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Lucky 13.alt | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lucky 13.altLucky 13.alt

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Blonde Ale

O.G. 1.085
76.92 IBU

Added by MADhombrewer on 06-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 268 | Ratings: 873
Photo of GossageBrewery
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this American Strong Ale from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. This ale pours a nice clear amber color, produces an off white head, retention is average, lacing is outstanding. The aroma of the ale is packed with malted grain, creamy caramel and toffee, citrus hops. To die for. This is a medium bodied beer very strong malt backbone, caramel and toffee explodes in the forefront. A sweet sticky brown sugar body gives way to bitter hops, and grapefruit. Amazing Ale!

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Photo of SDtastentune
4.97/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dirty Golden/yellow with big lacing, large large head, I had a normal tap version that had little/no head... so I think that was just the cask version.

S - Big sweet/pine/floral hops balanced with some sweeter malts. Very nice and DIPA kinda thing, some alcohol back in there.. Just what I look for in a brew.

T - Taste is great! Big hops up front, sweet lagunitas thing, with some DIPA kinda pine and alcohol taste. Pine, grassy and some floral notes... Kinda creamy but smooth!

M - Lower carbonation, but that fits the style on a cask, actually a little more carbonation then the average cask. Goes down great with some heavy aftertaste.

O - Overall a great brew, reminds me of a really good DIPA or a DPA. This was a hit on CASK at Hamiltons Frikin friday 7/29! Rock on Lagunitas!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful glowing amber golden body forms thick 3 fingers worth of head, slightly off white. Fine even lacing intricately left behind as the head dwindles, or after your first few sips. Aroma has an intense tropical fruit, pine, pineapple, mango, grapefruit blasts of hops, all sugar coated with a nice malt backbone peaking through with a kiss of alcohol reaching the nares. They make some big beautiful beers, this has a wallop of hop flavor well blended malt sweetness and soothing alcohol which all goes down extremely easily with each sip. There's up front sugar from the malts, a bit of warming alcohol, but then there's a well blended hop orchestra of mango, grapefruit citrus peel, pine cone, and straight up dirt as in earthiness. Really well blended flavors that don't become cloying by any means, extremely easy to drink for a beer this huge. Resinous but not too oily, slick just to lubricate yourself and your palate, even carbonation nothing cloying...damn good. Overall feelings, I love Lagunitas and this is proof that they need to build their Chicago plant sooner than already planned, it can't get any fresher or more affordable only 4.75 to 6 bucks at the highest in a beer store around my parts.

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Photo of NHhophead
4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 1/2 bbl of Lucky 13.alt as a replacement for a Lagunitas IPA keg that I suffered through. Neither the shop, nor I realized that it was the 13.alt, so it came as something of a welcome surprise. In terms of reviews, the best I can offer is that this brew reminds me of Founder's Centennial IPA and a little bit like Double Dead Guy--both of which I have had on my tap system. I would attribute this to the use of malts to 'mask' the ~9% ABV characteristic. Anotehr well-built offering by Launitas, and one that I'm proud to have on tap at home.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful and perfectly orange in color. The head fails a little as it doesn't hang out very long but for a thin layer on top. It is off-white bubbly and frothy mixed, and leaves nice lacing.

S: WOW! I could smell this beer as I was pouring it 2 feet away from my nose. Pears, apples, and everything else you would find at an orchard are what you'll find here. Some tangerine in the background along with some floral notes, but the pear is right in your face.

T: I finished half of my glass before I even realized that I hadn't written anything for the taste part of the review. Very well rounded beer, big bold floral hop flavor with a nice caramel meatiness brings this beer near top of my Lagunitas favorites.

M: Carbonation is a bit on the high side, but it works well for this beer. It is medium bodied, not cloying but a tad sticky on the finish.

D: For all the alcohol in this beer, it's hidden very well. Drinks nicely, I wish I bought a case.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got firkin’ lucky with this one.

