Lucky 13.alt | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lucky 13.altLucky 13.alt

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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Reviews: 268 | Ratings: 873
Photo of bmwats
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Dark amber. Pours about a half finger, foamy, white head. Settles pretty quickly and evenly, leaving a blanket of foam and substantial beer ring. Light, sporadic lacing.

S: Caramel, honey, and maple syrup. Freshly baked and buttered bread.

T: Honey sweetened bread, and pecan shells.

M: Thick, hearty, and syrupy. Pungent throughout. Bitter, dry finish. Feels a little washed out in the end.

D: Bitter and pungent character will dictate a slower interlude.

Atmosphere is good. Nice hue, solid foamy head, and fair lacing. Nose is a full and strong combo of bread and sweets. Flavor is pungent and bready, with an indistinct and unexpected, but prevalent sweetness. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear bronze color with a billowing fluffy off white head. Subtle nose of lightly kilned malt and a touched of buttered toast.Faint citric hops become present as the beer airs out.

Quite an interesting brew. Full mouthfeel. The beer seems to be struggling between being sweet and being bitter, a nice little fight goes on inside your mouth. Sweet buttered biscuit like flavors up front, whisks to grains and caramel along the mid palate with a touch of bright fruit. Finishes with a harsh english-style ale bitterness that sneaks up on you. Incredibly smooth for such the potency. Still undecided as to whether I love it or hate it.

I think overall I pretty much like it. The bitterness is harsh and grows and sneaks up on you, but the beers a sipper anyway. Not too deep or complex but definitely unlike anything I've ever had before.

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

16oz pour, on tap at Taco Mac (Alpharetta, GA). Served in a chilled pint glass. 

Delivered clear deep gold with a quarter finger of cream froth on top. Nice consistent lacing. 

Nice hoppy hoppy smells. Pine, orange, mango. 

Sweet burst of pine and citrus followed by a nice malt backing. Orange, pine, pepper, sweet bicuit. Very little noticeable alcohol. 

Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Slightly slick hop oils on the tongue give a long dry bitter aftertaste. 

After a year away, I'm still a fan. A good solid dose of hop goodness with a nice full sweet malt bill to back it up. I'll continue coming back to this when it's available. 

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Photo of Tad
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 22oz bottle into a chilled pint glass, nice golden auburn tan tint with a full white head, good retention, and leaves a little lacing to the glass on the way down!

Great hop aroma, Amarillo mostly from what I've heard, hits your nose immediately. High Gravity strong ale indeed, but well balanced, the malt backbone comes though right when you taste the hoppy goodness, medium/full bodied mouthfeel lingers on your palate until the next sip. Not a hop monster like other posters have said, but does balance with the big grain bill in this beer...

I have yet to find a beer from Lagunitas that hasn't been exceptional !! This doesn't disappoint, grab one of these when your looking for a big ale, and you will enjoy tasting brewing perfection..

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Photo of Glibber
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoy Lagunitas, and this is one of my favorite. The beer is a nice straw color and has a decent white head. You can really smell the citrus hoppy goodness, and the taste is spot on. I am glad that the hops are overpowering, and the malt really can stand out. I will be buying up more of this seasonal where I can find it.

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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 t420o
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucky 13.alt

A- pour produced a 1-1/2 finger white head that rests atop a transparent golden beer. Decent lacing 3.5 

S-  pink grapefruit, a lot of tropical scents like mango, papaya, kiwi, orange.some sweet Malt is in the background. Smells excellet 4.5 

T- taste follows the nose and is very tropical. Mango, pineaplle, grapefruit,I feel like I'm tasting a tad of pine flavor also are the most prevelant flavors. Definitely a hop forward beer. Alcohol is present but not too much 4 

M- good carbonation good mouthfeel  4

O- great fruity flavors from the hops. Very drinkable even given the abv 4


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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear golden honey with a finger and a half of white head, good retention, and the resulting lace is thin but sticky.

Smell - Sweet red grapefruit aromas, and a faint touch of alcohol.

Taste - Predominately a sweet ruby red hop upfront, with notes of pineapple... and also, do I detect the faintest hint of smokiness?

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Fairly smooth. Carbonation is bubbly.

Overall - Pretty delicious beer, but is it really all that different than Lagunitas Sucks, Wilco Tango Foxtrot, Imperial Red, and even Lil' Sumpin Sumpin? All have that dominant sweet ruby red hop character, and only minor variations outside that. I love the flavor, but can we try something different now?

