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Hairy Eyeball Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Hairy Eyeball AleHairy Eyeball Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,927 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,927
Reviews: 846
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 34
Gots: 105 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-12-2002)
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a finger of light tan head on a clear, but dark brown body.
The aroma is rich with spice, a dank grain smell, barnyard, molasses and chocolate.
The taste is caramel sweet, mild bitter in the middle, long finish with molasses.
The texture is soft with low carbonation.
Quite drinkable, well balanced and complex.

11-27-2013 02:27:15 | More by Fatehunter
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oberon

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured into a nonic a deep ruby color with a dark brownish tint a quick to form one finger slight off white head atop,great balance and complexity in the nose deep brown sugar and alcohol dipped dark fruit intertwined with spicey/grassy hop really trying to hold up to the malt...advantage malt but a close call.Big and warming with great flavor and balance gummy,juicy malt with that brown sugar and raisin-like quality finishing resiny and piney inducing great hop burps.I love these kind of big American brews insanely balanced,big and bold with great complexity,Lagunitas rocks!

02-17-2007 02:52:34 | More by oberon
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mojohawk21

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-11-2014 22:13:10 | More by mojohawk21
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +15.2%

Appearance – Clear but very dark ruby black in color with a monstrous head that must be respected (else you will be cleaning up your floor). The head is big, beautiful, and tan, with good retention and some cool lacing.

Smell – Oh, mama, this one is big. The huge, caramel malts are just the start. You’ve got “brown shugga” types of sugars here along with some oaky notes and a light hop balance.

Taste – This is heavy-duty from start to finish but also quite smooth. The huge sweetened malts from the nose come out in the taste like they were aged a few years in American oak barrels. There’s a subtle hint of bourbon as well.

Mouthfeel – Exceptionally smooth and full-bodied, this one will get your lips smacking and your salivary glands watering. My mouth is sticky from tasting this ale. It is big and chewy.

Drinkability – This is an excellent effort at the style from Lagunitas. It is velvety smooth, strong but not excessive, and goes down amazingly well for a nearly 9.0 ABV BW.

Update – I originally rated this with an ’03 vintage so thought it would be interesting to review it again with an ’04 (drank in Jan ’05). This really is an easy-drinker, and the big sugary malts make it dead-on for the style. Well done, Lagunitas!

01-11-2004 05:03:12 | More by RoyalT
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

After my first sip, the first thought I had was "this reminds me of Brown Shugga." Which I suspected, and then confirmed, is made by the same brewery. Not a knock on the brew, by any means.

Pours a dark ruddy amber. Small white head vanishes quickly, leaving a thin whit ecrust behind.

Smells sweet and fruity. Mostly citrus and malt, but definitely some tropical overtones.

Taste is robust and definitely packs an alcohol wallop. There's even a slight burn. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and light, despite the heavy alcohol. Lots of sweet malt, some grapefruit hops, and tons of juicy citrus and tropical fruit.

03-15-2014 17:15:12 | More by ExtraStout
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-26-2013 14:36:26 | More by OhioBobcat
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MadScientist

New York

3.81/5  rDev -0.3%

A: A dark copper ale with good clarity. The head is long lasting but thin made of tan, creamy and soapy bubbles that leave a fine lacing on the glass.

A: There is a medium malt aroma with some cherries and a spicy note. There is a caramel aroma that reminds me of kettle caramelization that is found in Scotch Ales. A slight phenolic kind of spicy note.

T: There is a lot of malt and toffee flavors with a restrained, medium amount of malt sweetness. Not much in the way of hops flavor but a medium hops bitterness baking for a balance that is tilted towards the sweet side of the scale. The finish is off-sweet with a quick citrus hops flavor and a little hops bitterness but mostly a malty, caramel sweetness aftertaste.

M: A medium full bodied beer with a medium-low level of carbonation.

O: It's sort of an American version of an old ale with a prominent malt presence but a firm hops bitterness.

12-24-2013 01:56:35 | More by MadScientist
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Tiernan

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-08-2014 05:29:15 | More by Tiernan
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hopsleeroy

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured a very viscous amber with virtually no head on it. Had the look of a high alcohol barleywine. Smelled cherries, wood, and maybe a little nuttiness right off the bat. Was expecting that same flavor of cherries but it was lacking a little. Very woody and caramel flavor with little bit of a bourbon(very light) feel. Malty backbone came through for a good balance with a clittle bit of citrus hops. Mouthfeel was fairly slick and oily but not over the top. I enjoyed this beer and it certainly didn't feel like 9%. I enjoyed this beer and would drink it again but didn't think it was spectacular.

