IPA | Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.

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Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
Nebraska, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
India Pale Ale is about balance. The right balance of malt, hop flavor, bitterness, and aroma to create an unforgettable ale. Lucky Bucket's Original American IPA begins with a nice malt bill that lets the brew stand up to the mountain of hops added later. After the boil, the hot wort (the beer before it's really beer) is fired through a hop back, a unique four-barrel stainless steel tank filled with a gratuitous amount of raw flower Amarillo, Centennial, and Cascade hops, extracting the aromatic oils and flavor of the hops. Followed with additional dry hopping in the fermenter, the end result is a big, well-balanced West Coast-style IPA with terrific hop flavor and aroma. Lucky Bucket IPA weighs in at 65 IBUs and 6.3% ABV.

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Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 265
Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright orange color.

Frothy white head & lacing.

Very fruit-forward, citrus-y nose which has me excited.

Medium mouthfeel, perfect for the genre.

A nice fruit bouquet in the flavor, not too bitter but very hop forward.

Um, great job Lucky Bucket. Between this and Certified Evil, I'm starting to love you.

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L:deep amber color, with a lacing head
S: malty with some pine
T: well balanced, nice malt backbone, resinous hops
F: big mouthfeel, medium body
O: solid IPA, not the citrus/trop that I normally go for, but I'm glad I tried it

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Photo of matcris
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

LOOKS: Amber/red in color. Poured aggressively into a Nonic Pint glass. One finger of light tan head that dissipates slowly, leaves mild lacing down the glass. Lots of small bubbles streaming up.
AROMA: Floral, caramel, citrus, bready, a little pine. Tiny bit astringent/ ammonia like.
TASTE: Kind of one note. Bitterness and grapefruit/citrus peel. Bitterness is not overwhelming, but lingers. Just nothing that really pops as far as flavors go.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium body, dry back end. Carbonation was full and noticeable in a good way.
OVERALL: An alright IPA, but with so many great options out there, this might get lost in the mix.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Huge thanks to my friend for bringing this back from Omaha! The smell is textbook old-school IPA - I get plenty of doughy, biscuity malt alongside notes of grapefruit and pine (the latter is more assertive). There isn't much else to this beer's aroma, sadly. Flavor-wise, it starts with a powerful piny quality (not necessarily a bitter one, though), before quickly giving way to a malty middle. I pick up lots of biscuit, caramel, toast, and toffee here. The finish is also a little bready, though remaining light and surprisingly crisp. I'm surprised how easily this goes down in spite of the fuller, creamy texture. This doesn't set the world on fire by any means - as a food beer, though, it works quite well. On its own, it's nice, just not great.

3.24/5: Pleasing yet hardly show-stopping

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Photo of BayernMunchen3113
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent IPA for being brewed here in Nebraska. Pretty flavorful and has grassy overtones. Recommended for people who are just wanting to try different IPAs or are getting into the IPA world. Nice job Lucky Bucket!

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there was no date listed on the bottle.

APPEARANCE: pours a beautiful, cloudy, amber color with suspended bits floating about, less than one-finger off-white head that dissipated quickly until a thin, broken layer of bubbles remained, this beer has lighter carbonation and there was a little lacing on the glass.

SMELL: the smell is of a traditional IPA, sweet molasses, bread, pepper and pine resin.

PALATE: medium body and lighter carbonation for the style, somewhat creamy.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet molasses, bread and pepper then a pleasant piney hop blast that lingered in a very good way, the 6.3% alcohol is well disguised, the sweet malt makes the beer a little more balanced than many in this style.

OVERALL: I really enjoyed this beer, it's beautiful to look at and the sweeter malt presence really worked for me, the hops were enhanced by the malt, this just became one of my favorite IPA's, I'll definitely buy this again.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%

The aroma is boldly fragrant—spruce, grapefruit, fresh floweriness. The small, eggshell-white head doesn't last long; the deep amber body is mostly clear. The flavor at first is very bitter and resiny but fresh, almost minty; the hop character is flowery with an oregano-like leafy quality; some soft sweetness provides balance. The carbonation is restrained but provides a little crispness and body; the texture is smooth but the bitterness lends a touch of astringency.

Overall, quite bitter but somehow satisfying and invigorating. Washes down cleanly and leaves a pleasant bready sweetness. Nicely balanced for the most part, with a uniquely stimulating combination of flavors and aromas.

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Photo of beerlust
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

An Ok IPA from the middle of the country. Pretty drinkable but nothing outstanding. A little hoppy and some malt but neither is very strong.
I think I picked this up at Beertopia in Omaha, which is certainlyworth a visit if you're in Omaha. This particular 'local ipa' just didn't hit the
right notes for me. pass on this one.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a tall pint glass.

