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 Atlas1
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gotta love a beer called the Mondo Large Red Ale.

From the bomber, a vigorous pour yields a beautiful beer. Bright crimson amber in color with three (count 'em, three) fingers of slightly off-white foam on top. Good clumps of lace left in its wake as the beer recedes. The nose is mighty hoppy. Some citrus in there, but mostly it's just strong pine. Reminds me of many a DIPA I've had before. Other fruits and spices take a back seat here. The taste is muy delicioso. Crisp and piney (again) with lots of strong hops here. But malty sweet too, with stronger fruits noticeable (pear, strawberry). Heavy caramel too. Yum. Mouthfeel is almost syrupy, but it goes down easy.

A fine mondo large red ale to say the least. Sure, at 8.3% ABV, it's bigger than most session beers I like, but I could easily down a couple of these bombers without batting an eye. Big, bold, and very very tasty. I'll definitely revisit this beer in the future.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I feel like a gambling man when I think of "Lucky 13", see a horseshoe displayed on the front label, and being lured by a lovley dame. 22 ounces of mondo red provided by Pacific Ranch Market, and on to the beer we go:

Is that thick luxurous head ever going to go down? Before I find out, let's admire the deep reddish copper color infused with Jello-orange hues. Big juicy fruits in the nose, corutesy of the hops, There are even suggestions of burnt sugar and caramel. Let's see how lucky I am with the taste.

Is it sinful to have a beer feel as light as this for what its ABV is? Upfront, there's a kick of booze with a nice balance of malt and hops. Burnt sugar, touch of pinneapple, piney/strong bitterness, and in the aftertaste are sweet bready notes. For its size, it goes down pretty easy, though the sharp bitterness might get to you.

Add this to the list of strong ales brewed by Lagunitas, and this is one that's worth going after. Oddly, I haven't their other two strong ales they make yet.

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Photo of bbothen
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pretty looking amber/rust color with a foamy 2 finger head. Looks nice.

S - Sweet malt & citrus hops. Smells great. Wish it was more pronounced.

T - Follows the aroma. Sweet malt with a nice dry citrus hoppy finish. Very well balanced, as a red should be.

M - Fullbodied. Crisp. Dry. Nice.

D - This is an easy drinkin 8% brew. Drinks like a 6%.

This is a great value. I think I paid $3 for the 22oz bottle. Hold on, I'm heading out to buy some more.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing I notice about this beer is the exquisitely hopped demeanor. Luscious hop aromas of resinous pine and citric flower remind me of Bigfoot 07. Milder malt aromas fill in the gaps with a soft richness.

Rusty ruby color, good clarity, great head.

On first sip I discovered the devilishly strong luscious hop I expected to find. Dancing on my palate are both the magnanimous resinous pine and loud citrus as well as delicate floral perfume touches and milder herbal nuances. To my surprise, I found an equally strong and succulent malt character. Rich syrupy sweetness, subtle layers of roast, and a light toastiness water my mouth.

Tying both of these great forces together is an amply strong bitterness of hop origin. Mild to moderate alcohol comes and goes on whim. The crazy and exciting balance displayed by this brew is truly exceptional as the flavors are enjoyably aggressively robust.

Medium-thick body sloshes viscously around my mouth. Carbonation is dull at best. Bitterness feels its way around the dark before pitching a tent; it makes me a happy camper.

Final Thoughts:
Could pass for a Barley Wine or perhaps a more-proper-than-American English Double IPA, if there were such a thing. There are some serious hops in here, and they aren't without balance. One of the best offerings from Lagunitas I've had, hands down. Also, I like that they pay homage to the classic crafters, that's truly classy. Stay classy, Lagunitas!

The Verdict:
An intensely robust brew, Lucky 13 is bursting with hoppy goodness and harmonious balance; "Crazy!" declare my tastebuds in an uproar.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to say that I really enjoyed this beer but it might be mis-categorized here as an American Strong Ale. It's really more of a red IPA (if there is such a group) or an imperial IPA.

