Hairy Eyeball Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Hairy Eyeball AleHairy Eyeball Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,429 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,429
Reviews: 951
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 59
Gots: 341 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-12-2002

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Ratings: 2,429 | Reviews: 951
Photo of CBear88
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely delicious. Smooth and way too easy to drink.

Photo of Canibacea
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

AAA+

Photo of Jordan
4.97/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Copper and red hues. Fabulous aromas of prunes, brown sugar, and rich malts. Complex and 'juicey' mouthfeel. Full bodied, slight abrasive hop coarseness. A one of a kind. Delicious, delightful, a delicacy in beerdom.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.87/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of ckessler222
4.86/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent strong ale. Well balanced with a sweetness coming from both malt and yeast. Potentially dangerous.

Photo of Southerndiscomfort
4.82/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another great beer from a top notch brewery. Malt forward but has hops and drinkable as fuck. Lagunitas never rips you off on price for high grav brews.

Photo of jerlleutz
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of jcanalia
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very good beer. I'm always happy to buy bombers of most Lagunitas products because of their reasonable pricing policy on those products.

Photo of Jordanmtate
4.77/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very good strong ale! Great!

Photo of darkksith
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the best American Strong Ale I have had yet. Wish I could find it in a 6-pack instead of on tap.

Photo of Jakkusu90
4.74/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Malty malty malty. With a roasted finish. Smell and taste caramel. Copper in color with a light off-white head, which fades quickly.

Photo of kraytb
4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Beautiful Taste, Wasn't sure what to expect when cracking open this beauty. Smooth and Flavorful, Low key Soy Sauceish taste but I love it. Can't wait to purchase it again!

Photo of JeffBob
4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of irongator
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

drank at room temp. Bigtime alcohol presence. really no smell whatsoever. no hop presence. Lots of malt - malt and warm alcohol that burns your tongue. a little smoky taste to make me think of a cross between an Imperial stout and a doppelbock and a wee heavy. I will be drinking the hell out of this beer, every christmas!

Photo of mooseisloose
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a name, bizarre yet intriguing, I've picked up a six of this before but it was so good, it got downed without a review. Well I scored another, marked at 8.83% ABV, so let's give it a whirl. Popping the top yields a delicious smell of brown sugar, molasses and black and hint red licorice. Pours to a nice translucent deep red brown with a thin tan head. Taste of this brew is complex. It starts with a chewy roasted malt base and progresses to a black licorice flavor with a molasses and anise slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is extraordinary. It starts almost syrup thick then zests ion the middle with carbonation and thins (not overly so) but still sticks to the ribs. This is a perfect example of this style and a very delicious brew. This brew can be very sneaky at 8.83% ABV. This beer is also an extreme value as a six pack sells for less than most four packs of equal or lesser quality. Keep up the good work Lagunitas. May have to cellar a few to see what pans out in a year or two.

Photo of nate_nate_nate
4.69/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had no expectations and was blown away. It's a fraction crisper than the best scotch ale out there (Bellhaven Wee Heavy). Taste is malty, caramel sublime.

Photo of Dmann
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Photo of blackcompg
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Poured a quick 3 fingers of light mocha colored foam, body is a transparent and brilliant deep copper amber, nice gently carb rises consistently in the body, lacing is unbelievable, leaving thick rings after each quaff.

Smell - Dark fruits of fig and plum, candied cherry, peach marmalade, rich dark toffee, and freshly baked fruit/rum cake.

Taste - Starts with rich dark fruits of cooked rope plums and figs coated in brown sugar, candied cherries soaked in alcohol join with a flavor very much like amaretto. There is a rich slightly roasted malt and warm dark toffee backbone supporting all of this. Then near the end of the quaff the sweetness falls off just enough to allow some faint herbal hop notes and caramel coated citrus piths to develop, along with some candy coated peach pit.

Mouthfeel - There is a nice weight here, and this winter ale is on the heavier side of medium and almost mouth coating, but is kept in check with some light carb and the perfect amount of warming alcohol. The carb is creamy smooth and struggles to leave a few edges along the sides of the tongue. Perfect for a strong winter ale on a winter night.

Overall - This is what I think of for a winter ale - the flavors are perfect, bold, complex and balanced. Such an excellent and potent example of the style. I highly recommend that you get a few bottles of this and share with family and friends during the holidays. Perfection. Two thumbs way up, thank you Lagunitas.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle cellared one year... A dark mahogany body reveals orange and ruby highlights when held to the light; and it's creamy light tan head slowly erodes to a wide collar without leaving behind much more than spotty lace. The nose is rich with caramel, molasses, piney hops, light spice and wood. It's quite refreshing, and reminiscent of a crisp fall evening under the stars. It's medium-bordering-on-full bodied and just slightly zesty in the mouth before warming to become creamy and smooth as its very fine carbonation "pillows up". Caramelized brown sugar and light spice dominate the rich, malty flavor before a splash of alcohol becomes apparent. Some softer notes of caramel and nuttiness follow in the finish. Resinous, piney hop flavors are present the whole way through, but shine in the aftertaste. Exceptionally well-balanced and highly drinkable despite its strength. A most wonderful holiday meal beer or nightcap!

Photo of BeerManDan
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color was a nice dark brown with a little tan foam and very little lace. When pouring, you could see it poured thick. The smell of roasted malts was very pleasant, along with a sweet fruity aroma. The taste was of roasted malts, caramel and coffee with a hint of fruit. Not overpowering on the alcohol. This strong ale was very very pleasant. Couldn't believe that a american strong ale like this was so tasty with out the tartness or bit of alcohol. Yum, I need more!

Photo of BeerGodz
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: Deep Amber, almost chocolaty color, head drops off fast, but the lacing lingers

Smell: Dried fruit, chocolate, brown sugar, some roasted malts

Taste: Up Front: Malty, raisiny, caramel, a touch of sweetness. Finish: A little alcohol comes through after a surge of hops and malt

Mouthfeel: Sticky and rich, my tongue is doing back flips...Rightchaw!

Drinkability: Quaffable times ten! , This could be a winter session beer for me, mortalz, maybe 1 or 2 at a sitting

Overall Impression: This beer is so good, that my brother in law ( who is a Coors Light drinker ) was so scared of the ABV that he had to split one with me, but he liked this beer a lot!

Photo of RootedFool
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 22 ounce bomber at the North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California.

Pours a tenebrous crimson with an anxious tan head. Tall drapes of lace cling to the glass.

Smell is of lush malts, raisins soaked in bourbon and brown sugar. A hop citrus edge comes through clearer after a few more sniffs.

A scrumptious mouthfeel, almost like cream but the carbonation gives it levity, is what I notice as soon as the beer meets my mouth. A kick you in the gums hop bitterness leads, and then the malts take flight -- a zesty yet smooth sweetness rolls out over the palate, ah! -- and then it's back to a delicious hop sting that lingers long on the tongue. And alcohol is a-buzz in my sinuses and stomach.

What a winter warmer!

Half a pint down and I'm already feeling it.

Photo of RexBanner
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%

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.

Photo of beerceller99
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from late 2003. Has a copper color as I decant the contents. Nice two finger head which sticks around leaving a beautiful lace. Malty sweet smells along with floral hops.Taste is caramel sweetness balanced by perfumy floral hops with a alcohol bite in the background. Full bodied, the mouthfeel is rich and creamy.
This brew already tastes like a well aged barley wine. Excellent.

Photo of Zephan
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really enjoyed this ale. Fantastic

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Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,429 ratings.