Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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

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2,123 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,123
Reviews: 838
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 152
Gots: 145 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of vtfan77
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After a fairly long hiatus from reviewing (thanks, school!), I've acquired a bit of a stockpile of brews. I'll be clearing that out over the next couple of weeks. I actually haven't had this one that long, so I'm reviewing it first because it seems less likely to hold up than the others.

A- Nice reddish amber hue with about an inch or so of slightly off-white head. Nice lacing, too. Beautiful appearance.

S- The first sniff reveals a big, piney hop character. Upon further examination, the malt becomes equally prominent. It's almost barleywine-like with fruit and caramel aromas.

T- The hop aroma is much more prominent in the taste, to the point of drifting into Double IPA territory. Much less balanced than the aroma would suggest. The caramel flavor is still there, but plays second fiddle to the hops. Fairly strong bitterness on the finish.

M- Medium-bodied and smooth. The carbonation is not as high as I would have thought. Quite pleasant.

D- Not bad, although I wouldn't be able to drink more than a bomber of it in one sitting. Certainly not sessionable. Still, an enjoyable drink.

This is simply a solid, if unspectacular, beer. It's kind of like a cross between a barleywine and an IPA, without committing to either one. Lagunitas did a good job distinguishing this big red ale from either of those styles. It's a good beer, and well worth picking up. Recommended.

Photo of Emnmarko
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of shadow1961
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Laugunitas Lucky 13 pours a finger of loose foam over a clear dark orange fluid. Carbonation is moderate but steady, the nose orange marmelade and yeast funk. The flavor is sweet and fruity up front, with notes of molasses and a firm slap of medicinal hop off the back for balance. Mouthfeel is not unexpectedly round, given that they got this up to 8.56% ABV. All that alcohol doesn't really make itself felt except as a feeling of well-being, so take care. Aftertaste is grassy, medicinal hops. Just a tad sticky-sweet but not bad.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 picked up Friday evening at A New Vintage in Meridian for about $3.50.. poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass tonight.. preparing some work stuff for tomorrow while listening to FabricLive 33 Spank Rock.

2 Finger pillowy long lasting head atop a crystal clear red amber brew... rings of lace are pretty.

Aroma smells fresh.. citrusy hops and caramel malts battle for the front of the nose.. but ultimately the hops win out.

Flavor is much like a DIPA with alot of caramel and munich malts mixed in... quite a bit of bitterness melts into fairly thick toffee/caramel notes.. citrus and piney hops.. with a long hoppy finish. Body is thicker than expected.. carbonation is light and helps with a slightly creamy body and a oily hoppiness from front to back... toasty malts show their head more as it warms.. Drinkability is not too high just because it is a little viscous.. but I will consider this a late night sipper tonight.

This is a very nice big beer and I am glad it seems to be an annual treat now... A very good/great beer for an unbeatable value.

Photo of elniko
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

A: Great looking beer, deep amber hue; finger of head that stuck around for a bit. Good carbonation.

S: Not very strong comparing it to the apex of this style the Red Seal Ale. Hops on the nose.

T & M: This beer is high alcohol but I do not taste it all. This is mellower red ale, the hops are apparent but do not overhwhelm. Mouthfeel slightly watery, doesn't have as much staying power as some other red ales I've had.

D: Definitely drinkable despite high alcohol. Not my favorite red ale but would like to have again.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a combination of a red ale and IPA. Coppery red tones in the appearance.

The smell has something less than desireable about it. I suspect its the malts used in a red, because those aren't something I typically dig on, and I almost always love Lagunitas use of hops.

Taste is the best thing about this beer. Recommend getting it as fresh as possible, one of those highly hopped beers that doesn't age the greatest. Has the irish red thing underneath all the hops and bitterness. Hides the alcohol well. Lingers nicely. Could drink a few of these.

Photo of Noboatfred
3.7/5  rDev -10%
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 must be a pseudo-beer snob thing.
The mouth feel was smooth, almost silky, and had a good red ale flavor.

Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a light brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops and citrus. Taste is piney hops up front, some citrus and malts, considerable bitterness at the finish. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable brew.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. OG 1.085, 76.92 IBUs, 8.3% ABV...but no freakin' date. Strange I chose to rate this on the 13th. Anyway...

