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Lucky 13.alt - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 862
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 24
Gots: 35 | 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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Ratings: 862 | Reviews: 265
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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always look forward to new Lagunitas offerings to get my hands on.Poured into a becker a brilliant copper/bronze with a fluffy white one finger head atop that took its time settling.Fresh malty aromas of bread ans lightly sweet caramel,fresh herbal tones underneath.Again fresh is a good word to us for the flavors,slightly crisp bread and caramel tones with slight nuttininess,of course hops are gonna play a part from these guys lending a gentle herbal finish.If I was from northeast Germany I might have a heart attack over this beer,but Iam not and I think its a great new world "big" alt beer.

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

Had this on tap as a guest beer @ Willimantic Brewery.

Appearance is orange in color with a small head....and nice lacing.

Smells very aromatic!....like aroma hops of some sort maybe coming from the yeast. hides the alcohol very well.

Taste is very clean and drinkable...comes out very ale like!. Has sort of an orange or tangerine taste.

Feel is great as well good mixture between dry and creamy.

Overall this beer is enjoyable....they should make this one again

Photo of steelerguy
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light amber, one finger head, fades very rapidly, low carbonation.

S - Citrus hops with some resinous pine, not overpowering, followed by some sweet caramel malt following.

T - Hops start the show, a good bit of citrus to start and then the sweet caramel malt keeps the hops from becoming overpowering. The resinous pine then follows through to the end, always kept it check by a good bit of malt sweetness.

M - This one feels like there is a good bit of sugar left over, finishes with a bit of a viscous finish. A touch more alcohol or carbonation would be welcome for a cleaner finish.

O - A restrained strong ale, good in all aspects but not a stand out. Enjoyable but lacks some character.

Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always happy to try a new one from Lagunitis. My growler was filled at the Green Growler Grocery in Croton on Hudson, NY.

Nice looking brew, clear, typical almond amber, early puffy off white head, then a fine bubble film and leaves nice webs and extensive fine sheets of lacing.

Fruity hop nose with malt sweetness in the rear.

Super flavorful and enjoyable ale, notes of melons, lime, honey, ginger, gin and fruity, hoppy goodness. Packing serious flavor and at almost 9% this is a heady brew, but I'm tasting no alcohol.

Well done and well worth a try. Seek out if this should become available in your general area.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle from Consumer Beverages in Orchard Park, NY. No sign of a freshness date.

Poured into a Duvel goblet. Copper-amber in colour, nice crown of foam, with some great retention and flecks of lacing.

Nose is quite lovely – good citrus notes, sweet malt, tropical fruit, caramel, nice citric hop bitterness.

Very tasty, fits somewhere in the midst of an American Barleywine, strong ale and DIPA. Sweet sugary malt, caramel and milk chocolate is kept in check with tropical fruit (orange, pineapple, mango) and citrus bitterness. Not a hint of booze to be found, very easy to drink. Wonderful mouthfeel – carbonation is just present enough to cleanse the palate, nice and creamy.

Wonderful brew, well worth a pickup. Good mix of style elements, wonderful to drink.

Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Please change to American Strong Ale! Already requested several days ago, and it hasn't happened. Despite the name, it baffles me that someone entered this as an Altbier. ".alt" just means a different version of Lucky 13.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Bottled on Julian date of 144 (May 24, 2011).

Appearance: Clear gold with thin white head. Some nice lacing rings.

Smell: Grapefruit, orange and tropical fruits. More sweet and tart than dry. More than anything, it just smells like Lagunitas.

Taste: Sweet and lightly tart blend of grapefruit, orange, mango and pineapple. The malts are toasty, but fairly minimal. Some light pine, spiciness and bitterness on the finish. Tastes a little too much like Maximus.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium to full body that is fairly sticky. Finish is just barely dry.

Overall: As I said, way too similar to Maximus. In all honesty, all of the hoppy Lagunitas beers are somewhat similar for me, but this goes too far. Plus, Maximus is not my favorite DIPA by any means. Ultimately, I still do enjoy it, as I like the signature Lagunitas taste, but I prefer it be better balanced within the beer.

Photo of ehammond1
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Clear golden and auburn with a big, thick, and persistent off-white head. Lots of sticky spiderweb lacing down the glass.

A very sweet aroma consisting of orange and pineapple citrus, along with bready, caramel, and toffee sweetness.

Very sweet and syrupy. Citrus hops and lots of caramel and toffee sweetness, though the sweetness has a stinging, syrupy bite to it. Low bitterness.

