Lucky 13.alt | Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lucky 13.altLucky 13.alt
874 Ratings
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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Ratings: 874 |  Reviews: 268
Photo of nanobrew
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of joek440
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light amber, clear and bubbly body. 1-finger of off-white head which dissipated relatively quickly

S - Initial smell is hop and sweet smelling caramel - almost a sweet candy-like scent. Hints of pine and citrus as well.

T - The hops hit you strong after an initial maltiness. Sweet notes are almost sugary. Spice & hop on the finish. Full flavor

M - Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth.

O - Alcohol content is high but not overpowering the flavors. Flavor is very rich - sweet, hoppy, and spicy. Overall a solid strong ale.

(Reviewed 10/21)

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden orange body. Two finger frothy eggshell colored head is set atop, The retention is fairly respectable, the head recedes rather slowly leaving a solid sheet of lacing behind.

A slight change of pace for Lagunitas, a malt forward aroma. Warm bread, caramel and toffee dominate the aroma. While 13.alt is certainly malt forward, I do not think Lagunitas can brew a beer that does not include a healthy dose of hops. Pleasant orange citrus and floral hops aroma provide a counterpoint to the malt while still remaining very much a secondary attribute.

The flavor begins with the malt much like the nose. The malt is not nearly as warm and full on the palate as I would have imagined or hoped. The warm bready malt in the nose becomes more of a slightly bland cracker flavor. There is a bit of a fruity flavor which was not picked up in the nose. A bit of apricot and slight candied pineapple. The hop flavor becomes much more prominent towards the back of the palate. Slightly bitter grapefruit juice flavors clashes a bit, the whole flavor is a bit disjointed.

Medium bodied Alt with moderate carbonation. The beer is a bit light and smooth on the tongue. A nice layer of resin coats the tongue and a less than desirable bitter citrus flavor lingers.

I generally like Lagunitas quite a bit. Very solid beers, competitively priced and readily available. It is not very often I have anything to say about the brewery so I do not feel bad when I say that this is not their best work. The appearance and aroma start out strong but the beer goes down hill from there. The flavors are a bit disjointed and the mouthfeel is slightly off. I can certainly enjoy a serving of this beer but it is not one I am going to go back to. Worth a try, you may like it more than I.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle a couple weeks ago of Lagunitas Lucky 13.alt for $4.99 at The Lager Mill. Lagunitas hasn't let me down yet and I thought the original Lucky 13 was pretty good so I am interested to see how this one turns out, so lets give it a go. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 22oz bomber into a snifter.

A- The label on this beer looks OK and it's pretty much the same as Lucky 13, the only difference I can tell is that the chick has blond hair instead of red. It poured a slightly orangish golden yellow color with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy and sticky white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end.

S- The first thing I pick up is pretty dominating citrus hop aroma with some blood oranges sticking out the most along with some mango, grapefruit, and pineapple, it's a pretty nice mix of citrus fruits. I also pick up some sweet caramel malts that help give the aroma a little balance, the hops stick out the most, but the caramel malt base is still apparent.

T- Just like the aroma the hops are the first thing I pick up and they have a nice hoppy citrus fruit flavor with all the fruits showing up that I picked up in the aroma, it seems like grapefruit sticks out the most when it comes to flavor. After the hops comes that sweet caramel malt base that had a medium amount of sweetness to it and a really slight grainy flavor. The finish was a little piny and it had a medium amount of bitterness with a slight citrus aftertaste.

M- Smooth, slightly sticky, medium bodied, with carbonation on the high side of medium. The mouthfeel suits this beer well.

Overall I thought this was a great beer that was very well done. I know Lagunitas loves to heavily hop there beers and this one was no different, I thought the Alt. version went better with the citrus hops then the red version, it was almost like drinking a pretty strong and super hoppyl IPA. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma and flavor, the aroma had a real nice mix of citrus fruits, and the flavor was pretty damn good too. There wasn't anything that I didn't really like about this beer but it could have been a little less sweet and sticky. This beer has pretty good drinkability, I don't think I will have any problem taking out this bomber by myself, it seems like this would make a great summertime beer. I would for sure buy this beer again when looking for a nice hoppy beer and I would recommend this to anybody whole likes an aggressive amount of hops in their beer. I like this beer more then the red version and it is up there as one of the better beer from Lagunitas. Lagunitas makes some high quality beers for a low price and this beer is no different, I have yet to be let down with any brew I have tried from them, they are one hell of a brewing company. Edit, after this brew warmed up a little bit it got much more bitter and harder to finish, so I am taking that in to account.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.33/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear gold with just a faint white head.

