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%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
41
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 268 | Ratings: 873
Photo of scottfrie
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Block 15 snifter.

A: Pours a crystal clear orange color with a couple fingers of off-white head that faded into thin scum leaving sticky streaks of lace down the glass.
S: Super hoppy notes of pine, citrus and sweet tropical fruit nectars that slightly fade after the pour. I get paler notes of light malts and clean yeast. This indeed smells like a super hopped up blonde.
T: Follows the nose with huge notes of citrus rind and fruit nectar hops. Malts are thick and slightly sweet and caramel, but for the most part flavors are light but potent. Again, this is a very hoppy and strong beer, but the strong flavors are light in flavor, if that makes sense. All that matters is it tastes good. Hops are resinous and bitter in the aftertaste.
M: Thick body, viscous mouthfeel that is smooth but heavy, and even and soft carbonation. Drinks well for such a potent beer.
O: A solid drinking beer. Hops are prominent but malt flavors are lighter than a traditional dipa. Recommended if you love hops, not recommended if you love blondes.

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Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear reddish amber pour. Decent off-white head but great retention and lacing.

S: Smells like an IPA or a hoppy amber. Strong citrus smell (grapefruit, orange, mango), some resin. A little banana? Hard to tell if that's part of the malt or not. Gotta be some simcoe in here, distinctive smell (or similar) Maybe a little bit of bready malt and brown sugar? Mostly overpowered by the hops.

T: Also tastes mostly like a good hop-forward IPA with maybe a bit of extra malt backbone. Strong citrus hop bite that follows the nose. Some resin in the middle and in the aftertaste. Malt is bready and brown sugar I think.

M: Pretty heavy, accentuated by low carbonation. Hops are bitter and stick around well.

O: Pretty pleased with this. Basically like drinking a big DIPA with a stronger malt base. Strong hops, good balance, smells and looks delicious. Definitely a winner. I'll have to try to find the brunette version to compare.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into ommegang glass. Pours a slight amber brown copper color with a slight amount of head. Lots of lacing.
Smells of crazy citrus and fruit hops and caramel malts. Taste is fruity citrus and mango hops with slight malty sweetness. Its not as complex as I hoped but still tasty. Although I'd compare it more towards a malty DIPA.

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Photo of KTCamm
2.93/5  rDev -26.2%
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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Photo of argock
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a clear Shaker pint glass at Boylan Heights (Charlottesville, VA). Reviewed from notes.

A: Crisp, slightly hazy golden with short cap of off-white head with numerous tails of lacing.

S: Big piney resinous and orange-lemon citrus hoppy aroma with mild pale malty background. Not sure what style this is, but altbier would not be in my top 5 options.

T: Huge piney hops blast with a slightly sweet pale maltiness as the initial hops flavors recede. The aftertaste is a bit of orange glazed cookie.

M: Very active carbonation, a little too active, but this still drinks pretty easily with a pleasant crispness despite the girth of the 8.9%.

O: I liked this beer, although I would put it in the lower half of Lagunitas beers. I couldn't judge this to style because I'm not really sure altbier, blonde ale, or any style really fits this brew. American pale ale probably fits best (but not at 8.9), but, nonetheless, this is another solid offering.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About three fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Quite hoppy with a solid malt presence. Lots of tropical citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, mango, orange, pineapple, apricot, and lemon. Also a light whiff of earthy, spicy hops. Solid hints of bready malts with good hints of biscuit and caramel. This is very forward with the citrus fruits.

Taste: Like the smell, a big and bold taste of citrus fruits along with a solid bready malt backing. Bitter and ripe citrus hops upfront with notes of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, orange, apricot, and lemon. Light taste of earthy hops. Citrus is dominate here. Good bready malt taste with some biscuit and caramel. Pretty juicy and good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy feeling body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and very smooth. Finishes fairly dry. Alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Overall: Another very solid brew from Lagunitas. Very good citrus hop taste.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark amber color with an off-white head and decent lacing

S-malt, toffee sweetness, hints of fruit

T-heavy malt presence, sweet toffee, plums, a very mild hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a decent strong ale, but needs a little more balance for me

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

636th Review on BA
Bottle to strange
22oz

App- A very dark yellow with a lot of bubbles and cascades to a one finger head. A few lines of cling and some leg.

Smell- Big aromatics of lemon, grass and malts. Has a sweetness with the malt and citrus. Throw in a little hops too.

