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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Ratings: 874 |  Reviews: 268
Photo of SHODriver
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours an orange/yellow color with a abundant white head which recedes to a small pool
S: I get a lot of sweet citrus in the nose from this one, pretty one sided
T: surprisingly light with a hint of pine and some orangey citrus. A bit of toasted grain flavor and on the swallow a long lasting bitter resinous hop flavor. It has plenty of flavor but it doesn't punch you in the mouth with it.
M: very smooth with adequate carbonation. not prickly or lacking. full bodied and a bit creamy
O: very tasty beer, but considering the broadness of a Strong Ale I think this one might be a bit more like an IPA or a DIPA. The hops are the star in this beer in my opinion.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful and perfectly orange in color. The head fails a little as it doesn't hang out very long but for a thin layer on top. It is off-white bubbly and frothy mixed, and leaves nice lacing.

S: WOW! I could smell this beer as I was pouring it 2 feet away from my nose. Pears, apples, and everything else you would find at an orchard are what you'll find here. Some tangerine in the background along with some floral notes, but the pear is right in your face.

T: I finished half of my glass before I even realized that I hadn't written anything for the taste part of the review. Very well rounded beer, big bold floral hop flavor with a nice caramel meatiness brings this beer near top of my Lagunitas favorites.

M: Carbonation is a bit on the high side, but it works well for this beer. It is medium bodied, not cloying but a tad sticky on the finish.

D: For all the alcohol in this beer, it's hidden very well. Drinks nicely, I wish I bought a case.

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

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

Color is a copperish amber with a slightly off white head that lingers a little bit.

Has a citrus / pinapple scent

Taste is of piney hops with the citrus also coming through. Finish is a little sweet as well. A nice bite on the finish with a hint of alcohol.

A very drinkable brew with some of the notes of little sumpin sumpin.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours brilliantly clear copper-orange with a dense, creamy white head.

Aroma is pale and caramel malt. Grainy and slightly musty.

taste is similar to the nose. Dominated by the grainy malt, there is also some mild citrus fruit and a bit of cracked peppercorn that I will attribute to hops - saaz hop comes to mind. Toffee and brown sugar round things out. Finishes with more of the mustyness from the nose, a mild mineral quality, and some lingering alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Surprisingly dense.

Overall a decent malt bomb. Definitely on the sweet side. The peppery spice and yeasty funk could be a little more pronounced for my taste. This one is good, but not great.

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Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, copper amber with a dense foamy head. Great retention. Smells of citrus, bread, and pineapple. Great malt character; bready, biscuity. The hops are piny and fruity; there's an immense pineapple flavor here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, drinkable.

For the ABV this is scary drinkable. Bitter and sweet, the fruity hop character is a nice change of pace. The malt character adds fantastic balance. This is yet another awesome Lagunitas offering.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours out an almost clear bronzeish orange with 2 1/2 inches of persistent eggshell white foam that displayed nice retention and left attractive latticework of lacing on the glass.

S-Sweet,citric hops,caramelized grains,fresh grass,biscuit and toffee malts.

T-Fruitcake(candied cherries,orange,sweet bread),slight booze,some caramel and hop oils.

M-Medium-bodied with an initial sweetness that gave way to earthy grains and a moderate hop bitterness.

O-Picked it up thinking I was grabbing Lucky 13 and came away pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Long813
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark-orange body with three fingers of white fluffy head. Retention is good and leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Load of caramel malts and sweet fruits. Some breadiness and alcohol comes through too.

T: Caramel malts, some hops and sweet fruits. As the drink warms up, the alcohol comes through.

M: Medium-heavy bodied with medium-low carbonation. Texture is chewy and leaves a sweet caramel aftertaste.

O: Well put together beer, but I would buy this again for the price I have to pay.

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

Interesting beer. Definitely an IPA style beer. Has some sweetness throughout. Caramel, brown sugar ix minimal but balanced nicely with the loaded citrus hops. Pours golden with some lacing head. Good beer. I would defiantly drink this again. Only knock is again most of their beers have a similar taste.

