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 | website

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 D1noB
2.96/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strong out of the gate, hoppy, fruitful, and very flavorful, fades quickly with a caramel malty after-taste.

Taste Rating in Words: That friend that flings the door open and is ready to party at 6:00 PM, next thing you know it's 7:30 PM and they've already thrown up and fallen asleep. It's a marathon PJ, not a sprint!!!

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 139th day of 2016 or May 19. DFH tulip.

A: pours a clear dark red/copper with little visible carb and 1 finger of thick, frothy khaki head that recedes to a big bubbly island and a thin ring. Some lacing and great retention.

S: Lagunitas all the way. It smells like Brown Shugga and Sucks; sweet, tropical, kiwi, blood oranges, mandarin oranges, juniper (plant, not berry). Grapefruit rind.

T: heavenly arrival; tropical fruit salad. Instantly turns powerfully sweet, and then right at the end hops and alcohol assert themselves. Big beer, sip slowly. Grapefruit peel and pine aspects assert themselves boldly at the end. Juniper and alcohol linger.

M: midweight, slick, but not as slick as Brown Shugga. More carb on the palate than on the finish.

O: this really reminds me of Brown Shugga: everything I love about it and everything I hate about it. The aroma is out of this world, and the taste is too, right when it arrives, but the alcohol and hops are a little overbearing for me this time of year. I think I would love this in March. I liken this to an American Strong Ale, and I have a local favorite that edges this out. Probably won't buy again.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper hue with a tight, one-inch, cream-colored head. Nose expresses notes of caramel and earthy/piney hops. Taste consistent with nose. Very malt forward; however, some oxidized notes come out towards the back. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (closer to medium) with an even carbonation and a slight prickle. Overall, a solid amber albeit perhaps a hint past its prime.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A clear beer with a dark amber color. Two finger high, beige-white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass - It looks tasty!

Nose: Orange marmalade, pine, honey, caramel malt, mango and pineapple.
Taste: Orange, mango, pineapple, grape and caramel malt.
Mouth: Medium to full body. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Fl. Oz. Bottle
Served in a Lagunitas Jar
Bottled on: April 14th, 2016
Reviewed on: August 14th, 2016

Clear amber body with a massive off-white head. Tons of lacing, super sticky looking. Body was clean for the most part but a layer of particles, almost looked like yeast from a Wit, gathered at the bottom of the glass.

Sweet malts dominated the aroma. Caramel. Pine. Touch of mango, pineapple, and orange.

Tropical hops: mango, pineapple, orange, and a light bitter layer of grapefruit. Dense layer of caramel-heavy malts. Finished out semi-dry with a flare-up of herbal hops.

Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Consistency felt heavier as the beer warmed up, consume quickly!

Big ale! Hops and malts were well represented. This review was based on a bottle with 4 months on it and I gotta say, it did not lose much punch! Yet another great offering from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.86/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a very clear pale amber with a large head. The aroma is complex, with pine, citrus, pineapple, green apple, candy, cinnamon, and earthy dank hops. The flavor is a bit more contained, with bright resin, candy, citrus, and some earthy spice. The mouthfeel is bright and medium bodied. Overall this is a really nice beer - the flavor is very complex, but everything is also integrated, making a single great whole.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - Deep red color with decent off white to tan head, excellent lacing.

Smell - Rich malts, sweet caramel, toast, also getting a good bit of pine and some hoppiness.

Taste - Sweet malts, bread, little bit of spices, caramel.

Feel - Medium body, no sense of the alcohol, good carbonation.

Overall - A very solid beer, I like the sweet flavor mixed with the hoppy bitterness.

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Photo of Ri0
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12 bottle into snifter. Darker amber with some rust color and 3 finger dirty white head that slowly fades into a cap and leaves webbed lacing all over my glass. Sweet and roasted malts, caramel with some breadiness. Bitter piney hops follow along with citrus.Sweet malts and caramel up front overtaken by hops in the middle and finish. Some citrus, more bitter pine and a bit of earthiness dominate after the malts. Finish is a nice pine bitter.Medium body and very good carbonation with a bitter and dry finish. Solid beer from Lags that reminds me of a few local offerings.

