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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

921 Reviews
Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red AleLagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An ultra-mega-mondo red ale first made for our anniversary in 2006 to celebrate thirteen years of brewing ultra-mega-mondo ales.

55 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2007

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Reviews: 921 | Ratings: 2,536
Photo of mvanaskie13
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a small pint shaped glass: color is very clear, moderately effervescent amber, head is light tan with moderate sized bubbles, head presents at least 1 inch thick, very nice looking.

Smell is very good, great emphatic hop burst, pine, earth, lighter grapefruit rind; malt notes are light caramel with some toast.

Taste is similar to the aroma: big hop burst, with a great blend of pine, grapefruit rind, and some earthier notes; malt follows with moderate caramel and toast; just a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is a little drier than similar styled ales, moderate sweetness presents at first then the hops dry it out and it is noticeable on the tongue.

Overall, a great strong red ale with fairly balanced flavors and a dry finish.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From bottle to pint glass.

A: An opaque burnt orange with off-white one finger head that lingered.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, grassy hops and bready malts.

T: I wasn't expecting much, but got an opening volley of grapefruit and West Coast hops, followed by a pleasing malt taste. What sealed the deal was the honey/bready finish that spoke "Red Ale" loud and clear.

M: Medium with medium, chewy carbonation.

O: I could drink several of these. A nice surprise that begs to be visited again and again. Lucky, lucky.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with goodclarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Citrus, herbal, and grassy hops followed by caramel, toasted, biscuity malts, and light alcohol.

Taste: Nice hop flavor followed by a complimentary malt bill, light light bitterness, and warm alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, light light bitterness, a little alcohol, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice imperial red ale. I'd revisit it for sure.

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased at a local Trader Joes - from a mix and match 6 pack. Wanted to try it before buying an entire 6-pack of it! Pours a deep orange-red. Very bubbly foam - but not frothy..quite enticing. Smell the hops with a citrus tone. Taste is a great mix of West Coast hops..not as malty as I was expecting - and that's a good thing. A very good red ale...really a red IPA ...which I will be surely partaking of again.

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Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper with a huge two fingers of head. The nose has dank and malty notes. The flavor is malt forward with a nice array of dank hops on the finish. The finish also has a trace of sticky bun-like sweetness which is a bit out of place.

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Photo of Benish
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter glass. Orangish red in color with a beautiful thick and foamy head. It looked great until I saw it wasn't filtered. A lot of floaties dispersed in the glass.

Smell: some pine with subtle notes of cherry. Also some malt that smells sweet and bready.

Taste: hops are a bit medicinal. Some cherry cough syrup. Kind of lingers around for a while after you take a sip. Also a little bit of grapefruit but it doesn't dive into anything more flavor wise.

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied and smooth

Overall: hard to enjoy through that medicinal taste; but because it's highly rated, I question if it's a good batch or maybe I'm one of the few that is not too impressed with it. Maybe my least favorite from Lagunitas because there is no doubt they make great beer.

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

Pours orange-reddish. Beautiful 1 finger fluffy brown head. Small lazy amounts of carb rising [rather hypnotic.

Smell of grapefruit, sweetness. Some hints of tangerine. Floral.

Taste of grapefruit up front. Caramel middle. Honey and bread. Tart at end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry and cleansing.

Overall, a very nice brew. Refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Red-orange, almost copper body, transparent with lots of visible carbonation cascading, head of off white. Huge lacing, lots of sticky threads.

S - Pine, with a bit of pith, and a very strong honey malt background.

T - Immediately, I thought I was drinking an Arrogant Bastard. A pushy bright hop hit, of pine, then pith, then grapefruit zest, and a close moderately bitter with a strong malt background keeping things from tilting over the line.

M - A definite drying, but moderate enough to keep things from taxing the palate. In this case, the malt mitigates what might have been a wrecker by offering some heft which carries the present hop oils away.

O - Nice trick. A bit sweeter than AB, a bit less brutal, but a superb strong ale and definitely in the same ballpark.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lucky 13 pours a light amber color with a towering head, leaving enormous lace behind. As always, Lagunitas brews fail to disappoint on the appearance side of things.

Aroma delivers lots of pine, raisin, grapefruit peel, and a faint whisper of caramel malts, biscuit, and toffee. Loud but too hoppy on the nose in my opinion.

