Lucky 13.alt - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 265
Hads: 864
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 5.05%
Wants: 26
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lucky 13.alt is not quite as blonde as the Betty Page on its label, but it does have a nice golden-ish hue and perfect clarity, certainly good looking enough for a pin-up poster. Its head is substantial but gives out in some parts, the resulting pattern is eccentric and irregularly shaped, appearing like some kind of slide of a brain membrane or something.

Lagunitas has not only found their own voice through the years, they've also found a smell. It's a hoppy one, for sure, showcasing the customary citrus shavings and a splash of acidity, but with an herbal, somewhat ganja-like 'house' character to it. This same smell laces most of their brands, except Lucky 13.alt seems to have a little extra orange juice flavouring.

Altbier may have been the last of the old-world styles for an American brewer to double up (I'm not sure we can expect an imperial Berliner Weiss or Gose anytime soon). The case could certainly be made that bulking up the well balanced, clean, smooth, well-attenuated ale would means that it's no longer an altbier. And they certainly wouldn't be wrong...

This doesn't taste much at all like what you'd find in Germany - it tastes plenty like what you'd find in Northern California. It has the lightly fruity, firm and grainy maltiness, distinct toasty and caramel flavours of a Steam beer (which in all fairness is itself a type of altbier). Of course there's been lots of bitter, grassy, citrusy hops thrown in there too.

The alcohol is undetected, but the mouthfeel is noticeably thinned out; toasty maltiness is lost in all these fruity esters. The hoppiness makes for a most 'unclean' beer, notes of over-ripe mango and under-ripe peach and sugary pineapple reproducing on the finish like a kind of bacterial growth. They do so with lots of acidity but, curiously, not much bitterness.

I might be jaded by the stream of Lagunitas offerings, each being so predictably similar in character to the last, except that I don't think I'll ever tire of their brand of uber-hoppy, fully flavoured, ludicrously drinkable beer. Nor would I ever want to stop supporting a brewery that offers said ales with such clever packaging at such reasonable prices. (2,185 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Will pour a five+ finger cream head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear copper/amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Citrus hop nose and flavor is citrus hops and caramel, very similar to a double IPA. $5.79 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT. (298 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear orange amber, half finger white head that slowly dissipated into a ring and nice lacing. Great aroma of herbal and piney hops, light malt and tropical fruit. Flavor is nice sweet and caramel malt, light fruit, brown sugar. Nice hop kick at the end. Very well integrated and balanced. I'm not sure this a traditional alt, but it tastes good. (392 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 Bighuge
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed peach colored body. Thin off white head leaves sporadic spots of lace.
Aroma is hoppy...birght, citric and minty. Flavor is mostly juicy tropical hop flavors. Body is actually fairly thin and there isn't much of a malt presence here. Alcohol is quite minimal as well for an 8.9% beer. This is a solid effort. (315 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
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. ;^) (1,031 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of bark
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is gold-pale amber (15 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two figner head slowly sinks down leaving some lacing.

The smell is smooth. Malty flavours of French loaf and a touch of honey. Do I notice a hint of vanilla? Toffee and some earthy notes. Citric flavours of bitter oranges and orange marmalade. The bitterness is in the level of an APA and balanced. Still it is somewhat sharp, maybe the alcohol gives that sharpness?

The taste is at first velvety sweet with notes of toffee. Then, elegant bitter hops kicks in with notes of tangerines and bitter oranges. Then, the taste becomes luxuriously balanced with ripe red fruits, cookie-like sweetness and hints of green fruits. The aftertaste is elegant and lush with silk-smooth sweetness, hints of balancing bitterness and exotic fruits. The finish is, again, smooth.

The carbonation is mild, the mid-sized bubbles are just there to keep the beer from being flat. The liquid is sticky and somewhat thick.

A very luxurious beer, and at the time dangerously drinkable. Well done. (1,045 characters)

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light coppery amber in color with a half finger high off white head that has good retention and never completely faded away.

Aromas begin with a moderately strong amount of mango and pineapple hops. As it warms you get some grapefruit zest, honey and a decent amount of flaky biscuit maltiness.

The taste is slightly different compared to the smell in that it opens with the grapefruit and orange citrus hops along with more notes of caramel maltiness than was apparent in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Finish is lightly bitter but balanced enough by the malt backbone.

Overall this was a nice offering to sample on draft but nothing I need to revisit anytime soon. A solid Imperial Red Ale in that the alcohol is well masked from the smell and taste and the hops are fairly solid but not overly bitter. Well balanced and would be great anytime of year, with or without food. (946 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

Appearance - Clear dark amber colour with a large size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is low amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel/toffee, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel, hops, and malts. There is also some grapefruit and apricot and a touch of cherry. It finishes with a sweet juicy and hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - At first I was a little disappointed with the flavours, but as it warmed up a bit in my glass the hops and the sweetness really came out. It's got a nice nectar like flavour that keeps you looking forward to the next sip. Lagunita's is quickly becoming one of my favourite brewers. (801 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So they brewed a double Altbier eh?
Poured into my Rogue pint glass.

