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

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2007

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Photo of chinchill
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
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 jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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 oberon
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
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 Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
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 dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
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 +4.1%
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 Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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 wethorseblanket
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
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 nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of russpowell
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
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 smcolw
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Gkruszewski
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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 ZEB89
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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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