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Lucky 13.alt - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 820
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 14
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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Photo of 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
Photo of hmf05


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

A really tasty ale. Smells like fresh pineapple juice with a tinge of maple syrup. The taste is relatively sweet, but nowhere near cloying. There is a nice all-around bitterness that balances out the sweetness. The pineapple was more present in the nose, but still comes through in the taste. There is a nice grapefruit as well. The carbonation is good and the body is medium. This could easily be described as a DIPA and I prefer a little sumpin' sumpin' just a tad more. This is a very impressive ale and I will go enjoy my second glass!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 00:27:20 | More by hmf05
Photo of Seanibus


3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The relatively light character of this beer belies its strength.

Pours a clear golden with a fluffy white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is sweet and grainy with a dense orange character.

The flavor is grainy and toasty, with a honey-like sweetness and a nice hop sting on the end. The finish is bitter with an asprin-like tang and a lemonish bite high on the back of the mouth.

The mouthfeel is thick and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 00:35:44 | More by Seanibus
Photo of BeerManDan


3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color when poured into a pint glass was of a golden yellow, with an orange hue. The smell was the usual piney aroma, but, with a hint of yeast. The taste was of fresh pine neddles, with a hint of yeast and orange citrus. After each sip or gulp, as the ale settled on the palate, the bitter the mouth palate felt. Over all, it was just a touch above average, for my palate. Not what I would purchase again!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 23:15:02 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of Spcoly


3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz into a tulip glass....

A: Golden color with medium head....slight carbonation...

S: Sweet Honey....followed by hops....

T: Starts out really sweet and finishes a little tart

M: medium body with low carbonation...definitely drinkable

O: Great stong ale....would definitely buy again...and again...

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 01:35:56 | More by Spcoly
Photo of TMoney2591


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
Photo of 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
Photo of Mdog


3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Gold, good head.

Smell: Malt, toffee, pine, kind of reminds me of a piney ESB. A little oxidation too?

Taste: Piney, citrusy, juicy tasting. A bit of toffee comes through, so it's not all hops.

Drinkability: Another variation of hoppy beer from Lagunitas. Easy to try them since they're so cheap.

I haven't had the regular 13th anniversary since I don't like reds. But picked this up since it was nicely priced. The smell reminded me a little of an ESB, but the taste was more of a IPA variation. Another pretty good beer from Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 23:02:22 | More by Mdog
Photo of velmalikevelvet


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

Poured from 22oz bottle into tasting glass.

A: Pretty buttery yellow color with a short-lived 1/2" bubbly head that left almost no evidence it had ever been in the room.

S: Delectable! Like sticking my nose into a bouquet of lovely blossoms. Not in a sickly-sweet, lilies at a funeral way, but in an Oh! thanks for the flowers! way.

T: LOADS of grapefruit, front to back. A bit tart and a hint of tang. Did I mention the grapefruit?

M: Crisp, clean, light despite the punchy profile.

O: Too bad it's a one-off, it's delicious!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 01:22:48 | More by velmalikevelvet
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter. Bottle has a blond chick on the front of it... hope I'm entering review in right place.

Pours a very bright yellow / pale copper color with a full finger of fluffy foam. Looks great. Aroma is both hoppy and bready... some nice pacific northwest hop aromas followed by a sweet breadiness.

First sip is sharply bitter, balanced by a thick body and residual sweetness. The sweetness is overwhelmed by the hop bitterness and crisp flavor. But as my palate adjusts to the bitterness, the sweetness comes through a lot more substantially. Quite a complex beer.

All in all very enjoyable, but the 8.9% ABV does come across a little boozy. Many layers of complexity. Very happy with this one, another quality brew from Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 00:56:33 | More by FickleBeast
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 trixdout

New Jersey

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

Appearance - yellowish-orange color. half a finger thick head that dissipated quickly with barely any lacing.

Aroma - straight off the bat I smelt a mango aroma, next after a deeper sniff was a bit of honey. Once I poured it into a a duvel tulip glass, i smelt the citrus, hops, and some more honey.

Taste - i get a good balance between a lively ripe citrus hops and some caramel. The flavors complement each other well. The finish definitely has some lingering bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel - very mild prickly carbonation at first, then a dry finish.

Overall - This reminds me very much of an india pale ale, but a mild one at that. The alcohol is hidden very well. I barely noticed that I was enjoying a 8.9% abv. Very pleased to have had this twice. If I were to see some sitting on the shelf, I would definitely purchase again (especially for $4.49 per bottle), but not look for it specifically.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 02:46:37 | More by trixdout
Photo of DrewShal9


3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A; orangey copper with a white head
S: upfront sweet honey with citrus that gravitates to a slight malt and a hint of booze.
T: citrusy, sweet orange blossom honey, little going of booze on that finish
M: lightly carbonated yet smooth with a lighter body
O: very drinkable and very dangerous. I enjoyed this and wish I could try the original of the lucky 13. Definitely would like to get more of this!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 02:06:08 | More by DrewShal9
Photo of beerswamie


3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber, when I picked this up I thought it was a different formulation of the regular Lucky 13 which is an Imperial Red.

The appearance is a light straw yellow, with a nice amount of carbonation.

The smell to me was your typical malty german altbeir.

Taste was average but very good for the price of this beer.

mouthfeel was good nothing spectacular.