A - 13 pours a nice copper-amber color with a clear and semi-active body and a robust and long-lasting cream-colored head. It's slow disappearance made way for hearty lacing on the glass.

S - My first perception of this beer's aroma is it's incredible balance. Caramel malt plays around behind the hops but not far enough back to escape recognition. "Mondo" pine and medium citrus American hop aromas flooded out on the pour but began to mellow out and allow a maltier nose. As the aroma changes to maltier, light buttered toast pulls out a bit. Slight alcohol spice and warmth became noticeable a bit later on too. Complex and changing.

T - Like the aroma, this big beer's flavor is very balanced and assertive yet layered. The obvious hop presence carries through this beer from start to finish slightly changing along the way. The hops manifest themselves more as a strong bittering agent as opposed to a flavorful counterpart. Light pine and citrus tickle the tongue. A hearty malt of caramel and pale fill up the background but are quickly washed away by this beer's...interesting finish. Hoppy bitterness and spicy alcohol finish out the 13 with a light grassy and paper flavor that lingers for a while. The end flavor isn't too pleasing to me. I don't think it has gone bad at all but I'm not really into it.

M - Meduim-full bodied and quite rounded out, it's definitely bitter and dry. It has a tingle on the tongue from the small bubbles in the carbonation. The interesting finish carries with it a light paper and metallic mouthfeel. Subtle but enough to be a tad off-putting.

D - I don't necessarily want to finish it the more I drink it but it's definitely not close to a drain-pour. It's good all around but a bit off-putting on the finish.

Photo of selecter70
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another excellent Lagunitas...not what I expected, but in a good way! A thin pour to coppery opaque honey brown with a full finger of off-white head & some decent lace. Aromas of malty vanilla, almost a Goetze cow-tail candy, but rounded by some hints of pepper & hops. The mouthfeel is creamy but not too heavy, with good roasted caramel malt and a bit of hop that leaves a strawberry aftertaste. Quite nice & unexpected. A bit sweet, but not too tacky; a bomber is sufficient although some might go for more.

Photo of dar482
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours in a beautiful deep ruby, amber color.

The aroma has sweet tropical juicy fruit like mango and melon, with a huge amount of sugary crystal malt sweetness. There’s some citrus in there too.

The flavor has a big caramel malt punch of sweetness, but then there’s a good amount of hops. It’s sweet pineapple, a bit of citrus, but it’s mostly that malt sweetness that takes over. I don’t get much bitterness in this.

In the end, I wish this had more hop bite and bitterness. It’s super drinkable at 8.9% ABV and tasty, but a bit tame on the aroma and flavor for me.

Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On tap at High Dive.

A: Golden orange with good clarity and a slow upward flow of bubbles feeding a finger of pillowy white froth. Lots of lacing.

S: Grapefruit flesh and pine with a little orange. The hops are nice and aromatic. Malt is pronounced, reminding me of bread and caramel. Alcohol is evident.

T: The beer has a strong caramel malt foundation with bready aspects. Hop bitterness is at a moderate level, with notes of orange, pine, and grapefruit. Alcohol is apparent throughout the flavor, but it's neither offensive nor detracting. Malt and hops are about on par, but the beer is more on the dry side than the sweet. Bitterness waxes in the finish.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky.

Overall: A strong malty red ale with a robust hop profile to match. Not one of my favorite styles, but I recognize its merit and can appreciate it.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Pours a translucent, deep copper body in the mug, yielding half an inch of off-white head. Retention is pretty poor, collapsing into a small donut collar with some streaks of lacing left behind.

S: Very hoppy for a red ale. A lot of citrus hops, toasted malt, toffee, and brown sugar. The malt profile is signature Lagunitas actually -- reminds me of their Gnarlywine and Hairy Eyeball.

T: More hop character than could be discerned in the nose. The taste is initially malty, with a nice blend of caramel, toasted malt, and bread. It is quickly overtaken by a grapefruit / citrus rind hop flavor. As the taste progresses, pine comes into the mix, along with brown sugar and toffee. I feel like there is more beneath the surface, but the flavors aren't fully realized yet.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied, and the carbonation is a bit high. It makes the flavors a bit muted; for a big and complex beer, this is a problem.

