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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

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 Bear1964
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour from the bottle to the Pint glass showed a wonderful deep amber brew with a glorious tan head which left nice lace in its wake, aroma was hops dominated with some alcohol in the background which is what Lagunitas smells like. Taste again was hops forward that lingered for a bit on the tongue, the malt stepped up right after that for a nice finish that left the mouth clean and without hop bitter. Mouthfeel was clean and after the hops flair, smooth and well rounded. Overall it's a good brew but the hop smack reminds me of most of the Lagunitas offerings...not a bad thing really but I would've liked a tad more malts and sugars peeking out instead. Great price for a bomber and I try any beer at least once, at $4.50 a Bomber how can you say no?

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Photo of PaleZombie
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a wine glass.

A - Orange copper color with about 1 finger of head, good lacing.

S - Strong caramel malts, mild tropical fruit hop notes, some alcohol.

T - To me this was a malt bomb. Extremely strong sweet caramel malts all the way through with a slight bitter hop finish.

M - Very thick and oily, medium carbonation.

O - A pleasant beer however it wasn't as hop forward as i thought it would be. Still very tasty and cheap.

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Photo of sstackho
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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 thecheapies
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnished bronze-to-brick red color with microfoam header. Laces with ease. Looks big and sticky.

A harmonious nose with sweet malts, rye-like pepperiness, treacle, sweet floral and citrus hop with dankness, creaminess, perfume, and a bite of pomme and alcohol. Delightful.

Creamy malts squelch out most of the kilned notes. Apple-like hops are rich with sweetness and floral tones. Not really dank, after all, but mildly bitter behind sweet nutty malt grains. Notes of caramel and treacle syrup that never become too pronounced. Tastes fresh with a zippy pep of implied spice. Totals out with some fumage from the almost 9% ABV. Dangerously drinkable in its smoothness. Warms the belly, which can't quite catch up to the tongue's warning. Body has some stickiness, but retains a creamy nature that is a big positive for the feel. Carbonation is mostly soft, with some collective sizzle under the lips. Nice beer. Not stereotypically Lagunitas, in a good way.

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Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper with a huge two fingers of head. The nose has dank and malty notes. The flavor is malt forward with a nice array of dank hops on the finish. The finish also has a trace of sticky bun-like sweetness which is a bit out of place.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes: 2010 Release, abv listed as 8.56%

Appearance -- Pours a deep ruddy amber with two fingers of rocky beige head. Great clarity, monster lacing.

Smell -- In a word: dank. Pine hop aroma dominates, with some additional citrus/tropical fruit notes. Some sweet caramel maltiness and buttery bread in the backdrop.

Taste -- Largely follows the nose. Lots of resinous hops with citrus and tropical being a little further forward in flavor than in aroma. More malt sweetness than the nose let on. Caramel and raw can sugar balance the load of hops. Finish is grapefruit rind, raw cane sugar, and some burnt toast.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, moderate carbonation. Feels slick, leaves a bit of an oily hop resin coating on the mouth. Satisfying.

Drinkability -- Hopped up, but well balanced. Nothing seems too far out of proportion. Excellent hoppy red, glad I got mine.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: beautiful burgundy with off-white head that leaves sone decent lacing

s: warm caramel malts; some light roasted coffee and chocolate; citrus hops;

t: warm caramel; light toffee; coffee; spicy citrus hops; chocolate; butteriness; good balance of malt and hop flavors

m: really creamy but a little sticky

d: a good ired in my opinion with a lot of flavors that are well-blended

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Photo of DJRezN00
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to TheChauffeur1.

Poured a nice amber color with a slight haze and a rather large slightly tan head that hangs quite nice into a snifter.
Nose tingles with spicy hops and alcohol. malt characters are strong here that remind me of a small barleywine. there is a balance to me in smell but it teeters very rapidly either way.
once again in taste i am reminded of a small barleywine with strong hop notes. leaves a small alcohol tinge in the background and rests nice on the palate. the aftertaste lingers a bit.
slight greasy feel with awesome carbonation. slightly chewey...lol but very nice sparkling feeling and refreshing. alcohol low enuff to drink fairly well as a session beverage. as long as you dont slam em down lol.

