Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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 msubulldog25
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a large tumbler, late afternoon on a Friday. Have seen this on the shelves for a while, another appealing, eye-catching label by the Lagunitas design team. Feeling rather dumb that I just now figured out what the Greek-looking "EXAYEAYEAYE" means at the top of the label: XIII. Ahhhh....

A: What does a "mondo red" look like? Well, pretty much like a regular red, rich amber with a definitely rusty-red hued. Ample carbonation, but (hmmm) some floating yeasty proteins... 1/2 finger of fizzy ivory head, interspersed with some big soap bubbles. Good lace, sticking in bands.

S: Spiciness and bitterness emanates from the glass, stingingly zesty citrus rind hops with a grainy, toasted maltiness. Mellows to a sweeter, more caramel-coated aroma as the hops subside.

T: Biting grapefruit//pine hops, wrapped around a grainy malt. A sweeter, more orange-like zestiness develops with a few more sips. Caramel takes over as this beer warms...

M: Moderate to heavy carbonation, has a zesty/tangy kick and causes a mouthful of salivation. Hop oils abound and cling, filling the mouth with bitterness and a tingling spiciness that sticks (oddly) right on the tip of the tongue, then slowly spreads toward the back. A bit of alcohol warmth from this 8.3% offering on the cheeks.

D: A good beer, 'Anniversary Release'-worthy. Something about the hop profile and flavor had to grow on me, then I began to enjoy the bitterness and relative dryness. Not one I'd rush back to, for my own tastes vary from what this offers, but still a good beer worth picking up. Recommended.

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Photo of Kendo
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: From a 22 oz bomber that cost me just $3.59, poured into a nonic-style pint glass, the body is a slightly cloudy dark amber that appears more orangey-red when backlit. A 1/2-finger khaki head settles over the top, and remains with solid staying power. Plenty of bubbles rise and thick rings of lacing remain behind all the way down.

S: First impression is of grapefruity hops and then caramel malt. There's also a hint of pine and wood as well. Nice balance between malty and hoppy.

T: Nicely balanced here as well -- sugar sweet caramel malt up front then the grapefruity hops kick in at the end of the sip -- resiny, citrusy and even piney again. A lingering hop bitterness stays with you. As it warms there's a slightly peppery taste to it as well.

M: Pretty smooth but with a fairly crisp finish and good levels of carbonation. Medium to heavy in heft.

D: Excellent, especially for a beer of this strength. It went down easily -- maybe too easily.

Notes -- Having had the Arrogant Bastard recently, I've got to say this one gives Stone a run for its money in the Strong Ale category. Especially when you factor in the cost. I was so pleased with this one that I immediately beer-mailed two friends to recommend it. Check it out.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this beer pours a clear crisp amber and wells up a half finger of light tan colored, sustained head, a decent amount of medium carbonation keeps it such

S - what a nice aroma, piney and citrine aromas from a ahoppiness i would notmally associate with an IPA, the citrus element is orange though as opposed to grapefruit

T - whoa, hop bomb, very hoppy, DIPA levels of IBU's, with a background brown sugary/resinous sweetness and citrus fruitiness, and another burst of bitter in the finish

M&D - the brown sugary/resin-esque sweetness lends a smooth mouthcoat that battles with the bitterness, the finish is a little harsh, but otherwise a pleasant beer to drink

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Photo of Duster72
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy deep red/amber. Tan 2 finger head. Aroma is mild citrus and pine hops with some malts beneath it. Taste is mild malty sweetness with a very complex hop profile to go along with it. Definite pine and citrus hops. Mouthfeel is perfect. Very drinkable and it'll get ya drunk! Just kidding. Another excellent brew from Lagunitas, who need to make this and the Freak Out regular releases.

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Photo of barknee
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lucky #13 is reminiscent of a Jr. IPA kicked down several notches, as the malts tend to sneak ahead of the hops resulting in a brew that has a nice marshmallow creamy mouthfeel with a nose of soft pine and vanillin. Somewhat understated and easygoing, this brew has a user-friendly personality and a serious alcoholic effect, although the alcohol is buried well beneath the flavors never offending the taster.
Malty and satisfying, this brew has a personality of its own, while being adaptable to the need of most who demand a quality brew.

