Lucky U IPA | Breckenridge Brewery

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Lucky U IPALucky U IPA

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

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

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Reviews: 323 | Ratings: 1,225
Photo of NapoleonInRags
2.57/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured very cloudy with sediment. No bottling date on bottle but perhaps it didn't age in the bottle very well. Fruity in the nose and too mild for what we've come to expect in an American IPA. Very bready. I would love to try it on draught and compare the appearance and the nose.

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Photo of HamdenHector
2.81/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: slightly hazy. orange; 1 finger head; some lacing;

S: not a lot of aroma and I had a hard time defining it; perhaps pine and some sweet malt;

T: A lot of piney hops up front that moved toward toasted malt; not much bitterness;

M: medium bodied; medium to high carbonation;

O: a little dull; OK, but not noteworthy;

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Photo of Redrover
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one was the tap takeover at Pints in Elmhurst. Served in a standard pint, the beer is a dark copper with a decent sticky tan head.

Aroma of pine and tropical fruits. It was fresh and inviting.

The taste is solid but does not ring-up to the smell. There is citrus and caramel malt and some hits of tropical fruit, but a bit of solvent alcohol permeates the mid and after taste.

Mouth is above average with a bit of thickness and some oiliness.

Not a bad beer, but needs a few tweaks to compete at the high-end.

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Photo of HopintheSouth
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

In a bottle poured into a pint glass.
A-Golden hue
S-not much hop aroma there, some slight floral hints and a little bit of citrus on the nose.
T-well-balanced bitterness, not as hoppy as I'd like but still not bad. The malt backbone comes through more than expected, spice and pine resin are the most notable flavors.
M-full and thick, malty creaminess

Not a bad beer by this brewery. It's definitely not one I would yearn over, but nonetheless it is a rather good IPA.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and pineapple aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but quite malty for the style.

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Photo of TabulaRasa
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance : Gorgeous, rich amber color, slightly cloudy. Beautiful 1/2" fine frothy head, normal dissipation, dense, gorgeous lacing all around.

Smell : Subdued hop aroma with a strong malt backbone, nothing impressive.

Taste : Quite bitter, though not offensive

Mouthfeel : Medium-bodied, leaning a little too dense for my taste given the bitterness

Overall : A pretty standard, run-of-the-mill IPA, not very impressive, probably would never have it again - though, as I said, not an offensive brew by any means.


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

Poured this a touch warm with a smallish to medium size, cream color head that soon settles and some lace. Color is a clear medium honey amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is hop, butter, spice, resin, wet cardboard, hint of malt. Flavor's a little like nose, tang and hop bitter stand out, some of the flavors clash. Body's ok, carbonation a bit strong. Finish is like flavor, long in the resin. Not all that easy drinking.

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Photo of Act25
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More of a Pale Ale than an IPA - but that's ok, I love APA and who cares what they call it, we care about smell, taste, feel, and food-complements.

A - Home run. Nutty yam color, darker, great thick head with great retention, retains a quarter thick suds and laces all the way down. Sign of a well made beer.

S- Welcoming, bready malts laced w a bit of hop flowers and grasses, earth, hay. An earthy pale ale.

T - Follows the smell, but as it warms gets better and better. Lots of flower power with out being over-hopped. Great perfume of wild flowers and sun-baked grasses. Great change of pace from hopped up IPAs.

F - strong medium body and weight, welcoming, great with and before food, and dry finish. Winner. Let it warm!

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Photo of TwoLips
2.99/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance is cloudy hazy golden yellow.

Smells slightly of dull hops

It's an IPA, all right, but the hops and evergreen are vague.

Medium to light mouthfeel.

This is a disappointing effort from Breckenridge. The taste and appearance are cloudy and "off". It almost seems like a wheat beer is trying to sneak in, here. U are not lucky, I am not lucky, and it's barely an IPA.

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Photo of bmwats
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Hazy, amber hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Fair spider web lacing.

S: Pine resin, wood chips, caramel, and a hefty does of honey.

T: Pine cones, dish soap, and pecan shells.

M: Light and bitter with an off-putting finish.

