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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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836 Reviews

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Reviews: 836
Hads: 2,137
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 15.61%
Wants: 172
Gots: 152 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2007

77 IBU
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Reviews: 836 | Hads: 2,137
Photo of riored4v
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 9/7/09

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy copper color, 1 finger, tan head. Nice lacing. Faded to a thin layer.

Smell is caramely, piney, grapefruity. Followed with a mild sweetness and hints of roasted malts.

Taste is piney, resiny and grapefruity. Nice amount of caramelness and hints of roasted malts. Flavor pretty much reflects the smell. Slightly sticky and a mild lingering bitterness. Nice maltiness as well.

Mouthfeel is slightly sticky and has a medium body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability is good. Slightly sweet and sticky which makes the ABV moderately present.

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Photo of froghop
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear copper with a small beige head, and very good lacing.

smell of floral, hops, malt, cocoa, citrus, brown sugar, and spice.

taste is smooth and creamy with a little kick, malt, grass, hops, and a nice earthiness, end is thick, dry, and bitter.

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Photo of briman
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear ruby hued amber color. About a half inch tan head, with average retention, settling into moderate lace.

Aroma is toasted malt, with a light to moderate citrus hop presence.

Flavor has a nice base of toasted malt, moving quickly to a moderate to high grapefruit rind bitterness which lingers into the finish. Trace of alchohol in the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Good balance. Alcohol hidden well. Overall an above average red, with a bit more of a hop bite than a typical example. Easy to drink, certainly worth having again.

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Photo of MadBeerX
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucky 13.alt Bottle from Madison Wine Exchange.. Opened 06/17/2011.. This new edition is encouraging, Lagunitas i like your style. Its nose holds hop, citrusy pine, grilled orange and buttery. Mouthfeel once beer settles is thick & smooth. Certainly grab a bottle before its gone and judge it with your own personal touch. 93points..

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Photo of beagle75
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, dark amber color with over one finger of cinnamon-tinted foam head that collapses to a large island. Heavy lacing--nearly continuous sheeting--remains on the glass.

S: Caramelized sugar, brown rye bread, and dark orange citrus with a spicy edge, all combine to make for an uncanny similarity to ketchup. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with an immense malty character consisting of caramel and husky grain. A whiff of umami is also detected in the flavor--reminding of the way that very fresh bacon-flavored dog treats smell. Restrained fruitiness matches the citrus of the smell. Acidity builds slowly to a moderate peak during the middle, where flavors turn more spirituous--but with a few less sharp edges. The finish is respectably bitter, reaching a moderate level at its peak, then quickly tapering off to leave bready crystal malt and alcohol fumes to linger on the palate.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, slightly sticky and gently acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: While comparisons of this beer to Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot may be appropriate, the Lucky 13 is the maltier of the two--seeming unbalanced in that direction despite the detectable hop influences. It is extreme for the style, considering the unusual sensory qualities, and would make an interesting player in a malt/hops contrast to Stone Arrogant Bastard. The aggressively malty backbone encourages pairing with zesty savory food, especially tomato-based sauces or soups.

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Photo of delta490
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a clear deep copper. Short lived tan head lingers for a while and leaves nice lacing

S- not much aroma that I could detect, which seems odd, given its taste (initially gave it a 2.5. The bottle pour I later had had notes of citrus and pine hops and some caramel sweetness. Moved up to current rating.)

T- sweet and nutty, with a nice hop pine bitterness on the finish

M- thinner and no carbonation (bottled version had a nice fullness to it. Not too heavy but just right)

O- a really and good unique beer

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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 skeetermoses
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad of a beer, a little bit of a bite to it, nice soup beer or a good winter beer, like the flavor can see myself eating a good cheese product with this such as raclette not bad or a good beer cheese fondue, like my BDAY this LAST WEEK you know. will have again

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Photo of corey0212
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear coppery color with a lot of ruby highlights when held to the light, tan head rises lazily, fades somewhat quickly, and leaves behind sheets of lacing. Smell is intense caramel, and a bit of a faint boozy smell comes through. This is a pretty intense malt bomb! Thick, sticky, chewy caramel flavors, some faint grapefruit bitterness tries to fight its way through the malt, but gets knocked back down. Mouthfeel is nice, very sticky & chewy, some lingering bitterness. Tasty, but with a borderline-cloying sweetness that would prevent this from being something I'd want a whole lot more of. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of pershan
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear, reddish-amber color with a thick, cream-colored head into a 12 oz pilsner glass. The aroma was of citrusy hops, with a slightly sour component in the background. The initial taste was slightly sweet, followed up with an intense hop flavor in the middle and a strong, yet clean & crisp hop bitterness at the finish. A bit fizzy mouthfeel, but good lacing down the inside of the glass. An intensely hoppy brew.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper orange with a hard fought half inch of head. Retention is brief, being reduced to a surface ring within a minute. Some lacing does present itself.

