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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 mithrascruor
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a hazy reddish copper-amber color with a thin off-white head with good lacing.

Smell: Nice aroma of slightly sweet malts, some spice and citrus.

Taste: Big citrus flavor with bready malts. Good balance of sweet and bitter flavors, though the spicy bitterness wins out in the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation. Pretty smooth.

Drinkability: A bit much on the carbonation, but nice flavor. Big ABV but you don't sense it in the flavor.

Totally somewhere in between an amber and an IPA. Not my favorite, but still nice and quite tasty.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a reasonably tightly beaded, initially three-finger thick, amber tinged tan colored head that forms a lacing pattern as it slowly recedes. The beer is a lightly hazy, dark cherry red color. The aroma has quite a bit of crystal / caramel malt character that is noticeable as I pour this brew. This is mixed in quite well with the hops, and in fact the hop character becomes much more dominant as I move in for a more focused exploration of the nose. Aromatic notes of resinous grapefruit, candied orange peel, syrup soaked lychees and interestingly enough something like candied cherries. The last I think is the point where the caramel malt character and hop notes meet. The hops also contribute, on a much more subdued level, notes of pine, a green grass character and a touch of menthol. As my nose gets used to the beer, aromas of toasted grain, biscuit malt, deeply caramelized malt sugars and a touch of warming alcohol become noticeable.

A rich mix of malt and hops, this has always reminded me a bit of Arrogant Bastard. The beer finishes with a certain astringent bitterness, and a toasty, slightly roasted malt note; both of these help to dry out this beer. Up front this beer is sweet with notes of caramel, brown sugar, and a touch of raisins. These notes are not all that easy to pull out though as there is a ton of hop character oozing out every pore of this beer. Competing notes of grapefruit, lychee and tangelo meld into and become subsumed by an aggressive, pine & menthol like, herbal / turpene driven hop stank. This beer has a medium heft to it, that in combination with the tongue scouring hop character and touch of warming alcohol, definitely make this a brew that is somewhere between a quaffing and a savoring brew (perhaps leaning more towards the sipping side of the spectrum).

This is perhaps a bit rough around the edges, some of the hops are definitely on the rough side of the spectrum, but sometimes that is just what a hophead wants (who needs those pansy-assed low cohumulone hops anyway). The mix of fruity hop driven notes, aggressive herbal hops, ample bitterness and dark malt character make this an engaging brew. I really like the depth of malt character here, or perhaps what I mean is that I love that the malt & darker malt notes play a significant role here. The malt character sometimes comes off as being a bit simplistically heavy on the crystal malt notes, but it still adds a significant character to this brew that even stands separated from the overwhelming hop character. Mighty tasty, and certainly serves as a hop fix for this oft-times hop head.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of Llewellyn9
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- decent tan head that settles to a thin layer with subtle lacing. beautiful ruby/honey color.

s- malty body, nice hop snap. honey?

t & m- melts in the mouth. light and creamy but gives way to an almost sticky hop aftertaste. generous caramel malts. slight residual sweetness, no alcohol present.

d- deadly drinkable. one endeavoring to see me sober at the end of the night would do well to keep this bad boy away from me.

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Photo of blakesell
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a belgian style cereal bowl.

Appearance- Pours a deep red with a half fingers worth of head and tiny bubbles rising from the bottom rousing the.. critters? It's either yeast sediment or dry hopping, you never can tell with Lagunitas. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass for the duration of the show.

Smell- Grapefruity hoppiness and a bit of light frutiness. Citrus and gummi bears. I am smelling things quite strangely toward the candy levels lately. Odd. Fresh mown grass in there too.

Taste- Wow there are the hops. Hops and alcohol upfront but fruit and malt behind it to give the beer a solid backbone. A bit buttery like buttered toast. Grainy but not overly so. Hoppy, but quite smooth.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and full bodied with a bit of alcohol warmth in there. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability- This is quite drinkable, but I'm not so sure I would do more than one in a sitting. Initally I was sure I would have another beer afterward, but soon after the warmth started creeping and there was no need. Great to have this in the 22oz size though as it is just enough compared to a smaller size.

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Photo of Bajasith
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my favorite snifter glass as a hazy amber/reddish huge began to appear with a small tan head...
Smell of sweet caramel/toffee malts with some earthy tones. Reminds me of freshly sanded wet cedar planks... Loved it.
Taste of sweet lightly roasted malts as the hops round out the flavor.
Surprisingly very smooth with a light creamy taste at the end. Sour notes linger but not to intense as the alcohol tames the IBU's... Excellent in how easy it is to drink. You will never tire out with this one.

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Photo of rwf08
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a mug.

A: A very nice medium brown color with reddish notes. Crystal clear but little head. A light ring around the glass and some sticky, spotty lacing in different locations on the glass. No hard lace lines.

S: Citrusy pungent hop character. Good malt in the back. Nice balanced combination.

T: I get malt and hops all at once. Hops dominate the palate but the malt is right there to counter balance it all. Some faint grain is left after the finish and come cocoa too.

M: On the lighter side as it should be. Coats the tongue and kind of leaves a film on it. Not bad just different.

D: Something to drink slow and enjoy. Flavors develop and come out as it warms up. I like it and since I have fresh bottles at my store I'll get some more.

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

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a CCB pint glass.

A: Reddish brown, fairly clear, with low visible carbonation but a big light tan head.

S: Caramel and toasted sweet malts, pine hops, sticky toffee, and grapefruit rind.

T: Follows the nose well – sweet malts, toffee, grapefruit and resinous pine hops, caramel, and maybe some cardboard/oxidation (unfortunately, there's no date on the bottle). Light sweetness with a restrained hop bitterness in the hang.

M: Fairly heavy body for style, moderate alcohol, carbonation sensation on the low side.

O: Not bad, but nothing I'd be in a big hurry to repeat. The Lucky 13.alt is superior, in my opinion.

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Photo of twage04
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper brown/red. Smell is of malt and hops. Taste is pretty sweet, full bodied with lots of fruit. Tastes similar to maximus and undercover shutdown ale, lagunitas seems to have a pretty similar profile for these kind of beers. Overall tasty but if you've had one lagunitas 7% + abv you've probably had them all.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

clear, deep, reddish copper. big, beautiful thick head leaves rings around the glass, dies down to a quarter inch or less, but makes a good effort at hanging around. sweet malty smell with hops to balance it. there's a tiny bit of - not sure of the right word. astringency? - but, really, it's minor . has that wonderful characteristic lagunitas flavor in the background. thick, yummy, hard to not go thru this fast. sweet up front, lingers a bit, and finishes perfectly with a bit of hops saying hello at the end. others have said this would be a great intro brew to show friends better beer, and i agree; very easy drinking, very approachable. i think this would be great with steak.

it's been awhile since i've had a lagunitas, and it's very nice to reacquaint myself with lucky 13.

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

From notes taken 09/15/16:

Bright orange copper but neon yellow near the top. Mostly clear with consistent haze. Foamy head is lemony tan, retains well. Strong resin, dried fruit, caramel aromas. Touch of dark fruit, sweet orange, booze. Palate is caramel, toast, raisin, apricot, cherries, wet paper, added sugar, with resiny to piney to soapy hops, overly perfumey, alcohol well-balanced, peppercorn retro-olfaction. Full-bodied, boozey heat, fine tingly suds, finishing creamy.

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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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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 2,595 ratings.
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