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Lucky 13.alt | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
268
Ratings:
873
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
18.89%
 
 
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Reviews: 268 | Ratings: 873
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sips of malt and sips of hops. A great marriage. Above average mouthfeel. Lasting generous white head on cloudy golden body.Apricot and grapefruit citrus, bread and alcohol. Very drinkable, a wonderful accompanyment to supper. Good for west coast spin on style.

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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 GRG1313
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas is a brewery deserving of lots of hype simply because it doesn't make a bad beer. Period. Somehow, we all overlook it when talking about the "great" breweries of the U.S. Lagunitas is right up there with the best.

This one pours a clear amber orange with a short lived short white head.

Nose is light fresh pineapple and light citrus.

Mouthfeel is big, bold, creamy, "filling" and rich. It leaves you really wanting more and has great balance and feel. 8.9% abv but you just don't taste it/feel it.

Flavors are just big, assertive "rich, fresh bitter hop/grapefruit and lemon skin." There is a boldness but a brightness to the flavor profile. It may be one of the most drinkable beers I've had in a long time. Huge flavors yet so inviting you could "gulp it" to satisfy a big thirst.

Finish is very long bitter grapefruit skin with hints of pine. All around a wonderfully drinkable and consumer friendly brew. This could be a daily beer for me (if I had a daily beer).

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

two finger thick off white head which leaves nice lacing, on top of a cloudy golden with crimson hues body. musty slight noble hops like aroma with mild citrus note. Flavor is very much like an IPA with a musty malt and hop flavor on the front end and nice pine finish. subtle grapefruit note inbetween. Moderate carbonation and medium body. Becomes more drinkable as you go and more like an IPA. Overall a good beer that I would have again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 metter98
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is clear light coppery amber in color and poured with a half finger high off white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away. No carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of mango and pineapple in the nose.
T: The taste is slightly different compared to the smell and has flavors of grapefruit and orange citrus along with notes of caramel and brown sugar.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely tastes like it is strong—unlike typical altbiers—although for the most part the alcohol is well masked from the smell and taste. The smell and taste are very unique for the style.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. This was a surprise upon ordering this at the local beer-friendly bistro - for the price, I though I was getting a 12oz bottle...so, yay, I think...

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with one finger of dense soapy off-white head, which leaves some paramecia lacework around the glass as it duly settles. It smells of grapefruit and pine hops, bready caramel malt, and a bit of herbal notes. The taste is bitter citrus rind up front, a reserved caramel/toffee malt, and more underlying herbaceousness, slightly soused in warming alcohol. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium-light in weight, smooth, and just a little creamy. It finishes likewise - citrus cream is the order of the day.

No big departure for Lagunitas, except maybe for that mild, but lingering, herbal character. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, I guess.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
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 oberon
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always look forward to new Lagunitas offerings to get my hands on.Poured into a becker a brilliant copper/bronze with a fluffy white one finger head atop that took its time settling.Fresh malty aromas of bread ans lightly sweet caramel,fresh herbal tones underneath.Again fresh is a good word to us for the flavors,slightly crisp bread and caramel tones with slight nuttininess,of course hops are gonna play a part from these guys lending a gentle herbal finish.If I was from northeast Germany I might have a heart attack over this beer,but Iam not and I think its a great new world "big" alt beer.

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Photo of nickfl
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of loose, white foam on a brilliantly clear, dark copper colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lacing on the glass.

S - Lots of sweet, caramel and toffee malt characteristics with a little bit of spicy hop character.

T - Sweet, sugary malt up front with lots of toast and some turbinado sugar character. More thick malt in the middle with a light spicy hop flavor that transitions to a moderate level of bitterness in the finish.

