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: 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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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 metter98
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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 oriolesfan4
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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 BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
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 -1.7%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
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.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep amber with a bit of copper coming through. Nice wheat head and a bit of lacing.

S: Loads of floral hops come right at me alongside some bready caramel malt.

T: The floral hops completely dominate the show and bring forth pretty big amounts of bitterness. A little bit of citrus and grassy hops as well. A hint of caramel in the background.

M: Light-to-medium body with a nice dryness to it.

D: Very drinkable. Lagunitas sure does it right when it comes to hops.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of oberon
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another big time winner from this NoCal brewer hot damn!.Poured into an impy pint glass a clear deep amber/bronze with billowing 2 1/2 finger slight off white head that stuck like glue to the glass leaving soap scum-like lace behind as it settled slowly.If you like BIG hops then you'll like the nose of this beer its like walking thru a pine forest huge pine needle and grapefruit rind aromas with just a hint of caramel and biscuit hmm Amarillos in there?Yes I am quite certain Amarillo's in there oh man,the flavors are piney and citrusy along with some geranium-like leafiness intertwined with underlying caramel and lightly sweet bread dough,to me though the hop punch steals the show hands down and I applaud Lagunitas on their 13th Anniversary beer this is a left coast gem.

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Decent head, about 1 finger, light reddish brown amber opaque color

N: Nose has lots of sweet brown sugar with slight hops and dark malt and some raisin like qualities

T: Taste starts with dark malts and raisin with brown sugar, more sweet red malts shine through, a slight molasses and toasty flavors as well as biscuit, a slight alcohol tinges the tongue, lots of sweet malty layers with thick brown sugar

M: It has a nice thick mouth feel with some creaminess

T: The finish has the sweet dark rich malts with brown sugar and some bitter hops, the bitterness shines through late on the finish, the sweet stays late on the back of the tongue as well

Final thoughts: Lots more biscuit the more I drink, a little too sweet but a nice heavy red ale, closer to a non-sour/tangy/fruity barleywine or heavy old ale, a great change for Lagunitas from the usual hop bomb

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of chinchill
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.
Pours a deep butterscotch color with orange highlights and some visible carbonation. The small sudsy head is short-lived but a moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Lagunitas Lucky 13 has an aroma that is dominated by citric hops; indeed, a whiff of citrusy hops hit my nose almost immediately upon uncapping the bottle. It becomes a bit more piney and herbal upon warming. Light malts are also evident in the nose and obvious on the tongue where an obvious sweet component is found, and where this very hoppy smelling beer is largely tamed by the sweet malts and ends up only mildly bitter even in the finish. The flavor include suggestions of toffee, starfruit, oranges, candied grapefruit, honey, vanilla, caramel and some faint herbs.

M: The feel is relatively full (medium+ body) and smooth for an imperial red.

O: Excellent, with great balance and well-hidden alcohol. Similar to Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale, i think, which I'd love to have available in a simultaneous tasting.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark amber with 1 1/2 fingers of foamy off-white (with an almost tan hue) head. A think creamy layer of retention leaves huge, sticky hop lacing behind. The aroma is a tingling, spicy mix of Amarillo hops and citrus that is nearly overshadowed by a beefy smelling mix of bread and caramel.

The taste is once again biting Amarillo hops right up front that are well balanced by a hefty backbone of bread and caramel sweetness. There also seems a be a bit of a dark roasted feel in there as well. Finish on the pallete with a splash of tang and dry lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that seems to gear more towards the slicker side. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with just a touch of thickness being added to the body.

I liked this. It drank well and the Amarillo hops were a welcome touch, adding some pizazz to a otherwise very malty and thick Imperial Amber. Good stuff from the boys in Petaluma.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright copper color with a short foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is well-blended and loaded with floral hops and citrus & caramel sweetness.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with a strong hops bitterness and sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. There’s a tiny bit of alcohol that comes through, but it doesn’t detract from the taste at all. The malt character is hearty and the after-taste is nicely bitter and hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not very filling, good kick to it, if the label didn’t read “a mondo large red ale” I’d swear this was a 2IPA and a very good one at that. This beer is one that I could drink for a whole and enjoy the entire time.

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Photo of mactrail
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great sweet, hoppy mouthful! Classic Lagunitas beer-- no style, just pure flavor. I have apparently forgotten how good this can be. Sweet malt is the big flavor, but cut with tartness and expanding hoppy aromatics. Sparkling mouthfeel but subsides as you sip. Even the beautiful golden color seems brighter than other beers. Hops provide a nice burning bitterness to go with the hotness of the alcohol, but both are in line with the flowery, fruity flavor. Not to be confused with a piney DIPA, this is more of a Belgian golden but cleaner.

Another great beer bargain at $4.99.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber body with a foamy, light beige-colored head. Splotchy lacing.

