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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Photo of DCon
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Bearden Beer Market in Knoxville, Tennessee for $4.50. Tapped from the a Black Standard Tap Handle (not from Brewery) into a 16oz Highland Brewing Company Pint Glass.

Aroma- The aroma hits hard with citrus and pine. Strong like a 2X IPA and enjoy this! Can't get much better.

Appearance- Received with a 2 finger head that dies quick. Has a dark orange colored body with good clarity. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- The hops are very strong in this one. Very sweet as well with a medium-high bitterness level. Nothing but good fruit and hops hanging around.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and finishes with tons of pine!

Overall Impression- A VERY nice IPA! Enjoyed so much, I could have gone for another one but got here during last call. Will be looking for more Lucky Bucket soon. Recommend this one!

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Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left sheets of sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine with some nutty notes.

T - It tasted of bitter piney hops with some nuttiness. It had some nice roasted malt backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice IPA. The nutty flavor is a little odd for an IPA, but it is still tasty.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Nice off-white head has great retention and chunky lace. Nice, bright orange apricot body.

S – Bold, west coast citrus hops with a peppery, woody bitter note over the top.

T – Huge hop character right off the bat. Alpha bitterness ramps up early and rides into resiny rosemary and parsley. Peppery finish.

M – Bright carbonation. Medium body. Light and mildly wax on the backend.

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Photo of phenomenologian
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucky Bucket brews in La Vista, Nebraska not far from where I live so I can get whatever they brew at pretty much any store. this IPA is my favorite IPA at the moment. I poured this in a beer glass. The head is rather thick. its a wet and large head with a sort of beige-ish white color. More beige than white. The color of the beer is very amber dark. it is sort of orange brown dark hue. its not cloudy and you can see the bubbles rise upward. the smell is amazing because its full full of hops. it has a nice bitter hoppy smell to it that you can smell without even having to put your nose up to the glass. its very robust and has a lot of character. the taste obviously hoppy and just has a nice overall bitter taste. that sounds negative but its entirely not. its not smooth but its kind of a beer that you drink slowly and enjoy the flavor. I really like this beer because how strong and hoppy it is. if you dont like strong beers this is not for you of course.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from BriMaster56- thanks for my first Nebraska tick!

A: pours a slightly hazy gold with a generous 1 finger head, heavy lacing, the head is bone white and has good retention

S: the aroma features heavy caramel malts along with toasted nut and oak, grassy hops come in to round things out, a slight honey sweetness in there as well.

T: taste is much hoppier than the aroma, features firm pine notes backed with a big malt backbone, notes of graham cracker and a slight citric tartness on the finish. Nice balance.

MF: medium body, high carbonation

O: this is a nice "no coast" IPA, leans towards the malty side of things and perhaps is more stylistically similar to an APA. It is quite drinkable and worth a try.

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Photo of n2185
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with four fingers of white head that recedes into a dense cap with a solid sheet of lacing. Lovely.

S: Some pine notes at first followed by lots of grassy and earthy aromas. There are some sweeter citrus notes mixed in there as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are some notes of pine and grapefruit. Grassy and earthy notes dominate, though, with only a light bitterness that doesn't linger too long. There are some slightly nutty notes in there as well, which is unusual but not in a bad way.

M: Medium body and carbonation, it's feels fairly crisp feeling which works with the flavors well.

O: A somewhat unique, but good IPA. I like the earthy flavors with a hint of grapefruit citrus but without a strong bitterness.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you n8dietz for the cross country road trip brew.

Good bubbling, two finger head fater the pour, and a nice thick foam that lasts through all twleve ounces. Ohhh... did i mention the lacing too.

Lots of toasted malt, bread and bsicuits. The hops seem to add an odd funky musty aroma thats off-putting for me.

Weord super malt sweetness meets with IPA, toasted hop bitterness flavors. The hops show off some toasted or maybe singed orange peel, mix in an odd way on the palate. The mouthfeel is verysmooth and bubbly with some grainy moments here and there.

