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Lucky 13.alt - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 265
Hads: 866
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 18.89%
Wants: 28
Gots: 37 | 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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Reviews: 265 | Hads: 866
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came out looking like the regular Lucky 13, red with good clarity, small head. Aroma was one of the biggest changes, gone is the massive hoppy aroma, yet still the biggest for anything qualifying under the alt. banner.

What is lacks in hoppiness of the original, it makes up for in smoothness/drinkability. Great at hiding the alcohol in a big beer. Better than the original. Bitterness held at bay right where it should be, strong, but not for the sake of touting some absurd ibu#. Otherwise, same amount of caramel and red malts.

Lagunitas always delivers big hoppy beers at a great price, no difference here.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #17 Altbier on the beeradvocate best of lists. Served in a tumbler.

Beer is yellow with a mild haze, lazy head, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is hoppier than expected, mildly pine.

Beer is light in body, dare I say thin, with a mild yeast presence, weak on the lead off, and a dry mildly bitter finish, pine hops on the middle. Decent, I enjoyed it and would have it again.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into pint glass.

A: pours a bright clear golden with reddish tints, thin white head, decent lacing

S: smells features huge earthy malts along with tea leaf, molasses, bark, and a little bit of caramel. This is all malt, no notable hop character coming through.

T: rich and malty from start to finish, things start off earthy and become a bit sweet, lots of molasses and hints of maple as well. The end gets a touch bitter, but the bitterness does not cut through all of the sweetness.

MF: thick body with mellow carbonation

O: I didn't realize this brew was different than the Mondo Red Ale when I purchased it. This .alt version isn't quite as tasty. It is a little on the sweet side for my liking.

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Photo of robbrandes
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 22oz bomber.

bright penny copper, nice head, typical great lagunitas lacing.

smell - pretty sweet, picking up some mild hop undertones, but definitely more caramel nose than i was ready for.

hmmm, a strange push-and-pull at play here. as the nose suggested, the malt-back is huge - tons of caramels and breadiness; and a pretty good slug of hops on the back end. for whatever reason, i'm not entirely digging the combo. it's a more than adequate beer, but malt and hops seem like two entirely separate events. a bit of a let-down for my well-deserved high expectations of lagunitas.

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Photo of SummitVA
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden brown pour with steady carbonation. Head falls off quickly, but nice lacing on glass.

S - Cardboard-y, vegetal scent of old American hops. A little black tea and earthiness. Malt character in the background, and some caramel sweetness, but the nose is off-putting for the most part.

T - Earthy hops and strong bitterness foremost, with vegetal character not far behind. Black tea again jumps out at me, along with a bit of brown sugar sweetness. Really wonderful melding of malt character and light alcohol heat--the most interesting aspect of this beer. Definitely feels like an 8+% brew, but it's not unpleasant in this respect. Crisp hop bitterness rounds out the finish.

M - High end of medium for me.

O - An interesting brew, and I really wish the hops hadn't fallen off on this bottle. This really surprises me, as I always find Lagunitas brews to hold up really well. Handling issue--who knows? Won't pick this up again, but I'd definitely give it a try on draft to compare, and I'm already looking forward to the next anniversary beer from Lagunitas. Cheers,

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Photo of BlackWednesday
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber from EZ. Poured a clear falt syrupy bronze body with a small tightly foamed brigther white head. Aroma is sweet and syrupy with notes of pine resin, molasses, caramel, hops. Body is medium to fuller with very soft to nill carbonation and no tace of ABV. Flavor of grains, molassess, pine resin, citrus rind, hint of toffee, hard rolls and fruit skins. Solid beer and better then I was expecting.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-gold color. A medium-sized, orange-tinted head pops up with a dense, frothy consistency. Retention is sturdy, and an even sheet of lacing sticks to the glass as the head recedes.