D: Honestly, this is a pretty good beer. I found it much better as it warmed, and its BA recommended temperature of 45-50 F is a bit low. The mouthfeel could use some work to bring out the complexity of its flavor, but this is something I'll be picking up again to see if/how it changes. I love the price, too (under $5).

Photo of Tates
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a bold red ale that was heavy on the hops and was more carbonated that I'd normally like. The strength makes it ideal for putting just a bit cooking (I put it into my burgers and was amazed). Don't expect to drink this one all night, but it is a great way to start a BBQ

Photo of ffejherb
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber into shaker pint glass on 10/3/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Clear ruby-colored body with amber highlights and one finger of foamy beige head that settled into a patchy film with plenty of sticky lacing and moderate amount of carbonation.

S - Huge caramel malt nose with plenty of sweetness up front, as well as a floral and perfumy hop profile with some alcohol twang.

T - Big malty presence with dark caramel notes and a good amount of perfumy and floral hops. Drinks almost like an Imperial ESB, if there is such a thing. Slight bitter sting in the finish.

M - Creamy and warm mouthfeel with very soft carbonation. Overall, this is a little oily and slick with a moderate bitter finish that lingers for a while on the palate.

D - This has a big malty presence with plenty of hops, yet the balance seems a little off kilter. This is pretty tasty, but the hop profile isn't one of my favorites.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear red amber color with a nice film of foam retaining well atop the liquid

The smell is fantastic, I picked up whiffs of it as I poured the beer and felt my mouth watering. Lots of hops, carmel malts, and an underlying alcohol scent.

The taste is very good, nice and strong with the hops, the malts balance the bitterness out well. The alcohol is not malt-masked as well as I'd like, but overall this had a great taste.

The mouthfeel was decent, definate bitter hop presence throughout with the malts coating it in a light sweetness. The alcohol lingers in the mouth, I feel like I shouldn't light a match for a while.

Given the high ABV this is surprisingly drinkable. Glad to have tried this.

Photo of Hendry
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A fine example of why you should not read reviews before you try the beer. I've enjoyed Lagunitas Sucks very much in the past when it was available, was disappointed by Hop Stoopid, so I wanted to keep an open mind about Lucky 13 knowing what Lagunitas is capable of.

No deep chestnut or mahogany here, just a straightforward translucent amber with a tinge of red hue in there, tall 3 finger ecru head.

Aroma is straight up malt,slight roastiness with a trace of pine in the mix. The nose is that of a butterscotchy diacetyl assault on the palate.Decent lacing,though spotty.

The force and graininess of the malt flavor overshadows any attempt at bitterness the hops try to bring.The alcohol is present but less of an offputting character than the sweetness that is everpresent.

Mouthfeel is medium full and grainy.

On a recent kick of hoppy red ales, I've been enjoying the local varieties from Lawson's (Steve's Back Yard Red Ale), Maine Beer Company (Zoe),and most notably and refined, Fiddlehead Ruby Claire, with an incredible nose and finish accomplished by dry hopping with simcoe. Lucky 13 is pretty boring,quite malty, and overrated IMO.

Photo of pwoods
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bomber, purchased at From the Vine in Columbus, poured into a pint.

A: Pours a dense amber with some coppery hues. 1 finger of light caramel colored head forms and holds decently. A nice coating of lacing... I bet this bad boy is hopped to hell!

S: Hops are big but the massive DIPA like malt structure is overpowering. I feel like I have to chew through the sweet, biscuity malts. Hops are still there with some floral and citrus notes.

T/M: Thick, chunky malts, super sweet and chewy. A nice alcohol spice mixes nicely with a highly hopped red. A firm hop hand of citrus and pine go nicely as well. The malts cut back in with buttery and nutty taste. Body is fat and chewy with enough carbonation to cut through it a bit. Finish is dry and long lasting bitter.

