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

Picked this up, didn't realize until now it was the lucky 13.alt instead of the mondo red. Oh well, fuck it, it's here, it was cheap, let's drink it. Bomber to a pint glass, not seeing a bottled/enjoy by date

Pours a golden light copper with a little over a finger of foam. Not too bad of retention, equal lacing. Tiny suspended shards of yeast cloud the beer, interesting, gives an unfiltered look, doesn't detract the score much. Maybe the bottle's just old. Smells pretty good, spicy hops with a good citrus undertone. Caramel malts with a touch of alcohol all come together quire nicely. Taste translates well, spicy caramel hop resins having the most flavor, followed by the roasted malts. Not much of the citrus as in the smell, but is definitely detectable. Everything balances nicely, very enjoyable. Body is good too, crisp and dry with a medium body. Overall really good, not very familiar with the style but it seems pretty hop dominant for a strong/imperial blond ale, which is good news to someone who drink mostly ipas like me. Glad I picked this up

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Photo of KTCamm
2.93/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into a perfect pint glass.

Pours light copper, clear, f;uffy white foam. Funky pine nose. Not sure how to describe this. Malty with a firm but not overpowering hop.But persistent in the aftertaste. Kind of a steam beer taste. Clean and bitter if that is possible.

Not great. Honestly, I think this beer made me a little sick.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My first strong ale, a catch-all category as indicated on BA. I don't care how it looks...an IPA, I guess. Smells malt forward and sweet and maybe some floral hops... Taste is, whew!, sweet, and roasted nuts and ripe fruit...the malt backbone masking some middle hops. Interestingly, as the sweet wears off, the hops that were once hidden seem to come forward a bit. Mouthfeel is ok, and so is the carbonation, and the mouthfeel, is more on the DIPA side of syrupy, but not too much. Overall, too much malt for me...wishing that the hops were up in volume. Still fun to try.

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

Served in a chilled tulip glass.

-Appearance 4.5: I have to admit that I have never seen a beer this color. A shimmery, golden translucence, it reflects the light like it was plated gold. Largish head (3/4") quickly faded, which spells CO2 to me.

-Smell 4.0: Very nice bouquet here. Lots of big barley notes and high hop highlights. Just so appealing and very promising.

-Taste 4.5: Front is sweet and just in the front of the mouth. Middle is a huge, slightly sweet barley wave nicely balanced with alkaline hops. Finish is yummy malt and very, very smooth. Aftertaste is more malt and delicious hops and quickly ends. Very nice.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Carbonation is complementary, but skirts the edge of "too darn much." Still, it is balanced for the flavor profiles found here.

-Overall 4.0: Falls slightly short of 4.5, but is an excellent brew. It really takes you on a swirling journey of all the things that make beer great: hops, malt and...magic. I would recommend this beer if you can find it. The 8.8% ABV is completely unnoticeable and as this baby is so sessionable...hope you have tomorrow morning off from your job as a brain surgeon. BUY IT!

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Photo of ckollias
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours an orange hue with a thin white head that very quickly dissipates leaving a hint of a trail and no lace.

S: Hoppy aroma at first whiff but then gets engulfed by a great malty scent.

T: Equal mix of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. Caramel malt in the background that is very smooth and finishes on the bitter hoppy side.

M: Smooth medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent brew. Great combo of the hops and malt, and enough alcohol to make it interesting. I’m a fan.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date on neck says day 153 which is June 2nd. Which makes this 5 months old! Yikes...

A - Pours out a clear copper orange with one finger white head that died off fast. Leaves lots of legs and leaves nice lacing.

S - This beer is sweet like a sucker, herbal, not really any hops hear. Pretty fruity not of the citrus kind but like a mango, or melon, pineapple, grapefruit. No alcohol.

T - Hops are more present here then on the nose with a citrus bitterness, lemon, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and caramel bready malts. Not to bitter pretty balanced but alcohol flavor on this brew is rather strange. Hops do not seem really fresh on this one. Lingering bitter aftertaste present. A rather sweet beer.

M - Carbonation is nice and present on this medium bodied beer. This one is easy on the palate and goes down nice and easy. Not as sticky as the nose would have you believe.

O - A rather pleasant easy drinking Strong Ale. Lagunitas makes some good sweet beers and this one lives up to it. One worth picking up if you like a sweet imperial beer that is nice and citrusy. I did find this beer enjoyable but it had a weird alcohol flavor on it. Wish the alcohol presence was not so noticeable because it distracted from the other great flavors. Oh well, Cheers!

