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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy, golden orange with a 1-2 finger head. Nice presentation

S- Sweet...carmamel malt and piney, citrusy hops in equal amounts. One of the most well balanced American strong ales I have ever experienced.

T- Sweet malt, pine resin and citrus all in concert. Although a hop-forward beer (as most Lagunitas offerings are), the recipe allows all of the particulars to shine. It is as much malt-forward as it is hops-forward. Really great stuff!

M- On the lighter side of heavier bodied. Although the hops do their part to beat down the malt, the malt is still quite present in the taste and mouthfeel...but never in an overwhelming capacity.

O- Coming from me, another killer brew from Lagunitas...a brewery that 'can do no wrong' and definitely worth searching out. After this, I've got to revist Undercover Shutdown, as I haven't had it over a year...

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 22 oz poured into a lagunitas mason jar

A: pouts a clear, slightly orange golden with a fingers worth of slightly off white head, beautiful lacing, you can watch the small carbonation bubbles trudging upward through the glass... Beautiful beer.

S: citrus, orange, pineapple, passion fruit, the nose is a bit underwhelming here, not in that it smells bad, it smells like tropical fruity hop deliciousness, the aroma is just a bit the mild

T: is much more aggressive then the nose, bitter pine mixed with sweet caramel malt backbone, blending into a beautiful hoppy citrusness, mango, passion fruit, pinneapple, yum

M: medium bodied, slick and oily, with low/medium carbonation, just enough to keep it slightly crisp on the finish, and prevent it from being to viscous, it has a beautiful sweet citrus and light caramely pine aftertaste.

O: this is delicious, beautiful use of hops an malts, everything is deliciously rounded and well balanced, deffinatly grab one of these when you get a chance.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/burnt orange, nice 2 inch fomay head and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Lots of fruity hops, spices, yeasts, carmal malts, also the classic bready/earthy aroma at the end.

Taste - As i was expecting, very hop forward. Lots of sweet fruits like mango, peach, orange and grapefruit. There is a nice mix of peppery spices along side the carmal malts and warmth of alcohol to keep this from being a ipa. Has a slight bready, biscuit feel near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Big strong and hoppy that hits tounge. Spices and alcohol warm mouth up. Palate gets more hops, malts, spices and alcohol. The aftertaste is malty, warm and dry.

Overall - Tasty, and flavor-wise offers a little bit of everything. A little more like a hopped up strong ale, has good balance, and not overly sweet. Very affortable price, and a quailty beer, worth a drink for sure.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
1.86/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured a lovely orange colour, but anything good I have to say ends there. It smelled like a pine forest that just had all of it's bark gashed open with pine sap dripping out. It tasted like more of the same. It had some sweet characteristics, but was mostly just astringent and pine-like. Anything else that would have been present was completely masked by the pine-flavoured hops and the astringency. This stuff was terrible.

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

A- Golden in light, orangey away from it. Nice, retentive head the color of peach ice cream (a peach-tinted white). Steady stream of carbonation. Sticky, but sparse lacing.

S- Extremely fruity- peach and mango. Sweet.

T- Bitter and fruit hops with a saltiness (?-got same thing from another Lagunitas I had that day so maybe it's a brewery thing for me) ...

M- Nice light body, very smooth- even velvety.

O- Good. Distinct flavor.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark gold with a decent foamy white head and some lace.

Some big pine hop notes here, and some toasted grain, some tropical fruit notes. Pine dominates, and is pure sensory overkill.

Nice brew. Big hoppy piney bitterness up front; some grapefruit rind; some fruit to balance, but really get the grain and malt. You also get a sense of the alcohol, but the hops come in and hide it well. Finishes with resinous bitterness that is pleasant. Slightly off balance, but not much.

Fuller bodied, and just right carbonation.

Overall, very pleasant. Nice tasty version of the style. Minor flaws are just that.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Really nice body color here. Crystal clear, and amber bronze and orange glowing. Rising carbonation of small pinhead size, and producing a nice big three finger off white fluffy head with lots of retention. Very inviting.

