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Lucky 13.alt | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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
Photo of GeckoPunk
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this is my first bad review about a Lagunitas beer. It's almost surreal as I have never been let down by this brewery.

This beer had a huge sea-foamy, slightly off-white 3 finger head with cobwebs of lacing. It's a pretty good looking beer. For me, the smell, taste, and mouthfeel were all lacking.

I agree with many other people who mention that this beer is way too sryuppy sweet.
This quote best describes it for me: "It sticks to the teeth and feels like a cavity waiting to happen."

Copied from StonedTrippin

a big sweet ipa. it pours clear brassy color with a small white head that doesnt last long at all. it smells like hops and caramel malts, tons of residual sugars, and a fair bit of alcohol. it tastes really hoppy, and i would certainly categorize it as such. the hops are fresh and sweeter, and the malt adds even more sweetness. it sticks to the teeth and feels like a cavity waiting to happen. the aftertaste has some bitter bite to it, but its too little too late in my opinion. medium body and mellow carbonation, but the feel is ruined by the sugar. its worth it for 5 bucks a bomber, but it isnt anything special.

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Photo of danieelol
3.22/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Adam @ Platinum.

Pours a clear golden Carlton colour. Great head/lacing.

Smell is funky malt, concrete, tea, yeast, alcohol. Very English barleywine-esque with some extra hops, also quite boozy. That concrete character is a bit off-putting. Some toffee, orange malt and citrus.

Taste, on the other hand, is just big sweet subtle citrus. Big distinction from the nose. Still get a sense of the alcohol in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is like getting a flat on an exercise bike then suddenly hitting a medium-sized hill. Not too bad really. Bitter/alcoholic.

Overall a good but not great Lagunitas beer. Lead by example; enjoy your life.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of bashiba
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice bright copper with a light bit of cloudyness, has a big giant sticky white head.

The smell is all lagunitas, big and sweet and malty.

The flavor follows the nose, a huge blast of brown sugary sweet malt, very much the typical lagunitas house flavor. The hops are a little more mild than some of their other 10 versions of the same beer, a light bit of citrus notes.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy.

I might have liked this if I hadn't ever had a Lagunitas strong ale before, but I have and they all sort of start to run together as just slight variants of the same beer, not that it makes it bad, but its not breaking any new ground either.

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Photo of beerswamie
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber, when I picked this up I thought it was a different formulation of the regular Lucky 13 which is an Imperial Red.

The appearance is a light straw yellow, with a nice amount of carbonation.

The smell to me was your typical malty german altbeir.

Taste was average but very good for the price of this beer.

mouthfeel was good nothing spectacular.

Overall I am not a huge fan of this style but some one who is would like the price point of this beer and drink a lot of it.

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Photo of robbrandes
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 22oz bomber.

bright penny copper, nice head, typical great lagunitas lacing.

smell - pretty sweet, picking up some mild hop undertones, but definitely more caramel nose than i was ready for.

hmmm, a strange push-and-pull at play here. as the nose suggested, the malt-back is huge - tons of caramels and breadiness; and a pretty good slug of hops on the back end. for whatever reason, i'm not entirely digging the combo. it's a more than adequate beer, but malt and hops seem like two entirely separate events. a bit of a let-down for my well-deserved high expectations of lagunitas.

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Photo of rcfunk
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells and tastes like every other Lagunitas beer.

Maybe a little boozier. Not really sure what I'm drinking.

Does the ".Alt" mean it is a (failed) stab at a Altbier, or merely that this is an alternative to the regular Lucky 13? So many questions; few answers.

I don't mean to suggest this beer doesn't taste good. Well anyway, I probably should have limited this review to a single figure: ?

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an snifter glass.

Appearance: Light amber color poured lightly giving a white 1/2" head.

Smell: Doesn't smell bad but not the strongest property of the beer. Smells like pine...no not the washing stuff more like a beautiful forest. I like it but I don't love it.

Taste: Pretty bitter more of an acquired taste. Hints of grapefruit skin, very strong hop.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, not too hard to swallow. Does bubble up as is it moves some people like this I personally don't mind just giving you the heads. up.

Overall: Not a bad beer at all. I would but it again...if you like bitterness and the scent of taste of pure "hopness" this is for you. Not your smoothest "blonde" ale...I would like to confirm with Lafunita's if this is an actual blonde ale or in reality maybe we are just drinking a "blonde" IPA, cheers to all.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Lagunitas Lucky 13 .alt Anniversary Release: 8.8% ABV, medium head; Appearance: medium-light amber; Smell: piney, light hops; Taste/Mouthfeel: piney, moderately bitter, faint lemon, fair malt; pretty good.