(That is, I got Lucky 13 on firkin. At the beer sanctuary.)

This poured a copper-caramel color with amazing foam retention. Seriously! The cap of foam held its shape even after 15 minutes. Impressive.

The aroma come across like a sweet malt smack with a slightly dank fist of resiny hops.

As I taste it I find there’s a pronounced bitterness which contrasts with the malty sweetness. Like a barleywine or scotch ale I get a long, lingering finish, some piney hops, a bitter peak, and lots of malt sweetness. I liked it.

Updated from the bottle:

This pours a deep hued amber with light foam.
I find aromas of orange and orange marmalade, orange peel, and a sweet caramel note rounding it out.
I taste a lot of orange and citrus hops, defined by a midpoint bitterness and held together by a pleasant caramel malt character. There’s a malty sweet finish. A beer big enough for the hop head in me, but malty enough for those who shy from the lupulin.

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Photo of JkOd81127
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

I love this beer. Its something that warms you up when its cold outside, but gives you that sigh of relief when you have had a hard day to. Not something that you would really want to drink more than two of at a time because of strong flavors that can ruin a palate if you want to drink or taste anything else for the next few hours.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 8/4/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, well-disguised strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very good beer with a lot of flavor and substance worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of velmalikevelvet
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into tasting glass.

A: Pretty buttery yellow color with a short-lived 1/2" bubbly head that left almost no evidence it had ever been in the room.

S: Delectable! Like sticking my nose into a bouquet of lovely blossoms. Not in a sickly-sweet, lilies at a funeral way, but in an Oh! thanks for the flowers! way.

T: LOADS of grapefruit, front to back. A bit tart and a hint of tang. Did I mention the grapefruit?

M: Crisp, clean, light despite the punchy profile.

O: Too bad it's a one-off, it's delicious!

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Photo of hmf05
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really tasty ale. Smells like fresh pineapple juice with a tinge of maple syrup. The taste is relatively sweet, but nowhere near cloying. There is a nice all-around bitterness that balances out the sweetness. The pineapple was more present in the nose, but still comes through in the taste. There is a nice grapefruit as well. The carbonation is good and the body is medium. This could easily be described as a DIPA and I prefer a little sumpin' sumpin' just a tad more. This is a very impressive ale and I will go enjoy my second glass!

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Photo of trlittle
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought in Southern RI. Poured in a tulip.

A - Very inviting. Beautiful 1-2 finger head that dissipated rather quickly but leaving a nice lace on the glass. Nice amber color and very clear.

S - Good balance of a caramel malt with a citrus/pine hop aroma. Really makes you anticipate it.

T - This is where the malt flavor really came through. Follows the nose for the most part but the caramel was joined by a sweetness that I could not quite peg. Hoppy enough with citrus notes.

M - Not overly carbonated. Medium thickness. Excellent finish that lingers longer than I'd expected.

O - Pretty incredible. Excellent balance that surprised me after the aroma. Not as dry as I'd expect with it being just less than 9% abv. The only downside is that it can be deadly with how well it masks the booze content.

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Photo of turnerr79
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright amber pour, thin head.

Nose of peppercorn and sharp hops, picked by angry migrant workers I'm sure. he peppercorn theme continues through the first sip, complimented by the log cabin malt and semi-sweet hops. Watch out for the 8.9 ABV!!!

Not sure why, but I thunk a pint of this would go well with a game of billiards.

Very interesting brew. Grade A

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Photo of babaracas
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess the naming was too clever. "Not an altbier," Lagunitas yelled, "just a blonde version of Lucky 13. Newsgroups, newsgroups, we remember dialup!" And the BAs didn't hear. Oh well... you could call this an IPAx1.5 or an ASA and be in the ballpark.