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

22oz bomber poured into a Belgian style goblet

A- Copper orange color with a nice 2 finger white head.

S- Very hoppy and fruity. Grapefruit rules this beer.

T- Possibly my favorite Ale. The balance of 13 is near perfect. Hops and citrus, what more could you want.

M- Medium body with adequate carbonation, very easy to sip during the summer months.

O- One of my favorite Ale's of 2012. I highly recommend this one. (May release).

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Photo of Jeffo
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Doopie brought this one out on beer night a couple weeks back. Good times man!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2+ finger, medium looking, fluffy, white head with great retention. Clear dark amber or burnt orange in color with higher levels of carbonation. Head fades ti a thick foam cap and clings to the sides of the glass. Some lacing remains.

SMELL: Very hoppy nose on this one. Pale malts and honeydew melon up front, with lots of citra hop aromas. Piney qualities and light soapy notes. Cascade makes an appearance as well, with some nice melon and pineapple notes.

TASTE: Caramel and toffee sweetness with some butterscotch up front. Plenty of hops after the swallow, with caramel, toffee, lemon citrus and floral bitterness lingering in the bolder aftertaste. Plenty flavorful with some nice hop qualities in there, though the flavor doesn't quite match the melon and piney nose.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes relatively dry on the palate. Decent feel.

OVERALL: This was a really nice brew. The nose and flavor don't really match here, as the hop aromas advertise a totally different ride, but that's not to say the ride itself wasn't an enjoyable one. A beer I'd defintely drink again. Thanks again for sharing Doops!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a very clear amber color with tinges of red. Two inches of bubbly white head build atop the beer. Retention id decent, though the head does settle after a relatively short period of time. Lacing is web-like.

S: That trademark Lagunitas hop profile that we all know and love greets the nostrils immediately. Very fruity and tropical with scents of honeydew melon, melon rind, kiwi, passion fruit, tangerine, et al. Touch of leafy hop scents and cannabis too. Malt base is lightly honeyed and sweet. Touch of toasted grain, toffee, and bread crust as well.

T: Tropical hop tastes register immediately. Honeydew melon, lots of tangerine, kiwi, touch of grapefruit and pithy orange. Resin-like bitterness is tame enough. Slight cannabis and a subtle hints of herbs. This beer shows a nice balance, as the malt backbone is not relegated to a supporting role, but shares the limelight equally with the hop profile. Honey, slight almond, toasted grain, bread crust. Finishes with perhaps the slightest suggestion of cocoa, more toasted grain and crust, and a lingering yet tame oily hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Sits in the mouth with substance, but not weight. Slightly fluffy, very creamy. Modest, prickling carbonation rounds it out and makes for a very smooth mouthfeel.

O: I can't find any fault with this beer, really. The quality and craftsmanship are there, and it's certainly tasty enough. I am personally just not moved by it. In my mind there's just a "been there, done that" type of feeling as I drink this. I'm not sure if it's just me, but every Lagunitas beer seems to have the same "house" taste (especially in the hop profile), and I just get bored with them sometimes. That's not to say that they're bad beers; I thoroughly enjoy them when I'm in the mood. I just wish they'd venture out and make a beer that's more of a departure for them, maybe take a risk every now and then. Maybe I'm being a little unfair. It's still a fine beer and well worth a drink.

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Photo of dfillius
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of scrambledegg
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I get a feeling that Lagunitas took a hint from their Brown Shugga when they thought up this guy. An overtly-sweet strong ale/IPA that was slapped upside the head with a nice alcohol warmth and a twisted lack of obedience to stylistic rules.

Poured a light copper with some nice clarity, head was extremely compact (almost like a bubbly cream), lacing was spidery & well-spread. Initial nose was extremely sugary, almost akin to a brown sugar coating on a Christmas ham. After warming for about 5 minutes, more tropical fruit notes started popping up.

Initial taste was pretty similar to the brown sugar nose, not much else in the way of descriptors. Mouthfeel was the one let-down, though. Creaminess aside, that sugary emphasis came back with a cavity-enducing chewiness that I just can't get over. It's not enough to put me off from drinking the rest of the bottle, but there is definitely a residual sweetness that may need some extra yeasty love from the brewers. Finish was fairly clean & pleasant, no lingering after-taste or bitterness, and a definite warming effect from the high alcohol percentage.

