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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
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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: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our 13th Anniversary Beer in was a Staff Favorite, So We Make it Each Year. BIG on the Amarillo Hops and Rich Dark Malts for a Round and Huge, Smoky Flavor.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2007

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Photo of joe1510
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bottle
Sam's Downers Grove

Lagunita's Lucky 13 poured a delicious looking crystal clear copper. A 1 finger creamy slightly off white head formed on the pour that stuck around. Left moderate patchy lacing.

This is one hoppy red ale. Big sweetened grapefruit nose along with minimal pine needle. A nice caramel sweetness keeps the hops somewhat in line. Some alcohol fumes rise through the fruitiness.

There is a toasted bread maltiness that sets the canvas. The hops show up mid palate with a unsweetened grapefruit bitterness that leads into a sweetened grapefruit sweetness. Finishes with mild alcohol fumes and slight pine resin. Very nice.

Medium bodied with sluggish carbonation. The beer coats the throat with a prickly tongue numbing bitterness.

Easy drinker. This 22 is going to go down easy. I wish I would have picked up a few more of these.

An excellent big, strong, potent, hoppy red ale. I love hoppy reds and this, so far, is the best I've come across. Really an enjoyable and tasty beer.

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Photo of kcinlober
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: gold copper color, fairly transparent.

aroma: strong notes of citrus, grass, and pine. extremely bright.

palate: hits hard with the hops but not too strong a finish. the hops are dominant, with the citrus and pine from the dry hops being the dominant flavor. I get a little maltiness at the end to give it great depth for a red ale.

overall: fantastic, should be more of an ipa than a red ale

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint.

The body is amber/red. Two finger off white head dies down to a foam cap on top. Nice lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smells of caramel and toffee sweet malts. A hint of citrusy hops.

Taste is of caramel and toffee malts with bitter resin and grapefruit malts. Nicely balanced. Very flavorful, and pretty straight forward.

Mouthfeel is a bit more than medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth, and crisp with a subtle bite on the end.

Pretty easy to drink. The abv is almost non existent.

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Photo of shauun176
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HarrySTruman
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A nice copper/auburn color. Minimal head that lasts the whole glass. Strong lacing.

Malty scent, sweet, almost too sweet. Hops and citrus, slight hint of pine or resin. Hard to distinguish.

Tastes of hops and alcohol. The alcohol isn't well hidden but is very well embraced by the other flavors. Finishes sweet and of citrus. Very refreshing on a hot day.

Good amount of carbonation. Light and sweet on the taste buds. Easy to drink.

Very nice flavor on this beverage. Very strong in its price range. Maybe just a bit too sweet for the style imo, but still a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of tdm168
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark reddish amber with a huge, off white, dense head that has great retention and leaves a ton of lacing

S - pineapple, pine, sugar, caramel, grapefruit

T - pine, cake batter, sugar, caramel, grapefruit, pineapple, mildly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a fantastic amber ale. It has a great malt character but an even more profound, deep hop character. The balance and drinkability here is fantastic and the ABV is no where to be found. This is really a good beer.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a clear copper red, short tan head dissipated to a few islands with a pretty good lace
S - sweet molasses, roasty and grainy malt hints, brown sugar reduction, plum, and a spicy hop note
T - a malt bomb, sweet sugary dark molasses, strong roasty grains, and plum fruitiness, and a nice hop spice
M - medium carbonation, smooth and almost chewy moving to slightly bitter and tingly on the palate
D - this is a big beer (Mondo as it were), great variety and balance of malts, sweet, fruity, spicy, and the alcohol is VERY well hidden, another home run for Lagunitas

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Photo of DoubleMalt
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Clydesdale
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly translucent reddish-bronze color. The orange-tinted head is moderately large, dense, and creamy, with solid retention. Lacing is nice, with some frothy rings left along the top of the glass.

S: Impressively malty aromas - caramel for the most part with some contributions from pale malts as well. Robust citric hops recall orange pith and sweetened grapefruit. Perhaps slightly piney also. Fruity aromas are also present - sort of a nectarine/pineapple character as far as I can tell.