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Photo of kegger22
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium, reddish brown with a moderate head that reduced to a collar. The aroma was malty. The taste was a good balance of citrus hops and malty sweet. There was no bitterness in the aftertaste. The feel was medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Drinkability was reasonably good. Lucky 13 may be a red ale but it drinks more like an APA.

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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 AltBock
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber bottle with the best Lagunitas label I've seen yet. They put some effort into this label. It starts off with a little rectangle with the word "exayeayeaye" in it. I think I might know what they're trying to say there. Below that in medium sized red letters is "Lagunitas." After that is the main picture of a big gold horse shoe that has a beautiful tanned black haired woman in it. This woman looks very similar to the famous pin up girl from the 1950s, Bettie Page. She's giving a very sultry look while holding a pint glass full of a brown colored beer. I sure hope the beer itself isn't going to look like that. Toward the bottom and behind the horse shoe and the Bettie Page look a like is what appears to be a mountain range with a big red explosion behind it. At the bottom of the horse shoe is the number 13 in red, the word "Lucky" in front of the number, and "Anniversary Release" all in red cursive letters. To the left and right of the words "Anniversary Release" is where they state the O.G. of 1.085, 76.92 IBU, and it's Alcohol 8.3% ABV. On the outer black rims of the label is where they keep the Government warning and a nice hefty paragraph telling you about the beer. No date anywhere on the label or bottle. Upon further inspection, I found out that on the right side of the horse shoe is the name of the artist of John Wishman who drew this wonderful label. Just a great label!

Appearance: Served in a Brooklyn Brewery/Winking Lizard Imperial Pint glass. Lucky 13 looked nothing like the beer the Bettie Page look a like was holding on the label. In real life, the beer is actually a dark amber with cranberry red highlights. It had a quarter of an inch of this white meets tan colored head of foam that that quickly dissipated into some white/tan colored bubbles along the edge of the beer and a small trace of white/tan colored bubbly lace around the glass. Lagunitas came close to what they said this beer was, a Mondo Large Red Ale.

Smell: When I popped the cap, I could really smell the pine that was in this. When it settled into the glass it had a mild aroma of just a slice of fresh grapefruit, a recently picked pine tree pine cone, a few citrus hops, and some toasted malts and sweet caramel toward the bottom of the beer. The malts and caramel only came out when the glass was about half full. Other times it was just the grapefruit, pine cone, and the citrus hops. Basically, each aroma flavor took their turn on when to come out.

Taste: This beer isn't going to give you any BS! It started right off the bat with a strong grapefruit/pine hop bomb. They couldn't wait to detonate the hop bomb in your mouth. They wanted to do it right away for some reason. After the explosion, the taste then went into some toasted biscuit malts, a touch of caramel, a pine cone, a few citrus fruits, and then finished with a slight drop of alcohol. I sort of liked the hop bomb in the beginning instead of it being at the end of the taste. Like I said before, it didn't want to give you any BS by leading you into the hop bomb, it just blew up right there in the beginning.

Mouthfeel: I would have to say that it's more medium bodied than full bodied, low carbonation, and with a not too strong aftertaste of that grapefruit/pine hop bomb that was in the taste. The hops were on the stubborn side by not leaving your mouth on it's on accord. I think it masks it's 8.3% ABV. I couldn't taste or feel much of the alcohol. I'm sure if you drank 2 of these in a sitting, you would be having an unlucky day.

Drinkability: I've had a few Lagunitas brews before, but I believe this is my favorite one so far. I didn't have a problem drinking a whole bomber bottle by myself and neither will you. Would I drink another one in the future? I sure would! If the label doesn't entices you to buy a bottle, then maybe it's hop content will. Well done Lagunitas on the beer and for choosing to put that sweet ass label on it.

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Photo of clalalive
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Besides just a little sweeter than I would like, this amber ale could easily top what I have tried so far in the Amberscope. This smooth mouth feel is almost unparaelleled in other beers I have tried. Definitely very enjoyable and very good overall, but the sweetness really pops and that does takes some of its excellence away because the malt will then be felt less.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Dogfish Head Off-Centered pint glass.