Big caramel sweetness up front, but tons of pine and hop oils to scrub the tongue of any feeling. Some lemon and lime citrus also peels away layers. As the head recedes more caramel sweetness comes out but by and large it's a pretty hoppy ale. Lingering flavors of cinnamon, toffee, and pine.

Feel is creamy and smooth, mildly carbonated, and slightly sticky. Actually pretty decent.

Overall, this is most certainly good for a taste test, but I don't know if I'm a fan of this.

(After the review, I heated up a turkey sandwich and drank the rest from the bottle. By far, this beer is best drank from the bottle, as the caramel sweetness is more pronounced, and you get less pine on the nose therefore muting most of the bitter experience. I also had this side by side Stone's Paskatala Red X IPA) and this is by far the superior ale).

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lagunitas large mouth glass.

Look: Very dark clear copper colored body with a foamy, cream colored head. Large weird shaped patches of lacing stay on the glass.

Aroma: Subdued malts get covered with a spicy, almost minty hop aroma. Woody cedar notes are also found.

Taste: Unfortunately, I can't make out this beer to be unique from other Lagunitas beers, because quite frankly it has that absolute knowing Lagunitas house taste. It is malty and sweet with a touch of brown sugar and black tea hop tang in the finish. The alcohol is amazingly hidden for 8.8%.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little thick.

Overall: If I drank this as a blind taste taste, I would only know that it's a Lagunitas beer, never quite guessing the style.

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Photo of seamusobrien
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Only had a few reds recently and this one really stands out. Mostly an IPA guy but enjoy tasting a variety of Harley Pops. I love the brewery so I'm a wee bit biased but this beer won't disappoint. Just like the bro's say.

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Photo of AleMan66
3.39/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It pours a cloudy red with a one finger white head. The smell is very much grapefruit, and the taste grapefruit and hops. It's a pretty good beer but too bitter for a red ale, in my book.

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Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Lagunitas mason glass.

L: Pours a clear copper brown color with 3 fingers of thick off-white head that falls rapidly. Moderate lacing.

S: Rich and bready... caramel and dark sugars. Pine and a touch of spice.

T/F: Taste follows nose as this is a rich bready malt bomb... caramel and sweets very nicely balanced with that classic Lagunitas hop profile... pine and faint citrus. How is this 77 IBU's?? Mild peppercorn. Sticky and juicy on the mouthfeel. A bit of a tingle on the tongue as it warms at the finish.

O: Another awesome beer from Lagunitas... just outstanding, and one I could drink every day. Pretty much a can't miss purchase.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Lagunitas mason jar.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber red with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A dank and juicy hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus, pine, and caramel malt. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit and orange peel. Earthy hop hints of pine resin, cannabis, and grass. Big red malt presence with hints of caramel, biscuit, and grains with some yeast. A really nice aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose with a juicy and earthy hop forward taste of citrus, pine, and caramel malt. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit and orange peel. Earthy and spicy hop notes of pine resin and grass. Good malt presence with notes of caramel, grains, biscuit, and toast with some yeast. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, chewy, and pretty oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A great hoppy Red Ale. Good mix of citrus, pine, and caramel flavor.

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Photo of Chicowdy
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This reminds me a lot of Oskar Blues G'Knight (which is an extremely favorable comparison). It smells great right out of the bottle. Pours a nice copper color with an off white foamy head. And the taste does NOT disappoint. It's very sticky and dank in a good way. You get just enough caramel malt stickiness and then the dank hops take over. Hints of pine and grapefruit are along for the ride. Overall it's got a fantastic chewy mouthfeel and just tastes better with every sip/gulp.

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

Lagunitas Lucky 13 has a thick, off-white head, and a semi-clear, somewhat hazy, rust red appearance, with some bubbles and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, white bread and sharp apricot. Taste is of those elements, with relatively mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Lagunitas Lucky 13 finishes dry.


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

A: A deep clear brown, with a lusciously large head that slowly turns to rocky crags and frog eyes.

S: Grapefruit peel, orange peel, and some nice bread and caramel notes.

