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Lucky 13.alt - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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856 Ratings
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Ratings: 856
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 21
Gots: 35 | 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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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bottle poured into a goblet. Lagunitas calls this one an imperial blonde ale.

Murky tangerine, capped with a wispy head of very light tan that quickly fizzles away to a thin ring.

Very malty nose. Sweet caramel, toasted biscuits, overripe oranges, some grapefruit peel, candy sugar.

Similarity in the flavor. Begins with candy sugar and candied grapefruit peel. The swallow brings a swig of caramel and toasted biscuits. Lingering toastiness and burnt sugar notes between sips. Far from blonde ale, this tastes to me like a malty east coast-style IPA — surprising from this west coast brewery.

High, almost painful pinching carbonation in a fairly viscous medium-light body. Moderate bitterness, just a hint of booze behind the bright, sugary flavors. At 8.9 percent ABV, this is an impressive feat.

Call it a blonde ale; call it an IPA; call it what you want. This 13th anniversary ale is tasty stuff, and at $5 per bomber, the price is very right.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this for my parents anniversary. As in, I got it so that I can have an excuse to be piss-drunk on such a special occasion. Poured into a Williamsburg Winery red wine glass.

A: Has a slightly reddish copper color reminiscent of an IIPA, along with a one-finger, near-white head. While it's not particularly sexy by itself, it has decent retention and it leave plenty of spotty lacing on the glass.

S: The nose on this is very tropical. Grapefruit, apricot, mango, whatever citrus fruit you can think of inhabits the nose quite beautifully. There's a little bit of maltiness as well.

T: To me, the taste is primarily IPA, albeit one that's malty, well-balanced, sweet, and pleasantly bitter on the back end. The sweetness of the amber malts open up the body nicely, while the lingering bitterness, though not on the same level of a typical Stone offering (not necessarily a bad thing), is quite pleasant overall. 8.9% ABV? Who the hell are you fooling, Lagunitas?

M: Smooth but slightly syrupy as one would expect from an IPA, and a finish that's a bit sticky and bitter, but as I said, not in the same way a Stone IPA is. Carbonation is moderate.

O: Let's be honest, this fits the winter months in the same way Tim Curry (present-era Tim Curry, by the way, not the sexy bombshell we remember from Rocky Horror Picture Show) fits into a speedo. And while it's more IPA than impy blonde to me, it's still an incredibly enjoyable, almost world-class brew that was a great value to boot ($5 for this?! HELL YES). Get it while you still can!

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Lucky 13.alt from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 856 ratings.