Overall I am not a huge fan of this style but some one who is would like the price point of this beer and drink a lot of it.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 01:38:43 | More by beerswamie
Photo of ItsHammerTime

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tall, thin stein. The beer pours a rich amber with a thick cream head that lasts, leaving a thick lacing. Looks extremely appetizing!

The citrus aroma of American hops abounds. Underneath the extremely hops-forward nose, perhaps a bit of malt sweetness and honey lingers.

Each sip is an explosive kick of citrus, pine, and floral hops. While very hoppy, the actual bitterness is much more understated than I would have supposed; the malt profile does a fine job of balancing the aggressive hopping and makes for a very tasty beer. Alcohol is present but not overly assuming - hides its 9%.

Medium bodied, and the hops and malts are nicely balanced to allow for a smooth and non-cloying drink.

Ultimately, I think this is a fantastic beer. A little online snooping reveals that the .alt is a reference to alt.* newsgroups of the past (and, I imagine, the fact that this is a higher-gravity alternative to the original) and the beer is not trying to be an altbier. It is better personified as a Double India Red Ale. Happy I got to try this one.

Edit: Upon reading some of the other reviews afterwards, I'm actually going to reiterate this: NOT INTENDED TO BE AN ALTBIER. It's just a high-grav retooling of the original Lucky 13.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 02:36:15 | More by ItsHammerTime
Photo of WillCarrera


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

A- Pours a clear, golden honey color. Produces a couple fingers of sticky beige head. Great lacing.

S- BIG aroma of citrusy, floral hops, a bit of pine and honey along with some caramel malt sweetness.

T- There are some big waves of hops up front but the bitterness quickly gives way to a fruity center, especially orange, complemented by a honey/caramel malt. Finish is pretty juicy with more fruit and lingering bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth and easy drinking.

O- A solid beer, definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 00:48:29 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of Bfarr


3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange amber, big off white fluffy head and good retention. Citrus and caramel aromas. Citrus hops and sweet tea/toffee and light roasted finish. Hops dominate at first but slowly mellow into easy balance. Fairly clean finish save for light linger and warming. Slick feel with light tack.

I always liked Lucky 13 as a red but this is a great variation. Not overhopped (though it did seem so at first) like a lot of Lagunitas but a pleasant flavor and an easy drinking big beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 23:08:02 | More by Bfarr
Photo of 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
Photo of dafizzif


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

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden amber, even orange, color. Good one and a half finger off-white head. Great lacing down the glass.

Smell: Lots of beautiful floral and grassy hops with plenty of citrus laced over a sweet malt base. Kind of like a hop cone dipped in sugar coating.

Taste: Very piney up front, then a good bit of sweetness, and then a lingering bitterness. This beer seriously tastes like how I would envision hop taffy (with a bit of butterscotch inserted as well). Hoppiness hides any booziness.

Mouthfeel: Medium light to medium body with the aforementioned lingering taste. Really coats the mouth. Bit of a booze burning going down the throat.

Overall: A really nice brew to celebrate a milestone for one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 04:28:29 | More by dafizzif
Photo of JMad


4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from an English pint glass...

Pours a golden amber color with a thin off white head that left plenty of lacing. The aroma is like candy, lots of caramel and juicy, fruity hops. The taste is bitter up front with some piney hops, sweet caramel malt, a little toasted malt, and a bitter lemony finish. The beer is kind of heavy at first but the finish seems lighter, the carbonation is on point and it has a nice dry finish. I would drink this again, seems more like an IPA to me though.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 03:22:08 | More by JMad
Photo of ExtraStout


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

Had this on tap as a guest beer @ Willimantic Brewery.

Appearance is orange in color with a small head....and nice lacing.

Smells very aromatic!....like aroma hops of some sort maybe coming from the yeast. hides the alcohol very well.

Taste is very clean and drinkable...comes out very ale like!. Has sort of an orange or tangerine taste.

Feel is great as well good mixture between dry and creamy.

Overall this beer is enjoyable....they should make this one again

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2011 03:19:53 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of superspak


4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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
Photo of welldigger888

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden crystal clear hue with a pillowy white head with outstanding lace.

At room temp this billows wonderous hops,west coast style with grapefruit and piney resonius dank. The C's hops for sure.With a maltiness that holds up to the hop ill with a nice caramel sweet maltiness.

A swell bitterness up front that plays well with the maltiness and dank hop profile.

Seems spot on for carbonation and quality beer.

Oh my I like this brew!

Serving type: growler

08-20-2011 02:00:31 | More by welldigger888
Photo of Burt

Rhode Island

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

Served in a pint glass.

Yellow orange cloudy, with a thick off white head the dispersed slowly and some thick lacing.

Nice pine smell with some malt.

Pine and citrus up front with a little sweetness in the middle then a nice shot of bitterness at the end.

Very surprised at this beer, nice hop profile and the bitterness is great. Never knew an alt. could taste like this.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 03:53:04 | More by Burt
Photo of gopens44


4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep golden and fairly clear with a quickly diminishing frothy creme colored head.

S - A perfect blend of floral hoppiness and honey sweetness in the nose.

T - Like the nose, this one has a bright floral hop taste, but less sweetness in the taste than the nose. Honey taste finish with lingering bitterness.

M - Dry, well carbonated, medium bodied. Aftertaste holds on to the entire taste. It's like the taste that keeps on giving.

O - I dare Lagunitas to make a beer I don't like. I don't think they can. This beer is like an American Barleywine "light". Not quite as heavy, but similar taste characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 02:38:30 | More by gopens44
Lucky 13.alt from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 820 ratings.