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Lucky 13.alt - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

265 Reviews
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Reviews: 265
Hads: 864
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 5.05%
Wants: 26
Gots: 37 | 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: 265 | Hads: 864
Photo of GreenCard
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: orangey gold-brown, good clarity, thick layer of sudsy foam that slowly peters out

Aroma: the usual fruity/caramelly Lagunitas aroma with hints of toffee, iron, and hazelnuts

Flavor: full malty sweetness with a toasty, nutty backnote; herbal hop flavor but fairly mellow bitterness; finishes semi-sweet with a lingering toffee aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, gentle carbonation, light alcohol warmth

Other comments: This is a pretty good beer, but Lagunitas beers all taste pretty similar. Something about the malt profile, hops, and mouthfeel that doesn't seem to vary much from beer to beer. (617 characters)

Photo of davey101
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into a DFH signature glass.

A - Copper/amber body with a nice white head.

S -Citrus heavy hops, spice, and some caramel malt.

T - Distinctive lagunitas hop flavors, grapefruit and some light spice. The finish is sweet malts. Its crisp and clean, and the biterness and sweetness are really well balanced.

O - Ehhh. This is a good beer, but I probably wouldn't grab another one. A fairly average...well, I'm actually not sure what style this is. An imperial amber/red? The abv is well hidden and the balance makes it pretty drinkable. (550 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer. Light amber, fluffy, snowy white head. Rich citrus hops, creamy caramel malts. Lemon, light sourness and bread in the scent. Big hop taste, way more than "alt" would imply. Creamy, slightly raisiny taste. Bitter aftertaste.

Mild carbonation. Nice beer, but a bit hoppy for an alt. (292 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours brilliantly clear copper-orange with a dense, creamy white head.

Aroma is pale and caramel malt. Grainy and slightly musty.

taste is similar to the nose. Dominated by the grainy malt, there is also some mild citrus fruit and a bit of cracked peppercorn that I will attribute to hops - saaz hop comes to mind. Toffee and brown sugar round things out. Finishes with more of the mustyness from the nose, a mild mineral quality, and some lingering alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Surprisingly dense.

Overall a decent malt bomb. Definitely on the sweet side. The peppery spice and yeasty funk could be a little more pronounced for my taste. This one is good, but not great. (692 characters)

Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My first strong ale, a catch-all category as indicated on BA. I don't care how it looks...an IPA, I guess. Smells malt forward and sweet and maybe some floral hops... Taste is, whew!, sweet, and roasted nuts and ripe fruit...the malt backbone masking some middle hops. Interestingly, as the sweet wears off, the hops that were once hidden seem to come forward a bit. Mouthfeel is ok, and so is the carbonation, and the mouthfeel, is more on the DIPA side of syrupy, but not too much. Overall, too much malt for me...wishing that the hops were up in volume. Still fun to try. (574 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a beautiful clean amber pour with 2 fingers of head which quickly dissipated though left behind great amounts of lacing. nice retention, as well. smells very malt heavy.. mainly caramel, molasses, slight floral hops. the taste is kind of bready up front, with a nice malty sweetness.. nothing too special really, but definitely tasty. just a boozed up amber ale really. medium body, nice carbonation, creamy on the lips.

a great beer for the value but i believe there's so much going on here in complexity that it all ends up blending together and you don't even realize it. (575 characters)

Photo of MADhombrewer
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by witchsbrew an poured into liquor glasses.

Appearance- Clear straw color. White head. Small rings of lacing. 3.5/5

Smell- I got this in a glass when I didn't know what it was. The first thing I thought of was "belgian". I thought I tasted like banana and a small bit of clove. Good earthy hop aroma to accompany it. 4/5

Taste- Still with the banana and bits of clove. The bitterness comes after the taste. Lots of sweetness. Dulled in-your-face bitterness as only Lagunitas can do. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel- Thin to start with then thickens at the end. It will be a little thicker the warmer it gets. 3.5/5

Overall- This is ok, but maybe not something I would grab again. I love Lagunitas and love Witchsbrew for sharing. 3.5/5 (744 characters)

Photo of bum732
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Distinct maltiness with a bright, candy-like hoppiness. Some citrus notes as well.

