Lucky 13.alt | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

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
Ratings:
874
Reviews:
268
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.33%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
42
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 874 |  Reviews: 268
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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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 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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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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 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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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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 LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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 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 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 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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Lucky 13.alt from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 874 ratings.
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