Nose is great. Toasty sweet caramel and brown sugar, clean smelling citrus hops, really nicely balanced with a big malt forward presence. Smells delicious.

Tasty toasty light rolling malts, with a thick sweetness. Not too syrupy but just a little. Finishes with a muted sweetness and a slow burried hop bitterness. Feel doesn't seem heavily carbonated but no complaints as the malt is nicely big but in control.

Taste wise it's solid and not mind blowing, but I love everything else about this beer they did a great job on this one.

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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 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 Lawl3ss
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled 22 oz. bomber into an imperial shaker pint. Bottling date reads May 1st.

Look- Clear pale amber with four fingers of soapy foam. Good retention, plenty of lace.

Smell- Citrus and vanilla, very fresh, light, floral, some pepper, a little sweetness. Crusty bread comes out as it warms, and agitation brings out more lemon. Very nice. When I say fresh, it's rather like opening a vacuum packet of Simcoe or something, it smells *fresh*.

Taste- More restrained than the aroma indicates. 75+ IBU? Wouldn't know it. Mango, pine, apricot, nutty malt; almost juicelike but not quite. Finishes pretty clean, just a hint of grass and Italian bread.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body, smooth carbonation. Dry finish, no hint of alcohol. Easy drinking for the style.

Overall- Alright, but something of a letdown after the aroma. Booze is under wraps, but so is just about everything else- it's not bad by any means, but very plain. Fine enough, but in the end, it's a pretty generic Lagunitas brew. I'd probably pass on it in favor of one of their other fine offerings with more punch.

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Photo of dmatsui
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bombadier into a tulip. Hazy orange reminiscent of Hefe, little to no head that dissipated fairly quickly. Alcohol legs are definitely present, as I would expect from an 8.8. Overal very pretty, tight clean carbonation.

So many complexities in the nose. At first you get the butterscotch, biscuity malt which is pleasantly sweet and slightly toasty without overshadowing the hops. As would be expected of anything from Lagu-fukin-nitas, the hops are definitely forward. A nice swirl brings out the sweet, summery amarilllo hops with a definite touch of chinook. There are hints of honeydew, clove, grass and citrus. There is a dank presence here as well. Not as much hop spice in the nose; perhaps it will be revealed in the taste.

The nose definitely provides for an accurate foreshadowing of the flavor. Big Amarillo hops, huge sweet citrus hops, pine, honeysuckle, and grapefruit (I know, typical.) What makes this beer different is the wild imbalance of the hop:malt ratio, which as a west coast IPA fanatic I really enjoy. The sweet malt base provides JUST enough support for the hops to really shine. Again, not much hop spice, but very forward in the honey-like characteristics. Not much alcohol presence.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly resinous and oily. With the amount of bittering hops they threw into this brew, you would think the finish would be very dry. However, this is NOT a dry beer. The oils and sugars make for a really nice mouthfeel, with a refreshing tight carbonation.

Overall, this is another winner from Lagu-Fukin-nitas. Lucky 13.alt (blonde) is definitely a nice summer ale, although maybe not a sesionable as one would want out of a summer beer. However, the sweet honey characteristics of the hops make this a unique brew and are reminiscent of summer foliage. Definitely worth a try if you like anything from this fukin' brewery, or are simply ready to try a delectably off-balanced, hop raging, sweet and unique summer brew.

One note: I'm not sure why this is under the category of ASA... I'm thinking west coast diipa.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The amber colored body was clear, and the head was foamy, and two fingers thick. The aroma was laden with tropical fruits like papaya, mango, and guava. The taste was not quite as sweet as the aroma hinted at. I got a more bittersweet, bready taste, rather than the tropical blast. The alcohol was warm and up front. The body was medium thick and somewhat astringent. This was a nice IPA/DIPA, but somewhat more interesting malt choices would have improved the beer.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber into mason jar.

