Hairy Eyeball Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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3.83/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured into a tulip.
The pour is a beautiful shade of mahogany. Puffy, 1-finger head forms, but doesn't retain very well, and as I drink, there isn't much lacing to speak of. Still, the color is very seductive.
Smells very sweet - caramel malts with some brown sugar and a dark fruit, maybe. Not much complexity here, but it's pleasant enough for me not to worry about balance or anything of that nature.
The taste does a better job than the nose - comes on to the tongue much in the same way. As it slides back on the palate, a light touch of hoppy bitterness shows up, but quickly gets hidden away in the malty sweetness. No touch of that alcohol breaks through, though it certainly helps warm the gut. Smooth body, but it does feel a bit flat the whole way through.
A much sweeter strong ale than I'd generally expect from the style. Has a barleywine sort of character. While it isn't the best beer I've had, it certainly is worth seeking out and tasting. Lagunitas has yet to disappoint me, and this certainly follows that trend! Probably good to have something sweet to pair with it.
Serving type: bottle
05-09-2011 05:09:03 | More by bbkd3b
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