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Lucky 13.alt - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

836 Ratings
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Ratings: 836
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 15
Gots: 30 | 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 beagle75
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and a few bubbles crawl up through the column.

S: Malty and over-attenuated, with minimal hop influence. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with tangy and grainy caramel malt, and some fruity dark citrus. Acidity is fairly mild before the middle, where the early flavors taper off and some pine is established. The finish is slightly roasty and not overly bitter, with lingering dark citrus flavors. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly syrupy and sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer is practically a re-creation of Lagunitas' spring strong ale, Undercover Investigation Shutdown, full of all-too-common features such as pungent and under-attenuated grain that drowns out even what was likely a robust hop bill. Its signature Lagunitas qualities could be detected by a beer-obsessed shark from three miles away.

beagle75, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 09.10.2011 - poured from a 22oz. brown bomber into a American pint glass (it's nearly 9/11, y'all).

A: Clear, copper color. Foamy head w/good retention and an even lacing.

S: Sweet grapefruit, pineapples & bitter hops. Smells like pineapple & cascade.

T&M: Taste is very fruity & toasty. Initially you get toasted grains w/caramel and bitter pine hops. Awesome aroma. Medium bodied w/low carbs. Slick finish.

O: Impressive. I was not expecting this from this brew. Nice pick-up BevMo. Happy I purchased the bottle. You're getting better. Still love my locally-owned shop better though.

ILikeGoodCider, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - crystal clear orange golden, short white head dissipated to a thin covering
S - pine and grapefruit citrus ,light spiciness with some candy aromas
T - grapefruit and piney hops are big but balanced with a caramel and slightly nutty malt backbone
M - medium creamy and sticky body, lower carbonation with a warm ABV heat and hop bitterness
O - extremely drinkable in spite of big flavours, warms the insides and makes me smile

joemcgrath27, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of doopydoogle
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Rich golden with slight red hues. Good residual head that leaves a nice foamy lace down the glass.

S - Funky resinous hops with a slight wild yeast character to the nose. Citrusy pineapple and pine with grassy tones. The malts are somewhere in there, but buried beneath the sparkly overtones to the aroma.

T - Chewy and sick malts beguile the palette while a mild hop character backs it up. There are some notes of caramel and toffee that dance in the middle, while the finish is backed up by fruity, piney hops and a good cereal grain character that finishes sweet and pleasant. Yeasty floral aspects are present, but don't dominate. All and all a very interesting, complex, and well rounded ale. You get alot of pieces to it but none overpower.

M - Explosive carbonation and a slightly sticky palette coating mouthfeel. The bitterness doesn't really dominate, more a nice acidic bite that levels out to a good rounded bitter.

O - An excellent outing. It's like if Arrogant Bastard got over itself, went to the beach for some sun and realized it didn't have to try so hard in this world, that things are already pretty good as they are.

doopydoogle, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas is a brewery deserving of lots of hype simply because it doesn't make a bad beer. Period. Somehow, we all overlook it when talking about the "great" breweries of the U.S. Lagunitas is right up there with the best.

This one pours a clear amber orange with a short lived short white head.

Nose is light fresh pineapple and light citrus.

Mouthfeel is big, bold, creamy, "filling" and rich. It leaves you really wanting more and has great balance and feel. 8.9% abv but you just don't taste it/feel it.

Flavors are just big, assertive "rich, fresh bitter hop/grapefruit and lemon skin." There is a boldness but a brightness to the flavor profile. It may be one of the most drinkable beers I've had in a long time. Huge flavors yet so inviting you could "gulp it" to satisfy a big thirst.

Finish is very long bitter grapefruit skin with hints of pine. All around a wonderfully drinkable and consumer friendly brew. This could be a daily beer for me (if I had a daily beer).

GRG1313, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of billshmeinke
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with two fingers of white head. Retention and lacing are quite nice.

Smells of fruity esters as well as honey and caramel. There's an herbal/floral/earthy hop presence as well, but it seems to be more malt foward in the nose.

Sweet honey and caramel malt, a touch biscuity as well. Some fruity esters. Touch of green apple. Then bitter resinous, floral, herbal, and slightly spicy hop presence on the back end. Fairly well balanced, though it leans slightly in the sweet/malty direction. Alcohol is there to, probably adding to the perception of spice, but it's very restrained and smooth.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated, crisp, medium to full bodied. Alcohol is warming, but subtle.

