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%
 
 
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29
Gots:
42
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0
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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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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%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Lucky 13.alt is not quite as blonde as the Betty Page on its label, but it does have a nice golden-ish hue and perfect clarity, certainly good looking enough for a pin-up poster. Its head is substantial but gives out in some parts, the resulting pattern is eccentric and irregularly shaped, appearing like some kind of slide of a brain membrane or something.

Lagunitas has not only found their own voice through the years, they've also found a smell. It's a hoppy one, for sure, showcasing the customary citrus shavings and a splash of acidity, but with an herbal, somewhat ganja-like 'house' character to it. This same smell laces most of their brands, except Lucky 13.alt seems to have a little extra orange juice flavouring.

Altbier may have been the last of the old-world styles for an American brewer to double up (I'm not sure we can expect an imperial Berliner Weiss or Gose anytime soon). The case could certainly be made that bulking up the well balanced, clean, smooth, well-attenuated ale would means that it's no longer an altbier. And they certainly wouldn't be wrong...

This doesn't taste much at all like what you'd find in Germany - it tastes plenty like what you'd find in Northern California. It has the lightly fruity, firm and grainy maltiness, distinct toasty and caramel flavours of a Steam beer (which in all fairness is itself a type of altbier). Of course there's been lots of bitter, grassy, citrusy hops thrown in there too.

The alcohol is undetected, but the mouthfeel is noticeably thinned out; toasty maltiness is lost in all these fruity esters. The hoppiness makes for a most 'unclean' beer, notes of over-ripe mango and under-ripe peach and sugary pineapple reproducing on the finish like a kind of bacterial growth. They do so with lots of acidity but, curiously, not much bitterness.

I might be jaded by the stream of Lagunitas offerings, each being so predictably similar in character to the last, except that I don't think I'll ever tire of their brand of uber-hoppy, fully flavoured, ludicrously drinkable beer. Nor would I ever want to stop supporting a brewery that offers said ales with such clever packaging at such reasonable prices.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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

22oz Bomber

Appearance - Clear dark amber colour with a large size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is low amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel/toffee, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel, hops, and malts. There is also some grapefruit and apricot and a touch of cherry. It finishes with a sweet juicy and hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - At first I was a little disappointed with the flavours, but as it warmed up a bit in my glass the hops and the sweetness really came out. It's got a nice nectar like flavour that keeps you looking forward to the next sip. Lagunita's is quickly becoming one of my favourite brewers.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$4.95 for the 22oz bottle. Bottled the 187th day of 2013 which is July 6th.

A- it pours a clear copper with a 2 finger head of foam.(served cool not cold) It looks to have some good lacing.

S- I get loads of bread and caramel malt in the nose. The label says this clocks in at 76.92 IBUs. I don't get any hop aroma but it's not unusual for the style and the DIPA style to have the hops kind of hidden.

T- before I get to the taste, I have to mention how thickish and syrupy the beer is upon first taste.
This is very sweet with notes of bread but there's a hop presence that I'd say was oily/resiny that adds a bit of light bitterness, maybe not enough or...this is an Old Ale style so I'm not turned off by the lack of bitterness.

M- thick, creamy bordering on syrup like, there's not a lot of carbonation going on for being this fresh. Cellaring would cut down the carbo even more so I guess I'll drink them when they are fresh.

O- A pretty tasty example of the style and I'll have another, please. A good price helps. ;^)

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