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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 UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden orange with a 1 inch puffy orange-white head that settles to a thin cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grapefruit, grapefruit juice, and citrus zest. Extremely citrus forward aromas. Taste is also very citrus forward with big grapefruit flavors up front with citrus zest on the finish. Some sweet malt is apparent in the taste as well. Very mild hop bitterness quickly fades from the palate after each sip. This beer has a nice level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with awesome citrus aromas and tastes. A great deal for the $4.50 I paid for the bomber.

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Serving temp: 50d F

Appearance: Fairly clear, golden amber, decent head that quickly drops to 1/8"

Aroma: fruity... citrus and grapefruit wins the aroma battle with some excellent hop aroma.

Taste: Smell, then taste. Tastes like you think it will.

This is a pretty smooth offering for 8.9% ABV. The mouthfeel is great, and it is getting better as it warms up a bit. Carbonation is high. Very good lacing around the glass as I drink. I like this beer for a $4.25 Bomber.

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Photo of hoppyweasel311
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ambery orange color with a quick disappearing white head. Big juicy hop aroma and a hint of apricot jam. Nice mouthfeel with low carbonation.. tastes exactly as it smells... nice and hoppy... but not overly bitter. Defiantly go out and give this one a try..

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Photo of beagle75
3.01/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and a few bubbles crawl up through the column.

S: Malty and over-attenuated, with minimal hop influence. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with tangy and grainy caramel malt, and some fruity dark citrus. Acidity is fairly mild before the middle, where the early flavors taper off and some pine is established. The finish is slightly roasty and not overly bitter, with lingering dark citrus flavors. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly syrupy and sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer is practically a re-creation of Lagunitas' spring strong ale, Undercover Investigation Shutdown, full of all-too-common features such as pungent and under-attenuated grain that drowns out even what was likely a robust hop bill. Its signature Lagunitas qualities could be detected by a beer-obsessed shark from three miles away.

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

Enjoyed on 09.10.2011 - poured from a 22oz. brown bomber into a American pint glass (it's nearly 9/11, y'all).

A: Clear, copper color. Foamy head w/good retention and an even lacing.

S: Sweet grapefruit, pineapples & bitter hops. Smells like pineapple & cascade.

T&M: Taste is very fruity & toasty. Initially you get toasted grains w/caramel and bitter pine hops. Awesome aroma. Medium bodied w/low carbs. Slick finish.

O: Impressive. I was not expecting this from this brew. Nice pick-up BevMo. Happy I purchased the bottle. You're getting better. Still love my locally-owned shop better though.

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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 doopydoogle
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Rich golden with slight red hues. Good residual head that leaves a nice foamy lace down the glass.

S - Funky resinous hops with a slight wild yeast character to the nose. Citrusy pineapple and pine with grassy tones. The malts are somewhere in there, but buried beneath the sparkly overtones to the aroma.

T - Chewy and sick malts beguile the palette while a mild hop character backs it up. There are some notes of caramel and toffee that dance in the middle, while the finish is backed up by fruity, piney hops and a good cereal grain character that finishes sweet and pleasant. Yeasty floral aspects are present, but don't dominate. All and all a very interesting, complex, and well rounded ale. You get alot of pieces to it but none overpower.

M - Explosive carbonation and a slightly sticky palette coating mouthfeel. The bitterness doesn't really dominate, more a nice acidic bite that levels out to a good rounded bitter.

O - An excellent outing. It's like if Arrogant Bastard got over itself, went to the beach for some sun and realized it didn't have to try so hard in this world, that things are already pretty good as they are.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas is a brewery deserving of lots of hype simply because it doesn't make a bad beer. Period. Somehow, we all overlook it when talking about the "great" breweries of the U.S. Lagunitas is right up there with the best.

This one pours a clear amber orange with a short lived short white head.

