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 Seanibus
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The relatively light character of this beer belies its strength.

Pours a clear golden with a fluffy white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is sweet and grainy with a dense orange character.

The flavor is grainy and toasty, with a honey-like sweetness and a nice hop sting on the end. The finish is bitter with an asprin-like tang and a lemonish bite high on the back of the mouth.

The mouthfeel is thick and smooth.

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Photo of joek440
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
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 AlCaponeJunior
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, unsurprisingly, given this is an American Strong ale, the ratings are already pretty high. I find this annoying, being able to predict ratings based on style. This means that

1. the ratings are less reliable, because they are skewed towards big beers, heavily hopped beers, or barrel aged/imperal stout type beers.
2. people do not actually rate to style. How could they? If they did, you wouldn't have such a big discrepancy between the top rated imperial stout/strong ale/IIPA and the top pilsner, adjunct lager, or malt liquor.

Anyway, yes, I'm annoyed. I could have practically told you this beer would rate at or near 4 before I even looked it up.

I however, rate things to style, or at least make a concerted attempt to do so, everry time, and without bias. So here goes....

Orange to auburn in color, clear, with a nice, dense, two finger light tan head that had some good staying power and laced the glass with sticky globs.

Aroma is primarily hoppy at first, with a blast of sweet caramel malts to follow. Kind of like a hoppy amber ale on steroids. Flavor follows right along, but the malts come to the front, leaving a lingering hop bitterness. Caramel malts are plentiful, probably mixed SRMs, but more of the darker stuff (this is an impression based on the taste, I haven't looked up the recipe so I could be wrong about which grains they used). There's bread, toast, fruits, a little dark fruits, and some sweet brown sugar. Despite the considerable hops bite and notable bitterness, this beer retains plenty of sweetness.

Body is pretty thick and alcohol warming as you drink it. Not a beer I'd have more than one bomber of in a day.

Overall it's thick, flavorful, and interesting. I would consider it more of a novelty beer to be enjoyed occasionally than an everyday drinker. You've kinda gotta commit to this one when you pop the cap.

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

The color when poured into a pint glass was of a golden yellow, with an orange hue. The smell was the usual piney aroma, but, with a hint of yeast. The taste was of fresh pine neddles, with a hint of yeast and orange citrus. After each sip or gulp, as the ale settled on the palate, the bitter the mouth palate felt. Over all, it was just a touch above average, for my palate. Not what I would purchase again!

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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 BlackWednesday
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber from EZ. Poured a clear falt syrupy bronze body with a small tightly foamed brigther white head. Aroma is sweet and syrupy with notes of pine resin, molasses, caramel, hops. Body is medium to fuller with very soft to nill carbonation and no tace of ABV. Flavor of grains, molassess, pine resin, citrus rind, hint of toffee, hard rolls and fruit skins. Solid beer and better then I was expecting.

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

A- Pours a bright orange-gold color. About a 2 finger head that retains well and laces ok.

S- Low levels of pine and citrus hops scents. Underlying sweetness mixes in. Alcohol spiciness is fairly prominent.

T- Hints of malts up front immediately followed by a mild hop profile. Hops are dry and linger a bit. Alcohol bitterness ends the drink.

M- Thick and creamy. Moderate carbonation levels. Alcohol is heavy towards the end of the drink.

Overall, not as good as I remember when I had it on sample. Still a solid beer that I don't believe benefits from the high alcohol content.

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Photo of bum732
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Distinct maltiness with a bright, candy-like hoppiness. Some citrus notes as well.

L: Fairly clear reddish orange, some white creamy head that dissipates.

T: Pineapple hoppiness up front with a prominent bready maltiness. Medium citrus bitterness with additional citrus hop flavor. Finishes semi-dry with maltiness on the palate and some hop residue.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

A really good beer, i was surprised by the big malty note. But i think the hops complemented nicely. A fairly unique beer that i think worked overall.

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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 MADhombrewer
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by witchsbrew an poured into liquor glasses.

Appearance- Clear straw color. White head. Small rings of lacing. 3.5/5

Smell- I got this in a glass when I didn't know what it was. The first thing I thought of was "belgian". I thought I tasted like banana and a small bit of clove. Good earthy hop aroma to accompany it. 4/5

Taste- Still with the banana and bits of clove. The bitterness comes after the taste. Lots of sweetness. Dulled in-your-face bitterness as only Lagunitas can do. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel- Thin to start with then thickens at the end. It will be a little thicker the warmer it gets. 3.5/5

Overall- This is ok, but maybe not something I would grab again. I love Lagunitas and love Witchsbrew for sharing. 3.5/5

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a beautiful clean amber pour with 2 fingers of head which quickly dissipated though left behind great amounts of lacing. nice retention, as well. smells very malt heavy.. mainly caramel, molasses, slight floral hops. the taste is kind of bready up front, with a nice malty sweetness.. nothing too special really, but definitely tasty. just a boozed up amber ale really. medium body, nice carbonation, creamy on the lips.

a great beer for the value but i believe there's so much going on here in complexity that it all ends up blending together and you don't even realize it.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My first strong ale, a catch-all category as indicated on BA. I don't care how it IPA, I guess. Smells malt forward and sweet and maybe some floral hops... Taste is, whew!, sweet, and roasted nuts and ripe fruit...the malt backbone masking some middle hops. Interestingly, as the sweet wears off, the hops that were once hidden seem to come forward a bit. Mouthfeel is ok, and so is the carbonation, and the mouthfeel, is more on the DIPA side of syrupy, but not too much. Overall, too much malt for me...wishing that the hops were up in volume. Still fun to try.

