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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: 1,224
Photo of spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy amber/orange colour with a large size frothy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, caramel, cookies, tangerine, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and the beer feels slightly creamy on the tongue. Most of the taste is made up of caramel mixed with hops and malts. I can also taste notes of pine, tangerine, and a cookie like sweetness. The beer finishes with a mild lingering hop/pine aftertaste.

Drink - I found this beer to be a little unbalanced. With a little tinkering it could be pretty good. It's a good beer.. just not great. It was still worth a try though.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright, clear copper color. Poured a one finger white head that dissipated to a skim. Laced in thin rings.

S: Lots of citrus and grapefruit hops. Caramel malt and hint of pine.

T: Big caramel malt. Citrus and floral hops. Lite hop resin lingers through bitter finish that provides a nice balance.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Slightly resiny feel with nice bitter finish to balance.

D: Very drinkable. Flavorful, but not overbearing or resiny. Balanced.

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Photo of pat61
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lucky U IPA pours lightly copper tinted gold with a light chill haze under a 2’ bone white fluffy foam cap. It has a bready malt nose with just a hint of citrusy hops. Bready malt leads the palate through citrus flavors to a big bitter grapefruit rind dry finish. The texture is creamy created by fine soft carbonation and a medium body for drinkability.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark copper color with an 1/8 inch head that reduces into patchy surface bubbles, some big and some small, before settling into a ripple pattern of foam. Very nice, actually.

S- Moderate hoppy aroma with some malty sweetness.

T- Sweet maltiness upfront with some caramel notes along with maybe some toffee lingering in the background. Next come the hops which are pretty subdued but taste good. Not overly bitter. Easy to drink. Not too shabby.

M- Good amount of carbonation. Crisp and full.

O- A very solid, straightforward IPA. Not a whole lot going on but that's obviously the point considering how drinkable it is

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I liked this beer. Not as much as Stone, Southern Tier, Mad River, or Dogfish head 60 min IPA but it lands its place in my heart. Pours a dark amber which is kind of cool for a regular IPA. Mild debris in the bottom bottle may mean I had an old one. Smells of mild hops and malts nothing fancy. Taste is slightly bitter but pretty balanced IPA, wasn't offended but kind of forgettable. Mouthfeel was light to medium body, easy drinker.

Overall I would not seek this one out but would show it to someone who just got into hops as a nice starter beer. Then would show them to the fine products of stone. A pretty nice B rated beer.

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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 rodbeermunch
2.35/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A darker than average ipa that imparts both amber and light brown colors. The aroma is completely lacking in dry hops.

If you're gonna talk about hops on your label, there should be like, discernable hops in the aroma or taste. Here you just get the abv and malt body of an ipa, but you know, without hops. There's some bitterness in the 40ibu range and everything, but jeez, this stuff maybe was to style 25 years ago, or I just don't know how to reconcile how this stuff is missing the main ingredient for an ipa.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a slightly hazey copper with almost no visible carbonation. The head is about one finger after the pour, and recedes to nothing after a few sips.

Mediocre floral and herbal citrus hop aromas with a little remnance of toasted bread crust malt.

Nice toasted malt upfront. The hops step-up in the middle with some mild orange peel hops. Pretty simple tasting IPA.

Pretty easy palate that is a little resiny, but the carbonation dissipates that nicely for a blanced palate that has a lingereing bitterness after each sip.This is an easy drinking IPA, but needs a little boost in the flavor department.

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Photo of tigg924
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: caramel malt, and citrus hops

Taste: citrus hops, caramel malt, and some meadow

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium-light bodied, sweet start and middle with some bitterness at the end and in the aftertaste

Overall: This bottle was good through the end of August, so perhaps it is crisper when fresher, but I found this to be a very average IPA that is a more on the malty side. This is certainly easy to drink, but probably not one I would look for again. I wanted a bit more hops zing.

