Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red AleLucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale
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Style:
American Imperial Red Ale
Ranked #3
ABV:
8.8%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,652
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 9.47%
Reviews:
976
Ratings:
2,755
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Spring
Wants
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Gots
  452
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red AleLucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale
Notes: Our 13th Anniversary Beer in was a Staff Favorite, So We Make it Each Year. BIG on the Amarillo Hops and Rich Dark Malts for a Round and Huge, Smoky Flavor.
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Reviews: 976 | Ratings: 2,755
Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

6-pack, 12oz bottles.

Based on the reviews, I remember being a bit disappointed with this beer. It's wasn't bad, and I enjoyed drinking it, it simply didn't stand out in any way.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 22oz bottle $4.79 Tamuras
Citrus smell
Clear amber color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium-high carbonation
Some sweet taste to start then bitterness finish.
Overall OK. Doesn't taste like a red ale, more like an IPA

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Photo of twosheds
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Orange Amber in color with white head.

Smell is fruity and bready with a little bit of hops.

Bold flavor that is bold sweet and bitter. Tastes similar to smell with the hops coming in stronger at the end.

This beer is both well balanced and has an intense taste, which doesn't always go hand in hand.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

5/3: $6 10 ounce draft pour at Lagunitas' Chicago Brewery.Copper red pour, razor thin off-white lacing. Nominal sweet aroma. Dry light taste, thin texture and mouth feel. Overall OK offering.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a Brownish red with a little carbonation and a thin, white head.
Pine and citrus hop smell with a big malt backing in smell.
Tast follows the nose. Great pine and citrus hop in which the malt blends it all wonderfully. Plenty of malt in taste. Pine resin sticks around.

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Photo of BWED
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a teku.

A- Amber with some red highlights. Nice clarity. Good looking beer. Epitome of a red ale. Head is rocky and tan. Retention is decent and it leaves some great lacing.

S- Malty backbone, caramel and strong biscuit notes. Boozy, of course. Prominent earthy, floral hop, with mild fruity undertones.

T- Malt is biscuity sweetness. Vanilla notes with some slight fruit notes. Earthy hop notes shine through, a bit resinous and strong.

M- Body is full, and finish is quite clean. More than expected. Aftertaste has a faint bite of dryness in the back of the mouth.

O- Strong, but some great characteristics of a red ale, just bumped up a notch. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of gvickery
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is dark reddish copper in color with an abundant slightly orange tinged head. The taste was somewhat disappointing, I was hoping for something new but this is typically Lagunitas. That in itself is not bad but, with the exception of their stout, everything I’ve had from them tastes nearly the same, with varying degrees of strength. This is hop forward, no surprise. Initially sweet, oily, slick, and heavy. It has a huge smell of citrusy, I suspect Amarillo and Cascade hops. The taste is like the smell with the Lagunitas Brown sugar sweetness that is unmistakable. This is for sure a good, well made product, but it lacks any imagination or innovation. It will give you a serious buzz though. Cheers

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Photo of jkblr
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottled 2/28/18 (CA) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 8.8% ABV 76.92 IBU. The beer pours bright light copper to amber in color with abundant light khaki head. The head sticks around and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is mild with piney & citrusy hints. The taste leads off with some barely sweet caramel then transitions to earthy, piney, citrus bitterness. The balance is not perfect, as it leans a little toward the bitter hops, but it's complimentary to my taste. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. The finish has a bit of hop oil/shellac, that is perfect for a hoppy red ale. Overall, excellent. Very enjoyable, very affordable double red IPA.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewer, for the most part, never fails me and this latest offering is delicious...

I always worry when I crack open a "red ale" that it is one of those disgusting blood-orange types that I simply loathe. When I poured this one out I had a moment of panic as it had more of an orange-tint than red coloration, though it poured a decent head that leave some lacing down the glass. From the smell, I convinced myself it wasn't a blood-orange type but more like the red ale advertised, but better. The booziness of the beer blended well with hints of grapefruit and oranges (not the blood-kind, thankfully) added a sweet note to my nose. The mouthfeel was has a strong carbonation-forward presentation, but if you focus past that you find it to be quick smooth to the point of creaminess, a very full-bodied brew to partake. The taste was a very interesting blend of booze, spice, and some of the orange I noted in my nose, but none of that terrible blood-version that has caught me unawares a time or two. Overall, this is definite exceptional - I can't recall coming across anything like this in recent recollection. It just goes to prove Lagunitas (regardless of what you think) has their craft down, truly, to an art.

...and with this beer I am happy to see I have reached "Savant" Beer Karma status - I am humbled and pleased...

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Photo of m_hall
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint. A crystal clear reddish amber ale topped by a two finger tall off-white head. Retention and lacing are both excellent.

Nosing reveals fruity notes (cherries, ripe apples, slight hint of banana) along with caramel malts and pine-y hops.