Smell: A interesting composite aroma of caramel-tangelo and pine resin-bubble gum.

Taste: Right away its sweet, fruity tangelo juice with caramel and piney bitterness following in such a way that it makes me think of burnt caramel. Plenty of sweetiness throughout, all the way to the hilt, in fact, but it still ends distinctly bitter - like a mouth stuffed with freshly-grated citrus peel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Sticky, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Oh, hey, is it good? I guess getting hit in the mouth with a tangelo is pretty fun! If it was anymore fun there would be mobs rioting in the streets.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rusted butterscotch with bright slices of Sunkist orange along the sides and bottom of the glass. What a great color! A somewhat gentle pour has resulted in a small golden ecru cap that is becoming nicely creamy as it settles. Tattered sheets of lace are a nice touch.

Lagunitas Lucky 13 smells like a DIPA that has more caramel malt than pale malt. That's pretty much what an Imperial red is anyway. It smells like a few busloads of citric hops were added to the kettles. The ingredients list is a mystery, but Chinook might be one member of the hop bill.

Other than a slightly higher ABV, I wonder how this beer differs from Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale. It's been too long to remember what IRA tasted like, but this one is equally as good based on the scores granted. These guys don't shy away from adding malt and (especially) hops with a heavy hand. That's why I love their beer so much.

Right out of the gate, Lucky 13 delivers a wave of brown sugar-crusted toffee that has just the right amount of sweetness. Just enough, that is, to be overtaken (and then overwhelmed) by loads of C-hop bitterness before the glass has been lowered.

The finish is a whirlwind of flavor that includes candied grapefruit, orange peel, freshly cut spruce tips and an almost rye-like spiciness. Again, I have no doubt that Chinook hops are in the house. This is truly delicious beer.

The only letdown (relatively speaking) is the mouthfeel. A slightly too loud escape of CO2 on crown cracking gave me pause. It turns out that the carbonation is a bit too buzzy for the ABV and the style... and the body isn't quite as big as it could be.

Lagunitas Brewing Company is a fantastic big beer brewery. Olde Gnarlywine (barleywine) and Brown Shugga' (American strong ale) are two of the most delicious examples of their respective styles in the world of American craft beer. I don't care if a renamed Lucky 13 becomes their new Imperial red or if they keep the original Imperial Red. They're both superb.

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Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Surly glass. It poured more of light copper color with a modest but sticky white head to it. Nice head retention with some pretty good lacing as well.

The aroma has a juicy and bright hoppy presence to it with a little bit of a tropical fruit coming out mixing with some citrus rind like flavors. I get some toasted, sweet malts coming through as well. Very appealing aroma to it overall.

The taste has a little more of the bitter, grapefruit, citrus rind like quality to it throughout the flavor. I get just a little of that tropical fruit, pineapple or mango like flavor coming out as well. Some toasted, sweeter malts are present and come out more towards the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being about average for the style. Overall it's a very solid beer. Some great hoppy flavors to it and enough of a malty presence to keep things interesting. Very enjoyable beer overall.

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

Bomber pours a garnet/orange with 2 fingers of sand colored head.
Superior lacing & head retention

S: Piney hops & a touch of toasted malts.

T: Breadyness/biscuitty malt followed by a bigass piney herbal smackdown! Toffee & toasted malt as this warms along with resiny hops goodness. Finsihes piney, grapefruitty, with a little boozey warmth & caramel & toasty toffee. Almost gave this a 5 for score, just blend quite perfectly to me

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, skews hoppy balance-wise

Drinks very easy despite the bigness. This is a winner from a brewery that produces quite a few IMO

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep ruby red almost chestnut color. Off white 2.5 finger head forms, very thick and lasts for a long time. Thick lacing runs down the sides.

S: Faint pine aroma, but mostly malts. Caramel and brown sugar. A little bit of fruit at the back, maybe guava? Hard to tell, but very nice.

T: Very nicely balanced with some caramel, bready malts, a little bit of citrus hops. Has a nice sweetness from the malts. There is a slight bitterness form the hops at the end as well.

M/D: Medium bodied, leaves my mouth very dry. I expected it to be hoppier, but I like this beer quite a bit. I find that this style can range in the amount of hops used, and this one is on the lower end, but is very nice nonetheless.

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Photo of smcolw
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tight bubbled beige head with extraordinary lace on the glass. Dirty copper in color with a slight haze.

Beautiful floral hop aroma is up front on the smell. Very inviting.

Excellent complex flavors featuring fresh hop and warm alcohol. The malt is an wonderful counterbalance, making this a complete flavor profile. Very full in body with an appropriate carbonation that keeps the beer from being creamy. Superb.

In a word, balanced describes this brew. Its complexity is worthy of several. This would fit well in the American IPA category as well. A new favorite for me.

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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