Lucky U IPA | Breckenridge Brewery

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Lucky U IPALucky U IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
breckbrew.com

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
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1,228
Reviews:
324
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
14.29%
 
 
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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 Boone757
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a medium pace, over clear rosy orange copper colored beer.

Nose adds some light creamy malts, some lighter hops, a bit earthy and bit grassy, some crystal malts, the malts seem to overpower the hops a bit.

Taste starts with an earthy toasty malt flavor, some crystal malts and other reddish malts, a bit of an earthy hop character, light grassy and almost herbal. Some light bitterness but not heavy. Finishes with a bit more bitterness, dries a bit but not a lot, lingering sweet toasty reddish malts too.

Mouth is medium bodied with lower but decent carbonation.

Drink is OK, not too boozy but a bit malty and sweet, some bitterness but not too heavy. Overall an OK IPA, nothing special, a bit on the malty side.

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Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in standard pint glass

A - orange-tinted amber; hazy; scant but lasting off-white head

M - medium body; nicely carbonated.

S - citrusy hops with orange tones and hint of malt

T - excellent flavor, with pronounced citrus tone, but Lucky U has low intensity hops and bitterness as well as sweeter than a typical Amer. IPA. This may disappoint those expecting a more typical or hoppy IPA but probably makes this more drinkable for many. Hop heads might want to think of this as a bold and distinctive pale ale.

Excellent. One of those beers that makes me wonder why appearance plays much of a role in the ratings.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains earthy hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild for the style and there isn’t much balance as the flavors don’t seem to blend together well. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, with so many good beers in the style this beer barely comes close to the average ones.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kegatron
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a hazed copper (which eventually clears out), topped with several fingers of thick off-white head. This eventually peters down into a creamy finger, which stays rich, and leaves back some robust sticky lacing. The aroma smells grassy and very spicy in the nose, as well as a touch herbal. Earthy citrus character and some sweet notes of caramel and toast sit along the back of the nose, giving this a green tanginess.

The taste is spice and leafy feeling, with a raw citric bite that spreads pithy bitterness out into the mouth (and which is coming on a bit to harshly as well). Toasted grains and sweet caramel malts shore up the back of the profile before this leads into a finish of dry spiciness and gritty bitter rind. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crispness that is undercut by a smooth underlying slickness. Alcohol seems well hit for here for 6%.

I think I cut this beer a bit of slack, because when first pulled this out of the fridge (at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit) this was all kinds of lacking in the flavor department, with a strange metallic character to it, and an extremely thin body. Luckily things greatly improved and opened up all around as this warmed up and that’s what I’m basing my review on. I will say though that the hop profile was very strange here, with that combo of American and English hops giving this an almost German feeling flavor and bitterness at times. There’s just a lot of spice and earthy bitterness to this that came on a bit too strong. Anyway, if you’re going to give this a shot, let it warm up some, but otherwise, this was a pretty average IPA for me.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

A: Amber color, white head, some lacing.

S: Fairly roasty, with an implied hop bite.

T: Pretty decent balance of hops and malts; not too bitter for an IPA.

M: Light-medium body, not too harsh, average carbonation.

D: Easily drinkable, but nothing too special

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: There's a slight haze to the dark amber-hued body capped smallish, white head kept from quickly fading by continuous steady streams of bubbles.

Smell: Sweet-scented maltiness in the nose gives hints of caramel-flavored candy and honey served atop toast. The rich blend of hops throw off notes of citrus, pine resin, and grass. The Amarillo is certainly imparting a clear-cut scent citrus note akin to take a whiff of triple sec.

Taste: Malts bring about a taste of candy caramel with lesser degrees of toasted and honey-dipped grains. Moderate resin quality transfers to hoppy tastes of white pine, dried grasses, pressed flowers, grapefruit pith, and a few big ole drops of tangerine oil. Medium-high bitterness. While rebounding hints of caramel and honey try inject, it remains a bitter brew. The finish is very dry and with a bitterness that confidently strolls out into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is just the slightest bit sticky.