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Photo of Dsimenson
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner.
A: half a finger off-white head, fades quickly, nice moderate lacing, clear orange red color
S: citrus and herbal hops, malt, fruity, a bit of mango, like you just coated a mango with lemon oil and hit it hard with a hammer
T: buttery cream, citrus and herbal hops, malt, a bit of pine, an incredibly enjoyable and complex flavor, a hint of fruit and a tiny bit of bread or yeast
M: creamy, thick, chewy
O: a magnificent and mighty red ale, one of the best I've ever tasted (which is not that many), one of my new all-time favorite ales!

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Photo of Guppy314
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle bought at Trader Joe's, pours a clear dark amber with a thin beige head. Aroma is definitely dominated by hops. The tasting is where the caramely malts really come forward. The finish has a tartness like grapefruit. Overall, really very solid.

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Photo of dleigh
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this one not very fresh, so I wasn't intending to review it. It really was very good, though, so I had to chime in here. The first thing that hit me was the huuuuuge tropical fruit aroma, which is crazy because this bottle must have been at least two months old. Great fluffy white head, nice flavor. A winner. Would love to try it fresh.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured in a spiegelau glass.
Look - a deep copper color with a gigantic off-white head composed of bubbles of all sizes. The head is nice and creamy and has some great retention and thick lacing.
Smell - sweet caramel and bready malts are most prominent, but you also get some pine resin and juicy citrus.
Taste - this beer has an excellent blend of toasty sweet malts and hop bitterness. The strongest notes are caramel, pine, and grapefruit. Sweetness overpowers the hoppy notes, but the hop characteristics still shine through.
Feel - moderate carbonation, medium body, and relatively smooth finish.

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Photo of mlockman
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma of this beer is all juicy, fruity hops and the palate follows the nose. While the flavor is predominantly that of the hops, the bitterness is attenuated by the malt backbone of the red ale, leaving a taste that is just REALLY juicy.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Lagunitas mason jar

A: Pours reddish orange with a creamy light tan head that settles to a dense layer and leaves plenty of thick lacing.

S: Toasty bready malt, dark sugar, fruity berry notes, spicy pine, a bit floral, and a hint of citrus.

T: Bready lightly toasted malt, fruity and citrus notes, berry, orange, a little spicy pine, and some dark sugar.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, pretty smooth.

O: Pretty darn nice red ale. I would love to drink this in the fall, but it still drinks pretty nicely right now.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vibrant red pour, off white head 1/2", that red melds with copper/auburn. Aroma pops those red malts, was expecting more hop goodness especially from Lagunitas.

Taste is nice, competes with those big hoppy elite red beers like Nugget Nectar, a little sweeter. This red malt thing is really strong, they didn't just add enough for the color, its hearty. Hides alcohol well.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper body with lazy bubbles rising, light tan huge rocky head, tons of sticky lace. Tropical fruit dominates the nose- mango, papaya, pineapple, orange- juicy and sweet. Moderate bitterness. The taste offers the same mix of fruit but they are dulled by solid caramel-like malts, with a hint of sugar that makes me think crystal malt. Moderate/high bitterness, mollified by some sweetness.
Usually 'red ale' means a passable-good beer, but this bad boy was downright sensational. Huge hops plethora on the nose, with tons of flavor, character, and balance to boot. Cheers!

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Photo of fscottkey
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: [4.25] Beer is a reddish amber color. I am struck by the big dense 1 1/2 fingers of off white head. The head recedes slowly and leaves nice lacing on the glass. The bottle lists the ABV (8.8%) and has a born on date code (04/15/2016).

S: [3.50] Prickly fruit. Pineapple, melon, toffee, caramel and some pumpkin spice.

T: [3.00] Melon, pears, spiced cake, toffee.

M: [3.50] Beer has medium body with medium carbonation. The alcohol pokes its head up a bit and is not invisible.

O: [3.25] I had a hard tme nailing down descriptors for the aroma and taste. The beer is more malt than hops. The mix is strange and while it is not offensive it seems unsucessful to me. I would pass on this in the future.

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Photo of smbslt
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear copper with two or three solitary streams of carbonation entrusted to keep the thin sand colored head supplied.
Faints note of licorice in the piney leather aroma.
Malts, alcohol and hops play ale's version of Rock, Paper, Scissors with none relenting and coalescing into a peppery finish.
Smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip glass. It pours a reddish-amber color with two fingers of creamy, eggnog-colored head and lacing. It smells of roasted malt, brown sugar, floral hops, and a whiff of grapefruit. The taste features a strong malt backbone with biscuit, brown, caramel, orange peel, and finishing with a dry hoppy bitterness. The tastes blend together really well. You can taste and feel the 8.8% ABV. This ale has a fairly chewy mouthfeel and is moderately carbonated. Overall, it is really tasty and it strikes me as a perfect Autumn ale. It would stand up to a good meal and is enjoyable for casual drinking, as well.

