Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red AleLagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An ultra-mega-mondo red ale first made for our anniversary in 2006 to celebrate thirteen years of brewing ultra-mega-mondo ales.

55 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2007

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Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish-amber color with about a half-inch of light khaki colored head that had OK retention and lacing. The aroma was malty upfront and hoppy at the back. The flavor was a bit malty sweet with a sharp hop finish. The body was decent and drinkability was good. Overall, a very nice little beer. Nothing great, but enjoyable. Worth trying.

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Photo of tjkurz
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into imperial pint glass nice dark brown with thick tight head - excellent lacing all the way through. Smells great - malt pine citrus. Tastes some malt upfront citrus hops and alcohol - lots of alcohol, it kind of overwhelms much of the upfront flavor. Mouthfeel syrupy with some carb. Drinkability - at 8.3 abv - this is not a session beer - way too heavy. 12oz would do me fine.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a dark copper hue with a nice khaki colored head. Lacing is very sticky here and there. Smell is of light floral hops with a lemony bite, a bit weaker than I had anticipated. A little bit of caramel malt undertone in the nose as well. Taste is a very crisp citrus hop. I can't really taste much more than hops, but they are pretty mild. Not much complexity. Mouthfeel is light/medium body with a subtle carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good for the abv. I'm not sure this is a strong ale, maybe a red/amber ale? This is a tough one to categorize. It's ok, but don't go out of your way to try this one.

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Photo of AleMan66
3.39/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It pours a cloudy red with a one finger white head. The smell is very much grapefruit, and the taste grapefruit and hops. It's a pretty good beer but too bitter for a red ale, in my book.

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Photo of bman13
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

House Lagunitas yest OVERLOAD. not bad, but not true to the style. Might get again if I see nothing else, but if you're looking for a true red ale, then look elsewhere.

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Photo of BB1313
3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours copper with solid clarity; fluffy light tan head that fades leaving great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are full of caramel malts along with some citrus notes. The hops are there, but not overwhelming like most of Lagunitas's hoppy brews. The flavors seem to follow the nose. The malts seem to shine. Lots of caramel notes. Some alcohol notes, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Some orange notes along with some pine. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid red ale. It might not be a crazy hop bomb like Lagunitas is known for. It's more of a traditional example of the style, which is cool. I personally like their Imperial Red Ale much more, but this is still okay.

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Photo of serspecv
3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an oversized pilsner glass. The aroma hits you as soon as the cap is pryed off. Pours a light brown color that settles into a reddish brown with a thick, foamy tan colored head.

First thing you smell is a caramel-like sweet malt aroma with a less apparent but delightful spicy and piney hop presence.

The taste is very much similar to the smell in the fact that the sweet malt character dominates the palate with a lively cinnamon hop aftertaste. Very well balanced for a brewery that usually goes overboard on hops (and that's not necessarily a bad thing).

The mouth feel is medium, with just enough carbonation that you can feel some of the bubbles dissipate over your tongue. Not very heavy at all.

Overall a nicely crafted beer that is very well balanced and not to hoppy for those that aren't used to a dominant hop presence. I still prefer Wilco Tango Foxtrot over this brew, but won't hesistate to pick this up again.

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Photo of midaszero
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle into pint glass

A - Clear amber color with solid off white head and good lacing

S - Piny hop smell with some signs of caramel

T - Very hoppy close but not quite a DIPA

M - Creamy and warm

D - Not a session beer IMO but good when you want a hoppy drink without going for the DIPA

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Photo of adamette
3.44/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from large bottle into clear glass

A A basic amber appearance. One finger head remained for 30 seconds.

S balanced smell of muted amber qualities. Can sense higher alcohol in the smell.

T Strong amber, woodsy taste.

M Full with strong tastes, high alcohol content.

D Fair. The large bottle that I bought it in I could not finish. It is certainly not to be taken in multiples in my opinion.

