Hairy Eyeball Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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5/5 rDev +30.9%
Delicious Brew for sure. Nice Rich Body and Mouthfeel. I am drinking this along with the Undercovor Investigation, and in comparison it is slightly less Hoppy and slightly more Malty. Both have a remarkably smooth and drinkable quality, yet an abundance of flavor. Nice goin Lagunitas.
07-09-2011 02:10:15 | More by Canibacea
4.88/5 rDev +27.7%
A - This brew is deeply purple/crimson/amber/ruby...an outstanding hue that seems to change the light like a prism (think Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album cover). The small but dense one finger head stays put for quite some time, and looks pretty much solid. Big sheets of wet lace glide down the sides of my snifter and leave some nice webwork behind.
S - Deep woodsy leafy notes and ripe fruit aromas combine to produce a scent that is much like what I would imagine a dark forest in one of Grimm's fairy tales to smell like. Ripe, nearly rotten, apples jump out at me, along with a dank fern-studded gully or cave-like note. There is also something that reminds me of chocolate covered cherries, although there aren't really any obvious chocolate notes. It's more like an artificial chocolate and raspberry or cherry aroma. This one is knocking my socks off in the nose department!
T - This is loaded with firm and tight woodsy notes. Walnuts, wet sticks collected from the woods after a rain, sesame seeds, and some hidden flavors of dried fruit (dried apple). Rhubarb? Some beef-jerky salty smoke adds complexity, and makes this a brew to be worshiped by any smoke-beer lover such as myself. Some bourbon characteristics are present due to the boozy flavors created by the high ABV. This is a damn tasty concoction!
M - Full bodied, boozy, tight, firm, and woody on the palate. Full with very subtle carbonation, this is thick but never flabby. A muscular brew if you will. This is silky and smooth, but simultaneously brutal and dry. Oh, man...this is good.
D - This is a mind-blowing brew! It's extremely complex and tasty, and could serve as an excellent sipper or a semi-sessionable brew (for a short session at home, when no driving is necessary). When I first heard the name, I immediately associated a hairy eyeball with a ball sack or single nut, but then I realized that hairy eyeball probably refers to the blood shot state of inebriation that could be attained by drinking more than one of these bad mofos!
04-11-2008 17:03:44 | More by pmcadamis
4.78/5 rDev +25.1%
WOW was speechless at first sip
A nice beautiful dark red
S hops and the smell of hiking through hay and wild flowers in the spring.
T So complex at first its kind of stoutish with some yummy chocolatey goodness, the the hops kicks in along with some spice and bright notes then chocolate again fading into a bitterish hopish after taste.
M thick and smooth a bit carbonated but given the dark complexity it is perfect.
O just peachy keen I love this beer.
04-19-2011 01:26:56 | More by JeffBob
4.78/5 rDev +25.1%
Just delicious, taste, smell, lay, the whole yard.
I bought a sixer of this gruel, and it gets better every bottle.
The lacing worked for me, too, and the color is the darkest of coppers out there. The smell of molasses, sundries, and road trip forced me to dive head-in.
The taste is borderline cloying, but with this ABV and this much blackness in flavor, maybe I'm off-mark, but this is probably my only, albeit, jab at this one. Paired with the right food, this may be irrelevant. Food? And beer? Wow, what a night! I think the recession is over.
Great, thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Again, see above re sweetness.
Powerful, so start the night off with this one.
05-27-2010 05:45:22 | More by jerlleutz
Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,930 ratings.