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Lucky 13.alt - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 818
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 13
Gots: 26 | 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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3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OG 1.085. IBU 60. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I've had some pretty good beers from Lagunitas.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of beige colour, hardly any cream, bad thickness, and merely average retention. Colour is a clear copper-orange. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. The brewers call it "auburn", which might be strange if they didn't also apply the wrong usage of "it's". Rest assured, they're wrong on both counts.

Sm: Bittering hops with a piney floral character. Grapefruit citrus esters. Clean malts. Hops are dominant. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Hoppy - with bitterness punching through on the climax to its detriment. Until that point, the pine and floral qualities obscure the bitterness. Tame grapefruit. Clean malts provide the simple unobtrusive foundation. This beer lets its hops shine, but over-relies on them for flavour. No yeast or alcohol comes through. A complicated beer within the style, but not particularly complex or subtle (and I'm drawing a big distinction betwixt 'complicated' and 'complex'). It's a pleasant little brew. I do like it, but it's far from perfect. A touch imbalanced.

Mf: Oily. Nicely smooth and wet. A touch too heavy on the palate for the lack of diverse or deep flavour. Good thickness. Maybe the best aspect of this beer.

Dr: A drinkable little brew. American Strong Ale seems like a weak categorization. I'd get this on-draught, but otherwise it's somewhat forgettable. Hides its ABV quite well. Lagunitas fans would do well to try it, but it doesn't impress.

High B-

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 02:47:45 | More by kojevergas
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-25-2012 07:47:14 | More by beernads
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-27-2012 04:30:11 | More by MarkyMOD
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always happy to try a new one from Lagunitis. My growler was filled at the Green Growler Grocery in Croton on Hudson, NY.

Nice looking brew, clear, typical almond amber, early puffy off white head, then a fine bubble film and leaves nice webs and extensive fine sheets of lacing.

Fruity hop nose with malt sweetness in the rear.

Super flavorful and enjoyable ale, notes of melons, lime, honey, ginger, gin and fruity, hoppy goodness. Packing serious flavor and at almost 9% this is a heady brew, but I'm tasting no alcohol.

Well done and well worth a try. Seek out if this should become available in your general area.

Serving type: growler

06-10-2012 04:04:34 | More by Billolick
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-17-2014 06:29:18 | More by oriolesfan4
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

12-09-2013 04:30:02 | More by XmnwildX12
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3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmm a newly twisted Lucky 13, an Altbier.

Clear copper colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smell is strong northwestern type hops; here it is greatly different from an average Altbier. Strong scents of grapefruit and eucalyptus.

Starts out sweet with a strong biscuit malt flavor chased by strong hops. Sweet and citrus mix in a new way here something like grapefruit sweetened with malt syrup. There is a mineral flavor here something like you taste in hard water. Some caramel is present but frankly Lagunitas went to far with the hops in this one.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is tasty but no Altbier. You find new things through experimentation, like North-Western Hops don't really belong in Altbier. As the usual Lagunitas hop bomb this is good for the price, just don't expect it to taste like Altbier.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 00:52:39 | More by Zorro
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New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 22:00:08 | More by jdhilt
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.7%

06-12-2013 18:32:06 | More by InspectorBob
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North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear copper to light amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some burnt orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy dark beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical/mango/pineapple hops over the top of lighter aromas of sweet brown sugar like malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of malty sweetness with some notes of brown sugar and caramel. There is a light to moderate flavor of tropical/mango/pineapple and citrus/orange/grapefruit hops. Light to moderate amounts of hop bitterness that lingers.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Sticky. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Definitely an interesting beer that does not seem to fight into any style very well - I like the presence of the hops and the alcohol is fairly well hidden. This is a big beer and is much more of a sipper than an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 22:00:15 | More by dbrauneis
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-11-2014 03:17:25 | More by Georgiabeer
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

07-08-2012 17:52:32 | More by duceswild
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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-29-2013 00:55:19 | More by BillRoth
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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 04:24:25 | More by biegaman
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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter. Pours crystal clear orangish golden amber color with a dense 1 finger off white head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Nice amount of thick lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big pine, orange, lemon, grapefruit, breadiness, caramel, and molasses. Very nice and complex aromas with nice strength. Taste is tons of orange, lemon, caramel, pine, honey, breadiness, and a bit of spiciness as well. Nice amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers with caramel, citrus, and pine flavors; with some nice sweetness in there as well. Insanely balanced beer, with just the right amount of sweetness, and overall great balance of all flavors throughout. Insanely smooth drinking for being almost 9%, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is basically invisible, only a a slight warming after the finish noticed. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied. Overall, an absolutely outstanding offering from Lagunitas. So much well balanced flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 04:32:19 | More by superspak
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 04:20:34 | More by Bighuge
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3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 19:49:42 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Really nice body color here. Crystal clear, and amber bronze and orange glowing. Rising carbonation of small pinhead size, and producing a nice big three finger off white fluffy head with lots of retention. Very inviting.

Nose is great. Toasty sweet caramel and brown sugar, clean smelling citrus hops, really nicely balanced with a big malt forward presence. Smells delicious.

Tasty toasty light rolling malts, with a thick sweetness. Not too syrupy but just a little. Finishes with a muted sweetness and a slow burried hop bitterness. Feel doesn't seem heavily carbonated but no complaints as the malt is nicely big but in control.

Taste wise it's solid and not mind blowing, but I love everything else about this beer they did a great job on this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 18:31:34 | More by smakawhat
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-29-2014 00:29:10 | More by Latarnik
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New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

09-06-2013 23:35:03 | More by LXIXME
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

01-17-2013 06:30:23 | More by Kelp
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

11-18-2012 19:58:15 | More by sendbeer
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-05-2011 03:57:44 | More by PEIhop
Lucky 13.alt from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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