Notes: I was not blown away by this beer but it is worthy of a taste, especially if you like ambers.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: coppery orange-red, slight haze, huge plume of off-white foam, great head retention

Aroma: strawberries, orange peel, piney hops, malt, alcohol

Flavor: malty sweet with a layer of simple syrup sugaryness; hints of toasted wheat, malted caramel, and sour milk; resiny hop flavor with a subdued bitterness that doesn't do too much to dry out the beer; finishes semisweet with a malt "lozenge" aftertaste and a bitterness at the back of the tongue/throat

Mouthfeel: full body, chewy, gentle carbonation, alcohol warmth

Other comments: I really like Lagunitas IPA and Hop Stoopid is pretty good, but the others I've tried are a bit off the mark for me. Not sure what exactly I don't like. They're too rich or something. And there's something odd in the background flavor.

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Photo of tbeck
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up from the Beer Shoppe in Yakima, WA.

Pours a dark amber in color with a thin white/brown head. There is a slight clarity. Aroma was decent, mainly hops but some malt. Taste was hoppy and sweet, with a bitter aftertaste. Good texture, a lot of carbonation. A bit on the heavy side. Decent beer with good flavor, but it is on the sweet side. Not recommended for a session beer.

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Photo of pdoran10
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours out an awesome deep amber color, but leaves only a hint of head. some nice lacing though.

smell is dank and resin slight pine and citrus notes.

more citrus in the taste up front finishes with bitter thick resin and a hint of onion and pine. complex, seems like a big dose of bittering hops.

mouthfeel is thick and creamy almost. very nice good balance.

drinkability is an issue here because of a combination of the beer being thick and a lot more biting bittering flavor from the hops than i like.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/17/11
*From notes

A: Unfiltered chestnut ruby-brown. 1.75 head on a standard pour. Sticky yet unremarkable lacing rims the glass.

S: Quite hoppy. It reminds me a bit of Clown Shoes "Eagle Claw Fist". Toasty malt and resin are also detectable.

T: A bit musty. As it warms slightly, the hoppy bitterness is revealed. Dusty malt on the mid leads to a cup of black medium roast on the finish. A heavy dose of alcohol is detectable from start to finish. It's off-putting and isn't well integrated.

M: Quite rich and creamy. The carbonation is kept in check, and it drinks quite well. Really nice weight and balance here.

O: Lucky 13 isn't even close to the best brew I've had from Lagunitas. It's not bad, but the overdose of alcohol on the palate really hurts this one. If they'd tweak it a bit here and there, this could be a really killer bottle of beer. In the meantime, I'd look elsewhere to get your Amber fix.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a wonderfull copper color. Has a surprisingly grassy nose. Little head, but decent amount of lacing. Though, I am still listening to the dropkick Murphys. Very clear

Taste is kind of surprising. Matly and Hoppy, mixed nicely together. The dominatant flavor is malty, but there is a strong, overridding hop finish. To be honest, this reminds me in terms of flavor and charecter of a session beer. yeah, the big elements are there, but this is surprisingly easy to drink. no overpowering aspect to this beer.

Despite the high ABV, this is a nice, easy beer to drink. Nice brew if you can get it

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Photo of EkimGram
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep golden red colour. Poured from a 1Pt 6oz. bottle in a Duvel tulip. Pours a half-inch head that fades quickly.

Smell: Sweet malty hops. There are also some spicy alcohol notes.

Taste: Sweet and boozy, very similar to the smell. Not as much bitterness as I would expect from a beer with 76 IBU's.

Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy, and sticky. Carbonation is at a minimum, although, not flat. Medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Overall, this isn't a bad beer. While the aromas and flavours seem a little bland, it is still enjoyable.

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Photo of SickBrew
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pils glass.

A good looking brew with a copper to brow hue and topped with a nice persistent head, even some lacing going on up there!

Aromas are fair and mild with a good balance hops and malts coming through.

Flavor is ok, this bottle has a somewhat tart malty finish with a bit of a zingy thing going on.

Overall this beer is fine but just doesn't hit my brew-spot.