D: Session style... although it's a little harsh.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Amber with a nice foamy head, and some pretty fair lacing. Nose is sweet resin, with a woody character, and sweet notes. Bitter and shallow with an off finish. I don't feel so lucky. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - pretty hazy copper amber color. Nice film of head on the top of the beer that's off white, sticks around, and leaves a grainy lacing.
S - Dirty hops, definitely grapefruit and pine in there but nothing more specific.
T - Same as the smell, grassy, grapefruit, pine, dirt, like a poorly made homebrew.
M - medium, leaves a bitter aftertaste, alc covered.
O - Not too good, tastes like a poorly made homebrew. I won't be drinkin this one again.

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Photo of spoony
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 355 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about one finger of light-khaki head. The retention is decent atop an orange golden beer with a light haze. I can see some fine carbonation crawling up the glass. Not bad looking.

S-I smell a pleasant mixture of orange, pithy orange zest, and caramel. There is also a bit of bitter pine and a mild, oily dankness. Again, not bad.

T-Unfortunately, the taste is not a pleasing as the smell. Where once there was orange and caramel, there is now an earthy, dull shell of a beer. All I get is a touch of pine and spice, and virtually none of the citrus flavors that I smelled. The caramel that I taste is dull and sort-of watered down.

M-The feel is pretty heavy for the style with a wet and substantial presence on my palate. The carbonation is mostly in the background and does not add anything.

O-This beer has potential with good looks and a pleasing aroma, but it does not live up to the initial promise. I have no idea if I got an old bottle or if this beer just doesn't have it, but for an IPA, it lacks any sort of distinguishing sharpness or hoppy intrigue. The flavors and the feel are both dull and lifeless. In a word, meh.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
2.87/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a golden amber color with a white head. Smell is slightly hoppy with some sweetness behind it. Taste is very malty. Sweetness coming from the malt and bitterness from the hops. Not much else. A pretty straightforward IPA. Mouthfeel is a bit thick. Carbonation is about right. Overall, nothing special here. Got three of em in a 12 bottle variety pack which I thought was a bit overpriced compared to 12 packs of Torpedo or Lagunitas IPA which cost about 3 or 4 bucks less. Needless to say I probably won't be getting this one again.

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Photo of far333
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazed aprocot copper colored with a beige-orance head that rises up an inch high and settles out quickly. Aroma of biscuity malt and subtle floral hops, some mint and butterscotch and graham cracker.

Flavor of toasty malt and ornage rind hopes, punctuated with piney notes. Finishes with more pine, and a slight metallic note. Hop bitterness lingers.

Semi-slick mouthfeel, a bit watery. Average beer overall.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chill hazed dark golden copper hue with a tight head of foam.

Light caramel malt sweetness, subtle piney/earthy hop aromas.

Caramel malt, subtle citrus, earthy and piney hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA, nothing else.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured hazy light honey color. Half a finger width foamy head. Head retention is not that great, lacing is ok to moderate. Slight citrus and piney hops aroma. There seems to be an underlying funky lager like aroma to this. I don't remember this from the first time I drank it. Malty taste up front with mild to moderate piney hoppy bitterness. Aftertaste is dry, bitter and slightly soapy. Not bad, but not one of my favorite IPAs by a long shot. I am not sure if this was a bad batch or outdated, but the first time I tried it, I remember liking it a lot more. I had drank it straight out of the bottle then, but I don't think that had anything to do with it. I would like to try it again to see if my review would be the same.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange color with very little head

Smell is malt, grassy and herbal hops, grapefruit, copper?

Taste is bitter up front with pine, grapefruit, herbal and grassy hops all there, lemon zest, not as much malt in the flavor as the nose would suggest, and thankfully no copper in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is strange, light, carbonated and tingy? Lingering bitterness.

well unique beer for sure. Nose and Taste are very different. Some strangeness going on that is for sure. Nothing to get upset about, but also nothing to get excited about.

Worth a try. not a re purchase for me.

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Photo of Maximusmaximus
2.21/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours a lovely clear, amber with a significant head composed of large bubbles. A thin layer of head remains throughout the session and laces nicely.

S: One whiff discovers a sharp and ferrous aroma with a tinge of rock-candy sweetness.

T: A faint and subtle, malty sweetness is soon overcome by a sharp iron-oxide tartness that lingers, and curls the tongue, long after each sip.

M: Initially full to the point of thickness, each sip dissolves into a carbonated fizz.

