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

I cannot believe I had not had this one before. But I was lucky enough to receive it as an extra from a kind BA. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed with dinner on 11/04/2009.
The pour was deep garnet amber in color with a nice light haze to it. A smallish head of white then rose up to the surface and settled down gently into a thin film that totally covered the top of the glass. Rich color then ensued throughout the rest of the session. Nice rich malts up front. Candied sugars, hints of light hops dancing through the nose and a tone of rich tones through out the session. Easily a malt monster if I have ever had one. As I take the first sip that deep, caramel and candy flavor takes over. Nice touches of earthen hops trying to balance it out but going nowhere against the huge bill that was laid out in front of them. Warming makes it sweeter and a touch hot as it is over 8 percent and you can tell. Still though very drinkable and the bottle did not last long especially with a rich feel that really helped to even it all out,
Overall a very, very solid example of the style and a favorite of mine I think going forward. I would have no issue at all trying this one when I see it in the local store.

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

The price was right on this bomber I purchased at Wegman's -only 4.99, so I figured why not give it another go. Enjoyed chilled in a teku.

The color is crimson with very good clarity and 2 fingers of thick cream with pale beige coloring and fine bead with lace sticking in a stringy pattern, the ale is nice to look at when held to the light with a ruby-hue. The smell is very fragrant and fresh with citrusy and fruity hop aroma with mild grapefruit an mango accent with some mild orange and sweetness in the nose from malt. The feel is very good with a tangy sem-bitter feel at first with moderate carbonation bringing out a subtle sweet balance mid palate with subtle residual bitterness in the finish with mild alcohol warmth.

The flavor has a tangy synergy of yeast and hops with tropical taste of grapefruit and mango with some light vegetal elements leading me to believe this was dryhopped. There is an orange rind element in the taste which brings a zesty overall taste with some sweetness in the malt support and alcohol boost. The hops have a nice flavor and slight grassiness but still seems to blend well with the yeast flavor. Overall I think this is a great beer for the value - very juicy hop flavor and the only drawback to have multiples is the elevated alcohol level.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful copper color with about a finger and a half of white foam. Great lacing.

S: Lots of hops on the front with a great caramel, malt, and bready smell on the finish.

T: Similar sequence to the nose. The hops are present up front followed by a great sweetness of caramel and perhaps butterscotch.

M: Smooth, good body, not much carbonation.

D: Very easy drinking for such a hoppy and boozy ale.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a reddish-mahogany brown color with 3 inches of white head and light carbonation. Tiny bit of lacing.

s - Smells of citrus fruits and hops, pine hops, smooth sweet fruity malts, and bready and caramel malts.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, pine hops, and bready malts. Hints of fruit. Has a small amount fo bitterness to it.

m - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth and pretty easy to drink.

d - A nice amber ale that has some nice citru hops to it. Would try again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a clouded caramel copper tone large cream off white head large bubbled lacing forms thick and evenly in my pint glass. Aromatics contain spicy herbaceous hop bouqets kind bud if you will deep pine ccents raw citus peel with grassy highlights earthiness going on, deep carmel malt sweetness touch of brown sugar and alcohol going on. Flavors contain caramel brown sugar malts mild sweetness, strong upfront bitterness, raw hops bring, pine, citrus, and grassy herbal tones. Great west coast hop monster noticeable 8.3% abv in there as well. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied definitely slick with oily hop resins in the texutre bitterness is a bit unrelenting. Drinkability solid all around big hoppy beer Lagunitas contines to please me I definitely welcome them into this 13th year in operation.

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Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with 2 fingers of yellowishly stained head. Tons of sticky lace cling all about the glass. Nose is quite citrusy and floral from the hops with a little bit of malt sweetness in there as well. Taste is a nice mixture of malt sweetness similar to caramel and a moderate amount of hop bitterness coupled with a warming alcohol driven finish. Medium feel with light carbination. Very drinkable. As it warms the alcohol becomes very pronounced for 8% and the hops start to taste and smell more grassy and piney. Very nice red ale.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color that borders on redness. Stingy beige head dissipates quite quickly. Smells of dark caramel and toffee mixed with some grapefruit pine and orange. Tastes smooth with caramel, dark sugars, toffee starting each sip until the citric attack somewhere in the middle. Grapefruit, orange, and apricot cut through the sweetness and meld into a long lingering almost earthy bitterness that's covered in brown sugar. Medium to thick body, lower medium amount of carbonation with a sweet almost sticky mouthfeel. I can't find any bottling dates on this one, but I suspect that this bottle isn't the freshest example of this beer even though I purchased this today at a somewhat reputable store. That being said I really enjoyed this beer. I would have liked a bit more hop, but as is this is still a damn tasty brew. Lagunitas I'm starting to really dig ya.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I will take #13 any day....who said its unlucky...this beer is good!!! The Lucky 13 is a rich amber ale with ecru creamy head that is lacing beautifully!!!! The smell is a nice malt with sweet undertones!!! The taste is a pure full bodies red ale with malt and sweet caramel. The ABV is high...but you cannot sense it. This beer is perfectly balanced. The problem is I would try to session and destroy myself...oh well.