Overall I'm not too incredibly "wowed" by this one, but Lagunitas has my respect for pushing the boundaries of what a quality American strong ale can be. If they worked on the yeast attenuation a bit more, the alcohol % could get a wee boost and (more importantly) the overall sweet character could get a much needed reduction.

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Photo of GeckoPunk
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this is my first bad review about a Lagunitas beer. It's almost surreal as I have never been let down by this brewery.

This beer had a huge sea-foamy, slightly off-white 3 finger head with cobwebs of lacing. It's a pretty good looking beer. For me, the smell, taste, and mouthfeel were all lacking.

I agree with many other people who mention that this beer is way too sryuppy sweet.
This quote best describes it for me: "It sticks to the teeth and feels like a cavity waiting to happen."

Copied from StonedTrippin

a big sweet ipa. it pours clear brassy color with a small white head that doesnt last long at all. it smells like hops and caramel malts, tons of residual sugars, and a fair bit of alcohol. it tastes really hoppy, and i would certainly categorize it as such. the hops are fresh and sweeter, and the malt adds even more sweetness. it sticks to the teeth and feels like a cavity waiting to happen. the aftertaste has some bitter bite to it, but its too little too late in my opinion. medium body and mellow carbonation, but the feel is ruined by the sugar. its worth it for 5 bucks a bomber, but it isnt anything special.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is amber with a hint of gold. Head is relatively light and disappates somewhat quickly to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Mouthfeel is ok. Smell is heavy hops despite just a 60 IBU. Sweeter malts and sugars help enhance the hoppy flavor which I get mostly spices from. Citrus is present maybe from grapefruit.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a big sweet ipa. it pours clear brassy color with a small white head that doesnt last long at all. it smells like hops and caramel malts, tons of residual sugars, and a fair bit of alcohol. it tastes really hoppy, and i would certainly categorize it as such. the hops are fresh and sweeter, and the malt adds even more sweetness. it sticks to the teeth and feels like a cavity waiting to happen. the aftertaste has some bitter bite to it, but its too little too late in my opinion. medium body and mellow carbonation, but the feel is ruined by the sugar. its worth it for 5 bucks a bomber, but it isnt anything special.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a single 22oz bottle of this at Woodman’s in Janesville, WI in fall 2012 for $4.39.

Pours a mostly clear amber color with a slightly off-white head. The scent is yeasty mixed with citrus and malts. Taste is bold and delicious. It is a mixture of sweet malts and bitter hops creating a unique blend that finishes slightly dry. Smooth, refreshing and fulfilling for an overall great beer.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a bit of a hard one to taste given the weird take on the style.

Deep amber/orange, almost into red ale territory. Big, fluffy white head off the pour. Nice web of lacings to the finish.

Oddly not getting much off the nose. Caramel malt, red fruit, touch of hopping. Could be a bit too cold.

Hops hit you right out of the gate. Big and resinous pine. Really fights with some heavy European-style malt. Big bready flavours and caramel with nectarine fruitiness. Crisp hop finish with a bitter zing to close things out.

Just about perfect level of carbonation.

Not too sure about this one. Well-made but straddles the line between a barley wine, a DIPA, and... well, I suppose the flavours are kind of alt'ish. Worth a try.

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Photo of bum732
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Distinct maltiness with a bright, candy-like hoppiness. Some citrus notes as well.

L: Fairly clear reddish orange, some white creamy head that dissipates.

T: Pineapple hoppiness up front with a prominent bready maltiness. Medium citrus bitterness with additional citrus hop flavor. Finishes semi-dry with maltiness on the palate and some hop residue.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

A really good beer, i was surprised by the big malty note. But i think the hops complemented nicely. A fairly unique beer that i think worked overall.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

growler filled up at 5 points growler in Athens, GA. Poured next day into pint glass.

A: nice robust golden brown, white foam head that fades, lacing, carbonation.

S: fruit flavors up front, grapefruit, peach, pine sap, very impressive and pleasing to sniff out all the aromas. People might find it funny how much I smell this one....

M: Smooth, oils coat the tongue, some carbonation

T: grapefruit, peach, caramel, followed by a hop/pine resin that last in the finish, yet still smooth and not overly bitter.

O: Good beer, kinda makes me think of a barleywine , delicious.

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

Served in a Delirium Tremens shaped-glass.