A - huh not as dark as I expected more of a amber brown like a DIPA with an impressive full inch of semi-sticky white head.

S - From the bottle an aggressive bit of pine and citrus hit the nose, oh my. In the glass a little more sweet malts and caramel come through on the back end, but a very aggressive citrus can't wait to sip!

T - Ow man that's balanced, you get a strong pine that rounds to a citrus zest of hops then it leads toward a bready like malt, almost cracker like, and finishes with a smooth caramel/toffee sweetness that leaves a sweet feeling on the tongue. Man thats good.

M - Medium bodied indeed but scary drinkable. I like how the bitterness doesn't become too aggressive leaving a sweet/clean finish.

Overall I like this the same if not more than the regular 13, and since I can't seem to find anymore 13 right now I best grab a couple more bottles of this before it's gone.

Well done guys! (990 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, pours pale amber/copper with a fluffy off-white head that holds good retention and leaves excellent chunky lacing down the glass. Aromas are fruity, grapefruit rind, floral hops, caramely malt, toasted grain. Tastes are juicy grapefruit, pineapple, mango, tropical, biscuity, finishes slightly bitter. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, smooth, ample carbonation. Overall, I was disappointed to see they changed Lucky 13 from a red to a blonde, but this beer is exceptional either way! Excellent balance, excellent complexity, fresh and vibrant. (552 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a glowing marmalade color. Head has orange highlights too. Head is thinner but very concentrated. Sticky, sappy lacing.

S-From the bottle I get a ton of caramel malt and candied grapefruits. When poured, there is plenty of tropical fruit and resiny pine. A bit of booze and also some deluxe malt.

T-Whew. Big, sticky pineapple juice and a ton of grapefruit. Juiciness is matched with big resinous pine. Malt is thick caramel. Finishes very dry and bitter and hempy. Tropical fruits are great. All of the flavors are rich and sturdy.

M-Very resinous and dry. Bitterness lasts forever. Sappy pine. Booze cuts like a dull blade.

O/D-I assumed this was an Altbier because of the name. Turns out this was a beastly hop-laden ale. I really loved it. Not the best Lagunitas, but definitely in the upper tier of their brews. Big, brash, bold and beautiful. Oh, and bitter. (876 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 popery
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good beer from Lagunitas. It’s right in their normal wheelhouse, despite the whole alt angle. Pours bright orange with a dissipating white head. Hops are strong and provide a big citrus and spruce flavor. There’s some light sugary vinous complexity, as well, but I’m not sure where it’s coming from. The beer has a definite sugary, candy cane note with deeper caramel sticking more to the background. The mouthfeel is nice and round. The taste starts sweet with lots of delicate hoppiness and ends with a healthy but relatively gentle bitterness. It’s deceptively easy to drink for the abv, and there’s very little stickiness or booze to it. Once again, Lagunitas has made a strong, hoppy and delicious beer. It might run together a bit with some of their other offerings, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less delicious. (843 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (1,461 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Orange-amber color. I wasn;t sure what to expect since the label had "alt" on it but this was no German beer by any means. It smelled hoppy and tasted like a hoppy strong ale. Overall it wasn't great but it wasn't bad. A very good value for $4 and about what I'd expect. I think I liked the regular lucky 13 more. (326 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a rocks glass at Mellow Mushroom. From notes. Reviewed 2 July 2011.

A: Good. Finger and a half of tight-knit head with good retention. Clear amber or pale copper. Great lacing.

S: Hops. Acerbic citrus (grapefruit?). Hint of dishwater. Smells more like an IPA than an Altbier.

T: Good beer! Robust malts can't quite balance the hoppy-strong maintaste. The aftertaste is dry and exceptionally pleasant. It tastes a lot like a double IPA.

M: Sturdy and worthwhile. A bit drying.

O: Very consumable, tasty, and compelling. Recommended! I liked it and would have one again...and again. (595 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no date.

appears a clear copper color with amber highlights. thin white head, nice lacing and head retention. smell is a bit sweet, with some light floral hop aroma. very pleasant.

taste is a nice mix of caramel and toffee malt flavors, with piney and citrus hops. smooth. medium body and carbonation, a bit sticky on the lips.

surprisingly easy to drink for the alcohol strength. Lagunitas continues to impress me with their high quality and good value beers. (480 characters)

Photo of gtermi
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a dark golden body with an orange tint to it, with a thick white head that quickly fades. As the beer fades, the head leaves a lot of lace on the glass. Looks more like an IPA to me than a Strong Ale.

S: There is a strong sweetness that hits my nose. To me it smells like a nice IPA wort before the boil. I also get a tiny bit of hops, but nothing that crazy.

T: This is a very delicious beer. The sweetness tastes very similar to a Barleywine to me and then the hops start to come through as the beer lingers.

M: The mouthfeel of this beer is awesome. It goes down so smooth and the carbonation adds to the beer. There is a tiny bit of crispness on the back of the throat and tongue. All around an amazing feeling beer.