Hoppy on the nose upon the initial pour but in short order some caramel malts eat up the hops like Langoliers on overtime. Bit of alcohol otherwise and said caramel notes, simple and straight forward. Hops return upon agitation, briefly; and then again more so with some warming.

Deep malts initiate on the flavor, a bit of robust carbonation confuses in the middle and a nice hop bitterness concludes. Notably better as the carbonation settles for a bit and the beer warms from fridge temp. Feel and Drink are good and also improve with some warming. Finishes with some spice and warmth and offers a nice hop texture. Nose remains a bit nondescript. Odd carbonation issues as the beer pours somewhat flat yet was fizzy on the tongue for the first ten minutes. Overall a rich and robust Amber, big but not Yulesmith Winter in complexity.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful copper color with great clarity and a foamy white head that sticks around a while and leaves soapy rings of lace.

The aroma is strong on pine, floral, bright citrus like grapefruit and apricot, and some grassy qualities as well. Interesting and complex combinations on top of a brown sugar, honey and leather backbone.

The taste is a bit overly sweet for the style in the malty, honey and brown sugar front. Hints of toffee and leather lend a strange off flavor. The hops are pleasant floral, pine and grassy mixture with some grapefruit and apricot notes. The balance is off with an overly sweet front that doesn't let the interesting combination of hops shine. Strange leather-like musky notes throws things off as well.

A bit sticky and thin.

Overall an interesting sipper. Just not for me.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oh boy is that a nice aroma. Fresh sweet fruity mild citrus a little spice. All very nice.
Kinda' cloudy with a more of a gold amber with a fairly dense mostly white head.
Bigger than moderate feel. Almost a little chewy.
Flavor is bursting with hop flavors, but it does push the oils to the point of some excess. As warms this filters into the aroma some too (I find it off-putting). Otherwise the flavors are good. Very nicely hop forward with a very solid malt background.
As I worked through this bottle I became less enchanted by it's flavors. It's not as enjoyable as it could be. Good, but certainly not great. And even good was pushing it at the end. Great start, but it really faded down the line.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber.

A - Hazy amber/light ruby in color with a one finger tan head. Head retains well with some sticky lacing.

S - Sweet malt and a wallop of Amarillo hops in the nose. Slightly grainy.

T- Sweet caramel malt up front followed by an onslaught of Amarillo hops. Finishes slightly bitter, earthy, and dry. I found the amount of hops here a bit overdone (and that is saying a lot because I love hoppy beers). If they had toned back the hops slightly I believe this would be a more well balanced beer.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

D - The hops were a bit much but this made for a fine sipping beer. Definitely not one I could session.

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Photo of Sudsy89
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a reddish-brown, has a thick, beige-colored head. I thought it was hoppier than other reviewers noted, I got an upfront bitterness, almost a pine-like hop taste (as with SN Torpedo). Taste is big, bold flavors of dark fruit, slight caramel, hops, alchohol is noticeable at 8.56% abv. It isn't very "drinkable" for me because of the higher ABV, but it is a good beer. The bottle I tried was perhaps a year old anyways, so a fresher one would probably taste better.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle caught my eye at the store today so i decided to give it a try. I have yet to be disappointed by a lagunitas brew.
Poured from a bomber into a 5 ounce sampling glass.

A- This beer poured a nice brownish ruby red, with a fingers worth of head that left some nice lacing.

S- Pretty bready and yeasty, some citrusy hops and matly sweetness.

T- I get some nice malted sweetness that is quickly overpowered by the huge hoppy bitterness, tastes like there's twice the ingredients of a normal red in here with lots of hops.

M- Big and thick with moderate carbonation, could have been a little thinner.

D- This beer is does a great job at hiding its alcohol but with it being so bitter for a red that a bomber of this would be the perfect amount.

