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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 836
Hads: 2,137
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 176
Gots: 154 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale | 8.65% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2007

77 IBU
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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.91/5  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.

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Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
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...

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Photo of Wukk
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of habaceeba
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of brurevu
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of theSoundSourze
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Eyearthur
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark reddish amber with a huge, off white, dense head that has great retention and leaves a ton of lacing

S - pineapple, pine, sugar, caramel, grapefruit

T - pine, cake batter, sugar, caramel, grapefruit, pineapple, mildly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a fantastic amber ale. It has a great malt character but an even more profound, deep hop character. The balance and drinkability here is fantastic and the ABV is no where to be found. This is really a good beer.

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Photo of Farewell_Transmission
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a. Nice dark red color. large head, poured in pint glass.

s. light hops smell, big on the malt.

t. for 77 ibu I can not taste the bitterness. Bitterness is only in after taste. Big malt flavor. Sweet in a way. Tastes of the booze comes through at the end in a good way.

m. Nice and creaming tasting.

o. This is a really good beer, from an amazing brewery. Gonna grab a bottle to age.

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Photo of Ranz
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber.

A: With a careful pour in my tall tulip, it creates a thick two-finger head, frothy and creamy, above the golden amber brew that contains some nice carbonation from the bottom of the tulip.

S: Rich earthy malt coupled with piney citrus hops, there is a sharp floral pungence to it.

T: A lot darker than I had expected, the malt certainly overrides the hops to a fair degree, but there is still good balance here. It has a round, dry finish to it that lingers on the palate like a wrecking ball.

M: Quite effervescent with a solid yet warming mouthfeel, there is a bit of heat from the alcohol, which I almost always like.

O: Lagunitas continues to impress. This is a fun and unique take on the amber ale.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Ha a pint on tap at Rattlesnake. Impressed the bartender warned in advance that it is 8.5 percent. Poured a standard copper color with nice lacing. The head is what stood out and it lingered for some time. I read someone else who thought he got a yea aroma from this, and after a few drinks I get the same. Not sure if I like that. However it does have a nice sweetness to it, and the malt and hoppy combination is well done. Nice carbonated taste and solid beer...but damn I am thinking of Nestea right now..

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 164 3 stands out on this bottle, and I have to think that means 164th day of '13, which would be about mid-May... that would make this a pretty old IPA, considering I'm having it August 7th. $4.99 bomber. Poured into a Perfect Pint.

Appearance: A pretty much crystal clear burnt orange color with a creamy looking, three-finger, tan-ish head. Lacing is pretty clumpy and there's quite a lot of it

Smell: A lot of sweetness with a pretty strong essence of tea, which I get to some extent in just about any Lagunitas IPA that I have. After that there are just some rich, caramel malts, and then fresh smelling hops in the background (citrusy and earthy varieties). Just a really sweet smelling beer.

Taste/feel: There was quite a bit of bitterness in my first few sips, but then it just started tasting like a red ale ought to, and it was just pleasantly sweet. There's sweetness on the front. On the middle. And almost equally (a bit of bitterness from the 76 IBUs is there) on the back. Hits your tongue with an incredibly creamy mouthfeel, and then your mouth just gets covered in glorious red ale goodness. This may be (or is really close to) the best red ale that I've ever had. It has all those sweet "red" flavors you'd expect, but there's a nice, signature Lagunitas hop-bite on the finish. I've heard some describe this beer as drying, but I don't often find any beer as sweet as I find this one to be drying... I guess I'd only go as far as saying it's semi-dry. There's about 9% ABV on this, and the alcohol basically doesn't come through at all. The aftertaste has a very slight warmth or trace of it, but I don't think the average beer drinking would have any idea that this is clocking in at nearly 9%.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: a nice reddish orangish color. Good clarity and a generous off-white to tan head that leaves a bit in the way of lacing

Smell: sweet malts, caramel and sugars. Some fruity hops but not anything to much

Taste: malts malts and malts. Caramelly and toasty and brown sugary. Lots of sweetness from the malts up front. Some hoppiness that balances well. Some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: heavier side. Maybe some warming. Very creamy. Love the creaminess.

Overall: this is a killer beer at a killer price. I will certainly by one every time I see it. It reminds me why I love malty beers. Love the malt mixture and the creaminess. Must try for the big red and malt lovers

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Photo of Amalak
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had at Boulevard Tavern in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

A. It has a nice dark red color, semi-cloudy, with a big foamy white head that leaves behind some lacing. A few bubbles throughout.

S. It has a very strong flowery scent and some bready maltiness.

T/M. This is the kind of beer that gets better as it coats the palate after a few sips. Very sweet and malty, an organic grassiness to it. Some alcohol strong kick. Full bodied with a medium finish.