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Photo of
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle picked up on business travel in AZ.

Poured a dark, clear, copper color with deep red highlights. A large, rocky, ivory colored head formed atop the liquid. Surprisingly good lacing followed the beer down the glass.

Aroma shows big hops. Grapefruit, citrus and pine. After you get past that, some peaches and caramel show up.

Taste is much sweeter than aroma suggests. This beer is well hopped, but taste is more sweet than bitter. A biscuit with honey and caramel on it supports a nice helping of pine and grass from the hops. Alcohol is noticeable.

Body is a bit more than medium. Medium carbonation. Overall, pretty dry.

I liked it. A cousin/friend of Arrogant Bastard, Gordon, Nugget Nectar? Aggressively hopped, yet pretty well balanced. I'm going to have to find some more!

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A red style with a distinct strong alcohol, highly hopped. Smooth drinking like an IPA. toward a lager yellow colour, a reddish tinge, hoppy aroma, small head and a little lace. One dimension hops above all, but not a double or imperial hop. Understated nicely carbonated.
15 months later, another bottle not as good.Dry but good head.

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Photo of Vancer
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#13 is a double-dip bird – a red ale dressed up as an IPA. But it works, I had no problem downing a couple bombers on a fine BBQing Saturday.

Beautiful amber / mahogany pour with a ivory head that really had some staying power. Ring laces all the way down.

This is a piney and stickly IPA, just subtle hints of citrus – and needing more in my book. The pine really sharpens in the taste and finishes with a woody and resinous blend of tart flavors.

Crisp and dry, it was a purty strong IPA at 8.3%, almost burned the chicken during the second bomber.

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Photo of Raymond69
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red , nice rocky head , good lacing.

Smell is citrusy, floral, some caramel.

Taste is citrusy, piny, some sweetness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick , residual sweetness is slightly syrupy.

Overall very good drinkability of a high ABV and high hopped beer.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a big, thick, cream colored head that leaves a bunch of lacing and has great retention. Aroma is heavy on the hops, both citrus and pine along with a touch of sweet malt.

Upon first swig, the palate is blasted with hops. Its fresh pine upfront, followed by grapefruit. The hop character is pretty complex here as they are also spicy and slightly floral towards the finish. The beer ends with the malty sweetness noted in the aroma in the form of brown sugar. Mouthfeel is full bodied and the beer is smooth and viscous in the mouth with a good level of carbonation. The 8% abv is well hidden, making this potentially dangerous as it goes down easy. This is the best beer I have had from Lagunitas. A very good beer.

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Photo of bruachan
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thick head doesn't stick around as long as the roman empire, but leaves just as much of a legacy down the glass. beneath looms a reddish copper giant spewing scents of cascade and sweet

it's massively bitter, and afterwards sports some molasses and sweet malts. more cascades, i'd say. some roasty caramel coats the tongue. brown sugar, too, abounds

a good offering from that fine brewery in petaluma

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber body with a foamy, light beige-colored head. Splotchy lacing.

Smell: A interesting composite aroma of caramel-tangelo and pine resin-bubble gum.

Taste: Right away its sweet, fruity tangelo juice with caramel and piney bitterness following in such a way that it makes me think of burnt caramel. Plenty of sweetiness throughout, all the way to the hilt, in fact, but it still ends distinctly bitter - like a mouth stuffed with freshly-grated citrus peel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Sticky, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Oh, hey, is it good? I guess getting hit in the mouth with a tangelo is pretty fun! If it was anymore fun there would be mobs rioting in the streets.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a clear dark reddish amber with a small beige head. Nice lacing.

Aroma was malty with a sweetness of caramel and dark fruits.

It hits you with a sharp bite which fades to reveal a nice balance of citrusy hops and malts. Finishes with malts and some bitterness.

Medium bodied with a very light carbonation.

