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Lucky 13.alt - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lucky 13.altLucky 13.alt

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Ratings: 801
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%

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 ckollias


4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 19:11:37 | More by ckollias
Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers


3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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 on 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!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 02:23:26 | More by DrinkMoreBigBeers
Photo of TheFugitive


4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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).

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 06:02:51 | More by TheFugitive
Photo of Jeffo


3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 20:16:27 | More by Jeffo
Photo of ryan1788a5


3.9/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 03:26:43 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of dfillius


4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 20:58:28 | More by dfillius
Photo of scrambledegg


3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 07:11:50 | More by scrambledegg
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3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 19:00:13 | More by GeckoPunk
Photo of Oakenator


4.18/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 22:43:12 | More by Oakenator
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 20:24:56 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Lemke10


4.18/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 02:36:00 | More by Lemke10
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 01:00:08 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of bum732


3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 01:21:29 | More by bum732
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 19:22:00 | More by Chaney
Photo of irs

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 01:52:13 | More by irs
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Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 03:06:26 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of rarbring


4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 17:04:37 | More by rarbring
Photo of beerpadawan


3.98/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 06:21:20 | More by beerpadawan
Photo of gtermi


4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 04:58:03 | More by gtermi
Photo of Thickfreakness

New York

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 00:21:42 | More by Thickfreakness
Photo of MDDMD


3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark amber color with an off-white head and decent lacing

S-malt, toffee sweetness, hints of fruit

T-heavy malt presence, sweet toffee, plums, a very mild hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a decent strong ale, but needs a little more balance for me

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 16:14:17 | More by MDDMD
Photo of vfgccp

New York

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper body with lively carbonation. Bone white head pours a finger high.

S - Unique nose. Light, sweet breadiness and water chestnuts.

T - Robust herbal hops open for a nice, soft malt center. Quick, fruity finish.

M - Smooth, medium/full to style.

O - A great brew with nice drinkability at 8.9%

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 00:24:13 | More by vfgccp
Photo of boilermakerbrew


3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a bright orange-gold color. About a 2 finger head that retains well and laces ok.

S- Low levels of pine and citrus hops scents. Underlying sweetness mixes in. Alcohol spiciness is fairly prominent.

T- Hints of malts up front immediately followed by a mild hop profile. Hops are dry and linger a bit. Alcohol bitterness ends the drink.

M- Thick and creamy. Moderate carbonation levels. Alcohol is heavy towards the end of the drink.

Overall, not as good as I remember when I had it on sample. Still a solid beer that I don't believe benefits from the high alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 22:58:11 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of bark


4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 19:09:57 | More by bark
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New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Will pour a five+ finger cream head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear copper/amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Citrus hop nose and flavor is citrus hops and caramel, very similar to a double IPA. $5.79 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 22:00:08 | More by jdhilt
Lucky 13.alt from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 801 ratings.