T: Grapefruit, pine, and a touch of orange peel. Nice bread flavor in the finish, linger is long, bitter with hints at burnt caramel. Touch of alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium in body, with subtle carbonation. A long lingering bitterness, and a touch dry.

O: Overall just a good beer. ‘Nuff said.

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Photo of TTen
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Lucky 13

L: Deep, dark amber with crimson highlights along the side of the class. pillowy off white head and good retention. It was clear until I poured the last ounce from the bottle where there was some sediment. 4.75
S: Citrusy and tropical hops. Caramel malt. Pine. 4.25
T: Bitterness is moderate and there is a great balance of malty, caramel sweetness and juicy hop flavor. The finish isn't dry but not cloyingly sweet either. Hops linger in the finish. 4.5
F: Body is medium-full and carbonation medium. Silky smooth. 4.75
O: Hopped like an IPA but malty like an American Strong Ale. 4.5

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a calm-looking dark red body, with a bubbly head.

Smells of pine, citrus, hops, with some subtle floral notes. Taste's more like an IPA, which I am certainly not going to complain about.

This is amazingly smooth and balanced. The taste is defined by sweet citrusy hops. The malts are more present then in the nose, yet take secondseat to the marvelous hops. Mouthfeel is incredible, and this is intimidatingly drinkable. Still have a hard time believing this is almost 9%.

This is great. Is very different from what I was expecting, yet marvelous. Reminded me more of Sixpoint's Resin/Hi-Res than of other red ales.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

pours dark amber with thick head. great looking red ale.

smells like a straight up red ale. nothing special but a clean red ale.

taste is clean, fantastic combo of hops and malts. a great red ale. smooth drinker as well.

this is one of the better red ales i've had. a true double red ale, clean taste. Lagunitas knows whats up. creamy taste, very good. i really like this beer, one of my favorite Lagunitas beers; only Sucks is in this beer's realm.

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Photo of bound4er
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish, amber appearance with a thin white head that leaves spotty lacing. Rather shy nose with some sweet caramel malt, soapiness and a hint of alcohol. Taste is quite bold and hoppy with an initial hit of sweet caramel malt and some faint pitted fruitiness. Hops really shine on the back end and finish with a burst of lingering, earthy pine. Alcohol is hidden considering an ABV of almost 9%. Body is on the moderate side with an almost silky feel to it. This is another well crafted beer from Lagunitas - not quite to Waldo standards but pretty damn good nonetheless.

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

Serving: Bottle into a pint
Served: 5 May 2015

Appearance: Pours a deep, crystal clear copper color with streams of carbonation coming up from the bottom to help perpetuate a creamy, off-white head for a while. The beer pours with a one finger head before this settles to just a light sheen.

Smell: Bright floral hop notes and a distinctive caramel malt sweetness. A bit of alcohol in the nose.

Taste: Very similar to the nose, though I would say the sweet malts are more pronounced. Definitely picking up a lot of booze in this one, which is preventing me from rating the taste higher. Hops are floral and piney and compliment the malts nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high body with substantial carbonation. Very drinkable despite its size.

Overall: A great beer from Lagunitas and one that was a pleasure to drink. Definitely big though, and it hits you. Noticeable booziness as well.

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Photo of cwelch22
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 6 pk. Appearance: gold to Amber could be more to red, 2 FB head slightly off white. Aroma: tropical fruit hops dominated, slight bread. Taste: fruit hops followed by bread malt. Dank and resinous. Mouth: mod body with mod CO2. Overall: beautiful hoppy beer, smooth for ETOH. Will buy again.

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Photo of RickW574
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into Pilser glass.

L- Deep amber, great clarity, two finger light khaki head.

S- Citrus.

T- Similar to aroma, Malty, Nice citrus, a touch of roast, a little more bitter than I like, malty bitter after taste.

F- Medium carbonation, not to syrupy, smooth.

O- Has a nice kick to it but a little too bitter with an after taste. I love Lagunitas beers, this one is just not my style.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In typical Lagunitas fashion, this is a hop forward beer. Not that I'm complaining, because I knew that going in. It's avery good looking beer in the glass. It has a hoppy pine aroma, and a hoppy bite on the tongue, but it has a nice Amber ale backbone. I like IPA's and I like Amber ales, so I definitely enjoyed this one.

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 921 ratings.
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