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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red AleLagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,948 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1948
Reviews: 829
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%


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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Hopswagger

South Carolina

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

P: Crystal clear ruby copper body with a dense off white creamy head. A few bubbles cascading toward the massive cloud of froth that stays for a considerable amount of time. Chunky lacing left behind.

S: Toasted malt base, faint caramel, orange peel, dank resinous pine, twiggy, and peppery spice. Slight phenol once warmed.

T/M: Rich toasted caramel and busquity malt, orange oil and the same dank resiny pine. A little wood on the backend with earthy dryness. Spicy orange rind alcohol comes in toward the end once the beer warms. Great slightly carbonated body that rolls across the tongue nicely.

O: This beer is a dangerous one. The ABV doesn't really show and it's nice and smooth. Creamy with citrus and resin combined in a flattering spice profile to marry with the rich toasted caramel malts. Affordable and delicious, a true winner.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 00:11:41 | More by Hopswagger
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnished bronze-to-brick red color with microfoam header. Laces with ease. Looks big and sticky.

A harmonious nose with sweet malts, rye-like pepperiness, treacle, sweet floral and citrus hop with dankness, creaminess, perfume, and a bite of pomme and alcohol. Delightful.

Creamy malts squelch out most of the kilned notes. Apple-like hops are rich with sweetness and floral tones. Not really dank, after all, but mildly bitter behind sweet nutty malt grains. Notes of caramel and treacle syrup that never become too pronounced. Tastes fresh with a zippy pep of implied spice. Totals out with some fumage from the almost 9% ABV. Dangerously drinkable in its smoothness. Warms the belly, which can't quite catch up to the tongue's warning. Body has some stickiness, but retains a creamy nature that is a big positive for the feel. Carbonation is mostly soft, with some collective sizzle under the lips. Nice beer. Not stereotypically Lagunitas, in a good way.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2013 02:51:03 | More by thecheapies
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a CCB pint glass.

A: Reddish brown, fairly clear, with low visible carbonation but a big light tan head.

S: Caramel and toasted sweet malts, pine hops, sticky toffee, and grapefruit rind.

T: Follows the nose well – sweet malts, toffee, grapefruit and resinous pine hops, caramel, and maybe some cardboard/oxidation (unfortunately, there's no date on the bottle). Light sweetness with a restrained hop bitterness in the hang.

M: Fairly heavy body for style, moderate alcohol, carbonation sensation on the low side.

O: Not bad, but nothing I'd be in a big hurry to repeat. The Lucky 13.alt is superior, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 22:05:45 | More by macrosmatic
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ASANCHEZ982

California

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

I am a noob! So please forgive me in advance.

I love beer! I love all sorts of beer! Lately I like most people have been on the craft beer movement. Over the years I have drank beers from all over and never knew that there was such a following for craft beer and craft breweries. Anyways!

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale

22 oz bottle

poured into a pint glass. MY mistake, I let the beer sit in the fridge for too long. I didn't taste much. But the noob that I am. I looked up a video on how to drink craft beer. So the longer I let the beer sit the more flavors I was exposed to. I failed to pour more aggressive towards the middle to top of my glass. But once I let it sit for a few and shook it up. I was hit with full flavor. The color was a clear red, no head but awesome the whole way through. Being the noob I am I'm going to give this a great rating.

feel free to jab! jab! jab! but some suggestions would be greatly appreciated

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 05:36:10 | More by ASANCHEZ982
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TheSSG

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dense, soapy, off-white head that has excellent persistence and laces all up the side of the glass as a puffball of deflated head floats in the middle. MASSIVE, bright, citrus hop aroma which also has a spicy, somewhat syrupy sweet, spicy smell to it. This smells wonderful and reminds me of autumn. A reddish amber. Starts with a bright hoppiness, sweetness, and booziness. There's a spicy aspect to this (a la Oktoberfest) with some almost berry notes. The finish is piney hops atop sweet malt and more of that spiciness in the background.

This is absolutely fantastic. The hoppiness is well balanced off sweet malt which is well balanced off noticeable booziness, with spicy hops behind it all. Just a great drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 01:57:06 | More by TheSSG
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Nerudamann

Oregon

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - clear, with about a finger's worth of light khaki-colored foam and a light amber color.

Smell - rich and malty, with a slight hint of hops afterward.

