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Lucky 13.alt - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 851
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 16
Gots: 33 | 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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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...

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.

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.

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.

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!

Photo of FickleBeast
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.

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.

Photo of trixdout
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.

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!

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.

Photo of ItsHammerTime
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.

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.

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
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

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.

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.

Lucky 13.alt from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 851 ratings.