A- Pours a copper-orange color with a 1-finger white head. The head's quick fade leaves decent lacing. It's hazy with visible carb bubbles and some other floaters.

S- Malty pale ale-like aroma with some pine. The hops make their way. Pretty crisp and fresh.

T- Malt and citrus hops. Some earthy pine.

M- Fresh and smooth. Good malt body, not too sweet . Lasting hop finish.

O- Pretty good drinking IPA that shows it's malts.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like the Lucky Bucket IPA....kuddos to the Nebraskan brewer. The beer poured a copper color with thin white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is mostly fresh pine that has a tinge of cirtus that almost makes a gumball type flare. The taste is a hop burst with sweet malt balance that finishes bitter. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a good beer and should definitely be tried for those that like IPAs.

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Photo of bsp77
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into glass.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy amber with good sized head.

Smell: Nice citrus notes of orange and grapefruit initially. After a few minutes I can mainly just smell alcohol - odd as this is not close to being a DIPA.

Taste: Strong hop flavor of grapefruit and orange over a bed of toasted and caramel malts. Finish is not particularly bitter, but it certainly is hoppy.

Feel: Smooth and creamy body that almost seems more DIPA than IPA. That mostly works for me, but the finish is not quite dry enough and slightly boozy. Once again, a little odd.

Overall: Nice hop flavor on this one, but the surprising booziness is a slight detriment.

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Photo of bourbonbock
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a fresh pint glass and got the following.

A. Golden, slightly cloudy with white billowy had that reaches out off the glass and stays for a while. Maybe slightly over carbonated.

S. I smell a lot of citrus hops and a lot of Crystal malt.

T. Bright hop flavor with subdued bitterness followed by a slightly sweet body and clean finish. Definitely not a west coast style up a which is a nice change from the usual.

I would pick this up again but not regular rotation.

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Photo of rangerred
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark orange with lots of chunks floating in the glass. Not very appealing to look at but at least I know this beer is unfiltered.

Aroma of tropical fruit with just the slightest hint of pine. A little caramel malt thrown in there as well adding some depth.

Tropical fruit and pine up front on the flavor but it doesn't linger as long as I would like. Some dark bread and toffee round out the malt side and it is fairly well balanced. Moderate bitterness and a slightly sticky finish.

Overall, a solid but not overly impressive IPA. There is just not the depth of flavor that I am looking for.

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Photo of JamesMN
1.72/5  rDev -53%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Hazy orange to the point of opaqueness. One finger frothy off-white head.

Aroma: Honestly pretty bad. Smells like old apple cider.

Taste: Almost afraid to take a sip after that bad aroma. Tastes like metallic rotten fruit. Drain pour after two sips.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with lots of carbonation.

Final Thoughts: One of the worst experiences I've had trying a new beer. No bottled on or enjoy by date so I don't feel bad giving a poor grade. Would I drink it again? Only if the head brewer handed it to me himself.

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Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Lucky bucket beer.Pours into a standard pint glass a clear copper color with a thin white head atop,aromas have a nice resiny sharp hop kick with a big biscuit malt base to hold up to the hops.A pretty big complex hop profile with resiny/piney hops really standing out and a somwhat balancing lightly sweet biscuit base.This is a pretty good American style IPA,the hops are resiny and lightly bitter but are restrained a little with such a big malt base.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: The pour is a hazy orange with a strong, egg shell colored head of about a half-inch. It very slowly recedes setting up a very nice lacing…

SMELL: Very solid nose. While this is a bitter smelling, grassy and lemon/citrusy IPA, there also is enough sweet smell to predict that this will be a very well balanced beer.

TASTE: OK, so it isn’t quite as balanced as the nose would have suggested, but that is by no means a bad thing. The grassy and citrus flavors give way to a hint of pine and a subtle caramel finish. As the beer warms, though, the balance does come more into focus with a bigger presence from the malt.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium carbonation, but with a rich, creamy feel. The body is medium to big, but it doesn’t sit too heavy.

OVERALL: Excellent offering from a Nebraska brewery. Lucky Bucket is helping to make the Cornhusker State a destination for beer travelers.

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Photo of MCain04
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass from a 12 oz bottle, no dating. Obtained via a friend's beer of the month club.

Appearance: Standard dark yellow color. 1 finger of head, off-white. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Clean, grassy, orange, lemon, pine. Some sweetness on the nose as well, maybe honey.

Taste: Upfront tastes much like the smell, somewhat subdued, with good hop taste. Towards the end of the swallow however there is some unpleasant sourness and unpleasant taste. Moderate bitterness at the end but again the lingering aftertaste is that of lingering acid and sourness.

Mouthfeel: Along with the smell, probably the high point in this beer. Fairly smooth, moderate carbonation.

