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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Ratings: 874 |  Reviews: 268
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1.75/5  rDev -56.5%

Photo of ElCommodoro
1.86/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured a lovely orange colour, but anything good I have to say ends there. It smelled like a pine forest that just had all of it's bark gashed open with pine sap dripping out. It tasted like more of the same. It had some sweet characteristics, but was mostly just astringent and pine-like. Anything else that would have been present was completely masked by the pine-flavoured hops and the astringency. This stuff was terrible.

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2/5  rDev -50.2%

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2/5  rDev -50.2%

Photo of jmarsh123
2.33/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear gold with just a faint white head.

Sweet bready malt with little hop presence.

Starts off with a sweet bread/cracker flavor. A little bit of tangy sweetness and hardly any hop presence.

Mouthfeel and carb are both medium level.

Pretty bland. Just some malt sweetness without anything else going on.

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2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.86/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Caramel in color with a good 1/2 head and ok retention

Smell: Super sweet almost candy or bubble gum like with some caramel on the backend

Taste: Very malty upfront with some toffee and a bit of alcohol. Not very well balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium to high carbonation with a bit of an alcohol sting

Overall: Honestly I'm not a fan of this beer. I find it a bit rough around the edges and hard to drink. Not recommended

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.89/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I believe that I found this beer at the Spec's in Atascocita. Let's give it a shot as I am always up for anything with "Alt" printed on it.

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow to orange gold color with a small head of slightly off white bubbles that were small and moved slowly. They were maintained by quite a few bubbles lazily making their way to the top indicating that this beer may be a little bigger than your typical Alt.

Aroma: There was already some American hop varieties noticeable, and the beer is rather hop-dominant still making it come across more like a Pale Ale than an Altbier. I don't get a whole lot of the toasty malts that you expect, so far the aroma is off for an Alt, but quite nice for an American Pale.

Taste: I guess the guys at Lagunitas haven't ever tried an Altbier, or I am missing something. Reading the text on the side of the bottle it doesn't indicate that this is an Americanized version of "the greats" they mentioned and that it would need to be cold conditioned for at least 6-months (more like 2 years) to take the edge off. Either way, for an Alt, this beer missed the mark entirely. As a strong American Pale (or a balanced IPA) it is a nice beer. I think that as the beer warms up, I am getting Northern Brewer hops. The alcohol is well masked behind the hops, and the beer definitely has substance. The carbonation is sufficient for what it is.

Opinion: I pretty much gave my opinion while I went through the flavor. To reiterate, this is a good beer if it were meant to be a balanced DIPA or something. Don't buy it expecting to try anything even remotely coincident with an Altbier.

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Photo of KTCamm
2.93/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into a perfect pint glass.

Pours light copper, clear, f;uffy white foam. Funky pine nose. Not sure how to describe this. Malty with a firm but not overpowering hop.But persistent in the aftertaste. Kind of a steam beer taste. Clean and bitter if that is possible.

Not great. Honestly, I think this beer made me a little sick.

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of beagle75
3.01/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and a few bubbles crawl up through the column.

S: Malty and over-attenuated, with minimal hop influence. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with tangy and grainy caramel malt, and some fruity dark citrus. Acidity is fairly mild before the middle, where the early flavors taper off and some pine is established. The finish is slightly roasty and not overly bitter, with lingering dark citrus flavors. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly syrupy and sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer is practically a re-creation of Lagunitas' spring strong ale, Undercover Investigation Shutdown, full of all-too-common features such as pungent and under-attenuated grain that drowns out even what was likely a robust hop bill. Its signature Lagunitas qualities could be detected by a beer-obsessed shark from three miles away.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into pint glass.

A: pours a bright clear golden with reddish tints, thin white head, decent lacing

S: smells features huge earthy malts along with tea leaf, molasses, bark, and a little bit of caramel. This is all malt, no notable hop character coming through.

T: rich and malty from start to finish, things start off earthy and become a bit sweet, lots of molasses and hints of maple as well. The end gets a touch bitter, but the bitterness does not cut through all of the sweetness.

MF: thick body with mellow carbonation

O: I didn't realize this brew was different than the Mondo Red Ale when I purchased it. This .alt version isn't quite as tasty. It is a little on the sweet side for my liking.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden orange body. Two finger frothy eggshell colored head is set atop, The retention is fairly respectable, the head recedes rather slowly leaving a solid sheet of lacing behind.

A slight change of pace for Lagunitas, a malt forward aroma. Warm bread, caramel and toffee dominate the aroma. While 13.alt is certainly malt forward, I do not think Lagunitas can brew a beer that does not include a healthy dose of hops. Pleasant orange citrus and floral hops aroma provide a counterpoint to the malt while still remaining very much a secondary attribute.

The flavor begins with the malt much like the nose. The malt is not nearly as warm and full on the palate as I would have imagined or hoped. The warm bready malt in the nose becomes more of a slightly bland cracker flavor. There is a bit of a fruity flavor which was not picked up in the nose. A bit of apricot and slight candied pineapple. The hop flavor becomes much more prominent towards the back of the palate. Slightly bitter grapefruit juice flavors clashes a bit, the whole flavor is a bit disjointed.

Medium bodied Alt with moderate carbonation. The beer is a bit light and smooth on the tongue. A nice layer of resin coats the tongue and a less than desirable bitter citrus flavor lingers.

I generally like Lagunitas quite a bit. Very solid beers, competitively priced and readily available. It is not very often I have anything to say about the brewery so I do not feel bad when I say that this is not their best work. The appearance and aroma start out strong but the beer goes down hill from there. The flavors are a bit disjointed and the mouthfeel is slightly off. I can certainly enjoy a serving of this beer but it is not one I am going to go back to. Worth a try, you may like it more than I.

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Lucky 13.alt from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84.4% out of 100 with 874 ratings
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