Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: American Imperial 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 D-Duvelicious
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkblr
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottled 2/28/18 (CA) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 8.8% ABV 76.92 IBU. The beer pours bright light copper to amber in color with abundant light khaki head. The head sticks around and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is mild with piney & citrusy hints. The taste leads off with some barely sweet caramel then transitions to earthy, piney, citrus bitterness. The balance is not perfect, as it leans a little toward the bitter hops, but it's complimentary to my taste. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. The finish has a bit of hop oil/shellac, that is perfect for a hoppy red ale. Overall, excellent. Very enjoyable, very affordable double red IPA.

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Photo of kitekid
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RockySasquatch
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

This brewer, for the most part, never fails me and this latest offering is delicious...

I always worry when I crack open a "red ale" that it is one of those disgusting blood-orange types that I simply loathe. When I poured this one out I had a moment of panic as it had more of an orange-tint than red coloration, though it poured a decent head that leave some lacing down the glass. From the smell, I convinced myself it wasn't a blood-orange type but more like the red ale advertised, but better. The booziness of the beer blended well with hints of grapefruit and oranges (not the blood-kind, thankfully) added a sweet note to my nose. The mouthfeel was has a strong carbonation-forward presentation, but if you focus past that you find it to be quick smooth to the point of creaminess, a very full-bodied brew to partake. The taste was a very interesting blend of booze, spice, and some of the orange I noted in my nose, but none of that terrible blood-version that has caught me unawares a time or two. Overall, this is definite exceptional - I can't recall coming across anything like this in recent recollection. It just goes to prove Lagunitas (regardless of what you think) has their craft down, truly, to an art.

...and with this beer I am happy to see I have reached "Savant" Beer Karma status - I am humbled and pleased...

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3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of m_hall
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint. A crystal clear reddish amber ale topped by a two finger tall off-white head. Retention and lacing are both excellent.

Nosing reveals fruity notes (cherries, ripe apples, slight hint of banana) along with caramel malts and pine-y hops.

Taste follows the nose, bringing caramel malt sweetness garnished with dried berries up front. Lightly toasted nutty notes creep around on the background. The finish is long, dry, and pleasantly bitter from the Amarillo hops.

Mouth-feel is on the thick side of medium, creamy and rich. Alcohol is fairly assertive at nearly 9% ABV, leaving a nice warmth after the finish.

An excellent red ale, Lucky 13 is one of the finest offerings from Lagunitas that I've tried. The balance of sweet and bitter on display here is outstanding. While normally a spring offering (the bottle I reviewed here was the last survivor of a six pack that had hid behind other beers!) I personally hope that this one goes into regular year-round production. Recommended.

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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.55/5  rDev +11%
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3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle.
Reddish golden/orange color, clear, head settles to a thin white top coating, sporadic lacing.
Dark fruit on nose, like a slightly toned down barleywine on taste. Coming from the other direction, the beer is a very strong red ale. Bitterness at the end. Sort of a special occasion brew.

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2.37/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

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4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
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Photo of MikeWard
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

part of a flight at The Brick House in Orwigsburg PA on Monday.

Dark red/amber color body, good and persistent off white head leaving decent lacing.

Not getting much on the nose, bu this is a Spring offering from Lagunitas, so might be a bit long in the tooth. Nothing good, nothing bad.

However, it's a tasty offering indeed, even with some age on it. malty, some dried fruit, a little bitter with a good sweet malty background. The bitterness somehow manages to be sharp but not strong. 8.8abv is an asset, leaving a warm feeling.

Feel is above medium, finish is sweet and bitter.

Overall, and for the most part I avoid Lagunitas since the buyout, this was a pretty good beer. Might have to revisit it next Spring and see if the taste is significantly different.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
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Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 2,753 ratings