Lucky U IPA
Breckenridge Brewery

Lucky U IPALucky U IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #7,024
Ranked #47,422
3.44 | pDev: 14.24%
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
Lucky U IPALucky U IPA
Notes: This soulful American India Pale Ale is the color of spun gold and goes down clean and refreshing. Seven hop varieties and five malts work flawlessly together to provide balance from start to finish. The deliberately chosen hop selection creates a cascading hop flavor experience. Its steadfast hoppiness is fortified by an underlying malt character. Lucky U stands proudly on its own, but it also makes an excellent accompaniment to spicy foods and salty snacks.

Hops: Amarillo, Magnum, Perle, Cascade, Apollo, Fuggle, Golding
Malts: Two Row Pale, Munich, Carmel, Torrified Wheat malts.
68 IBU
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Reviews by Daktyls:
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Daktyls from Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -4.1%

Oct 26, 2014
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +37.2%
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.

Jan 15, 2011
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

2.42/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

Dec 21, 2009
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Beaver13 from Colorado

2.57/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Feb 20, 2010
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle bubbled over when first opened. Moderate head that leaves an initial ring of lace, but spotty thereafter. Cloudy, solid amber color.

Very nice traditional hop aroma. It's mellow but strong. Good malt fresh bread. Great blend.

The taste is a little harsher. The hop is more bitter, like spicy pepper. The malt is dryer, almost astringent. Not very complex, but it is full bodied.

Mar 05, 2011
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eat from Canada

3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of a trade with rudge75 at Half Pints in Winnipeg. Thanks again, Dave!

Opaque amber in colour with a sparse cover of cream-white head, presenting some lacing.

Smells of floral hops and lots of caramel, with bits of pine and citrus (grapefruit juice) in there as well.

Where are the hops? Where is the anything? Nothing from the nose shows up here. Darkly bitter with no real character. Minerals (including a little salt) and faded old grapefruit rind sit atop an odd malt backbone. Not completely balanced and neither interesting nor too tasty. I can't say I'm into this one. No alcohol.

Light-medium body and maybe a touch over-carbonated (a bit foamy). Drying finish.

This seems like a pale ale at best, with almost a little ESB character in its emptiness (I'm not generally a fan of ESB). This is weird enough an IPA to taste like it was brewed in Ontario. Doesn't taste bad, it's just not too enjoyable to drink. I was expecting much more than this from a real American IPA.

Jul 08, 2010
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

very easy drinking ipa, more like a pale ale than an american ipa. just not nearly as hoppy as most, and not even close to their 471. this one pours a richer looking light amber color with a small bubbly white head. smells german malty with a decent hop kick. flavors are all quite tame, its well balanced but not exciting. good crisp finish. mouthfeel is nice, bright and lighter bodied. very smooth and sessionable. overall a good pale ale, not an ipa in my opinion. good brew but not a turn on

Jan 23, 2012
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Buck6196 from South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

May 19, 2013
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Aprice34 from Virginia

3/5  rDev -12.8%

Nov 23, 2014
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UDbeernut from Florida

3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a pint glass

a: light amber hue, translucent. lots of bubbling carbonation. Foamy 1/2" head with decent retention

s: slight caramel and honey. pine and citrus hop

t: piney and floral hop cut through the tounge. caramel malt slightly balances the bitterness. slight bread/biscuit. Enjoyable for a hop head.

m&d: slightly slick, resiny mouth. finished dry. Very drinkable and quite enjoyable.


Oct 31, 2009
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DNofBN from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +9%

Nov 01, 2012
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Creely77 from Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

For me personally, I've come to expect a more hoppy/bitter tasting IPA so when I try an IPA it's the main characteristic I want... In that regard, this beer missed the mark completely.

That being said, if I was just starting with IPA's it might be a good entry level IPA. This partucular brewery produces many fine beers and I'll stick with those in the future.

Jun 04, 2011
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SpectralAbyss from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Oct 16, 2012
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atrocity from Virginia

2.29/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Creamy mouthfeel but very very little flavor.

Feb 12, 2015
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Exiled from Texas

4/5  rDev +16.3%

Nov 23, 2011
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dexterk1 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Dec 08, 2013
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HarryPotHead from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Sep 11, 2013
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Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Jul 06, 2014
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ejimhof from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.8%

Dec 30, 2012
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jpro from Colorado

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled a pint from my buddy, Little D's, growler. Poured a lovely deep orange with a snow white head that shows great retention and leaves a nice web of lace all over the glass. Aroma is of citrusy, floral hops - there's some pine in there, too - the citrus is the more dominant, though. Taste is lighter than what I was expecting based on the aroma - light, caramel malt is followed by the citrus / grapefruit peel hoppiness - finish is light and sweet. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and its fairly drinkable given its refreshing nature. Pretty decent IPA, but nothing mind-blowing.

Mar 07, 2010
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stortore from Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dec 26, 2014
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Kerrie from Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Jun 26, 2014
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Josbor11 from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Feb 13, 2014
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ramrod666 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Jun 03, 2014
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deadliest from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +9%

Nov 05, 2013
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