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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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Photo of tbryan5
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Deep Orange and red. Crystal clear with a whit head.
S- Pine, resin, outside. Sweet malts.
T- Hops, and a good malt backbone. Some alcohol on the backend.
M- Coating with the hop oil and medium carbonation.
D- A bigger beer and the alcohol is present but it's very tasty.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just got home from work, it's Thursday, and the wife and 10 week old baby have left a day early for a weekend getaway. I have the apartment all to myself for the first time in ages! What beer to choose for my one night of bachelorhood? I chose this one. I'm happy with my choice!
In my excitement I poured it perhaps a bit too aggressively because it yielded a huge foamy head that almost spilled over. Once it subsided, a sudsy and foamy lace covered the surface and stuck to the sides of the glass. A nice copper and amber color. Overall, a good looking drink.
The aroma is quite complex. It is initially dominated by sweet caramel malt and toasted bread. However, there is more to it than this. There are some fruity tones; citrus fruit and tropical. The hops are evident and almost pungent. There is also a strong but not overpowering alcohol aroma towards the end.
The taste matches many of the attributes of the aroma. Overall, the caramel malt sweetness predominates. It makes the body on the high side of medium, almost chewy. Yet, in the mouthfeel there is a strong hops presence that has quite a kick and balances things out. The finish is sweet, yet, leaves a dry and slightly bitter aftertaste. This is so drinkable and the alcohol is so well masked, that drinking more than one of these can be dangerous.
This is a delicious brew and almost beyond category. It is malty like an amber ale, yet, hoppy like an IPA. It reminds me a bit of DFH 90 IPA. I loved it!

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this poured into a pint glass. The color was rust red, a fluffy off-white head. The flavor and aroma here were very dank, oily, hopsy pine, with a great malt aftertaste. The mouthfeel was very smooth considering the amount of booze. Good stuff!

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice label on the bottle, and who can say no to any "Lucky 13" this or that, even nowadays? Pours clarified rusty red-orange with a dense cobwebby head. Nose oozes pine and malt; sweet and dank. Flavor is predominantly floral-pine, just super-hoppy , with some nice malt rounding it out. Bitter on the back end, but more alcohol in the nose than in the flavor, being balanced out by the sweetness. Slick, heavy beer, floating over the tongue on some light and effective carbonation. Overall, Lagunitas knows their hops and can get dangerous with abv while still keeping things sweet (this one's an 8.8!). Huge ale, in a sixer, ten bucks. No complaints here.

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Photo of Buck89
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy copper-orange. A one-finger light tan head retreated quickly but left some nice wispy tracks. It just smelled like Lagunitas: caramel malt with spiciness, bold orange, pine, and dank earthy tones. Bitter on the taste up front but quickly followed by bready malt, orange, rye, and pine. Full-bodied but not overly sweet. Nice lingering bitter warming on the finish.

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Photo of rob99er
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A good red ale amped up. It is censored with the abv almost doubled. Taste great, but I did taste alcohol on the finish. I would be happy with the censored.

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Photo of craftaholic_227
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L- inviting, with a dark Amber color to it. Thick head with medium amount of lacing

S- smells dank and boozey. Smells like a Lagunita, the IPA smell is notable but you can also smell that it is an ale.

T- tastes like an IPA right off the bat but after a second taste the IPA flavor goes away. Does not leave a bad after taste.

M- very light, not really carbonated. Smooth and does not leave a dry mouth feel. A little watery

Overall this is a great beer to pick up if you are a fan of the Lagunitas brand. I would grab this again if it were available more often

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

12 oz bottle. Been awhile since I've had this one. Pours clean bright amber orange, thick off white head, slowly fades leaving tons of lace. Mild sticky sweet resiny aroma. Taste is big sticky pine, sweetness can't overcome the piney and grapefruit hops, which I love. A little woodsy earth in the finish. Medium slightly oily soft mouthfeel. This is an outstanding imperial red.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I dig the nose, spicy, piney hops, very light hints of warming alcohol, some sweet caramel notes, but the palate is just too booze forward, too one dimensional in its malt makeup, no richness or depth, which I prefer in the style (highly hopped amber/reds). It's not a bad beer, not unenjoyable, but I can think of a number of beers, smaller in size but larger in taste/completeness.

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Photo of Millersbrewers
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber, very good clarity, very good head retention and lacing.

Smell is grapefruit, maple syrup, caramel - very sweet

Like the smell, taste is a mix of grapefruit (west coast hops) and very heavy caramel malts. Medium carbonation, I expected a syrupy mouthfeel due to the smell/taste but finishes rather and pretty dry.

Certainly accurate to the taste of most imperial reds, but the malts are a bit too forward for me for the style. A good beer, but not what I expected compared to most of Lagunitas' hoppy profiles

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Photo of Stevedore
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, 2016 release. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a dark orange-reddish body, two finger offwhite head with great retention, lots of lacing. Very nice effervescent head. Smells of citrus and orange peel on a background of sweet caramel and toffee. Definitely a west coast hop-forward beer. Clean and refreshing citrus aroma. Flavour is a heavier handed caramel and toffee with a background of citrus, grapefruit and orange peel. Not so much lemon. It's sweeter, richer and with a mild boozy undertone. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, nice crisp and dry body with a bitter orange peel finish.