L: Fairly clear reddish orange, some white creamy head that dissipates.

T: Pineapple hoppiness up front with a prominent bready maltiness. Medium citrus bitterness with additional citrus hop flavor. Finishes semi-dry with maltiness on the palate and some hop residue.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

A really good beer, i was surprised by the big malty note. But i think the hops complemented nicely. A fairly unique beer that i think worked overall. (546 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-clear yellow gold with a sticky thin white head

S-smells like an IPA. hops and sweet herbs. medium strength

T-comes in with a freshly bitter taste of orange peel and hops and some fresh grass. there's a very slight bitterness. ends with a matching after-taste and some decent spices. IPA much?

M-high carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-this is basically an IPA. now i'm aware that strong ale are often quite hoppy, but this just has all IPA characteristics and misses some of those extra flavors found in strong ales. as an IPA, its average. (549 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (1,180 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color when poured into a pint glass was of a golden yellow, with an orange hue. The smell was the usual piney aroma, but, with a hint of yeast. The taste was of fresh pine neddles, with a hint of yeast and orange citrus. After each sip or gulp, as the ale settled on the palate, the bitter the mouth palate felt. Over all, it was just a touch above average, for my palate. Not what I would purchase again! (409 characters)

Photo of match1112
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazy orange body with a fingers worth of off white head rises and settles rather quickly leaving next to no lacing. smells of tropical candy, sugar, hops and bread. taste is very similiar to the nose. lots of candied sugars and hops. mouthfeel is thick and chewy with the high level of sugars. good carbonation and some hop bitterness on the finish. overall this isnt my cup of tea, too sweet. (393 characters)

Photo of BlackWednesday
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber from EZ. Poured a clear falt syrupy bronze body with a small tightly foamed brigther white head. Aroma is sweet and syrupy with notes of pine resin, molasses, caramel, hops. Body is medium to fuller with very soft to nill carbonation and no tace of ABV. Flavor of grains, molassess, pine resin, citrus rind, hint of toffee, hard rolls and fruit skins. Solid beer and better then I was expecting. (408 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a bright orange-gold color. About a 2 finger head that retains well and laces ok.

S- Low levels of pine and citrus hops scents. Underlying sweetness mixes in. Alcohol spiciness is fairly prominent.

T- Hints of malts up front immediately followed by a mild hop profile. Hops are dry and linger a bit. Alcohol bitterness ends the drink.

M- Thick and creamy. Moderate carbonation levels. Alcohol is heavy towards the end of the drink.

Overall, not as good as I remember when I had it on sample. Still a solid beer that I don't believe benefits from the high alcohol content. (584 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (1,868 characters)

Photo of joek440
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light amber, clear and bubbly body. 1-finger of off-white head which dissipated relatively quickly

S - Initial smell is hop and sweet smelling caramel - almost a sweet candy-like scent. Hints of pine and citrus as well.

T - The hops hit you strong after an initial maltiness. Sweet notes are almost sugary. Spice & hop on the finish. Full flavor

M - Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth.

O - Alcohol content is high but not overpowering the flavors. Flavor is very rich - sweet, hoppy, and spicy. Overall a solid strong ale.

(Reviewed 10/21) (564 characters)

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date on neck says day 153 which is June 2nd. Which makes this 5 months old! Yikes...

A - Pours out a clear copper orange with one finger white head that died off fast. Leaves lots of legs and leaves nice lacing.

S - This beer is sweet like a sucker, herbal, not really any hops hear. Pretty fruity not of the citrus kind but like a mango, or melon, pineapple, grapefruit. No alcohol.

T - Hops are more present here then on the nose with a citrus bitterness, lemon, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and caramel bready malts. Not to bitter pretty balanced but alcohol flavor on this brew is rather strange. Hops do not seem really fresh on this one. Lingering bitter aftertaste present. A rather sweet beer.