Look is a pale yellow orange with rising bubbles and a frothy head. Smell is light earthy hops, light malt, grain, grass, touch of lemon and spice. Bitter citrus hops up front, sweet ripened fruit, alcohol, grassy finish. Drinks like a higher ABV IPA(~7%), not a stong ale; i.e. lighter feel. Sweetness in the middle is mildly cloying, finishes pleasantly bitter.

Overall, it's very well made and tasty, just doesn't leave much of an impression. Not disappointed that it's a one-off. Maybe I'm being harsh, I did enjoy it.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OG 1.085. IBU 60. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I've had some pretty good beers from Lagunitas.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of beige colour, hardly any cream, bad thickness, and merely average retention. Colour is a clear copper-orange. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. The brewers call it "auburn", which might be strange if they didn't also apply the wrong usage of "it's". Rest assured, they're wrong on both counts.

Sm: Bittering hops with a piney floral character. Grapefruit citrus esters. Clean malts. Hops are dominant. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Hoppy - with bitterness punching through on the climax to its detriment. Until that point, the pine and floral qualities obscure the bitterness. Tame grapefruit. Clean malts provide the simple unobtrusive foundation. This beer lets its hops shine, but over-relies on them for flavour. No yeast or alcohol comes through. A complicated beer within the style, but not particularly complex or subtle (and I'm drawing a big distinction betwixt 'complicated' and 'complex'). It's a pleasant little brew. I do like it, but it's far from perfect. A touch imbalanced.

Mf: Oily. Nicely smooth and wet. A touch too heavy on the palate for the lack of diverse or deep flavour. Good thickness. Maybe the best aspect of this beer.

Dr: A drinkable little brew. American Strong Ale seems like a weak categorization. I'd get this on-draught, but otherwise it's somewhat forgettable. Hides its ABV quite well. Lagunitas fans would do well to try it, but it doesn't impress.

High B-

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown bomber into standard pint served fridge temp.

A: bright clear golden almost orange. a finger of head that fell into a nice cap and ring leaving good lacing.

S: Orange and malt. Good citrusy hops. smells refreshing.

T: Long hops flavor that starts citrusy becomes grassy and ends with a bitter twang. Opens sweet from the malt and when paired with the orange notes is really good. This is a good sipping beer for sure.

M: perfect mouthfeel for the flavor profile. A little thick but really smooth. Makes sipping on it easier to do and sometimes too easy for an 8.9% beer

O: Good beer, well worth whatever it was I paid for it (like $4 or something). Would be really good with some smoke in the air while working the grill/smoker in the heat. Summer brew victory for Lagunitas.

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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 jsprain1
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark dull honey color with a thin off white head that stays at a slick but still leaves lots of lacing.
S- The aroma is sweet citrus. The best description I have is candied grapefruit.
T- More of the same here. The citrus flavors are big and bold. There is a certain candy sweetness to it as well. The alcohol is slightly noticable.
M- A bit light for style and abv. There is a certain oily characteristic to it.
O- A good and very tasty beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of mscudder
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up after having it a few nights back. Had to review it!

A - Wow this is bar none the worst aspect of the brew. Its almost translucent with a light amber tint. A fair sized pale head, lead to me think this was a mistake...

S - Lots of juicy hops hit the nose.There are a few subtle notes of citrus and just a pinch of pine.

T - This is this a fantastic brew! Juicy mango, pineapple and grapefruit attack the palette and recede smoothly. Leaves you wanting more (thankfully it came in a bomber!). For the ABV this is truly astonding, I cannot detect any at all beyond a little warmth.

M - A light to medium body with perfect carbonation to compliment the ale.

T - Lagunitas does it again with this fine strong amber ale. I can say without hesitation I will return to this many times over at a measly $4 a bottle. Bravo!

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Tylers in Durham (kind of wished Censored was on, but this was a good substitute). Bright golden body with a tight white head. The smell is, just well fantastic. My first thought was dank, but I get some nice pineapple and mango notes as well from the hopes.