Taste follows the nose, bringing caramel malt sweetness garnished with dried berries up front. Lightly toasted nutty notes creep around on the background. The finish is long, dry, and pleasantly bitter from the Amarillo hops.

Mouth-feel is on the thick side of medium, creamy and rich. Alcohol is fairly assertive at nearly 9% ABV, leaving a nice warmth after the finish.

An excellent red ale, Lucky 13 is one of the finest offerings from Lagunitas that I've tried. The balance of sweet and bitter on display here is outstanding. While normally a spring offering (the bottle I reviewed here was the last survivor of a six pack that had hid behind other beers!) I personally hope that this one goes into regular year-round production. Recommended.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle.
Reddish golden/orange color, clear, head settles to a thin white top coating, sporadic lacing.
Dark fruit on nose, like a slightly toned down barleywine on taste. Coming from the other direction, the beer is a very strong red ale. Bitterness at the end. Sort of a special occasion brew.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

part of a flight at The Brick House in Orwigsburg PA on Monday.

Dark red/amber color body, good and persistent off white head leaving decent lacing.

Not getting much on the nose, bu this is a Spring offering from Lagunitas, so might be a bit long in the tooth. Nothing good, nothing bad.

However, it's a tasty offering indeed, even with some age on it. malty, some dried fruit, a little bitter with a good sweet malty background. The bitterness somehow manages to be sharp but not strong. 8.8abv is an asset, leaving a warm feeling.

Feel is above medium, finish is sweet and bitter.

Overall, and for the most part I avoid Lagunitas since the buyout, this was a pretty good beer. Might have to revisit it next Spring and see if the taste is significantly different.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper color, good lacing. Strong caramel malt smell. Lots of flavors going on - some fruit, some smoke, some spice, with nice bitter finish to balance. Not shy about the alcohol content. A little chewy.

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Photo of DeaconWhite82
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack. Golden red in color with nice lacing. Smell is a deep dried fruit smell. Taste is sweet yet bitter. Feeling after after 2 beers, VERY NICE!!. I recommend.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Instead of adding to nearly 1,000 reviews (to do so in an original fashion, I'd have to make stuff up), let me ask two questions.

First: Are Amarillo hops a cure for the common cold ?
This is important because my buds are suffering from a summer virus that is surprisingly resistant to treatment.
So, I was hoping these hops will mitigate the virus. If they beat it up, I will let you know.

Second: How is Lucky 13 different than an American Barleywine?
Answer: a couple less ABV%. But other than that... an American Barleywine is what I'm drinking at this moment in time.

As for celebrating Lagunitas' first profitable year with this ale in 2007 (after at least a decade of investors sweating more than if they worked in a brewhouse), the first profitable year is great cause for celebration. Anyone thinking that a brewery is worth the effort financially, they need to read Tony Magee's "So.... you want to start a brewery, do you?" And if anyone calls Tony Magee a "sell-out" for his deal with Heineken, I am glad to defend him as a brilliant strategist for selling the craft gospel for, get this, only the best independent recipes (most of whom otherwise will get squished by the combination of more demanding drinkers, backward state laws and how financing favors the big brand names.) So instead of crafters making a lot of not-so-good-recipes and wasting time and money on not-so-good beer, Tony has provided them an avenue out of poverty and into long-term productivity.

If Magee ends up making the Heineken partnership work to the benefit of good crafters (but not-so-great businessmen), he will be more than brilliant. He can walk on water... even if his Amarillo hops are not the cure for the common cold.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: Smoked malts, dark fruits, plums, nutty notes with hops that balance it out. Warming alcohol at end. Same with nose. Reddish copper brown color, semi clear, tan head with sticky lace. Medium body. Remind me of part barley with part imperial red. 64 IBUs

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle, 122 7 2, purchased warm last month, refrig-ed since... poured into my Chouffe tulip)

L: reddish-amber liquid with a swirl of suspended speckled sediment... lovely, tall, messy froth of off-white foam, which takes awhile to recede, decent crusty bands of lace... looking again, this particular shade of reddish orange seems seldom seen

S: mix of fresh pear and plum hop aromas, tropical and orange taffy candy (think Mambo), little bit of ashy toastiness in the background, firm doughy malt bedrock below... subtle detection of medicinal booze... overall intensity shows hoppy depth, inviting

T: juicy immediately up front, tastes like a children's juice box flavor of 'fruit blend' (apple, cran, grape, etc), slowly emerging tea and grapefruit peel flavors and bitterness in the finish... second sip reveals menthol and sour cherry notes, with a cereal maltiness lingering

F: characteristically frothy, resin-filmy mouthfeel... very delicate amount of heat and phenolic numbness in the back... altogether dry and warm enough on that back end to be loose about giving savoring sips,

O: seems like a typical, all-too-familiar Lagunitas hop display, with the only stand out elements being the subtly roasty, subtly jam/caramel sweetness... I'd rather drink this over that joke of a 'Scotch ale', but each is way unbalanced of course toward dem cones

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. 8.8 % abv

Appearance- Orange-red with a medium head with lots of lacing. Very hazy

Smell- Peppery, sweet malt, apple,

Taste- Sweet caramel malt, lightly toasted bread. Floral sweetness arrives to the palate. Grapefruit, with even a tinge of apple as was noticed in the aroma comes into play. Grassy hop flavor, some pine. Ends bitter, spicy, and hot.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy in body with active carbonation.

