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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

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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Reviews: 935 | Ratings: 2,595
Photo of jdense
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle shared with colleague poured into tasting glass.

Copper colored brew, one finger off-white head, good lacing. Hops predominate a bit in the nose, but bready malts with a bit of lingering caramel are noted. Spicy hops on the tastebuds, a bit of grapefruit, but a hot alcohol finish makes this a less than fully drinkable brew. Busy mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation. Not as heavy as Stone 13th Anniversary, which is the best comparator I can see in this tricky Imperial Red category.

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Photo of socon67
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Bright copper pout with streaking lacing running down. Small bubbles of carbonation, and very clear.

S - Smells of sweet malts. Some njotes of caramel and berries is present.

T - Solid malt scent that has some flavors of berries and caramel. There is a finish of dry hops that have as much earthy flavors as bitterness.

M - For the ABV this is wildly drinkable and an impressivle robust amber. Could be a favorite for malt lovers.

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Photo of RixBeer
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin and light amber red with a 2" eggshell colored head. The suds fade into a thin 1/4" layer leaving behind a lot of it stuck to the sides of the glass.

Aromas of hops and caramel malt with a hint of some sort of grape-like fruit.

Big [MONDO] hops kick in with a nice punch just as the first sip of malt dies down into the throat. It has a nice smoothness but isn't as balanced as the aroma. It has more hops than any other Red Lager I have ever had. Not a bad thing, just unexpected.

Nice sticky mouthfeel but has a great malt flavor that fits in perfect with the change of the seasons from summer to fall here in Boston!

Very easy to drink! A good pick up! I think this is a good beer to have a few of and kick back with the fellas...

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Photo of cokes
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bronze bodied topped with a short but sticky beige film.
The somewhat muted nose brings conifers, rose oil, orange rinds, brown sugar, and walnuts.
Begins with a toasted malt rush into the mouth, it quickly ventures on towards mixed nuts (bitter almonds and walnuts, primarily) glazed with brown sugar. There's a slight pause, then the hops bring in a forcefully bitter notion of pine cones, orange juice, and pressed flowers.
A taut medium body is given spark by a steady, if sluggish, carbonation.
It's quite drinkable, and while featuring the hops a bit more, it retains a certain amount of balance. It's like a slightly earthier/nuttier Arrogant Bastard.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into nonic. Number ExAyeAyeAye.

Clear deep copper hue with a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing.

The aroma is mostly sharp hops. Light brown sugar in the background.

Once again the hops steal the show. Plenty of sharp and spicy hops on top of a roasty malt base (caramel, brown sugar). Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is the lingering hops (I think I taste centennial?).

A pretty good beer. I'm starting to like these Red Ales that are loaded with hops. They're like a dark IPAs. Recommended.

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Photo of trep
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper body below a nicely retained ivory head. Great clarity and sporadic carbonation bubbles. Looks great in a pint glass. Typical Lagunitas aroma, pine/citrus hops with caramel maltiness. Smells sweet and sticky.

Nice balance between malt and hops. Tastes a little watery, though. Good flavor from both sides of the spectrum. Citrusy hops taste like fresh grapefruit and the malt is sweet and delicious. Bitterness is there, but not overwhelming. Finishes with citrus and the skin of grapes.

Medium bodied with nice carbonation to keep it from being too thick. Pretty drinkable for what it is. A solid brew, I wouldn't mind if this was available year-round instead of Maximus.

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Photo of omniscientcause
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: Bottle into a Pint glass.

A - Clear orange and amber with a thin white head of maybe a finger.

S - Piny hop aroma but nothing amazing.

T - Didn't notice any alcohol taste at 8.9. It had the familiar hop and citrus taste present in all Lagunitas Brews. (Which I enjoy)

M - A little thicker than a medium body.

O - A solid beer from Lagunitas, they always make a decent beer worth having again.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of tayner
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottle.

Poured into a victory hopdevil shaker pint. Has a amber color with red hue. Off white head that clings and laces nicely, and remains a layer across the liquid for the entire glass.

Smell up front for me was a caramelized brown sugar and with deep inhalation i could feel the burn of alcohol. very little hops to be smelled despite the bottle saying it was 76.92 IBU. I am hoping the stickiness of the head means lots of hops in, and smell is just muted.

This brewery is not usually my favorite one, but this brew surprised me. I am having it with my lunch, and it pairs well with some cheese and crackers. Up front is the floral and citrus hop profile I was afraid was lacking from the nose. It is not so strong as to burn the tongue, but it cannot go unnoticed either. Midpalate I am getting some of the same caramelized brown sugar flavors that I could smell. The finish is quite dry and slightly bitter. Pretty decently balanced. The alcohol is nicely tucked away too.