At first the taste was all hops (dank and citric), but it gets more sweet and bitter as you progress through the beer. I like how the dank flavors and mango/pineapple work together. Theres so much going on upfront and late, that I almost had trouble finishing it. Too much going on to drink it.

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a gorgeous deep golden color with some light orange hues. There is a nice 1 inch white head that is pretty dense with a small number of medium sized bubbles sprinkled around. The head recedes slowly and leaves some nice sticky lacing.

Juicy, juicy notes of hops. Very nice citrusy notes with some tangerine and slight grapefruit notes. Tropical notes and other fruit juice with some pine.

Flavor starts off the same intense tropical fruit juice notes. Mangos, pineapple and a nice grapefruit juice note is present. There is some nice pine in there as well. The malt notes have some slight caramel notes and slight bready undertones but the caramel malt sweetness plays well with the hoppy juice notes. Resinous and yummy with some slight boozy burn and sweetness as well. Mouthfeel is nice. Light-medium with some nice boozy notes and good resinous and oily finish.

Pretty good brew with some nice hop intensity and a good malt backbone. It reminds me a bit of some American Barleywines.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful glowing amber golden body forms thick 3 fingers worth of head, slightly off white. Fine even lacing intricately left behind as the head dwindles, or after your first few sips. Aroma has an intense tropical fruit, pine, pineapple, mango, grapefruit blasts of hops, all sugar coated with a nice malt backbone peaking through with a kiss of alcohol reaching the nares. They make some big beautiful beers, this has a wallop of hop flavor well blended malt sweetness and soothing alcohol which all goes down extremely easily with each sip. There's up front sugar from the malts, a bit of warming alcohol, but then there's a well blended hop orchestra of mango, grapefruit citrus peel, pine cone, and straight up dirt as in earthiness. Really well blended flavors that don't become cloying by any means, extremely easy to drink for a beer this huge. Resinous but not too oily, slick just to lubricate yourself and your palate, even carbonation nothing cloying...damn good. Overall feelings, I love Lagunitas and this is proof that they need to build their Chicago plant sooner than already planned, it can't get any fresher or more affordable only 4.75 to 6 bucks at the highest in a beer store around my parts.

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always happy to try a new one from Lagunitis. My growler was filled at the Green Growler Grocery in Croton on Hudson, NY.

Nice looking brew, clear, typical almond amber, early puffy off white head, then a fine bubble film and leaves nice webs and extensive fine sheets of lacing.

Fruity hop nose with malt sweetness in the rear.

Super flavorful and enjoyable ale, notes of melons, lime, honey, ginger, gin and fruity, hoppy goodness. Packing serious flavor and at almost 9% this is a heady brew, but I'm tasting no alcohol.

Well done and well worth a try. Seek out if this should become available in your general area.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a thin white head and plenty of bubbles rising in the glass.

The smell is citrus hops grapefruit and lemons.

The taste is malty with a powerful citrus hops kicks and honey. It's pretty bitter.

The mouth feel is smooth and syrupy with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall a very nice and hopy bitter beer which hide it's abv very well.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: See through orange color, a little red, about a two finger head at the top that sticks around the glass.

S: Fresh fruit, citrus, hops, honey and good amount of malts on the nose as well.

T: Almost exactly like the nose, a good amount of hops and malts, piney notes with some honey on the backbone.

M: Medium bodied and good amount of carbonation, also had a stickyness to it.

O: A good beer and very well balanced, I enjoy Lagunitas they make some good brews.

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Photo of thydarkprevails
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bomber into a duvel glass. Pours a clear orange amber with 2 inches of off white head that shrinks to coat the top with ok lacing. Aroma is pine, grapefruit, oranges, bread, and faint lemon. Flavor is tangerine, biscuit, caramel, leather, mild grapefruit, and some lemon. Thin mouthfeel and well hidden abv. Nice beer.

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Lucky 13.alt from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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