Taste - almost exactly like the smell, only the taste has a sweeter edge to it that hits you in the middle of the taste. The hops bring in the back end of the taste with some slight bitterness, but nothing crazy. Slight bitter aftertaste that melds away without lingering too long.

Mouthfeel - pretty good, medium body, but with some creaminess to it. Fairly hearty-tasting.

Overall - yummy brew and interesting to consider and ponder over.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 01:25:07 | More by Nerudamann
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DJScroggins

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear copper, very little carbonation. Foamy tan head with good retention. Spotty rings of lacing.

Strong, piney hops. Grapefruit emerges as well. Sweet floral undernotes.

Tastes strongly of pine with more muted citrus notes. Sweet floral notes as it lingers. Mildly bitter, malty finish.

Medium body, sits nicely on tongue. Very little carbonation. Smooth.

A very nice, hoppy amber. The beer is balanced from nose to taste to finish. Very smooth. This one is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 01:02:01 | More by DJScroggins
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serspecv

California

3.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an oversized pilsner glass. The aroma hits you as soon as the cap is pryed off. Pours a light brown color that settles into a reddish brown with a thick, foamy tan colored head.

First thing you smell is a caramel-like sweet malt aroma with a less apparent but delightful spicy and piney hop presence.

The taste is very much similar to the smell in the fact that the sweet malt character dominates the palate with a lively cinnamon hop aftertaste. Very well balanced for a brewery that usually goes overboard on hops (and that's not necessarily a bad thing).

The mouth feel is medium, with just enough carbonation that you can feel some of the bubbles dissipate over your tongue. Not very heavy at all.

Overall a nicely crafted beer that is very well balanced and not to hoppy for those that aren't used to a dominant hop presence. I still prefer Wilco Tango Foxtrot over this brew, but won't hesistate to pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 09:57:00 | More by serspecv
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: A dark copper color and clear as a bell! A large thick head, with great retention and painting the sides of the glass with lacing.

S: The nose is equally parts bready, caramel malt and grapefruit, pine hops.

T: Exactly as the nose predicted, there are lots of hops opening this beer up, grapefruit, pine and some spicy bittering hops all balanced off by a massive malt profile or caramel sweet malt and bread.

M: Medium body and carbonation, smooth, round.

O: A really nice, easy drinking imperial red.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 16:47:42 | More by mtomlins
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utopiajane

New York

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

Pours a handsome copper color. Deep and clear. Has a nice glow and is topped by a creamy head of beige foam that settles slowly to a thick cap and ring. Leaves wet lace.

Nose is grapefruit and pine. Terrific with the scent of oranges and sweet bread to back it up. There's a light brown sugar and the malt is sweetly toasted grain. There's no alcohol on the nose but there is some soft spice and a great herbal tea like scent.

Taste follows the nose all the way. Creamy rich and fat. The malt is this is so well done. the toasted grains are sweet and filling and the fruit is over top of that is plump and juicy. Trace of alcohol on the palate to warm and a nice hop bitter right in the middle. That bitter settles on your tongue like it's gonna live there and takes this to a dry finish with a sweet little after taste from the orange,pine and brown sugar. The spice stays soft and is a little peppery in the middle. Finishes like tea with lots of herbal and perfume.

This is earthy and full, decadent and has plenty of hop goodness. The balance is such that the no one characteristic over takes the others. It has a medium body and drinks toward the heavier side because of all the bread. Malty and fantastic with pungent hops and a good bitter too.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 19:14:14 | More by utopiajane
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: shiny reddish brown, excellent lacing

S: grapefruit, orange peel, sweet malt, bready,
fresh pine nose

T: Sweet bread malt up front with a hoppy finish

M: nice carbonation and medium body balance.
smooth tasting, goes down with ease. firm oily mouth

O: Love the brewery and this hopped Red
is a treat. Malt and Hops, everyone should be happy.
Just revisited this one and must have had a bad bottle
in the past or was a newbie...this is mighty good.

VERY GOOD; GRAB ONE!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 16:30:44 | More by BeerLover99
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wiegs4life

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer last night on draft with my buddies. It was recommended by my friend and he’s sometimes off with his suggestions but boy did he get this one right. I already like Lagunita’s beers so I said eh lets give it the old college try.

A – Had a dark amber/red color as you would expect. I didn’t notice the frothy head that I was expecting.

