Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red AleLagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale
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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red AleLagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale
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
Ranking:
#1,838
Reviews:
966
Ratings:
2,711
Liked:
2,422
Avg:
4.11/5
pDev:
9.49%
Alströms:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
207
Gots:
444
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,711 |  Reviews: 966
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A red style with a distinct strong alcohol, highly hopped. Smooth drinking like an IPA. toward a lager yellow colour, a reddish tinge, hoppy aroma, small head and a little lace. One dimension hops above all, but not a double or imperial hop. Understated nicely carbonated.
15 months later, another bottle not as good.Dry but good head.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark copper color with a 1 inch bone color head that fades to a residue on the top of the beer. Good ring lacing around the glass on the drink down. Smells of grapefruit, caramel, plums. A very good smelling beer. Tastes of sweet caramel malt, grapefruit, brown sugar. Mild hop bitterness on the tongue after each sip. Good carbonation with a medium body. Somewhat creamy. Hop coating is mild in the mouth. I usually don't like amber/red ales but this is super good. Very easy to drink and very tasty.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 22 oz bomber of this for $3.99.

Wow, this is a fantastic beer. For those of you that have tried Ithaca's Cascazilla and enjoyed it as much as I did, you'll absolutely love this beer. It looks and smells great, has a nice caramel taste with a hop kick to it, and finishes smooth and creamy. It's almost 9% alcohol yet you can't detect the flavor of ethanol... delicious beer.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high beige head that has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a quarter finger head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose - pineapples seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste starts out with initial flavors of tropical fruits followed by notes of caramel malts and brown sugar. A light amount of bitterness is present and hints of alcohol are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with a bit of crispness and light bites of alcohol warming.
O: This beer has interesting complexities in the taste, akin to a lighter version of an American Barleywine. It's a pleasant beer to sip.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Certainly a big Red, but I think I had my hopes just a bit too high for this brew. Starts off with the obvious amber hue, great clarity, and nicely carbonated. Off-white head retention withstood the session well. Aromas of toasted malts, light caramel and barley malt rose high above the spicy, citrusy hops. Light bready / yeasty fermentation scent gave a sense of depth to the smell. Tastes kick off with the barley / caramel flavors, but well attenuated for clean taste. Along with the yeast, bready character, the beer tastes very sturdy. Spiced up with a mix of warming alcohols, orage-flavored and grapefruit hops, and a modest peppery note late. The beer actually feels light compared to the bold flavors, and became a bit metallic late. Finished clean but a little bite-ey. Although I enjoyed this beer well, I did not prefer it to their standard Imperial Red.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz glass at the Rhino dive craft beer bar in downtown Missoula, MT, just as it is starting to get a bit too crowded with dirty hipsters for my liking.

This beer appears a clear dark bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, rocky, and ultimately creamy ecru head, which leaves cascading layers of patchy lace down the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of warming citrus vodka, heady bready caramel malt, a touch of rising yeast, and further Pine-Sol hops. The taste is more big musty caramel/toffee malt, a restrained citrus hoppiness, soaked and rather inert pine needles, middling earthy yeast, and a slight alcohol warming. Simple, but serviceable.

The carbonation is on the low side, but supportive enough, the body an unsteady medium weight, and weirdly crisp, in a crackery manner, which barely informs on the otherwise plain and agreeable smoothness. It finishes more hoppy than malty, somewhat, with the citrus character standing out uber alles.

Red, large, and mondo, this one surely is. Tasty, and drinkable, but perhaps a bit too boozy to be all that much of a sessioner, though I'm more than tempted right now, with 2 buck Tuesday still in full effect. Good thing my hotel is within stumbling distance.

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3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

8.65% ABV according to my bottle (not 8.90% as currently shown). 76.92 IBU. O.G. 1.085. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing old-style label art and branded pressure cap acquired earlier tonight at a bottle shop for $4.99 USD (plus LA's 9% sales tax...) and served into a Samuel Smith's nonical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings, though I don't think Lagunitas has ever put out a beer that blew my mind. Identifies as a "Hi Gravity Auburn" beer, which I'm taking to mean imperial red; reviewing as such.

Served cold, straight from a quick chill in me freezer. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 6.5 finger wide light khaki colour head. Good creaminess and frothiness. Has supple soft complexion. Damn good retention for the ABV as well - easily 10+ minutes. Even sticky lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Looking real good for the head.

Body colour is a clear translucent amber with some coppery hues. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Should be more vibrant, but it's passable.

No overt flaws are noticeable. Overall, it's definitely above average.

Sm: Sweet caramalts and amber malts. Below average attenuation for the style. Somewhat grainy. It's got the trademark Lagunitas hop extract note, but the caramelization lends it a bit more distinctive character. Hop character is herbal, floral, and what your neighborhood stoners would call dank. Some biscuity amarillo. Sweet toffee. Light toasted malts. Some brown sugar. A biteen oily. Some unexpected spiciness, perhaps from rye; it's certainly not coming from the yeast - which itself contributes little to the flavour profile. Some bready/crusty notes. An assertive clean aroma of moderate to fairly high strength. It's pungent alright. No alcohol is detectable. Looking forward to trying it.

