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Lucky 13.alt - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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266 Reviews
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Reviews: 266
Hads: 868
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 18.89%
Wants: 28
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MADhombrewer on 06-23-2011

Imperial Blonde Ale

O.G. 1.085
76.92 IBU
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Reviews: 266 | Hads: 868
Photo of thepenguin
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed 8/29/12

L: Pours a deep copperish color.

S: Delightful tropical citrusy grapefruit-like hops: Amarillo for sure. Some bready malt makes its way into the aroma as well. You might say it smells like a tamed DIPA.

T: Fruity, tropical, and seriously citrusy hops come out and hold through till the end. Breadlike malt also makes quite an appearance, especially towards the finish, with some nuttiness as well. Despite the hoppiness, this beer isn’t too bitter; more like a malt-forward DIPA.

F: Medium body with medium/light carbonation. A little bit of warmth from the alcohol post-sip, but pretty damn tame for the abv. Leaves a pleasant slick feel on the palate.

O: A very nice little big beer. One of those that defies stylistic categories, making it an appropriate and worthy ‘anniversary’ beer. Fine showcase of Amarillo hops (in a non-IPA I might add), very well hidden alcohol, and yet another quality inexpensive offering from a great brewery. Keep em coming, Lagunitas!

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Photo of JkOd81127
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

I love this beer. Its something that warms you up when its cold outside, but gives you that sigh of relief when you have had a hard day to. Not something that you would really want to drink more than two of at a time because of strong flavors that can ruin a palate if you want to drink or taste anything else for the next few hours.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep dark intriguing brown with a frothy off white head
This beer smells of honey, malt, very hoppy nose that is balanced by a strong malt profile
very malty taste, there’s hints of honey, caramel and a lot of hops throughout and in the finish.It hides the alcohol pretty well
This is a nice change up to the regular Lagunitas line, it was a bit pricey. It doesn’t have Lagunitas regular explosive flavor but is still a bit heavy


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Photo of KomodoDragon
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Quiet brew of orange color, very translucent, small head with wonderful lacing.

S - I don't pick up much, some nectar, some toasted wood

T - Caramel and even quite sweet upfront - even young tasting, great spicing in the middle - red pepper flakes - along with plantain sweetness. Welcomed bitter balance. Not smooth, but very drinkable

M - Hefty carbonation, heavy feel.

O - Bursts of sweet and spice, malt and hops. Wonderfully bold and hearty. Enjoyable, but a bit too sugary sweet and I reached my limit on sweetness halfway thru.

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

aged a bottle for about 3 years or so. really helped.

all the sugars mellowed out completely leaving it with an almost woody flavor, which is awesome because my biggest complaint with it right of the shelf was that it was way to sweet and really hard to drink. still a bigger fan of the mondo red. but if you come across an old bottle its def worth grabbing and letting it sit a while.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1pt. 6fl. oz. brown bottle

Lagunitas Lucky 13.alt [blond girl on label] poured a light auburn/amber color into my snifter. A 1-finger off-white bubbly head was produced and shortly shrunk to craggy lacing. The nose is malt based with some citrus and floral notes. The taste is slightly different compared to the nose and has dominant hop flavors of flowery grapefruit and orange along with mild notes of caramel malt. The mouth feel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Lagunitas comes through again with a beer that is full flavored, hoppy and reasonably priced...way to go!

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Photo of Stephen_Hawkings_Drool
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

My wife gave me this as a Christmas stocking stuffer last year and I decided to cellar it based on some reviews I read at the time. I had planned on cellaring it for a year...it lasted 11 months.

A: Copper, 2" head with decent stamina
S: Honey, Bread Pudding, Citrus and Agave Nectar
T: Grapefruit, Sourdough Bread, Molasses and a lingering bitterness that breaks up the cloyingly sweetness
M: If you think it's thick after it's been freshly bottled, wait a year. Not terrible, but if reduced by half I'd imagine it'd be a nice alternative to syrup for your waffles.
O: I really enjoyed this, but am going to find a fresh bottle to allow myself an honest comparison. Being a chef, all I could think about while drinking it was using it to braise a pork belly. I like cheese toast.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of brurevu
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A simple review would be to say the Lucky 13.alt is another excellent Lagunitas beer with the trademark big hops with a touch of sweetness, but that’s too easy. The Lagunitas Lucky 13.alt is an alternative take on their Lucky 13 Imperial Red Ale that pours a dark dirty blonde with plenty of hops in the aroma. The initial taste was like biting into a big juicy grapefruit that kept my mouth watering and wanting more. There was a light malt on the end that adds a lingering sweetness, but it was the big sweet grapefruit flavors that kept me coming back.

