The Hairy Eyeball - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 4
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: SusanQuinn on 02-13-2014

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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 11
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Photo of CHickman
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber: pours a clear red copper color with a tan 2 finger foamy head that had tons of bubbles in it and cascaded down like a Guinness poured from a tap and faded slowly, leaving good spotty lacing all over. Looks like a nut brown ale or typical strong ale, only the head was much more impressive.

Smells of caramel, malt, wheat, fruit like orange peel, brown sugar and booze; it smells sweet and malty and basically smells like it looks.

Malt bomb alert, the flavor jumps out with sweet malt, caramel, toffee, dark fruit like raisin, plum or date, some orange peel, herbal hops, toasted grains, woody or oaky notes, burnt wheat bread, brown sugar, peat moss, light spices and mild booze. It’s like an oak-aged old ale with a tremendous amount of malt flavor that is not too sweet and somehow keeps the booze minimized, and yet complex with some herbal notes that almost seem like hop spices or someone spilled Windex in the mash – drinkable and more so than it should be at 9.4%, but you need to be in a malt state of mind to enjoy this as I did tonight.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, with a medium to heavy body, mild carbonation and a bready sweetness that trails off with some spices and malty notes like caramel and whole grain crackers.

Overall a good beer that is nice to have once a year as it’s very complicated even though it’s malt dominant – the malt version of a DIPA that allows the malt bill to bring out different flavors and hide the ABV. This is the second bomber I drank this winter and both times I pretty much got wrecked from the bomber as the booze sneaks up on you, which is nice.

Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.55/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow, this beer hides it's alcohol well. Nice hopping to balance the superb malts. A session beer for the hard drinking types. :)

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poring this out I was surprised to see a clear ruby brown beer with some lacing and a white small head that was produced from what looks like a high level of carbonation. The nose is dominated by malts, bready, nutty, some sweetness, little bit of yeast esters and some earthy tones. Aroma is not overly complex or strong but still is nice and pleasant. The taste follows the nose with malt forward dominate flavor but it contains more complexity with dark fruits. raisins, breadiness, and esters. Mouth is full bodied, effervescent, pillowy soft, and very appealing. This is a great Euro Strong Lager and probably the first I have had in this style. Give it a try if you like your strong beer more on the malty side that kinda has a quad similarity, cheers!

Photo of Vylo
4.56/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice malty brew. Dark amber color, tingly feel. Good if you are also into triples and the like.

Photo of beerjunky413
2.39/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Poured into tulip. Pours dark copper with a reddish hue. Thin off white head reduces to an extremely thin lacing quickly. Aroma is solventy/ heavy alcohol with hints of dark fruits. Flavor is heavy on the alcohol to the point that you would think it's higher than 9.6%. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Under the booze theres lots of sweetness with a slight plum, fig and molasses aftertaste. Described as a euro strong ale but tastes a whole lot like a barleywine that's not ready yet. If you have this or buy this in 2014 do yourself a favor and throw it in the cellar for a year or two.

Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Blindfolded you'd call this an Old Ale, complete with buttery taste and the woody, musty wierdness. Hints of old cinnamon and suspicious fruit. Candy finish with cedar and butterscotch. Lovely woody, roast grain aroma.

Attractive dark red amber with a modest foam. So sweet with caramel, but then the bitter aftertaste emerges. This is one of the classic alcoholic malt depth charges that Lagunitas used to be known for. And it goes down nicely, like a wet dream of a malt liquor. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Liticker's Liquor in San Diego.

Photo of jlipin8622
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a beer-clean Dogfish IPA glass, it shows a sensational clear brown look. Good head initially, but there is a lack of head retention and lacing.

The nose is full of banana foster, caramel, sweet malt, and a nuance of cinnamon.

The body is on the fuller side. Notes of banana, caramel, malt, and light bittersweet chocolate are there. What's surprising is the slight citrus twist. It has a refreshing acidity to combat some of the sweetness. The roasty malt taste lingers for several minutes as well. It's a well balanced beer with a good mouthfeel.

I like drier beers and am frequently disappointed by many beers of this type because of the overly sweet notes that coat the mouth and linger without any balance. However, for what it is, this beer is pretty good. It's not my first choice on the shelf, but I could drink it again.

Photo of Kermitthefrayer
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice sour smell. very large creamy head. Nice sour flavor with hints of lemon and chocolate. Very strong abv.

Photo of Totalpackage411
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Love this brewery, if you're ever in the Bay Area this is a fun brewery to check out with a cool tour and cool atmosphere. this isn't my favored beer from this brewery but it was definitely refreshing. If you like lighter beers this ones probably for you. Taste is not too overpowering with a hint of fruitiness.

Photo of jb80016
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice brown tone with white head that dissipated in a few minutes. Malt forward with a little alcohol heat, but not in a bad way. Overall a clean beer, but nothing really complex that would make me look for it.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; cola brown with some red accents; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: caramel first, then lemon and fresh wort;

T: molasses; dark fruit, and alcohol; finish has very mild bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish; very smooth; although I tasted alcohol, it wasn't warming or harsh in any way;

O: very nice malt forward beer;

The Hairy Eyeball from Lagunitas Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.