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Hairy Eyeball Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Hairy Eyeball AleHairy Eyeball Ale

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very good

1,930 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,930
Reviews: 846
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 35
Gots: 108 | 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 tone77:
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3.31/5  rDev -13.4%

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of malts. Taste is alcohol, malts, some sweetness, boozy, a touch if breadiness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall isn't bad, but a bit disappointing.

03-15-2014 01:05:20 | More by tone77
More User Reviews:
Photo of 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
Photo of mojohawk21


4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-11-2014 22:13:10 | More by mojohawk21
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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
Photo of ExtraStout


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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-26-2013 14:36:26 | More by OhioBobcat
Photo of 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
Photo of Tiernan


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-08-2014 05:29:15 | More by Tiernan
Photo of 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
Photo of GameOfBeers


4.16/5  rDev +8.9%

08-18-2014 18:09:45 | More by GameOfBeers
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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


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
Photo of 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
Photo of Dmann


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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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

03-06-2014 21:36:39 | More by bulldogg915
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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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-13-2013 21:29:54 | More by EastBay_Nick
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

03-29-2014 03:00:03 | More by FadetoBock
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

07-06-2013 06:27:34 | More by Drunkenass
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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


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
Photo of NWer


3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

11-27-2013 21:49:45 | More by NWer
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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


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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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
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