Sweet bready malt with little hop presence.

Starts off with a sweet bread/cracker flavor. A little bit of tangy sweetness and hardly any hop presence.

Mouthfeel and carb are both medium level.

Pretty bland. Just some malt sweetness without anything else going on.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I absolutely love Hop Stoopid; Lagunitas really won me over with that one. Here we have the .alt version of their Lucky 13, which promises to be a hoppy amber treat, so I’m pretty pumped. Thanks for the bottle, tripelhops.

Brewed about six months before the date of this tasting (according to the pointlessly cryptic code on the neck of the bottle, this beer was brewed on May 25, 2011).

A: Lovely orange shine, like hard fruit candy. Love the color, and the stickiness of the foam, too: the glass is fully circled with a thick white film. Though it’s a head that doesn’t have a lot of retention, the light film that it exhibits isn’t bad at all.

S: Very grainy, very fruity in the nose: smooth banana wheats, funky Belgian influences, and grassy tones abound. The malts are smoothly sweet: fruit candy, pineapple, and green apple. There’s a good amount of flowery herbs and pine-cone cooking spices, giving it an exotic element. Good nose, but not overly exciting.

T: Good hop bite on the front, fruity and piney. Candy and bubblegum malts, with some cinnamon and straw tastes, lace the entire palate; they don’t really act as a big backbone, though. It has a satisfying toasted taste that moves the flavor profile to a good bready character, coming to a yeasty, herbal, honey-nutty end. Finishes dry and fruity, unfortunately losing all of its Belgian character.

M: Light and smoothly carbonated, without much of a mouth-coating feel. Quite thick, though, with a good buoyant tendency.

O: This beer has some good elements, though fleeting. A malt-centric brew with some tasty fruit and spice to keep it interesting, this one has only interested me more in Lagunitas’ famous lineup (especially the original Lucky 13 Mondo Large).

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Photo of steelerguy
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light amber, one finger head, fades very rapidly, low carbonation.

S - Citrus hops with some resinous pine, not overpowering, followed by some sweet caramel malt following.

T - Hops start the show, a good bit of citrus to start and then the sweet caramel malt keeps the hops from becoming overpowering. The resinous pine then follows through to the end, always kept it check by a good bit of malt sweetness.

M - This one feels like there is a good bit of sugar left over, finishes with a bit of a viscous finish. A touch more alcohol or carbonation would be welcome for a cleaner finish.

O - A restrained strong ale, good in all aspects but not a stand out. Enjoyable but lacks some character.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split this bomber with my buddy, both poured aggressively into our fine glassware.

Bright copper in color with streaming bubbles rising to the surface seen in this translucent brew. Creamy off white head tops it all off and is complimented by nice legs, but little lacing to the glass.

Roasted biscuit malts, nutty undertones, and earthy piney hops in the nose. My buddy said it smells like a Christmas tree with hops as ornaments. On the palate is alot of piney citric hops with a sweet malty caramel nut backbone.

Rich mouthfeel in this combination malt & hop bomb. Expansive hops & great carbonation explode the flavor! Not overly bitter, but has a really nice slightly dry mouthfeel out back.

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Photo of carolinabeerguy
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a New Belgium globe. Bottled on July 6, 2011 according to the Julian dating code on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a light golden-orange color with a 2 finger fluffy eggshell white head. Excellent head retention which leads to a nice pooling effect in the middle. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, pine and pineapple with a touch of malt in the background. Has that typical Lagunitas aroma I love.

Taste: Bitter citrus and pine up front followed by bready malt and a touch of brown sugar in the middle before ending with a light amount of toasted malt and lemon zest at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter with just a hint of malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. The alcohol is well-masked so you shouldn't have much trouble downing a bomber.

Overall: Very good beer overall. I prefer the original Lucky 13, but this is by no means a miss. Another very good offering from Lagunitas.