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with two fingers of white head. Retention and lacing are quite nice.

Smells of fruity esters as well as honey and caramel. There's an herbal/floral/earthy hop presence as well, but it seems to be more malt foward in the nose.

Sweet honey and caramel malt, a touch biscuity as well. Some fruity esters. Touch of green apple. Then bitter resinous, floral, herbal, and slightly spicy hop presence on the back end. Fairly well balanced, though it leans slightly in the sweet/malty direction. Alcohol is there to, probably adding to the perception of spice, but it's very restrained and smooth.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated, crisp, medium to full bodied. Alcohol is warming, but subtle.

Pretty decent overall. Kinda reminds me of hopslam.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OG 1.085. IBU 60. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I've had some pretty good beers from Lagunitas.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of beige colour, hardly any cream, bad thickness, and merely average retention. Colour is a clear copper-orange. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. The brewers call it "auburn", which might be strange if they didn't also apply the wrong usage of "it's". Rest assured, they're wrong on both counts.

Sm: Bittering hops with a piney floral character. Grapefruit citrus esters. Clean malts. Hops are dominant. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Hoppy - with bitterness punching through on the climax to its detriment. Until that point, the pine and floral qualities obscure the bitterness. Tame grapefruit. Clean malts provide the simple unobtrusive foundation. This beer lets its hops shine, but over-relies on them for flavour. No yeast or alcohol comes through. A complicated beer within the style, but not particularly complex or subtle (and I'm drawing a big distinction betwixt 'complicated' and 'complex'). It's a pleasant little brew. I do like it, but it's far from perfect. A touch imbalanced.

Mf: Oily. Nicely smooth and wet. A touch too heavy on the palate for the lack of diverse or deep flavour. Good thickness. Maybe the best aspect of this beer.

Dr: A drinkable little brew. American Strong Ale seems like a weak categorization. I'd get this on-draught, but otherwise it's somewhat forgettable. Hides its ABV quite well. Lagunitas fans would do well to try it, but it doesn't impress.

High B-

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Photo of DavidST
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

This pours a clear copperish color with a nice slightly off white head. The smell is a little sweet, I get some pine and citrus hops, kind of reminds me of their little sumpin. The feel is thicker than expected, its on the heavier end of medium body. The taste is different than expected, there is the sweetness, lots of caramel and toffee, the hop bitterness is a little off, with a weird after taste (ripe orange peals?) and there is more alcohol flavor and burn than I was expecting (noticeable booziness) This is okay, but I doubt I get it again, little sumin is way better from this.

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Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmm a newly twisted Lucky 13, an Altbier.

Clear copper colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smell is strong northwestern type hops; here it is greatly different from an average Altbier. Strong scents of grapefruit and eucalyptus.

Starts out sweet with a strong biscuit malt flavor chased by strong hops. Sweet and citrus mix in a new way here something like grapefruit sweetened with malt syrup. There is a mineral flavor here something like you taste in hard water. Some caramel is present but frankly Lagunitas went to far with the hops in this one.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is tasty but no Altbier. You find new things through experimentation, like North-Western Hops don't really belong in Altbier. As the usual Lagunitas hop bomb this is good for the price, just don't expect it to taste like Altbier.

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Photo of SummitVA
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden brown pour with steady carbonation. Head falls off quickly, but nice lacing on glass.

S - Cardboard-y, vegetal scent of old American hops. A little black tea and earthiness. Malt character in the background, and some caramel sweetness, but the nose is off-putting for the most part.

T - Earthy hops and strong bitterness foremost, with vegetal character not far behind. Black tea again jumps out at me, along with a bit of brown sugar sweetness. Really wonderful melding of malt character and light alcohol heat--the most interesting aspect of this beer. Definitely feels like an 8+% brew, but it's not unpleasant in this respect. Crisp hop bitterness rounds out the finish.

M - High end of medium for me.

O - An interesting brew, and I really wish the hops hadn't fallen off on this bottle. This really surprises me, as I always find Lagunitas brews to hold up really well. Handling issue--who knows? Won't pick this up again, but I'd definitely give it a try on draft to compare, and I'm already looking forward to the next anniversary beer from Lagunitas. Cheers,

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3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Lucky 13.alt from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 874 ratings
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