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
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
Ratings:
2,703
Reviews:
963
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
9.51%
 
 
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Photo of Beginner2
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Instead of adding to nearly 1,000 reviews (to do so in an original fashion, I'd have to make stuff up), let me ask two questions.

First: Are Amarillo hops a cure for the common cold ?
This is important because my buds are suffering from a summer virus that is surprisingly resistant to treatment.
So, I was hoping these hops will mitigate the virus. If they beat it up, I will let you know.

Second: How is Lucky 13 different than an American Barleywine?
Answer: a couple less ABV%. But other than that... an American Barleywine is what I'm drinking at this moment in time.

As for celebrating Lagunitas' first profitable year with this ale in 2007 (after at least a decade of investors sweating more than if they worked in a brewhouse), the first profitable year is great cause for celebration. Anyone thinking that a brewery is worth the effort financially, they need to read Tony Magee's "So.... you want to start a brewery, do you?" And if anyone calls Tony Magee a "sell-out" for his deal with Heineken, I am glad to defend him as a brilliant strategist for selling the craft gospel for, get this, only the best independent recipes (most of whom otherwise will get squished by the combination of more demanding drinkers, backward state laws and how financing favors the big brand names.) So instead of crafters making a lot of not-so-good-recipes and wasting time and money on not-so-good beer, Tony has provided them an avenue out of poverty and into long-term productivity.

If Magee ends up making the Heineken partnership work to the benefit of good crafters (but not-so-great businessmen), he will be more than brilliant. He can walk on water... even if his Amarillo hops are not the cure for the common cold.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: Smoked malts, dark fruits, plums, nutty notes with hops that balance it out. Warming alcohol at end. Same with nose. Reddish copper brown color, semi clear, tan head with sticky lace. Medium body. Remind me of part barley with part imperial red. 64 IBUs

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Photo of luvbier
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rktrat
3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last of my father's day kit pack.

Delicious and poten...

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle, 122 7 2, purchased warm last month, refrig-ed since... poured into my Chouffe tulip)

L: reddish-amber liquid with a swirl of suspended speckled sediment... lovely, tall, messy froth of off-white foam, which takes awhile to recede, decent crusty bands of lace... looking again, this particular shade of reddish orange seems seldom seen

S: mix of fresh pear and plum hop aromas, tropical and orange taffy candy (think Mambo), little bit of ashy toastiness in the background, firm doughy malt bedrock below... subtle detection of medicinal booze... overall intensity shows hoppy depth, inviting

T: juicy immediately up front, tastes like a children's juice box flavor of 'fruit blend' (apple, cran, grape, etc), slowly emerging tea and grapefruit peel flavors and bitterness in the finish... second sip reveals menthol and sour cherry notes, with a cereal maltiness lingering

F: characteristically frothy, resin-filmy mouthfeel... very delicate amount of heat and phenolic numbness in the back... altogether dry and warm enough on that back end to be loose about giving savoring sips,

O: seems like a typical, all-too-familiar Lagunitas hop display, with the only stand out elements being the subtly roasty, subtly jam/caramel sweetness... I'd rather drink this over that joke of a 'Scotch ale', but each is way unbalanced of course toward dem cones

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

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. 8.8 % abv

Appearance- Orange-red with a medium head with lots of lacing. Very hazy

Smell- Peppery, sweet malt, apple,

Taste- Sweet caramel malt, lightly toasted bread. Floral sweetness arrives to the palate. Grapefruit, with even a tinge of apple as was noticed in the aroma comes into play. Grassy hop flavor, some pine. Ends bitter, spicy, and hot.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy in body with active carbonation.

Overall- A fiery intense imperial red, with lots going on. Malty, fruity, hoppy. Complex. Well crafted by lagunitas. Should be a regular offering.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dacrza1
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE: July 31, 2017... OCCASION: toasting a Will's last game/watching the Iron Pigs with Jeff/visiting Bob Sunday... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... dark brown amber body that builds creamy, bubbly head with arcs of lacing with strings of effervescence... the single-finger head sits staunchly atop... robust pine and caramel malts impugn the taste buds... berry, plum, fruity apple, subtle spiciness akin to rye, and low-key phenol make for a boozy, musty earthiness that is attractively thick nonetheless... sips a creaminess that warms like bourbon and provides a smokiness like scotch... at 8.8% ABV, the body is mellow, medium-bodied, and worth a slow sip... flirts with a barley wine's profile, without the intense heat, but has enough hops to give the beer strength at the teeth... another quality product from Lagunitas, one that I willingly paid $2.10 for...

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Photo of haines710
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle at the grocery. Poured into a pint glass. Beautiful dark Amber with a slight head. This smells like Lagunitas to me. Malty with hops in the background. Taste is similar to some of their other beers in my opinion. Very nice quality beer. Great way to finish the night. Smooth tasty beer.

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3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of willcull78
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A sweet malt and hop scent when opened. There was no foamy head when poured. It was a reddish-pale ale, with a dark amber color. Looked delicious. A very nice hop taste that lingered. Would be worth having another one.

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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of rarigney
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of mancavebeercouch
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Rufus1
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a red amber into a fifteen ounce mug the same temperature as the beer. One finger off white head that dissipates quickly to a lasting thin rime. Some lacing.

The nose is herbal and floral hops. Some ripe white grapefruit. Dark sweet fruit. Touch of pine with some biscuit.

The palate is struck first by a big malt backbone backed up immediately by floral and herbal hops. Bread with an understated sweetness. Slightly bitter finish balances the sweetness well.

Good carbonation makes for an almost full creamy mouthfeel. Probably closer to medium on second thought.

A very good brew. Well balanced. Crisp and refreshing. With an 8.80% ABV enjoy cautiously.

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

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4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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