Lucky 13.alt - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 22 oz bombadier into a tulip. Hazy orange reminiscent of Hefe, little to no head that dissipated fairly quickly. Alcohol legs are definitely present, as I would expect from an 8.8. Overal very pretty, tight clean carbonation.
So many complexities in the nose. At first you get the butterscotch, biscuity malt which is pleasantly sweet and slightly toasty without overshadowing the hops. As would be expected of anything from Lagu-fukin-nitas, the hops are definitely forward. A nice swirl brings out the sweet, summery amarilllo hops with a definite touch of chinook. There are hints of honeydew, clove, grass and citrus. There is a dank presence here as well. Not as much hop spice in the nose; perhaps it will be revealed in the taste.
The nose definitely provides for an accurate foreshadowing of the flavor. Big Amarillo hops, huge sweet citrus hops, pine, honeysuckle, and grapefruit (I know, typical.) What makes this beer different is the wild imbalance of the hop:malt ratio, which as a west coast IPA fanatic I really enjoy. The sweet malt base provides JUST enough support for the hops to really shine. Again, not much hop spice, but very forward in the honey-like characteristics. Not much alcohol presence.
The mouthfeel is surprisingly resinous and oily. With the amount of bittering hops they threw into this brew, you would think the finish would be very dry. However, this is NOT a dry beer. The oils and sugars make for a really nice mouthfeel, with a refreshing tight carbonation.
Overall, this is another winner from Lagu-Fukin-nitas. Lucky 13.alt (blonde) is definitely a nice summer ale, although maybe not a sesionable as one would want out of a summer beer. However, the sweet honey characteristics of the hops make this a unique brew and are reminiscent of summer foliage. Definitely worth a try if you like anything from this fukin' brewery, or are simply ready to try a delectably off-balanced, hop raging, sweet and unique summer brew.
One note: I'm not sure why this is under the category of ASA... I'm thinking west coast diipa.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2012 03:38:24 | More by dmatsui
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