Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red AleLucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale
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Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red AleLucky 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2007

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

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

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

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of Fitzy01
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Hamsters
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RickS95
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of tubeyes
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of mattreitz49
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SGT_Cookie
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Giggy
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Copper color, good lacing. Strong caramel malt smell. Lots of flavors going on - some fruit, some smoke, some spice, with nice bitter finish to balance. Not shy about the alcohol content. A little chewy.

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Photo of DeaconWhite82
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack. Golden red in color with nice lacing. Smell is a deep dried fruit smell. Taste is sweet yet bitter. Feeling after after 2 beers, VERY NICE!!. I recommend.

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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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Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 2,752 ratings