This is a red ale with attitude! I tend to really like the IPAs and such and this red ale made me smile.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very interesting beer, I saw red ale and thought it was not going to be that good. A deep red amberish color. A big hoppy nose, and sweetness in there too. In the taste, a sweet texture and big on the hops. I guess mondoo means that it makes a red ale better. A bit too sweet by the end, but another home run from Lagunitas!

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Is there rye in this beer?" That is the question I asked myself with each sip of this very good beer. I love rye beer, and I couldn't figure out if this beer was in that club or not. It was very reminiscent to me of Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, and exhibited a malt character that I found very similar to the American rye beers I've had (Red's Rye, Cane & Abel, Hop Rod, Lenny's RIPA, etc). Definitely recommended.

It was very red in color, like a rye beer. I detected rye-like notes in the aroma along with some hop sweetness. Flavor was hops very nicely balanced with a grain presence that once again I thought as rye. Mouthfeel was very effervescent and good, with a bit of graininess in the texture, a bit like the sugar imparts in Two Brothers Cane & Abel.

The more I drank it, the more I liked it.

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Photo of Phatz
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gottajiboo2 for bringing this beer over and sharing it with me. What a treat.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a fluffy whit head decent retention and moderate lacing.

Smell: Caramel, crystal malts, grapefruit pine and citrus attribute but also fruity.

Taste: A very well balanced beer with resinous hop flavor and a solid caramel malt backbone. It starts off hoppy on the tough and cheeks and then a caramel malt and bread like undertone come into play along with a detectible yeastiness and fruit before the big hops cling relentlessly to the cheeks in the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy body with a crisp dry finish and very even carbonation all the way through.

Drinkability: This is a drinkable Strong Ale. It may not be quite a session-er but it it one you will easily enjoy the full 22 ounces of.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of mntlover
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to RedwoodGeorge for this treat.

Pours a clear copper color a few bubbles rising to an impressive large khaki head that lasts and leaves lots of nice sheet lace.

Aroma is nice, wow loads of caramel malt lots of fruity citrus orange grapefruit with hints of pine. Very nice relaxing aroma.

Taste is bam lots of hops fruity and pine mixed grapefruit up front then mellows to orange , tangerine very nice. Caramel malt makes it self known in the middle peaking thru the hops. Malt is soon overwhelmed again by a lingering grapefruit finish.

Mouthfeel is almost medium a little lighter perhapse figured it would be bigger for 8% but nice. Carbonation is a little peppy but not overdone.

Drinkability is very good, an enjoyable big red ale if there ever was one.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.47/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a wonderfull copper color. Has a surprisingly grassy nose. Little head, but decent amount of lacing. Though, I am still listening to the dropkick Murphys. Very clear

Taste is kind of surprising. Matly and Hoppy, mixed nicely together. The dominatant flavor is malty, but there is a strong, overridding hop finish. To be honest, this reminds me in terms of flavor and charecter of a session beer. yeah, the big elements are there, but this is surprisingly easy to drink. no overpowering aspect to this beer.

Despite the high ABV, this is a nice, easy beer to drink. Nice brew if you can get it

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Photo of dauss
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber. No freshness date, but a small blurb about their 13 years of success.

Appearance: Beautiful deep ruby color with a golden tinge. For the most part, very clear. Thick dense amber colored head rests gently on top with excellent retention and lacing.

Smell: Lots of hops. Must like a double IPA. Resinous, piney, and a hint of the 8.3% ABV that lurks within.

Taste: Starts off very malty. There is a thiness of the beer from the alcohol. It is a little on the "warm " side. A nice full mouthfeel and dryness from the rye sneaks in then with a rush of resiny and citrus hop flavor and some light bitterness.

Notes: It is a large red ale, but I was hoping for something bigger. Not in terms of alcohol, but the body, malt flavor, and some sweetness. The hop aroma and flavor is definitely there, but the bitterness isn't.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, clear reddish amber color with about half of an inch of light tan head. Some crackly rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The aroma is different for the style with scents of caramel, cotton candy, and sweet bready malts blending perfectly with fresh, green citrus and pine hops. Neither one dominates over the other.

