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: 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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +4.1%
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 +4.1%
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 +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of schoolboy
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +4.1%
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 +4.1%
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 +4.1%
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 +4.1%
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 +4.1%
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 Ipa_kyle
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrStiffington
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +4.1%
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 +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of LeftyBWS
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Hazy orange in color, with some pronounced amber tones to it, especially near the top. Pours with a full 2 inches of smooth head with big bubbles at first, whitish in color. Sticky but spotty sheets of lacing. Esepcially after warming a bit, on the second pour from the bomber, this beer has an awesome color and an amazing creamy head that looks oh so enticing.
S: Piney and citrus hops with an underlying citrus, at first. Perhaps a hint of some fruit, like lemon or apples? Definitely a roasted sugariness to it as well, with nose-filling caramel malts that seem to grow after letting the beer warm. Pretty good smell, but the hops seem to disappear on the second pour.
T: Caramels and citrus right away, and this leads into some tangy but sweet hoppy flavors. More markedly sweet over time. The finish is initially kinda bitter, with some piney hops, but then a tingly sweetness comes in and washes everything away, leaving a tickle on the sides of the mouth. Overall, I really would have liked a bigger hop flavor, but as it is, I really can't complain about this taste.
M: Good for such a strong beer. Soft and smooth at first, and even creamier after warming. The finish remains kinda bitter, though, with a noticeable alcohol tingle.
D: Good; I enjoyed drinking this bottle, but this is plenty for me in one sitting.

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Photo of Ranz
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber.

A: With a careful pour in my tall tulip, it creates a thick two-finger head, frothy and creamy, above the golden amber brew that contains some nice carbonation from the bottom of the tulip.

S: Rich earthy malt coupled with piney citrus hops, there is a sharp floral pungence to it.

T: A lot darker than I had expected, the malt certainly overrides the hops to a fair degree, but there is still good balance here. It has a round, dry finish to it that lingers on the palate like a wrecking ball.

M: Quite effervescent with a solid yet warming mouthfeel, there is a bit of heat from the alcohol, which I almost always like.

O: Lagunitas continues to impress. This is a fun and unique take on the amber ale.

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Photo of nstroup
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dbrulet
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of megamass
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of merlin48
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twenty-two ounce bottle pours a mostly clear reddish amber body with a creamy, two finger beige head that is both sturdy and sticky. A good looker here.

Pungent hop aroma is highlighted by grapefruit and orange notes, but is edged with some pine essence. Caramel and toffee aromas are also upfront.

Medium body and a creamy carbonation.

Taste has a prevailing hop bitterness that is citrusy, grassy, and pine. A bit earthy at times. Solid maltiness balances well, and serves up a caramel and toffee base that is both toasty and sweetish. Hints of freshly sliced ripe orange emerge midway and last into the finish.

Very nicely done and highly drinkable. Lagunitas is brewing some excellent ales at more than reasonable prices. I paid less than five dollars for this bomber. Kudos!

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Photo of Chris_Panos
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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