Overall this is another good beer by lagunitas and it shows me that not all reds are tame. I wouldn't turn this beer down anytime soon.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red pour with light lacing. Strong scent of hops with caramel and some sugars. Flavor is hoppy with some caramel and malts. Mouthfeel is fairly tart, but pretty smooth going down. Drinkability is good.

A damn good beer at a very reasonable price. I recommend this beer.

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Photo of macster
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bomber a translucent deep amber-orange color. Props up a thick and creamy light tan head with superb retention throughout the glass. Some spotty lacing is noted as snifter drains.

Aroma is dominated by the caramel malts with smells of warm caramel apple and toasted malt with a background of herbal and spicy hops. Not sure what hop strains they're using here , but not your typical citrus/piney west coast hop profile in this offering.

Mouthfeel shows of a silky smooth and creamy texture with just a hint of tingly CO2 on the tongue.

Flavor profile starts out sweet with notes of caramel candy, toffee, Grape Nut cereal and ripe fruit. Some faint s[ice and herb hop notes make their appearance mid-palate. Finish shows a slightly dry, minerally presence with a mild hop bitterness.

Alcohol is very subdued. An easy drinkin' and well balanced Imperial Red.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass:

Pours a moderate amber gold with cream head that dissipates to a ring.

Aroma is of citrusy hops with background nuances of caramel and butter.

Flavor in many ways mocks the aroma. Well balanced flavors make for a wonderful beer. A bit hoppy for the style but enjoyable non-the-less.

Sticky on the tongue. This beer remains on the tongue for some time.

Enjoyable beer. Citrus and pine flavors cut the occasionally overly sweet red feeling of this beer. Not something I would session but a pleasing one off.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bottle to goblet like glass.

A: Pours a deepening copper. When you lift the glass to the sunlight falling through the window it is about the perfect red. Not much head to speak of, but a ring of tiny bubbles in beige attend this party.

S: Pounds and pounds of caramel. The first whiff I took was some citrus hop and that remains tucked behind that pile of caramel. Toffee.

T: Much less sweet than the nose indicates. Very evenly balanced between the malt and bitterness. There is a medicinal, herbal hop flavor that takes up a lot of the aftertaste. Not really complicated and there is lots of alcohol in the finish.

Overall: Lots, nay tons, of tiny bubbles rising rapidly. This, however, does not make the beer too fizzy like many I've had lately. Mouth is substantial and appropriate and probably due to the obvious alcohol. I'd say this malt verges on Scotch ale.

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Photo of dgallina
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce brown bomber without dating.

Pours clear copper-red with thin film on top and plenty of persistent lace. Smell is low-toned, with damp earth, rough grains, and pine hops. Really over the top in flavor. Huge raw pine overtones lead to a chewy orange fruit and grain center. Prickly bitter pine and alcohol finish. Mostly creamy rich mouth feel, with just enough carbonation. Flavorful, but not very easy-drinking since it's such a brute.

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Photo of Naugros
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep amber, almost red, with a thick head with great structure. It reduces but sticks around and leaves behind a ton of lace with exceptional coverage.

First whiff is all pine and citrus hops. Upon further sniffing you'll get some sweetness from the bready malts.

It tastes almost exactly as it smells and it tastes and smells more like an imperial IPA than a red ale except that the malts are a little bolder and bring darker bread notes than the biscuit of an IPA.

The hops leave behind a pine sap aftertaste that endures. If you drink anything after this one you'll probably still taste this one.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a goblet, this was a deep reddish amber/copper with jsut a slight chill haze. creamy tan head dissipated to a nice lasting collar and lacing. malty caramel dominates the aroma with some resiny pine underneath. also maybe some vague dark dried fruit and a hint of rummy alcohol. taste follows suit flavor-wise, with the sweet caramelly malt dominating at first and a smooth bitterness balancing it out. does not seem at like like the listed 77 IBUs. long drying finish. medium to full in body with nice creamy carbonation.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.77/5  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.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bomber poured into a pint, one plus finger light tan bubbly, creamy head, slightly hazy chesnut brown coloring with copper highlights.

s- sharp vanilla, caramel, biscuit, slight yeasty smell, and a mystery spice that i'm having a hard time putting my finger on.

t- slight roast, caramel, biscuit, bread, spice, pepper, vanilla toast, some hops are present only showing themselves more as it warms.

m- medium body, with some coating.

d- this has decent drinkability, i don't think that i expected this beer to taste this way, i think i was expecting more of a nugget nectar profile, so i was bound to be a bit disappointed because of that fact.

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