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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Photo of Duff27
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Beautiful orange/reddish color. Nice half-inch head doesn't last long but leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S- Lot of grapefruit.

T- Tastes of a weak IPA, needs more hop flavor. Some citrus.

M- Nothing special here, watery.

D/O- Is their such thing as an IPA Light? Missing the full flavor of an IPA but that could be beneficial if you wanted to down a 6 pack of these.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vibrant orange and clear body; decent sized head that settles fast

Wonderful nose-juicy citrus hops as well as some nice dry malt

Taste & Body
Taste doesn't quite follow the delicious smell. The bittering hops seem to be outweighing the flavor hops, and the body is a bit on the weak side. Hops also seem a little one-dimensional, with a slight bubble bum flavor. Finishes a bit thin.

I know Breckenridge makes a killer DIPA, so I think the brewers could tweak the recipe on this and then have a standout IPA. Until then, it's a lackluster IPA in a crowded league of good and solid IPAs.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is a nice change up for IPA. Bready malt sweetness reminiscent of English Barleywine. Some floral hop, earthy notes too. Must be some English varieties in there.

Sweet caramel, honey, and bread notes deliver a solid malty layer. Hops are more subdued here than in the more popular aggressive takes on the style. This IPA is more on the balanced and approachable side. Apricot, grapefruit, maramalade and orange peel hop flavors. Bitterness is lower than many IPAs, but there is plenty there.

Love the balance on this one. I feel like I spent just as much time appreciating the malt as I did enjoying the hops. Why is that such a rare statement for modern American IPAs?

Certainly on of the brewery's best.

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a clear orange color with golden highlights. It had a small head of off-white foam that left thin rings of lace.

S - Tons of citrus hits you in the nose. It had a light caramel maltiness.

T - This is a nice well-balance IPA. It is citrusy and floral with just enough sweet caramel malt. Not overly bitter it drinks pretty easily.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium bodied IPA.

D- This was pretty good. I'm glad I found it on tap while in Colorado.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Breckenridge- Lucky U

A- Clear caramel orange/ brown with a good frothy chunky alcing white head.
S- Good sweet grapefruit and pine hops overpower the light caramel malt. Bready grainy malt pokes through as well.
T- Sweet grainy malt, caramel and bread crust dominate the malt base. Sweet grapefruit hops with a bitter oily pine hop punch.
M- This one starts off with light sweet malt and transitions into a sweet hop body and bitter oily pine hop finish. Light feel throughout.

Overall- mild with a quick pine burst in the end. above average.

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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 WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a pale copper hue bright and clear visually appealing for sure nice thicket of off white head forms nicely. Head leaves speckled scattered layers of lacing with each sip. Aroma is nice with a full line up of citrus peel hop assault Amarillo for certain, with a tame mild sugar coated grapefruit halve like note. Just a touch accent of dank weed flowing bright, the flavor here hits much like many of the Breckenridge lineup with a tart yeast driven dough ball tone with a harsh water content backing it up. Amongst the base of the pale malts are the citric blast of grapefruit zest with floral and herbal hop flavors. Aren't actually that bad probably the best of the lot that I've tried from Breckenridge for quite some time, good lord knows this is better than their DIPA. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied slick with hop oils and smooth carbonation, goes down pretty easy overall. Drinkability is solid another solid ipa from the west, glad I didn't count Brickenridge out.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet potato orange with bright tangerine edges. The manila colored crown is thick and rich, like clotted cream, and looks even better as it begins to melt. It's also impressively sticky and is starting to decorate the glass with loads of attractive lace.

The aroma is as expected given the ingredients. It has mild-moderate toasted-caramel malt underpinnings, with a hoppy top end that would be better if it was more pungent and more focused. The surprisingly diverse lineup includes Amarillo, Magnum, Perle, Cascade, Apollo, Fuggles and Goldings.

Lucky U IPA is pretty good beer from a brewery that isn't always a lock in the good beer department. It delivers with respect to balance, flavor, level of bitterness and overall drinkability. That's a tidy summation, but we need to dig into the specifics.

