Lucky 13.alt - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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864 Ratings
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Ratings: 864
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 24
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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Ratings: 864 | Reviews: 265
Photo of magine
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized pint glass.

Pours a lively hazy light copper/auburn color. Has a creamy thick fluffy finger width off white head. Nice layer of lace masks the top of the brew, great lace all throughout the edges and rims. Great looks.

Brew smells of lots of hops; citrus, other fruits, grassy, spicy oily hop resin. Has some nice earthy bread malts in the back as well. Good smelling brew.

Brew is creamy smooth from the constant head retention. Smooth up front creamy and some prickly spiced hops and carbonation in the middle. Brew finishes slightly dry and leaves you yearning another sip. Really good mouthfeel here; thick and lots of character. Brew has great flavor profiles that all work very well together. Very nice citrus hops, spices, oily resin, grassy earth. Nice malts as well; bready yeasts and caramel malts maybe. Almost a bit of tobacco in the end. Whatever the mash up in here is it works really well. Cant even taste that alcohol. Wow stellar stuff here.

Love this stuff here. A tremendous effort from Lagunitas; awesome flavors and full chewy mouthfeel. Another winner from this world class brewery.

Photo of mscudder
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up after having it a few nights back. Had to review it!

A - Wow this is bar none the worst aspect of the brew. Its almost translucent with a light amber tint. A fair sized pale head, lead to me think this was a mistake...

S - Lots of juicy hops hit the nose.There are a few subtle notes of citrus and just a pinch of pine.

T - This is this a fantastic brew! Juicy mango, pineapple and grapefruit attack the palette and recede smoothly. Leaves you wanting more (thankfully it came in a bomber!). For the ABV this is truly astonding, I cannot detect any at all beyond a little warmth.

M - A light to medium body with perfect carbonation to compliment the ale.

T - Lagunitas does it again with this fine strong amber ale. I can say without hesitation I will return to this many times over at a measly $4 a bottle. Bravo!

Photo of dhilltop2000
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delicious! The first time I tried this beer I really liked it. I have had it several times now and each time I try it I think, "yeah", its still that good. Perfectly balanced! Thick and creamy, somewhat sweet malt is balanced by the 60 IBU hop fest.

Photo of osusullins
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again I should thank the good folks at Lagunitas for what is a very good beer. A beautiful amber color with a creamy white head. Strong citrus aroma, with grapefruit and pine both dominating the wonderful bouquet. The taste is very balanced. The grapefruit and pine are very pronounced, but the bready malts add some volume and create a wonderful beer. Very hoppy, but you also get some caramel sweetness. I enjoyed this beer a great deal. A wonderful strong, big beer.

Photo of clint1019
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Has a Deep Gold color with a cream colored head that leaves some nice lacing.

S - Nice Piney hop aroma along with a a malty sweetness.

T - Has a sweet malty flavor with a honey-like note. Finishes with a big blast of piney, resiny hop bitterness.

M - Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O - This is a great beer. Maybe one of my favorites. Has a bit of a sweetness to it, but it's balanced well by the hops.

Photo of DrewV
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden amber colored liquid with a huge 3-finger foamy white head. Gorgeous.

S: Potent piney, citrusy hops with hints of orange, tangerine, and pineapple. A robust caramel malt backbone obviously supports the hops.

T: Follows the nose, a well-balanced blend of citrusy hops and sweet malts. Akin to Arrogant Bastard, Lucky 13.alt sits solidly in the Strong Ale category of potent brews. A bit sharp in flavor during the early sips, I detect some peppery spiciness. But that early sharpness soon fades as the bold malt sweetness smooths out the flavor.

M: Smooth, thick, almost syrupy mouthfeel. Absolutely not cloying, however. Just tons of chewy goodness.

O: I do not understand why lighter-flavored beers get such high ratings on this site, while stronger, fuller-flavored offerings receive only moderate (B, B+) ratings. This brew is incredibly flavorful, creamy, and well-balanced. A serious contender in the Strong Ale category. A solid "A" rated brew here. No less. After sampling several of their offerings, Lagunitas is certainly making a believer out of me.

Photo of gopens44
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So they brewed a double Altbier eh?
Poured into my Rogue pint glass.

A - huh not as dark as I expected more of a amber brown like a DIPA with an impressive full inch of semi-sticky white head.

S - From the bottle an aggressive bit of pine and citrus hit the nose, oh my. In the glass a little more sweet malts and caramel come through on the back end, but a very aggressive citrus can't wait to sip!

T - Ow man that's balanced, you get a strong pine that rounds to a citrus zest of hops then it leads toward a bready like malt, almost cracker like, and finishes with a smooth caramel/toffee sweetness that leaves a sweet feeling on the tongue. Man thats good.

M - Medium bodied indeed but scary drinkable. I like how the bitterness doesn't become too aggressive leaving a sweet/clean finish.

