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

Deep amber color with thin head that lines the sides of the glass.

Aroma of brown sugar, some candy.

Taste is sweet and malty. Very citrusy hop bite. Alcohol burn is slight but warming. Medium bodied.

Drinks well.

Very tasty brew. A big bite for a red ale.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Lucky 13, Mondo Red Ale

Clear, bright crimson color, creamy raft of foam above.

Sweet malty aroma, rosy, fruity, grapes and berries. traces of sharp alcohol, fierce hops.

More of the same in the flavor, much more, big bed of malt, great smack of hops, but one too bitter. Great blend of hops and malt, despite the "mondo" nature, the higher booze, etc, this is well-balanced, well-integrated.

A tasty "high-gravity auburn offering"...gets smoother as we go, if the alcohol does start peeking through. Wait, here it comes...okay, here we go...

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Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to Heidi and Tom Morris for the hook-up!

A: Pours a clear ruby-red color with some hints of brown. Capping this is a creamy, light-tan, one-finger head with decent retention and the ability to leave a fair amount of lace in the glass.

S: Interesting aromas of piney hops, caramel malt, grapefruit, toasted malt, and spicy rye. Some juicy fruitiness leaps out as it comes up to temp.

T: Piney hops, caramel, and a touch of dry & spicy rye are in fierce competition here. Also sneaking around are juicy pineapple, toasted malt, and some citrus hops thrown in for good measure.

M: Starts off bitter and oily. Very resinous hops. The caramel and pineapple add a facet of sweetness, but the dry & spicy hop/rye combination help the mouthfeel make a nice big left-turn during the middle and finish. Very nice and long-lasting prickly/spicy finish.

D: Incredible! This beer just begs me to drink it. I'm very satisfied with this .

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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 alexgash
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle with screw top.

Dark amber-copper body with lighter edges. Scarlet. Finger of dense, sticky, persistent, dirty beige head. Good lacing. Big, fresh, lovely hop nose! The glass is literally pouring out juicy hop bittersweetness. Very nice. Pineapple and pine mix with sugary fruit malts.

Herbal hop bitterness greets the tongue. Toasted toffee and caramel malts fill in. Fruity sweet malts follow along with big hop flavor. Piny, resinous, and numbingly herbal. Still manages good balance with chewy caramel and fruit malts. Must be a good dose of crystal malt in this. Yum. Warming hint of fruity alcohol before a drying bitter hop finish. Medium-full body with an initial creaminess that turns a little stickier in the end. Maybe my favorite Lagunitas so far!

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Photo of Alanthebeerguy
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. The color is a dark amber with a good two finger, tan head. The nose is hoppy with just a little sweetness. In the taste there is a little bit of citrus but not to much and a really good hop finish. The mouthfeel is a little oiliy almost viscous not to bad though. this beer has an excellent drinkability, it goes down very smooth. Another great beer from Lagunitas

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Photo of BryanCarey
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper in color with a perfectly clear body, Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale is a bold brew that offers a solid head of foam and a nose that is spicy, hoppy, and a little bit fruity with some hints of pine cones. There is less citrus in the nose than with other west- coast ales, but the scent of citrus is there, hidden behind the scents of pine and spice.

The main flavors present in this ale include caramelized malt along with piney hops and a slightly toasted malt character. Citrus taste is present as well- mostly grapefruit- followed by a dry finish. This ale is medium in body and well- balanced between hops and malt.

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale is certainly not a light bodied beer, but this one isn't necessarily full- bodied, either. Considering the alcohol content, I expected something much fuller in taste. But the medium body takes nothing away from this beer. The same is true with the alcohol content. It is higher than average and thus I expected more of an alcoholic bite. But there is surprisingly little bite, and this is a testament to the brewing of this ale. The people at Lagunitas seemed to get everything at just the right balance to eliminate most of the flavor of strong alcohol. If anything, it is the hops that supply the bite.

In summary, Lagunitas Lucky 13 is a delicious ale and one I will certainly purchase again if I get the chance. It is certainly a beer worth sampling and savoring, and I recommend getting your hands on a bottle while the product is still available on the store shelves.