T: Caramel sweetness up front welcomes the drinker to the flavour profile and stays around to lend focus. Amber malts and caramelization fill out the body, with some latent residual sugars adding a bit more sweetness. Toffee. Clean barley. Toasted malts. A bit underattenuated. No yeast character is evident. Getting a bit of amarillo, but the core of the hop profile is that distinctive Lagunitas hop extract/hop oil - which gives a good balanced hop character but holds individual hops back from coming off truly evocative. Floral, herbal, and very light oily hops. Some rye spiciness; maybe some white pepper too? Bready and grainy.

Not getting any real pine, grapefruit, or citrus hops. No nectary hop character either. A bit of alcohol does come through in the taste, but it's forgivable. Caramalts dominate here, but there's plenty going on.

In terms of off flavours, it is slightly soapy. (Too long in Primary). I also get some butterscotch; diacetyl is suspected.

It's a clean taste, but it's not gestalt; it lacks cohesion and direction. While it's fairly complex, the balance and subtlety needed for it to be truly great just aren't there. Additionally, it's too far on the sweet end of the spectrum.

Mf: Overcarbonated. A biteen oily. Too thick; a bit overbearing on the palate. Presence on the palate is decent; the flavours do come through fully. Smooth and wet, with some unfortunate scratchy coarseness on the climax. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but it doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Dr: One could easily draw unfavorable comparisons to Troegs Nugget Nectar. While the price on this bomber is great, the beer doesn't live up to its current high ratings. ABV is not as well hidden as it should be (and as the best beers in the style are). I'll be able to finish this bottle alone with relative ease, though while it's drinkable, I wouldn't get it again. It just doesn't bring the depth of flavour I want from a good imperial red. The rye spiciness also feels a bit odd in a flavour profile that emphasizes caramel malts. It's a nice offering from Lagunitas, but there are far better imperial reds out there.

C+

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a frothy head that drapes lace along the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Big citrus ruby red grapefruit dominates the aroma, but the careful sniff will also detect plenty of caramel malt underneath

Taste: The caramel malt makes its presence felt first but the bitter resinous hop flavors arrive before the pint glass is placed back on the table; by mid-palate, however, there is plenty of minty caramel sweetness to match the hop resins; after the swallow, the flavors blend together to produce a sweet, but citrusy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and somewhat sticky; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice example of the style; gets a bit sweet at times for my palate, but I enjoy the bitter aspects well enough

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, amber color with a very bubbly, off-white, small head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled roasted malts with floral notes. Some sweet caramel aromas, too.

T - It hits you with roasted malts and finishes very hoppy and bitter. It has a slightly fruity flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is one of the better amber ales I've had and one of the better brews I've had from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep red color ale with a large purer white foamy head with some good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of intense bitter hops with some notes of citrus. Taste is also dominated by some citrus and grapefruit –like hops with an intense bitter ending. Malt with some caramel characteristic is quite subtle with some semi-sweet notes. Body is above average with some nice carbonation.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/4/2013. Pours lightly cloudy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big orange zest, tangerine, grapefruit, orange rind, floral, pine, grass, caramel, toast, bread, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, floral, orange rind, caramel, toast, pine, grass, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, citrus rind, floral, pine, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a moderate malt balance that doesn’t overpower the hoppiness; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, sticky, and slightly crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hoppy imperial red ale. All around great balance and complexity of hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering as expected from this brewery.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big red hoppy ales have come on strong lately, and I wonder why that is? Is it a backlash against the Imperial pils? Is it a much needed, more malty repose to the ever growing number of big APA's out there? Or is it a kind of get to the heart of it and back to the roots kind of thing? I dunno, but I can say without doubt that Lagunitas has really hit the nail on the head with this one. The citrusy hops, yeasty fruitiness, and sweetish caramelish malts combine so perfectly that you'd hardly ever realize it was anything other than an average "red" ale. The alcohol never really stands out (although you will feel it halfway through a bomber), and it has great drinkability. They've kept the hops in-check - although it would have been very easy fro them to take them to a resinous, raspy level; and the bitterness is fine-tuned to give great balance, and nothing else. The caramelish malt is clear, but not overdone in depth or sweetness; and the hops are blended so as not to be all splashy and zesty citrusy fruit. In a way it's a bold move for Lagunitas (who are kind of known for having a bit of an aggressive edge) to have NOT gone all out with an anniversary beer - but they've done it. AND, on the label they reference a couple of guys who've done the same thing... made a beer that stands out, but embraces - and I think they're on the right track. Well-rounded, superbly balanced, remarkably drinkable!

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89.3% out of 100 with 2,711 ratings
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