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 gregalobeer
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well hot damn! This red is quite a treat. Color is a gorgeous bright red/amber. The head is moderate to thin, with a solid lacing left behind. Smell and taste have a cherry hint, with a strong supporting cast of bitter hops and malty sweetness. Very well-balanced, with notes of fresh fruit lingering on the lips. I see that it's got a healthy dose of alcohol, but really I wouldn't suspect 8.56. Well-masked in the hops profile. I can't wait to refill the glass with the second half of this big beer.

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Photo of montageman
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Beautiful red hue with a bone white head that leaves a bunch of lacing. The smell is sweet like brown sugar. The taste is complex - dry and sweet with a nice alcohol burn in the finish. Perfect in the mouth with just the right amount of carbonation. Very easy to drink for a big boy - totally satisfying and balanced. A delicious beer. Highest recommendation.

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Photo of LABrewjourneyman
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of the best concoctions to come from Lagunitas. The bottle caught my eye amongst the ever growing lineup of 24 oz. craft brews showing up around the supermarkets in California, and the uniqueness of the beer reflected the bottle art. Expecting something like an imperial red IPA, I was pleasantly surprised to find something much more mild and easily drinkable. Amber with tonal red accents would be better to describe the Mondo Large Red here. Only slightly sharp and tangy (or maybe zesty) characteristics, which is surprising considering the ABV. Overall I call the taste unique and perhaps complex - hops that will remind you of a well brewed IPA rather than a red. A nicely palatable fall beer that pairs well with a hearty roast pork loin meal.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dense, soapy, off-white head that has excellent persistence and laces all up the side of the glass as a puffball of deflated head floats in the middle. MASSIVE, bright, citrus hop aroma which also has a spicy, somewhat syrupy sweet, spicy smell to it. This smells wonderful and reminds me of autumn. A reddish amber. Starts with a bright hoppiness, sweetness, and booziness. There's a spicy aspect to this (a la Oktoberfest) with some almost berry notes. The finish is piney hops atop sweet malt and more of that spiciness in the background.

This is absolutely fantastic. The hoppiness is well balanced off sweet malt which is well balanced off noticeable booziness, with spicy hops behind it all. Just a great drink.

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Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear, rich amber. Slightly off-white head diminished to a thin layer that persisted throughout the whole experience but did not produce much lacing.

S: The first things that hit me were the fruity grapefruit aromas blended with some big piney hops in there. The malts play backup to the initial tones. The nose on this is incredible! I had to remind myself to actually drink it.

T: The sweetness of the malts comes though more in the taste than it did in the smell. The hops is well blended pine/citrus. Some of the citrus must be coming from the grapefruit that caries over from the nose to the pallet.

M: Medium bodied, creamy sensation and lightly carbonated. Let's not forget the nice crispness.

D: Very drinkable. If you aren't a fan of hops don't drink this one. That way there is more for me!! Lagunitas makes good quality beer and they hit the mark on this one.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap @ Stone in Escondido, CA

A- amber with a red tint and a head of off white foam, decent retent, silky lace

S- toffee, sweet with a pine hop edge

T- pine and citrus hops headline throughout, toffee sweetness (also in aftertaste), toasted malts, and caramel

M- creamy medium body until hops turn it coarse

D- love the balance and mouthfeel, malts are great, easily one of my faves from Lagunitas, great for style, recommended

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Photo of IPAguy2009
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally it's back!! Bomber was 3.79

A-copper colored with a good retaining head.

S-Yeasty, piney, apricot like notes here. Sweet sweet caramel malt in the back.

T- malty sweetness and a great hop subtlety in the background. Yum!!

M- pretty thick despite its great clarity.

O- I LOVE this beer it's always something to look forward to in the summer! Pick it up!!

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
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 D-No
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear red/amber color with a great head
Smell - Malty, sweet caramel, and hops dominate the aroma
Taste - Starts with plenty of sweet caramel flavor that evolves into a great hop bitterness at the finish of the profile.
Mouthfeel - Great medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.
Overall - I really like this red ale, it is one of my favorites. I will drink this one again.

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Photo of Offa
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favourite Lagunitas beers, rich, flavourful, and balanced with lots of both malt and hop character.

It's deep red with a medium-large, foamy, light tan head, steadily shrinking to a thin top and leaving some lace.

The aroma is richly fruity, raisiny, citrusy with grapferuit and candied orange, caramel and a hint of rum.

The taste is like the aroma, with plenty of hoppy bitterness and character balanced with sweetness and the high alcohol and malt. It tastes of caramelly toasty grain, some fermented rummy fruit, rich candied citrus - lemon, caramelised grapefruit, and candied orange, with candied pine and a little pine bark, plus some dryish pine needle with citrus in the finish. It's feel is rich and full, oily, yet zesty frothy. It stays engaging and tatse and feel throughout, and has sweetness and bitterness in good balance. Considering its strenght, it's dangerously easy to drink.