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Photo of tdm168
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark reddish amber with a huge, off white, dense head that has great retention and leaves a ton of lacing

S - pineapple, pine, sugar, caramel, grapefruit

T - pine, cake batter, sugar, caramel, grapefruit, pineapple, mildly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a fantastic amber ale. It has a great malt character but an even more profound, deep hop character. The balance and drinkability here is fantastic and the ABV is no where to be found. This is really a good beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 4-1-07. Pours a perfectly clear and very dark ruby/garnet with a tan head that falls to nothing after a bit. Nose is piney hops. Flavor is firm with those piney hops. It's no hop bomb. It doesn't try to blow you away. It is a smooth and even flavor profile that provides an excellent drinking experience. Feel is decent on the liquid with a slightly meaty feel and the carbonation is good too. Overall a very drinkable brew. Seeing as how this is an anniversary brew and it is not one that is trying to blow my taste buds out of the water, I have to wonder if this might just be the direction these breweries are heading in that have been open for 10+ years. A maturely brewed beer that doesn't have to show off to be good? Hmmmm. Perhaps a sign of brewing skill?

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Real nice looker here. Copper red amber, fairly clear with brown and orange hues for the body. Head is a big four fingers and settles to a whipped foamy texture with small swiss cheese bubbles and big retention. Head is off yellow and white in color. Real classic amber.

Nose is warm weathering fresh grapefruit hop presence. A little bit of grass and sweet malts hide in the background. Fairly basic but very enjoyable.

First sip brings a great rush of mushy grapefruit, and tropical melon. Balances and finishes with sweet malts and more grapefruit hop bitterneess. Clean and malt dense rich. Hardly boozy hot at all but with a minor warmth that is noticeable.

Overall just a solid impressive great tasting and real easy drinking amber ale.

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the Birdsall House in Peekskill, NY.

This one poured cloudydark honey, caramel amber with some ruby hues.

Flowery nose, with some lavender and orange peel picked up.

Darker khaki head, with decent retention and leaving a thick collar and respectable, sheeting and lace.

I found this to to a rich, flavorful and malty brew, also packing a larger then usual hop package. Typical for the Lagunitas offerings, loaded with flavor, malts and crunching hops, well crafted and thoroughly enjoyable stuff. Me like

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Photo of jwc215
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours red/copper with a thin, creamy, lasting tan head.

The smell is hoppy - citrus and pine.

The taste is piney, citrusy, resiny. Hops abound with a sweet toffeeish malt rounding it out in the long, bittersweet finish. Slight alcohol notes appear, but well-covered.

Rich, creamy and smooth, a delightfully hoppy ale that has enough malt in the style of a red ale to keep it all together. Delicious!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Lucky 13, Mondo Red Ale

Clear, bright crimson color, creamy raft of foam above.

Sweet malty aroma, rosy, fruity, grapes and berries. traces of sharp alcohol, fierce hops.

More of the same in the flavor, much more, big bed of malt, great smack of hops, but one too bitter. Great blend of hops and malt, despite the "mondo" nature, the higher booze, etc, this is well-balanced, well-integrated.

A tasty "high-gravity auburn offering"...gets smoother as we go, if the alcohol does start peeking through. Wait, here it comes...okay, here we go...

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazed copper coloring with a chunky, light, fluffy cream colored head. Nose is slightly sour malt, mild hops, and peppery spices. The aromas are similar to a lot of DIPAs. The beer is round and robust in mouth, with the malt carrying most of the load, and the spices picking up the tail end. Spiced flavors include pepper and cardamom. The beer has a semi-sweet aftertaste, with a slight citrus hint at the very end. The finish is semi-sweet, also, with a slight sour balance. Flavors also remind me of some DIPAs. Beer leaves a great, thick lacing on the glass while you drink. Solid brew.