A: Poured out a pure, crystal clear gold color, with a whopping 2-3 finger dense solid white head that clung to the glass as the liquid was siphoned.

S: Wowsers... candi sugar hop bomz r'us for sure! It smelled very much like a melted "Astro Pop" with a bit of citrus added.

T: Very hoppy, full, and quite decadent, with the hops leading the way, but much more sugar in the middle, and a slap of grapefruit at the end. It sort of reminded me of Stone's "Double Bastard." Fresh and delicious!

M: This might be too sweet for some people, but hell, this IS an "American Strong Ale!" The bitterness added just the right counterpoint to the sugar and the carbonation was just spritzy enough without being too. The lacing was a sight to behold!

O: Not many breweries do these West Coast-style hop bombs like Lagunitas.

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Photo of irs
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like this, and I like that it was classified as an American Strong Ale.
The guys from Lagunitas don't do bad stuff, and this was no disappointment, though I think their style designation was sketchy at best...'steam beer'? Alt? ...no you didn't...and that is why there is "American Strong Ale...
but I digress.
personal opinion... Lagunitas has been drinking AB and thinking, " why can't we do this?"
and I like their alternative...try it and see if you think I'm crazy. If you do, all I can say is, you are taking the same position as my wife, my boss, and a bunch of other people you wouldn't want to be on the same side with.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of rarbring
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear amber brew with a warm high off-white head leaving good lacing, and nice curtains.

Smelling weakly of toffee, fudge, butter scotch, almonds, nuts and some Sherry.

Tasting sweet brown bread, toffee, almond candy and then bitter grape-fruit peel.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, soft, smooth and oily, a good body and a dry finish.

A real craft brew, Lagunitas always delivers!

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mildly sweet, malt nose. Light, spicy, orange hops; hops aroma is subtle at first; more evident as the beer warms. The sweet malty and grainy aroma envelops the more subtle hops at times.

Orange zest and medium, resiny bitterness emerge on the palate. The carbonation is soft, and the clear, honey-copper brew maintains a thin, foamy head nearly ten minutes after being poured. The soft carbonation, wisely calibrated hops, and clean, medium-light (particularly for an 8+% beer) malt body make for an easy drinking beverage with some classic Lagunitas flavor.

It also continues Lagunitas' tradition of being able to finesse rather voluptuous beers into very slim-fitting attire. I suppose, given the label, such an analogy is appropriate. As the beer gets fully warm, its bosoms begin to spill out a little. But the Blonde cannot be faulted for that.

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Photo of gtermi
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a dark golden body with an orange tint to it, with a thick white head that quickly fades. As the beer fades, the head leaves a lot of lace on the glass. Looks more like an IPA to me than a Strong Ale.

S: There is a strong sweetness that hits my nose. To me it smells like a nice IPA wort before the boil. I also get a tiny bit of hops, but nothing that crazy.

T: This is a very delicious beer. The sweetness tastes very similar to a Barleywine to me and then the hops start to come through as the beer lingers.

M: The mouthfeel of this beer is awesome. It goes down so smooth and the carbonation adds to the beer. There is a tiny bit of crispness on the back of the throat and tongue. All around an amazing feeling beer.

O: THis is just a great beer. I have bought this probably 20 times and it never gets old. I just wish this beer was year round.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden honey hue with a fluffy brilliant white head into my DFH glass. The head fades fairly quickly but leaves a decent bit of lacing dripping from the sides. Decent carbonation... but it could just be the glass.

S- Pineapple, mango, caramel, pine sap, grapefruit, over-ripe peach, wet grass and orange peel. WOW! This is really deep and fantastic! I could breathe this in all day! Reminds me a little of Bootleggers Knucklesandwich. I love how much the tropical fruit notes shine over the sour citrus.

T- Wonderful bursts of bitter citrus, tropical sweet citrus, caramel, day old cut wheat field... damn!!! Mango, pineapple wrapped in brulee! No alcohol taste at all! Little touches of butterscotch, black pepper, basil and Good & Plenty candy (sweet licorice).

M- A great blend of tongue stripping citrus and sweet candy caramel! Nice grassy tones, kinda slick on the tongue.

O- I can't believe it took me song long to pick this up for $4.99! I'm an idiot! Lagunitas is oneof those brewery's that I often overlook for no good reason. Almost everything they do is damn good! Gonna grab a few more of these before they dissapear!

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