Tonight I’ll be reviewing Lucky 13, from Lagunitas Brewing Company. This beer was created as a celebration to mark the 13th anniversary of Lagunitas brewing beer. After it’s creation, the staff at Lagunitas liked it so much, they decided to release the beer annually.
Lagunitas is another brewery that has yet to release it’s beers to Louisiana, however, it’s beers are available in a few states nearby, such as Florida and Texas. They have been undergoing a very large expansion, and I expect that Lagunitas will be available in Louisiana within the next year or so.
I’ve tried many of the Lagunitas brews, and I can easily say that this one is my favorite. This may be a personal preference, but lately I’ve found myself really drawn to hoppy red ales, and this one fits that bill. Let’s get on to the beer!
I was probably a little anxious when I poured this one, but it had about a two finger, off white head with great retention, and excellent lacing. The color was a deep amber with a hint of copper.
The aroma on Lucky 13 gives off notes of big citrusy hops, spicy malt, and a light hint of caramel undertones.
The taste is everything I’d want from a hoppy red ale, it’s very balanced with a strong hoppy bitterness paired with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The ABV is listed at 8.6%, but I really didn’t pick up on it that much in the taste. The malt character is pleasant, and the after-taste is nicely bitter and hoppy.
This beer has a medium body with a nice amount of carbonation and a slightly sticky texture. As previously stated, there is a slight hint of alcohol, but it is very subtle.