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Photo of Brad007
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mild golden with a thin head into my glass. Love the color since a lot of IPAs tend to be darker than usual.

A mild hop bite greets the nose. Pine and citrus come to mind. This one doesn't seem to be all about the hops.

Piney hops with buttery malt. That's all I can think of. Mhmmm! Balanced.

Just enough hops to satisfy my palate at the back. Buttery malt too.

A decent iPA that drinks very well. Not the hoppiest out there if that's what floats your boat.

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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 cbutova
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours into my pint glass with a clear light red body. Small creamy white head only forms to a small size, falls quickly. A few spots of lace here and there.

S- A pretty nice balance of malt and hops. Hops lend a decent amount of citrus, fruit and pine notes. Malt balances with caramel. Some bread from the yeast. Starts fairly strong but fades fast.

T- Yeast lends dark fruit and bread notes. Malt gives some light caramel and sweetness. Hops lend floral, pine, grapefruit and zesty hints.

MF- Silky, creamy light body with moderate carbonation. Nice smooth feel with a decent amount of bitterness.

DB- A decent beer but I just don't feel like there is much going on here, nothing to anchor it. The flavors and aroma sort of fade eventually to a bready hop mix. Just doesn't balance out all that well.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my Harpoon IPA willibecker. Pours a translucent golden orange with a creamy, half inch, off-white head. Head eventually dissipates into a solid, consistent skim with thin spots and strands of lacing revealed during the tasting. Not much to the nose - a faint citrusy and resinous character as well as light toasted/biscuity malts. Taste cosistent with nose; however, flavors are more forward than initially suggested. There's also a trace of citrus rind bitterness and a subtle sweetness that follows. Aftertaste is slightly medicinal and lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation and a slight oiliness. Not a bad IPA. Fairly flavorful; however, the medicinal character gets be a little trying. Nonetheless, I wouldn't pass one up if offered.

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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 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 glid02
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pale malts and citrus hops without much else. As it warms the pale malt aromas intensify.

Tastes similar to how it smells, however the flavors are a bit more layered. Pale malt flavors kick things off and have a good amount of graininess to them - almost like some toasted malts were used. Hop flavors join in midway through the sip and are largely citrus-oriented however hints of pine lurk in the background. The ending is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this tasted like a maltier version of the 471 Small Batch - maybe an APA to the SB's IPA. Not amazing but worth a shot.

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

Pours light amber with trailers of lace. Sweet grain on the nose. Candy corn and berry malts and orange + bark hops with some red grapefruit juice. Resiny linger. Chewy, medium and round.

Bitter and fruity. IBUs over hop flavor. A bit harsh to be very drinkable.

*from notes, Nov. 2010

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours cloudy amber. Not much head. Smells of faint sweet fruit. Not much hops to speak of. A little watered down and rather malty, some stale hops perhaps. A bit of a candy flavor. Slick mouthfeel. Not what I want from the style. Not great. I hope I got an outdated bottle, but based on all the other ratings it seems like this is just a poorly executed IPA.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a pretty clear amber with a respectable fine-bubbled pale golden head. Aroma is hoppy and resiny, typical for an IPA but still appealing. Flavor, fortunately, is better - decidedly hoppy, slightly bitter, with an evergreen undertone and a hint of sour citrus. Lively texture leaves a nice hoppy fizz. As far as IPAs go, not too shabby.

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Photo of jera1350
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A lovely hazed burnt orange color. The head is rather short but, sticks around for a long time and generates some nice lacing.

The nose is very light, but has some nice citrus notes along with pineapple. Lightly sweet smelling as well, but overall the nose is too light.

A very balanced IPA. Big malty backbone that balances the hops. Caramel sweetness, citrus and pineapple along with some earthy notes. Some noticeable alcohol along the way.

Almost has a DIPA feel to it due to the malt bill. Very smooth, lower carbonated and quite slick feeling.