M - Carbonation is nice and present on this medium bodied beer. This one is easy on the palate and goes down nice and easy. Not as sticky as the nose would have you believe.

O - A rather pleasant easy drinking Strong Ale. Lagunitas makes some good sweet beers and this one lives up to it. One worth picking up if you like a sweet imperial beer that is nice and citrusy. I did find this beer enjoyable but it had a weird alcohol flavor on it. Wish the alcohol presence was not so noticeable because it distracted from the other great flavors. Oh well, Cheers! (1,277 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper body with lively carbonation. Bone white head pours a finger high.

S - Unique nose. Light, sweet breadiness and water chestnuts.

T - Robust herbal hops open for a nice, soft malt center. Quick, fruity finish.

M - Smooth, medium/full to style.

O - A great brew with nice drinkability at 8.9% (305 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The relatively light character of this beer belies its strength.

Pours a clear golden with a fluffy white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is sweet and grainy with a dense orange character.

The flavor is grainy and toasty, with a honey-like sweetness and a nice hop sting on the end. The finish is bitter with an asprin-like tang and a lemonish bite high on the back of the mouth.

The mouthfeel is thick and smooth. (425 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (689 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark amber color with an off-white head and decent lacing

S-malt, toffee sweetness, hints of fruit

T-heavy malt presence, sweet toffee, plums, a very mild hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a decent strong ale, but needs a little more balance for me (282 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (1,299 characters)

Photo of thydarkprevails
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bomber into a duvel glass. Pours a clear orange amber with 2 inches of off white head that shrinks to coat the top with ok lacing. Aroma is pine, grapefruit, oranges, bread, and faint lemon. Flavor is tangerine, biscuit, caramel, leather, mild grapefruit, and some lemon. Thin mouthfeel and well hidden abv. Nice beer. (324 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I absolutely love Hop Stoopid; Lagunitas really won me over with that one. Here we have the .alt version of their Lucky 13, which promises to be a hoppy amber treat, so I’m pretty pumped. Thanks for the bottle, tripelhops.

Brewed about six months before the date of this tasting (according to the pointlessly cryptic code on the neck of the bottle, this beer was brewed on May 25, 2011).

A: Lovely orange shine, like hard fruit candy. Love the color, and the stickiness of the foam, too: the glass is fully circled with a thick white film. Though it’s a head that doesn’t have a lot of retention, the light film that it exhibits isn’t bad at all.

S: Very grainy, very fruity in the nose: smooth banana wheats, funky Belgian influences, and grassy tones abound. The malts are smoothly sweet: fruit candy, pineapple, and green apple. There’s a good amount of flowery herbs and pine-cone cooking spices, giving it an exotic element. Good nose, but not overly exciting.

T: Good hop bite on the front, fruity and piney. Candy and bubblegum malts, with some cinnamon and straw tastes, lace the entire palate; they don’t really act as a big backbone, though. It has a satisfying toasted taste that moves the flavor profile to a good bready character, coming to a yeasty, herbal, honey-nutty end. Finishes dry and fruity, unfortunately losing all of its Belgian character.

M: Light and smoothly carbonated, without much of a mouth-coating feel. Quite thick, though, with a good buoyant tendency.

O: This beer has some good elements, though fleeting. A malt-centric brew with some tasty fruit and spice to keep it interesting, this one has only interested me more in Lagunitas’ famous lineup (especially the original Lucky 13 Mondo Large). (1,751 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #17 Altbier on the beeradvocate best of lists. Served in a tumbler.

Beer is yellow with a mild haze, lazy head, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is hoppier than expected, mildly pine.

Beer is light in body, dare I say thin, with a mild yeast presence, weak on the lead off, and a dry mildly bitter finish, pine hops on the middle. Decent, I enjoyed it and would have it again. (422 characters)

Lucky 13.alt from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.