T: Others have compared this to an aggressively malted DIPA, and that seems fairly apt. A strong malt presence here, lending brown sugar and some caramel to the flavor. That said, this beer can't really be called sweet thanks to an equally robust hop profile. Orange pith, candied grapefruit, and some lurking pine sap are all present, adding considerable flavor and bitterness. Actually, the hops get progressively fruitier and zestier as I continue drinking this bomber. Ripe nectarines seem like the best comparison. Alcohol is noticeable without really getting in the way too much.

M: Slightly full-bodied, although not nearly as much as I would expect. Carbonation is medium. A bit dry into the finish, along with a somewhat heated alcohol character.

D: Another big, tasty ale from Lagunitas. A lot to like here, especially for the $4 price tag. It's hefty, and you'll start to feel it halfway through the bomber, but it's nice to find something that can jostle you around a little and still leave a good impression.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep amber with a bit of copper coming through. Nice wheat head and a bit of lacing.

S: Loads of floral hops come right at me alongside some bready caramel malt.

T: The floral hops completely dominate the show and bring forth pretty big amounts of bitterness. A little bit of citrus and grassy hops as well. A hint of caramel in the background.

M: Light-to-medium body with a nice dryness to it.

D: Very drinkable. Lagunitas sure does it right when it comes to hops.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

6-Pack from Vons; first tried it last year. Not my favorite Lagunitas brew. I got it mostly for the high potency.

L: Into a wide goblet, it pours a dark burnt orange-copper color, vertical streams of tiny bubbles rise in swirling lines with a moderately gentle pour that summons two fingers of fine foam. The body is perfectly clear, with a frothy beige head that lingers as a film and leaves sticky lacing.

S: Those Amarillo hops are noticeable. Tropical esters of nectarine, passion fruit, guava, papaya, and orange rind cover a toasty, roasty oat bran backbone like jam, a little bit of molasses marries the two.

T: Danker than expected for an 8.8%, although the booze is well-hidden. Barleywine flavors of prune, plum, Roast coffee, and dark chocolate are prominent, with just a hint of guava and papaya and clear blood orange on the finish (the saving grace is that there is no grapefruit), not much other fruity flavors penetrate that thick malt profile.

F: Perfect consistency, not too thick, very smooth, and a little creamy, but there's a sour/bitter/salty flavor like soy-sauce that clings to the tongue a little too long.

O: Great brew, but a little too salty, and inappropriately roasty in my opinion.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revisit: 25 Apr 16
12 oz. Bottle

Been A Little While!

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some very nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a nice little hop note, slight citrus, slight dark fruits. The taste is pretty nice malty, some hoppyness, slight citrus, some dark fruits. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty good, a nice complexity with this brew, a quite different dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very nice beer. Glad to have gotten a chance to try it again, here in GJ.

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear light mahongy color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tan head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, sweet, very slight dark fruit, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, big on malts/caramel, some dark fruits. Medium body. Very drinkable, another very tasty brew from a underrated brewery, highly recommended.

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Photo of CarolinaBorn80
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of schoolboy
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I always expect good brews from Lagunitas, but this one great exceeded expectations.

It is real purdy. All reddish light brown - exactly what a red should be. Lace up the wazoo too. The aroma is strong and hoppy, and not just finishing hops, you can tell there are hops and malts having a good time in there from the smell.

The taste is very large. All malty and hoppy. Tangy, slightly sharp and with a slight bite. The whole package is big and sticks around nicely.

I will need to get more of these!

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Photo of Phoneguy
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a beautiful copper red/orange with a thin tan head which left decent lacing on the glass. Heady aromas of grapefruit and papaya in the bouquet and flavors of grapefruit from start to finish. A very slight sweetness and a hefty mouth feel contributed by the barley malts, ending with a slightly dry finish. Truly a mondo large red ale!

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper golden with some clarity. 1 finger of head and sticky lace left ALL over the glass.

