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

22oz bomber into a beer mug.

Note: This should NOT be reviewed as an altbier, as it is a "Blonde version” of Lucky 13. The ".alt" is is actually an obscure reference to alt.* newsgroups of the past.

Anyway, as a strong blonde ale this beer pours well, sporting a rustic copper-brass color and a well-retained cap of spittle-white head. Can't knock Lagunitas for consistency, although all their beers smell nearly the same in terms of hop profile. Mango fruit, pineapple, and banana in the nose with a drowned-out presence of pale malt.

Compared to regular Lucky 13, the .alt version is smoother and, well, blonde-r. Piny burst of tropical fruits tastes like every other Lagunitas beer, and the malts do their best to add a sweet, caramel-rich background. Mouthfeel is chewy and thick with a low carbonation level. Lucky 13.alt is more of the same from this Sonoma brewery--a hop-forward, fruity sweet, high ABV beer that you'd have a hard time picking out of their lineup.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This must be a Sticke, though I'm no Altbier expert. I loved last years L. 13 Mondo Red so I was pretty intrigued by this year's release.

Pours out more of an orange/brown, translucent, but oily upon closer inspection. The head starts at about half an inch and leaves little lace.

The smell starts with citrus and cherry and ends with some bready malts.

The taste starts with a good mix of dried cherry, grapefruit and herbal hop resin. It has a real solid country grain bread finish to balance it out. Not too sticky going down, decently dry finish.

All in all a pretty sweet Anniversary brew. I'm glad I gave it a go.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice head! Head is white and very fluffy... Brew is rich copper color with lots of amber hues. Nice lacing too!

S - Very sugary scent... Lots of flower aroma. Mild vanilla and lots of apple and peach.

T - Very pleasant. Lots of smooth flavors. Rose nibs, vanilla, peach, orange, ....

M - Very dry. A little too carbonated for my liking.... Nice bitterness arrives at the end of the brew.

O - Quite a surprising brew. This could become one of my new favorites. Awesome and definitely worth seeking.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottled May 24th, 2011. Served at around 50F.

Pours clear amber with a two finger fluffy off-white head that leaves some foamy rings and spots of lacing and holds a very nice cap.

Aroma is pretty hoppy with some grapefruit and orange citrus, grass, a bit floral and piney. Underneath is some caramel, toffee and bready malt. Very good strength.

Flavor is a nice balance of fresh hops and caramel malt. Starts piney, resinous and citrusy, moving to a strong caramel, toffee and butterscotch presence which offers a bit of sweetness and then finishes with another wave of hops and some nice lingering bitterness. A fair alcohol bite does rear its head on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, with moderate carbonation.

Very good American Strong Ale, although it doesn't seem to fit into a traditional Altbier profile, at least with my experience with the style. Particularly enjoyed the aroma. Flavor is also quite good just a little hot for my tastes.

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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

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 litheum94
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

Crisp and clear golden body. Decent off-white, barely brown head. Settles to a foamy cover, which clings to the glass with every sip.

Aromas of pine resin, citrus rind (tangerine), tropical fruits and some peppercorn. Some Carmel tones from the malts.

Starts off with a biscuit malt flavor, with some carmel candy sweetness. Creamy in the mouth at first. Good spicing mid-palate with some bite. Earthy pine hops, with a good dose of bitterness. Finishes with a lemon twang and residual bitterness.

Great balance throughout this beer. Nice flavors. Another winner 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 depechemode1983
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a tulip glass a clear copper color. Head is foamy with good retention and leaves an even amount lacing.

S - Nose is full of sweet grapefruit and pineapples and semi bitter hops. Smells like pineapple juice.

T - Taste is very fruity as well as toasty. Initially you get the toasted grains and sweet pineapple along with caramel and bitter pine hops. :) Very pronounced aroma.

M - Mouth feel is medium bodied with complimenting carbonation. It feels smooth and has a slick finish.