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Photo of colforbin73
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a very intense beer.... i am not sure what to make of the category, AMERICAN STRONG ALE, but i guess it is an appropriate designation. (set this up next to a drake's denogginizer though... they are not too far apart.)

pours a lovely copper with a nice bit of foam -- plenty of juicy hops and deep malt aroma -- shoe leather combined with spiky lemony hops.

the taste is very malty and deep, there is a faint touch of flat cola in the background. no roastyness from the malts -- but the caramel is heavy with this ale. no real yeast presence, but it is a lively beer... thinking rye bread or better PUMPERNICKEL. the bitterness from the hops is spot on.

lagunutas crafts a wide array of ales and this one is most unlike their other efforts. not an everyday beer, but this is perfect for the pale/ipa drinker that wants to mix it up a little. get this in the mix instead of that IIPA.

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Photo of Brenden
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm not sure about the brewery's claim that this is any sort of "blonde" or whether it's a variation on the original. Why call it "Lucky 13" anything if it's not based on Lucky 13, which is not at all a blonde? That aside, I will say it's a similar color, but it may actually lean a little lighter, sort of an amber-copper. The creamy, frothy and dense head reaches nearly two fingers and fades very slowly. Retention really is excellent, as is the chunky lacing that's left on the glass.
The aroma is strong, quite boozy with some cereal grains before some bready malts kick in. Caramel and a sort of maple-like sweetness give way to citrus zest and resin. The sweetness and bitterness kind of fight each other a little rather than balancing at first, but they get it together.
The flavor, while a bit jumbled, comes together a little better. Citrus and caramel malts play well together, while the ethanolic hit sits just at a tolerable level. Toffee and some dark fruits come into the finish, while some zest and pith are brought in from the hops.
The body is medium with a certain thickness and it's a tad clunky, maybe a little slick and somewhat lacking finesse. I think Lagunitas was looking for the "beer is good because it's strong" people. Overall, though, it's better than a lot out there.

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Photo of retry4z
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a bottle - the last one found at the store.

Appears amber-orange, with a large beautiful head.

Smells of honey, pine, and citrus.

Taste of honey, caramel, strong hops contributing to the high bitterness that fades and blends with a tad of sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel is creamy, low to medium carbonation.

Overall, a very respectable American Stron Ale, very unique in its color and taste compared to the traditional bunch (e.g., Arrogant Bastard). Would be interested to try a double ASA version of this. My favorite is still Double Bastard.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Mr. Dunderbak's. Served in a pint glass.

A: Nice amber color, nearly clear with some chill haze. A finger's worth of off-white head and medium visible carbonation.

S: Fruity hops up front - citrus, tropical fruits, and grassy, with some toasted cracker malt.

T: Follows the nose - big citrus flavor (orange and grapefruit rind), tropical fruit, a bit of pineapple, all over a noticeable malt backbone. Mild fruity bitterness in the hang.

M: Medium body, alcohol well-hidden given the ABV, average carbonation sensation.

O: This is quite enjoyable. It doesn't look or taste much like a blonde ale, but it disappeared pretty quickly. Recommended.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pleasant orange with lots of carbonation and a lingering one-finger head
S: Layered with florals, pine hops, rye-smelling grains and a hint of citrus zest
T: Fruit esters, pine sap, molasses
M: Thick, almost cloying, a hint of alcohol
O: Overall a good beer, but if this one has had the malt turned down versus the Lucky 13 I'm almost worried to try that, although the original's alcohol is a bit lower. Given the nose, the palate/mouthfeel are just a bit too much and I think the hops could be bumped up a bit to add a bit of crispness to the thickness

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Photo of TruePerception
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Lagunitas Lucky 13 .alt Anniversary Release: 8.8% ABV, medium head; Appearance: medium-light amber; Smell: piney, light hops; Taste/Mouthfeel: piney, moderately bitter, faint lemon, fair malt; pretty good.

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$4.95 for the 22oz bottle. Bottled the 187th day of 2013 which is July 6th.

A- it pours a clear copper with a 2 finger head of foam.(served cool not cold) It looks to have some good lacing.

S- I get loads of bread and caramel malt in the nose. The label says this clocks in at 76.92 IBUs. I don't get any hop aroma but it's not unusual for the style and the DIPA style to have the hops kind of hidden.

