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Lagunitas Lucky 13

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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.

Stats:
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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