Overall: A young brewery, not necessarily a bad offering from Lucky Bucket. A good hop selection with nice mouthfeel makes this one drinkable, but the meld of unpleasant tastes makes this something I would pass on in the future.

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Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a cloudy tan and poured a slight head with slight lacing. The smell was hoppy with a woodsy smell. Very Christmas tree tasting. Citrus hoppy over the top for me. I will not buy again.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer review for my Christmas present; a beer of the month club subscription. I was kind of impressed they found a Nebraska brewer I'd never even heard of. Pours a light orange brown with nearly full clarity. Really like the head and lace combo. Nose is light and fresh with floral and citrus hops and underlying biscuit malt.

Mellow and well balanced in the first sip with an outward citrus and herbal hop lean but plenty of medium malts. Finish is more slightly spicy hops. Texture is just thin enough to really increase the drinkability quotient. This is another decent, if not spectacular entry into America's crowded IPA market. This is easy to drink and satisfying, but not up to the level of the elite examples of the style.

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Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a darkish orange color with a one finger head that lasts a bit. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: orange and floral hops rise from the glass.

Taste: caramel, orange, a hint of lemon zest, pear, and a floral bitterness creates a mild flavored IPA that is well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Short aftertaste. Refreshing.

Overall: a very easy to drink IPA that won't overwhelm the taste buds. Decent version of the west coast style here.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass.

A: Clearish gold with a finger of white head.

S: Fruity piny hops. West Coast-ish and very nice!

T: Good beer, moderately good IPA. Malty, soft, and round with noticeably fruity body and a nicely bitter hopbite on the endtaste. Aftertaste is dry and bready.

M: Robust and pleasant.

O: Not a great IPA, but a decent beer. Drinkable. I'd maybe have another, if not recommend.

ABV: 6.3%
IBU: 60
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Caramel 60L, White Wheat
Hops: Magnum, Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

IPA pours a dark golden color, with a nice lacing head. There is a unique sweet floral aroma, with a sweet malty backbone. There is a nice malty start, and then a up brunt hoppy taste. Good full flavor, but not dry, and the blending doesn't happen as well. Overall its a unique IPA, didn't find it the best but still enjoyable.

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Photo of adman08
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours slightly hazy golden amber with ample off-white head. Nice fine bubbles.
S-Slightly sweet aroma with a strong citrus hop scent. Slightly herbal hop aroma as well.
T-Very hop forward with a nice malt balance, slight caramel malt flavor. Strong citrus hop flavor with a slightly earthy hop flavor, matches the aroma.
M-Medium body with a distinct malt sweetness. Dry finish probably from the hop bitterness. Good carbonation.
Overall, a very nice IPA. Maybe a little too sweet but very good hop flavors. Slightly hazy, could be more clear.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this may be my first foray into a brew from the great state of Nebraska. BA used to have all my reviews where I could look them up by state, but no longer :( If the beer is anything like the college football (used to be), this should be a treat. Purchased a sixer of this from Bearden Beer Garden in Knoxville, TN.

Pours from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Golden amber in color with a stiff, creamy, one finger sized head. Gentle lacing with nice retention.

Aroma is as an IPA should be. Hops fill the nostrils followed by a decent bit of maltiness. The maltiness doenst smell sweet but smells more biscuity, letting the hops do all of the work. Great citrus nose.

Spot on flavors for the style. I like my IPAs bitter and this one foots the bill nicely. There is some slight earthiness in there but the majority of the flavors coming across are citrus in nature. Slightly floral.

A great IPA if you ask me. My only complaint is that the mouthfeel is a little thin. I dont know what the rest of the beer in NE is like, but this was a sure winner. I would certainly drink some of this anytime, anywhere possible.

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Photo of Mattamue
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pint. No bottle/expire date.

a Cool amber. Slight tinge of off-yellow at the edges of the glass. Half a finger of head dissipated after a few moments. Meniscus of the amber-white head clings to the glass during tasting. Spotty film remains on the beer; reminiscent of the pattern you might find on a petri dish.

s Sharp hops on the first part of the smell and it teases a Wisconsin cheddar. Resin fills up the nostrils and finishes strong. Malt plays fourth fiddle to the rich hops aroma. A slight sweet caramel is in the background playing its heart out.

t A grapefruit-ish citric bitter settles nicely into the middle of the tongue, but is hard to describe. Sharp cheddar comes back to mind as the taste settles and the end of the sip. The cheddar does not last long, though, as a mellow toasted malt cleans up the aftertaste.

m Light body that slips to the back of the mouth easily. Hardly any carbonation. A watery feel.

o No doubt an American IPA and on-target. Disappointed in the mouth feel. Would buy again. Want to try with some cheddar and crackers or some blue cheese and wings. Imagine the bitter/sharp hops would ratchet up the spicy and savory of wings.

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IPA from Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 265 ratings