This one is midbodied but with enough carbonation to keep the hop oils from being too oily on the tongue and helping the finish to be dry.

The alcohol is hidden, and with food this bomber was easy to put down rather quickly, and it nearly gave me a lunchtime buzz. It is definitely worth the $4, and IMO one of the best offerings from Lagunitas. Shame it is a limited beer.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle a rich, translucent amber to a sun king shaped pint glass with a full one finger off white foamy head with a great deal of lace.

aroma of malty sweet candy corn and earthy hops.

malty sweet, faint earthy hops, candied caramel nuts, subtle fruitiness.

very smooth and creamy, medium carbonation, very nice.

drinkable - oh yeahhh.

* and at 5$ a bottle, this is a great beer.

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Photo of Humulus85
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second of the Lagunitas line (hop stoopid being the first). Poured a bit lighter than anticipated; with a cream, two finger head and pale amber color. Sweet and hoppy at the front with a nice raisiny sweetness on the finish. Not too thick either, which I like, and plenty of carbonation. Makes for a overall tasty, strong, but drinkable brew.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep rosewood color with some nice bubbles and splendid, pillowy head. Modest lace.

S - Hops, caramel.

T/M - Terrific! Delicious caramel, citrus and hops all in harmony and providing a superb ale experience. It has a nice, velvety swing to it that is a pleasure to swirl down.

D - Very drinkable for year 'round enjoyment on its own or with BBQ ribs and an after-dinner cigar.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely red tinged deep amber, with a full and forthy head of yellow-white bubbles. Lacing is excellent and consistent right down through the glass. Looks very sticky and thick, and very tasty. I love a good looking Red Ale, and this is one. Could be more truly red, but it's pretty good.

Nose is a little thin. Little sweetness and a bit of reedy piney hop fragrance. A touch of grapefruit. Not a lot on the nose overall though.

Taste is better. Pleasant sweetness with a nice bite of hops through the centre. Finish is pleasantly malty, with just enough remaining hop oil to cleanse the palate. Buttery feel, very pleasant. Perhaps a slightly sweeter palate than perfect for my ultimate American red, but it delineates it nicely from a darker IPA.

Very nice beer, although lacking in some key areas. Well, whatever. I'm happy to drink it. I'm still waiting for an Australian brewery to get this style right.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler filled last night at the brewery into a tulip glass.

A: Beautiful finger-and-a-half of head. Clear, red-amber.

S: Hops. Amber malt. Lots of hops. Pretty much what I expected from a "Large Red Ale."

T/M: I like it, but it's not exceptional. Lightly bitter, kind of thin, and a touch acidic. Citrusy hops are the most prominent, but there's a nice apple fruitiness. The endtaste is dry and kind of sickly. Nice carbonation still.

O: Pretty good imperial red -- recommended if you like the style. Would drink again.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - copper colored beer with off white colored head

Smell - caramel, pine, citrus, bit of herb on this

Taste - caramel, grapefruit, pine, orange rind, butterscotch

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly astringent upfront, hop bitterness in the back end

Overall - decent red ale, worth a shot

Price Point - $4.99/22 oz bottle

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Photo of Onslow
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

an amazingly smooth brew ... has some beautiful and full flavours and a nearly unbeatable drinkability!! .. smell is piney and red ... happy birthday anna .. a very nice enjoyable brew that will make you coo! ..a great beer from a brewery that sometimes gets too high to notice odd happenings..

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Photo of farrago
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good whipped up quality to the head, contributes to strong lacing, head does subside swiftly despite active beads below. Red to brown brick in hue, tinge of yellow around the rims. Sweetly roasted malts dominate the nose, caramel and milk chocolate stick out clearly, good florality, rounds out with plum, raisin notes, minimal hop presence, maybe tangerine juice, sufficiently dense to persist texturally. Full-bodied, decidedly sweet, plays long on caramel, butterscotch, milk chocolate creme fraiche and toffee components. The large-scale carbonation opens up spaces for the more bitter, drying hops to alter the mouth texture. That said, never "dry" in nature, adds in oatmeal, honey and rice elements. Raisin, fig, plum, cherry fruit. Remains broad and full through the finish. May be too sweet for many palates for this category of beer.

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Photo of peck95
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a wonderful dark amber red color a light tan head that dosn't dissipate and nice lacing but a little bit hazy.

a big malty smell with a decent hop precense

taste is similar to smell a good sweet malty taste with some bitter hop presence.

the mouthfeel is also good nice and creamy but does have a slight alcohol feel

the drink correlates with the mouthfeel a little thick and alcohol after taste.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my trusty nonic pint glass. Appears a hazed crimson copper color with an inch of fluffy off white foam. Smells and tastes of a healthy dose of sweet caramelized malt and toasted grains, resinous, piney hops, maybe a bit of tangerine and grapefruit as it warms. Alcohol is in hiding and this red ale is adequately carbonated for it's style with a satisfying body. Good stuff.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber . Leaves a one finger, tan head with good retention, and some good lacing. Body is a brownish-red tinted amber.