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Photo of Nowhereman529
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber color from the bottle. Left a little cream colored head that quickly dissipated to a little lace around the rim of the glass.

Smell in the bottle was definitively mango, but once poured had more of an indistinct citrus fruit smell with a good piney, hoppy smell mixed in. A very nice smelling beer.

This draught tastes of a crisp carmel and hops. A nice light flavor really, with a good bit of citrus mixed in as well.

Mouthfeel is very crisp with a nice amount of carbonation. A little chewy, but it's not overly syrupy.

Quite a drinkable beer. Sort of a nice summer evening kind of brew. Definitely a beer I'll be buying again and again.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours an amber hue.

S: Lots of hop aromas in the nose with some caramel malts in the background.

T: A very interesting brew. With one sip it tastes like a barleywine, with another a DIPA. The fact is that it is one of a kind. The front of the taste is where the hops show up more with the caramel malt bringing up the rear.

M: Active carbonation, more than you would expect from this style.

D: Drinkability is decent considering the ABV.

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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 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 seanbhudson
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich copper color with off white head

S: Citrusy hops, hints of orange, and pine.

T: Rich flavor, with doughy malts, caramel, hops and pine. You can taste the alcohol but not overpowering.

M: Sticky malt flavors coat the mouth.

D: Nice balance between sweet and bitter.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful reddish color with a hint of brown.

Smell is of caramel toasty malts and a big whif of citrusy hops. Those two coming together is why I love imperial reds. Toasty caramel malts mix well with an aggressively bitter beer.

I had this when I was eating with people so I didn't take notes, I just sort of jotted things down in my mind. Toasty caramel malts with hints of grapefruit upfront with an aggressive citrusy hoppiness.

The mouthfeel could have been a little bit more crisp with more carbonation, but still worked well.

This a well balanced beer and something I could have more of. Too bad it was the last one I saw at the bar, or I would have had another.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double-deuce bomber poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear red-amber body capped with a finger of fine off-white foam that vainshes into a fine ring that leaves wispy lacing.

Smell is spicy, fruity, and juicy with an herbal hop note and a whiff of crisp red apples.

Taste is fruity and crisp with a solid bitterness. Toasty notes of caramel and sweet apple juice grow as the drink warms a bit.

Smooth and medium-bodied, the beer is very drinkable despite the 8.3% ABV.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep transluscent nutty amber, it turns into a fiery slightly hazed twilight when held to direct light. Massive foamy and chunky cinnamon head that retains and eventually settles to a frothy cap. Thick layers of lacing, like coral around the glass.

Big piney/grapefruit hops on the nose, sweet caramel malt creeps out from behind it as it warms. I'm even getting hints of orange now from the hops.

The flavour is a bit more balanced out, with sweet caramel malt up front, almost as sticky as the massive piney citrus hops that sit on the other end of the teeter-totter. Warming alcohol throughout as well, the abv% is not masked, but is carried fairly well. Big flavour on this one, yet not overly complex.

Mouthfeel is creamy and silky on the fullish side, it suits the big flavours present.

For a big red I happen to like this one, it's not too overwhelming, nicely balanced, and the hops are quenching and satisfying, at least to my palate. Plus I'm digging on the tattoo flash art label, it just rounds out a great package.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a big and bubbly tan head that stuck around a bit - settling to a pockmarked moonscape. Mostly clear, reddish brown hue - and I can't get over the amount of bubbles running up the sides...

So why is there so little carbonation in the taste and mouthfeel? Not necessarily a bad thing, just surprising. I detected bread on the nose (alongside some esters) and that fit the chewy mouthfeel.

Starts off sweet but has a nicely crisp (but not overpowering) bitter finish - a good progression.

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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 Halcyondays
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's,

A: Pours a dark red with a medium off-white head with good retention, light lacing.

S: Smells of caramelized malt and hops, bit of citrus.

T: Taste is quite good as an Imperial Red. Malt is on the light side, caramel, biscuit, toast flavour. Hops are piney, with some citrus juice, everything is there in a good balance.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy and resiny.

