Lucky U IPA | Breckenridge Brewery

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Lucky U IPALucky U IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Amarillo, Magnum, Perle, Cascade, Apollo, Fuggle, Golding hops.

Two Row Pale, Munich, Carmel, Torrified Wheat malts.

68 IBU.

Added by Bitterbill on 06-28-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
323
Ratings:
1,221
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
27.71%
 
 
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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Photo of Beaver13
2.57/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a smallish frothy white head that goes to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet melon with some grassy, fruity, spicy floral hops.

The flavor is vegetal malts with some charry bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery. As it warms, it's not as bad, but any decent hop flavors (fruits, spicy florals) trying to peek through get washed out by the watery body.

Overall, after an interesting pour, a bit of a disappointment. It's very watery and not very appealing flavor-wise.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.42/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What an underwhelming beer. Breckenridge makes some good stuff like their oatmeal stout, but this one just doesn't hold up.

Looks impressive enough, standard orange and brown hue you would expect in an ipa. Maybe a little darker in appearance than standard.

Nothing comes across aroma wise. Taste is massively disappointing. They say on the label it is a hoppy homage to something, but there is no discernable hop profile.

It at least isn't thin and punishing throughout the bottle. Disappointing.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.72/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

No kidding - one of my CANtacts laid this on me in a CAN during a recent visit! I CAN't believe that I am the first reviewer for this serving type, but it really does exist. I am not simply padding The CANQuest (TM) numbers - if I were to do that and got caught at it, I would be beyond ashamed.

From the CAN: "A hoppy homage to a Denver landmark - the Tivoli brewery"; "Drink Up Fortuitous One"; "Breckenridge Brewery - Fine Colorado Ales".

The Crack revealed a beer that was anxious to come out and play! It was filled nearly to the brim and an instant burble of light-tan head came right up and out. I like when my beer is exciting. Equally exciting was the aftermath of the Glug as I looked at two thick fingers of eggshell-white head with great retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was grapefruit-citrusy up front with a slight mintiness (spearmint) behind it. Oh sweet mercy, I have been jonesing for not just an IPA, but some CANned IPA and my prayers have been answered! Lucky ME! Mouthfeel was medium with an initial blast of citrusy hops accompanied by a caramel maltiness in the mouth. I began to think (again) of the Brach's Orange Caramels that my grandmother put out on the coffee table in my youth. In the meantime, the lacing began to appear and it was thick and sticky, perhaps requiring a jackhammer to get it off later. Finish was initially breathtaking in its hoppiness and cooled by the caramel flavor on the extreme finish. This was freakin' GREAT! Man, I would absolutely put some of these CANs in my cooler (if I could just find some).

For those that may scoff at The CANQuest (TM) efforts, you might take a look at my scores for this in a bottle. The CAN really allowed the hops to hold up nicely and it has caused me to reCANsider a beer that I had previously dismissed.

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2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of ccapurso
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Iamjlopez12
4.28/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of sgoodship
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the local market. THought I'd give it a whirl.

It's a not so pretty murky copper color. With a fairly aggressive pour, it only managed to provide a modest half finger head that dissipates to spottiness pretty quickly. The lack of cap didn't stop it from delivering a surprising amount of fine lace. The really fine stuff disappeared, leaving some small spots.

The initial smell is a good mix of malt and grassy hop. Some grapefruit coming through.

The taste is sweet with a nice strong caramel malt up front. The grassy and citrus hop comes on strong in the middle but dies out before it gets to end, leaving a bit of a void - kinda seltzer-like. It's a shame because there is a nice piney kick there that showed some promise. The finish is a bitterness with no bite - a bit hollow. There's some residual hop dryness and pine in the back of the palate as aftertaste.

The body is medium. The carbonation felt medium but didn't really seem to be able to establish a reason for being.

It's a nice drink but it just didn't hit the spot for me. For an American IPA, I think it is missing a little oomph. I really don't like seltzery type flavor coming through in an IPA.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of TTripp725
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of nstroup
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle

no freshness info

pour: Hazed and dull copper. Lighter khake head, gauzy, tiny bubble and leaves nice looking cpoious scattered webs of lace.

Sniff: citrus, orange beel

Taste: Solidly hopped, citric, with more orange notes, grapefruit in the mix. Malty counterbalance present and smoothening with toasty under notes. Fully flavorful, freshtasting and quite enjoyable.

A worthy newcomer to my neighborhood's beer distribution points.

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Photo of tigg924
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: caramel malt, and citrus hops

Taste: citrus hops, caramel malt, and some meadow

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium-light bodied, sweet start and middle with some bitterness at the end and in the aftertaste

Overall: This bottle was good through the end of August, so perhaps it is crisper when fresher, but I found this to be a very average IPA that is a more on the malty side. This is certainly easy to drink, but probably not one I would look for again. I wanted a bit more hops zing.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of pat61
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lucky U IPA pours lightly copper tinted gold with a light chill haze under a 2’ bone white fluffy foam cap. It has a bready malt nose with just a hint of citrusy hops. Bready malt leads the palate through citrus flavors to a big bitter grapefruit rind dry finish. The texture is creamy created by fine soft carbonation and a medium body for drinkability.

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Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
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