T- before I get to the taste, I have to mention how thickish and syrupy the beer is upon first taste.
This is very sweet with notes of bread but there's a hop presence that I'd say was oily/resiny that adds a bit of light bitterness, maybe not enough or...this is an Old Ale style so I'm not turned off by the lack of bitterness.

M- thick, creamy bordering on syrup like, there's not a lot of carbonation going on for being this fresh. Cellaring would cut down the carbo even more so I guess I'll drink them when they are fresh.

O- A pretty tasty example of the style and I'll have another, please. A good price helps. ;^)

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass. I asked the bartender for a Green Flash west coast IPA. His reply: "That keg kicked, Lags 13 came in today and I tapped it." That was a few days ago, here's the review.

A- Dark amber color, clean looking. Off-white head, 2-finger, thick and creamy. Heavy drapes of thick lacing.

S- Citrus hops dominate. Some pine. Not much sign of the sweetness to come.

T-A big mix of toasty malt flavors with citrus and pine hops. The sweets are evident and help a near perfect balance of the flavors and alcohols.

M- Full creamy smooth body. Maybe too full, the sweetness is clingy, sticky and resinous. There are enough hops for a long bitter finish. Maybe it needs a bit more carbonation.

O- A great looking beer with drinkability at 8.8% abv.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, unsurprisingly, given this is an American Strong ale, the ratings are already pretty high. I find this annoying, being able to predict ratings based on style. This means that

1. the ratings are less reliable, because they are skewed towards big beers, heavily hopped beers, or barrel aged/imperal stout type beers.
2. people do not actually rate to style. How could they? If they did, you wouldn't have such a big discrepancy between the top rated imperial stout/strong ale/IIPA and the top pilsner, adjunct lager, or malt liquor.

Anyway, yes, I'm annoyed. I could have practically told you this beer would rate at or near 4 before I even looked it up.

I however, rate things to style, or at least make a concerted attempt to do so, everry time, and without bias. So here goes....

Orange to auburn in color, clear, with a nice, dense, two finger light tan head that had some good staying power and laced the glass with sticky globs.

Aroma is primarily hoppy at first, with a blast of sweet caramel malts to follow. Kind of like a hoppy amber ale on steroids. Flavor follows right along, but the malts come to the front, leaving a lingering hop bitterness. Caramel malts are plentiful, probably mixed SRMs, but more of the darker stuff (this is an impression based on the taste, I haven't looked up the recipe so I could be wrong about which grains they used). There's bread, toast, fruits, a little dark fruits, and some sweet brown sugar. Despite the considerable hops bite and notable bitterness, this beer retains plenty of sweetness.

Body is pretty thick and alcohol warming as you drink it. Not a beer I'd have more than one bomber of in a day.

Overall it's thick, flavorful, and interesting. I would consider it more of a novelty beer to be enjoyed occasionally than an everyday drinker. You've kinda gotta commit to this one when you pop the cap.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- Pours a clear golden amber color with a two finger white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma of the beer is a mix of sweet and hoppy. The sweet is a blend of tropical fruits and a large dose of caramel with the hoppy being of a predominant grapefruit and citrus aroma.

Taste- The flavor starts out rather sweet with a strong caramel and brown sugar flavor mixed with some tropical fruit flavors. A citrus hop flavor is present upfront which grows stronger as the flavor advances more toward the end. Along with the increase in the citrus hop comes an increase in the sweeter more sugary flavors of caramel and brown sugar all at the expanse of some of the fruit. In the end the still very sweet flavor is met by some more hop of a pine and a floral nature which in the end leave a rather sugary hopped but pleasant flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew was average in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that was rather average as well. Both suited the mix of sweet and hoppy flavors rather nicely and made for a rather easy drinker even at 8.8 % abv.

Overall- A rather sweet but tasty, none the less, IPA with an easy drinking style. While not quite up to the traditional Lucky 13 it was an interesting take, and is well worth the try if you get a chance.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The pour out of the bottle was a darken light amber (if there is such a thing). Semi-dark head that was plentiful.
The nose was all malt and very little hops. Same applied to the initial taste. The malt was present from the start, made it almost a 'sweet' or 'fruity' tasting beer.. More of what I expected from a Red Amber or Barleywine But I guess it also does fit the American Strong Ale mold, which I do not have a lot of experience with.

The taste was very good, full, crisp, round with a nice a balance of malt and hoppiness. Just enough bitterness to offset the flavor of the malt.

Another nice beer from Lagunitas. This would probably be my end of summer, beginning of fall beer.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got firkin’ lucky with this one.

