Sunday, September 27, 2009

Lagunita's Brewing Company - Lucky #13

This new brew comes to us from Lagunitas Brewing Company based in Petaluma, California. Lucky 13 is the 13th Anniversary Ale and also part of Lagunita's rotating 2009 Seasonal 22 ounce brews. Lagunita's is well known for producing a wide selection of high-quality uniquely flavored brews. I purchased this bottle from Haggen in Burlington, WA. I'm excited to try it.

Category: Strong Red Ale
ABV: 8.3%
IBU: 76.92
OG* (Original Gravity): 1.085
Malt Types: Unknown
Hop Types: Unknown

The Pour: Pours a dark reddish amber. The head is pale cream colored, slight retention and slight lacing on the glass.

The Nose: Initially very sweet and sugary, caramel notes, slight malt, faint nuttiness, dark pine, some pineapple, smells heavy, extremely sweet. Can't wait to taste it.

The Taste: Light to medium carbonation on the palette, very smooth. Tingly, slightly spicy on the tip of the tongue. As expected it is very sweet, and tastes of cereal and dark malts, very heavy mouthfeel, almost syrupy. Also a detectable amount of bitterness midway through and on the finish. A nice lingering bittersweetness on the back of the tongue lasting long after the beer is swallowed. Slight warming on the back of the throat.

The Verdict: I enjoyed this brew. Its quite heavy and higher on the alcohol content. If you're looking for something unique, hoppy, rich, and sweet, give this one a shot!

*OG (Original Gravity): A measurement of the density of fermentable sugars in a mixture of malt and water with which a brewer begins a given batch. It gives the brewer an idea of how strong the beer will be.

1 comment:

BDill said...

Well, 13 is my favorite # so I like it already. I've actually been meaning to pick one up. The only problem is that Elysian's Immortal IPA is next to it at QFC and has been on sale...