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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

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
77 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2007

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Reviews: 888 | Ratings: 2,375
Photo of ktvton
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear, deep copper color with two fingers of head. Sticky lacing.

S: Hints of fruit, piney hop, rich malt

T: Subtle fruity notes with a nice boozy, malty backbone. The malt sweetness and hop bitterness are very well balanced.

F: Medium body.

O: Lagunitas does not disappoint. This is a complex and well-balanced beer. I'm not a big red ale drinker, but this one might just open up a whole new world for me.

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

Amber in color with thick foamy head. Sticky lacing coats the glass. Citrusy aroma of grapefruit, citrus strong in the taste also. No hint at the alcohol, this one is almost all hops, yet surprisingly smooth.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear, toned copper in color, crowned with a fairly large and dense off-white head. The lacing is modest and finely-beaded, coating the glass walls.

Aroma: A dense aroma of dark caramel and grapefruit greets a deep inhalation. Lesser notes of brown sugar and dark fruit are notable as well.

Taste: Opens with equal measures of dark caramel and profound grapefruit and citric hops. Considering that there are nearly eighty IBUs on offer, Lucky 13 manages the remarkable feat of seeming quite well-balanced. Besides the omnipresent hops and dark caramel, there is a strong undercurrent of sweet alcohol, which offers a gracious warming.Then, too, there are notable flavors of brown sugar and dark fruit, mostly plums. A bit of bitter apple rind appears as well. Late in the taste, the caramel and hops vie for supremacy, with the result being a gracious draw. Finishes with a lingering note of moderate grapefruit rind bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft with a body that is quite full.

Drinkability/notes: An excellent example of the style, and quite reasonably priced at $4.49 for a standard twenty-two bomber.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber, served in a New Belgium chalice.

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Photo of pat61
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant amber red with 1” off-white clingy foam cap
S: Grassy, piney hops, caramel malts, light fruit
T: Starts with malt with light sweetness and then pine bitterness takes over with traces of light fruit.
F: Very creamy, full body, medium carbonation.
O: Big strong malt flavors and body balance assertive hop flavors for a very drinkable large red ale.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at rock 'n brews El Segundo poured into nonic pint glass. Red amber in color with off-white head that clings. Smells of passion fruit and booze. Tastes about the same with good crisp pine and carbonation.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Store label of 12.04.13.
Poured from a bomber into a beer can glass on 06.08.14.

A: 3 finger tan head that retains well. A 1 finger head stayed the entire time. Somewhat cloudy amber/red body.

S: Caramel, pine, citrus.

T: Strong caramel and toffee dominate. Grapefruit is subtle.

M: Creamy smooth.

O: This is like a stronger Censored but with a grapefruit sweetness. This also has a stronger caramel and toffee flavor than anything I've tried.

Rating: A, 95/100.

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Photo of scotorum
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Gotta love the label graphic - nicely done

Looks like this was bottled about April 23rd 2013, so it's got a lot of age on it now! Bought at the end of last September and mistakenly aged. That might explain why it came across as more of an ESB than an American amber.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Nearly clear dark amber/copper with an inch plus offwhite head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mild caramel malt.

t; First impression is its pleasing silky smoothness, followed by a nice caramel malt and hops balance. Sweet to dry finish. Its 8.65% ABV is well concealed.

m: Medium, silky smooth.

o: A very enjoyable and satisfying ESB-style ale, highly sippable and savory in texture and overall taste. I'd buy this again anytime of year. However I'll need to try a much fresher bottle to confirm this.

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

I generally don't like red ales. This is an exception, by far, for me.

Beautiful pour from the bottle. Ruby mahogany color, slow moving carbonation, a little hazy. Creamy head that dissipates to a couple of millimeters slowly, but that lace will stay there forever.

The nose is one of the most inviting I've encountered in a while. Malty and bread, creamy yet crisp and herbal as well. Plum and raisin, a whole lot. Sweet burnt malt and alcohol. Give me some!