Overall I like this the same if not more than the regular 13, and since I can't seem to find anymore 13 right now I best grab a couple more bottles of this before it's gone.

Well done guys!

Photo of jmdrpi
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no date.

appears a clear copper color with amber highlights. thin white head, nice lacing and head retention. smell is a bit sweet, with some light floral hop aroma. very pleasant.

taste is a nice mix of caramel and toffee malt flavors, with piney and citrus hops. smooth. medium body and carbonation, a bit sticky on the lips.

surprisingly easy to drink for the alcohol strength. Lagunitas continues to impress me with their high quality and good value beers.

Photo of bark
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is gold-pale amber (15 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two figner head slowly sinks down leaving some lacing.

The smell is smooth. Malty flavours of French loaf and a touch of honey. Do I notice a hint of vanilla? Toffee and some earthy notes. Citric flavours of bitter oranges and orange marmalade. The bitterness is in the level of an APA and balanced. Still it is somewhat sharp, maybe the alcohol gives that sharpness?

The taste is at first velvety sweet with notes of toffee. Then, elegant bitter hops kicks in with notes of tangerines and bitter oranges. Then, the taste becomes luxuriously balanced with ripe red fruits, cookie-like sweetness and hints of green fruits. The aftertaste is elegant and lush with silk-smooth sweetness, hints of balancing bitterness and exotic fruits. The finish is, again, smooth.

The carbonation is mild, the mid-sized bubbles are just there to keep the beer from being flat. The liquid is sticky and somewhat thick.

A very luxurious beer, and at the time dangerously drinkable. Well done.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a finger of frothy off-white head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some good lacing.

S - Aroma is full of sweet bready malts with lots of citrus and pine hops, and some candied tropical fruits.

T - Starts off with some strong citrus and tropical fruit hops with some candied grapefruit and strong bitterness alongside some sweet malts. Through the middle, some more sweet bready malts come through with some resiny pine hop and more bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malt, candied tropical fruits and bitterness.

M - Medium-full bodied with medium-heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. A pretty different American Strong Ale with some nice fruity flavors that belnd in and feel balanced.

Photo of bfields4
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden amber filtered body. Decent retention in the head.

Nice biscuty sweet grainy aroma. Good citrus comes through from the hops.

Flavor reminiscent of the aroma. Slight tilt to hop. The hop profile is that lagunitas familair flavor. Not a bad thing. The sweet grainy quality balances nicely. Crisp and a touch of honeyish. No detection of the booze.

Smooth light bodied beer. Easy drinker. Has a sneaky 8% on it. Lagunitas just keeps churning em out. Maybe not a grand slam but i'd be happy to see this beer on tap anyday.

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +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.

Photo of andrenaline
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another gem from my western connection joemcgrath27.

A - Pours a crystal clear caramel colour, finger of head with solid retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Sweet pineapple hops with a hint of pine and cedar, caramel and toffee notes come through on the finish.

T - Man this stuff is tasty. The sweet pineapple hops dominate, some pine and cedar hop notes, with the caramel and toffee coming through on the finish with a hint of honey. A bitterness that is perfectly balanced by the sweetness. Yummy is an understatement.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - A very tasty ale that has the classic Lagunitas hop profile that keeps you craving more. At almost 9%, this stuff is incredibly dangerous given its sessionable characteristics. All day any day is the motto that comes to mind.

Photo of dmatsui
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bombadier into a tulip. Hazy orange reminiscent of Hefe, little to no head that dissipated fairly quickly. Alcohol legs are definitely present, as I would expect from an 8.8. Overal very pretty, tight clean carbonation.

So many complexities in the nose. At first you get the butterscotch, biscuity malt which is pleasantly sweet and slightly toasty without overshadowing the hops. As would be expected of anything from Lagu-fukin-nitas, the hops are definitely forward. A nice swirl brings out the sweet, summery amarilllo hops with a definite touch of chinook. There are hints of honeydew, clove, grass and citrus. There is a dank presence here as well. Not as much hop spice in the nose; perhaps it will be revealed in the taste.

The nose definitely provides for an accurate foreshadowing of the flavor. Big Amarillo hops, huge sweet citrus hops, pine, honeysuckle, and grapefruit (I know, typical.) What makes this beer different is the wild imbalance of the hop:malt ratio, which as a west coast IPA fanatic I really enjoy. The sweet malt base provides JUST enough support for the hops to really shine. Again, not much hop spice, but very forward in the honey-like characteristics. Not much alcohol presence.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly resinous and oily. With the amount of bittering hops they threw into this brew, you would think the finish would be very dry. However, this is NOT a dry beer. The oils and sugars make for a really nice mouthfeel, with a refreshing tight carbonation.