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Photo of Derek
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy copper-amber, light tan head, very little retention, some lacing.

S: Big piny hop aroma, tangerine, toffee, biscuit, cotton-candy fruity esters & caramel.

T: Assertive, slightly harsh bitterness, pine, nectarine, cotton-candy, toffee, slightly biscuity pale malt, warming alcohol.

M: A little too much residual sweetness, smooth, some hop acidity.

D: The residual sweetness & harsh bitterness are having a battle on my tastebuds.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lagunitas- Lucky 13

Appearance- Bright red with a big foamy white head. Heavy lacing down the glass.
Smell- Huge pine hops with a strong malt backbone.
Taste- Strong caramel malt with an even stronger oily pine hop flavor. Alcohol is always present.
Mouthfeel- Strong alcohol dominates, oily bitter pine hop comes on strong in the end.

Overall- A big flavored beer that the huge alcohol flavor almost ruins. Nice, never the less.

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Photo of Gouldsby
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured softly out of a chilled bottle into a small tulipy "shaped" DFH pint glass. purchased for $3.79 at le beau market atop nob hill in SF.

A: pours bright red rusty amber with two fingers of rocky ruptious head. head sticks around with near full cover, and replenishes with a simple swirl, plenty of protein.

S: strong heady dry amber malt (which reminds me of DFH ipa's), sweet undertones of light butter toffee and caramel, candy orange, apricot brandy booze winks slyly through.

T: lightly sweet in the mouth, with peach and vanilla, before turning candy orangey to curacao bitter to dry amber malt, following the nose. hops are present in bitterness but little aroma. clears out of the mouth woody and dry, with more amber malt, bitter overall.

M: medium high carbonation balances a medium full mouthfeel finishing pinewood astringent and hoppily dry.

D: a bit hot up front and in the mouth and dry bitter finishing...i prefer red's a bit more voluptuous and sweetside. more caramel/munich/2row malt character to balance out the dry bitterness and I'd be grinning slyly for the evening. as it warms, the nuanced vanilla and butter creme flavors flesh out the flavor welcomingly, balancing this big boy more winningly.

*Paired very well with the carmelized sweetness of
rotisserie chicken.

**Paired with peanut butter cup cookies, the sweetness brings out the pine and citrus hop tones of the brew, leaving the palate refreshed by the cleansing hops, though still finishing slightly dry and bitter.

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Photo of jdhowe
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I remember really liking this beer last year and was really excited to see it hit shelves again

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass

A: slightly cloudy deep amber color with half-finger of light khaki head that dissipates quickly to minor lacing.

S: amber malt sweetness, lots of hoppiness. Earthiness.

T: Not what I remembered. A quick punch from the carbonation and hops followed by an enormous malty backbone and hop bitterness that sticks around long after sipping. Not as much hop flavor as I remember, and simultaneously a little bit more bitterness early in the sip and lingering.

M: a very full body, smooth, with lots of carbonation and an oily sensation that lingers in the mouth that is really the only thing I'm not liking.

O: a little above average, and certainly not disappointing for its price, but not what I remembered it being from last year. This year it does seem to be much more the amber it advertises than the DIPA it seemed like in memory. Still tons of hop as the 77 IBUs can attest. Probably not seeking out more of this, but not unhappy to be drinking it.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottle poured into Victory Golden Monkey labeled snifter. No bottle date, but assuming it's pretty fresh from the bottle shop I purchased (Capone's). 2011 release, with blonde haired gal on label.

A: This one pours a redish orange color. I heard this is a red ale, usually, but this year was different? Very clear. Good carbonation. Fingers worth of white head. The head disapates very quickly. 8.9% ABV will do that.

S: I don't know what it is, but I just get tons of malts from the nose. I think that there is some hop character behind it, but I really can't tell what I am getting.

T: It's obviously a BIG beer. You get "some" hop notes from the first taste. It's really malt dominated from the sip though. Front to back: mild hop bite, lots of malt mellowness on the middle of the mouth, and a really smooth finish. Definitely a BIG one.

