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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, gorgeous amber that has a shade of cherry covered with a 3 finger, khaki colored, fluffy foamy head. Beautiful.
The aroma is deep and rich with coco caramel notes and piney hops. Like unwrapping a candy bar in a Alpine forest.. I'm also picking up a not so subtle whiff of burnt brown sugar.
The flavor is biscuity, malty, fruity, and balanced out sublimely with an intense hop profile that I can't put my finger on.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and smoooth going down the hatch.
Overall, simply perfect. Like a red velvet cake melted into your mouth--smothered in hops--and booze. Kissed by the California sun.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which might linger for a while. The head is an off-white with hints of yellow and beige while the body is a medium amber/honey which glows orange when held up to the light. Some lacing is left. The body is clear and the retention is considerable.

Nose- Very intriguing, very inviting, very fruity. Citrus (mostly orange) and brown sugar dominate initially. There are also notes of caramel and as the other notes fade, some melon appears. The aroma from the bottle is focused on sweet malt- caramel, toffee, molasses, and brown sugar. Some lemon is present as well. Some hints of papaya, spicy green tropical fruit, and matchstick.

Taste- The back end of the aroma seems to strike first- matchstick, melon, papaya, and tropical fruit on top of caramel and brown sugar. The bitter elements seem to hang around the edges while the sweet malt seems to occupy the middle of the palate. Lots of caramel and brown sugar contained by a woody and bitter resin. Some citrus (orange and lemon, to a lesser extent) is part of the flavor profile. The sweetness of the malt is a little too much for me but it is balanced well by the bitterness. A good, solid beer. Strong malt bill, a caramel bomb, and a cheap price- all things that signal a Lagunitas beer. It starts off a little messy in the beginning but integrates as I continue to drink it. No heat present.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a lot of syrup. Not much carbonation- perhaps it could use some more?

Drinkability- A little dangerous as many of Lagunitas' beers are. High alcohol and pretty drinkable. And cheap.

Overall- Solid beer. The only reason you shouldn't try this is if you don't like a lot of malt. Even then, it will get you buzzed on the cheap so try it anyway.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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