Compared to something similar, Oscar Blues Gordon's Ale, which I recently compared to this, this is darker, with a richer, more complex and less grapferuity character in smell and taste and a richer, frothier feel.

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Photo of mlockman
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma of this beer is all juicy, fruity hops and the palate follows the nose. While the flavor is predominantly that of the hops, the bitterness is attenuated by the malt backbone of the red ale, leaving a taste that is just REALLY juicy.

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Photo of shand
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So happy to see the red back. I mean, blondes are great and all, but reds are just more my speed. Lucky 13 has a beautiful red pour with an incredible head. The aroma is typical dank Lagunitas, perhaps with some more caramel and spicy tones than others in the lineup. The taste is fantastic, a fantastic resinous, earthy, and piney hop integrates perfectly with a big caramel malt base. This is seriously a good, tasty beer, and much better than the .alt version.

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Photo of mttaylor1066
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Don't believe the labeling, this is a golden-colored "sessionable" beer...but with a nearly 9% ABV you may need to videotape your session to remember it.

Appears to be something other than a red or amber, a peachy lager color.

The aroma is a light malt, with some kind of fleshy fruit... but not cloying. I also get a hop kick with a deep inhalation.

The taste of this beer invites another, quickly. You can consume this beer faster than you really should because you can't pick up the ABV at all. Be careful standing up, though!

The only beer that MIGHT beat this for mouthfeel is La Fin du Monde... but a tie goes to the runner. And I'm running for more of this beer.

Overall, I am buying more. Anyone can drink this. Amateurs and serious beer lovers will welcome this brew.

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Photo of Drewcifer
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy amber orange with a fluffy two-fingered, yellow/off-white head, good retention, decent lacing.

Smell is mostly citrus hops, some pine, some malts, slightly sweet.

Taste is prevalantly citrus hops, some pine, a good malt backing. Sweeter than I was expecting, lacks the overt alcohol taste found in many of the bigger ales.

Mouthfeel is medium-to-full and smooth, carbonation is just about right.

Overall, a very pleasant beer, a great choice for an anniversary brew, very drinkable for a bigger beer. Well balanced aroma and taste, possibly the biggest negative is the haziness. But a great beer, regardless.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - This 22oz brew poured a clear amber with a modest white head.

S - Caramal malts with earthy piney smells, this is gonna be good.

T - Rich malt flavors of caramal & prunes with the sweetness of the abundance of alcohol. The bitterness of the classic American hop finish that one comes to expect from Lagunitas finishes the flavor.

M - This brew is smooth and dry.

This is one to sip which gives one time to think of all that Lagunitas has done in its 13 years.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fresh growler (only hours old) poured into a pint glass. Filled the growler at Dog & Pony in Renton, WA.

Dark ruby-amber, medium carbonation, medium-small head, a little lacing. Smell is sweet and toffee and caramel and malt. Smells great.

Taste is very pleasant, nicely balanced malt with a little bitter hops. Smokey but sweet, toffee and nuts.

Mouthfeel is a little flat, slightly filmy, light.

Very drinkable. I might go through this whole growler tonight.


Having a bomber at home now. 124 3 6082 0025 is the bottle code, whatever it means. I may not have had this since I reviewed it from the growler, close to four years this should be an interesting revisit. My taste buds have moved far toward the hops since then. I'm not touching the scores, just adding words, because that's what I do.

Looks about the same as I last described it. Smell is screaming hops to me now, though. Piney/grassy.

Taste is mostly as last reviewed, but the hops are so clear to me now. I don't get much smoke, but I get a glimmer of what might have caused that reaction.

Mouthfeel does not seem flat or filmy today. It seems light, slightly gritty, and pretty effervescent. Might be bottle versus growler.

I might need to start buying this more often. This is hitting a special spot.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale 8.56% alochol. 22 oz. bomber poured into a dogfish goblet.

A- This beer pours a beautiful dark amber fluid with a vigorous head that falls to a creamy froth. Lacing is excellent leaving heavy patchy lacing that stays for the duration of the glass.

S- Massive push of barleywine like scents of dark plums, punes and sweet malty candied sugar.

T-M- Taste is complex with an overall excellence of flavors. Upfront is a sweet and overly ripe plum and prune flavor mixed with a citrusy hop balance. Toasted and burnt malt flavors are in the backbone of this beer with hints of brown sugar. Mouthfeel is near perfect with a smoothness that only rolls over the buds with light tart and tang feel making a hell of a drink.

Overall I like this beer in the aspect of drinkability and alcohol content. Excellent beer for session and daily.

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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 caddybuyer
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass

A-Beautiful deep rusty red with a slight veiling and a creamy eggshell head. Very appealing.