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Photo of stortore
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a medium amber/orange, cloudy, with a one and a half finger head, loose, foamy cling. Smells of citrusy hops- orange, grapefruit, malt, brown sugar, some dank and piney hops. The taste is citrus- less than the nose, malt, caramel, brown sugar, some piney hops, a fair amount of hop bitterness throughout. Mostly smooth, good body.

Nice beer, easy drinking. Good flavor.

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Photo of beercam
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


Yo, yo yo. Here today to talk about the liquid productions of the petaluma masterminds behind Lagunitas's Mondo Large Red Ale. Mondo Large. You can already tell, this review is going to be a great time.

L: Yes. Yes. Beautiful Womanne. A Horse Shoe. A beer of gleaming resplendent presentation.
S: Fine. If the word fine means to you fucking incredibly, syrupy (literally in an olfactory sense), exotic, overwhelming, nay, trammeling, in the hop capacity. this thing trucks in hops. I mean... this is an imperial red, no? Theese, are the reasons why I can't even talk about taste.
T: Don't
F: Delightful. Silky. Fizzy. Then kind of jagged. Needs a better outro. Some more smoothness, then perhaps some sort of roastiness, body; depth, to go with the very intense hop depth. Go deeper.

O: This is amazing. Mondo indeed. Bottle details below

12 oz squat brown glass bottle, capped
Imperial red ale, 8.8 %
there were a bunch of very chaotic, indecipherable nubmers mysteriously printed on the neck of this bottle. ???


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Photo of Kubishark
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Lagunitas in Petaluma. Wow, this is very strong for a amber/red ale. Felt good after drinking this. Copper/red, smells more piney than typical red ale, has a decent bitterness to counteract maltiness. Medium bodied, if even on the heavier side.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, date stamp of 118 6 2 1119 0403. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Bright coppery red colored beer with an initial 1/4" thick rocky off white head that died back to a ring and skin of foam across the top. Lots of fine lacing all over the glass. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Hoppy - mostly orange citrus rind and just a hint of pine.

Taste: Nice blend of hops and malt - very hoppy, but not a bitterness bomb to my palate. Some underlying caramelized malt complemented the orange citrus again which has some tropical fruit notes. I'm not detecting much pine at all with all the hoppiness. I almost want to say I'm tasting a lot of Citra with a hint of Simcoe, but I'm not sure about that. Regardless, it's tasty.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation. Surprisingly spicy on the palate. Lingering stickiness and hop oils on the teeth with a nice thickness to the beer as well.

Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable, and dangerously so. I would not mind having another and I suspect I'd pay for it later. The alcohol in this is very well hidden. A Mondo Red Ale indeed! I will have to see about picking up a six pack of this sometime.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This seasonal red IIPA is a nice deep-amber color, and shows the slightest amount of haze and sparse effervescence; its large, pebbly, ancient-ivory-colored head leaves excellent sticky bands and cavelets of lacing. The nose is medium in intensity: sweet/spicy florals, more subtle citrus and hints of pineapple juice backed by lightly caramelly malt and significant alcohol overtones. The palate leads with mildly-bitter pineapple juice and hints of bready caramel; mid-palate the emerging candy-like florals merge with a deepened, surprisingly dark malt flavor to produce a dominant candy toffee flavor that rides atop pineapple, citrus and grassy hop notes and a significant boozy undertow. The bitterness increases to a moderate level, working with the alcohol to dial back the malt-centricity; notwithstanding their efforts, this beer lands a fair ways on the malty side of the balance. Retrogustative olfaction is grassy pineapple. Mouthfeel is big for the medium body, and the texture is sticky/creamy, surprisingly thick and slightly peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 43 days after pkg)

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Photo of ordybill
4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear brownish orange with a small off-white head. The aroma was an excellent blend of grass, malt, hops and citrus. The taste was an excellent melding of citrus, malt and hops. One of the best beers I have had in months. Outstanding.

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