Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
04-26-2007 23:22:47 | More by WesWes
4.08/5 rDev -1%
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.
04-26-2007 21:05:50 | More by RedChrome
4.6/5 rDev +11.7%
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!
04-26-2007 02:43:31 | More by tavernjef
4.8/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
04-22-2007 23:46:38 | More by Cyberkedi
4.35/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
04-16-2007 17:02:42 | More by auntfloyd
4.15/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
04-16-2007 01:32:55 | More by prototypic
4.78/5 rDev +16%
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.
04-14-2007 20:54:00 | More by oberon
3.95/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
04-14-2007 19:09:48 | More by AltBock
4.33/5 rDev +5.1%
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!
04-13-2007 01:52:43 | More by blitz134
4.05/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
04-12-2007 18:33:35 | More by Foxman
4.43/5 rDev +7.5%
Bomber pours a garnet/orange with 2 fingers of sand colored head.
Superior lacing & head retention
S: Piney hops & a touch of toasted malts.
T: Breadyness/biscuitty malt followed by a bigass piney herbal smackdown! Toffee & toasted malt as this warms along with resiny hops goodness. Finsihes piney, grapefruitty, with a little boozey warmth & caramel & toasty toffee. Almost gave this a 5 for score, just blend quite perfectly to me
MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, skews hoppy balance-wise
Drinks very easy despite the bigness. This is a winner from a brewery that produces quite a few IMO
04-11-2007 03:42:15 | More by russpowell
3.9/5 rDev -5.3%
Executive Summary: One of the better Lagunitas ales I've tried. A solid product. Definitely feels like a red ale, but they've dialed it up (of course, not as much as Legacy did with Hedonism, but they're off on their own planet with that one!).
Appearance: Reddish-copper pour with a thin khaki head that lingers nicely. Decent lacing.
Smell: Piney and citrusy hops. Subtle malt presence, but the hops are the dominant aroma producers here. Butterscotch/caramel develops as it warms.
Taste: Mildly sweet to start, with a nice hop presence. The hops are balanced well against the malt flavors that arrive first. Good, lingering (but not ovepowering) bitterness on the back end - it clings to the top of your throat. The butterscotch arrives on the palate as well as this thing warms up.
Mouthfeel: A little chewier than I expected, but it's a pleasant surprise. Moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky as well.
Drinkability: It's tasty, that's for sure. I'm not getting a deep complexity, though, so it's probably one and done.
04-09-2007 03:30:42 | More by kpantz
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper red with a fluffy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet candy and piney hops.
The flavor is sweet sugary caramel and some melon leading to a good sized resiny piney hop finish that leaves a slightly sticky lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden. It becomes a little too much on the sweet side as it warms. The flavors don't pop out at you but are very pleasing. The mouthfeel is pretty full and creamy.
Overall, a very fine brew! It's well made and well balanced. A nice big brew that's not over the top and is very drinkable.
04-08-2007 03:52:17 | More by Beaver13
4.2/5 rDev +1.9%
A- Pours a clear amber color with a creamy off--white head that is mostly sustaining, good lacing throughout
S- Nose is of citrus and pine hops, subtle sweetness and roasted/bread malts, well balanced with slight hint of alcohol
T- Taste divided between roasty malts and citrus (grapefruit mostly) hops, caramel and pine are detectable as is lingering alcohol presence
M- Medium body with adequate carbonation, oily texture, and short finish that is mostly bitter
D- Very nice and well balanced hoppy Red that is noticeably easier to drink than other performers in the "Strong Ale" category. Sweet citrus tones and short finish make this a refreshing ale that can be enjoyed repeatedly through the night.
04-07-2007 03:42:52 | More by Stoneman78
4/5 rDev -2.9%
I'd like to see more of these hoppy west-coast Reds and Ambers. Good hops deserve good malt. This beer had a fruity bubble-gummy hoppiness that I really like in the new hop varietals, and a balanced caramel malt backbone - it kinda reminded me of Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye. The finish is mostly hops and brainiac chemicals with touches of biscuit and caramel.
04-07-2007 00:30:48 | More by dedrinker
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
I was recommended this beer because of its hoppy aromas and flavors and I must say that it did not disappoint. This is a must for all hopheads...even though its obviously not he hoppiest beer, but the hop characters are very apparent and enjoyable. Big recommendations on this one and I can't wait to try more brews from Lagunitas.
04-06-2007 22:51:49 | More by Douglas14
4.72/5 rDev +14.6%
Poured into a nice snifter from a 22oz bottle. Has a word above the name that says EXAYEAYEAYE Two brains and 10 minutes later my buddy and I figured it out.... XIII. DUH!!