O - Hell. This beer kicks ass. My local bottle shop just picked up the slack by providing this new beer. Very happy I purchased the bottle.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a semi translucent bright amber color with a 1/2 inch of head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of malts, booze, citrus and apricots. Some hops and tropical fruits maybe. Pretty complex smell that I'm having trouble pinpointing exactly what I am smelling. Taste is boozey with some grapefruit/citrus/tropical fruits. Malty with a nice alcohol burn at the finish. This beer has some of that typical hoppy Lagunitas flavor but a bit more subdued than some of the other offerings. Somewhat sweet. Drinkable even though it has a boozey taste to it. Again, like with the aroma, hard to figure out all the nuances here. There is alot going on with this beer but I am digging it. Overall, this is a unique beer worth having again.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't have a stange, so I suppose a weizen glass will have to do. My bomber pours burnished copper and translucent as a stained glass window. Not a huge head but the lacing looks nice, at least. Taking my first sniff, I am greeted with mango, pineapple, apricot, red grapefruits, minor chords of pine resin, and a sweet toffee malt. All of these things translate well into the taste, with the addition of a small amount of cannabis funky musty notes...brown sugar that transitions into honeyed sweetness that lingers for quite some time. Unless, of course, you choose to quell it with the hopped front of another delicious sip. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-thick, but not syrupy in any way, pleasingly smooth and creamy, despite the head's disappearance.

This one is well worth checking out. Especially if you like Dreadnaught, as some (but not all) of the flavor profiles are similar in my book.

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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 NHhophead
4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 1/2 bbl of Lucky 13.alt as a replacement for a Lagunitas IPA keg that I suffered through. Neither the shop, nor I realized that it was the 13.alt, so it came as something of a welcome surprise. In terms of reviews, the best I can offer is that this brew reminds me of Founder's Centennial IPA and a little bit like Double Dead Guy--both of which I have had on my tap system. I would attribute this to the use of malts to 'mask' the ~9% ABV characteristic. Anotehr well-built offering by Launitas, and one that I'm proud to have on tap at home.

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

Bomber bottled May 24, 2011 Tasted July 2, 2011

Appearance: Lucky 13 pours a clear amber with a very thin head leaving a touch of lacing.

Smell is very tropical. Mango, pineapple, apricot, grapefruit, malt and brown sugar.

Very tasty. A nice blend of citrus hops with a caramelly malt backbone and the aforementioned brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is smooth with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall, this is an excellent amber ale. I had the other Lucky 13 last year but I don't remember it being this tasty (unfortunately I didn't review that one). Dangerously drinkable. It reminds me of a Hop Stoopid/Undercover Investigation Shut Down Ale Hybrid: A citrus hop blast countered with a malty-caramel brown sugar backbone. Go get one!

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

I thought I was role playing with the blonde as I have rendezvoused with the brunette before but alas...I see it's another beer with an .alt at the end. Whew! Bomber poured into a snifter I am met with a nice copper colored ale with a foamy off white head with minimal lacing. The aroma is quite nice with red grapefruit, mango, pine and sweet hops. The taste has a nice combination of bitter and sweet on this beauty. Very smooth drink for being this high in alcohol. Light malt backbone. Big bitter aftertaste. Major mouth salivation going on if you are into that. Great mouthfeel. Overall this beer does the style proud. Awesomely drinkable though the taste may get tiresome after one 22 oz. I noticed as it warms, the sweetness shines through. A very well made beer and of course....worth the low price from the Petaluma crew.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber

Appearance is a nice golden amber color that has a finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly. The nose is much like a DIPA. Lots of fruity nuances like pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. Fresh and inviting. The taste is very fruity with the pineapple dominating. A stong bitterness creates a nice dry mouthfeel. Medium-bodied and easy to drink. This is more of a a DIPA than anything else. Damn tasty.

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Photo of nimrod979
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured a nice golden amber color with a large white head that lasted awhile and laced nicely. Piney floral hops dominate the smell. Taste is a fantastic balance of flavors. Citrusy sweet and apricot flavor malts balance nice with the bready malts. Slick mouthfeel and medium bodied. Finishes with a smooth bitterness from the hops.