Taste is sweet and fruity at the beginning, like toasted raisin bread and malty granola. The hops really only kick in at the finish, as does the alcohol, but both combine for a bitter and clean aftertaste.

Good, real good.

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Photo of lochef81
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this sitting around for a while and finally decided to crack it open. This red ale pours a true red copper color with a thick and lasting off white head that leaves beautiful silky lacing. The nose is a delicious blend of sweet malts, west coast hops, and spice. The body is rather full with a pleasant carbonation and just the right amount of sticky sweetness. It finishes rather dry for such a malty ale. The flavor is a little different from the nose with a more pronounced spicy, peppery bite and an increased sweetness. This is a very good red. Knowing lagunitas and their love of hops, I want to try this fresh to see if there is a more pronounced hop character. This is very good none the less, just a tad sweet for what I expect from the brewer.

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Photo of jellikit
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: orange-red. Thin head. Clear. No lacing.
S: citrus and floral
T: citrus. Candy/bubblegum. Small alcohol notes. Basic mealtimes.
M: fizzy. Malty.
O: tasty. Big beer that is well balanced. Big hop flavor up front. Slightly bitter. Easy drinking for how big it is.

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Photo of JaredinOmaha
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of the best examples of a red ale you will find. A round, pungent blast of super strength. You cannot go wrong. Lagunitas cares, you should as well.
Get a hold of any of their beers, except for the PILS, which I think is a wasted effort. Also, try not to drink too much, as in the brewery in general. It will wash your palate away, and you'll be hunting for a great stout or porter to revive your palate. You will know. Thanks Lagunitas, you guys make great brews!

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Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous red, like a red head in color. Not sure what I'm detecting here . . . Pleasant none the less. Very nice, yummy red ale. Reminds me of Hairy Eyeball but not as hoppy
. Solid feel, Full bodied, prickly, good carbination. Not a wow beer for me but very yummy. This would be good in the fall and spring (might be a spring seasonal not sure though) Seen that this was a Lagunitas beer so I had to try . . . Lagunitas has become a brewery that I have to try everything I see.

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Photo of Emnmarko
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark rich copper in color. Slightly hazy. Creamy two finger off white head leaves moderate lacing.

S- Sour bready malt and yeast. Bitter dank hops behind that.

T- Huge malt and hop flavors melt together with a bitter and sour feel. There's alot going on and plenty of flavor to go around. The aftertaste is a muted version of the beginning. Slightly warming in the end.

M- Med to heavy bodied. Malty but this fades strangely to a more smooth feel towards the end.

O- Plenty of flavor, wonderful look and a decent feel. I don't feel I'm up to rate this brew fairly because its not in my wheelhouse. I'm not a fan of this style, although I can see how some may like it. Too much sour, malty mess. However it does improve with temperature. This one may need to be served a little warmer. Lagunitas consistently puts out brews that inspire me. Unfortunately this one is not one of my favorites. Such is life.

Edit- with no apparent date on the bottle and after reading other reviews, I think this must be a older beer. A complete break down on the hop flavor I experienced leads me to feel this way. I think I need to give this one another go to be sure.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another Lagunitas heavy hitter that I've had in the cellar for a few weeks, a "mondo" red ale that has some decidedly red double IPA and barleywine characteristics. Poured from bomber into a goblet, I was expecting something thick and boozy after a recent run of strong ales and in fact got something fruity and extremely hoppy, potent yet smooth and drinkable (to a point). A light reddish-orange amber color with considerable beige head, the initial aroma was of baked apples, butterscotch, grapefruit citrus rind, and hop resins, with a canned fruit sweet citrus and tropical character like that I've encountered in some Belgian IPAs. Taste is also an entire fruit bowl initially, with pears, red grapes, starfruit (I've noticed this in a few other Lagunitas brews, like sweet yellow flowers and citrus combined), lemon/lime/canned mandarin citrus, even a little banana and passion fruit. Just when you think the barleywine-esque fruit orchard might be a tad too much, cereal malts, generic brown spice, light toast, and astringent tea leaf arrive to provide a foil. The butterscotch and toast elements become more salient as one's sweet and bitter receptors relax. This is nevertheless a very hops-forward brew and really ought to be deemed a red DIPA. Moderately thick body and goes down smooth. The malts are on the lighter side and there's no real dark or roasted flavor of note. I am a Lagunitas buff and this one is different in its relative lack of assertive malts but fits the usual Lagunitas approach of putting citrusy and tropical hops at the forefront.
P.S. - They've changed the malt bill to lighten things up from earlier iterations. See Lagunitas website.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - copper colored beer with off white colored head