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear clean amber almost even red-ale looking in color with a mountainous head of foam that dissipates ever so slowly leaving patches of lace. The beer smells of piney, oily, resinous hops with a sweet malty backing. The taste doesn't reflect the nose as well as expected but what comes out is a punch of bitter hop flavor that balanced out with a caramel sweet malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and clean with a carbonation level to match. This is a good beer to have around when there is nothing else close enough or open because it's widely distributed here in the Omaha, NE area.


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Photo of maximum12
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

All of a sudden, Lucky Bucket is everywhere in Minnesota. Every store! We didn't buy this bottle. A friend asked if we'd had it, we said "not yet" & he pulled one out of the fridge & handed it to us. "I barely ever have had something you haven't had, let me know if you like it!" OK!

First off, there's a bigger loogie of yeast in the bottom than I've ever seen in a 12 oz. bottle: yikes. And it sticks together, too. Poured very carefully, yellow, bubbled. Floral hops answer the nose bell, along with bits of citrus & sweetness. OK, but it would all be easy to overlook.

Lucky Bucket IPA packs a wallop. The hop bitterness leaps to the forefront & bruises the tongue. Piney. I like pine. Limited caramel underneath the hops. A touch of algae - yes, algae, I've pumped water from many less than desirable lakes - colors the aftertaste. Not quite sure how that got in, but it wizzes on the taste, & not in a good way.

This is close. Really nice upfront, lovely hopping & nice malts, but the aftertaste gives this beer a couple of unsightly warts. Decent beer that has upside potential.

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Photo of plfahey
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Reddish-copper color with brilliant clarity and a sticky, yellowish head of cream which sticks around and laces nicely as it goes.

Aroma-Pungent, grapefruity hops, with orange zest and light pine. Some tropical flavors-pineapple. Bready malt is spiked with a dab of caramel, and light fruity esters round out the aroma.

Flavor-Sweet tropical fruit and a touch of bready malt open give way quickly to moderately strong hop bitterness. The hop flavor profile is not nearly as robust as the aroma, with pungent orange rind showing through in the mid-palate. The finish is dominated by hop bitterness, and shows an unpleasant, papery, oxidation character with slight vegetal notes.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Hop bitterness lingers on the palate, but not unpleasantly so.

Aside from slight flaws in the flavor, this is a decent American IPA. Good hop character in the aroma with nice supporting malt and alcohol notes. Unfortunately, the papery/vegetal finish is a deterrent for me, but I'm willing to give it another shot, and hope that this bottle just wasn't in top condition.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother-in-law for the bottle. Appearance was light orange with a nice cap of white foam. Smell was pine resin-forward with background citric elements and not a trace of malt. Taste, similarly, was loaded with bitter resinous hop oils, underpinnings of grapefruit pith and not much if any malt. Medium body held together well on the palate. Overall, it's a bit too much pine resin hop torpedo-esque to score in my upper echelon of hoppy beers, but nonetheless it's tasty.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pint glass at the Broadway Brewhouse in Nashville, TN. Clear, light orange/yellow body with a one finger off-white head. A few rings of lacing as I work my way down the glass.

Definite piney and grassy aroma up front that features the hops. Just a bit of sweet malt in the background.

Boom! Nice bitter hop bite right away. Pine resin, cut grass, lemon, and a hint of orange citrus. Only a bit of balance from the malt, but this is one serious "in your face" hoppy IPA. I like it.

Medium thickness in the mouthfeel. that drinks pretty easily, for a true hop-head. Well done, Lucky Bucket.

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Photo of pmccallum86
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a thick cream off white head.

Smell is slightly piney, but a little muted. A metallic scent is there as well. Not good.

Taste is mostly piney, hoppy, and resinous. pretty good here. healthy malt backbone balances the bitterness nicely. pretty good.

Mouthfeel is creamy and bitter. the hop resins linger on the tongue. not bad.