Appearance- Pours a nice copper reddish with slight orangish hues. Allows very little light through the middle of the glass but breaks nicely around the bottom. Pours a nice fluffy head that leaves quickly and leaves minimal lacing.
Smell- Awesome subtle sweetness to this that really smells great. Almost like cotton candy. Very light roasted malts add this and are balanced perfectly by a nice piney hoppyness. Can detect a very subtle alcohol undertone.
Taste- Nice sweet lightly roasted maltyness that reminds me of bubblegum. A very sharp bitterness follows with a grapefruity taste that slowly gives way to the sweetness. A very sharp alcohol kick warms the tongue and throat. The alcohol tones are always present, but lost in the deliciousness of this beer.
Mouthfeel- Light prickly carbonation. Nice slick oily feel at first that gives way to a medium body. You can always feel the alcohol on the tongue.
Drinkability- Very nice. This is a very very tasty brew that is a great version of my favorite style. The 8.3% ABV is present and noticeable on both the tongue and head. This is an excellent beer that I could easily over-indulge on.
04-06-2007 22:20:24 | More by younger35
4/5 rDev -2.9%
Pours a clear ruby amber color with a small whispy off white head that is gone in the blink of an eye. Spotty lacing present.
The smell is a fairly aggressive sweet citrus grapefruit. I like the nose, although I can't say how true to style it is...and that's not a knock.
The mouth feel is medium bodied and singular. Surprisingly little hop tang compared to what it smells like. I sense that it might be a little under carbonated. It has an almost dry finish. - - I'm going back and bumping up the mouth feel to give this one 'complexity points'.- -
While I am enjoying this one, the flavor is not remarkable - - going back on the taste after it has warmed up considerably - -; creamy and balanced between malt and hops until the swallow. More of a hoppy flavor after it warms up (a lot). A lingering bitterness at the end. I'm glad that i had the opportunity to try it.
04-06-2007 21:01:48 | More by jjayjaye
4.08/5 rDev -1%
This is lovely. This is fine. This is smoother than Barleywine.
This tastes awesome! This tastes great! Smells like spicy watergate.
Tastes so good and tastes so smooth.
It tastes like something oh so good.
It makes me feel so goddamned high.
I'll drink this beer every anytime!
This is Red. It's Tasty. It's Great. Get it!
04-06-2007 10:08:31 | More by idResponse
4.08/5 rDev -1%
Out of a fine 22oz bottle.
Clear and shiny deep red. Head shrinks down fast, leaves crater-like top layer. Lighyt pushes on through. Good icicle-lace.
Wow. Excellent smell for a red. Perfect hop/malt balance. Both bitters duke it out, punch for punch. Bitter German malt, bitter woody hops.
Excellent hoppy taste with a nice sharp malt undercurrent. The hops are the best, strong balance you could possibly find for this malt. They go together so well. Really delicious.
Kind of dry. Leaves a coating on the tongue. Very good, very bitter red brew. A hoppy red, what a great trend. Delish.
04-05-2007 22:47:06 | More by williamherbert
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
Pours a dark red color, huge perfect looking head, and just a bit of cloudiness. This is an excellent looking beer.
Aromas are of pine, hops, and a hint of malty sweetness.
There is a puckering sour and crisp taste upon the first sip, and nice underlying malty sweetness. The beer also has a nice underlying bitter hop quality, it has some pine, grapefruit, and a bit of resin flavors. Finish is sharp, and a bit biting from the alcohol.
Mouthfeel is above average, but lacks a bit when compared to others in the same style, just a bit thinner than the others.
Drinkability? Yes! This is another excellent offering from a hugely underrated brewery. And at $2.99 for a bomber?! Come on! Go out and grab a couple of bottles, and then drink them fresh! I think some other breweries would charge twice as much for a beer of equal or lesser quality.
04-05-2007 04:19:45 | More by flexabull
3.53/5 rDev -14.3%
Lagunitas- Lucky 13
Appearance- Bright red with a big foamy white head. Heavy lacing down the glass.
Smell- Huge pine hops with a strong malt backbone.
Taste- Strong caramel malt with an even stronger oily pine hop flavor. Alcohol is always present.
Mouthfeel- Strong alcohol dominates, oily bitter pine hop comes on strong in the end.
Overall- A big flavored beer that the huge alcohol flavor almost ruins. Nice, never the less.
04-03-2007 20:36:33 | More by NJpadreFan
4.3/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
04-03-2007 00:36:07 | More by joe1510
4/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
04-01-2007 17:43:31 | More by Gavage
4.85/5 rDev +17.7%
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!
03-31-2007 23:57:24 | More by ccrida
Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,049 ratings.