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 KomodoDragon
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - This 22oz brew poured a clear amber with a modest white head.

S - Caramal malts with earthy piney smells, this is gonna be good.

T - Rich malt flavors of caramal & prunes with the sweetness of the abundance of alcohol. The bitterness of the classic American hop finish that one comes to expect from Lagunitas finishes the flavor.

M - This brew is smooth and dry.

This is one to sip which gives one time to think of all that Lagunitas has done in its 13 years.

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Photo of GeoBrewer71
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Right up front...I'm a pretty big fan of Lagunitas brews, so there might be some built-in bias to this review. With that said, I have to say this beer did not disappoint. I was pleasantly surprised at the hoppiness of this beer - totally wasn't expecting it. I'll likely buy a couple more bombers to squirrel away and enjoy another day.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: It pours a pale golden color with a finger of white cream.

S: Sweet caramel, butterscotch, tropical fruits, and slightly piney hops.

T: Sweet caramel malts, apricot, peach, strong piney hops, and tropical fruits.

M: Medium-thick body with a sticky finish.

O: It's a malt strong DIPA, which describes approximately 90% of Lagunitas's offerings.

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

Presentation: From a 22 oz. bottle into a nonic.
*Bottle lists ABV @ 8.9%

A- Slightly hazy amber. Pours with ~2 fingers of off-white head, which fades slowly to a nice cap. Plenty of sticky lacing.

S- Sweet pineapple and mango, along with some pine and citrus hopiness. Caramel sweetness and a hint of booze.

T- Mango/honey/caramel/sugary sweetness right off the bat, followed by solid finish of spicy, piny hops. Very interesting and enjoyable, and manages to avoid being cloying for a beer that is actually pretty sweet.

M- Moderate carbonation and a fairly full feel.

O- Really good. Flavorful and most Lagunitas offerings, far too easy drinking for the relative heft of the ABV...would be easy to get buried quick drinking a few of these...

Future outlook: Another winner for Lagunitas, and a relative "bomber bargain" @ $4.99. Will have to nab a few more of these...

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Photo of bbb099
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, orange amber color with fluffy egg white head.

S - Citrus hops up front with a healthy amount of caramel malt. I also detected some grapefruit and honey.

T - Clean crisp honey malt. Some caramel, piny hops, and grainy flavors. Detectable alcohol warmth going down.

M - Medium bodied. Light to medium carbonation. Average for an amber.

O - Well balanced flavors for an amber ale with this amount of alcohol content. More on the hoppy side, which is great for you hopheads.

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Photo of wifehatesthebike
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Gold and inviting, a touch of orange. Creamy white head.

S: Sweet orange flavor hops, smells a bit spicy too.

T: Mango and pineapple at the front, fades to a bready/yeast character that ends in a slight malt intrusion. If you use your imagination the end of the sip could be construde as a red ale type flavor.

M: Average feel, a bit thin at first but the sticky sweetness makes it linger on the palate.

O: Very good, a good diversion from Hop Stoopid but still in the same ballpark, except a bit more Belgian-y throughout. Might be tough to finish a whole bottle alone though due to the sweetness creeping.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at St. James Infirmary

This is a killer Amber ale. It's very strong and it's very hoppy, but Lagunitas is king at hoppy beers. There is always a solid balance for the huge amount of hops. So people who don't consider themselves a fan of hops can still enjoy this beer, most likely.

It's weird that they call this a "red ale," when it is clearly an amber color. Other amber ales are far more red than this.

Check out the .alt version of this one too!

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Photo of theopholis
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Deep, very clear amber that slowly effervesces. Color is a tad light for the style. The head is huge and fluffy and has good retention. Good lacing.

Smell- Soft, sweet maltiness with some butterscotch and a hint of earthiness. No hop aroma to speak of.

Taste- Quite malty. Soft. Extremely well-rounded. Taste is much hoppier than it's aroma has you expect. A slight earthiness. Malts are still pretty sweet but toned down from the scent, leaning more towards caramel. The taste is really quite lovely, but not quite to style.

Mouthfeel- Lots of body. A nice stickiness lends itself to retaining the after-taste. Carbonation a tad light.

Drinkability- A good red ale, but not completely to style. VERY pleasant drinking tho.

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

22 oz bomber, poured into pint glass.

Visual: copper w/ amber hue. moderate pour led to one finger head that dissipated rather quickly. blotchy lacing.

Nose: Hops- lemon citrus, floral, wood, grass. Some sweet malt.

Taste: Sweet malt, caramel, cherry cough syrup, wheat bread, strawberries, astringent-grassy flavor, and finishes with a grainy/ orange juice aftertaste. Balanced ale that has a growing bitterness that never overpowers the malt. Also has bursts of alcohol warmth throughout.

Mouth: Medium-full body, mild carbonation, finishes sticky and dry.