S: Some mild caramel malt notes in the nose. Perhaps lightly doughy. Big notes of tropical fruitiness from the hops - mango, pineapple, and papaya are prominent - with secondary piney and citric character also present. A bit of tartness is evident as well. Alcohol appears to be masked smoothly so far.

T: Equal parts doughy/bready pale malt and lightly sweet caramel flavor up front. Bitterness is firm, as the 76.92 IBUs would suggest, but it's not overwhelming. Tropical fruit (as noted above), pine, and citrus pith flavors smack of a Lagunitas beer (in a good way). Alcohol is slightly more evident in terms of flavor and mouthfeel, but it couples nicely with the firm bitterness to assert a prominent overall presence. There's a faint, yeasty tartness present throughout that adds a bit of depth.

M: Medium bodied. Perhaps even a shade lighter than that, considering the ABV. Carbonated somewhat lightly, but it works. Lightly oily up front before a dry and somewhat warming finish.

D: Lagunitas certainly doesn't seem to have much trouble brewing high-gravity, highly-hopped strong ales of all different varieties, and this doesn't stray far from that successful formula. An interesting mashup of styles - there are elements of an IPA, a blonde, and a strong ale here. A bit of a sipper, but a very worthy brew.

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Photo of Hershdawg
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottle into Snifter

A: Golden brown with a 1 finger white head. it dissapates after a few minutes but leaves good lacing on the edges.

S: Citrus hops. A little malt. Lagunitas is doing the usual of super hopping its beers.

T: Hops and a caramel sweetness. Not that bitter. The booze is well hidden.

M: Medium body as an "alt" should.

O: This is a classic lagunitas take on a style. They ramp up the hops and make a terrific beer. This is an imperial American version of an alt. Good beer.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden amber in color into my snifter with a little more than a finger of eggshell head, nice retention and sticky lacing.

S - Sweet and malty, tropical fruit, grapefruit, grassy hops, toffee and bread.

T - Hops are really present up front, lots of pine and resin, grapefruit rind, tropical fruit, sweet toffee malts and a nice lingering bitterness.

M - Medium in body, very well balanced.

O - Yet another great offering from Lagunitas, grab this one if you get the chance.

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Photo of davey101
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into a DFH signature glass.

A - Copper/amber body with a nice white head.

S -Citrus heavy hops, spice, and some caramel malt.

T - Distinctive lagunitas hop flavors, grapefruit and some light spice. The finish is sweet malts. Its crisp and clean, and the biterness and sweetness are really well balanced.

O - Ehhh. This is a good beer, but I probably wouldn't grab another one. A fairly average...well, I'm actually not sure what style this is. An imperial amber/red? The abv is well hidden and the balance makes it pretty drinkable.

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Photo of diamondc
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of ahq514
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an English pint. Actually thought I was trying the other version at first and then realized that this is the .alt version.

Pours a sort of clear golden color with a slight amber hue. Not much of a head on there, carbonation seems prominent.

Aroma has sort of a sweet malt scent with a very distinctive kind of hops that I can't remember which one it is (Amarillo?). Some elements of citrus/grapefruit.

Hmm, taste is more complex than I was expecting. The hops hit you right away, citrus/grapefruit, with a little spiciness. This is followed by a sweet malty taste, which then has a little bit of a dry and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is great, perfect carbonation, medium bodied. That sweet malty taste with a hint of the hops sticks to your mouth minutes after a sip.

Overall it is a pretty solid beer. This reminds me of all Lagunitas' beers. Above average, but nothing that blows you out of the water. Solid beer, would definitely drink again.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a beer mug.

Note: This should NOT be reviewed as an altbier, as it is a "Blonde version” of Lucky 13. The ".alt" is is actually an obscure reference to alt.* newsgroups of the past.

Anyway, as a strong blonde ale this beer pours well, sporting a rustic copper-brass color and a well-retained cap of spittle-white head. Can't knock Lagunitas for consistency, although all their beers smell nearly the same in terms of hop profile. Mango fruit, pineapple, and banana in the nose with a drowned-out presence of pale malt.

