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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

1,902 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,902
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 33
Gots: 100 | FT: 3
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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Kuaff

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The Hairy Eyeball... in my snifter, cellar temperature.

This one has a two-finger off-white head and a clear, beautiful burgundy body.

It smells like tart dark fruits. Prunes and cherries, maybe. Also a subtle mango or pineapple thing going on. There might be a bit of slightly citric, earthy hops buried in the aroma, and it smells just a little like brandy. A hint of molasses? It's kind of hard for me to describe in full, but... it smells good. That's what matters.

The taste is quite fruity. The dark fruits - those same prunes and cherries - hit first. I get this earthy, hoppy breadiness moving toward the finish, but the aftertaste eventually turns to a dry, moderately bitter hoppiness with accents of brighter fruits. It makes me think of orange peel and... cranberries, believe it or not. It's that kind of bright, zesty, but drying fruitiness.

This stuff has a great feel to it. It's thick and syrupy! And the understated carbonation feels perfect for it.

While on the surface this beer seems to be malt-forward, it has an unmistakable Lagunitas-style hoppiness that all the brewery's beers seem to be endowed with. This is a complex, unique, and delicious amalgamation of hoppiness and maltiness. It's like some twisted cross between a Belgian strong dark ale, an American barleywine, and a double ipa. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 18:48:09 | More by Kuaff
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Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,902 ratings.