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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
2,717 Ratings
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2007

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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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Photo of Nipitato
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA.

A: Beer pours a clear auburn hue with a thick and tight nearly white head that slowly dissipates. The beer has legs. Sticky lacing.

S: Nice full cutting grapefruit hop aroma. A little earthy and fruity at the end. Sweet malt aroma lingers far in the background.

T: Hard and biting hop flavor. Big time grapefruit with some pine. Malt flavor underscores but is a complete second player here. That being said the malt does a good job balancing out the flavor. Long and lingering hoppy and slightly bitter aftertaste.

MF: Medium mouthfeel. Hop derived, syrupy and sticky mouthfeel. Fairly low carbonation. Surprisingly little alcohol warmth.

D: Good and strong. I'm not sure about the style classification on the site. Drinkability is ok. One bomber did it for me but I would drink it again in the future.

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Photo of villainchiwwin
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz.er - deep red-brown; delicate light beige head displayed impressive retention, leaving lacing.

fruity aromas abound - strawberry, melon, grapefruit - nicely perfumey with grain bringing brown sugar

extremely complex malt - sweet bready caramel and molasses, earthy and nutty, some fruit (pear and apple) suddenly flashes before gradually developing toward a sharper hop swell with a nice bitter kick to balance it out.

smooth, creamy mouthfeel with a chewiness tho medium-bodied -- sheet-like wave of thick brew finishing dry but with a pleasant lingering bitter echo with warmth and faint sweetness. subdued carbonation is perfect.

an epic red ale - reminiscent of a barley-wine and carries a wallop.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a dark copper hue with a nice khaki colored head. Lacing is very sticky here and there. Smell is of light floral hops with a lemony bite, a bit weaker than I had anticipated. A little bit of caramel malt undertone in the nose as well. Taste is a very crisp citrus hop. I can't really taste much more than hops, but they are pretty mild. Not much complexity. Mouthfeel is light/medium body with a subtle carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good for the abv. I'm not sure this is a strong ale, maybe a red/amber ale? This is a tough one to categorize. It's ok, but don't go out of your way to try this one.

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

This for me was the "best of show" at the March 9, 2007 Beer and Bread Beerfest in Arcata, CA.. Poured a simply beautiful dark amber tending toward copper that raised a remarkably attractive off-white head that left clean rings of lacing as it slowily diminished. Af first sniff you are simply blasted by the pine hops. Smells almost like an IPA. A couple swirls of the glass then released some wiffs of lemon. Mouthfeel is like liquid gold, with a wonderful zip to it without any bite. Flavors are more malts and caramel as it shows up as a strong ale instead of an IPA The alcohol is nicely hidden. You can probably tell I liked this one a lot, and for me is the best thing Lagunitas has ever produced. We simply have to get some on the shelves up here in Eureka so others can relish this fantastic brew.

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Photo of sstackho
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a clear medium gold, with little carbonation and lacing. Aroma is strong and hoppy. Taste is the same. Very nice and full. This is classified as a "Mondo Red Ale" on the label, but it certainly has lots inside to keep the hopheads happy. This is more like an IPA than I was expecting - not that there's anything wrong with that!

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

A - Creamy / bubbly three-finger head with a load of carbonation on a crystal clear deep red body

S - Overwhelmingly fresh, grassy hops with a sweet bite.

M - Surprisingly thick, creamy for the body.

T - Very bitter, grassy, hoppy notes. Alcohol is subdued but present. Thick residue in the aftertaste.

D - A pretty tasty brew, but not difficult to stomach a full bomber at a sitting. You'll feel it after the first pint, gaurunteed.

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Photo of mentor
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a 2 finger light brown head over a mildly cloudy orange brownish liquid. Poured thick and smells hoppy. To the nose its american red. Some grapefruit pith, a bit of oranges, and some tangerine.

Tastes hoppy flavor more than bitter with a cream malt sweet underneath. Some alcohol sting tries to dry the finish, but the wet sweet wins out, albeit a bit tempered. Strong aftertaste rises of orange hops melded with light-fruit esters. Peaches are potent and ride on the alcohol and sweet giving a peach schnapps character. Sticky sweet to the point of cloying after half a glass. Tough to finish this one. Hop bitter is piercing without a grassy co-humulone component to balance.

Thick body and modest carbonation. Could use more carb to help lift the syrupy off the tongue.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber. Thick swatch of rocky off-white froth. The lace is pretty decent. As is the head retention.

Aroma: Grassy hops. A little mint. Lemongrass Weed. And some sweet crystal malt drippings.

Taste: Grassy hops hit the palate first. Then I notice the caramel malt base laying down a decent backbone. Bitterness is fairly subtle and clean for the 76.923573 IBUs that this bitch packs. Pretty balanced in the flavor department, with the grassiness being the most domineering characteristic.

MF/Drinkability: Nice agreeable texture. Creamy and smooth. Lightly carbonated, but definitely noticeable. Medium to medium-full in body. A good drinker. Flavorful and enjoyable.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. The color was a bright red-orange with a perfect white head that settled to a creamy coating on top of the beer. The smell was a little grassy hops. The taste was some caramel, more grassy hops, some citrus, and alcohol. The alcohol really tingled my mouth and was not at all hidden. That definitely takes away from the drinkability. If you like reds give this one a try. Not as good as Nugget Nectar but still pretty tasty.

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Photo of mghotbi
3.14/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A beautiful deep clear red with thin off white head and lots of lacing. Smell is strong of caramel and fig with fusel alcohols and floral undertones.

A rush of cloying sugary sweetness followed immediately by oily and prominent hop bitterness, citrus and pine - which really sticks around for a long time. Carbonation is mild and alcohol notes, which are prominent in the nose, are surprisingly well hidden. Mouthfeel is thick and borders on syrupy.

Can only drink about 10 ounces of this. Too over the top for sessioning.

I guess every American brewery has to make a "Strong Ale" ala "Arrogant Bastard". This is Lagunitas' entry. Balanced, in the way that putting two tons on each end of a seesaw is balanced. Fine if you are into it, but it's a bit like getting hit in the tastebuds with a hammer.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep coppery red with a thick, brilliant white head.Sheets of thick lacing linger forever.

Aroma has tons of caramel malt and robust tropical fruit character. Citrusy with plenty of mouth watering centennial hop.

Taste is juicy and fruity up front. Very malty and mildly sweet. Then the piney citrus hop kicks in with generous dry bitterness along with a pleasant spicy hop bite. However, the toasted caramel malt returns in the finish bringing fruity sweetness to linger on the pallet.

Mouthfeel is smooth and soft with little carbonation, slight hop oil residue adds to the experience.

Balanced and flavorful. A big beer with slightly more malt than hops. Dangerously drinkable, the high ABV is well masked. Pick this one up if you get the chance.

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 2,717 ratings
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