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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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2,104 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,104
Reviews: 833
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 127
Gots: 134 | 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 RonfromJersey
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright red body, very good clarity, oodles of carbonation, topped by three fingers or more of sticky off-whie foam. Good lacing quickly evident.

Assertive nose has strong citrus (grapefruit/oranges) backed by a note of malty/candy sweetness, and hints of spicy yeast.

Thick slab of malt slaps the tongue, though not so deep or sweet as to overpower the tongue. While that sweetness works as a foundation, fruit flows above - oranges, grapefruit, apricots. Big grain bill here too.Decent size hop bite at the swallow. Mellows out at the end into a balanced fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a solid, smooth medium. Flows strongly.

Good drinkability for a good size beer. Well integrated.

Thirteen is indeed lucky here. Happy anniversary to Lagunitas. Anyone feel free to join in the toast.

Photo of Nipitato
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA.

A: Beer pours a clear auburn hue with a thick and tight nearly white head that slowly dissipates. The beer has legs. Sticky lacing.

S: Nice full cutting grapefruit hop aroma. A little earthy and fruity at the end. Sweet malt aroma lingers far in the background.

T: Hard and biting hop flavor. Big time grapefruit with some pine. Malt flavor underscores but is a complete second player here. That being said the malt does a good job balancing out the flavor. Long and lingering hoppy and slightly bitter aftertaste.

MF: Medium mouthfeel. Hop derived, syrupy and sticky mouthfeel. Fairly low carbonation. Surprisingly little alcohol warmth.

D: Good and strong. I'm not sure about the style classification on the site. Drinkability is ok. One bomber did it for me but I would drink it again in the future.

Photo of villainchiwwin
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz.er - deep red-brown; delicate light beige head displayed impressive retention, leaving lacing.

fruity aromas abound - strawberry, melon, grapefruit - nicely perfumey with grain bringing brown sugar

extremely complex malt - sweet bready caramel and molasses, earthy and nutty, some fruit (pear and apple) suddenly flashes before gradually developing toward a sharper hop swell with a nice bitter kick to balance it out.

smooth, creamy mouthfeel with a chewiness tho medium-bodied -- sheet-like wave of thick brew finishing dry but with a pleasant lingering bitter echo with warmth and faint sweetness. subdued carbonation is perfect.

an epic red ale - reminiscent of a barley-wine and carries a wallop.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a dark copper hue with a nice khaki colored head. Lacing is very sticky here and there. Smell is of light floral hops with a lemony bite, a bit weaker than I had anticipated. A little bit of caramel malt undertone in the nose as well. Taste is a very crisp citrus hop. I can't really taste much more than hops, but they are pretty mild. Not much complexity. Mouthfeel is light/medium body with a subtle carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good for the abv. I'm not sure this is a strong ale, maybe a red/amber ale? This is a tough one to categorize. It's ok, but don't go out of your way to try this one.

Photo of rkuhnel
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This for me was the "best of show" at the March 9, 2007 Beer and Bread Beerfest in Arcata, CA.. Poured a simply beautiful dark amber tending toward copper that raised a remarkably attractive off-white head that left clean rings of lacing as it slowily diminished. Af first sniff you are simply blasted by the pine hops. Smells almost like an IPA. A couple swirls of the glass then released some wiffs of lemon. Mouthfeel is like liquid gold, with a wonderful zip to it without any bite. Flavors are more malts and caramel as it shows up as a strong ale instead of an IPA The alcohol is nicely hidden. You can probably tell I liked this one a lot, and for me is the best thing Lagunitas has ever produced. We simply have to get some on the shelves up here in Eureka so others can relish this fantastic brew.

Photo of sstackho
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a clear medium gold, with little carbonation and lacing. Aroma is strong and hoppy. Taste is the same. Very nice and full. This is classified as a "Mondo Red Ale" on the label, but it certainly has lots inside to keep the hopheads happy. This is more like an IPA than I was expecting - not that there's anything wrong with that!

Photo of yourunclewalt
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of mentor
3/5  rDev -27%
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.

Photo of Bighuge
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of mghotbi
3.1/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Photo of Blakaeris
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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?!?

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.9/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of bjohnson
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of trep
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of czechsaaz
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of jwc215
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

Photo of BlindPig
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of Franchise
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,104 ratings.