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Lucky 13.alt - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%

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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Photo of bark


4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 19:09:57 | More by bark
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4.38/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 03:59:39 | More by LiquidAmber
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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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New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a good sized fluffy white head that shows great retention and lace. Aromas of citrus and pine waft from the bottle the second it is opened. Sweet toffee and caramel malt backbone hold this one up quite well. Taste is citrus and pine up front, sweet caramel and burnt sugar pop in for a second somewhere in the middle. The hops take over the finish and dance for a second with a touch of ethanol. The malty sweetness is almost approaching maibock here but the hops are powerful enough to keep that in check. Medium body and level of carbonation. Resinous and sweet sticky mouthfeel. This is nice, I liked it. It's a bit different, but I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 00:24:32 | More by johnnnniee
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3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

636th Review on BA
Bottle to strange

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

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 05:37:27 | More by FosterJM
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 15:05:56 | More by spinrsx
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 20:13:57 | More by Brenden
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 19:51:38 | More by tdm168
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3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 03:09:53 | More by ArrogantB
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 02:08:04 | More by ehammond1
Photo of Reidrover


3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from "Habits" in S.Salem. $3.69 Clear and darkish golden beer with a huge,thick and frothy off white head. Extremely pungent hop aromas,resiny and deeply herbal..some caramel malts also appear. Taste is well balanced with a huge chewy caramel/toffee malt presense and an equally terrific dank resiny hop over load..a titanic clash!..hops win in the end though. Ok on the palate..the two immense competitors meld well. A good beer but not one of Lagunitas best.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 04:37:47 | More by Reidrover
Photo of BARFLYB


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

On Tap at TJ'S Everyday in Paoli, PA, (hey, that rhymes)

I missed this guy last year when it came out. I saw it on the shelves and on tap all over but did not indulge, glad to see it back. In the tulip glass Lucky 13.alt looks light amber in color with some faint sunset orange in the mix. It's not exactly blond looking, the skim of foam on top was off white and sparse, minimal lace.

Smell on this sucka was pungent with florals, a dash of perfume. A bready yeast base with some caramel poking out. The hops are there but subdued, less so than a regular lucky. I guess the yeast strain used is English or German in origin, based on the alt in the name. Some orange pokes through with faint pine with warming.

With being 8.9%, the alcohol is incredibly hidden. Not a bitter beer, the hops are earthy with some slight pine and orange. I get some caramel in the middle with some butterscotch. The yeast brings out a biscuit flavor that really sticks and hits the spot. Basically, a less hoppy version of 13 with different yeast. Imperial Blond Ale, yes, I kind of see it.

Feel on lucky 13 is a medium build and is not to thick. It's easy to take down and not overly sweet and not boggled down with malt. This one is good for a go.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2012 17:22:58 | More by BARFLYB
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4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a finger of frothy off-white head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some good lacing.

S - Aroma is full of sweet bready malts with lots of citrus and pine hops, and some candied tropical fruits.

T - Starts off with some strong citrus and tropical fruit hops with some candied grapefruit and strong bitterness alongside some sweet malts. Through the middle, some more sweet bready malts come through with some resiny pine hop and more bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malt, candied tropical fruits and bitterness.

M - Medium-full bodied with medium-heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. A pretty different American Strong Ale with some nice fruity flavors that belnd in and feel balanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 06:01:27 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of argock


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

Served on-tap in a clear Shaker pint glass at Boylan Heights (Charlottesville, VA). Reviewed from notes.

A: Crisp, slightly hazy golden with short cap of off-white head with numerous tails of lacing.

S: Big piney resinous and orange-lemon citrus hoppy aroma with mild pale malty background. Not sure what style this is, but altbier would not be in my top 5 options.

T: Huge piney hops blast with a slightly sweet pale maltiness as the initial hops flavors recede. The aftertaste is a bit of orange glazed cookie.

M: Very active carbonation, a little too active, but this still drinks pretty easily with a pleasant crispness despite the girth of the 8.9%.

O: I liked this beer, although I would put it in the lower half of Lagunitas beers. I couldn't judge this to style because I'm not really sure altbier, blonde ale, or any style really fits this brew. American pale ale probably fits best (but not at 8.9), but, nonetheless, this is another solid offering.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2011 00:41:45 | More by argock
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3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 00:42:00 | More by Darkmagus82
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4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this one this afternoon with schmittymack. Poured a nice golden color with a good finger or two of fluffy white foam. Aromas of pine, grapefruit and maybe mango. On the palate, this one was light to medium bodied, with flavors of pineapple, honey and light malt with a linger bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 04:21:52 | More by emmasdad
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4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 23:59:41 | More by scottfrie
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3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into pint glass.

A: pours a bright clear golden with reddish tints, thin white head, decent lacing

S: smells features huge earthy malts along with tea leaf, molasses, bark, and a little bit of caramel. This is all malt, no notable hop character coming through.

T: rich and malty from start to finish, things start off earthy and become a bit sweet, lots of molasses and hints of maple as well. The end gets a touch bitter, but the bitterness does not cut through all of the sweetness.

MF: thick body with mellow carbonation

O: I didn't realize this brew was different than the Mondo Red Ale when I purchased it. This .alt version isn't quite as tasty. It is a little on the sweet side for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 02:04:53 | More by homebrew311
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4.18/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 22:27:06 | More by VelvetExtract
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 15:10:57 | More by StJamesGate
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4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear amber brew with a warm high off-white head leaving good lacing, and nice curtains.

Smelling weakly of toffee, fudge, butter scotch, almonds, nuts and some Sherry.

Tasting sweet brown bread, toffee, almond candy and then bitter grape-fruit peel.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, soft, smooth and oily, a good body and a dry finish.

A real craft brew, Lagunitas always delivers!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 17:04:37 | More by rarbring
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District of Columbia

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

Served in a Delirium Tremens shaped-glass.

A: Poured out a pure, crystal clear gold color, with a whopping 2-3 finger dense solid white head that clung to the glass as the liquid was siphoned.

S: Wowsers... candi sugar hop bomz r'us for sure! It smelled very much like a melted "Astro Pop" with a bit of citrus added.

T: Very hoppy, full, and quite decadent, with the hops leading the way, but much more sugar in the middle, and a slap of grapefruit at the end. It sort of reminded me of Stone's "Double Bastard." Fresh and delicious!

M: This might be too sweet for some people, but hell, this IS an "American Strong Ale!" The bitterness added just the right counterpoint to the sugar and the carbonation was just spritzy enough without being too. The lacing was a sight to behold!

O: Not many breweries do these West Coast-style hop bombs like Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 19:22:00 | More by Chaney
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4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 20:15:50 | More by AgentMunky
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3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark gold with a decent foamy white head and some lace.

Some big pine hop notes here, and some toasted grain, some tropical fruit notes. Pine dominates, and is pure sensory overkill.

Nice brew. Big hoppy piney bitterness up front; some grapefruit rind; some fruit to balance, but really get the grain and malt. You also get a sense of the alcohol, but the hops come in and hide it well. Finishes with resinous bitterness that is pleasant. Slightly off balance, but not much.

Fuller bodied, and just right carbonation.

Overall, very pleasant. Nice tasty version of the style. Minor flaws are just that.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 00:11:13 | More by OtherShoe2
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 20:08:41 | More by claspada
Lucky 13.alt from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.