D: This is quite a good Imperial Red, I liked it a lot, easily drinkable, would have again.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from Sam's in Highland Park. Deep dark amber color, huge frothy off-white head.

Awesome pungent smell of piney and floral hops.

Lightly sweet malt is quickly knocked out by resinous piney hops. Not a lot of balance, but it appears to be on purpose and I am down with it.

Medium body with nice crispness.

An excellent and very tasty beer, well done by the fine folks at Lagunitas.

Tasted on 6/2/08.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reddish amber color. The glass arrived full, so there wasn't a lot of head present, however as I drank the beer a nice coating of lacing remained all the way down.

Nicely aromatic with fresh hops and some sweetness.

Taste was a great balance between hop freshness and malty sweetness. The higher ABV was hidden very well.

Smooth and creamy going down. Reminded me very much of Terrapin's Big Hoppy Monster.

Exceptionally drinkable and highly recommended.

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Photo of mikejk305
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark red. Fairly thin head that leaves some lacing down the glass.

The first smell I noticed was hops, but also nice and sweet.

First thing I noticed about the taste was the sweetness. A little sweet for my tastes, but not too bad. The hops come in at the end for a little bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel, with a decent amount of carbonation.

Pretty easy to drink, it's my first beer from the brewery, I'll probably try some others down the road.

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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 masikon
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at "Bottleworks" in Seattle. I've had mixed results with this brewery but I was very curious about the labeling as a " Mondo Large Red Ale". Pour definitely had rosy red suggestions as well as dark orange down the sides of the glass, head was dense and cream colored, leaving lots of lacing as it dissipates. Nose was actually milder than expected for a beer with over 8 percent alcohol, I get some very nice juicy hops and a bit of bubblegum. Taste is actually very smooth and soft, well balanced caramel texture with a well-timed hop finish, alcohol is almost invisible. I think this beer is very well done, quite tasty and despite carrying a high ABV would make a good introduction to someone wanting to wander into over 7% ABV territory.

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Photo of atsprings
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since we just recently got Lagunitas here in NC, I was very pleasantly surprised to see this one at Flying Saucer after enjoying a sample in April at the World Beer Festival. Poured into a Belgian glass a nice copper amber with a decent head that lasted as a thin layer and leaves spectacular lacing. Aroma was some nice caramel malt and slight pine. Taste was an almost perfect balance of burnt caramel and pine hops, very flavorable. The beer is medium bodied with some alcohol, but for the strength it's fairly well hidden. This is an immensly enjoyable beer that I would certainly enjoy again if given the opportunity.

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Photo of Gouldsby
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured softly out of a chilled bottle into a small tulipy "shaped" DFH pint glass. purchased for $3.79 at le beau market atop nob hill in SF.

A: pours bright red rusty amber with two fingers of rocky ruptious head. head sticks around with near full cover, and replenishes with a simple swirl, plenty of protein.

S: strong heady dry amber malt (which reminds me of DFH ipa's), sweet undertones of light butter toffee and caramel, candy orange, apricot brandy booze winks slyly through.

T: lightly sweet in the mouth, with peach and vanilla, before turning candy orangey to curacao bitter to dry amber malt, following the nose. hops are present in bitterness but little aroma. clears out of the mouth woody and dry, with more amber malt, bitter overall.

M: medium high carbonation balances a medium full mouthfeel finishing pinewood astringent and hoppily dry.

D: a bit hot up front and in the mouth and dry bitter finishing...i prefer red's a bit more voluptuous and sweetside. more caramel/munich/2row malt character to balance out the dry bitterness and I'd be grinning slyly for the evening. as it warms, the nuanced vanilla and butter creme flavors flesh out the flavor welcomingly, balancing this big boy more winningly.

*Paired very well with the carmelized sweetness of
rotisserie chicken.

**Paired with peanut butter cup cookies, the sweetness brings out the pine and citrus hop tones of the brew, leaving the palate refreshed by the cleansing hops, though still finishing slightly dry and bitter.

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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