M - A thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is a big, thick and mostly sweet beer. It seems to be a double Alt, almost like they literally took a normal Alt and (since Lagunitas can't seem to do anything normal) just doubled it. The malt is very sweet and completely dominates the beer. If you really look for it, you can detect a fairly significant level of hop bitterness, but it just isn't up to dealing with the hugely sweet malt in this beer. Nonetheless, it is surprisingly drinkable for what it is.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear copper amber with some small visible carbonation and a decent two finger high head of white fomay lace. The aroma was really packed with tons of bready malts. Cereal grains taking over as it warms up with a decent musty sort of smell.

\A quick clean taste that really did not have much of a follow though to it. It really kinda was dominated by the cereal grains and earthy bread like malts that drown out anything else that might have been trying to make a run at coming forward. Very smooth with a crisp clean finish. Not a ton of carbnation and the body itself was very light Very nice actually as there was nothing really holding you back from having multiples of this. Low abv and a very smooth flavor with a crisp finish

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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 superspak
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter. Pours crystal clear orangish golden amber color with a dense 1 finger off white head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Nice amount of thick lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big pine, orange, lemon, grapefruit, breadiness, caramel, and molasses. Very nice and complex aromas with nice strength. Taste is tons of orange, lemon, caramel, pine, honey, breadiness, and a bit of spiciness as well. Nice amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers with caramel, citrus, and pine flavors; with some nice sweetness in there as well. Insanely balanced beer, with just the right amount of sweetness, and overall great balance of all flavors throughout. Insanely smooth drinking for being almost 9%, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is basically invisible, only a a slight warming after the finish noticed. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied. Overall, an absolutely outstanding offering from Lagunitas. So much well balanced flavor.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours amber in color with a slightly off-white head.

S: A malt driven beer with lots of caramel and toffee. There's a nice hoppiness, too with some citrus and floral notes. A bit more malt in the form of bread. There's an almost candy sweetness and a bit of fruit.

T: Lots of toffee, brown sugar, and caramel malt character, which is nice. More sweetness from the candy/sugar, and some red fruits (grapes and berries?). Still some hop notes with mild citrus, and a mild bitterness.

M: The body is medium with a medium carbonation.

O: Lagunitas makes some fine ales, and this was one of them.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Stared at this one on the shelf long enough: time to buy and try. It pours a clear brass topped by a solid finger of white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, caramel, honey, light maple syrup, and a decent amount of flaky biscuits. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grapefruit and newcoming pine taking center stage whilst the sweeter and breadier notes surrounding them closely, snugly. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda syrupy feel. Overall, a very pleasing beer with impeccable balance. Good times.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear copper to light amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some burnt orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy dark beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical/mango/pineapple hops over the top of lighter aromas of sweet brown sugar like malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of malty sweetness with some notes of brown sugar and caramel. There is a light to moderate flavor of tropical/mango/pineapple and citrus/orange/grapefruit hops. Light to moderate amounts of hop bitterness that lingers.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Sticky. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Definitely an interesting beer that does not seem to fight into any style very well - I like the presence of the hops and the alcohol is fairly well hidden. This is a big beer and is much more of a sipper than an easy drinker.

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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 tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, copper amber with a dense foamy head. Great retention. Smells of citrus, bread, and pineapple. Great malt character; bready, biscuity. The hops are piny and fruity; there's an immense pineapple flavor here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, drinkable.

For the ABV this is scary drinkable. Bitter and sweet, the fruity hop character is a nice change of pace. The malt character adds fantastic balance. This is yet another awesome Lagunitas offering.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a good sized fluffy white head that shows great retention and lace. Aromas of citrus and pine waft from the bottle the second it is opened. Sweet toffee and caramel malt backbone hold this one up quite well. Taste is citrus and pine up front, sweet caramel and burnt sugar pop in for a second somewhere in the middle. The hops take over the finish and dance for a second with a touch of ethanol. The malty sweetness is almost approaching maibock here but the hops are powerful enough to keep that in check. Medium body and level of carbonation. Resinous and sweet sticky mouthfeel. This is nice, I liked it. It's a bit different, but I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Really nice body color here. Crystal clear, and amber bronze and orange glowing. Rising carbonation of small pinhead size, and producing a nice big three finger off white fluffy head with lots of retention. Very inviting.

