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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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2,073 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,073
Reviews: 832
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 119
Gots: 121 | 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 yourunclewalt
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Creamy / bubbly three-finger head with a load of carbonation on a crystal clear deep red body

S - Overwhelmingly fresh, grassy hops with a sweet bite.

M - Surprisingly thick, creamy for the body.

T - Very bitter, grassy, hoppy notes. Alcohol is subdued but present. Thick residue in the aftertaste.

D - A pretty tasty brew, but not difficult to stomach a full bomber at a sitting. You'll feel it after the first pint, gaurunteed.

yourunclewalt, May 14, 2007
Photo of mentor
3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a 2 finger light brown head over a mildly cloudy orange brownish liquid. Poured thick and smells hoppy. To the nose its american red. Some grapefruit pith, a bit of oranges, and some tangerine.

Tastes hoppy flavor more than bitter with a cream malt sweet underneath. Some alcohol sting tries to dry the finish, but the wet sweet wins out, albeit a bit tempered. Strong aftertaste rises of orange hops melded with light-fruit esters. Peaches are potent and ride on the alcohol and sweet giving a peach schnapps character. Sticky sweet to the point of cloying after half a glass. Tough to finish this one. Hop bitter is piercing without a grassy co-humulone component to balance.

Thick body and modest carbonation. Could use more carb to help lift the syrupy off the tongue.

mentor, May 14, 2007
Photo of Bighuge
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber. Thick swatch of rocky off-white froth. The lace is pretty decent. As is the head retention.

Aroma: Grassy hops. A little mint. Lemongrass Weed. And some sweet crystal malt drippings.

Taste: Grassy hops hit the palate first. Then I notice the caramel malt base laying down a decent backbone. Bitterness is fairly subtle and clean for the 76.923573 IBUs that this bitch packs. Pretty balanced in the flavor department, with the grassiness being the most domineering characteristic.

MF/Drinkability: Nice agreeable texture. Creamy and smooth. Lightly carbonated, but definitely noticeable. Medium to medium-full in body. A good drinker. Flavorful and enjoyable.

Bighuge, May 12, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. The color was a bright red-orange with a perfect white head that settled to a creamy coating on top of the beer. The smell was a little grassy hops. The taste was some caramel, more grassy hops, some citrus, and alcohol. The alcohol really tingled my mouth and was not at all hidden. That definitely takes away from the drinkability. If you like reds give this one a try. Not as good as Nugget Nectar but still pretty tasty.

ArrogantB, May 09, 2007
Photo of mghotbi
3.1/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A beautiful deep clear red with thin off white head and lots of lacing. Smell is strong of caramel and fig with fusel alcohols and floral undertones.

A rush of cloying sugary sweetness followed immediately by oily and prominent hop bitterness, citrus and pine - which really sticks around for a long time. Carbonation is mild and alcohol notes, which are prominent in the nose, are surprisingly well hidden. Mouthfeel is thick and borders on syrupy.

Can only drink about 10 ounces of this. Too over the top for sessioning.

I guess every American brewery has to make a "Strong Ale" ala "Arrogant Bastard". This is Lagunitas' entry. Balanced, in the way that putting two tons on each end of a seesaw is balanced. Fine if you are into it, but it's a bit like getting hit in the tastebuds with a hammer.

mghotbi, May 09, 2007
Photo of Blakaeris
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep coppery red with a thick, brilliant white head.Sheets of thick lacing linger forever.

Aroma has tons of caramel malt and robust tropical fruit character. Citrusy with plenty of mouth watering centennial hop.

Taste is juicy and fruity up front. Very malty and mildly sweet. Then the piney citrus hop kicks in with generous dry bitterness along with a pleasant spicy hop bite. However, the toasted caramel malt returns in the finish bringing fruity sweetness to linger on the pallet.

Mouthfeel is smooth and soft with little carbonation, slight hop oil residue adds to the experience.

Balanced and flavorful. A big beer with slightly more malt than hops. Dangerously drinkable, the high ABV is well masked. Pick this one up if you get the chance.

Blakaeris, May 08, 2007
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber . Leaves a one finger, tan head with good retention, and some good lacing. Body is a brownish-red tinted amber.

Smell - pine and citrus dominate, with some biscuity malt and candy sugar under the hops.

Taste - big taste of pine resin and citrus, with biscuity malt, caramel, and a hint of ripe, dark-skinned fruit. Hint of tea, with a fainter hint of black pepper on the finish. Alcohol is well hidden in both taste and smell.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, much hop oil slickness, and slightly semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is very good ale, only high abv limits sessionability.

ultralarry2006, May 08, 2007
Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark red. Not rusty or anything like that. Firetruck red, almost. The head is huge, soapy, sticky, and very retentive.

Smells of very large and resiny hops. Pine, pineapples, oranges. A wonderful, unique blend of hops that jumps between sweet and bitter and I can't put my finger on what's in it.

It smells like a hoppy red ale--no malt backbone, but the hops balance themselves. It tastes like an old ale or a strong ale, though, with big, giant syrupy malt tasting like pot resin, burnt sugar, and bread. This moves into the wonderful hop balance of the nose, and ends on a bittersweetly balanced malt.

Wow. How is this not acclaimed? More importantly, at 3.99 a bomber why is this still sitting on shelves?!?

mynie, May 07, 2007
Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured in a pint glass from a 22 oz bomber.

Beautiful auburn color with a thick head that settles down to thin one that remains throughout. Aroma of hops, caramel, and something I couldn't place. After reading previous reviews, I was able to place it as pine needles.

Tastes of caramel to match the aroma, this mellows into a more alcohol taste as the beer warms. Very well balanced and quite drinkable for a beer with 8 abv.

I'm going to pick up another to cellar.

ProudBeerSnob, May 06, 2007
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
Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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