Hairy Eyeball Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by zeledonia:
2.83/5 rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
A: Pours a nice clean coppery reddish-brown color with a one-finger light tan head that holds on and leaves decent lacing.
S: Smell is sweet malts with light fruity hops - I get peaches as the dominant fruit.
T: Taste is very malty, moving quickly to a strong bitter finish. I like malty beers, but this one tastes unbalanced, with a malt peak and a bitter peak, without much linking them. I like the flavor profile of a beer to be full, and this one is dominated by too much sweetness and not enough else filling it in. There is a LOT of dark caramel malt flavor to this beer. Dark fruits come through more in the taste than in the nose - plums and raisins in particular. Something about it reminds me of a Pedro Jimenez sherry, with that forceful sun-dried sweetness. Has a lingering bitterness, which I think is the unmasked alcohol. To sum it up, some nice flavors there, but they don't add up to a good whole.
M: Mouthfeel is okay, medium-bodied, and pretty sticky and coating. But the flavor that stays in the mouth is mostly bitter, so I kinda want it move on more quickly. A decent amount of alcohol in the finish.
D: Unfortunately, I liked this beer less and less as I drank it. I almost drain-poured the last quarter or so. The dominant flavors are a strong raisiny malty sweetness and a bitterness that lacks the nicer attributes of hops. I think I can see where they were going with it, but it lacks fullness and balance in the flavor. I find it too strong, in malt and alcohol, without sufficient other flavors to smooth them out.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2011 05:32:13 | More by zeledonia
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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
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