Overall: I really like the balancing act this beer pulls off. Solid bitterness along with a complex flavor.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sweetwillyrolbar for this awesome bottle. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Poured vigorously, this yields a two fingers width crown, with a sea of beautiful reddish-amber beneath. This has a pretty sweet, malt forward nose. Some hints of vanilla and caramel buried amid the other scents. The taste is really sublime. Where's this one been all my life? I could definitely make a habit out of drinking THIS stuff. The taste too is on the malty side, but it's not over powering. There's a hidden kinda sweet, fruity, nutty undertone to the flavor profile that is very pleasant. This one goes down so easy. All in all, I really dig this beer. Chalk one up for Lagunitas. This is a winner.

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

clear golden amber with a reddish tinge and a large dense creamy ecru head

smells fruity on the pour. tropical fruit, citrus grapefruit

taste is sweet and grainy with a nice grapefruit kick. caramel. tropical fruits.

mouth is oily and viscous

drinkability very good. 8.9% abv hidden well.

A good amber DIPA

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a sinister crimson color with amber highlights when held to light - one finger off-white head fades leaving behind a thin lacing that encircles the entire glass. Smells excellent - buttery caramel malts melt into a mixture of sweet fruity hops. The flavor blows me away - malt and hop combo that is balanced beautifully - very sweet caramel and grapefruit, also piny oily and resinous, this beer is damn good! The mouthfeel is moderately thick and a bit sticky with good carbonation - no real feel from the abv. This is an outstanding Amber/Red ale, I'm a huge fan of Odell's hoppy Red Ale and this one is battling it out neck and neck and might just pull of the win!


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Photo of Crowquill
4.97/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A slightly dark orange, with a soft, two-finger white head.

Smell: Mainly citrus with a boozy aroma.

Taste: Grapefruit dominates this one. There is a generous amount of caramel and other citrus fruits present as well. It has a wonderful balance of hops and malts.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and enjoyable to drink.

Overall: I truly enjoyed drinking this beer and plan on buying enough to last me for a very long time.

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

Gotta send some love to one of my favorite breweries. Top notch brew, especially for the low price of $4.

The lucky 13 poured an amber color (had better, it is a red ale after all) that was topped off with a BEAUTIFUL white frothy head. It displayed ample lacing and to my surprise altered its hue from red to a pale yellow. Strong, sweet malts engulf your nose along with more subtle notes of pine and earthy hops. This beer smelled heavy and reminded me of Stone's Double Bastard Ale. It tasted similar as well, light hops that have been aged and allowed to blend elegantly with the malts. Overall, a very good beer that I will have to pick up again, some day in the future.

Go grab one yourself, cheers!

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Photo of Humulus85
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second of the Lagunitas line (hop stoopid being the first). Poured a bit lighter than anticipated; with a cream, two finger head and pale amber color. Sweet and hoppy at the front with a nice raisiny sweetness on the finish. Not too thick either, which I like, and plenty of carbonation. Makes for a overall tasty, strong, but drinkable brew.

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Photo of Soonami
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Local 44, $5 for 12 oz pour.

-Copper, fairly clear with a thin, sticky head with great cling. Restrained, piney aroma. Resinous hops, some caramel sweetness that finishes clean with just a little but not too much lingering spruce bitterness. Smooth, mouthfeel with a bit of prickly carbonation. The high abv is very restrained.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle I picked up at the local Co-op. I look forward to this one every year, but am finally getting around to adding my review on here. Into a Deschutes tulip it goes...

Pours a burnt orange color that has some hazy red hues to it. It grows about an inch of eggshell white head that dissipates quickly into a ring and patches of bubbles. It smells of citrus (grapefruit, orange), plenty of hops as is the Lagunitas way, some grass and herbs, and a nice malt base. Tastes similar, with an emphasis on the hops and citrus. A caramel malt backbone plays nicely throughout the drink, and helps smooth out the bitterness of the hops. Has a nice, medium bodied mouth that finishes very well (not too dry or sticky wet). Overall, a solid beer and one that I always look forward to.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this a couple times, decided to make this my "hurricane" beer today. ABV listed as 8.9%.

Light color for the style, pours a pale copper/orange, white head retains well at a finger leaving some lace.

Sweet butterscotch malts stand out in the nose, some earthy/piny hops, a hint of grapefruit.

Taste is much hoppier, lots of hop oils, resin, pine, grapefruit. General earthiness. Malts are still pretty sweet but toned down from the scent, leaning more towards caramel. Improves a bit with warmth.

Mouthfeel is a bit high on the carbonation, it's too stinging and oily at first, but seems to even itself out a little with some time. Booze is pretty well hidden.

A good red ale, but the resiny sweetness is a little rough, a bomber of this may be a bit too much for me.

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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 omniscientcause
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: Bottle into a Pint glass.