S-Pungent, rich sweet caramel malts and tangy citrus hops. My mouth is watering.

T-An explosion of the sweet caramel malts, a hint of cherry and barrel aged rum soaked dark fruit and a whif of alcohol give way to delicious grapefruit hops with a finish that goes on forever. Simply wonderful and utterly delicious.

M-Well balanced mouthfeel without being too chewy or heavy. Balanced carbonation. Spot on.

D-This is one of those beers that every sip is a pleasure and it is sad to see the bomber drained. I am a repeat customer for this offering, and have enjoyed each and every one completely.

This is a superb beer from a brewery that produces some of my favorites. Strong enough to have some backbone, but not so strong that you can enjoy a bit of this without getting knocked about. Lagunitas is one left coast brewery that is not afraid to let the malts shine and not blow it all to hell with over the top hopping. Bravo, this hits the ball out of the park.

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Photo of fav920
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of THE best bargains on the market!! Consistently pay $3.99 for a 22oz. bomber at Wine King in Wall, NJ.
Pours a reddish-orange similar to a double ipa, and smells like one too- though its categorized as a Red Ale. Poured into a tulip with a light head that disintegrates quickly.
Great hoppy taste that hides the alcohol, and keeps reminding me of a low quality double ipa, but for a red ale, and for this price, i'm hooked!
I've tried Lagunitas Maximus, which is their double ipa, for $8.99 per bomber. The Maximus may be slightly better, but certainly not more than twice as good, as price would suggest!

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours out a clear and bright golden amber. Head is thick, a bit rocky and lasts for the duration of the drinking experience, floating on about a half inch cap above the beer itself.

S: Great aroma, pure red ale with a strong, biscuity malt presence coupled with a double-ipa like hoppiness.There has got to be Amarillo hops in here, Simcoe too? Trying to get past just the "fruity/citrusy" descriptions here. Smells even a bit wild in places, that kind of woody/grapey thing that you find in sours comes out just a bit before getting swallowed up by the bigger hop and malt aromas.

T/MF: Super malty up front juicier hops rounding out the back end, melon being the most predominate hop flavor here. Working through the beer the hops take hold of the beer and looses a bit of its balance which I had been enjoying up the that point. This does not ruin the beer, but takes away from its overall enjoyability a bit. Feel is what I would like to get out of my homebrews, a pretty thick body the smooths over the rougher and more astringent portions that the hefty dose of hops lends this beer.

D: Pretty pleased with this beer, but I really, really do like red ales so I guess I wasn't taking much of a risk here.

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Photo of dstc
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, ruby/brown color with a tan head that falls to minimal or nothing.

Sweet malt aroma. Hops are present as well.

Nice hops but a nice balance of malts too. Semi-sweet with a clean finish then a lingering bitterness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a slight bite, maybe from the slightly higher alcohol content.

I like it, sweet yet hoppy.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 17 December 2010
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle

Pours a copper-crimson color, easily a 2-finger head, reduces to frothy thin film, very sticky lacing covers ~90% of the glass. Aroma of very earthy pine hops, and such a creamy sweet malt, much like vanilla! Follow-up aromas of pecans, giving this beer a phenomenal malt character. Taste starts off with well-balanced hops that don't overpower, followed by malts that are so wonderfully mixed, I couldn't even begin to explain them, so I leave it to the other generous BAs out there! Sweet malt attacks the palate and makes me beg for more. I could sip this all night. Truly a solid beer from Lagunitas.

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear, dark reddish honey-amber with a medium head that poofs. nose; sweet bun, orange, & citrus hops. taste; big caramel malt, sweet bread, grapefruit zest/pulp, citrus hops (floral, orangey amarillo & cascade), & light pine resin. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. red ale, or ipa with a strong caramel malt backbone? yummy whichever way you spin it!

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Photo of Kuaff
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this new Lagunitas offering for the first time yesterday, so naturally I bought it immediately (I don't really have to think about the decision with anything from Lagunitas). I poured it into a snifter at cellar temperature. (I swear, that's like my catch-phrase, now.) My bottle reads 8.65% rather than 8.9%.

This so-called "mondo large red ale" is really beautiful. There's a two-finger, dirty white head which goes well with its glowing, clear reddish amber, sort of auburn body. A unique and pleasing hue.

There's some pine and citrus in the scent, and a whole lot of enticing caramel candy mixed with glorious, grassy hops. Intoxicating.

I will be concise in describing the taste: It's like hop cones dipped in caramel. An ultra-delicious amalgamation of bitter hoppiness and sweet maltiness.

It has biting, aggressive carbonation which infuses life into the opposing yet complimentary flavor duality.

I enjoyed this one so much that I went and picked up another five bottles of it this morning, lest they all be sold out in the imminent future. This is the type of beer that doesn't sit unattended on the shelves for all that long, and it's no wonder why.

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 2,600 ratings.
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