Medium bodied and ample carbonation, though a bit syrupy and heavy.

A decent and inexpensive strong ale, but this ale seems remarkably similar to their Maximus DIPA, which is not one of my favorites.

For what it's worth, I remember enjoying this on tap a lot more than this bottled version.

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About three fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Quite hoppy with a solid malt presence. Lots of tropical citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, mango, orange, pineapple, apricot, and lemon. Also a light whiff of earthy, spicy hops. Solid hints of bready malts with good hints of biscuit and caramel. This is very forward with the citrus fruits.

Taste: Like the smell, a big and bold taste of citrus fruits along with a solid bready malt backing. Bitter and ripe citrus hops upfront with notes of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, orange, apricot, and lemon. Light taste of earthy hops. Citrus is dominate here. Good bready malt taste with some biscuit and caramel. Pretty juicy and good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy feeling body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and very smooth. Finishes fairly dry. Alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Overall: Another very solid brew from Lagunitas. Very good citrus hop taste.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came out looking like the regular Lucky 13, red with good clarity, small head. Aroma was one of the biggest changes, gone is the massive hoppy aroma, yet still the biggest for anything qualifying under the alt. banner.

What is lacks in hoppiness of the original, it makes up for in smoothness/drinkability. Great at hiding the alcohol in a big beer. Better than the original. Bitterness held at bay right where it should be, strong, but not for the sake of touting some absurd ibu#. Otherwise, same amount of caramel and red malts.

Lagunitas always delivers big hoppy beers at a great price, no difference here.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful glowing amber golden body forms thick 3 fingers worth of head, slightly off white. Fine even lacing intricately left behind as the head dwindles, or after your first few sips. Aroma has an intense tropical fruit, pine, pineapple, mango, grapefruit blasts of hops, all sugar coated with a nice malt backbone peaking through with a kiss of alcohol reaching the nares. They make some big beautiful beers, this has a wallop of hop flavor well blended malt sweetness and soothing alcohol which all goes down extremely easily with each sip. There's up front sugar from the malts, a bit of warming alcohol, but then there's a well blended hop orchestra of mango, grapefruit citrus peel, pine cone, and straight up dirt as in earthiness. Really well blended flavors that don't become cloying by any means, extremely easy to drink for a beer this huge. Resinous but not too oily, slick just to lubricate yourself and your palate, even carbonation nothing cloying...damn good. Overall feelings, I love Lagunitas and this is proof that they need to build their Chicago plant sooner than already planned, it can't get any fresher or more affordable only 4.75 to 6 bucks at the highest in a beer store around my parts.

Photo of Brenden
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of rdilauro
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of nickthegun12
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow thats good!

appearance is orange in color with a small head....and nice lacing.

smells very aromatic!....like aroma hops of some sort maybe coming from the yeast. hides the alcohol very well.

taste is amazing...very clean and drinkable...comes out very ale like!. has sort of an orange or tangerine taste.

feel is great as well good mixture between dry and creamy

overall this beer is outstanding....they def. need to make this one again

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. This was a surprise upon ordering this at the local beer-friendly bistro - for the price, I though I was getting a 12oz bottle...so, yay, I think...

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with one finger of dense soapy off-white head, which leaves some paramecia lacework around the glass as it duly settles. It smells of grapefruit and pine hops, bready caramel malt, and a bit of herbal notes. The taste is bitter citrus rind up front, a reserved caramel/toffee malt, and more underlying herbaceousness, slightly soused in warming alcohol. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium-light in weight, smooth, and just a little creamy. It finishes likewise - citrus cream is the order of the day.

No big departure for Lagunitas, except maybe for that mild, but lingering, herbal character. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, I guess.

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

A: Pretty glowing warm orange color with a finger high head comprised of tight orange tinted bubbles. Spotty bits of lace.

S: Big fruit, pine, and herbal notes in the aroma. Really brightly stinky. Mouth watering fruit, reminiscent of some kind of peach and berry pie filling, mid-cooking, with fermented cranberries and candied blood orange. Tea-like and herbal aromas are floating around...basil comes to mind.

T: This beer is loaded. Blasts of fruit (as in the aroma but somehow bigger), embedded in tasty bread malty goodness. Brisk bitter hops are sprinkled throughout and certainly stir things up.

M: Syrupy, thick bodied, sticky-gooey texture. A little over the top I think but not unpleasant. This feels like a big beer for sure.