A - Clear orange and amber with a thin white head of maybe a finger.

S - Piny hop aroma but nothing amazing.

T - Didn't notice any alcohol taste at 8.9. It had the familiar hop and citrus taste present in all Lagunitas Brews. (Which I enjoy)

M - A little thicker than a medium body.

O - A solid beer from Lagunitas, they always make a decent beer worth having again.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of obrike
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber at HEB in Round Rock for 5 bucks.

Dark honey color...nice fluffy head, did not last long but certainly left sticky lacing throughout. Quite nice.

MMM...malty sweetness dominates...some tropical fruit, assorted spices...cinammon, clove maybe? Very nice indeed.

Wow...this is a sweet beer. The tropical fruit hops hit first, but the sweet malt on the backend is fierce. Super sweet...but very refreshing...and quite tasty on a super hot day. This one packs a pretty big boozy punch but you wouldn't know it..super easy to drink...very dangerous.

Once again, Lagunitas comes through with a tasty, boozy, affordable taste explosion. Keep rocking Lagunitas!

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

Poured a dark copper color from a 22 oz bomber, with OG, IBUs and ABV on the label.
Nice one finger head that dissipates fairly slowly to a persistent film. Good head retention.
The moment I cracked the bottle open I could feel the citrusy, fruity, floral hoppy aroma. Mild sweet notes make their presence felt among the floral, hop aroma.
Taste upfront is slight bitter, and then moves to a sweeter malty backbone. The aftertaste however is oily and mildly bitter.
Very good mouthfeel, and very good drinkability considering the high ABV. The alcohol is very well masked.
The lace it leaves behind is almost picture perfect.
Overall, I would say this is a very good brew from Lagunitas.
Definitely worth a try. Highly recommended.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottle poured into Victory Golden Monkey labeled snifter. No bottle date, but assuming it's pretty fresh from the bottle shop I purchased (Capone's). 2011 release, with blonde haired gal on label.

A: This one pours a redish orange color. I heard this is a red ale, usually, but this year was different? Very clear. Good carbonation. Fingers worth of white head. The head disapates very quickly. 8.9% ABV will do that.

S: I don't know what it is, but I just get tons of malts from the nose. I think that there is some hop character behind it, but I really can't tell what I am getting.

T: It's obviously a BIG beer. You get "some" hop notes from the first taste. It's really malt dominated from the sip though. Front to back: mild hop bite, lots of malt mellowness on the middle of the mouth, and a really smooth finish. Definitely a BIG one.

M: Medium but boardering on full.

O: Usually I would say that "anything" from Lagunitas is amazing. BUT, this is the first beer from them that I don't really care that much for. Good, definitely. Great, by no means. For $6.50 a bottle, no complains though. Cheers.

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

Pours a clear amber with an off-white head that sticks around.

Smells of piney hops and sweet malt, caramel and earth tones dominate.

Sweet bitterness fades into pineapple notes that mix with sweetness and fade into a bitter but balanced finish. It really is an amazing balance of sweet, caramel malt and earthy/pineapple hop. The bitterness hits you but is almost immediately followed by sweetness. Some alcohol is present but nowhere near what you'd expect for the high abv.

Medium bodied but almost chewy at the same time. Medium amount of carbonation as well.

I really enjoy this beer. It's a yin/yang of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. The flavor is pleasant, and it's too easy to drink given its masked-high alcohol.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew was served in a tulip from the tap at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It arrived a golden orange/brown color. It had a big two finger head of light brown bubbles that retained for quite some time. The lacing left was gorgeously sticky and thick. Carbonation appeared low and transparency was decent, despite the lack of haze or sediment. The nose opened with sweet citric, floral, and earthy hops. These blended together nicely, making room for slightly toasted malts. The citrus came out further towards the back of the nose, with fresh orange sweetness, and more nectary fruit sweetness, of fresh honey and pulp. Booze and phenolic plastics came forth with warmth. As we sipped, sugary sweetness and huge citric hops crashed up front. The sweetness was not overwhelming, and the hops spoke characteristically of Lagunitas Brewing. The middle of the flavor peaked with soft grain, cooler hops, and a high point of spicy and tart sweetness. Moving through the end we rumbled by with bigger booze, further tartness of citric hop, and a metallic yeast. The aftertaste breathed of dirty, earthy hops, mineral, steely grain, and a boozy sweetness. The body was medium and the carbonation was the same. The feel to each sip was with a sticky smack and inviting creaminess. This served to coat the mouth nicely, offering a bit of a drying twinge once things were all said and done. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drinks great.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the big hoppy flavoring. For a red ale it is always nice to see gratuitous use of hops, while not straying too far away from the origins of the beer. The flavors here were complex, but yet well blended and seemingly simplistic. This is another homerun for Lagunitas.

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 2,690 ratings.
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