Friday, July 22, 2011

What's Your Lucky Number? Is it 13?

Lagunitas Lucky 13

With a name like Lucky 13 and a horseshoe on the label, you couldn’t help but assume this is the pot of gold at the end of rainbows.  Would the brews taste support my wild assumption that I based off the bottles visual cues?  As always, the price point for this Lagunitas offering is stellar so there is very little reason not to try it.

8.9%  ABV
76.92  IBU

The Lucky 13 is basically an Imperial Red Ale. This is not a technical beer style but is yet another creation of brewing ingenuity. The Lucky 13 starts out by offering up some mild citrus aroma rising out of the fluffy white head. The mouthfeel was thinner then I would have expected for a Red Ale. This is not really a plus or minus but the thinner mouthfeel does aid in the drinkability factor. Lucky 13 is dominated by malt character that rounds out into some faint caramel notes on the palate. Hop character is not a factor but it does have enough bitterness to keep the beer from being cloying. All in all this is a good beer with good drinkability. You would definitely not peg this beer in the 9% ABV range.

This beer is not the pot of gold at the end of rainbows. So much for judging a beer by its label, who would have thunk it? It is however a solid brew and if you’re looking for something different is worth a try. I’m back to searching for Leprechauns, maybe they’ll tell me where the gold is. If not I’ll circle around and beat it out of them.


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