Compared to regular Lucky 13, the .alt version is smoother and, well, blonde-r. Piny burst of tropical fruits tastes like every other Lagunitas beer, and the malts do their best to add a sweet, caramel-rich background. Mouthfeel is chewy and thick with a low carbonation level. Lucky 13.alt is more of the same from this Sonoma brewery--a hop-forward, fruity sweet, high ABV beer that you'd have a hard time picking out of their lineup.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This must be a Sticke, though I'm no Altbier expert. I loved last years L. 13 Mondo Red so I was pretty intrigued by this year's release.

Pours out more of an orange/brown, translucent, but oily upon closer inspection. The head starts at about half an inch and leaves little lace.

The smell starts with citrus and cherry and ends with some bready malts.

The taste starts with a good mix of dried cherry, grapefruit and herbal hop resin. It has a real solid country grain bread finish to balance it out. Not too sticky going down, decently dry finish.

All in all a pretty sweet Anniversary brew. I'm glad I gave it a go.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice head! Head is white and very fluffy... Brew is rich copper color with lots of amber hues. Nice lacing too!

S - Very sugary scent... Lots of flower aroma. Mild vanilla and lots of apple and peach.

T - Very pleasant. Lots of smooth flavors. Rose nibs, vanilla, peach, orange, ....

M - Very dry. A little too carbonated for my liking.... Nice bitterness arrives at the end of the brew.

O - Quite a surprising brew. This could become one of my new favorites. Awesome and definitely worth seeking.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottled May 24th, 2011. Served at around 50F.

Pours clear amber with a two finger fluffy off-white head that leaves some foamy rings and spots of lacing and holds a very nice cap.

Aroma is pretty hoppy with some grapefruit and orange citrus, grass, a bit floral and piney. Underneath is some caramel, toffee and bready malt. Very good strength.

Flavor is a nice balance of fresh hops and caramel malt. Starts piney, resinous and citrusy, moving to a strong caramel, toffee and butterscotch presence which offers a bit of sweetness and then finishes with another wave of hops and some nice lingering bitterness. A fair alcohol bite does rear its head on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, with moderate carbonation.

Very good American Strong Ale, although it doesn't seem to fit into a traditional Altbier profile, at least with my experience with the style. Particularly enjoyed the aroma. Flavor is also quite good just a little hot for my tastes.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

636th Review on BA
Bottle to strange

App- A very dark yellow with a lot of bubbles and cascades to a one finger head. A few lines of cling and some leg.

Smell- Big aromatics of lemon, grass and malts. Has a sweetness with the malt and citrus. Throw in a little hops too.

Taste- I have to preface by saying Ive never had an alt bier. Quite malty and lush with big tropical fruits which dont follow the lemony nose. Was good and hits the spot

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium cabonated with a trailing fruit flavor.

Drink- I saw it and bought it and was glad I did. Its a new style which seems very close to a DIPA. Id love this on tap at some point. Although Ill take a bottle too

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Photo of litheum94
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

Crisp and clear golden body. Decent off-white, barely brown head. Settles to a foamy cover, which clings to the glass with every sip.

Aromas of pine resin, citrus rind (tangerine), tropical fruits and some peppercorn. Some Carmel tones from the malts.

Starts off with a biscuit malt flavor, with some carmel candy sweetness. Creamy in the mouth at first. Good spicing mid-palate with some bite. Earthy pine hops, with a good dose of bitterness. Finishes with a lemon twang and residual bitterness.

Great balance throughout this beer. Nice flavors. Another winner from Lagunitas.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this one this afternoon with schmittymack. Poured a nice golden color with a good finger or two of fluffy white foam. Aromas of pine, grapefruit and maybe mango. On the palate, this one was light to medium bodied, with flavors of pineapple, honey and light malt with a linger bitter finish.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a tulip glass a clear copper color. Head is foamy with good retention and leaves an even amount lacing.