S - Wow, sweet and malty with some serious citrus hops. Amarillo I believe.

T - Sweet caramel, with a huge sweet malty backbone. Maybe brown sugar, but also with a nice warming alcohol feel.

M - Oily, smooth, low carbonated. Medium bodied. Almost perfect mouthfeel

O - A damn tasty anniversary ale. Cheers to Lagunitas on another amazing brew! And many more...

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Photo of nsmartell
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the Bomber bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a ruby red with a 1/2" dirty white head that does not last long.

Smell: Pungent, grassy hops with a nice toasted malt back.

Taste: Similar to the nose, this beer tastes of grassy hops and toasted malts with just a hint of alcohol to finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little sticky and a good dry finish.

Drinkability: Good. Went down nice and I could easily enjoy another bomber. Would/will drink again and recommend.

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Photo of albertjr21
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from 2010 poured into a tulip on 5.31.11.

A: Appears a semi-clear and dull reddish color under a thin but persistent film head. Looks the color of iced tea.

S: A very appealing and complex aroma with sweet notes of gingerbread, caramel malt, bright sour citrus and brown sugar,

M: After sitting in fridge temperature for several months, I've let the bottle hang out at room temperature for about 15 minutes. There seems to be the perfect mellow carbonation here to call this a somewhat quenching brew though the finish does leave the palate dry and nicely bitter'd up. Sophisticated body and relatively smooth.

T: At its opening, this approaches the palate immediately with its deep earthy sugar and mild peppery spice. Resinous flowery hops and a pleasant note of burnt sugary caramel echo for a long time in the finish.

O: A fine "Imperialized" Red...

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Photo of zhanson88
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lucky 13 pours a deep red color with mahogany highlights. There is about a finger of off-white head that sticks around pretty nicely, and results in fine lacing.

Smell: Sweet, caramel malts up front with piney and resinous hop scents. Not overly complicated but very appealing.

Taste: Sweetness and caramel malts up front, with a bit of citrus and a lot of piney hops at the finish. Once again, not the most complex but just a damn solid flavor. About perfect for the style.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is medium bodied with super smooth carbonation, and the flavor clings like crazy to the inside of the mouth. Super sticky and resinous, which is a good thing. This beer is probably a little heavy to be called extremely drinkable, but the flavors and smoothness make it come close.

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Photo of Dirtnasty
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrStiffington
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lucky 13 poured into a tulip glass. Looks dark orange, crisp and clear. Nice smell - floral, citrus, spicy, sweet. Tastes pretty much the same. It has a tangy, sweet taste. Excellent balance of malts and hops. Smooth mouthfeel. I really love those strong amber ales. Good one, Lagunitas!

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice label on the bottle, and who can say no to any "Lucky 13" this or that, even nowadays? Pours clarified rusty red-orange with a dense cobwebby head. Nose oozes pine and malt; sweet and dank. Flavor is predominantly floral-pine, just super-hoppy , with some nice malt rounding it out. Bitter on the back end, but more alcohol in the nose than in the flavor, being balanced out by the sweetness. Slick, heavy beer, floating over the tongue on some light and effective carbonation. Overall, Lagunitas knows their hops and can get dangerous with abv while still keeping things sweet (this one's an 8.8!). Huge ale, in a sixer, ten bucks. No complaints here.

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4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tubeyes
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: a nice reddish orangish color. Good clarity and a generous off-white to tan head that leaves a bit in the way of lacing

Smell: sweet malts, caramel and sugars. Some fruity hops but not anything to much

Taste: malts malts and malts. Caramelly and toasty and brown sugary. Lots of sweetness from the malts up front. Some hoppiness that balances well. Some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: heavier side. Maybe some warming. Very creamy. Love the creaminess.

Overall: this is a killer beer at a killer price. I will certainly by one every time I see it. It reminds me why I love malty beers. Love the malt mixture and the creaminess. Must try for the big red and malt lovers

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 2,717 ratings
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