Nose is light fresh pineapple and light citrus.

Mouthfeel is big, bold, creamy, "filling" and rich. It leaves you really wanting more and has great balance and feel. 8.9% abv but you just don't taste it/feel it.

Flavors are just big, assertive "rich, fresh bitter hop/grapefruit and lemon skin." There is a boldness but a brightness to the flavor profile. It may be one of the most drinkable beers I've had in a long time. Huge flavors yet so inviting you could "gulp it" to satisfy a big thirst.

Finish is very long bitter grapefruit skin with hints of pine. All around a wonderfully drinkable and consumer friendly brew. This could be a daily beer for me (if I had a daily beer).

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with two fingers of white head. Retention and lacing are quite nice.

Smells of fruity esters as well as honey and caramel. There's an herbal/floral/earthy hop presence as well, but it seems to be more malt foward in the nose.

Sweet honey and caramel malt, a touch biscuity as well. Some fruity esters. Touch of green apple. Then bitter resinous, floral, herbal, and slightly spicy hop presence on the back end. Fairly well balanced, though it leans slightly in the sweet/malty direction. Alcohol is there to, probably adding to the perception of spice, but it's very restrained and smooth.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated, crisp, medium to full bodied. Alcohol is warming, but subtle.

Pretty decent overall. Kinda reminds me of hopslam.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-clear yellow gold with a sticky thin white head

S-smells like an IPA. hops and sweet herbs. medium strength

T-comes in with a freshly bitter taste of orange peel and hops and some fresh grass. there's a very slight bitterness. ends with a matching after-taste and some decent spices. IPA much?

M-high carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-this is basically an IPA. now i'm aware that strong ale are often quite hoppy, but this just has all IPA characteristics and misses some of those extra flavors found in strong ales. as an IPA, its average.

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

I was a bit thrown by the 'alt' on the label, it's not an alt

A - Pours a clear gold. Good amount of white head with good retention.

S - Nose full of citrus hops, not much else coming through.

T - Very nice, lots of citrus hops and sweet malt. Nicely balanced, although a bit on the sweet side.

M - Very smooth and a bit of puckering. Appealing.

O - Solid beer, but they should get rid of the 'alt' tag.

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Photo of turnerr79
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright amber pour, thin head.

Nose of peppercorn and sharp hops, picked by angry migrant workers I'm sure. he peppercorn theme continues through the first sip, complimented by the log cabin malt and semi-sweet hops. Watch out for the 8.9 ABV!!!

Not sure why, but I thunk a pint of this would go well with a game of billiards.

Very interesting brew. Grade A

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Photo of BDTyre
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer. Light amber, fluffy, snowy white head. Rich citrus hops, creamy caramel malts. Lemon, light sourness and bread in the scent. Big hop taste, way more than "alt" would imply. Creamy, slightly raisiny taste. Bitter aftertaste.

Mild carbonation. Nice beer, but a bit hoppy for an alt.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Orange-amber color. I wasn;t sure what to expect since the label had "alt" on it but this was no German beer by any means. It smelled hoppy and tasted like a hoppy strong ale. Overall it wasn't great but it wasn't bad. A very good value for $4 and about what I'd expect. I think I liked the regular lucky 13 more.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a rocks glass at Mellow Mushroom. From notes. Reviewed 2 July 2011.

A: Good. Finger and a half of tight-knit head with good retention. Clear amber or pale copper. Great lacing.

S: Hops. Acerbic citrus (grapefruit?). Hint of dishwater. Smells more like an IPA than an Altbier.

T: Good beer! Robust malts can't quite balance the hoppy-strong maintaste. The aftertaste is dry and exceptionally pleasant. It tastes a lot like a double IPA.

M: Sturdy and worthwhile. A bit drying.

O: Very consumable, tasty, and compelling. Recommended! I liked it and would have one again...and again.

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Lucky 13.alt from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 874 ratings.
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