Overall- A fiery intense imperial red, with lots going on. Malty, fruity, hoppy. Complex. Well crafted by lagunitas. Should be a regular offering.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE: July 31, 2017... OCCASION: toasting a Will's last game/watching the Iron Pigs with Jeff/visiting Bob Sunday... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... dark brown amber body that builds creamy, bubbly head with arcs of lacing with strings of effervescence... the single-finger head sits staunchly atop... robust pine and caramel malts impugn the taste buds... berry, plum, fruity apple, subtle spiciness akin to rye, and low-key phenol make for a boozy, musty earthiness that is attractively thick nonetheless... sips a creaminess that warms like bourbon and provides a smokiness like scotch... at 8.8% ABV, the body is mellow, medium-bodied, and worth a slow sip... flirts with a barley wine's profile, without the intense heat, but has enough hops to give the beer strength at the teeth... another quality product from Lagunitas, one that I willingly paid $2.10 for...

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Photo of haines710
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle at the grocery. Poured into a pint glass. Beautiful dark Amber with a slight head. This smells like Lagunitas to me. Malty with hops in the background. Taste is similar to some of their other beers in my opinion. Very nice quality beer. Great way to finish the night. Smooth tasty beer.

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Photo of willcull78
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A sweet malt and hop scent when opened. There was no foamy head when poured. It was a reddish-pale ale, with a dark amber color. Looked delicious. A very nice hop taste that lingered. Would be worth having another one.

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Photo of Rufus1
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a red amber into a fifteen ounce mug the same temperature as the beer. One finger off white head that dissipates quickly to a lasting thin rime. Some lacing.

The nose is herbal and floral hops. Some ripe white grapefruit. Dark sweet fruit. Touch of pine with some biscuit.

The palate is struck first by a big malt backbone backed up immediately by floral and herbal hops. Bread with an understated sweetness. Slightly bitter finish balances the sweetness well.

Good carbonation makes for an almost full creamy mouthfeel. Probably closer to medium on second thought.

A very good brew. Well balanced. Crisp and refreshing. With an 8.80% ABV enjoy cautiously.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This red ale pours a dark russet color with a medium frothy off-white head. The smell is big on malts with a sweet bread quality, but there is a mild hoppy citrus undertone to it as well. The taste is big on malts also with sweet bread, nutty, brown sugar, and caramel flavors, but it is balanced by some pretty big hop flavors with citrus and some herbal notes. This leaves a mild lingering bitterness and a very light dryness in the finish, which also has a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. I was very surprised to find out that this is 77 ibu though, the malts are so big, that I would have guessed more like 40 - 50 ibu. There is also a little bit of an alcohol flavor, which I don’t mind at all, and is not surprising given that this is a very big red ale at 8.8% alcohol. The body is on the high end of medium. Is this a “hoppy red”? Perhaps, it’s certainly hoppier then the average, but I have had hoppier and it is quite well balanced. Is this a big, bold red? Without question, everything about this is bold: the flavors, the alcohol, and the body. It is indeed “Mondo large” and has the feel of being between a red ale and a barleywine. This is definitely a very interesting version of what I normally view as a pretty boring style. It is a must try for red ale fans.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance had an orange/amber/slightly brown colored body with a two finger white foamy head that rises a bit and then falls leaving a decent amount of clingy foamy lacing in its wake. The smell had a very caramel-forward, and a decent amount of breadiness, hopped just enough to keep the "hopheads" satisfied on this brew. The taste had caramel flavored hops - well balanced, holey moley, very well balanced, caramel aftertaste, no finish. On the palate, it sat about a medium, uh - maybe sessionable - perhaps. The carbonation seemed good for the style and for me, becomes slightly creamy. Overall, this is a very flavorful beer well worthy of having more pours.

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Photo of Icedog
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Red with a touch of APA flare. What a punch the 17.6 proof delivers. The pallet is never guessing wtf just happened. This beer will pass for the barrel aged varieties of the Irish Reds. El Senior Lagunitas has the touch. An eleven year wait for this commemorative brew was right on time for me...Red is my favorite color; since wondering through the hills of Virginia; but Petaluma here I come...

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Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 2755 ratings