Taste- I have to preface by saying Ive never had an alt bier. Quite malty and lush with big tropical fruits which dont follow the lemony nose. Was good and hits the spot

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium cabonated with a trailing fruit flavor.

Drink- I saw it and bought it and was glad I did. Its a new style which seems very close to a DIPA. Id love this on tap at some point. Although Ill take a bottle too

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Photo of Jeffo
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Doopie brought this one out on beer night a couple weeks back. Good times man!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2+ finger, medium looking, fluffy, white head with great retention. Clear dark amber or burnt orange in color with higher levels of carbonation. Head fades ti a thick foam cap and clings to the sides of the glass. Some lacing remains.

SMELL: Very hoppy nose on this one. Pale malts and honeydew melon up front, with lots of citra hop aromas. Piney qualities and light soapy notes. Cascade makes an appearance as well, with some nice melon and pineapple notes.

TASTE: Caramel and toffee sweetness with some butterscotch up front. Plenty of hops after the swallow, with caramel, toffee, lemon citrus and floral bitterness lingering in the bolder aftertaste. Plenty flavorful with some nice hop qualities in there, though the flavor doesn't quite match the melon and piney nose.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes relatively dry on the palate. Decent feel.

OVERALL: This was a really nice brew. The nose and flavor don't really match here, as the hop aromas advertise a totally different ride, but that's not to say the ride itself wasn't an enjoyable one. A beer I'd defintely drink again. Thanks again for sharing Doops!

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Photo of wedge
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant brass under thick cream that leaves spotty bits of lace on the glass. Heavy, deep hop aroma...dank, herbal, pine sap, sugary grapefruit, juicy orange, pineapple, and overripe fruit along with a fairly hefty sticky caramel and honey base. Thick hoppiness continues into the flavor, though things seem a little "greener". Sticky, sweet fruity hops with an almost toasty malt presence. Dark citrus and bread. Medium-plus body with a textured mouthfeel and ending pretty bitter.

Not my favorite Lagunitas brew overall, but it fits into their portfolio quite well. A good hoppy strong ale (their M.O.), though personally it's a little too sticky to want more than one.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from "Habits" in S.Salem. $3.69 Clear and darkish golden beer with a huge,thick and frothy off white head. Extremely pungent hop aromas,resiny and deeply herbal..some caramel malts also appear. Taste is well balanced with a huge chewy caramel/toffee malt presense and an equally terrific dank resiny hop over load..a titanic clash!..hops win in the end though. Ok on the palate..the two immense competitors meld well. A good beer but not one of Lagunitas best.

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

22oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is amber colored with 3 fingers of off white head.

S - The first thing I smelled was light citrus, mostly grapefruit. I also got some biscuity malt.

T - I get light grapefruit with a pine finish. Some bready malt comes through in the middle.

M - Medium

O - It seems like the more I drink the hops fade and the biscuit comes through. It's like an imperial pale ale.

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

Picked up a bomber in early June from Total Wine for $3.99. Bomber received at TW on 5-30-12. Am assuming this was bottled in May.

Beer poured orange with a nice white head that is leaving a foamy lacing behind.

Nose is fresh citrus hops.

Taste is bready and pilsner malts with citrus hops finishing strong.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decently carbonated.

Overall this is a pretty good DAPA.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is amber with a hint of gold. Head is relatively light and disappates somewhat quickly to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Mouthfeel is ok. Smell is heavy hops despite just a 60 IBU. Sweeter malts and sugars help enhance the hoppy flavor which I get mostly spices from. Citrus is present maybe from grapefruit.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got firkin’ lucky with this one.

(That is, I got Lucky 13 on firkin. At the beer sanctuary.)

This poured a copper-caramel color with amazing foam retention. Seriously! The cap of foam held its shape even after 15 minutes. Impressive.

The aroma come across like a sweet malt smack with a slightly dank fist of resiny hops.

As I taste it I find there’s a pronounced bitterness which contrasts with the malty sweetness. Like a barleywine or scotch ale I get a long, lingering finish, some piney hops, a bitter peak, and lots of malt sweetness. I liked it.

Updated from the bottle:

This pours a deep hued amber with light foam.
I find aromas of orange and orange marmalade, orange peel, and a sweet caramel note rounding it out.
I taste a lot of orange and citrus hops, defined by a midpoint bitterness and held together by a pleasant caramel malt character. There’s a malty sweet finish. A beer big enough for the hop head in me, but malty enough for those who shy from the lupulin.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
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 ehammond1
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Clear golden and auburn with a big, thick, and persistent off-white head. Lots of sticky spiderweb lacing down the glass.

