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Lagunitas Lucky 13



This red ale, brewed originally for their 13th Anniversary (but now once a year, apparently), is high on dark malts and Amarillo hops. I always kind of passed up this beer for some reason, but I’ve been pretty impressed by Lagunitas lately, and have been wanting to try more of their stuff.

Red Ale. 8.3% ABV. 77 IBUs. California.

Reddish hue, but the head doesn’t last too long. The lacing, though, is fantastic.

Nice nose. It’s a bit sweet, and quite fruity with a hint of pine. There is seriously like a cornucopia of fruit in this beer, and it just smells great.

Mouthfeel has a good level of carbonation, but is quite thick. It lessens the drinkability, but makes for a velvety texture, if not slightly cloying.

It starts off quite sweet on the palate, with quite a bit of a pine burst from the hops, but then mellows into that dark, juicy fruit and drys out slightly. Just a tad bit of bitterness from the hops, but quite well balanced. Alcohol is hidden.

I quite like this beer. Admittedly, it is too sweet for my palate, but well-made beer and I love the balance. This could be a crowd pleasure as well, with the sweetness as it balances some of the hop harshness. 90 points.

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