Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2007

BEER STATS
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#2,206
Reviews:
974
Ratings:
2,744
pDev:
9.51%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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Photo of Stengelfoot
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of anthony-s
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dukeandduke
3.2/5  rDev -22%
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 +5.9%
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 RBuckley73
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Half-full
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BWED
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Luckydog91
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gvickery
3.61/5  rDev -12%
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 Kyle1234
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ericthered121
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of D-Duvelicious
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkblr
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
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 kitekid
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RockySasquatch
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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 Keepnitrl
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewMaven
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stoutlad
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of m_hall
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 2,744 ratings