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Lucky 13.alt - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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826 Ratings
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Ratings: 826
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 14
Gots: 27 | 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:
Imperial Blonde Ale

O.G. 1.085
76.92 IBU

(Beer added by: MADhombrewer on 06-23-2011)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 02:56:16 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

10-20-2012 02:46:58 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden orange with a 1 inch puffy orange-white head that settles to a thin cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grapefruit, grapefruit juice, and citrus zest. Extremely citrus forward aromas. Taste is also very citrus forward with big grapefruit flavors up front with citrus zest on the finish. Some sweet malt is apparent in the taste as well. Very mild hop bitterness quickly fades from the palate after each sip. This beer has a nice level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with awesome citrus aromas and tastes. A great deal for the $4.50 I paid for the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 01:37:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

02-28-2013 22:28:39 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

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

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is clear light coppery amber in color and poured with a half finger high off white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away. No carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of mango and pineapple in the nose.
T: The taste is slightly different compared to the smell and has flavors of grapefruit and orange citrus along with notes of caramel and brown sugar.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely tastes like it is strong—unlike typical altbiers—although for the most part the alcohol is well masked from the smell and taste. The smell and taste are very unique for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2011 21:37:28 | More by metter98
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-15-2011 02:39:03 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

clear copper amber with some small visible carbonation and a decent two finger high head of white fomay lace. The aroma was really packed with tons of bready malts. Cereal grains taking over as it warms up with a decent musty sort of smell.

\A quick clean taste that really did not have much of a follow though to it. It really kinda was dominated by the cereal grains and earthy bread like malts that drown out anything else that might have been trying to make a run at coming forward. Very smooth with a crisp clean finish. Not a ton of carbnation and the body itself was very light Very nice actually as there was nothing really holding you back from having multiples of this. Low abv and a very smooth flavor with a crisp finish

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 17:43:49 | More by mikesgroove
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

12-21-2013 00:57:52 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours amber in color with a slightly off-white head.

S: A malt driven beer with lots of caramel and toffee. There's a nice hoppiness, too with some citrus and floral notes. A bit more malt in the form of bread. There's an almost candy sweetness and a bit of fruit.

T: Lots of toffee, brown sugar, and caramel malt character, which is nice. More sweetness from the candy/sugar, and some red fruits (grapes and berries?). Still some hop notes with mild citrus, and a mild bitterness.

M: The body is medium with a medium carbonation.

O: Lagunitas makes some fine ales, and this was one of them.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 04:28:16 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-05-2011 18:03:11 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-29-2012 10:18:22 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-14-2013 03:21:18 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

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

two finger thick off white head which leaves nice lacing, on top of a cloudy golden with crimson hues body. musty slight noble hops like aroma with mild citrus note. Flavor is very much like an IPA with a musty malt and hop flavor on the front end and nice pine finish. subtle grapefruit note inbetween. Moderate carbonation and medium body. Becomes more drinkable as you go and more like an IPA. Overall a good beer that I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 23:59:03 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 21:22:39 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas is a brewery deserving of lots of hype simply because it doesn't make a bad beer. Period. Somehow, we all overlook it when talking about the "great" breweries of the U.S. Lagunitas is right up there with the best.

This one pours a clear amber orange with a short lived short white head.

Nose is light fresh pineapple and light citrus.

Mouthfeel is big, bold, creamy, "filling" and rich. It leaves you really wanting more and has great balance and feel. 8.9% abv but you just don't taste it/feel it.

Flavors are just big, assertive "rich, fresh bitter hop/grapefruit and lemon skin." There is a boldness but a brightness to the flavor profile. It may be one of the most drinkable beers I've had in a long time. Huge flavors yet so inviting you could "gulp it" to satisfy a big thirst.

Finish is very long bitter grapefruit skin with hints of pine. All around a wonderfully drinkable and consumer friendly brew. This could be a daily beer for me (if I had a daily beer).

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 00:40:00 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Stared at this one on the shelf long enough: time to buy and try. It pours a clear brass topped by a solid finger of white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, caramel, honey, light maple syrup, and a decent amount of flaky biscuits. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grapefruit and newcoming pine taking center stage whilst the sweeter and breadier notes surrounding them closely, snugly. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda syrupy feel. Overall, a very pleasing beer with impeccable balance. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 00:01:07 | More by TMoney2591
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 21:43:43 | More by biboergosum
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

01-29-2013 02:40:26 | More by JAHMUR
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nickfl

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of loose, white foam on a brilliantly clear, dark copper colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lacing on the glass.

S - Lots of sweet, caramel and toffee malt characteristics with a little bit of spicy hop character.

T - Sweet, sugary malt up front with lots of toast and some turbinado sugar character. More thick malt in the middle with a light spicy hop flavor that transitions to a moderate level of bitterness in the finish.

M - A thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is a big, thick and mostly sweet beer. It seems to be a double Alt, almost like they literally took a normal Alt and (since Lagunitas can't seem to do anything normal) just doubled it. The malt is very sweet and completely dominates the beer. If you really look for it, you can detect a fairly significant level of hop bitterness, but it just isn't up to dealing with the hugely sweet malt in this beer. Nonetheless, it is surprisingly drinkable for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 05:52:18 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-23-2013 20:49:50 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 8/4/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, well-disguised strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very good beer with a lot of flavor and substance worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 01:51:06 | More by TheManiacalOne
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 12:39:14 | More by drabmuh
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 05:07:26 | More by WVbeergeek
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a big sweet ipa. it pours clear brassy color with a small white head that doesnt last long at all. it smells like hops and caramel malts, tons of residual sugars, and a fair bit of alcohol. it tastes really hoppy, and i would certainly categorize it as such. the hops are fresh and sweeter, and the malt adds even more sweetness. it sticks to the teeth and feels like a cavity waiting to happen. the aftertaste has some bitter bite to it, but its too little too late in my opinion. medium body and mellow carbonation, but the feel is ruined by the sugar. its worth it for 5 bucks a bomber, but it isnt anything special.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 20:24:56 | More by StonedTrippin
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-24-2011 14:37:30 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Lucky 13.alt from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 826 ratings.