It pours from a 22oz. bottle with lots of head and vigorous bubbling from beneath. It has great clarity and a striking amber red color.

The smell is exceptional - lots of fresh hop aroma and citrus. Very appealing...

The taste doesn't disappoint in the least. It is full of hoppy bitterness but not overdone. Sweetness is there but with a dry bitter finish that is definately reminiscent of IIPA.

Full bodied and perfectly carbonated. I really can't say anything bad about this beer!

I would have to say this is worth seeking out. I'll be picking up some more before it's all gone.

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Photo of turbine2475
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a maple syrup brown with mild red hues. White Head is large and dense and disipated slowly leaving a spotty lace.
S - Nice balance of hops in the nose. A little bit of pine and a little bit of citrus. Subtle sweet and salty malts.
T - Starts with an eathy pine and fades leaving the citrus to take over. Have had a lot of beers that tend to have the hops fighing over each other, but in this one each has a specific and tasty role. Toffe hinted malt helps to balance the brew.
M - Smooth with a good amount of carbonation.
D - Good beer that was very well put together. I would love to try this on tap. Alcohol content keeps you from having too many.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at BevMo. Surprisingly, I have never had a Lagunitas beer, so I'm pretty curious to see how this will be. As always, love trying anniversary ales.

A: Clear coppery red/brown. I only get a thin tan film and little lacing. Many tiny bubbles come from the bottom of the cup.

S: Strong sugary malt, molasses scent really comes out. Maybe some prune or raisin as well.

T: Big sweet malty flavor, bready and full. Some fruity or estery sweetness as well, again seems like perhaps raisin or some other dark dried fruit. Finish is just a touch bitter without having any real flavor character to the hops.

MF: Thick and chewy with a nice carbonation bite. Plenty of warming in the mouth between the alcohol and fizz. The alcohol itself did not hit too hard at first, but certainly catches up to you by the end of the pint.

D: Pretty high drinkability for the style. Seems like the alcohol and flavor isn't quite as extreme as in some other cases. A malt-dominant brew to be sure, but enough of a hop balance as to not become a malt bomb. Personally, I like my strong ales a little more hard hitting in general, but I have to say this is pretty darn good. Taking something like an amber ale and turning it into this is a nice piece of work.

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Photo of Drew966
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale pours a reddish copper with a tan head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. There is a strong malty aroma that also has some noticeable hops. There is a thick mouthfeel and a burst of flavor, it's moderately hoppy with a really strong malt backing. Really nice.

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Photo of SolsticeDreamer
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pour into a large Duvel glass, amazing copper red color, beautiful put up to the light. One finger hight of head, lingers on the side as one drinks.

Smell: Sweet pleasant malt aroma chased by piney hop aroma a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Not very smooth, a bit rough with the bitterness but that balances out to a night malty sweetness and that lovely pine finish.

Mouthfeel: Really enjoyable medium bodied beer with wee bit too much carbonation. Alcohol very much present.

A daily drinker for a nice price at about 3.50$ for a bomber. Good over all flavor with a good strength for those of strong livers and lack of taste buds.

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Photo of gabeerfan
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks a dark, coppery red with a good, off-white head that hung around a while.
First scent catches the citrus, pine, grassy hops, then I caught a little carmel sweetness in there.
Taste is pretty much the same as the smell. Citrus, pine, grass hops with a good caramel malt backbone to round it out.
Good, medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation. The flavors hang around on the palate.
Decent drinkability. Somewhat high ABV and the flavors don't completely kill the palate.
As always, a tasty beer from one of my favorite CA breweries. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Goliath
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with red hues. One finger of light tan head forms, and stays with decent retention leaving tiny bubbley lace behind.

The aroma is very pleasant. A beautiful hop profile showcasing citrus and pine. A sweetness lingers. Gets a little boozy as it warms.

Taste is good. A gentle citrus hop profile, much less aggressive than I had hoped. A nice bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tingley carbonation bite.