Pours a mostly clear amber with two fingers of creamy offwhite head, settles to a quarter inch, with a few big clumps of lace on the glass. From the center of my cheapo, non-laser etched glass, a massive, neverending column of bubbles rises. Neato. Smell: pineapple, papaya, grapefruit rind. Honey-like sweetness, lightly biscuity. Taste: fleeting taste of soft melon, then pineapple, sweetened grapefruit, finishing a bit pine-needle-y. Honey + biscuit backing these up. Prickly carbonation is welcome as its fairly full bodied. Whatever style you or I think this is, it's a really tasty beer. Bottled July 7th.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About three fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Quite hoppy with a solid malt presence. Lots of tropical citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, mango, orange, pineapple, apricot, and lemon. Also a light whiff of earthy, spicy hops. Solid hints of bready malts with good hints of biscuit and caramel. This is very forward with the citrus fruits.

Taste: Like the smell, a big and bold taste of citrus fruits along with a solid bready malt backing. Bitter and ripe citrus hops upfront with notes of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, orange, apricot, and lemon. Light taste of earthy hops. Citrus is dominate here. Good bready malt taste with some biscuit and caramel. Pretty juicy and good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy feeling body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and very smooth. Finishes fairly dry. Alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Overall: Another very solid brew from Lagunitas. Very good citrus hop taste.

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Photo of Hatzilla
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottled May 24, 2011 Tasted July 2, 2011

Appearance: Lucky 13 pours a clear amber with a very thin head leaving a touch of lacing.

Smell is very tropical. Mango, pineapple, apricot, grapefruit, malt and brown sugar.

Very tasty. A nice blend of citrus hops with a caramelly malt backbone and the aforementioned brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is smooth with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall, this is an excellent amber ale. I had the other Lucky 13 last year but I don't remember it being this tasty (unfortunately I didn't review that one). Dangerously drinkable. It reminds me of a Hop Stoopid/Undercover Investigation Shut Down Ale Hybrid: A citrus hop blast countered with a malty-caramel brown sugar backbone. Go get one!

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Photo of ckollias
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours an orange hue with a thin white head that very quickly dissipates leaving a hint of a trail and no lace.

S: Hoppy aroma at first whiff but then gets engulfed by a great malty scent.

T: Equal mix of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. Caramel malt in the background that is very smooth and finishes on the bitter hoppy side.

M: Smooth medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent brew. Great combo of the hops and malt, and enough alcohol to make it interesting. I’m a fan.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden orange with a 1 inch puffy orange-white head that settles to a thin cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grapefruit, grapefruit juice, and citrus zest. Extremely citrus forward aromas. Taste is also very citrus forward with big grapefruit flavors up front with citrus zest on the finish. Some sweet malt is apparent in the taste as well. Very mild hop bitterness quickly fades from the palate after each sip. This beer has a nice level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with awesome citrus aromas and tastes. A great deal for the $4.50 I paid for the bomber.

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Photo of stercomm
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber.

A - Amber colored with a very slight haze, frothy off white head, strong glass lacing.

S - Outstanding, getting pine notes, lemony citrus, some pineapple, biscuits.

T - Starts out with some very nice bready sweet malts, quickly moves into a nice dry hoppy finish with citrus and pineapple, nicely balanced.

M - Medium, slight carbonation

D - Lagunitas never disappoints me, a very nice brew.

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Photo of Burt
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

Yellow orange cloudy, with a thick off white head the dispersed slowly and some thick lacing.

Nice pine smell with some malt.

Pine and citrus up front with a little sweetness in the middle then a nice shot of bitterness at the end.

Very surprised at this beer, nice hop profile and the bitterness is great. Never knew an alt. could taste like this.

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Photo of Hershdawg
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottle into Snifter

A: Golden brown with a 1 finger white head. it dissapates after a few minutes but leaves good lacing on the edges.

S: Citrus hops. A little malt. Lagunitas is doing the usual of super hopping its beers.

T: Hops and a caramel sweetness. Not that bitter. The booze is well hidden.

M: Medium body as an "alt" should.