S - Nose is full of sweet grapefruit and pineapples and semi bitter hops. Smells like pineapple juice.

T - Taste is very fruity as well as toasty. Initially you get the toasted grains and sweet pineapple along with caramel and bitter pine hops. :) Very pronounced aroma.

M - Mouth feel is medium bodied with complimenting carbonation. It feels smooth and has a slick finish.

O - Hell. This beer kicks ass. My local bottle shop just picked up the slack by providing this new beer. Very happy I purchased the bottle.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a semi translucent bright amber color with a 1/2 inch of head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of malts, booze, citrus and apricots. Some hops and tropical fruits maybe. Pretty complex smell that I'm having trouble pinpointing exactly what I am smelling. Taste is boozey with some grapefruit/citrus/tropical fruits. Malty with a nice alcohol burn at the finish. This beer has some of that typical hoppy Lagunitas flavor but a bit more subdued than some of the other offerings. Somewhat sweet. Drinkable even though it has a boozey taste to it. Again, like with the aroma, hard to figure out all the nuances here. There is alot going on with this beer but I am digging it. Overall, this is a unique beer worth having again.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't have a stange, so I suppose a weizen glass will have to do. My bomber pours burnished copper and translucent as a stained glass window. Not a huge head but the lacing looks nice, at least. Taking my first sniff, I am greeted with mango, pineapple, apricot, red grapefruits, minor chords of pine resin, and a sweet toffee malt. All of these things translate well into the taste, with the addition of a small amount of cannabis funky musty notes...brown sugar that transitions into honeyed sweetness that lingers for quite some time. Unless, of course, you choose to quell it with the hopped front of another delicious sip. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-thick, but not syrupy in any way, pleasingly smooth and creamy, despite the head's disappearance.

This one is well worth checking out. Especially if you like Dreadnaught, as some (but not all) of the flavor profiles are similar in my book.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours amber in color with a slightly off-white head.

S: A malt driven beer with lots of caramel and toffee. There's a nice hoppiness, too with some citrus and floral notes. A bit more malt in the form of bread. There's an almost candy sweetness and a bit of fruit.

T: Lots of toffee, brown sugar, and caramel malt character, which is nice. More sweetness from the candy/sugar, and some red fruits (grapes and berries?). Still some hop notes with mild citrus, and a mild bitterness.

M: The body is medium with a medium carbonation.

O: Lagunitas makes some fine ales, and this was one of them.

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Photo of NHhophead
4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 1/2 bbl of Lucky 13.alt as a replacement for a Lagunitas IPA keg that I suffered through. Neither the shop, nor I realized that it was the 13.alt, so it came as something of a welcome surprise. In terms of reviews, the best I can offer is that this brew reminds me of Founder's Centennial IPA and a little bit like Double Dead Guy--both of which I have had on my tap system. I would attribute this to the use of malts to 'mask' the ~9% ABV characteristic. Anotehr well-built offering by Launitas, and one that I'm proud to have on tap at home.

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Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear reddish amber pour. Decent off-white head but great retention and lacing.

S: Smells like an IPA or a hoppy amber. Strong citrus smell (grapefruit, orange, mango), some resin. A little banana? Hard to tell if that's part of the malt or not. Gotta be some simcoe in here, distinctive smell (or similar) Maybe a little bit of bready malt and brown sugar? Mostly overpowered by the hops.

T: Also tastes mostly like a good hop-forward IPA with maybe a bit of extra malt backbone. Strong citrus hop bite that follows the nose. Some resin in the middle and in the aftertaste. Malt is bready and brown sugar I think.

M: Pretty heavy, accentuated by low carbonation. Hops are bitter and stick around well.

O: Pretty pleased with this. Basically like drinking a big DIPA with a stronger malt base. Strong hops, good balance, smells and looks delicious. Definitely a winner. I'll have to try to find the brunette version to compare.

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Lucky 13.alt from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.