O. This is exactly what I would want out of a strong red ale. Absolutely nailed it, even if it's not my first choice of style.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bomber into a Moose Drool Shaker pint. A moderate pour produces a off-white, creamy head that billows over the rim of the glass. There's plenty of effervescence within the crystal clear amber-red brew.

Plenty of hops on the nose and on the palate, with definite grapefruit, floral, and spicy tones. Despite the high IBUs, the malt qualities shine through, blending with the citrusy hops to produce some hints of plum, with a backbone of biscuity, bready malt. The mouth feel is creamy and lingering, and mellows out the aftertaste.

This beer is extremely well-crafted. I'm not a big hophead, and I like the balance that's achieved here.

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Photo of godlessape
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, gorgeous amber that has a shade of cherry covered with a 3 finger, khaki colored, fluffy foamy head. Beautiful.
The aroma is deep and rich with coco caramel notes and piney hops. Like unwrapping a candy bar in a Alpine forest.. I'm also picking up a not so subtle whiff of burnt brown sugar.
The flavor is biscuity, malty, fruity, and balanced out sublimely with an intense hop profile that I can't put my finger on.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and smoooth going down the hatch.
Overall, simply perfect. Like a red velvet cake melted into your mouth--smothered in hops--and booze. Kissed by the California sun.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which might linger for a while. The head is an off-white with hints of yellow and beige while the body is a medium amber/honey which glows orange when held up to the light. Some lacing is left. The body is clear and the retention is considerable.

Nose- Very intriguing, very inviting, very fruity. Citrus (mostly orange) and brown sugar dominate initially. There are also notes of caramel and as the other notes fade, some melon appears. The aroma from the bottle is focused on sweet malt- caramel, toffee, molasses, and brown sugar. Some lemon is present as well. Some hints of papaya, spicy green tropical fruit, and matchstick.

Taste- The back end of the aroma seems to strike first- matchstick, melon, papaya, and tropical fruit on top of caramel and brown sugar. The bitter elements seem to hang around the edges while the sweet malt seems to occupy the middle of the palate. Lots of caramel and brown sugar contained by a woody and bitter resin. Some citrus (orange and lemon, to a lesser extent) is part of the flavor profile. The sweetness of the malt is a little too much for me but it is balanced well by the bitterness. A good, solid beer. Strong malt bill, a caramel bomb, and a cheap price- all things that signal a Lagunitas beer. It starts off a little messy in the beginning but integrates as I continue to drink it. No heat present.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a lot of syrup. Not much carbonation- perhaps it could use some more?

Drinkability- A little dangerous as many of Lagunitas' beers are. High alcohol and pretty drinkable. And cheap.

Overall- Solid beer. The only reason you shouldn't try this is if you don't like a lot of malt. Even then, it will get you buzzed on the cheap so try it anyway.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

8.65% ABV according to my bottle (not 8.90% as currently shown). 76.92 IBU. O.G. 1.085. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing old-style label art and branded pressure cap acquired earlier tonight at a bottle shop for $4.99 USD (plus LA's 9% sales tax...) and served into a Samuel Smith's nonical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings, though I don't think Lagunitas has ever put out a beer that blew my mind. Identifies as a "Hi Gravity Auburn" beer, which I'm taking to mean imperial red; reviewing as such.

Served cold, straight from a quick chill in me freezer. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 6.5 finger wide light khaki colour head. Good creaminess and frothiness. Has supple soft complexion. Damn good retention for the ABV as well - easily 10+ minutes. Even sticky lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Looking real good for the head.

Body colour is a clear translucent amber with some coppery hues. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Should be more vibrant, but it's passable.

No overt flaws are noticeable. Overall, it's definitely above average.

Sm: Sweet caramalts and amber malts. Below average attenuation for the style. Somewhat grainy. It's got the trademark Lagunitas hop extract note, but the caramelization lends it a bit more distinctive character. Hop character is herbal, floral, and what your neighborhood stoners would call dank. Some biscuity amarillo. Sweet toffee. Light toasted malts. Some brown sugar. A biteen oily. Some unexpected spiciness, perhaps from rye; it's certainly not coming from the yeast - which itself contributes little to the flavour profile. Some bready/crusty notes. An assertive clean aroma of moderate to fairly high strength. It's pungent alright. No alcohol is detectable. Looking forward to trying it.

T: Caramel sweetness up front welcomes the drinker to the flavour profile and stays around to lend focus. Amber malts and caramelization fill out the body, with some latent residual sugars adding a bit more sweetness. Toffee. Clean barley. Toasted malts. A bit underattenuated. No yeast character is evident. Getting a bit of amarillo, but the core of the hop profile is that distinctive Lagunitas hop extract/hop oil - which gives a good balanced hop character but holds individual hops back from coming off truly evocative. Floral, herbal, and very light oily hops. Some rye spiciness; maybe some white pepper too? Bready and grainy.