O: THis is just a great beer. I have bought this probably 20 times and it never gets old. I just wish this beer was year round. (871 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

636th Review on BA
Bottle to strange
22oz

App- A very dark yellow with a lot of bubbles and cascades to a one finger head. A few lines of cling and some leg.

Smell- Big aromatics of lemon, grass and malts. Has a sweetness with the malt and citrus. Throw in a little hops too.

Taste- I have to preface by saying Ive never had an alt bier. Quite malty and lush with big tropical fruits which dont follow the lemony nose. Was good and hits the spot

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium cabonated with a trailing fruit flavor.

Drink- I saw it and bought it and was glad I did. Its a new style which seems very close to a DIPA. Id love this on tap at some point. Although Ill take a bottle too (688 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whipped egg white head that rims like crazy over orange blonde body. That candied pineapple Lagunitas nose I love with a touch of tangerine.
Cookie sweetness with apricot tangerine jam then clementine and pineapple hops. Grainy sweetness as it warms, like zweibeck biscuits.
Zesty finish and slightly oily linger. Light-medium, crisp, soft, some chew.

Is this an alt? Blonde? Strong ale? Related to Lucky 13? Who cares, it’s another Lagunitas aroma hop bomb and that’s enough for me. (489 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Block 15 snifter.

A: Pours a crystal clear orange color with a couple fingers of off-white head that faded into thin scum leaving sticky streaks of lace down the glass.
S: Super hoppy notes of pine, citrus and sweet tropical fruit nectars that slightly fade after the pour. I get paler notes of light malts and clean yeast. This indeed smells like a super hopped up blonde.
T: Follows the nose with huge notes of citrus rind and fruit nectar hops. Malts are thick and slightly sweet and caramel, but for the most part flavors are light but potent. Again, this is a very hoppy and strong beer, but the strong flavors are light in flavor, if that makes sense. All that matters is it tastes good. Hops are resinous and bitter in the aftertaste.
M: Thick body, viscous mouthfeel that is smooth but heavy, and even and soft carbonation. Drinks well for such a potent beer.
O: A solid drinking beer. Hops are prominent but malt flavors are lighter than a traditional dipa. Recommended if you love hops, not recommended if you love blondes. (1,055 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another gem from my western connection joemcgrath27.

A - Pours a crystal clear caramel colour, finger of head with solid retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Sweet pineapple hops with a hint of pine and cedar, caramel and toffee notes come through on the finish.

T - Man this stuff is tasty. The sweet pineapple hops dominate, some pine and cedar hop notes, with the caramel and toffee coming through on the finish with a hint of honey. A bitterness that is perfectly balanced by the sweetness. Yummy is an understatement.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - A very tasty ale that has the classic Lagunitas hop profile that keeps you craving more. At almost 9%, this stuff is incredibly dangerous given its sessionable characteristics. All day any day is the motto that comes to mind. (817 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle a couple weeks ago of Lagunitas Lucky 13.alt for $4.99 at The Lager Mill. Lagunitas hasn't let me down yet and I thought the original Lucky 13 was pretty good so I am interested to see how this one turns out, so lets give it a go. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 22oz bomber into a snifter.

A- The label on this beer looks OK and it's pretty much the same as Lucky 13, the only difference I can tell is that the chick has blond hair instead of red. It poured a slightly orangish golden yellow color with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy and sticky white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end.

S- The first thing I pick up is pretty dominating citrus hop aroma with some blood oranges sticking out the most along with some mango, grapefruit, and pineapple, it's a pretty nice mix of citrus fruits. I also pick up some sweet caramel malts that help give the aroma a little balance, the hops stick out the most, but the caramel malt base is still apparent.

T- Just like the aroma the hops are the first thing I pick up and they have a nice hoppy citrus fruit flavor with all the fruits showing up that I picked up in the aroma, it seems like grapefruit sticks out the most when it comes to flavor. After the hops comes that sweet caramel malt base that had a medium amount of sweetness to it and a really slight grainy flavor. The finish was a little piny and it had a medium amount of bitterness with a slight citrus aftertaste.

M- Smooth, slightly sticky, medium bodied, with carbonation on the high side of medium. The mouthfeel suits this beer well.

Overall I thought this was a great beer that was very well done. I know Lagunitas loves to heavily hop there beers and this one was no different, I thought the Alt. version went better with the citrus hops then the red version, it was almost like drinking a pretty strong and super hoppyl IPA. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma and flavor, the aroma had a real nice mix of citrus fruits, and the flavor was pretty damn good too. There wasn't anything that I didn't really like about this beer but it could have been a little less sweet and sticky. This beer has pretty good drinkability, I don't think I will have any problem taking out this bomber by myself, it seems like this would make a great summertime beer. I would for sure buy this beer again when looking for a nice hoppy beer and I would recommend this to anybody whole likes an aggressive amount of hops in their beer. I like this beer more then the red version and it is up there as one of the better beer from Lagunitas. Lagunitas makes some high quality beers for a low price and this beer is no different, I have yet to be let down with any brew I have tried from them, they are one hell of a brewing company. Edit, after this brew warmed up a little bit it got much more bitter and harder to finish, so I am taking that in to account. (2,935 characters)

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