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Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Please change to American Strong Ale! Already requested several days ago, and it hasn't happened. Despite the name, it baffles me that someone entered this as an Altbier. ".alt" just means a different version of Lucky 13.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Bottled on Julian date of 144 (May 24, 2011).

Appearance: Clear gold with thin white head. Some nice lacing rings.

Smell: Grapefruit, orange and tropical fruits. More sweet and tart than dry. More than anything, it just smells like Lagunitas.

Taste: Sweet and lightly tart blend of grapefruit, orange, mango and pineapple. The malts are toasty, but fairly minimal. Some light pine, spiciness and bitterness on the finish. Tastes a little too much like Maximus.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium to full body that is fairly sticky. Finish is just barely dry.

Overall: As I said, way too similar to Maximus. In all honesty, all of the hoppy Lagunitas beers are somewhat similar for me, but this goes too far. Plus, Maximus is not my favorite DIPA by any means. Ultimately, I still do enjoy it, as I like the signature Lagunitas taste, but I prefer it be better balanced within the beer.

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Photo of jizfiasco
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is good nice foamy head that laces the glass. The smell is so perfect I have no idea what an alt beer is supposed to smell or taste like but I'm guessing its not like this. Scent is the standard lagunitas sweet hop concoction smell mixed with some serious passionfruit and some fresh cut grass. The first sip is a bit of a let down perhaps because I am a fan of lagunitas ipas and this style is not usual for them. A lighter version of the ipa but still good and quite flavorful. Weaker then the scent but unique and a little peppery, hops are great and sweet malt and baked fruit are there. All and all solid but I would rather have a shutdown, maximus or sumpin sumpin.

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Photo of vkv822
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip pint

Pours a clear dark, golden with lots of rising carbonation and a lightly off-white head with amazing lacing.

The aroma is of wonderful grapefruit and pineapple. Very enjoyable, though it's definitely not what I would expect in an altbier.

The taste is again very hoppy, with some biscuity malts.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with decent carbonation.

A very nice, hoppy beer, that as it warms becomes more balanced with malts.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle
A - bubbly short head on top of a clear copper brew.
S - pine cones were just shoved up my nose with the best of intentions! Quite floral hops that overwhelm everything else.
T - moderately strong piney citrus with a low slightly toasted malt background.
M - more than medium thickness and not as carbonated as the bubbly look implied.
D - fairly drinkable but best enjoyed slowly.
Inexpensive for a bomber and prety good.

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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 nickthegun12
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow thats good!

appearance is orange in color with a small head....and nice lacing.

smells very aromatic! aroma hops of some sort maybe coming from the yeast. hides the alcohol very well.

taste is amazing...very clean and drinkable...comes out very ale like!. has sort of an orange or tangerine taste.

feel is great as well good mixture between dry and creamy

overall this beer is outstanding....they def. need to make this one again

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Photo of spratmi
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden/amber straw color with a thin head that leaves a full sticky lacing.
S: Citrus and floral hops with a hint of sweet malt. Light fruity sweetness - bubblegum or banana.
T: A nice blend of bubblegum, citrus and floral hops, sweet malt, lemon, clove, and cinnamon.
M: Smooth and somewhat creamy with a touch of carbonation.
O: An interesting and solid beer. I've already tried several of these over the last few days and would definitely buy more.

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

appearance: Clear golden with an off white modest head and lacing.
smell: Grapefruit in yo face. A subdued but "holding it's own" malt
"blocking and tackling"
taste: Nice balance between the grapefruity hops and the malty ale.
With all due respect I don't think this was classified correctly. I have not had an alt beer...but just by reading the description...this ain't one. Tastes almost like a Burton Baton jr., a cross between an IPA and a strong ale. I'm guessing the .alt influenced the classification but don't think that's what Lagunitas meant.

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Lucky 13.alt from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 873 ratings.
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