Not getting any real pine, grapefruit, or citrus hops. No nectary hop character either. A bit of alcohol does come through in the taste, but it's forgivable. Caramalts dominate here, but there's plenty going on.

In terms of off flavours, it is slightly soapy. (Too long in Primary). I also get some butterscotch; diacetyl is suspected.

It's a clean taste, but it's not gestalt; it lacks cohesion and direction. While it's fairly complex, the balance and subtlety needed for it to be truly great just aren't there. Additionally, it's too far on the sweet end of the spectrum.

Mf: Overcarbonated. A biteen oily. Too thick; a bit overbearing on the palate. Presence on the palate is decent; the flavours do come through fully. Smooth and wet, with some unfortunate scratchy coarseness on the climax. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but it doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Dr: One could easily draw unfavorable comparisons to Troegs Nugget Nectar. While the price on this bomber is great, the beer doesn't live up to its current high ratings. ABV is not as well hidden as it should be (and as the best beers in the style are). I'll be able to finish this bottle alone with relative ease, though while it's drinkable, I wouldn't get it again. It just doesn't bring the depth of flavour I want from a good imperial red. The rye spiciness also feels a bit odd in a flavour profile that emphasizes caramel malts. It's a nice offering from Lagunitas, but there are far better imperial reds out there.


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Photo of sfprint
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very little carbonation, transparent sun tea,
S: a cross between an amber and a mild IPA. but also maple syrup.
T: indeed a cross between an amber and an IPA. Amber first, which is smooth and not too sweet and behind that a mild IPA hoppiness. a very pleasant combo.
M: Smooth with a medium body but virtually no carbonation.
O: A very very good beer. Ambers are not my thing, but this one is great.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap in a Bells tulip at Global Brew in O'Fallon, IL. Nice tap pour that presents a clear amber/red body with a small one-finger tan head that runs right up to the top of the glass. Light lacing. Looks very good.

Nice aroma of hops and sweet malt that blend together nicely. Citrus hop note, leaning toward grapefruit, and bready malt notes. Not overpowering but inviting.

Definitely like the flavor of this beer. Although it comes across a little sweeter than I would have expected from the aroma, it's not cloying. Tasty citric hop notes blend nicely with the sweet malt. Might be the best amber ale flavor I've ever had, probably due to the extra presence of the tasty hops.

Medium thickness in the mouthfeel with no notice of the alcohol. I enjoyed this very much and asked for a second serving. I've never seen this in bottles but will start looking for it now. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Rheaume17
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with about 2 fingers of head. The smell is wonderful. Hops are abundant and certainly some citrus notes. Being an IPA drinker, I loved the presence of hops. The taste was excellent. Smooth with a nice bitterness to it. The taste leaves you craving more. As you drink, it leaves a nice lacey finish around the glass. Definitely the best amber ale that I have had. It's actually going down a little too smoothly! Overall, another great beer from Lagunita's. Well done.

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Photo of brureview
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark tea color in a Pretty Things glass- similar to a snifter. Less than a 1/2 finger head.

The aroma is mild citrus.

The mouth feel is not over-carbonated- which can detract from the tasting experience of this style.

The taste is excellent- citrus, mostly grapefruit and very hoppy- in the classic San Diego, Lagunitas style.

The finish is bitter, yet balances with the taste profile- it is not overdone, and melds with the hops, fruit , and malt.

This may become one of my favorite Red Ales.

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Photo of Bear1964
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour from the bottle to the Pint glass showed a wonderful deep amber brew with a glorious tan head which left nice lace in its wake, aroma was hops dominated with some alcohol in the background which is what Lagunitas smells like. Taste again was hops forward that lingered for a bit on the tongue, the malt stepped up right after that for a nice finish that left the mouth clean and without hop bitter. Mouthfeel was clean and after the hops flair, smooth and well rounded. Overall it's a good brew but the hop smack reminds me of most of the Lagunitas offerings...not a bad thing really but I would've liked a tad more malts and sugars peeking out instead. Great price for a bomber and I try any beer at least once, at $4.50 a Bomber how can you say no?

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Photo of Brenden
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is a deep, clear, rusty red-orange, a few shades darker than amber. The head that rises up is bubbly and surprisingly spritzy. It doesn't last particularly long before dropping off, and it leaves a modicum of lacing as it goes.
The nose offers a nice, hoppy West Coast profile with some strength it takes a little time to coax out. There's plenty of citrus and floral notes followed by pine, nicely balanced by sweet caramel and some breads from the malt profile.
The taste follows, though the strength expected is right up front. Caramel sweetness adds great balance to a well-hopped beer. Again, the main elements alongside caramel are floral, citrus and pine bitterness, with breads coming in for backup as well as an herbal note.
The crispness is light but consistent and solid, allowing for a nice, flowing smoothness to reign in the feel throughout a medium body.

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.