The malts (pale, Munich, caramel, torrified wheat) were very well-chosen. They provide just enough flavor and sweetness, without stealing the spotlight from the IPA ingredient that really matters. The hops have an Anglo-American quality that keeps the taste buds interested throughout. Orange peel, grapefruit and apricot are most prominent. 68 IBUs seems like a stretch, but then this bottle probably didn't just leave the brewery.

The mouthfeel started out in APAville and is now, in the bottom half, beginning to creep into the outer reaches of IPA Town. A light creaminess and near perfect carbonation almost allow the next highest score to be granted.

Along with 471 ESB (Scottish Ale), Lucky U IPA is my favorite Breckenridge BBQ brew to date. It does pretty much everything right and even manages to avoid going over the Iowa ABV limit. Lucky U? Yes, and lucky me too.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 6 pack bottles just turned up in Casper. I'm wondering how they will compare to the tap version I had which was very tasty.

The label has this on it: " A Hoppy Homage To A Denver Landmark The Tivoli Brewery"

It pours a clear colour of gold, the smallest of heads of foam I've seen lately in an IPA and the lacing..she's not so good as well. The colour *is* nice but that's the only strong point for this brew in the appearance category.

The smell is nice. The hops bring some pine and grass, heavier on the pine, with a light amount coming from citrus. No malt presence that I can detect.

The taste is a different story. The pine is their and nicely done, the citrus is more obvious...not so much the grass and that's ok too. The malt shows up with some bready and earthy tones and a lighter bit of a hint of sweetness least they are there and offer up a bit of balance. Definitely an American style IPA but I find the overall flavours pleasing. Maybe not as pleasing as the tap I had but that was a 10oz serving at a Colorado beer festival so maybe my experience with the tap was influenced by my surroundings. Or maybe not. You just never know.

Medium bodied, light side of medium when it comes to the carbonation, very surprisingly, the little foam I got when I poured still there.

Drinkability? Lucky U is a good drinker as it's right in the usual range for the style abv-wise and has enough good taste to keep me reaching for another sip. A good bottled IPA.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a whole keg of this without even trying it, and its pretty good, definitely worth the money and the gamble. has a nice color to it, a light copper color with a nice white head, it really is a good looking beer. smell is good, but for an IPA i think its sort of mild, not a kick in the face hop aroma like alot of IPA's, not to say its bad but maybe thats just what i come to expect? taste is a classic IPA, reminds me more of an English IPA, a bit more reserved and standard, not a punch in the face hop flavor, but some nice malt flavors compliment the hops, its a bit of a nice change from the strong IPAs which are so popular. i like this beer quite a lot.

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Photo of mothman
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a standard pint glass.

It pours about a finger of khaki colored off white head. The head fades down to a thinner layer and as I drink, it leaves tremendous lacing on the glass. I enjoy it when a beer leaves lots of lacing, as it makes it look way more appealing. The color is a clear dark orange hued copper. It is a little darker than most IPAs.

Aroma: The aroma of this beer starts out a little muted, not much in the nose, so I let it warm up a tad in order to get some more flavor out of it. Now that it is warmer a bit, I get some floral hops with caramel malts balancing the aroma. Then, a nice citrus burst is evident. For an IPA, this beer is fairly balanced on the nose.

Taste: The floral hops jump right out at you quick, but it is immediately followed by caramel and bready malts. This isn't your typical 'in your face' IPA. This is a more balanced IPA. After the initial flavor, I get a lot of citrus blend going on, mainly some lemon and grapefruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but balanced. It is a little crisp, because it has a decent amount of carbonation. The body is medium sized. Lucky U ends with a sticky aftertaste, which is typical for an IPA.

Overall, if you are not into super hoppy beers yet, but you want to work your way into them, then this would be a good place to start. It has a decent amount of hops, but it is balanced out a lot with all of the malts. I personally like my IPAs to be hoppier and less malty, but the brewer's went a different route with this. I am glad I got to try this one, as it was a change from most mainstream IPAs.