Overall a decent beer, more towards the resinous bitter end of the IPA spectrum.

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Photo of jsulko
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gifted bottle from boss poured into a snifter.

Somewhat cloudy orangish color with a slightly off white head that does not linger.

Hoppy scent tending more towards pine than citrus. Slight sweetness to the smell as well.

Taste is slightly malty with a VERY piney aftertaste on the finish.

Not my type of IPA. Was interesting to try something local to a region other than my own.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle $1.69. Bright orange color, sticky lace and a fluffy head. Smells slightly hoppy, nothing overwhelming. Flavor definitely has a lot of hops but it's almost all bitterness. I was really surprised by how bitter this was but I liked it. Still, I would have preferred a little more diversity in the hop flavors.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden brown with a tan-grey foam. Not much stick here, and a fairly average appearance in general. The nose is clean, with an herbal hop note alongside toasted malts.

The flavor is again quite herbal, with hop notes of pine, tea, and aspirin. A touch of toffee malt alongside sweetened toast and a light hint of vanilla all jump in.

Dry, body is light and finish is long and hoppy though not assertively bitter. Doesn't stand out in a crowded field but it's better than most beers from the Iowa-Nebraska area. Keep an eye on Lucky Bucket.

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Photo of ZAP
2.84/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Dark tan colored...

S-Odd...almost smells off...tea like I guess...herbal...perhaps some overripe slightly spoiled tropical fruits.

T-More malty than hoppy....I just drank a sweet whit before this too so I was worried the hops would be biting....not the case...call the hops herbal...malt a little toffee like...no off flavors that I was worried about from the smell..

M-Medium bodied...dryish the more you drink it...

O-Not horrible but below average. There are so many solid IPA's out there. This is not one of them. If you like in Nebraska and want to support the local brewery hey more power to you but this can't stack up with the multitude of IPA's now available in Minnesota.

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Photo of Forb
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: Dark straw, hazy orange color present.

Smell: Earthy, herbal, piney, grapefruit citrusy elements make up what one expect from a good solid IPA.

Taste: A slight malt backbone characterized by eccentric hop flavoring that expresses all aspects of an IPA

Mouthfeel: Medium to full IPA with medium carbonation.

Overall: A good solid rendition but by no means a staple in the style.

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Photo of bnes09
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy and dark orange to brown in color. Pours a minimal off-white head with poor retention. No lacing to be seen.

Aroma of pine needles and wheat bread.

Hop dominance throughout. Pine, orange and soap flavored hop bitterness. Malt lies heavy in the background with a dense bread-like character. It's tough to describe, but the flavors just don't seem to compliment each other as well as they could. Tastes slightly off in the aftertaste due to soapy flavors.

Medium-bodied which a course texture on the palate. Good carbonation.

For something that has been done over and over again by hundreds of breweries across the country, this stuff is nothing special. A little rough around the edges but still a descent drinking IPA. Just not the best of the style.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucky Bucket, Est. 2008, Craft Brewery, Full Hop Flavor IPA, Original American India Pale Ale, 6.3% ALC by Vol.
"It's no secret that IPA is all about the hops. American Craft Brewers have been especially adept in the ways the humulus lupus can be used to make a spectacular beer for hop heads to enjoy. Our Original American IPA celebrates this interesting diversity in hop flavor. The final result is big, bold, and, shall we say, in your face….as it should be."

Blah, blah, blah…let's open and see.

Clouded, apricot to amber-ish appearance, nice, large, strong, lasting pillow of snow-white head. Looks good, no question.

Aromatics: Lovely delivery of essential oils and flavors of that aforementioned wolf weed. Piney, prickly, bitter, and only slightly sweet, citrus and tropical fruit associations. Quite a potent thrill in the nose, without going overboard.