The flavor is more on the hoppy side and I like it. Some bitter citrus up front, followed by the sweet caramel in the middle that gives way to the bitter, resinous hops at the finish. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish, but isn't at all off putting.

Very creamy medium to full bodied brew. Bitter, dry aftertaste with some slight burn from the alcohol present. Hop oils coat the tongue really nicely, giving it a bit of a slick feel. I am starting to feel the abv in this one as I near the end of the bottle, but overall a really enjoyable beer that goes down rather easy.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes, drank on 5/26/07
Pours a dark amber color with slight ruby red highlights; thick, compact, off-white head with nice tracing and sustain. Aromas of very fresh, bitter hops (lots of citrus with a little pine, perhaps Amarillo and cascade). It finishes with a nice candy sweetness that is a nice touch, a perfect DIPA aroma. In the mouth, my initial impression was sweetened grapefruit juice. It was not quite balanced enough, and leaning towards the sweet/malty end was a bit of a surprise coming from Lagunitas. There simply wasn't enough bitterness to meet all the crystal malt sweetness it brought, it was borderline cloying for me. In addition, the malts didn't proclaim themselves very distinctly, not toasty, bready or yeasty, a little nondescript for being a "red ale". Mouthfeel was where this beer suffered the most: it was sticky and slick, medium carbonation couldn't cut through all the stickly sweetness. Drinkability was fine, the aroma and fresh hop flavor were enough to give this beer high marks, but it's not something I need to check out again.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again, Lagunitas doesn't disappoint. They may have officially become my favorite "Out of nowhere, but always there" brewery.

A-Rich mahogany, cognac body with lush white head and tons of lacing. Crystal clear body that displayed a lovely reddish glow.

S-Can someone say Fresh Hops! A boatload of sweet, resinous, citrusy hop glory. As soon as the cap is popped, a swoon of West coast hop magic fills the air. A tiny bit of carmelized sugar hints at a sweet backbone.

T-Floral hops pave the entire sip. The maltiness is there to support the bitterness of the hops and lends a bit of a grainy side at just the right point. With your eyes closed, you would swear this is a huge IIPA.

M-Hop profile is done wonderfully on this one and doesn't finish too dry. The sweetness is there to smooth it out, but the hophead in me loves how assertive the hops come out.

D-Unbelievably easy to drink. You could get in trouble putting down more than a bomber of this. Definately not for the nay-sayer, but a gift to the fellow hopheads.

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Photo of bashiba
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks great with a deep copper red color and a thick and pillowy long lasting head with great lacing.

Smell is dominated by green citrusy hops.

Taste has a nice strong citrus and juniper hop flavor, although there are some nice toasted malts sneaking through along with some hints of rye.

Mouthfeel is heavy with a thick oily quality, leaves a great coating on the tongue.

Easy to drink and enjoyable for any hophead.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright copper color with a short foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is well-blended and loaded with floral hops and citrus & caramel sweetness.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with a strong hops bitterness and sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. There’s a tiny bit of alcohol that comes through, but it doesn’t detract from the taste at all. The malt character is hearty and the after-taste is nicely bitter and hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not very filling, good kick to it, if the label didn’t read “a mondo large red ale” I’d swear this was a 2IPA and a very good one at that. This beer is one that I could drink for a whole and enjoy the entire time.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright red body, very good clarity, oodles of carbonation, topped by three fingers or more of sticky off-whie foam. Good lacing quickly evident.

Assertive nose has strong citrus (grapefruit/oranges) backed by a note of malty/candy sweetness, and hints of spicy yeast.

Thick slab of malt slaps the tongue, though not so deep or sweet as to overpower the tongue. While that sweetness works as a foundation, fruit flows above - oranges, grapefruit, apricots. Big grain bill here too.Decent size hop bite at the swallow. Mellows out at the end into a balanced fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a solid, smooth medium. Flows strongly.

Good drinkability for a good size beer. Well integrated.

Thirteen is indeed lucky here. Happy anniversary to Lagunitas. Anyone feel free to join in the toast.

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Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 2,728 ratings