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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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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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

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1.25/5  rDev -64.3%

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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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Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
3.5 out of 5 based on 1,230 ratings.
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