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Photo of osusullins
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again I should thank the good folks at Lagunitas for what is a very good beer. A beautiful amber color with a creamy white head. Strong citrus aroma, with grapefruit and pine both dominating the wonderful bouquet. The taste is very balanced. The grapefruit and pine are very pronounced, but the bready malts add some volume and create a wonderful beer. Very hoppy, but you also get some caramel sweetness. I enjoyed this beer a great deal. A wonderful strong, big beer.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this American Strong Ale from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. This ale pours a nice clear amber color, produces an off white head, retention is average, lacing is outstanding. The aroma of the ale is packed with malted grain, creamy caramel and toffee, citrus hops. To die for. This is a medium bodied beer very strong malt backbone, caramel and toffee explodes in the forefront. A sweet sticky brown sugar body gives way to bitter hops, and grapefruit. Amazing Ale!

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Photo of trlittle
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought in Southern RI. Poured in a tulip.

A - Very inviting. Beautiful 1-2 finger head that dissipated rather quickly but leaving a nice lace on the glass. Nice amber color and very clear.

S - Good balance of a caramel malt with a citrus/pine hop aroma. Really makes you anticipate it.

T - This is where the malt flavor really came through. Follows the nose for the most part but the caramel was joined by a sweetness that I could not quite peg. Hoppy enough with citrus notes.

M - Not overly carbonated. Medium thickness. Excellent finish that lingers longer than I'd expected.

O - Pretty incredible. Excellent balance that surprised me after the aroma. Not as dry as I'd expect with it being just less than 9% abv. The only downside is that it can be deadly with how well it masks the booze content.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another gem from my western connection joemcgrath27.

A - Pours a crystal clear caramel colour, finger of head with solid retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Sweet pineapple hops with a hint of pine and cedar, caramel and toffee notes come through on the finish.

T - Man this stuff is tasty. The sweet pineapple hops dominate, some pine and cedar hop notes, with the caramel and toffee coming through on the finish with a hint of honey. A bitterness that is perfectly balanced by the sweetness. Yummy is an understatement.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - A very tasty ale that has the classic Lagunitas hop profile that keeps you craving more. At almost 9%, this stuff is incredibly dangerous given its sessionable characteristics. All day any day is the motto that comes to mind.

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Photo of DrewV
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden amber colored liquid with a huge 3-finger foamy white head. Gorgeous.

S: Potent piney, citrusy hops with hints of orange, tangerine, and pineapple. A robust caramel malt backbone obviously supports the hops.

T: Follows the nose, a well-balanced blend of citrusy hops and sweet malts. Akin to Arrogant Bastard, Lucky 13.alt sits solidly in the Strong Ale category of potent brews. A bit sharp in flavor during the early sips, I detect some peppery spiciness. But that early sharpness soon fades as the bold malt sweetness smooths out the flavor.

M: Smooth, thick, almost syrupy mouthfeel. Absolutely not cloying, however. Just tons of chewy goodness.

O: I do not understand why lighter-flavored beers get such high ratings on this site, while stronger, fuller-flavored offerings receive only moderate (B, B+) ratings. This brew is incredibly flavorful, creamy, and well-balanced. A serious contender in the Strong Ale category. A solid "A" rated brew here. No less. After sampling several of their offerings, Lagunitas is certainly making a believer out of me.

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Photo of nighthawk
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Undated 650mL bottle poured into tulip. Procured from Premier W&S in Halifax.

Pours a clear orange-y amber with an initially large white head, which reduces to a thin haze. Little bits of lacing left here and there.

Hops hit me full on at first - bright citrus, bit of pine and resin. Caramel-laden malts are quick behind. Bold.

Taste is an in-your-face bold mix of potent caramel malts and citrus and pine hops. Sweet but with an underlying and balancing bitterness.

Mouthfeel is slick, smooth, creamy with mild carbonation. Sticky but not cloying. Alcohol is nicely hidden.

This is a pretty bold, if simple beer. Brash malt and hops collide, but end up blending nicely. "Balanced" but not in the english, mild-mannered sort of way. Enjoyed this one.

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

22 oz bomber. Code stamped on bottom of bottle.

Pours a slightly hazed deep-gold. An off-white head/ring clumps around the glass. Smell is very leafy and food-like, like decomposing vegetation. The yeast strikes again! Taste starts off nice and hoppy, melding into smooth malts, that detritus taste again, and high sweetness. Very sweet finish, along with a new wave of pleasant bitterness. A little heat, but the abv is masked well. Very good beer; I like Lagunitas offerings, and this one doesn't disappoint at all.

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Lucky 13.alt from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 874 ratings
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