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Friday, August 5th 2011

Lucky U IPA
(Breckenridge Brewery)

Lucky U IPA is one of three canned releases from Breckenridge Brewery, the first was their flagship Avalanche Ale and the other is their seasonal SummerBright Ale. You can now find their canned offerings all over a wide distribution area. According to the Breckenridge Brewery site their beers are sold in at least 25 different states (Massachusetts isn't listed but they definitely sell their beer here). 

From the Breckenridge Brewery site:

"We like to think this is an ale for everyone who believes you make your own luck. We sure did. And the result is a well-balanced, soulful IPA with just the right amount of hoppiness. An even keeled ale that goes down clean and refreshing, but still lets you know it’s been doted on by the Brewmaster. It's true to it’s IPA heritage, but also highly drinkable. Lucky U. And we seriously mean that."

Here we go...

Pour - bronze and copper color; clarity lets you watch the hundreds of tiny bubbles dance around in a spiral on their way up to form a very large white head.

Aroma - light, sweet notes of pineapple at first. A grassy aroma joins the citrus party after the head settles down.

Taste - this one leans strongly towards the malt side of the IPA range with some very mild caramel sweetness at the start. Some hoppiness appears near the end of the swallow as the high carbonation dashes across the tongue and dries out the finish.

Overall - Lucky U is a fine example of a malt-forward IPA. It is a very smooth, drinkable brew with a nice flavor profile and a reasonable ABV for the style.

Would I buy more of it? - My favorite IPAs are hop-forward and make my eyes water a little bit. However, this would be a very good craft brew to have on hand for friends who want a good ale but might not be ready to try one of the hop bombs in your fridge.

Note - Lucky U IPA, which is available in both bottles and cans, pays homage to the Tivoli Brewery. 5% of the proceeds of the sale of this beer go to the Tivoli Foundation for the continued restoration of the Tivoli Brewery building in Denver, Colorado. The Tivoli brewery’s history began in 1866 and was named after a famous amusement park in Copenhagen.  This impressive Colorado landmark now serves as a student union but still bears the Tivoli name.  

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Lucky U IPA
Style: American India Pale Ale
Brewery: Breckenridge Brewery
Denver, Colorado  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Two Row Pale, Munich, Carmel, Torrified Wheat
Hops: Amarillo, Magnum, Perle, Cascade, Apollo, Fuggle, Goldings
ABV: 6.2%
IBUs: 68
Date: August 5th, 2011

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