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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: 2,363
Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at BevMo. Surprisingly, I have never had a Lagunitas beer, so I'm pretty curious to see how this will be. As always, love trying anniversary ales.

A: Clear coppery red/brown. I only get a thin tan film and little lacing. Many tiny bubbles come from the bottom of the cup.

S: Strong sugary malt, molasses scent really comes out. Maybe some prune or raisin as well.

T: Big sweet malty flavor, bready and full. Some fruity or estery sweetness as well, again seems like perhaps raisin or some other dark dried fruit. Finish is just a touch bitter without having any real flavor character to the hops.

MF: Thick and chewy with a nice carbonation bite. Plenty of warming in the mouth between the alcohol and fizz. The alcohol itself did not hit too hard at first, but certainly catches up to you by the end of the pint.

D: Pretty high drinkability for the style. Seems like the alcohol and flavor isn't quite as extreme as in some other cases. A malt-dominant brew to be sure, but enough of a hop balance as to not become a malt bomb. Personally, I like my strong ales a little more hard hitting in general, but I have to say this is pretty darn good. Taking something like an amber ale and turning it into this is a nice piece of work.

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Photo of Drew966
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale pours a reddish copper with a tan head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. There is a strong malty aroma that also has some noticeable hops. There is a thick mouthfeel and a burst of flavor, it's moderately hoppy with a really strong malt backing. Really nice.

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Photo of SolsticeDreamer
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pour into a large Duvel glass, amazing copper red color, beautiful put up to the light. One finger hight of head, lingers on the side as one drinks.

Smell: Sweet pleasant malt aroma chased by piney hop aroma a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Not very smooth, a bit rough with the bitterness but that balances out to a night malty sweetness and that lovely pine finish.

Mouthfeel: Really enjoyable medium bodied beer with wee bit too much carbonation. Alcohol very much present.

A daily drinker for a nice price at about 3.50$ for a bomber. Good over all flavor with a good strength for those of strong livers and lack of taste buds.

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Photo of gabeerfan
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks a dark, coppery red with a good, off-white head that hung around a while.
First scent catches the citrus, pine, grassy hops, then I caught a little carmel sweetness in there.
Taste is pretty much the same as the smell. Citrus, pine, grass hops with a good caramel malt backbone to round it out.
Good, medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation. The flavors hang around on the palate.
Decent drinkability. Somewhat high ABV and the flavors don't completely kill the palate.
As always, a tasty beer from one of my favorite CA breweries. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Goliath
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with red hues. One finger of light tan head forms, and stays with decent retention leaving tiny bubbley lace behind.

The aroma is very pleasant. A beautiful hop profile showcasing citrus and pine. A sweetness lingers. Gets a little boozy as it warms.

Taste is good. A gentle citrus hop profile, much less aggressive than I had hoped. A nice bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tingley carbonation bite.

Drinkability is moderate. Alcohol is pushing the high end, but flavor is good. Rounds out to be easily consumed but in limited quantity.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber

A-Copper reddish with 1-2 two inch white head. Good looking beer
S-Smell of sweet malt-caramel with hoppy, piney aroma, slightly boozy
T-Piney taste at first, sweetness of malt coming through, slightly boozy and a little metallic, not the smoothest flavor thought it was a little roughr around the edges
M-good feel, but a little watery, decent carbonation
D-Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of cichief
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a beautiful amber-red, with a nice tan head.

S- Hints of pine and citrus, the malt isn't really noticeable.

T- The malt comes through well, the hops give a nice balanced dry finish, subtle hint of the alcohol.

M- Full bodied, smooth, not too bubbly.

D- Interesting, very drinkable considering the alcohol level.

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Photo of Tolann
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear copper/amber color. Some head white that clings to the glass. not a lot of carbonation action.

S - Piney hops and some citrus. Hop smell is fresh and simple. It's a hop smell. Simple as that. few Caramel notes in the back, but mainly hops.

T - Mostly pine hops. Smooth taste and not a sharp hop bite. Lots of hops up front smoothed out with the malty/caramel sweetness. Sweetness doesn't let the pine get too rough.

M - Hop bitterness hangs at the back of your throat. Some sweetness sticks on the back of your tongue. Very little dryness in the aftertaste. The taste lingers for a good while.

