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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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Photo of jwinship83
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep ruby red with a large bone white thick creamy head

S- mostly citrus hops with a little bit of yeast.

T- mildly sweet but very hoppy with a lingering hop aftertaste.

M- well carbonated, full bodied, and creamy

D- its a tad plain to have me reaching for others. decently enjoyable but not something ill be missing anytime soon

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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 guzzle211
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into my trusty Moosehead Pale Ale glass.

Appearance is true to description, dark amber / red. A healthy off-white head bellows forth but disappears as quickly as it forms. Slight traces of lacing, respectable for the abv.

Smell is dominated by hops. These days it seems that double/imperial/mondo means strictly hops, regardless of the style.

I love the balance of the Lagunitas Imperial Red, and was expecting a mondo version of that (including the balance,) but this tastes more like every other West Coast hop bomb. I am a little confused by some of the previous reviews that mention malt. I was hoping for more of a malt balance in this, but hops dominate. Mouthfeel is nothing special.

Drinkability is high for the ABV, the alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of chileman13
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured form 22 oz bottle in Stone pintglass.
A-true to it's name it tis auburn- red amber. 1 finger cream white head that left quickly. It left plenty of lacing on the glass.
A- citrus hops top note with carmel-tofee sweet malt 2nd note.
T- Fresh hops and then some good malt flavors. well balanced. Strong etoh taste and hopsy aftertaste.
m- smooth perfectly balanced carbonation.
d- this is probably the best red ale i have ever tasted. this is not my favorite style of beer, however if the rest tasted this good i would reconsider. i will buy this one again and will check out their other wares.

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Photo of markaberrant
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - very red, crystal clear, thick tan head, lots of fine carbonation bubbles, leaves thick sheets of lace behind.

S - grapefruit hop, lucious caramel malt

T - nicely balanced between the hop and malt, both are firm, but blend well. Extremely clean. Distinct grapefruit character finally takes over in the finish. Aftertaste leaves a firm bitterness, yet it is quite smooth and somehow fitting.

M - med body, creamy fullness, dry resiny finish

D - lighter than a barleywine, easy to drink, great flavours, extremely clean and smooth.

The really like the hop finish on this one. It seems like a perfect ending to a hard fought battle between malt and hops, with the hops finally coming out on top. Lagunitas rarely disappoints, and is very reasonably priced... Lucky 13 is yet another winner!

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Photo of jordoo
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bottle poored into a pint glass.

This one has a large slightly tan thick foamy head with great retention. Looks to be a deep Aubern with a redish glow. Some lace but less than I expected honestly. The smell is of carmalized malts, citrus, floral and piney hops. Cannot smell the alcohol but this one is obviously well hoped and malted. The taste is very ballanced, malts and hops peak here and there but keep each other in check. A little hint of the alcohol on the back end. This one is thick and slick leaving some hop oil residue with some lingering bitterness. Very drinkable almost too drinkable for a strong ale.

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Photo of gford217
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a deep amber with a small, dense off-white head that lasted quite a while and left excellent lacing. The aroma has a solid caramel malt background but with a big citrus and floral hop kick. The taste has the typical caramel malt background but has a very strong pine hop flavor and a hint of citrus as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and a pleasant bitterness in the finish. This was a great example of an amber and the alcohol was hardly noticeable.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gillard for the chance to try this one.

A - Dark reddish brown color with thick light brown head. Good retention and thick sheets of lace.

S - Sweet aroma of toffee with hints of burnt caramel. Also a hint of piney hops.

T - Very sweet beer. Taste of sweet toffee dominates. A moderate hop bite sneaks in the middle with tastes of spicey and piney hops. Finishes very sweet and sticky.

M/D - Medium to full bodied and very sticky in your mouth. A damn good beer and very drinkable. Alcohol is hardly noticed despite the 8%+.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 8.3% ABV, 76.92 IBU. Slightly hazy reddish-copper color. Nice tan, rocky head holds together very well.

Caramel and toffee hit the nose at first. Sugary smell as well. Some citrusy and tropical fruit aromas blend in very well.

Lots of caramel covered fruit flavors. Good amount of citrusy bitterness. Malt base seems similar to other beers from Lagunitas. Finishes dry.

Good body and carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Enjoyable.

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

a: amber body, thick cream colored head, superb retention and great lacing.

s: a glorious bouquet of hoppy deliciousness.

t: the balance comes from the toasted malt. But the real fun comes from the citrusy, piney, earthy hops in the finish.

m: creamy and smooth.

d: wow, what a beer. sort of like a premium version of sirius cream ale. this is what amber ales should taste like.

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Photo of chemmie
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have a major dilemma with this beer. I'm not a big fan of reds, but I'm a hop-head. This beer has an equally strong flavor from both of those areas.

It pours a nice amber color with a thick off-white head. The head stays for a couple minutes and it leaves a lot of sticky lacing behind in the glass.

The funny thing is that a lot of reviews point out the hops. I smell the malts, first. It's a turn-off. Give it a good swirl and I smell more of the hops. The hops are there, but are overpowered by the malt.

The taste is slightly different. The first thing I taste is the caramel from the malt. This isn't my favorite thing. However, after the malt comes a nice little kick from the sweet hops. This is a nice hop flavor that takes over for me, leaving a good taste in my mouth. It seems like the good (hops) is overpowering the bad (malt) in the taste category.

Overall, it isn't bad. I cringe a little at first, because the taste of a red, especially one this bold, isn't my favorite. But then the hops come in and make everything better. Lagunitas has balanced these two flavors well, making a beer that is drinkable.

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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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Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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