Smell - pine and citrus dominate, with some biscuity malt and candy sugar under the hops.

Taste - big taste of pine resin and citrus, with biscuity malt, caramel, and a hint of ripe, dark-skinned fruit. Hint of tea, with a fainter hint of black pepper on the finish. Alcohol is well hidden in both taste and smell.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, much hop oil slickness, and slightly semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is very good ale, only high abv limits sessionability.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber body with a foamy, light beige-colored head. Splotchy lacing.

Smell: A interesting composite aroma of caramel-tangelo and pine resin-bubble gum.

Taste: Right away its sweet, fruity tangelo juice with caramel and piney bitterness following in such a way that it makes me think of burnt caramel. Plenty of sweetiness throughout, all the way to the hilt, in fact, but it still ends distinctly bitter - like a mouth stuffed with freshly-grated citrus peel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Sticky, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Oh, hey, is it good? I guess getting hit in the mouth with a tangelo is pretty fun! If it was anymore fun there would be mobs rioting in the streets.

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Photo of wedge
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, reddish amber with a small, loosely creamy yellowish head. Big fruity hop nose...juicy with some brown sugar and caramel. Tastes like more of the same fruity hops and a good bit of soft, sweet underlying malt. Moderately prickly and slick adding some texture to a medium body. This is easy drinking for the strength, though I could just as easily move onto something else...

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

220oz bomber.

Reddish amber with a tall frothy head.

Pine IPA aroma with some cirtusy bite.

A fairly hop-forward concoction, with a really nice fruity citrus, cherry, and a good herbal addition. The hop bitterness is really pronouced, which is typical lagunitas. The complex fruitiness adds quite a nice drinkability. Hops are a bit too spicy, and the malt is not expressed well enough. Alcohol is a bit harsh and medicinal.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick and chewy. Definitly full-bodied, but just a bit overpowering.

Overall, a good enough drinker, but it lacks any real uniqueness. It's just trying to be big.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Lagunitas in Petaluma. Wow, this is very strong for a amber/red ale. Felt good after drinking this. Copper/red, smells more piney than typical red ale, has a decent bitterness to counteract maltiness. Medium bodied, if even on the heavier side.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I cellared this fine brew below 45 degrees for 1 year.

A - It pours a deep clear amber, orange and purple. The head isn't much at less than a 1/2 inch in a bubbly and far from foamy or frothy consistency.

S - Sweet caramel malt.

T - Rich malty flavor that has some real basis to it. The malt is firm and to the point. There's a tiny bit of bitter hops here but the story is pretty much all about the malt.

M - Thick and creamy body. It goes down smooth and without effort.

~ This is a very fine tasting and feeling beverage. The look is average and the aroma is run of the mill. That being said, I would still certainly recommend this to a friend.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a large tumbler, late afternoon on a Friday. Have seen this on the shelves for a while, another appealing, eye-catching label by the Lagunitas design team. Feeling rather dumb that I just now figured out what the Greek-looking "EXAYEAYEAYE" means at the top of the label: XIII. Ahhhh....

A: What does a "mondo red" look like? Well, pretty much like a regular red, rich amber with a definitely rusty-red hued. Ample carbonation, but (hmmm) some floating yeasty proteins... 1/2 finger of fizzy ivory head, interspersed with some big soap bubbles. Good lace, sticking in bands.

S: Spiciness and bitterness emanates from the glass, stingingly zesty citrus rind hops with a grainy, toasted maltiness. Mellows to a sweeter, more caramel-coated aroma as the hops subside.

T: Biting grapefruit//pine hops, wrapped around a grainy malt. A sweeter, more orange-like zestiness develops with a few more sips. Caramel takes over as this beer warms...

M: Moderate to heavy carbonation, has a zesty/tangy kick and causes a mouthful of salivation. Hop oils abound and cling, filling the mouth with bitterness and a tingling spiciness that sticks (oddly) right on the tip of the tongue, then slowly spreads toward the back. A bit of alcohol warmth from this 8.3% offering on the cheeks.

D: A good beer, 'Anniversary Release'-worthy. Something about the hop profile and flavor had to grow on me, then I began to enjoy the bitterness and relative dryness. Not one I'd rush back to, for my own tastes vary from what this offers, but still a good beer worth picking up. Recommended.

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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