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Photo of ebraun
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Nice off-white fluffy head with decent lacing on the way down the glass.

S: Piney hops, very clean. Picked up just a hint of some citrus and fruity esters

T: Big pine hops really dominate with a touch of citrus.

M: Quite a bit of fizz, but full and clean in the mouth with a nice dry finish.

D: Alcohol is a touch high for a session beer, but it goes down very, very easy. For an IPA this one is very, very drinkable and that is its biggest strength, easily one of the easiest drinking IPAs I've had.

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Photo of matjack85
4.16/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.59. There was no freshness date on the bottle - just a tribute to the old Tivoli Brewery in Denver.

The beer poured a slightly hazed golden/orange color probably due to the use of some wheat malt. The beer made only a half finger of white head that dissipated quickly, but surprisingly still left a lot of nice lacing.

The smell had a very appealing citrus and hop aroma.

The use of 4 different malts and 5 different hops in here makes for some really nice flavors. Grapefruit and orange peel flavors dominate, but there are also enough sweet malts in here to tame some of the bitterness. Caramel and wheat malts are the most noticeable. Then in the aftertaste a different hop bitterness (not citrus) kicks in. A very interesting IPA. I liked it.

The mouthfeel was crisp and light, but by no means watery. Plenty of carbonation to keep it refreshing.

A 6.2% abv brew, yet there is no alcohol flavor at all. You have to like bitter beers to enjoy this, but since I do, I found it very enjoyable and very drinkable.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a light hazed copper color. One finger cream colored head after a semi-hard pour. This doesn't stay around for long leaving just whisps of foam on the top of the beer. Light lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Floral hops and light citrus (grapefruit) hops dominate the aroma. Light malt backing on this one. There really isn't too much else to say. My only complaint is the nose isn't more aggressive.

T- Bigger piney hops kick in the front of this beer. Almost, a little too resiny. Malts in this one come in and help to balance it out but fails about midway through the beer. This turns into a big bitter bomb by the ending.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Big piney taste left on the palate and in the aftertaste. Hop resin is also left on the teeth and tongue after each sip.

D- This is a drinkable IPA. Not the best I've had from Breckenridge but by far not the worst thing. This could be a little more balanced but I won't knock them for making a nicely bittered IPA.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a clear light orange with not much head. The head is light tan and gone right away.

The aroma is super sweet but not your typical citrus. Its candy, sugar sweet. Its pleasant not overpowering, but its lacking some hops which would really balance it out.

The taste is good, that's where the hops have been hiding. Its farily light but there and provide a nice finish.

The feel is a little to light, almost watery.

Its pretty drinkable, but should be even more drinkable with the low abv.

Overall, this is an ok session beer, nothing special.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand carried from Breckenridge by N&E (Thanks!). Surprisingly pleasant and drinkable IPA. Orange to cloudy amber in the glass with subtle carbonation and small head (though lack of carbonation may be attributed to a high altitude plane trip). Just a hint of hops in the nose but somewhat stronger hops flavor in the first sip. Not the typical spicy hop bite I expected for an IPA but a softer, fruitier hops flavor that was immediately pleasant and easily quaffed. This would be a wonderful session IPA--especially on tap.

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Photo of Seanibus
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Surprisingly undistinguished. Pours clear copper with modest head with scattered lacing. Aroma is tight, pinched and laced with banana. Flavor is overripe, heavy banana ester with floral hops in the back. Caramel malt, very slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is weak, bitterness is late to the party.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: On tap, in a pint glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy texture. There was a good half inch of long-lasting, foamy head and some very good lacing.

S: A sharp aroma hops, pine and citrus.

T: Had a bitter taste of floral hops, pine, citrus, and a resiny quality. Not quite as flavorful as Breckenridge's 471 IPA, but still decent.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: A solid, drinkable IPA.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

THis brew is a bright and shiny clear orange copper(like a lucky brand new shiny penny). well retaining ivory head that leaves sticky rings adds to the presentation.

The scent is resiny hops, both earthy and floral and they dominate.