S – I noticed some caramel and some other citrusy flavors that really balanced the hops very well.

M – For a strong beer this one didn’t taste like it. There was some alcohol sensation but overall it didn’t overpower the flavors in the beer.

T – The balanced hops make it for a great taste.

Overall this was one of my favorites. I will be getting more soon.

Serving type: growler

09-08-2013 13:26:21 | More by wiegs4life
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured this from a bomber into an IPA glass on a relaxing Saturday afternoon. I love how good of a deal Lagunitas always is.

The beer is a nice orange-red clear amber color with a thick head on top that leaves big chunks of lacing on the glass.

The smell is of piney/citrusy/floral hops with a bready malt background. The floral part sticks out a lot, but I don't know what specific stuff I'm smelling with that.

The taste is hop heavy - pine, citrus, floral. It's balanced by bready/caramel malts. Pretty typical but good for a strong red ale/ipa.

The mouth feel is medium with a nice sticky resinous feeling. Alc is mostly hidden. Aftertaste is a combo of bitter hops and sweet malts.

The balance in this beer is really nice. It definitely stacks up to the other red ales out there. For the ABV and price it's one of the best. I'm glad to see that at 8.65% they still managed to pull off a nice flavor. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 20:44:00 | More by ISmith87
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Thelonious_Mahler_Crate

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I picked this bomber up for $4, and considering the brewery from which it originates, my thoughts were that it's probably a steal.

Appearance: True to it's name, this one is a dark amber/red. Its big, frothy head recedes slowly, leaving nice, sticky lacing on the sides of my mug.

Smell: Lovely aroma of hoppiness. There's a whole bunch of other floral stuff I can't identify.

Taste: I like all 76.95% of these IBUs. How do they calculate that anyway? This is a very nice ale. It's hoppy enough, but has other qualities that remove it from the IPA family. All-around, this one is blended nicely.

Mouthfeel: It's a viscosity I'm enjoying... kind of sticky in the mouth, as well. (Remove your mind from the gutter, and I'll do the same.)

Lucky 13 is a winner, especially for this price and level of alcohol. Not that intoxication is the main purpose of enjoying a beer of this caliber, but when you're intending on drinking a single bomber in an evening, and perhaps on a limited budget, this may be a factor for some types. I'll drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 00:40:27 | More by Thelonious_Mahler_Crate
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quaybr

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a NBB globe.

Pours a deep amber with a healthy and durable head - the off-white, bubbly foam sat atop the brew for several sips before dissipating.

Smells of biscuit, caramel and relatively strong citrus.

The biscuit and caramel malts are certainly the front-runners, but clean citrus isn't too far behind. The malt and hop bills are really well balanced.

Perfect amount of carbonation for the pleasant medium body.

This is a good beer, especially considering the price-tag. Really well built and balanced for the size that it is. I'd definitely suggest this.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 15:50:11 | More by quaybr
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mpedara429

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured out a clear copper color with two fingers of off white head. Lacing all around the glass.

S: Biscuit, orange, grapefruit and tropical fruit.

T: Hello hops! Never would've expected them from the nose, but pleasantly surprised. Big flavors of tropical fruit and caramel. Hop flavor seems to be of the earthy variety.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation. Some alcohol warming sensation but its not too bad. Honestly wasn't expecting any warming sensation at all, since ABV is less than 9%.

O: A very, very good red ale. I've had a few different red ales and they are either very boring or too hoppy. This one seems to find the right balance of hop and malt for the style. Another win for Lagunitas!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 01:06:30 | More by mpedara429
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is quite possibly my favorite Red Ale... it hits all of the right marks and its delicious to boot... nice rich malty sweetness that is bolstered by a big wave of piney hoppiness and finishes long and smooth... its a very sneaky ABV as it drinks quite easily... terrific to look at with a pungent aroma... a terrific beer...

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 11:11:51 | More by Tilley4
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Uncle_Jimmy

California

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a bright reddish orange, sparkling clear with a 1/4 finger or cream colored head that rapidly dissipates.

aroma- slightly piney with tropical fruit and citrus. a touch of candy jolly rancher- ish

taste- the hop balance i think works well. its not to bitter, it finishes smooth.toasted carmel gives way to a mango/passionfruit finish.

