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Hairy Eyeball Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,961 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,961
Reviews: 847
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 36
Gots: 120 | 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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Reviews by cbarrett4:
Photo of cbarrett4
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm.... poured with decent head and persistent lace. Good color. Smells of almond, some odd esters, dark and smoky with gamy, roasted meat aromas (beef jerky?)

Rich yet elegant on the palate. More smoky and gamy flavors with some hints of banana bread? Odd, very odd.

Light but delicious. Though very odd indeed. A touch tannic on the finish and that detracts from the overall drinkability.

cbarrett4, Feb 24, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of RexBanner
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Dark crimson in color. Clear, no sediments. Pillowy cream colored head which lasted throughout the session. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Malty, fruity, hoppy. It almost smells like those cans of mixed fruit saturated in a bottle of Malta.

Taste: Malt sweetness up front followed by a pleasant bitterness that prevents this from being just another run of the mill malt bomb. Faint fruit taste is present. Hard to make out though, maybe peach? Caramel and molasses or maybe maple syrup is present also. A boozy heat permeates the mouth with every sip, especially when the beer reaches room temperature. The bitter aftertaste is really pleasant for this beer.

Mouthfeel: Light, not heavy at all. Slight carbonation in the beginning but it fades very quick. Goes down easy, especially for an 8+ brew.

This is a good winter warmer. Not the best but for a 22 oz bottle it'll surely get the job done. It has a good balance of sweetness and bitterness. It's almost like a cross between a dunkel and a bitter IPA.

RexBanner, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

oberon, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of mojohawk21
4.25/5  rDev +11%

mojohawk21, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

RoyalT, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of ExtraStout
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

ExtraStout, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

OhioBobcat, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

MadScientist, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Tiernan, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of hopsleeroy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

hopsleeroy, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of GameOfBeers
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%

GameOfBeers, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of SanFranJake
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

SanFranJake, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Chuggnutt
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Chuggnutt, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of steelerguy
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

steelerguy, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of Dmann
4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

Dmann, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of bulldogg915
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of nickadams2
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

nickadams2, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of EastBay_Nick
4/5  rDev +4.4%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +4.4%

FadetoBock, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of Drunkenass
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Drunkenass, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

danthehopslamman, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

lordofthewiens, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of NWer
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

NWer, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

warnerry, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Beaver13, Mar 01, 2005
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Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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