01-19-2008 03:56:33 | More by hopsleeroy
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +8.9%

08-18-2014 18:09:45 | More by GameOfBeers
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SanFranJake

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

04-07-2014 00:15:04 | More by SanFranJake
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Chuggnutt

Oregon

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%

Appearance: Mahogany brown with some orange. Clear. Head is a nice tan with hints of orange.

Smell: Cloyingly sweet, warm malt. Hops are overwhelmed, but a bit fruity. Almost a flossy Belgian candy sugar.

Taste: Like an old ale—malty, bitter, dark but not burnt. Overlaying that is the sweet alcohol barleywine character and strong almost peppery hops.

Mouthfeel: Nice, thick chewy body. Warming from the alcohol.

Overall: This packs a punch for sure. Not the best I've had from Lagunitas, but not bad by a long shot, either.

08-23-2007 18:35:17 | More by Chuggnutt
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steelerguy

New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%

A - Very dark mahogany, very clear, but so dark it is barely translucent. Small off-white head, barely remember what it looked like because it was gone in seconds leaving just a lacing.

S - Roasted malts, nice chocolate smell. That's about it and it is good enough.

T - Much like the smell there is a good amount of cocoa/chocolate flavor coming through. Nice roasted flavor as it finishes along with some hop bitterness for balance.

M - Smooth and rich feel. Finishes with some alcohol warmth and the carbonation helps it not feel to thick.

D - This is just a really good beer. Lots of malt flavor, especially chocolate. A nice bitter, clean, chocolate finish with a hint of alcohol warmth. Very nice on a cold night after shoveling some snow.

02-27-2010 00:20:45 | More by steelerguy
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Dmann

California

4.68/5  rDev +22.5%

Top notch stuff here people. When I poured this beer it was a very dark amber red with a great head that left large ammounts of lacing around the glass. The smell was unique with a mix of carmel malts, various spices and a touch of cedar. This beers flavor was unique as well with a good dose of carmel malt sweetness which opens up into a nice subtle hop bitterness and spice flavors. The mouthfeel is nice and airy and complements the beer very nicely. This is another good beer from lagunitas.

01-23-2005 09:57:43 | More by Dmann
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

03-06-2014 21:36:39 | More by bulldogg915
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nickadams2

New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%

A_Dark reddish brown with a thick light brown head. Thick lacing coats the glass.

S_Toffee,caramel and fruit.Sweet and malty.

T_Very malty.Sweet toffee caramel up front.Slightly fruity.Alcohol is hidden pretty well for a near 9 percent abv.

M_ Full bodied,thick,and creamy.Coats mouth nicely and goes down smooth.

D_Very drinkable especially for a high abv.

04-19-2010 03:24:38 | More by nickadams2
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EastBay_Nick

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-13-2013 21:29:54 | More by EastBay_Nick
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

03-29-2014 03:00:03 | More by FadetoBock
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Drunkenass

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

07-06-2013 06:27:34 | More by Drunkenass
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

08-13-2012 18:05:53 | More by danthehopslamman
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.99/5  rDev +4.5%

On tap at When Pigs Fly. In a snifter the beer was a dark brown color with a small tan head. There was no lace.

The aroma was caramel and fruit. There was a bit of booze also.

Nice taste. Raisins, caramel. Still a bit of booze. Minimal hops.

Smooth, sweet, easy drinking. You forget it's 9% ABV.

I could drink this a lot.

01-18-2014 16:51:55 | More by lordofthewiens
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NWer

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

11-27-2013 21:49:45 | More by NWer
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warnerry

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-06-2013 23:47:28 | More by warnerry
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

12 oz bottle. Pours a glowing copper with a creamy tan head that keep a thin cap that laces the glass.

The aroma is earthy malts with some chocolate and toffee and some alcohol and peat notes. A little citrus and brown sugar comes out as it warms. I did notice some metallic notes every couple of whiffs that knock down the aroma score some.

The flavor is toasted malts, with some toffee and chocolate and a little smokiness. It has a crisp bitter finish. The alcohol is well-hidden. It has a nice full and velvety mouthfeel.

Overall, a good malty brew! Kind of like a Scottish ale.

03-01-2005 05:45:41 | More by Beaver13
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

05-18-2013 03:00:31 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,927 ratings.