Smell - caramel, pine, citrus, bit of herb on this

Taste - caramel, grapefruit, pine, orange rind, butterscotch

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly astringent upfront, hop bitterness in the back end

Overall - decent red ale, worth a shot

Price Point - $4.99/22 oz bottle

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Photo of D-No
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear red/amber color with a great head
Smell - Malty, sweet caramel, and hops dominate the aroma
Taste - Starts with plenty of sweet caramel flavor that evolves into a great hop bitterness at the finish of the profile.
Mouthfeel - Great medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.
Overall - I really like this red ale, it is one of my favorites. I will drink this one again.

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Photo of carolinencarter
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite beer.
slightly fruity rich full body with a citrusy hop kick. huge flavour while managing to be perfectly balanced. I am an extremely fickle beer consumer with so many new beers constantly becoming available, but I still come back to this time and time again...
I only wish it wasnt a seasonal.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a pint of this for 7.99. Was pretty excited

Appearence: dark tan. Reasonable carbonation, thin head. Sort of cloudy and lots of yeast.

Smell:TONS of fruit, pinneapple, pears and bananas, with a drop of bread in the finish.

Taste: like the smell, big bold belgian style fruitiness. Plums, pears and banana, with a hint of pinneapple and some definate yeast.

Mouthfeel; full body, medium-high carbonation.

Overall: this was a very satisfying experiance, its tasty and filling. It isn't too drinkable however, and I would buy it again but only when I'm looking for that style specifically and not as a " go to" still, definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Hops4Pops
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber
A: Fantastic. Clear. Medium Red. Standard side pour into a tulip. Giant 2 inch off-white head that is receding very slowly. Bubble size ranges from pure foam to giant 1/4 inch. As its receding its creating a cloud like head in middle of glass. Carbonation geyser up the middle of the glass going to surface. Very sticky persistent lacing on side of glass that seems to be glued there. By the time I finished the glass, the lacing on the glass is like artwork. Expectations are high. This is one of the best looking beers I have ever seen. Lots of particles in the second glass of the bomber.
S: Very nice. Lots of hops. More than I expected. Earthy. Pine. Citrus. Grapefruit. Tangerine? Maybe even a floral note. Oats. Getting a little bit of malt but not much. ABV is very well hidden. I don't smell it at all. As it warms I am getting some caramel.
T: Awesome. Now I am getting the malt first with the hops hiding in the background. Very balanced. Its smells really hoppy but it tastes very malty. A lot of bitterness on the back end. A lot is going on with this beer as I let it warm up.
M: Creamy and smooth to start with a tart crisp finish and then the warmth of the ABV settling in. Very excellent. The carbonation is just right. It starts strong and stays nice until the finish of the glass.
O: This is a fantastic beer. One of the best I have had. I love the in your nose hop profile that reminds me of a DIPA. Just when you taste it you are dealing with a different animal that is more complex in character. I have another one and am tempted to drink it right now but won't do that until I get another one for my stash. If you like strong IPAs that can cross over into the complexity of a Stout, this is a beer you want. I am going to grab a few more while I can.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, honey color that is quite red and almost glows when it doesn't have light behind it. Has a big, creamy beige head that clumpily settles to a finger thick or so. Very good retention; nice stringy lacing.

Really cereal-heavy aroma. Hay, grass, hard water, oats, a touch of yeast, malt.

Rich, full flavor, way hoppier than I had anticipated. Fresh water, earthy hops grab you right off; the cereal malts really even it out and keep it from becoming a hop bomb. Ends it with a finish that is strikingly reminiscent of apple skin or citrus rinds. Sweetish and aromatic, it has a slightly lingering medicinal hop aftertaste.