Drinkability is moderate. Alcohol is pushing the high end, but flavor is good. Rounds out to be easily consumed but in limited quantity.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber

A-Copper reddish with 1-2 two inch white head. Good looking beer
S-Smell of sweet malt-caramel with hoppy, piney aroma, slightly boozy
T-Piney taste at first, sweetness of malt coming through, slightly boozy and a little metallic, not the smoothest flavor thought it was a little roughr around the edges
M-good feel, but a little watery, decent carbonation
D-Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of cichief
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a beautiful amber-red, with a nice tan head.

S- Hints of pine and citrus, the malt isn't really noticeable.

T- The malt comes through well, the hops give a nice balanced dry finish, subtle hint of the alcohol.

M- Full bodied, smooth, not too bubbly.

D- Interesting, very drinkable considering the alcohol level.

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Photo of Tolann
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear copper/amber color. Some head white that clings to the glass. not a lot of carbonation action.

S - Piney hops and some citrus. Hop smell is fresh and simple. It's a hop smell. Simple as that. few Caramel notes in the back, but mainly hops.

T - Mostly pine hops. Smooth taste and not a sharp hop bite. Lots of hops up front smoothed out with the malty/caramel sweetness. Sweetness doesn't let the pine get too rough.

M - Hop bitterness hangs at the back of your throat. Some sweetness sticks on the back of your tongue. Very little dryness in the aftertaste. The taste lingers for a good while.

D - I'll have to look for this again. I recall that it was a pretty good value. I really like this one. It's big hop, but not 'hit you in the head' hops.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle in to a goblet, paid 4.49 from local store. Pours clear amber with a nice soft head and lacing climbing the sides. Smells a mellowed citrusy, piney covered by malt sweet. Tastes a lot like it smells. Malt covering a strong IPA like taste. It is very creamy in your mouth. As good as I hoped it would be.

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Photo of midaszero
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle into pint glass

A - Clear amber color with solid off white head and good lacing

S - Piny hop smell with some signs of caramel

T - Very hoppy close but not quite a DIPA

M - Creamy and warm

D - Not a session beer IMO but good when you want a hoppy drink without going for the DIPA

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

Interestingly good. (Or goodly interesting?)

Appearance: Like a dark bourbon with head

Aroma: Hops (Cascade? Mt. Hood?), bitter tobacco

Taste: Earthy! hops, leather, tobacco, strong alcohol notes -- almost whisky-like.

Palate: Nice and spritzy.

Overall: Don't know if I'd commit to buying a 4-or 6-pack of this, but I would definitely revisit it, given the opportunity. Nice.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 picked up Friday evening at A New Vintage in Meridian for about $3.50.. poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass tonight.. preparing some work stuff for tomorrow while listening to FabricLive 33 Spank Rock.

2 Finger pillowy long lasting head atop a crystal clear red amber brew... rings of lace are pretty.

Aroma smells fresh.. citrusy hops and caramel malts battle for the front of the nose.. but ultimately the hops win out.

Flavor is much like a DIPA with alot of caramel and munich malts mixed in... quite a bit of bitterness melts into fairly thick toffee/caramel notes.. citrus and piney hops.. with a long hoppy finish. Body is thicker than expected.. carbonation is light and helps with a slightly creamy body and a oily hoppiness from front to back... toasty malts show their head more as it warms.. Drinkability is not too high just because it is a little viscous.. but I will consider this a late night sipper tonight.

This is a very nice big beer and I am glad it seems to be an annual treat now... A very good/great beer for an unbeatable value.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Burnt, clear amber color with a off white, light coffee head that has great retention and lacing
S: Malt, brown sugar, some citrus hop, definite alcohol presence. Not particularly strong.
T: Strong grapefruit hoppy taste, minus the bitterness, more malt and strong alcohol presence in the finish. Resembles a barley wine, very nice, but not exceptional.
M: Slightly thin and a little too much alcohol in the finish. Could use some more carbonation.
D: Lots of flavor and very drinkable for such a big beer, but overall not one I would just to revisit. Excellent purchase for $3.25 a bomber however.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Carmel apple dark, thin, quickly eroding head, lace almost non existent.