O: This is a classic lagunitas take on a style. They ramp up the hops and make a terrific beer. This is an imperial American version of an alt. Good beer.

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Photo of ItsHammerTime
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tall, thin stein. The beer pours a rich amber with a thick cream head that lasts, leaving a thick lacing. Looks extremely appetizing!

The citrus aroma of American hops abounds. Underneath the extremely hops-forward nose, perhaps a bit of malt sweetness and honey lingers.

Each sip is an explosive kick of citrus, pine, and floral hops. While very hoppy, the actual bitterness is much more understated than I would have supposed; the malt profile does a fine job of balancing the aggressive hopping and makes for a very tasty beer. Alcohol is present but not overly assuming - hides its 9%.

Medium bodied, and the hops and malts are nicely balanced to allow for a smooth and non-cloying drink.

Ultimately, I think this is a fantastic beer. A little online snooping reveals that the .alt is a reference to alt.* newsgroups of the past (and, I imagine, the fact that this is a higher-gravity alternative to the original) and the beer is not trying to be an altbier. It is better personified as a Double India Red Ale. Happy I got to try this one.

Edit: Upon reading some of the other reviews afterwards, I'm actually going to reiterate this: NOT INTENDED TO BE AN ALTBIER. It's just a high-grav retooling of the original Lucky 13.

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Photo of doopydoogle
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Rich golden with slight red hues. Good residual head that leaves a nice foamy lace down the glass.

S - Funky resinous hops with a slight wild yeast character to the nose. Citrusy pineapple and pine with grassy tones. The malts are somewhere in there, but buried beneath the sparkly overtones to the aroma.

T - Chewy and sick malts beguile the palette while a mild hop character backs it up. There are some notes of caramel and toffee that dance in the middle, while the finish is backed up by fruity, piney hops and a good cereal grain character that finishes sweet and pleasant. Yeasty floral aspects are present, but don't dominate. All and all a very interesting, complex, and well rounded ale. You get alot of pieces to it but none overpower.

M - Explosive carbonation and a slightly sticky palette coating mouthfeel. The bitterness doesn't really dominate, more a nice acidic bite that levels out to a good rounded bitter.

O - An excellent outing. It's like if Arrogant Bastard got over itself, went to the beach for some sun and realized it didn't have to try so hard in this world, that things are already pretty good as they are.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear orange amber, half finger white head that slowly dissipated into a ring and nice lacing. Great aroma of herbal and piney hops, light malt and tropical fruit. Flavor is nice sweet and caramel malt, light fruit, brown sugar. Nice hop kick at the end. Very well integrated and balanced. I'm not sure this a traditional alt, but it tastes good.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, pours pale amber/copper with a fluffy off-white head that holds good retention and leaves excellent chunky lacing down the glass. Aromas are fruity, grapefruit rind, floral hops, caramely malt, toasted grain. Tastes are juicy grapefruit, pineapple, mango, tropical, biscuity, finishes slightly bitter. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, smooth, ample carbonation. Overall, I was disappointed to see they changed Lucky 13 from a red to a blonde, but this beer is exceptional either way! Excellent balance, excellent complexity, fresh and vibrant.

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Photo of threeviews
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy, golden orange with a 1-2 finger head. Nice presentation

S- Sweet...carmamel malt and piney, citrusy hops in equal amounts. One of the most well balanced American strong ales I have ever experienced.

T- Sweet malt, pine resin and citrus all in concert. Although a hop-forward beer (as most Lagunitas offerings are), the recipe allows all of the particulars to shine. It is as much malt-forward as it is hops-forward. Really great stuff!

M- On the lighter side of heavier bodied. Although the hops do their part to beat down the malt, the malt is still quite present in the taste and mouthfeel...but never in an overwhelming capacity.

O- Coming from me, another killer brew from Lagunitas...a brewery that 'can do no wrong' and definitely worth searching out. After this, I've got to revist Undercover Shutdown, as I haven't had it over a year...

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