A very sweet aroma consisting of orange and pineapple citrus, along with bready, caramel, and toffee sweetness.

Very sweet and syrupy. Citrus hops and lots of caramel and toffee sweetness, though the sweetness has a stinging, syrupy bite to it. Low bitterness.

Medium bodied and ample carbonation, though a bit syrupy and heavy.

A decent and inexpensive strong ale, but this ale seems remarkably similar to their Maximus DIPA, which is not one of my favorites.

For what it's worth, I remember enjoying this on tap a lot more than this bottled version.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a finger of frothy off-white head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some good lacing.

S - Aroma is full of sweet bready malts with lots of citrus and pine hops, and some candied tropical fruits.

T - Starts off with some strong citrus and tropical fruit hops with some candied grapefruit and strong bitterness alongside some sweet malts. Through the middle, some more sweet bready malts come through with some resiny pine hop and more bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malt, candied tropical fruits and bitterness.

M - Medium-full bodied with medium-heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. A pretty different American Strong Ale with some nice fruity flavors that belnd in and feel balanced.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.86/5  rDev -28%
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 Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Delirium Tremens shaped-glass.

A: Poured out a pure, crystal clear gold color, with a whopping 2-3 finger dense solid white head that clung to the glass as the liquid was siphoned.

S: Wowsers... candi sugar hop bomz r'us for sure! It smelled very much like a melted "Astro Pop" with a bit of citrus added.

T: Very hoppy, full, and quite decadent, with the hops leading the way, but much more sugar in the middle, and a slap of grapefruit at the end. It sort of reminded me of Stone's "Double Bastard." Fresh and delicious!

M: This might be too sweet for some people, but hell, this IS an "American Strong Ale!" The bitterness added just the right counterpoint to the sugar and the carbonation was just spritzy enough without being too. The lacing was a sight to behold!

O: Not many breweries do these West Coast-style hop bombs like Lagunitas.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - crystal clear orange golden, short white head dissipated to a thin covering
S - pine and grapefruit citrus ,light spiciness with some candy aromas
T - grapefruit and piney hops are big but balanced with a caramel and slightly nutty malt backbone
M - medium creamy and sticky body, lower carbonation with a warm ABV heat and hop bitterness
O - extremely drinkable in spite of big flavours, warms the insides and makes me smile

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Clem’s Bottle House and Deli
Price: $5.99
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel orange clear color with two fingers of white head. Nice uneven, foamy lacing all the way down. Decent retention as well.

Smelled a refreshing surprise of hops up front. Got very sweet floral hops first. Also pine, citrus, sharp, but light grapefruit, lemon, light lime and orange peel. Basically smelled like a floral IPA.

Tasted similar to the smell, which is a good thing. Still reminded me or an IPA more than an American Strong Ale. Got those sweet, sugar floral hops. Nice bitterness on the tongue after. Citrus, lemon, lime, pine, sharp grapefruit. Very good.

Light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

Really liked this beer. I really didn’t even know what type it was when I bought it and found out home when I checked Beer Advocate (hiding the rating with my hand of course). Another good beer from Lagunitas.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this one this afternoon with schmittymack. Poured a nice golden color with a good finger or two of fluffy white foam. Aromas of pine, grapefruit and maybe mango. On the palate, this one was light to medium bodied, with flavors of pineapple, honey and light malt with a linger bitter finish.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Mr. Dunderbak's. Served in a pint glass.

A: Nice amber color, nearly clear with some chill haze. A finger's worth of off-white head and medium visible carbonation.

S: Fruity hops up front - citrus, tropical fruits, and grassy, with some toasted cracker malt.

T: Follows the nose - big citrus flavor (orange and grapefruit rind), tropical fruit, a bit of pineapple, all over a noticeable malt backbone. Mild fruity bitterness in the hang.

M: Medium body, alcohol well-hidden given the ABV, average carbonation sensation.

O: This is quite enjoyable. It doesn't look or taste much like a blonde ale, but it disappeared pretty quickly. Recommended.

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Photo of Burt
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

Yellow orange cloudy, with a thick off white head the dispersed slowly and some thick lacing.

Nice pine smell with some malt.

Pine and citrus up front with a little sweetness in the middle then a nice shot of bitterness at the end.

Very surprised at this beer, nice hop profile and the bitterness is great. Never knew an alt. could taste like this.

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Lucky 13.alt from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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