Drinkability: It's plenty bitter, but still amply malty and with no more alcohol than is needed. For me, it was reminiscent of their Small Batch 471 IPA, except with a brighter hop character and less alcohol, though, I must admit, it's been a coon's age since I last had the SB471IPA, so maybe this calls for a side-by-side comparison.

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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 russpowell
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours caramel with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & average head retention

S: Grassy hops & pears

T: Grassy hops, woody notes & slight pear notes up front. Leafy hops dominate as this warms, some pear & caramel notes as well. Finishes with leafy hops plus a nice crispness

MF: Medium bodied with nice crispness, fairly good balance

Skewed more EIPA to me, but not a bad offering if your just looking for a bit of hoppyness, but not one I would buy again

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Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
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 base...like 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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this one sitting on the shelf in the store yesterday and have never seen it before which prompted me to take a flyer on it and pick one up. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/27/2010.

Nice rich orange amber pours with a big head of white foam that just sits on the top throughout the session. Really good lacing coming down the side of the glass which masks the broken crown that was across the top. Aroma is deep piney hops, hints of grapefruit and a nice mellow biscuit and buttery like aroma that really seems to pull it together quite nicely. As I take the first sip, nice waves of fresh hops roll across the tongue with ease. Very well done here I have to admit. Crisp, clean orange and grapefruit notes dominate the profile here and really pull the entire thing together very, very well. Long finish with a nice and medium drying to it that again really works for the style and gives it that little bit extra that really pushes it over for me. Nice light body and a clean finish make this very, very session able.

Overall a great example of a style from a selection I normally would have walked right past. I am very happy that I chose not too.

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

I picked this single 12oz up at brass rail deli on 7/24 -poured chilled into a willybecker

A - A rusty amber color w/ golden hues -clarity is lightly hazed with a thick 3/4 inch rocky cream cap. The lace clings well and beading is fine, carbonation is visibly apparent

S - a piney, mildly fruity sappy ester w/ lots of sticky caramel malt aromas and light odors of alcohol

M - The feel has a decent amount of sweet malt texture with pretty high carbonation which fits the style w/ light astringency and moderate bitterness w/ semi-dry spicy finish

T - The flavor is a fairly pedestrian hop taste -the sweetness of the malt mutes the hop flavor with a slight pine accent the most noticeable attribute and mild vegetal tinge. The flavor has sweet woody hop notes w/ caramel malt providing a slight fruity sweet flavor combined with the gentle dry yeast and light astringency and mild grapefruit from the hops hiding in the background. The beer is pretty good, but not very well developed flavor-wise.

D - The drinkability is middle of the road, I could take it or leave it. It has the bitterness of an IPA, but doesn't set itself apart in any way - it comes off as pretty one note but worth a try I guess.

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Photo of atrocity
2.29/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Creamy mouthfeel but very very little flavor.

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Photo of smithj4
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 07/22/11 notes. Had on tap at Stoney's in DC. Poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat clear orange amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, citrus hops, and caramel malts.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, bready malts, fruity malts, light citrus. Some moderate bitterness in the taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a decent beer, but not a ton of hops. Malts dominate this one. Would give it another shot.

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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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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev 0%

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 stakem
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my bro for gifting me a bottle of this.12oz poured into a snifter. The brew appears a copper orange with yellow around the edges. A tan finger of froth leaves parches of lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma has herbal hops with a bit of floral component and fruits coupled with minerals and sulfur. A bit of toasty grain is noticed mingled inbetween the hops. Overall not bad smelling.

The taste is mineral-filled with some bitter rindy fruit flavoring. Sulfur and cheese is there coupled with some toasty grain backing. A contrasting floral flavoring of hops lingers in the mouth. Unfortunately the main character throughout this brew though is minerals.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. It is worth a try but not something I would return to if given choices.

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