S - Cooked malt smell, that is about it. Good smell, just not outstanding.

T - Nice deep malt start with an even handed hop finish to back it up. Professional beer.

M - Coating and carbonation almost perfect.

D - Hey, I was surprised by the ABV. This sucker could hurt me.

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Photo of smellsofstout
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

average creamy off white dimishing head. good lacing.
aroma consists of some very heavy hops carrying tones of grass, pine, and grapefruit. light caramel notes. average aroma of alcohol and wine. light body thin texture lively carbonated. long finish with light sweetness and a bitter punch to the palate.

i had this on tap at city beer in san francisco and it was even better than the bottle.

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Photo of Portertime
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You can't go wrong with Lagunitas. The Betty Paige look alike on the bottle is a nice touch. Had this one well chilled in my Sam Adams pub glass. Pours a nice iced tea color with a wee head that yeilds nice lacing. The smell at first is smokey, reminiscent of a rauch beer. Some piney hops in the background and then some floral hops come in to play. Taste is oily hops with some floral accents that sticks to the tongue and doesn't go away. I'm getting some grapefruit too. A nice "mondo large" red ale.

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Photo of tpd975
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man do I love Lagunitas. As the other brewers continue to raise their prices, these guys keep pumping out tasty hop bomb after hop bomb at the same low price point they have used. Thanks Lagunitas...You Rule!

A: Pours a nice burnt orange hue with an average off white head. The retention is so so, but nice thick patches of streaky lace are noted.

S: It is not big on aroma, but being a Lagunitas brew they will make up for it on taste. The aromas are mild. Nice hints of sweet brown sugar coated caramel malt with a blast of grapefruit.

T: Ahh Lagunitas equals hoppy goodness in a $5 bomber. Tons of grapefruit tickle the tongue right from the start. A nice caramel malt sweeteness pushes thru in the middle and the finish is all about the hops.

M: Pretty thick for an IPA, great carbonation.

D: Rather drinkable. I enjoyed the bomber myself and if I had another I think I would have popped it open.

Overall: Well it's May 28 in Tampa Florida and it's hotter than balls. I mowed the yard trimmed the palms and tried to take a dip in the pool to get myself right after a bit of overexposure. The pool was nice, but a hoppy treat is what I really needed. I pulled this baby from the cellar and popped it open. Hoppy goodness in a bottle cures all ills. Yum...Happy 13th Lagunitas....Here's to MANY more.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served in a big wine glass at 56 F/ 13 C.

Clear amber color, big dense beige head that sticks around and leaves thick sticky rings of lace.

Smells hoppy - pine, mango, citrus - with toast, caramel, and some rose. Fresh, deep, quite attractive.

Plenty of hop flavor: tropical fruit, then a bit of citrus rind and flowers join in, then deep resinous pine. Toast and caramel. Bitterness is quite noticeable, but moderate. Mildly sweet. Well balanced. Long resinous finish, tasty.

Smooth fine carbonation, a bit fizzy at first but some swirling smooths it out nicely. Some slick oiliness. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Sam Adams glass from a 22oz bomber, notes that Original Gravity is 1.085, and IBU's at 76.92 (call it 77).

Very drinkable clear red ale. Looks like it should. I'd rather see some cloudyness though. Nice dissipating head of white fluff. No, not for this style? This is an Imperial red not a strong ale dudes.

Nose is all hops, very fruity but also fresh smelling and orange/lime noses. Very nice, I like these hops.

Taste has the full great malt up front, followed by the hops, very nice, finishes nicely balanced, not sweet or sour.

Great full mouthfeel, perfect carbonation.

Very hoppy, so not that easy to drink, but it warms up nicely. This is a very good beer to find, thanks to my guy at Armanetti's, love it.

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