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Photo of draheim
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed this about a year ago, fee like revisiting it.

22oz bottle (code 12141914) into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear golden orange w/ a thick sudsy white head, good retention, bits of sticky lace. Lazy carb rises from the bottom.

Aroma is a tropical blast of mostly citrus and pine. Clean, sharp, a little sweet. Boozy.

Taste follows nose. Clean pale malt, grapefruit, dried apricots, alcohol. A honey sweetness reminds me of Hop Stoopid or Hopslam. How is this an American Strong Ale? DIPA all the way.

Mouthfeel is expectedly chewy, sticky. Coats the palate.

Overall I still really like this one. The balance between the bright bitter hops, sweet tropical malt, and strong alcohol works well.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Libbey stout glass.

A: Pours a golden-amber with a nice white head. Great lacing and retention.

S: Huge tropical hops and light malt sweetness in the nose. Perfumy papaya and strawberry.

T: Boozy tropical and citric hops over a strong pale malt base. Mango, orange, papaya, solvent alcohol.

M: Decent carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: Great showcase for Lagunitas' hop usage, but doesn't really seem that different from a DIPA to me.

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

Pours a clear light coppery amber in color with a half finger high off white head that has good retention and never completely faded away.

Aromas begin with a moderately strong amount of mango and pineapple hops. As it warms you get some grapefruit zest, honey and a decent amount of flaky biscuit maltiness.

The taste is slightly different compared to the smell in that it opens with the grapefruit and orange citrus hops along with more notes of caramel maltiness than was apparent in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Finish is lightly bitter but balanced enough by the malt backbone.

Overall this was a nice offering to sample on draft but nothing I need to revisit anytime soon. A solid Imperial Red Ale in that the alcohol is well masked from the smell and taste and the hops are fairly solid but not overly bitter. Well balanced and would be great anytime of year, with or without food.

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

Color: A cloudy orangish-red wih an off white head.

Smell: Honey and roasted malts up front. Followed by pineapple, oranges and piney hops.

Taste: Same as the aroma. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, smooth with a light dryness on the palate.

Overall: Medium bodied. Complex with a decent balance. I really enjoyed the complexity with all the citrus, honey, hops and malts. Cheers.

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Photo of danieelol
3.22/5  rDev -18.9%
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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Photo of match1112
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazy orange body with a fingers worth of off white head rises and settles rather quickly leaving next to no lacing. smells of tropical candy, sugar, hops and bread. taste is very similiar to the nose. lots of candied sugars and hops. mouthfeel is thick and chewy with the high level of sugars. good carbonation and some hop bitterness on the finish. overall this isnt my cup of tea, too sweet.

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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 LiquidAmber
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear orange amber, half finger white head that slowly dissipated into a ring and nice lacing. Great aroma of herbal and piney hops, light malt and tropical fruit. Flavor is nice sweet and caramel malt, light fruit, brown sugar. Nice hop kick at the end. Very well integrated and balanced. I'm not sure this a traditional alt, but it tastes good.

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Photo of Fubar1453
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden orange with a thick creamy head, leaves lots of nice lacing.

S: Vanilla and citrus, grapefruits and oranges.

T: Vanilla and oranges, a nice balance with the hops, very drinkable.

M: Sticky and slick, I would say the right amount of carbonation, and a little bite from the hops on the end that fades quickly.

O: An above-average blonde. Nice balance of flavors, a perfect spring beer.


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Photo of magine
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized pint glass.

Pours a lively hazy light copper/auburn color. Has a creamy thick fluffy finger width off white head. Nice layer of lace masks the top of the brew, great lace all throughout the edges and rims. Great looks.

Brew smells of lots of hops; citrus, other fruits, grassy, spicy oily hop resin. Has some nice earthy bread malts in the back as well. Good smelling brew.

Brew is creamy smooth from the constant head retention. Smooth up front creamy and some prickly spiced hops and carbonation in the middle. Brew finishes slightly dry and leaves you yearning another sip. Really good mouthfeel here; thick and lots of character. Brew has great flavor profiles that all work very well together. Very nice citrus hops, spices, oily resin, grassy earth. Nice malts as well; bready yeasts and caramel malts maybe. Almost a bit of tobacco in the end. Whatever the mash up in here is it works really well. Cant even taste that alcohol. Wow stellar stuff here.

