Hairy Eyeball Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by Kuaff:
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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4.13/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Deep garnett in color with good clarity. Poured with a short, dense, off-white foam that quickly dissipated. Sweet malt, brown sugar, raisin and fig aromas with boozy notes in the background. Full bodied with tangy, assertive carbonation through the middle and a semi-dry finish. Sweet bready malt, dark fruit, fig and raisin flavors up front. Tangy, lightly spicy hop bitterness through the middle. Definitive booziness toward the end as well. Finished with a semi-dry feel and lingering bready malt and herbal hop bitterness. This was excellent and, to me, drank a lot like an ale version of a doppelbock.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 00:17:36 | More by IronLover
Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,902 ratings.