(That is, I got Lucky 13 on firkin. At the beer sanctuary.)

This poured a copper-caramel color with amazing foam retention. Seriously! The cap of foam held its shape even after 15 minutes. Impressive.

The aroma come across like a sweet malt smack with a slightly dank fist of resiny hops.

As I taste it I find there’s a pronounced bitterness which contrasts with the malty sweetness. Like a barleywine or scotch ale I get a long, lingering finish, some piney hops, a bitter peak, and lots of malt sweetness. I liked it.

Updated from the bottle:

This pours a deep hued amber with light foam.
I find aromas of orange and orange marmalade, orange peel, and a sweet caramel note rounding it out.
I taste a lot of orange and citrus hops, defined by a midpoint bitterness and held together by a pleasant caramel malt character. There’s a malty sweet finish. A beer big enough for the hop head in me, but malty enough for those who shy from the lupulin.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear copper to light amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some burnt orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy dark beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical/mango/pineapple hops over the top of lighter aromas of sweet brown sugar like malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of malty sweetness with some notes of brown sugar and caramel. There is a light to moderate flavor of tropical/mango/pineapple and citrus/orange/grapefruit hops. Light to moderate amounts of hop bitterness that lingers.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Sticky. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Definitely an interesting beer that does not seem to fight into any style very well - I like the presence of the hops and the alcohol is fairly well hidden. This is a big beer and is much more of a sipper than an easy drinker.

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Photo of Lledd
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden straw color with very little head fading quickly leaving little-to-no lacing.

S: Beautiful hops dominate the aroma. Mostly bitter with pleasant notes of citrus. The malt aroma is hard to detect under the hops, but what is there smells sweet and brown-sugary.

T: Delicious. The hops and malt are balanced very nicely and both follow the nose, except the malt is more pronounced in the flavor than it was in the aroma. There is a sourness to the taste. Not a Brett sour however.

M: Thick. A little more carbonation would be nice to cut the sweetness of the malts. My lips are left sticky.

O: Great beer. It smells great and tastes better. I love the balance between the bitter citrus hops and bready sweet malts. I would have liked more carbonation.

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Photo of AdamMY
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a wonderful amber color with large pale head that laces down the glass as it slowly recedes.

Aroma is quite hoppy, with hints of some light fresh fruits ( apples, cherries, and pineapple). With a little bit more time it develops a fresh baked bread aroma, almost sourdough-esque, as it is a touch funky.

The slightly funky but delicious character persists into the taste, nice hops, presenting a more floral and fruity character than bitter character. But yes definite fresh baked sourdough bread. Into this finish the sourdough presists, and this next part might sound weird but it reminds me of a rabbit/ hamster/ gerbil food in its intense vegetable character on the finish. I oddly really enjoy it though that association does not sound great.

Mouthfeel is nice, it could be better though. Seems a touch watery, while it is very effervescent, it does not coat how I would like it too, it seems to just slide right off everything.

In short a very very good beer. Highly enjoyable!

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lagunitas Brewing Company - Lucky 13.alt - 1pt 6fl oz bottle

Look - Pours lighter amber with a foamy head. Good lacing. Hazy unfiltered with mostly standstill carbonation.

Smell - Sweet honey with a tinge of stinging malt.

Taste - Sweet carbonated tang (honey) with some slight hops at the end.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, sweetness fades just right. After that, malty alcohol rests on the tongue, but not overwhelming.

Overall - Great for its type I am sure. Not usually my preferred style but I'll try any Lagunitas. I suppose if you paired it with the right food it would be better suited, but I like a brew that is able to stand on its own, so that's how I judge them.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Clem’s Bottle House and Deli
Price: $5.99
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel orange clear color with two fingers of white head. Nice uneven, foamy lacing all the way down. Decent retention as well.

Smelled a refreshing surprise of hops up front. Got very sweet floral hops first. Also pine, citrus, sharp, but light grapefruit, lemon, light lime and orange peel. Basically smelled like a floral IPA.

Tasted similar to the smell, which is a good thing. Still reminded me or an IPA more than an American Strong Ale. Got those sweet, sugar floral hops. Nice bitterness on the tongue after. Citrus, lemon, lime, pine, sharp grapefruit. Very good.

Light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

Really liked this beer. I really didn’t even know what type it was when I bought it and found out home when I checked Beer Advocate (hiding the rating with my hand of course). Another good beer from Lagunitas.

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Lucky 13.alt from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.