Pretty decent overall. Kinda reminds me of hopslam.

billshmeinke, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-clear yellow gold with a sticky thin white head

S-smells like an IPA. hops and sweet herbs. medium strength

T-comes in with a freshly bitter taste of orange peel and hops and some fresh grass. there's a very slight bitterness. ends with a matching after-taste and some decent spices. IPA much?

M-high carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-this is basically an IPA. now i'm aware that strong ale are often quite hoppy, but this just has all IPA characteristics and misses some of those extra flavors found in strong ales. as an IPA, its average.

AdamBear, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of IllNate
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a bit thrown by the 'alt' on the label, it's not an alt

A - Pours a clear gold. Good amount of white head with good retention.

S - Nose full of citrus hops, not much else coming through.

T - Very nice, lots of citrus hops and sweet malt. Nicely balanced, although a bit on the sweet side.

M - Very smooth and a bit of puckering. Appealing.

O - Solid beer, but they should get rid of the 'alt' tag.

IllNate, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of turnerr79
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright amber pour, thin head.

Nose of peppercorn and sharp hops, picked by angry migrant workers I'm sure. he peppercorn theme continues through the first sip, complimented by the log cabin malt and semi-sweet hops. Watch out for the 8.9 ABV!!!

Not sure why, but I thunk a pint of this would go well with a game of billiards.

Very interesting brew. Grade A

turnerr79, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of BDTyre
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer. Light amber, fluffy, snowy white head. Rich citrus hops, creamy caramel malts. Lemon, light sourness and bread in the scent. Big hop taste, way more than "alt" would imply. Creamy, slightly raisiny taste. Bitter aftertaste.

Mild carbonation. Nice beer, but a bit hoppy for an alt.

BDTyre, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
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.

ArrogantB, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
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.

AgentMunky, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of stercomm
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber.

A - Amber colored with a very slight haze, frothy off white head, strong glass lacing.

S - Outstanding, getting pine notes, lemony citrus, some pineapple, biscuits.

T - Starts out with some very nice bready sweet malts, quickly moves into a nice dry hoppy finish with citrus and pineapple, nicely balanced.

M - Medium, slight carbonation

D - Lagunitas never disappoints me, a very nice brew.

stercomm, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rushing, jazzy look, bright light amber color, small off-white head.

A sweet caramel malt, super sweet red fruits, big, lush hop flavor's. citric and sweet! Pineapple and strawberries. Very potent aroma.

A huge and crispy, sweet malt kick with major dry, earthy hops, bitter with a fruity effect. Major hops are powerful in this one, dominates the taste with a long, earthy finish. Big complexity in the hops.

The feel is sharp and crisp, medium overall, then slick malty finish and dry aftertaste.

Big, big hops

GratefulBeerGuy, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass at Bodega on 8/23/11

Light haze across a medium amber color. Otherwise, it's pretty clear. 1/3rd inch cap of smooth foam. Thin retention with decent trails of lace.

Lots of vibrant citrus/tropical hop aromas - grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, orange and hints of lemon. Oily hops abound. Toasty bread notes with just enough malt sweetness to support the hops.

The flavor profile tips a bit toward the malts - toasted grain, bread, buttered biscuit and a ghost note of candy-esque sweetness. Regardless, there is still a good deal of hops. Shot of piney bitterness with citric accents. A bit juicy on the front.

The feel is close enough to medium body. Carbonation is ample but tows the line. Finishes clean, save for a lingering dry bitterness.

This is a really nice, easy drink. Not overly complex, but it doesn't need to be. It hit the spot on a late summer night. Recommended.

Ryan011235, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of bashiba
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice bright copper with a light bit of cloudyness, has a big giant sticky white head.

The smell is all lagunitas, big and sweet and malty.

The flavor follows the nose, a huge blast of brown sugary sweet malt, very much the typical lagunitas house flavor. The hops are a little more mild than some of their other 10 versions of the same beer, a light bit of citrus notes.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy.

I might have liked this if I hadn't ever had a Lagunitas strong ale before, but I have and they all sort of start to run together as just slight variants of the same beer, not that it makes it bad, but its not breaking any new ground either.

bashiba, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
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.

biboergosum, Sep 04, 2011
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!

hmf05, Sep 04, 2011
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.

Seanibus, Sep 03, 2011
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!

BeerManDan, Sep 01, 2011
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...

Spcoly, Aug 31, 2011
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.

TMoney2591, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Aug 28, 2011
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.

Mdog, Aug 28, 2011
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!

velmalikevelvet, Aug 27, 2011
Lucky 13.alt from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.