M: Medium but boardering on full.

O: Usually I would say that "anything" from Lagunitas is amazing. BUT, this is the first beer from them that I don't really care that much for. Good, definitely. Great, by no means. For $6.50 a bottle, no complains though. Cheers.

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Photo of CONOR8832
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Copper with a mix of deep red cranberries, good light brown froathy head, leaves excellant lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - very nice aromoa, smells of cherries, a few sprice notes to it, some cinnamon, little hint of corriander, and a good clove aroma about it.

T - at first a fruity tangy flavor, mildy sweet (cherries) them comes the clove taste which could have carried over from the aroma, the the hoppy bitterness finishes it off with a singeing of your tastebuds.

M - Good carbintation, nice medium bodied feel to it, leaves the palate feeling very dry.

D - This beer has a nice combination of flavors, the wonderful aroma carries over to the taste an it makes this a great flavorful beer. Seems to go really well with spicy foods. Share this one with someone who appreciates beer as much as you do.

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Photo of philbertk
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lagunitas Brewing Company--Lucky 13 "A Mondo Large Red Ale" Anniversary Release 2007 22 oz. Bottle. 8.30% ABV. 76.92 IBU's. (4.75 / 5.0) Red Ale--Imperial. Mild lacy head. Clear bright amber red color. Mild fruit rich floral hop front. Clean dry sweet fruit toffee caramel big crisp Red malt body. Tangy clean balanced rich hop spice end. Delicious Big Red IPA. Sampled 4/12/2007.

Lagunitas Brewing Company--Lucky 13--A Mondo Large Red Ale--2008 Release--22 oz. Bottle--8.30% ABV--76.92 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Red Ale--Imperial Thin foamy lacy head. Clear rich bright pretty amber red color. Mild toasted rich malt fruit floral hop front. Mild sweet creamy malty crusty rich toffee fruit bisquit body. Earthy malt hop spice mild bitter cloying rich balanced toffee end. Sampled 7/8/2008. $3.99 Each.

Lagunitas Brewing Company--Lucky 13--A Mondo Large Red Ale--EXAYEAYEAYE--2009 22 oz. Bottle. 8.30% ABV. 76.92 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Red Ale--Imperial. Rocky lacy off white head. Clear thin bright amber red color. Sharp floral pine hop malt front. Dry sweet toasted cherry toffee caramel mild fruit hop infused Red Ale body. Easy hot hop EtOH spicy end. Big Tasty IRA. Sampled 7/12/2009. 3 @ $3.99 Each.

Lagunitas Brewing Company--Lucky 13--A Mondo Large Red Ale--EXAYEAYEAYE--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 8.56% ABV. 76.92 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Red Ale--Imperial. Lacy off white head. Clear dark amber red color. Toasted hop pine roasted sweet floral dark fruit ester front. Cloying mildly creamy sweet rich burnt toffee black cherry earthy hop resin rich malty Imperial Red body. Mild hop spice cloying smooth malt end. Built on Lagunitas hop yeast signature base. Every brew over 7% has the same basic profile. Sampled 8/1/2010. 2 @ $5.49 Each.

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Photo of Soonami
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Local 44, $5 for 12 oz pour.

-Copper, fairly clear with a thin, sticky head with great cling. Restrained, piney aroma. Resinous hops, some caramel sweetness that finishes clean with just a little but not too much lingering spruce bitterness. Smooth, mouthfeel with a bit of prickly carbonation. The high abv is very restrained.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, Summer 2010 vintage.

Pours copper/red with a one-finger off-white head that leaves some nice lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma is OK, features some citrus, pine, resinous hops and caramel malts.

Flavor stays true to the aroma, decent hop punch of some citrus and resinous hops, moderate bitterness balanced against a fair caramel malt backbone with a bit of sweetness. Alcohol makes a noticeable presence.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation.

A solid ASA/Imperial Red, although not quite as good as I remembered it.

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