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Photo of davey101
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into a DFH signature glass.

A - Copper/amber body with a nice white head.

S -Citrus heavy hops, spice, and some caramel malt.

T - Distinctive lagunitas hop flavors, grapefruit and some light spice. The finish is sweet malts. Its crisp and clean, and the biterness and sweetness are really well balanced.

O - Ehhh. This is a good beer, but I probably wouldn't grab another one. A fairly average...well, I'm actually not sure what style this is. An imperial amber/red? The abv is well hidden and the balance makes it pretty drinkable.

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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 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 GreenCard
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: orangey gold-brown, good clarity, thick layer of sudsy foam that slowly peters out

Aroma: the usual fruity/caramelly Lagunitas aroma with hints of toffee, iron, and hazelnuts

Flavor: full malty sweetness with a toasty, nutty backnote; herbal hop flavor but fairly mellow bitterness; finishes semi-sweet with a lingering toffee aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, gentle carbonation, light alcohol warmth

Other comments: This is a pretty good beer, but Lagunitas beers all taste pretty similar. Something about the malt profile, hops, and mouthfeel that doesn't seem to vary much from beer to beer.

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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 rodbeermunch
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark burnt copper color, 1/2" off white head. Aroma was very different than the reg Lucky 13, gone are hops, replaced with. . . nothing really.

Still good at hiding the alcohol, bitterness and hop flavors are replaced with toffee smoothness. Some smoothness, an edge of caramel. The hopping isn't totally absent, but relative to Lagunitas normal version of this, its definitely understated. Mild citrus breadiness.

Prefer the OG.

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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 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 StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a big sweet ipa. it pours clear brassy color with a small white head that doesnt last long at all. it smells like hops and caramel malts, tons of residual sugars, and a fair bit of alcohol. it tastes really hoppy, and i would certainly categorize it as such. the hops are fresh and sweeter, and the malt adds even more sweetness. it sticks to the teeth and feels like a cavity waiting to happen. the aftertaste has some bitter bite to it, but its too little too late in my opinion. medium body and mellow carbonation, but the feel is ruined by the sugar. its worth it for 5 bucks a bomber, but it isnt anything special.

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Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmm a newly twisted Lucky 13, an Altbier.

Clear copper colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smell is strong northwestern type hops; here it is greatly different from an average Altbier. Strong scents of grapefruit and eucalyptus.

Starts out sweet with a strong biscuit malt flavor chased by strong hops. Sweet and citrus mix in a new way here something like grapefruit sweetened with malt syrup. There is a mineral flavor here something like you taste in hard water. Some caramel is present but frankly Lagunitas went to far with the hops in this one.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is tasty but no Altbier. You find new things through experimentation, like North-Western Hops don't really belong in Altbier. As the usual Lagunitas hop bomb this is good for the price, just don't expect it to taste like Altbier.

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Photo of SummitVA
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden brown pour with steady carbonation. Head falls off quickly, but nice lacing on glass.

S - Cardboard-y, vegetal scent of old American hops. A little black tea and earthiness. Malt character in the background, and some caramel sweetness, but the nose is off-putting for the most part.

T - Earthy hops and strong bitterness foremost, with vegetal character not far behind. Black tea again jumps out at me, along with a bit of brown sugar sweetness. Really wonderful melding of malt character and light alcohol heat--the most interesting aspect of this beer. Definitely feels like an 8+% brew, but it's not unpleasant in this respect. Crisp hop bitterness rounds out the finish.

M - High end of medium for me.

O - An interesting brew, and I really wish the hops hadn't fallen off on this bottle. This really surprises me, as I always find Lagunitas brews to hold up really well. Handling issue--who knows? Won't pick this up again, but I'd definitely give it a try on draft to compare, and I'm already looking forward to the next anniversary beer from Lagunitas. Cheers,

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Photo of DavidST
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

This pours a clear copperish color with a nice slightly off white head. The smell is a little sweet, I get some pine and citrus hops, kind of reminds me of their little sumpin. The feel is thicker than expected, its on the heavier end of medium body. The taste is different than expected, there is the sweetness, lots of caramel and toffee, the hop bitterness is a little off, with a weird after taste (ripe orange peals?) and there is more alcohol flavor and burn than I was expecting (noticeable booziness) This is okay, but I doubt I get it again, little sumin is way better from this.

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