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Photo of Suds
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy red color with a foamy off-white head. The aroma is hoppy, with earthy, slightly spicy hops. The taste is balanced and bitter. Some warmth comes out as you drink the beer. It's like a strong, red, imperial IPA, with a bit of added malt. Full in body and nicely drinkable, but not exceptionally interesting.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into tulip glass. Bottled on March 22, 2016..

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

S- Some malty sweetness, dank citrus.

T- Similar to aroma, nice maltiness without being to sweet, nice citrus, light touch of roast, medium bitterness, lingering medium pine.

F- Medium carbonation, not to syrupy.

O- Very nice combo of malt and hops, you really can't go wrong with a fresh Lagunitas beer.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into an oversized tulip.

I dare you to find fault with Lagunitas' beer's appearances. These beers are always gorgeous. Perfect clarity, bright colored copper color. Frothy head. Flawless.

This beer followed Waldo's and that was a mistake. Aroma simply can't compete. But it's nice. Prominent malt presence with a dank and resinous hop presence and hints of fruit. My brain was so programmed to expect some Lagunitas juiciness that this aroma just left me wanting.

Flavor is an oddity for me too. Really big on the malts. That's surprising for Lagunitas. This reminds me more of an ESB almost. Biscuity, buttery, sweet malts are all over this. Got some spiciness like rye and notes of caramel. Citrus builds at the finish.

Burly feeling with initial sweetness followed by spiciness, resin and bitterness. It's a big beer that feels big and has a spicy bite.

In the minority here, but I didn't love this. Much more malt than I care for in the style. I can't deny it's a good beer but it doesn't scratch my itch.

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Photo of Phoneguy
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a beautiful copper red/orange with a thin tan head which left decent lacing on the glass. Heady aromas of grapefruit and papaya in the bouquet and flavors of grapefruit from start to finish. A very slight sweetness and a hefty mouth feel contributed by the barley malts, ending with a slightly dry finish. Truly a mondo large red ale!

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Photo of Celtics76
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, what a great aroma. Grapefruit predominantly with other citrus notes. And it looks great - tons of lacing, good head retention. Clear reddish maple.

Somewhat thick feel, fruity flavor (grapefruit dominates). Some solid bitterness at the end.

Something different for sure, put it on your radar.

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look (4): The head on this guy is super impressive. Retains well, it's huge and is a white frothy color. An amber and reddish hue, slightly hazy.

Smell (4.25): All Imperial Red Ales smell amazing to me. Smells biscuity and bready like, sweet and malty. Reminds me of a delicous pastry you may have in the morning. Some pine like bitterness.

Taste (3.75): Malted toasted bread. Orange citrus and biscuits are also there. Basically everything you get in the aroma as well as a big bitter ending.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Medium to medium plus bodied. Scrubbing kind of feel against the tongue from the big carbonation. Very dry. That or my mouth is just dry because I live in the desert.

Overall (3.75): Liked it but didn't love it. One of those beers that smells better then it tastes. I'm beginning to see a trend with these Imperial Red Ales...

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

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This fine red ale pours a bright ruby touched amber with a fantastic head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thick layer, and excellent lacing. Nose of big juicy pink grapefruits, mangoes, and sweet caramel malts. Flavors follow the nose with sugar touched fresh grapefruit and mango on all sides, sweet caramel malts balance it all together in the middle and rear, and finishes with a heavy handed citrus and herbal hop note. Nice mouth feel, medium high carbonation making for great session ability, and a bitter citrus aftertaste. Well balanced. Very nice.


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Photo of scream
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up over the weekend and while it is a decent beer, there are many other Lagunitas beers that I feel are much better. This is just average.

Edit; 2nd x around I enjoyed this a bit more.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Malt-forward body, which is cut by notes of grapefruit, lemon, pine. Pours a clear copper with a thick, 2-finger, off-white head. Palate is malt body, with a blend of piney and citrus hops. The amber element is light, which suits my palate well (not a huge fan of the style in general). The body is medium to thick (all that malt goes a long way). Overall, it's a very solid beer, that doesn't overdo the amber/red side of things. Tastes like a malty IPA still toweling off from an amber shower.

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Photo of barczar
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favorite style. Aroma is far more hop forward than amber malt, with grapefruit juice, pith, and dank resin dominating. There's quite a bit of amber malt fruitiness that surfaces late.

Flavor is grapefruit juice dominant initially, fading to resin, herbal, and earthy hops mid palate, and finishing lightly malty sweet, with that characteristic amber malt fruitiness. I'd like it a lot more if that herbal character didn't linger.

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Photo of zshaft
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours nice dark crimson. minimal head. nice nose. sweet red malt and hops subtle. taste is awsome sweet slick mouthfeel with nice berry flavors and some spruce needles lingering near the end palate. fantastic beer. one of the best reds out there. grab it if you can.

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Photo of bman13
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

House Lagunitas yest OVERLOAD. not bad, but not true to the style. Might get again if I see nothing else, but if you're looking for a true red ale, then look elsewhere.

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

A very nice red ale and I am not usually one to pick them up. Doesn't necessarily have that over powering Lagunitas hoppy taste, but has a nice fruity blend of tastes. I definitely enjoy this beer while kicking it on the porch w/ a nice twist of something different from Lagunitas!

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous maple brown color with plenty of cakey off white head.

Dank piney, orange hops with plenty of caramel malt backbone.

Medium body with loose, creamy feel.

Decent bitterness level with nascent malt sweetness. Treacle and lychee fruit nuttiness. Lingering pine and citrus. Ranks high for drinkability, which is attributable to a great balance of flavors.

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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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