Hairy Eyeball Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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3.86/5 rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a bomber into a goblet. This dark ale is a reddish brown color, not quite opaque but dark, with ample tan head. Aroma is dominated by malty toffee notes, with a light fruitiness like apples, a hint of chocolate brownie, and some hop resins that serve to offset the heavy sweetness. Unlike many Lagunitas brews where the hops lead the way, this is a dark malt bomb, rich and quite sweet, although the hops still lurk in there to provide a resinous bitterness. Tastes like burnt brown sugar, raisin cake and toffee, with these sweet baked flavors co-existing with a dark fruit undercurrent that evokes prunes and sourish cherry juice. I also get some herbal licorice root. Quite boozy as well, some fusels to help you remember that this is a big brew ... Pace yourself. Body is unexpectedly on the thin side but the sugars and hop resins do coat the mouth. Finish is long and lingering like most Lagunitas brews, with a fruity undercurrent like in the middle section hiding beneath burnt sugar and earthy bitter hops. Gives me a decent buzz and the low level of carbonation enhances this problem. If I am forced to compare, I prefer Lagunitas' hop-centric offerings and the alcohol is aggressive, but I did sign up for this and it remains one of my favorite winter ales. Put this shit in those casks around St. Bernard dogs' necks, damn the spirits.
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2014 02:43:58 | More by CalgaryFMC
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Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,908 ratings.