D - I'll have to look for this again. I recall that it was a pretty good value. I really like this one. It's big hop, but not 'hit you in the head' hops.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle in to a goblet, paid 4.49 from local store. Pours clear amber with a nice soft head and lacing climbing the sides. Smells a mellowed citrusy, piney covered by malt sweet. Tastes a lot like it smells. Malt covering a strong IPA like taste. It is very creamy in your mouth. As good as I hoped it would be.

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Photo of midaszero
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle into pint glass

A - Clear amber color with solid off white head and good lacing

S - Piny hop smell with some signs of caramel

T - Very hoppy close but not quite a DIPA

M - Creamy and warm

D - Not a session beer IMO but good when you want a hoppy drink without going for the DIPA

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

Interestingly good. (Or goodly interesting?)

Appearance: Like a dark bourbon with head

Aroma: Hops (Cascade? Mt. Hood?), bitter tobacco

Taste: Earthy! hops, leather, tobacco, strong alcohol notes -- almost whisky-like.

Palate: Nice and spritzy.

Overall: Don't know if I'd commit to buying a 4-or 6-pack of this, but I would definitely revisit it, given the opportunity. Nice.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Burnt, clear amber color with a off white, light coffee head that has great retention and lacing
S: Malt, brown sugar, some citrus hop, definite alcohol presence. Not particularly strong.
T: Strong grapefruit hoppy taste, minus the bitterness, more malt and strong alcohol presence in the finish. Resembles a barley wine, very nice, but not exceptional.
M: Slightly thin and a little too much alcohol in the finish. Could use some more carbonation.
D: Lots of flavor and very drinkable for such a big beer, but overall not one I would just to revisit. Excellent purchase for $3.25 a bomber however.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Carmel apple dark, thin, quickly eroding head, lace almost non existent.

S - Cooked malt smell, that is about it. Good smell, just not outstanding.

T - Nice deep malt start with an even handed hop finish to back it up. Professional beer.

M - Coating and carbonation almost perfect.

D - Hey, I was surprised by the ABV. This sucker could hurt me.

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

average creamy off white dimishing head. good lacing.
aroma consists of some very heavy hops carrying tones of grass, pine, and grapefruit. light caramel notes. average aroma of alcohol and wine. light body thin texture lively carbonated. long finish with light sweetness and a bitter punch to the palate.

i had this on tap at city beer in san francisco and it was even better than the bottle.

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Photo of Portertime
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You can't go wrong with Lagunitas. The Betty Paige look alike on the bottle is a nice touch. Had this one well chilled in my Sam Adams pub glass. Pours a nice iced tea color with a wee head that yeilds nice lacing. The smell at first is smokey, reminiscent of a rauch beer. Some piney hops in the background and then some floral hops come in to play. Taste is oily hops with some floral accents that sticks to the tongue and doesn't go away. I'm getting some grapefruit too. A nice "mondo large" red ale.

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Photo of tpd975
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man do I love Lagunitas. As the other brewers continue to raise their prices, these guys keep pumping out tasty hop bomb after hop bomb at the same low price point they have used. Thanks Lagunitas...You Rule!

A: Pours a nice burnt orange hue with an average off white head. The retention is so so, but nice thick patches of streaky lace are noted.

S: It is not big on aroma, but being a Lagunitas brew they will make up for it on taste. The aromas are mild. Nice hints of sweet brown sugar coated caramel malt with a blast of grapefruit.

T: Ahh Lagunitas equals hoppy goodness in a $5 bomber. Tons of grapefruit tickle the tongue right from the start. A nice caramel malt sweeteness pushes thru in the middle and the finish is all about the hops.

M: Pretty thick for an IPA, great carbonation.

D: Rather drinkable. I enjoyed the bomber myself and if I had another I think I would have popped it open.

Overall: Well it's May 28 in Tampa Florida and it's hotter than balls. I mowed the yard trimmed the palms and tried to take a dip in the pool to get myself right after a bit of overexposure. The pool was nice, but a hoppy treat is what I really needed. I pulled this baby from the cellar and popped it open. Hoppy goodness in a bottle cures all ills. Yum...Happy 13th Lagunitas....Here's to MANY more.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served in a big wine glass at 56 F/ 13 C.

Clear amber color, big dense beige head that sticks around and leaves thick sticky rings of lace.

