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

Served in a chilled tulip glass.

-Appearance 4.5: I have to admit that I have never seen a beer this color. A shimmery, golden translucence, it reflects the light like it was plated gold. Largish head (3/4") quickly faded, which spells CO2 to me.

-Smell 4.0: Very nice bouquet here. Lots of big barley notes and high hop highlights. Just so appealing and very promising.

-Taste 4.5: Front is sweet and just in the front of the mouth. Middle is a huge, slightly sweet barley wave nicely balanced with alkaline hops. Finish is yummy malt and very, very smooth. Aftertaste is more malt and delicious hops and quickly ends. Very nice.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Carbonation is complementary, but skirts the edge of "too darn much." Still, it is balanced for the flavor profiles found here.

-Overall 4.0: Falls slightly short of 4.5, but is an excellent brew. It really takes you on a swirling journey of all the things that make beer great: hops, malt and...magic. I would recommend this beer if you can find it. The 8.8% ABV is completely unnoticeable and as this baby is so sessionable...hope you have tomorrow morning off from your job as a brain surgeon. BUY IT!

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

Appearance- Pours an amber colour with 2 fingers width of bubbly white head.

Smell- Piney hops, citrus, tropical fruits, caramel, malts

Taste- Pretty much get everything from the aroma.This brew is nicely balanced between hops and malts. Finishes dry with slight lingering bitterness. Quite well done.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation. A pleasant smoothness.

Overall- Happy 13th anniversary Lagunitas. These guys never disappoint. A brew that is well executed and balanced. Defnitely worth trying and getting a bottle of.

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

Poured a 22oz bottle into a chilled pint glass, nice golden auburn tan tint with a full white head, good retention, and leaves a little lacing to the glass on the way down!

Great hop aroma, Amarillo mostly from what I've heard, hits your nose immediately. High Gravity strong ale indeed, but well balanced, the malt backbone comes though right when you taste the hoppy goodness, medium/full bodied mouthfeel lingers on your palate until the next sip. Not a hop monster like other posters have said, but does balance with the big grain bill in this beer...

I have yet to find a beer from Lagunitas that hasn't been exceptional !! This doesn't disappoint, grab one of these when your looking for a big ale, and you will enjoy tasting brewing perfection..

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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 BucannonXC5
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Clem’s Bottle House and Deli
Price: $5.99
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel orange clear color with two fingers of white head. Nice uneven, foamy lacing all the way down. Decent retention as well.

Smelled a refreshing surprise of hops up front. Got very sweet floral hops first. Also pine, citrus, sharp, but light grapefruit, lemon, light lime and orange peel. Basically smelled like a floral IPA.

Tasted similar to the smell, which is a good thing. Still reminded me or an IPA more than an American Strong Ale. Got those sweet, sugar floral hops. Nice bitterness on the tongue after. Citrus, lemon, lime, pine, sharp grapefruit. Very good.

Light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

Really liked this beer. I really didn’t even know what type it was when I bought it and found out home when I checked Beer Advocate (hiding the rating with my hand of course). Another good beer from Lagunitas.

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

Right off the bat, this bottle looks exactly like the regular Lucky 13. The only difference is there is a tiny .alt barely visible on the front. It would be very easy to get the 2 confused. I'll go ahead and be the first one to send in the photo so people can see the difference. Now that we have that out of the way, lets continue.

I'm very impressed with this beer. It spans many styles. Has a bit of Barleywine in it. A touch of Belgian. But mainly dominated by it's IPA edge. Regardless of it's style, it strikes me as something very similar to Pliney the Elder.

Juicy hops - sweet bubblegum, fresh citrus, lemongrass, orange peel, grapefruit rind, grassy florals, along with some cannibus and zesty tobacco. Malts blend with hops midway and actually fight for dominance. Leaves that zesty citrus bitterness that clashes with some earthy pale malt twang. Aggressive. Smooths out near the finish, semi dy mouthfeel with huge hop burps.

Aroma is exactly as described above.

One word to describe this beer, WILD. It's got tons of stuff going on, and it's hop complexity rivals PTE. It's almost that similar build and flavor profile. I'm definitely going to try and get my hands on more of this wonderful beer and try and discover even more nuances.

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Photo of Lledd
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden straw color with very little head fading quickly leaving little-to-no lacing.

S: Beautiful hops dominate the aroma. Mostly bitter with pleasant notes of citrus. The malt aroma is hard to detect under the hops, but what is there smells sweet and brown-sugary.

T: Delicious. The hops and malt are balanced very nicely and both follow the nose, except the malt is more pronounced in the flavor than it was in the aroma. There is a sourness to the taste. Not a Brett sour however.

M: Thick. A little more carbonation would be nice to cut the sweetness of the malts. My lips are left sticky.

O: Great beer. It smells great and tastes better. I love the balance between the bitter citrus hops and bready sweet malts. I would have liked more carbonation.

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

22oz bomber poured into a Belgian style goblet

A- Copper orange color with a nice 2 finger white head.

S- Very hoppy and fruity. Grapefruit rules this beer.

T- Possibly my favorite Ale. The balance of 13 is near perfect. Hops and citrus, what more could you want.

M- Medium body with adequate carbonation, very easy to sip during the summer months.

O- One of my favorite Ale's of 2012. I highly recommend this one. (May release).

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

A - Pours golden amber in color into my snifter with a little more than a finger of eggshell head, nice retention and sticky lacing.