Love this stuff here. A tremendous effort from Lagunitas; awesome flavors and full chewy mouthfeel. Another winner from this world class brewery.

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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 cyclonece09
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle into 9 oz sample glass. Pours dark amber color with a decent size head that does not dissipate quickly. Malty smell with hints of citrus and hops. The beer does taste a bit "heavy" (like alcoholwise) but this should not be unexpected with a ABV of 8.9%. The taste of the alcohol is a little overwhelming at first, but the tastes of citrus and hops do come out later. The beer, while a little bit of a slow start, goes down very smooth once you get past the alcohol feel, and a good beer for those hoplovers out there.

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

Poured into a pint glass from the bomber.

A: The beer is an almost pure orange color with some gold when held to light. Plenty of carbonation rising up in the middle. Head was about 2 fingers, offwhite, and stuck around for about a minute.

S: Surprisingly malty with plenty of bread in there. Also a big sweetness of citrus and/or some berries. Hoppy twinge throughout.

T: At first, I thought to myself, this would be a somewhat weak IPA... then the balance and subtleties start coming out. The malt profile is perfect and there is a nice sweetness throughout. Bread, fruit, some pine in the back. An almost perfectly balanced beer.

F: Nice carbonation, goes down pretty smooth. Some slight stickiness in there.

Overall: This is 8.9%? What?! I feel like I'm drinking a session here with the balanced character, but there is just enough bite to keep me wanting more and focused on the flavors which seem to keep changing. A very nice and very surprising beer.

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

Whipped egg white head that rims like crazy over orange blonde body. That candied pineapple Lagunitas nose I love with a touch of tangerine.
Cookie sweetness with apricot tangerine jam then clementine and pineapple hops. Grainy sweetness as it warms, like zweibeck biscuits.
Zesty finish and slightly oily linger. Light-medium, crisp, soft, some chew.

Is this an alt? Blonde? Strong ale? Related to Lucky 13? Who cares, it’s another Lagunitas aroma hop bomb and that’s enough for me.

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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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Photo of Phelps
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bottle poured into a goblet. Lagunitas calls this one an imperial blonde ale.

Murky tangerine, capped with a wispy head of very light tan that quickly fizzles away to a thin ring.

Very malty nose. Sweet caramel, toasted biscuits, overripe oranges, some grapefruit peel, candy sugar.

Similarity in the flavor. Begins with candy sugar and candied grapefruit peel. The swallow brings a swig of caramel and toasted biscuits. Lingering toastiness and burnt sugar notes between sips. Far from blonde ale, this tastes to me like a malty east coast-style IPA — surprising from this west coast brewery.

High, almost painful pinching carbonation in a fairly viscous medium-light body. Moderate bitterness, just a hint of booze behind the bright, sugary flavors. At 8.9 percent ABV, this is an impressive feat.

Call it a blonde ale; call it an IPA; call it what you want. This 13th anniversary ale is tasty stuff, and at $5 per bomber, the price is very right.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this for my parents anniversary. As in, I got it so that I can have an excuse to be piss-drunk on such a special occasion. Poured into a Williamsburg Winery red wine glass.

A: Has a slightly reddish copper color reminiscent of an IIPA, along with a one-finger, near-white head. While it's not particularly sexy by itself, it has decent retention and it leave plenty of spotty lacing on the glass.

S: The nose on this is very tropical. Grapefruit, apricot, mango, whatever citrus fruit you can think of inhabits the nose quite beautifully. There's a little bit of maltiness as well.

T: To me, the taste is primarily IPA, albeit one that's malty, well-balanced, sweet, and pleasantly bitter on the back end. The sweetness of the amber malts open up the body nicely, while the lingering bitterness, though not on the same level of a typical Stone offering (not necessarily a bad thing), is quite pleasant overall. 8.9% ABV? Who the hell are you fooling, Lagunitas?

M: Smooth but slightly syrupy as one would expect from an IPA, and a finish that's a bit sticky and bitter, but as I said, not in the same way a Stone IPA is. Carbonation is moderate.

O: Let's be honest, this fits the winter months in the same way Tim Curry (present-era Tim Curry, by the way, not the sexy bombshell we remember from Rocky Horror Picture Show) fits into a speedo. And while it's more IPA than impy blonde to me, it's still an incredibly enjoyable, almost world-class brew that was a great value to boot ($5 for this?! HELL YES). Get it while you still can!

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Lucky 13.alt from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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