Pours a clear, burnt copper body beneath a thin lid of creme-colored head that retains well. Rocky patches of bubbles cap the liquid beneath and leave behind small splotches of lacing. Tropical fruit notes reach the nose first, bursting with pineapple, pear, and mango. The fruity sweetness is balanced by a minty hop presence with oily herbs and resins. The aroma is enticing, but a bit on the sweet, and slightly underwhelming, side of the spectrum.

The flavor rides the line between a 4 and a 4.5, reminding me of a less intense, more fruity american barleywine. 13 balances impeccably between caramel-honey malts and resinous hop bitterness. The body is nicely carbonated with a medium body and a chewy, sticky mouthfeel that transitions to a lingering hoppy finish. I want more. This is quite a solid brew, and I'm glad I have the other half of the bomber to meet me at the end of this review.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a finger of reddish head on a clear, deep amber colored body.
The aroma is rich: finished wood, dry grain and lemon.
They get big flavor points for the shear "biggness" of the beer. Big malt, big hops, big bitterness, lower malt sweetness. It tastes "red."
The texture is crisper with moderate carbonation.
They hit it for a big red ale.

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Photo of david18
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer a lot, even more than the bottle version. The 8.3 percent alcohol is well hidden in the malty flavor and the hop bitterness.

Great red color, very good hop aroma and bitterness. I'll get this again whenever I see it on draft. Great for any season.

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

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: rich, clear orange-amber. Very little head fades to collar and thin islands of foam, minimal lacing. Faint but steady carbonation rises up the glass.

S: Hops first, then a nice rich malty aroma, sweet with some familiar fruit I cannot place- maybe raisin, plus chewy, slightly tart malts. A good sniff brings the alcohol bite as well.

T: spicy hop bitterness, balanced by sweetish, rich, chewy malt, ripe fruits, and more than a touch of warming alcohol. Tiny hint of metallic on the finish. Hops fade and malt sweetness prevails.

M: Full body, light to medium carbonation, finish is slick and sweeter, with not much lasting hop scrub.

D: Very drinkable for the ABV. Excellent balance makes this a dangerous beer for me.
Overall, a very well-done beer by Lagunitas.

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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 WetCoaster
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hmmm, looks a bit like Bigfoot, actually. Deep amber with a garnet undertone. Clear with lazy carbonation and a caramel head. Head's a bit lackluster and retention is a so-so, but overall it's a good-looking beer.

Smell: Whoa, the spruce is on the loose. The pine-iest pine that ever pined. Oh, and grapefruit, how about that. Beneath that is a tangy, fruity maltiness that tries -- and fails -- to balance this citrus/evergreen bomb. If you like hops, you'll like this.

Taste: Pine, obviously, grapefruit rind, lemon, cherry, and caramel bordering on chocolate bubbling up from the malt. Bitters up nicely at the finish. It's a flavorful beer to be sure, but I've been here before with Lagunitas.

Mouthfeel: I like this a lot; thick, smooth, but there's enough carbonation to keep it from getting syrupy on you -- quite rich.

Drinkability: I'm a bit conflicted with this one. It's quite tasty and at around 8 percent, not totally out-of-control alcohol-wise. But at the same time, it's a pretty middle-of-the-road beer from these guys, especially for an anniversary beer. I can't complain about it, but I can't get too excited about it, either. Lagunitas may be in a bit of a rut, methinks -- I'd like to see something a bit more out there from them next year.

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Photo of beergoot
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep amber body, clear, with a thick, sticky white head; lots of rings of foam and lacing on the glass. Nice combination of malt sweetness and spicy hop aroma; pine and some cinnamon. Warm, toasted grain flavor with a graham cracker-like tone; caramel notes; zesty hop bitterness. Medium body; clean, semi-dry finish.

A very nice interplay of malt sweetness with hop spiciness and bitterness. Almost seems like there is some rye in this one. Subtle yet deep complexity. Nice balance throughout. Excellent work in letting the grains and hops shine while not letting the high ABV over-dominate things. A damn good beer...

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Photo of gonzo46and2
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruby and clear. Absolutely beautiful in the glass. One finger of rocky head.