Taste: Bam! Hops deployed, bitterness boards the tongue, a trickle and a tickle on the palate, then all is mellow once more. Up with the brew to the lips we go again…and it hits the same. Generous blast of hop, terrific drinka---CONSUMability. Down it goes, happy all the way. Orange and lemon, peach and pomegranate. Grapefruit and mango. Little bitter, little sweet, hoppy all the way up and down.
Medium body, medium finish. A bit creamy in the end, making for a perfectly sessionable IPA. I'd be a happy Nebraskan with this.
One more Lucky Bucket brew to go. Can't wait.

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Photo of gatornation
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from 12 oz bottle

A- pours a slight hazed copper color with a 2 finger head that recedes to a nice collar with good lacing

S-malty and citrus hops some baked bread

T- is a caramel and malt forward ipa with a with some floral hops. a tad bit bitter

M- medium carbonation some what bitter with a crisp finish

O- just an average ipa in an ocean of great one on the market..its a well made ipa its just not one i would reach for ...with so so many others available

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Photo of PokerGod
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- pours a dark straw color, with a thin white head that retains nicely and leaves a gorgeous amount of lacing around my glass.

Smell- Very floral, and citrusy, very intriguing.

Taste- not good. hoppy, floral, but a bad, strange aftertaste. I'm an IPA fan so I'm used to a strong hoppy aftertaste, but theres something here, that I don't quite like.

Overall- Finishes high in all categories except taste. Looks beautiful, smells beautiful, tastes awful. And if a beer tastes terribly, then none of the other qualities matter.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass
A – Massive head did not allow me to pour the whole bottle into the pint, left nice lacing as it settled. Appears quite carbonated, a hazy amber color 4
S – Caramel toasted malts and grassy hops with a slight citrus 3.5
T – Citrus upfront, to a slight caramel sweetness, pine and bitter dry-ish finish, hops all the way through. A decent IPA 3.5
M – Carbonation appeared as if it may be overdone, but it was actually right on and balanced with a resiny brew, light to medium body 4.5
O – I really enjoyed the mouthfeel on this beer, worth a try for any hop-head. A drinkable IPA but lacking for me in what I seek out of an IPA… dare I say this needs a bit more malt balance? A good IPA but I won’t seek it out 4

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Photo of Gilmango
2.41/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Prelude: So I have a nice symbiotic trading relationship with a beer drinking buddy, his wife got him a beer of the month thing where he gets 3 bottles of each of 4 new beers each month (2 are domestic "craft" beers, 2 are imports). 12 bottles total. He saves 1 of each for me and I, in return, give him 2 bombers of different homebrews. So I get to try 4 new beers a month, sadly most rate a "B" here and this one really should be lower than that.

Rating: I could not resist opening the IPA first (others were a Brown Ale from Michigan Brewing - very good!, a stout from Jamaica, and a Pilsner from Germany) as I love hops.

Appearance was fairly amber with a nice head.

Aroma was merely ok not a lot of clearly discernible hops, but still no off flavors. I looked but could not find a "best by" or "bottled on" date. So maybe it was muted by age.

Taste was where I knew the beer was a failure, there was an off flavor that was not merely that of older hops or oxidation, more like an astringent flavor possibly suggesting an infection or possibly some weird hop utilization (non-full boil jammed full of hops then watered down?). Hard to tell where the hop bitterness ended and this astringent/off flavor began. Like a bad home brew. I finished it but then I rarely drain pour. Put me in mind of another failure I was moved to review (the Tule Duck beer in cans from NV).

Mouthfeel and drinkability were similarly compromised by the taste issue. I should add that it had a fairly carmely/malty flavor for an IPA, usually not my preference, but at least the sweet malt partly masked the off flavor.

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Photo of mizzouguy
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle from the beer of the month club.

It pours hazy amber, really a good looking beer in the glass, with a good head and some decent lacing. Noise starts with huge citrus and pineapple aroma. Starts with the citrus and has some sweet matliness to it. Finished with some hoppy bitterness you would expect from an IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nice. This is a refreshing brew for the summertime.

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IPA from Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 263 ratings.
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