Full body with tons of stuff going on. Good crisp carbonation and a lingering-but-not-overstaying finish.

Good beer.
Overall, this was an enjoyable drink and it was worth trying. This is a beer that seems (to me, at least) to be just on the conservative side of big, bold, experimental brews. I mainly feel this way because it doesn't seem like a "Mondo Large Red Ale" so much as a Mondo Large Ale that happens to be red.
The nose, look and palate are distinctively those of an amber, while the flavor is overly hoppy for the style, I feel. I loves me some hops, but beers like this are kind of annoying in that they could be incredibly good without so much hop presence. They are incredibly good the way they are, but there are more good, in-your-face IPAs and PAs around than good, in-your-face malt-forward brews.
Oh well.... Good beer overall, in either case.
Would have again; worth trying if you have a chance.

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Photo of beergoot
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep amber body, clear, with a thick, sticky white head; lots of rings of foam and lacing on the glass. Nice combination of malt sweetness and spicy hop aroma; pine and some cinnamon. Warm, toasted grain flavor with a graham cracker-like tone; caramel notes; zesty hop bitterness. Medium body; clean, semi-dry finish.

A very nice interplay of malt sweetness with hop spiciness and bitterness. Almost seems like there is some rye in this one. Subtle yet deep complexity. Nice balance throughout. Excellent work in letting the grains and hops shine while not letting the high ABV over-dominate things. A damn good beer...

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Photo of Noboatfred
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I liked this beer, it was pretty good. It wasn't the best red ale that I have had though...sorry Lagunitas, its just a matter of personal preference. I did enjoy drinking this beer, and would recommend trying it.
The initial poor did not create a large head, and the foam did not last very long. The smell was good though. I think smell is more important than head, but people seemed to get wrapped up on the head here....it must be a pseudo-beer snob thing.
The mouth feel was smooth, almost silky, and had a good red ale flavor.

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

Received this bomber along with a nice mixed sixer as a gift from a friend who stopped at Trader Joe's in Indy. Not a bad pick for a guy who doesn't dink beer at all! Thanks, Wayne!

I love the color of this beer. I found it to be this vibrant collision of orange and red topped with a wispy white cap. Lace was a bit scant, but no matter. Pretty beer that practically glows.

Floods the nostrils with sweet caramel malt, candy sugar, pear, apple, and fragrant hop spice.

Fantastic for the tongue. Flavors of sweet fruit, sticky caramel malt, buttery pie crust, and well-tempered hop balance. Very good. I could drink this every day.

Medium bodied slightly oily buttery fluffy feel. Carb on the down low and pleasant.

Lagunitas always does it right. I need more of this beer. One bottle shared with a friend is not enough. Cheers!

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy copper brown with two fingers of bubbly white head. Nice stick on the glass.

S - Very aromatic - cologne / perfume. Flowers, hoppy, citrus, bread, malts, brown sugga.

T - Nice hop forward build on this, citrus, bready, crackers, malts, brown sugar. All this melds nicely. Medium to full bodied with a dry finish that sits on the tongue.

O - Very solid Red ale with IPA characteristics.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: 0.5L stein glass
From: My father-in-law
Price: N/A
Purchased: Nov. 9, 2013
Consumed: Nov. 13, 2013
Misc.: Thought I had already rated this, but that was the Lucky 13 alt

Poured a dark caramel copper clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of white head. Good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention as well. Best part of the beer by far.

Smelled malty floral hops up front. Reminded me of an imperial IPA or DIPA. Earthy, malty, a bit like a strong pilsner. Caramel, bread and rye hops.

Tasted pretty close to the smell. Earthy rye hops, heavy malts, caramel, copper, some lemon, pine and a bitter feeling on the tongue after.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

Not a big fan of this beer. Part of that was expecting something more with it being Lagunitas, but this just didn’t hit the spot. I would not have it again.

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 888 ratings.