Smells hoppy - pine, mango, citrus - with toast, caramel, and some rose. Fresh, deep, quite attractive.

Plenty of hop flavor: tropical fruit, then a bit of citrus rind and flowers join in, then deep resinous pine. Toast and caramel. Bitterness is quite noticeable, but moderate. Mildly sweet. Well balanced. Long resinous finish, tasty.

Smooth fine carbonation, a bit fizzy at first but some swirling smooths it out nicely. Some slick oiliness. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Sam Adams glass from a 22oz bomber, notes that Original Gravity is 1.085, and IBU's at 76.92 (call it 77).

Very drinkable clear red ale. Looks like it should. I'd rather see some cloudyness though. Nice dissipating head of white fluff. No, not for this style? This is an Imperial red not a strong ale dudes.

Nose is all hops, very fruity but also fresh smelling and orange/lime noses. Very nice, I like these hops.

Taste has the full great malt up front, followed by the hops, very nice, finishes nicely balanced, not sweet or sour.

Great full mouthfeel, perfect carbonation.

Very hoppy, so not that easy to drink, but it warms up nicely. This is a very good beer to find, thanks to my guy at Armanetti's, love it.

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Photo of asabreed
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: A rich orange red color with nice carbonation, good head retention, and sparse clumps of white lacing.

Smell: Mostly citrus hop with some caramel and sweeter malt aromas, with fruit from the malt and hops, huge fruit, sour cherries, strawberry, mango, maybe some star fruit. Wild and pretty singular.

Taste: An interested balance between citrus and fruit hops, with a lot of strawberry and tropical fruit ala mango, caramel matls, earthiness, and a nice long semi-dry balanced finish with lingering fruit and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, though lighter, with a good fullness and rich carbonation, contributing to easy drinking and a nice balance of flavors.

Drinkability: Another extremely solid brew from Lagunitas, who's starting to take the indefatigable crown of brewing away from some other breweries who I continue to love. They're always experimenting, coming up with new brews, and pushing boundaries. And I'm there to buy as much as I can. A solid ASA in the style of what's more like an Imperial Amber or lighter DIPA, but awesome, and certainly worth a try and beyond.

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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 amiles
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having this on tap every week for a month or two last spring, I've been waiting for it's return and now it's here. Definetely my favorite of the Lagunitas brand beers.

Poured into a 10oz flute glass from New Holland. Creates a rich fluffy cappuccino like head off white in color. Body is reddish amber. Smells of hops, caramel, and a tiny touch of vanilla. Taste is bigger and hoppier than I remember it. Sweet and dry hops, and caramel again. Mouthfeel is medium carbonation and dry as it goes down. Drinkability is great as this is quite balanced, the alcohol is present but it's not stopping me just one bit.

Excellent beer, and was happy to have it back this year.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear red color, tan foamy head that settles very quickly. Light lacing. Aroma is heavily fruited, with some pear notes and some nice sweet caramel malt. Taste is also somewhat fruity, with just the right amount of hops. Smooth mouthfeel, not to syrupy, but the alcohol does dry it a bit. A very nice red ale, great flavor. Great finish. Would love to have this again

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Photo of dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint, 6 Fluid OZ bottle copped from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland...
Pours a clear, ruby-red, dark-amber colored hue with an immense foamy and frothy head that exhibited enormous staying power...
Powerful smell replete with amber, nectar, grains, florals, and bittersweet citrus...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma - large amber, grapefruit notes pouring through along with a hint of alcohol on the tongue, caramel, and a touch of vanilla...
As usual, good stuff from Lagunitas... I might even go as far to consider this an Imperial Red Ale...
Good mouthfeel, but drinkability took a slight hint due to the hefty ABV...
Otherwise, another winner from Lagunitas...

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Photo of Derek
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy copper-amber, light tan head, very little retention, some lacing.

S: Big piny hop aroma, tangerine, toffee, biscuit, cotton-candy fruity esters & caramel.

T: Assertive, slightly harsh bitterness, pine, nectarine, cotton-candy, toffee, slightly biscuity pale malt, warming alcohol.

M: A little too much residual sweetness, smooth, some hop acidity.

D: The residual sweetness & harsh bitterness are having a battle on my tastebuds.

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