Nose is great. Toasty sweet caramel and brown sugar, clean smelling citrus hops, really nicely balanced with a big malt forward presence. Smells delicious.

Tasty toasty light rolling malts, with a thick sweetness. Not too syrupy but just a little. Finishes with a muted sweetness and a slow burried hop bitterness. Feel doesn't seem heavily carbonated but no complaints as the malt is nicely big but in control.

Taste wise it's solid and not mind blowing, but I love everything else about this beer they did a great job on this one.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #17 Altbier on the beeradvocate best of lists. Served in a tumbler.

Beer is yellow with a mild haze, lazy head, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is hoppier than expected, mildly pine.

Beer is light in body, dare I say thin, with a mild yeast presence, weak on the lead off, and a dry mildly bitter finish, pine hops on the middle. Decent, I enjoyed it and would have it again.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle with ".alt" printed very small next to the Lucky 13 text -- by the way, this is NOT an Altbier, it's a Strong Ale. And at $4.99 for the bottle, why not!

A: Orange / copper body that is absolutely killer crystal clear. Holy hell that's filtered really well. Slightly off-white bubbly and foamy head with a really nice retention cap and wonderful lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hop notes overpower any other secondary flavors at first. The hop profile opens up and brings through some orange zest, pink grapefruit and peach. A very faint malt note creeps in towards the back end of the aroma, but not enough to give it a balancing malt base.

T: A really balanced citrus and sap hop bite is up front, followed by some really great citrus fruits - mango and pink grapefruit. The finish is full of pine needles that stick around and last well into the linger, very tasty.

M: Somewhat low carbonation but a nice feeling body without being thick. Sticky and a bit dry in the finish to linger. Not bad but I'd prefer a tad more carbonation on this one.

Overall, this was a really pleasant and enjoyable beer. At such a great price, I'll definitely be grabbing more of these before they're gone for good!

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always happy to try a new one from Lagunitis. My growler was filled at the Green Growler Grocery in Croton on Hudson, NY.

Nice looking brew, clear, typical almond amber, early puffy off white head, then a fine bubble film and leaves nice webs and extensive fine sheets of lacing.

Fruity hop nose with malt sweetness in the rear.

Super flavorful and enjoyable ale, notes of melons, lime, honey, ginger, gin and fruity, hoppy goodness. Packing serious flavor and at almost 9% this is a heady brew, but I'm tasting no alcohol.

Well done and well worth a try. Seek out if this should become available in your general area.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper body with lively carbonation. Bone white head pours a finger high.

S - Unique nose. Light, sweet breadiness and water chestnuts.

T - Robust herbal hops open for a nice, soft malt center. Quick, fruity finish.

M - Smooth, medium/full to style.

O - A great brew with nice drinkability at 8.9%

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at TJ'S Everyday in Paoli, PA, (hey, that rhymes)

I missed this guy last year when it came out. I saw it on the shelves and on tap all over but did not indulge, glad to see it back. In the tulip glass Lucky 13.alt looks light amber in color with some faint sunset orange in the mix. It's not exactly blond looking, the skim of foam on top was off white and sparse, minimal lace.

Smell on this sucka was pungent with florals, a dash of perfume. A bready yeast base with some caramel poking out. The hops are there but subdued, less so than a regular lucky. I guess the yeast strain used is English or German in origin, based on the alt in the name. Some orange pokes through with faint pine with warming.

With being 8.9%, the alcohol is incredibly hidden. Not a bitter beer, the hops are earthy with some slight pine and orange. I get some caramel in the middle with some butterscotch. The yeast brings out a biscuit flavor that really sticks and hits the spot. Basically, a less hoppy version of 13 with different yeast. Imperial Blond Ale, yes, I kind of see it.

Feel on lucky 13 is a medium build and is not to thick. It's easy to take down and not overly sweet and not boggled down with malt. This one is good for a go.

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Lucky 13.alt from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.
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