Smell is full of hops. Perfumy and floral. Smells like cascade hops. Little bits of citrus with a firm malt backbone.

Taste: Molasses, brown sugar, caramel and hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: Very easily drinkable and will fool you with the ABV. This is a big beer with a bigger malt profile than most IPA's but similar in flavor.

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

Deep amber pour with a fluffy cream colored head leaving some nice lacing around the glass.

Interesting beer - aroma and flavor are all mixed up with some really malty notes coming through sometimes, and more bitter hoppy elements dominating at other times - I even get a little bit of some mild spiciness from this. Carbonation seems about right and the slightly higher than normal ABV is hidden well. Interesting & tasty brew and something I would drink again.

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Photo of philbe311
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Slightly more than two fingers worth of light khaki colored head that is a bit airy and uniformly packed with a bit of a dimpled top and a couple of stray big chunky bubbles mixed in... Rock solid retention... The color is a blend of rich amber and light bronze... There is a distinct reddish hue lingering beneath the surface that provides a nice lively glow... A few streaks of moderately paced carbonation... A good bit of sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A powerful, unique, assertive nose right off the bat... Mentholyptus... Pine... Candied sugars... Pineapple... A hint of caramel... Light brown sugar... A slight medicinal component... Perhaps even some light floral notes...

T - The nose was a wonderful predictor of what materialized on the palate... Piney to start... Undertones of the mentholyptus... A bit of citrus goodness... Caramel... Toffee... Brown sugar... A kiss of floral notes...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Clean and crisp... Slightly sticky... Rich... Pungent... Lightly carbonated... Even and consistent...

D -A rather unique American Amber / Red Ale... The 77 IBU seems a bit understated as this one is packed with pungent bitterness... The mentholyptus notes I pick up several facets are a wee bit off putting, but also add a rather unique character... An interesting brew worth exploring, but not something I will revisit regularity...

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, no apparent bottled on date present. Excited to try this offering from Lagunitas, as it is one I haven't tried before. I have had the Lagunitas Lucky 13.alt, which I remember enjoying, and I am looking forward to trying this one.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours two thick fingers of creamy fluffy tan head on top of a beautiful coppery chestnut colored body with lots of sediment floating around the glass. Looks very nice. Despite the haze of the sediment, the beer is mostly clear. Second pour yields three giant fingers of fluffy heady, with very nice thick sheets of lacing.

S - Smell is of the same pungent citric grapefruit hop extract smell that encompasses most Lagunitas beers. Roasted caramel malts. Almost a light vanilla scent in there somewhere as the beer warms a bit.

T - Taste is of tart, bitter hop presence. Some earthy, woody, nutty flavors are also present. Faint hint of dark cherry bitterness, dry earth, and some spicy cracked peppercorns / rye. Some noticeable alcohol heat, but this beer's 8.90% abv is masked nicely. A tasty imperial red ale, not straying too far from the norm, but definitely a solid tasting brew.

M - Feel is bitter, resinous, creamy & somewhat dry in the finish. Earthy nuttiness & peppery rye retains it's flavor throughout.

Overall, not straying too far from what the typical imperial amber / red ale is like, with a nice peppery bite to it. Nice 8.90% abv remains well-hidden, this beer goes down remarkably smooth for such a high alcohol beer. Nothing super spectacular, but for $5 a bottle of quality beer, you definitely can't beat anything by Lagunitas.

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale ---4/5.

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Photo of plaid75
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark hazy copper hue with a one and a half finger creamy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a sweet caramel malt with hints of burnt grain and piney hops.

The taste was rather well balanced and consisted of a sweet toasted malt and a spicy piney hop. Some cereal graininess detected as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the full side with a pleasant dry finish.

Overall a tasty and easy to drink ale.

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

12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a medium amber/orange, cloudy, with a one and a half finger head, loose, foamy cling. Smells of citrusy hops- orange, grapefruit, malt, brown sugar, some dank and piney hops. The taste is citrus- less than the nose, malt, caramel, brown sugar, some piney hops, a fair amount of hop bitterness throughout. Mostly smooth, good body.

Nice beer, easy drinking. Good flavor.

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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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