O: Perhaps my sample is too old. I can't imagine that anyone would taste this and say, "Yeah, iron!" But that's what this thing tastes like: a semi-sweet, thick-n-fizzy, rusted, cast-iron, beer. This is why freshness labels are so important. I'm willing to give Breckenridge the benefit of the doubt and call this one over-ripe. I hope that is the case.... otherwise this beer is supremely sub-par.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark orangey/amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of bitter citrus notes with semi sweet malty notes is quite nice. Taste is a mix between some semi-sweet malt backbones which is fuller then expected with some citrus notes and a medium bitter finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Hops profile is not as explosive as I would have been expected with more residual sugar then I usually like in my IPA.

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Photo of beergoot
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

An older bottle (unknown date) that was sitting in my garage refrigerator for over a year or more.

Cloudy orange body with a few brown flecks (yeast, I'm assuming) dancing around the carbonation and topped with a thick, creamy white head; sticky rings adhering to the glass sides. Musty, malty, slightly sweet (like molasses) scent. Malt forward flavors, very caramel-like; slight esters lingering about; nice, mellow hop bitterness. Medium-bodied, smooth.

Not a bad beer, but not too exciting either. Despite its relative old age, it still had good malt presence and a decent hop bitterness, although the hop aroma was lacking a bit.

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Photo of GoldHorde
2.45/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've had a Breckenridge beer before - I don't recall exactly what it was - but I know it wasn't this one. I think Brekenridge's Lucky-U-IPA is a nice ale-ish beer and I'd be content to have it over many other ales EXCEPT that it says that it is an IPA - and I am forced to review it in the IPA style. And in my book, IPA's have a couple of high notes that need to be approached or hit but NEVER MISSED.

1. AROMA is for me the #1 keynote - it ANNOUNCES the IPA - you should be able to say while blindfolded - "prob'lee an IPA". This beer had a hint of something light & grassy but was essentially vaporless.

2. FLAVOR must ring of herbal, floral or spicy hop accents and aftertastes. Lucky-U-IPA approaches here. It has a hop sting with grassy aftertaste - nice summery edge to it. I'd place it much higher in the Pale Ale category than I can in the IPA category - only because there are so many excellent IPA's readily available.

In other notes:

APPEARANCE = Hazy amber
HEAD = One finger fading fast, some open lace
MOUTHFEEL = right up the middle where it ought to be with a hop sting

If you are looking for an unoffensive Pale Ale - here you go. If you really need an IPA, keep shopping.

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Photo of hardy008
2.48/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy amber with a one finger off white head with decent retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has caramel malt, and light citrus hops.

Tastes more caramel malt forward than citrus hop forward. There is also a bit of earthiness, and bread malt. There's nothing which really stands out.

Light to medium bodied with average carbonation. Not worth seeking out again.

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Photo of Thads324
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear and bright orange. Only semblance of carbonation is a thin line of bubbles around the edges.
Aroma is of mellow caramel malt and slight citrus hops. Faint pine and earthy hops as well. Not very strong, but enticing none the less.
Flavor is much of the same. Very malty, with an overlying hop presence that mixes slight citrus, zesty pine and a bit of rose and floral hop too. The malt is bready and sweet caramel tasting. Bitterness is the lower end of medium.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavily carbonated. despite the lack of head. A little soapy towards the end, but nothing cloying. Medium body, good bitterness at the end that lingers nicely and tingles.

A pretty good beer. The hops weren't overpowering, but as I maneuvered through the pint it got hoppier. A good enough ipa to warrant buying again.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange brew with a nice, decently long lasting tan head that leaves a good lacing. No complaints.

Smell: A lot of citrus and floral notes, almost like a toilet cleaner...

Taste: Piney, citrusy, hoppy, malty... In that descending order. An interesting IPA. but not a particularly strong one. Not completely like others I've had in any way. I can dig it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and almost syrupy with a good bit of carbonation. Similar to PA's Troegs' Perpetual IPA, which is also a very "piney" IPA.

This is a little different... in a good way.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice transparent medium amber body. Thin tan head that leaves a layer of bubbles and some lacing.

S- Piney hops with a hint of citrus and some sweet malt.

T- Very piney hop flavor up front along with a hint of lemon. Light toasted malt towards the end, but this one is definitely hop forward. I will have to look up the type of hops used, because this one has a lemony taste to it.

M- Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. Slight sting on the tongue.

O- Good IPA. Like I mentioned before, this one has a different flavor profile than most IPAs, but it works.

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Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
3.5 out of 5 based on 1,225 ratings.
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