Mouthfeel- some alcohol warmth good carbonation

Overall- this is a fantastic beer. if i was shopping for a big red ale, this would be it ! The only thing I would like to see is a tad more head retention. Otherwise stellar.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 18:35:48 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
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metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high beige head that has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a quarter finger head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose - pineapples seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste starts out with initial flavors of tropical fruits followed by notes of caramel malts and brown sugar. A light amount of bitterness is present and hints of alcohol are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with a bit of crispness and light bites of alcohol warming.
O: This beer has interesting complexities in the taste, akin to a lighter version of an American Barleywine. It's a pleasant beer to sip.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 21:20:59 | More by metter98
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Slightly more than two fingers worth of light khaki colored head that is a bit airy and uniformly packed with a bit of a dimpled top and a couple of stray big chunky bubbles mixed in... Rock solid retention... The color is a blend of rich amber and light bronze... There is a distinct reddish hue lingering beneath the surface that provides a nice lively glow... A few streaks of moderately paced carbonation... A good bit of sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A powerful, unique, assertive nose right off the bat... Mentholyptus... Pine... Candied sugars... Pineapple... A hint of caramel... Light brown sugar... A slight medicinal component... Perhaps even some light floral notes...

T - The nose was a wonderful predictor of what materialized on the palate... Piney to start... Undertones of the mentholyptus... A bit of citrus goodness... Caramel... Toffee... Brown sugar... A kiss of floral notes...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Clean and crisp... Slightly sticky... Rich... Pungent... Lightly carbonated... Even and consistent...

D -A rather unique American Amber / Red Ale... The 77 IBU seems a bit understated as this one is packed with pungent bitterness... The mentholyptus notes I pick up several facets are a wee bit off putting, but also add a rather unique character... An interesting brew worth exploring, but not something I will revisit regularity...

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 02:00:54 | More by philbe311
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Wukk

Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice red color in the glass. About a two finger head that fades quickly, not much lacing to speak of. The nose is basically all malt, but the body of the beer showcases the hops. The malt is all but lost until the finish--I found a malty and hoppy aftertaste with this beer. Somewhat dry finish. Kind of an odd beer, I think, but very good. I don't have a lot of points of comparison with this one. It smells like a pale ale, hits like a scotch ale, and finishes with the bitterness of an IPA. In any event, I'm not complaining.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 00:52:21 | More by Wukk
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habaceeba

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sweet malts are there on the front end, but don't overwhelm. The sweetness fades into a nice hop bitterness that lingers. It's smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation for the alcohol content. Being somewhat of a hophead, I look for balance between malt and hops in a beer and this one has it. IMO, it potentially suits a wide range of palates, from those who prefer sweeter ambers to IPA enthusiasts such as myself who want to adventure away from extreme IBU once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 00:27:08 | More by habaceeba
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brurevu

Texas

4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a deep copper amber with a substantial off white head. There were sweet malts and a strong citrus and fruity hop on the nose. The initial taste was signature Lagunitas' grapefruit and citrus hops and I knew I was going to enjoy this beer. The flavor had much more depth than the initial hop love. There were notes of caramel and toasted grain malts underneath the tropical fruit, citrus and apricot hop flavors. The taste profile was deep and varied and took my palate on a ride with each sip. The Lucky #13 is the best Imperial Red Ale I have had.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 17:48:50 | More by brurevu
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theSoundSourze

Oregon

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew goes big in flavor, power, style, & delivery. Rich, autumn color with a gorgeous orange-cream head. Fantastic mouthfeel lets you experience all of the malts, fruity hops, & bitters in a delicious palate of flavor. One of my all-time favorites. Seasonal release for May but you can usually find it until late summer. Definitely one of Lagunitas' most successful brews.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 04:17:56 | More by theSoundSourze
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Eyearthur

California

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Rich Red, almost copper body. Poured from a bottle into a lily glass. 2 inches of head initially and a smaller .5-1 inch white head for the remainder of the beverage. Lacing throughout.

S: Rich Malty smell with a fruity hop nose.

T: Slightly alcoholic tasting and more bitter than the nose would have you believe. A beer to be sipped and savored. Fruity hops, tangerines, strawberries and grapefruit. Classic C hop profiles. Rich malt flavor for a sweet, smooth swallow and after taste.

M: Malty and rich

O: One of my favorite beers from this brewery and in general. If you are looking for a great American take on a red ale look no further.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 01:24:39 | More by Eyearthur
Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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