D: Tasty brew... but maybe a bit too much going on(hence a slightly lowered taste score). I do love hoppy red's, though. 8.3% isn't too obvious but this is definitely a big beer. I'll have no problem finishing the bomber, though.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AndySR15 for this bottle as an extra.

a - pours a rusty burnt orange color, one-inch cream colored head, good retention and lacing, pretty clear

s - piney hops and a slightly biscuity and sweet maltiness are the dominant aromas, some lighter orange marmalade notes, wisps of alcohol

t - sweet caramel malt mixed in nicely with a decent amount of bitter piney hopiness up front, light caramel and citrus on the midpalate, finish is pretty bitter with some pine and orange mixed with biscuity malt, hints of alcohol on the finish as well

m - medium-bodied, good amount of carbonation, but not too much, somewhat dry on the finish, not much by way of warming

d - fairly drinkable, pretty well balanced, not overly drying on the palate, alcohol is muted

Decent effort overall and a good example of an amped-up red ale. As Lagunitas beers are always relatively well-priced, this one is worth a try.

Photo of bruachan
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thick head doesn't stick around as long as the roman empire, but leaves just as much of a legacy down the glass. beneath looms a reddish copper giant spewing scents of cascade and sweet

it's massively bitter, and afterwards sports some molasses and sweet malts. more cascades, i'd say. some roasty caramel coats the tongue. brown sugar, too, abounds

a good offering from that fine brewery in petaluma

Photo of guzzle211
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into my trusty Moosehead Pale Ale glass.

Appearance is true to description, dark amber / red. A healthy off-white head bellows forth but disappears as quickly as it forms. Slight traces of lacing, respectable for the abv.

Smell is dominated by hops. These days it seems that double/imperial/mondo means strictly hops, regardless of the style.

I love the balance of the Lagunitas Imperial Red, and was expecting a mondo version of that (including the balance,) but this tastes more like every other West Coast hop bomb. I am a little confused by some of the previous reviews that mention malt. I was hoping for more of a malt balance in this, but hops dominate. Mouthfeel is nothing special.

Drinkability is high for the ABV, the alcohol is very well hidden.

Photo of Chaney
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is the #6 ranked American Amber/Red Ale on BA.

A: Man, I haven't had a peach colored brew in a while, but that was exactly what this was. Very pretty actually, crystal clear in translucence, with a soft solid white head that stayed afloat as a ring around the brew.

S: Candy sugar... melted Astro Pop actually, with a slight puff of West Coast-style hoppiness. Very subdued.

T: Right off the bat, I got a very clear hop presence that was reminiscence of an IPA. I didn't get the red velvet cake-esque quality that I usually get with reds (eg. Southern Tier Big Red, Port Shark Attack, etc.). The balance between the hop and fruit was very linear indeed. I must say though, I got a slight hint of Castor Oil on the finish.

M: Bitter and sweet at the same time, but not too bitter or sweet at all. The lacing was minimal and the alcohol was very well hidden.

O: This is just personal preference here: When I'm in the mood for a West Coast Imperial Red Ale, I prefer a cake batter hop bomb (eg. Green Flash Hop Head Red). But once again, that's just personal preference.

Photo of kirok1999
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby with a nice rising head and a bit of lace with each sip.
Smell is pretty mild, just a bit of rich malts, sweet caramel, citrus from the hops.
Taste is much like the smell, a bit mild and bland. Not bland in a bad way, there is nothing offensive here at all. It's a great sipper when you don't want your face blown off by a monster beer. Some slight pine and citrus come through as it warms a bit. It actually improves a lot as it warms.
Feels smooth and creamy and is a very drinkable beer in the right circumstance.

Photo of mhatters
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at both South Philly Tap Room and TJs in Paoli - had them the same day

Poured a copper color with a smallish white head. Clear.

Hops pronounced in the nose, pine dominates, but citrus is there too and some herbal notes as well. A bit sweet. The malt comes out in the end - caramel, strong and powerful

The flavor is consistent with the nose, malty, hoppy, and fairly powerful. The alcohol is there in the flavor.

Well balanced, good mouthfeel, neither too thick or too thin. I had these hours and beers apart .neither time did I want another one right after. A lot there for me.

Photo of jaxon53
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a beautiful clear amber red color. About two good fingers of thick, pillowy, off-white head formed. Decent retention and left moderate amount of lace. Nice thick malty aroma up front, with a nice hoppiness to it. Somewhat of a fruity aroma as well. Flavors of hops, malt, short bready tones, small hints of citrus fruits, all with a sweet earthiness . Definitely a nice smooth hop bite to it. Nice medium feel in the mouth.No alcohol present. Minimal carbonation. Very drinkable and very enjoyable.

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,123 ratings.