I can appreciate a good balanced IPA, but I think this one just falls a little short on hop presence. Still quite good and very drinkable though. Kind of a nice fall IPA really.

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Photo of Durge
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A murky rich amber color with a decent grey-white foam on top and solid lacing. The aroma includes a flowery pine-grass hop with bready caramel malt. Pretty decent. The first tastes gives up an earthy-grass hop and a vinegar-lemon tartness over a toffee coffee-esque base. It’s grainy but has a good amount of bite. It’s a medium body brew with a coffee-like feel and lively carbonation that keeps your attention. This is a fine option for a somewhat different kind of an IPA, but ultimately not one I’ll make any effort to revisit.

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

This beer pours a cloudy burnt orange color. The head is a solid inch in height, and recedes into a rocky half inch cap of foam that lingers until the beer is gone sticking to everything. The aroma is of over ripe grapefruit which has been made into juice then poured onto a pine tree. The taste is similar with a moderate bitterness. Both the taste and aroma of this beer are lacking in complexity. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is a decent beer. I could drink it again, but with the plethora of great IPAs out there I doubt I will.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Breckenridge's Lucky U IPA this week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I have never reviewed a beer from this brewery but I have sampled some of their beers a couple years ago and I thought they were solid, I hope this one is too, so lets see how it goes. The bottling date was pretty smudged so I couldn't read it but I know this is fairly fresh since the store just got them. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label is nicely done and it looks pretty good. It poured a nice light golden orange color with two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing. This is a pretty proper looking American IPA.

S- The aroma starts off with a good amount of hops, it smells like a half and half mixture of piney and citrus hops with a little bit of floral hops thrown in for good measure. Next comes the malts that smell like they are pale malts, they have a medium amount of sweetness and impart a pale malt and sweet grain aroma. I also picked up a little bit of spicy yeast. This is a decent smelling IPA.

T- The taste is much lighter then the aroma lead me to believe. It started off with some pale malts that had a low amount of sweetness and imparted a bland grainy flavor. Next up comes the hops which impart some light hop flavors that are piney and floral with a small amount of citrus. The flavors seemed a little muted and they didn't come together that well, where was all the citrus hops that I picked in the aroma.

M- Slightly smooth, dry, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. I wish it was a little smoother but the carbonation and body were fine for the style.

Overall I thought this was a pretty average American IPA that wasn't that memorable or interesting, I wish the flavor was much more like the aroma. This beer had an OK amount of drinkability and it went down somewhat smooth, but the bland flavors couldn't hold my attention and I wasn't interested in drinking another. What I liked most about this beer was the mouthfeel and appearance they were both good for the style. What I liked least about this beer was the blandness of the flavor, I needed a better malt profile and more hops to make this a memorable American IPA. I wouldn't buy this again and I wouldn't recommend this beer, it's not hard to find a better IPA for the same price. I was pretty unimpressed with this beer, this brewery can make some pretty solid beers, but unfortunately this wasn't one of them, hopefully the next beer I try from them is better and not as bland.

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

The color is nearly but not quite copper and slightly hazed. The head is just off-white and sits nice and tall, about one finger tall, sticking itself to the top of the glass staunchly and leaving good lacing the rest of the way.
Pine, a bit of perfume and some floral hops notes are foremost in the aroma before a bit of caramel malt kicks in that adds a bit of balance.
I get mostly pine from the hops off the bat before a splash of citrus comes in. Until it warms, there's a touch of sweetness but really not much. Caramel malts do play their part here. Bitterness stays strong and offers an almost dandelion root edge to it in the finish.
The body is medium and carbonation is light here. There's a crispness to the feel that doesn't fade, and it stays sturdy all the way.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish/ yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, pine hops, sweet malt, and a small citrus note. In the taste, pine hops and a big dry maltiness. A hop bite and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop aftertaste. Quite malty but nice none the less.

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Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewery
3.5 out of 5 based on 1,224 ratings.
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