The flavor is very yeasty and bready with a bitter hop kick and some pine on the follow through. all of this supported by a solid malt backbone.

THe feel is smooth and slick with a light-medium body and a moderate level of carbonation.

Balanced, this is a middle of the road beer, but sessionable. Nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of tjd112
2.58/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation - Poured into Sam Smith nonic

Appearance - cloudy red orange with off-white head fastly dissipating, leaving little lacing on the glass

Smell - grassy hops, mixture of floral and ganja

Taste - BITTER AS HELL, very unbalanced, caramel and burnt sugar sweetness of other IPAs is muted here

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy with ultra-dry finish

Drinkability - Not impressive

Overall - If you are one of those people who like hop pissing contests, then this beer is for you, but if you like balanced hoppiness, then avoid.

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Photo of SamN
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Very nice; slightly cloudy red color, you can tell this is an IPA just by looking at it.

S- Holy hops, I can almost see bits of hops floating in this beer! Citrusy smel;, grapefruit, freshly trimmed ganja, pine even. A complex smell, I didn't expect that!

T- Strong hops, of course. Very true to style, points for that. Starts mellow with finely balanced hops and malts, though the malt fades and leaves an intensely bitter aftertaste, almost too much for me to handle.

M- Thin body with a watery feel- not the best.

D- Good for people who like bitter hops, not a beer I would drink again. Too, too bitter-- the taste still lingers in my mouth.

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Photo of drtth
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer as served is a nice reddish/orangish color that is lightly hazed and has a 1/8" white head that quickly recedes to a ring and a patch of foam. While some lacing clings to the sides of the glass, generally there is very little lacing left by sipping.

Smell: The aroma is not particularly strong, but what there is of it is predominantly sweet caramel malt and honey with some grassy citrus character. The citrus is predominantly sweet grapefruit.

Taste: The flavor is dominated by a rich caramel malt backbone tinged with some citric hop flavors but not a lot of bitterness. The citrus is mostly like sweetened grapefruit. There is also a degree of floral, grassy, earthy character to the gentle hop bitterness. None of the flavors truely dominate and all contribute to the overall impression of a tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation. The finish is medium long, dry and lightly bittered from the hops.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this beer and would be happy to have it again sometime. It has rich and pleasant flavors that blend together nicely. While it doesn't make my top 5-10 IPAs list it is well made and I could have another. That being said it struck me as being much more like an English style IPA than like an American Style IPA, so that whether or not I'll have this again depends to a certain extent on whether I'm in the mood for an English style IPA.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.36/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This one goes out to Birradr14 and her future trip abroad. Have fun in Belgium. 12oz single bottle into a 2008 Phillies world series champions pint glass.

Lucky U brings a pumpkin orange color to the glass with some lighter spots towards the edges. A little muddled as I cant quite see through the glass. A heavy handed pour only yielded a 1/4 inch of off white loose foam with no stickage on the sides.

Smells like a lot of pale ales i've come across recently with a floral aroma that leads the pack, it's not in IPA territory that's for sure. Under that some burnt/old vegetable smells with pale malt. The malt is quite big but not pleasant and there is no sign of living hops. The 1st bottle reviews on this were two months ago so I believe this to be fairly fresh.

Digging in there is some minimal flavor initially with a faint trace of hopping with floral taste. Some pale malts and then boom, it happens... something rancid invades in the aftertaste with some metallic/steel and then some old vegetal matter that sticks around forever. This does not taste like a IPA at all, more like a stale Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

The feel is medium with a smoothness up front turned wrong by the worst aftertaste i've had all year. Not bitter in any way, the hops are non existent, or just plain dead. Carbonation is no problem though.

Well I was not so lucky when picking up Lucky U IPA in the store. What I got was not what was advertised and this recipe should be buried. If I find it on tap i'll give it a whirl just to make sure im not being unfair here. Birradr14, sorry, i'll dedicate a good beer for you next time you leave. Be safe.

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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 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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Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
3.5 out of 5 based on 1,228 ratings.
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