O: Good beer indeed.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rushing, jazzy look, bright light amber color, small off-white head.

A sweet caramel malt, super sweet red fruits, big, lush hop flavor's. citric and sweet! Pineapple and strawberries. Very potent aroma.

A huge and crispy, sweet malt kick with major dry, earthy hops, bitter with a fruity effect. Major hops are powerful in this one, dominates the taste with a long, earthy finish. Big complexity in the hops.

The feel is sharp and crisp, medium overall, then slick malty finish and dry aftertaste.

Big, big hops

Photo of bensbeers
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright amber color with a huge, caramel head. Left a good layer of lacing along the glass and held a nice later of foam throughout.

Nose was full of orange peel, honey and a hint of spice.

Taste has a nice mellow hoppiness which is well balanced by the smooth malts that you taste when it first enters your mouth. I also noticed some grassy notes and citrus also.

Mouthfeel was very smooth; not too much carbonation. The bitterness from the hops lingers long after you drink.

Overall pretty good. I liked most the taste. full of flavor and the sweet malts were definitely offset by the bitter hope. Not my favorite Lagunitas brew, but definitely one to enjoy as a treat once in awhile. Can't see myself drinking more than 22 oz.'s of it, though

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear golden honey with a finger and a half of white head, good retention, and the resulting lace is thin but sticky.

Smell - Sweet red grapefruit aromas, and a faint touch of alcohol.

Taste - Predominately a sweet ruby red hop upfront, with notes of pineapple... and also, do I detect the faintest hint of smokiness?

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Fairly smooth. Carbonation is bubbly.

Overall - Pretty delicious beer, but is it really all that different than Lagunitas Sucks, Wilco Tango Foxtrot, Imperial Red, and even Lil' Sumpin Sumpin? All have that dominant sweet ruby red hop character, and only minor variations outside that. I love the flavor, but can we try something different now?

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sips of malt and sips of hops. A great marriage. Above average mouthfeel. Lasting generous white head on cloudy golden body.Apricot and grapefruit citrus, bread and alcohol. Very drinkable, a wonderful accompanyment to supper. Good for west coast spin on style.

Photo of DrewShal9
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A; orangey copper with a white head
S: upfront sweet honey with citrus that gravitates to a slight malt and a hint of booze.
T: citrusy, sweet orange blossom honey, little going of booze on that finish
M: lightly carbonated yet smooth with a lighter body
O: very drinkable and very dangerous. I enjoyed this and wish I could try the original of the lucky 13. Definitely would like to get more of this!

Photo of CanuckRover
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a bit of a hard one to taste given the weird take on the style.

Deep amber/orange, almost into red ale territory. Big, fluffy white head off the pour. Nice web of lacings to the finish.

Oddly not getting much off the nose. Caramel malt, red fruit, touch of hopping. Could be a bit too cold.

Hops hit you right out of the gate. Big and resinous pine. Really fights with some heavy European-style malt. Big bready flavours and caramel with nectarine fruitiness. Crisp hop finish with a bitter zing to close things out.

Just about perfect level of carbonation.

Not too sure about this one. Well-made but straddles the line between a barley wine, a DIPA, and... well, I suppose the flavours are kind of alt'ish. Worth a try.

Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, copper amber with a dense foamy head. Great retention. Smells of citrus, bread, and pineapple. Great malt character; bready, biscuity. The hops are piny and fruity; there's an immense pineapple flavor here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, drinkable.

For the ABV this is scary drinkable. Bitter and sweet, the fruity hop character is a nice change of pace. The malt character adds fantastic balance. This is yet another awesome Lagunitas offering.

Photo of dafizzif
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden amber, even orange, color. Good one and a half finger off-white head. Great lacing down the glass.

Smell: Lots of beautiful floral and grassy hops with plenty of citrus laced over a sweet malt base. Kind of like a hop cone dipped in sugar coating.

Taste: Very piney up front, then a good bit of sweetness, and then a lingering bitterness. This beer seriously tastes like how I would envision hop taffy (with a bit of butterscotch inserted as well). Hoppiness hides any booziness.

Mouthfeel: Medium light to medium body with the aforementioned lingering taste. Really coats the mouth. Bit of a booze burning going down the throat.

Overall: A really nice brew to celebrate a milestone for one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of JkOd81127
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

Photo of Stephen_Hawkings_Drool
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Lucky 13.alt from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 862 ratings.