S - Sweet and malty, tropical fruit, grapefruit, grassy hops, toffee and bread.

T - Hops are really present up front, lots of pine and resin, grapefruit rind, tropical fruit, sweet toffee malts and a nice lingering bitterness.

M - Medium in body, very well balanced.

O - Yet another great offering from Lagunitas, grab this one if you get the chance.

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

Served in a Delirium Tremens shaped-glass.

A: Poured out a pure, crystal clear gold color, with a whopping 2-3 finger dense solid white head that clung to the glass as the liquid was siphoned.

S: Wowsers... candi sugar hop bomz r'us for sure! It smelled very much like a melted "Astro Pop" with a bit of citrus added.

T: Very hoppy, full, and quite decadent, with the hops leading the way, but much more sugar in the middle, and a slap of grapefruit at the end. It sort of reminded me of Stone's "Double Bastard." Fresh and delicious!

M: This might be too sweet for some people, but hell, this IS an "American Strong Ale!" The bitterness added just the right counterpoint to the sugar and the carbonation was just spritzy enough without being too. The lacing was a sight to behold!

O: Not many breweries do these West Coast-style hop bombs like Lagunitas.

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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 Lemke10
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a single 22oz bottle of this at Woodman’s in Janesville, WI in fall 2012 for $4.39.

Pours a mostly clear amber color with a slightly off-white head. The scent is yeasty mixed with citrus and malts. Taste is bold and delicious. It is a mixture of sweet malts and bitter hops creating a unique blend that finishes slightly dry. Smooth, refreshing and fulfilling for an overall great beer.

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Photo of Gatch
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There's no date on the bottle so I'm hoping it's still good. I bought it knowing there was no date but also knowing that it's an ASA near 9% ABV so it should hold up fine.

A: Clear, golden-yellow with a huge, soapy, frothy, bright white head that caves into craters of foam leaving behind tons of lace and really good retention. Very nice.

S: Has the qualities of an Am. BW or ASA that's been in the bottle for a while, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Plenty of older, sweet, resiny hops. Also plenty of sweet, sugary booze. Some lightly toasted, almost caramelized malt and molasses.

T: Boozy hops hit you first. Followed by residual sugars. Then some roasted malt. Great finish. This is definitely an Imperial Blonde. I think that describes it best. Delicious malt presence with a good hop profile to balance it out.

M: Smooth and boozy. Hops don't become cloying which is a surprise judging by age on this beer. None of the sweetness is cloying which is great. Enough hops to almost cleanse the palate with each sip, coercing you to have another mouthful. A pleasure to drink.

O: This beer held up really well. I'm surprised and happy with this bottle. A great beer by itself but as an Imperial Blonde, this was awesome.

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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 JMad
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from an English pint glass...

Pours a golden amber color with a thin off white head that left plenty of lacing. The aroma is like candy, lots of caramel and juicy, fruity hops. The taste is bitter up front with some piney hops, sweet caramel malt, a little toasted malt, and a bitter lemony finish. The beer is kind of heavy at first but the finish seems lighter, the carbonation is on point and it has a nice dry finish. I would drink this again, seems more like an IPA to me though.

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Photo of MikeMilanoDesign
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

aged a bottle for about 3 years or so. really helped.

all the sugars mellowed out completely leaving it with an almost woody flavor, which is awesome because my biggest complaint with it right of the shelf was that it was way to sweet and really hard to drink. still a bigger fan of the mondo red. but if you come across an old bottle its def worth grabbing and letting it sit a while.

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Photo of Fenris244
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz bomber into my jester king grand opening snifter

Pours a pale amber almost gold, thin off white head, little retention, thin strings of carbonation are apparent, this beer is a looker i must say, great clarity and color.

Sweet up front, bits of cider and then the hops set in with some pine, brown sugar notes are there as well, interesting.

Sweet, apple up front then a burst of hops, piney and floral, then the malt sets in, very bready on the finish and it blends with the hop bitterness well.

Very light in mouth feel, crisp and smooth, alcohol is nonexistent.

Overall, weird, nice flavors though, and i would certainly buy this again, hell im thinking of looking for the extra bottle i bought right now

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Photo of adam42381
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Oakenator
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is amber with a hint of gold. Head is relatively light and disappates somewhat quickly to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Mouthfeel is ok. Smell is heavy hops despite just a 60 IBU. Sweeter malts and sugars help enhance the hoppy flavor which I get mostly spices from. Citrus is present maybe from grapefruit.

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

Poured into a pint glass from the bomber.

A: The beer is an almost pure orange color with some gold when held to light. Plenty of carbonation rising up in the middle. Head was about 2 fingers, offwhite, and stuck around for about a minute.

S: Surprisingly malty with plenty of bread in there. Also a big sweetness of citrus and/or some berries. Hoppy twinge throughout.

T: At first, I thought to myself, this would be a somewhat weak IPA... then the balance and subtleties start coming out. The malt profile is perfect and there is a nice sweetness throughout. Bread, fruit, some pine in the back. An almost perfectly balanced beer.

F: Nice carbonation, goes down pretty smooth. Some slight stickiness in there.

Overall: This is 8.9%? What?! I feel like I'm drinking a session here with the balanced character, but there is just enough bite to keep me wanting more and focused on the flavors which seem to keep changing. A very nice and very surprising beer.

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