for a case of this stuff...which wouldn't be much as they are less than $3.50 per. A bargain if I ever saw one.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 04:57:44 | More by GClarkage
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1whiskey

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass. Beautiful copper-red color with a billowing head (pour this one gently), which left lots of sticky lacing on the sides.

Smell is all pine and sweet fruit (pineapple, mango). This is going to be one hoppy beer, by the smell of things.

Melon rind and grapefruit make a harsh first impression, but the malts quickly rush in and sweeten things up. The is definately of of those "toasty" beers, rare for such a hopped-up brew. Burnt sugar and piney resins leave you anticipating the next sip, each of which has less harshness than the previous one. About halfway through, you realized that what started out as a hop bomb has morphed into a malt bomb. Just when you think you've got this beer pegged, some more citrus rind comes in to pucker you up.

Thick, oily mouthfeel with a heavy body. Only moderate carbonation is noticed, but it seems appropriate for this beer. Although this is definately a "big" beer, I found myself wanting to quaff this instead of sipping it. Very drinkable.

Once again, Lagunitas has created a beer that's as complex, interesting and difficult to peg down as it is tasty. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 07:09:45 | More by 1whiskey
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BeerManDan

California

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color was amber with a red hue when poured. There was a little white foam that disapated quickly. But, there was a fair amount of lace on the side of the glass from start to finish. The smell of piney hops filled the nose. To me, the taste was of a creamy piney flavor, with a nice balance of tart/bitter finish. This is a pleasant ale that was not overpowering!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 03:56:48 | More by BeerManDan
Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,027 ratings.