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

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

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 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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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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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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