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Photo of Duff27
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pretty damn red. One finger head. Adequate drink by drink step lacing. Really like the color on this one.

S- Sweet caramel/toffee. Rye?

T- Sweet caramel malt at first, bitter hops second.

M- Spot on carbonation.

D/O- Very drinkable. A delicious brew all around. Bomber proves no match and makes me wish I had another.

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

Pours a clear, red color. 6/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops, sweet malt, citrus, alcohol, and yeast. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of coffee, slight roasted malt, alcohol, strong hops, slight yeast, and slight citrus. Overall, good aroma, body, appearance, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

03/09/07- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info, but is notated as it's 13th anniversary release. Poured into my Lagunitas pint glass.

Appearance- Very clear amber colored pour. 1/2 inch head which settles to an 1/8 inch creamy rim. Various patchwork lacing left behind.

Smell- Deep caramel malts hit first followed by a good amount of grapefruit hop goodness. Doesn't jump out though. You have to go and get it.

Taste- This is one well rounded brew. The first thing that hits is a nice sugary sweet caramel flavor. Then some very intense grapefruit hops come into play. Really only those two things as far as my buds can determine. They work so well together though. The caramel malt really comes out to it's fullest if you let it approach room temp.

Mouthfeel- Truly a creamy brew. Perfect carbonation for a style like this. Bitterness hangs around for a decent amount of time in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- This is right up there if not better than their Imperial Red and Bear Republic Red Rocket. Fine example of style. Delicious and easy to drink. Wonder how this would age for a year. Might want to taid the piggy back for a case of this stuff...which wouldn't be much as they are less than $3.50 per. A bargain if I ever saw one.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at a local beer bar. Beer is red and mostly clear. Forms a monster head that falls away leaving very little lacing on the glass. Beer's carbonation levels seem a little low.

Strong hop aroma in this one, mild malts, mixture of primarily pine hops character and some citrus as well. Interesting, its about as hoppy of a smell you'll get off of any IPA.

Beer falls a little flat on flavor unfortunately. I guess the aroma propped me up to expect a big bitter finish and its just not there. Mouthfeel is OK and drinkability is high. Mostly malt in the front on the mouth and a gradual diminuendo of flavor until the flat finish.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 6/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red amber. Minimal off-white head with light lacing. Nice pine and citrus hop start with a medium sweet malt body. Citrus hop finish and lingering aftertaste. Medium bodied. Delicious.

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Photo of stevoj
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber in color with thick foamy head. Sticky lacing coats the glass. Citrusy aroma of grapefruit, citrus strong in the taste also. No hint at the alcohol, this one is almost all hops, yet surprisingly smooth.

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

Appearance: pours a hazy reddish orange color with a 1" fluffy head that lingers around a while. Decent lacing paints the glass.

Smell: floral and pine hop bitterness, citrus, and ripe fruits are easily detectable.

Taste: nice grainy malt backbone but there is a sharp hop bitterness here. Pine, citrus, plums, caramel, and hints of alcohol are the major flavor components. Good but not great.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smooth and a bit dry at the finish. Heavy bitterness dominates the aftertaste. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: nice and bold but this is more of a hearty brew not intended for multi-glass consumption. Pick up a bottle of this if you see it.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revisit: 25 Apr 16
12 oz. Bottle

Been A Little While!

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some very nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a nice little hop note, slight citrus, slight dark fruits. The taste is pretty nice malty, some hoppyness, slight citrus, some dark fruits. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty good, a nice complexity with this brew, a quite different dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very nice beer. Glad to have gotten a chance to try it again, here in GJ.

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear light mahongy color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tan head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, sweet, very slight dark fruit, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, big on malts/caramel, some dark fruits. Medium body. Very drinkable, another very tasty brew from a underrated brewery, highly recommended.

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Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a light brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops and citrus. Taste is piney hops up front, some citrus and malts, considerable bitterness at the finish. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It seems to me that Lagunitas flies under the radar. Their stuff is usually pretty good, and the pils is top notch. So, we'll go with this red.

Deep orange and ruby pour, almost chestnut. Looks good, but the head is a bit soft and splotchy. Could be the pour, but quick swirl half way down didn't ressurect it.

Hoppy aroma. Citrus and sweet bread. Some florals. Has a bit of biscuit but dominated by hops. Perhaps too much so.

Great taste, though. Nice balance of caramel up front, some tight hops, citrus and bready malt. Nothing really dominates. It's sweet but that's cut off quick and hard by some hops, which are then calmed by malt. Crisp and clean finish.
Darn good drinking.

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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