Overall, this is another winner from Lagu-Fukin-nitas. Lucky 13.alt (blonde) is definitely a nice summer ale, although maybe not a sesionable as one would want out of a summer beer. However, the sweet honey characteristics of the hops make this a unique brew and are reminiscent of summer foliage. Definitely worth a try if you like anything from this fukin' brewery, or are simply ready to try a delectably off-balanced, hop raging, sweet and unique summer brew.

One note: I'm not sure why this is under the category of ASA... I'm thinking west coast diipa.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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

Photo of ThickNStout
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz pour, on tap at Taco Mac (Alpharetta, GA). Served in a chilled pint glass. 

Delivered clear deep gold with a quarter finger of cream froth on top. Nice consistent lacing. 

Nice hoppy hoppy smells. Pine, orange, mango. 

Sweet burst of pine and citrus followed by a nice malt backing. Orange, pine, pepper, sweet bicuit. Very little noticeable alcohol. 

Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Slightly slick hop oils on the tongue give a long dry bitter aftertaste. 

After a year away, I'm still a fan. A good solid dose of hop goodness with a nice full sweet malt bill to back it up. I'll continue coming back to this when it's available. 

Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whipped egg white head that rims like crazy over orange blonde body. That candied pineapple Lagunitas nose I love with a touch of tangerine.
Cookie sweetness with apricot tangerine jam then clementine and pineapple hops. Grainy sweetness as it warms, like zweibeck biscuits.
Zesty finish and slightly oily linger. Light-medium, crisp, soft, some chew.

Is this an alt? Blonde? Strong ale? Related to Lucky 13? Who cares, it’s another Lagunitas aroma hop bomb and that’s enough for me.

Photo of FickleBeast
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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 dfillius
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields 1 finger of off-white head with good retention. Crystal clear brass color. Very nice. Slightly better head retention would make this perfect in appearance.
S: Nice tropical fruit hops - mango, candied pineapple. Man Candy. Juicy aroma very similar to Lagunitas Sucks. Sublime and ideal. Slight honey/caramel.
T: Sweetness up front with moderate bitter finish. Hops become dominant not far in with grapefruit and slight pine. Sweet caramelly malt takes a back seat and hangs out in the finish. Some orange juice, some green grape. Complex but a bit cloying. Sweetness brings the score down.
M: Quite bitter. No apparent warmth despite 8.8% Full feeling and round. Dry finish.
O: Loving it! Would order another and buy again. What a deal lagunitas bombers are, $4.49! Alcohol comes through late in the first pint. Not sessionable.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Mr. Dunderbak's. Served in a pint glass.

A: Nice amber color, nearly clear with some chill haze. A finger's worth of off-white head and medium visible carbonation.

S: Fruity hops up front - citrus, tropical fruits, and grassy, with some toasted cracker malt.

T: Follows the nose - big citrus flavor (orange and grapefruit rind), tropical fruit, a bit of pineapple, all over a noticeable malt backbone. Mild fruity bitterness in the hang.

M: Medium body, alcohol well-hidden given the ABV, average carbonation sensation.

O: This is quite enjoyable. It doesn't look or taste much like a blonde ale, but it disappeared pretty quickly. Recommended.

Photo of diamondc
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear, bronze, about a finger's worth of head. Not much lacing or foam.

S: Pungent hops here.. grapefruit, lemon, tropical fruits are huge. Awesome.

T: Balanced just right .. toasted caramel malts with a touch of cinnamon balanced out with some great resiny pine hops with not much bitterness aftertaste.

M: A really great drinker. Can't taste the high ABV.

O: Another good Lagunitas beer, nothing extraordinary though. They got the hoppy beers down pat.

Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always look forward to new Lagunitas offerings to get my hands on.Poured into a becker a brilliant copper/bronze with a fluffy white one finger head atop that took its time settling.Fresh malty aromas of bread ans lightly sweet caramel,fresh herbal tones underneath.Again fresh is a good word to us for the flavors,slightly crisp bread and caramel tones with slight nuttininess,of course hops are gonna play a part from these guys lending a gentle herbal finish.If I was from northeast Germany I might have a heart attack over this beer,but Iam not and I think its a great new world "big" alt beer.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle from Consumer Beverages in Orchard Park, NY. No sign of a freshness date.

Poured into a Duvel goblet. Copper-amber in colour, nice crown of foam, with some great retention and flecks of lacing.

Nose is quite lovely – good citrus notes, sweet malt, tropical fruit, caramel, nice citric hop bitterness.

Very tasty, fits somewhere in the midst of an American Barleywine, strong ale and DIPA. Sweet sugary malt, caramel and milk chocolate is kept in check with tropical fruit (orange, pineapple, mango) and citrus bitterness. Not a hint of booze to be found, very easy to drink. Wonderful mouthfeel – carbonation is just present enough to cleanse the palate, nice and creamy.

Wonderful brew, well worth a pickup. Good mix of style elements, wonderful to drink.

Lucky 13.alt from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 864 ratings.