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Hairy Eyeball Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,104 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,104
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 48
Gots: 156 | FT: 1
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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Photo of sdlhy
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crow
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lauwen82
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of smbslt
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking like an English ale. Interesting departure from the typical Lagunitas offerings.

Photo of JNForsyth
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of McBraniel
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Southerndiscomfort
4.85/5  rDev +26.6%
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 zak333
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreenMachine
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Really dark mahogany body with a ruby hue in the light. A cream colored head recedes to a wisp. Light spots of lacing remain.

Aroma: Brown sugar, oak or other wood notes, molasses.

Taste: Really smooth sweet molasses and brown sugar, lots of malt, a spiciness like cinnamon, faint bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, maybe kind of sticky.

Overall: Excellent and under $4 for a bomber. This has a lot of flavor and the alcohol is fairly well hidden. Nice sipper.

Photo of NSXAG
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KSHunt
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alpha309
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
2.28/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Tastes and smells like alcohol with a slight malt backbone.

Photo of Joey1566
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stoutsman
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of tykechandler
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of AdamZwief
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%

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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of cdm1313
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Marcos_Graziano001
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jwswigs
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jrpapajcik
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of blackcompg
4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,104 ratings.