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Hairy Eyeball Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Hairy Eyeball AleHairy Eyeball Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,247 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,247
Reviews: 900
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 51
Gots: 255 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-12-2002

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of JLBeaugh
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rootscipio
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SomethingClever
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into snifter

A: light head brownish Caramel color good clarity for the color of the beer

S: lots of dark fruits raisins, figs, dates and some burnt brown sugar smell

T: follows the nose quite closely nice sweetness to it very sugary fruity taste to it

M: medium to lighter it doesn't quite cling but might linger a little

O: If you like big fruity sweet malty beers you will enjoy this reminds me a lot of fresh Old Stock Ale. Old Stock Ale ages like a champ takes on nice notes of toffee and vanilla this beer intrigues me it may do the same.

Photo of JMay419
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malt, Malt, and Malt are up front with this beer.

Photo of Boozecamel
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phat_Borracho
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not bad will buy again

Photo of Denster
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmryan8
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Amedlin18
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jersh67
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigJohnShow
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xJMFCx
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GatorCoop
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mamaraza
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good description of this beer is hard to find. And I didn't succeed either .

Photo of Johnroby
3.02/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with caramel colors

Photo of mchegash
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into DFH signature glass

Appearance - 4.25/5
A deep, red-brown, moderately hazy, about 1-2 fingers of tan head. Carbonation can be seen flowing upward at a slightly above average rate. Fairly nice lacing

Smell - 4/5
Smell is similar to an Expedition Stout or a Backwoods Bastard. Don't quite know how to define that smell which is why I define via comparison rather than description. It's a fairly alcoholic, slightly fruity, slightly strange--reminds me of nail polish and olives.

Taste - 4/5
Tastes quite different from the smell. Dark, slightly sour malts, still some of that olive flavor, slightly fruity, a little bit of alcohol. The taste is hard to pin down. Definitely an interesting taste. I wouldn't define it as good or bad, more of in its own category.

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Medium bodied, smooth, medium-light carbonation. Definitely a good feel.

Overall - 4/5
Despite this beer being a little hard-to-pin down style-wise, and overall fairly idiosyncratic, I think is quite a good brew. If anything, the mystery aspect adds points in my books. I haven't tasted anything quite like it. It's very complex. Also, it seems to be a great value. Got a bomber for only $4.79.

Photo of Lurkerson
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fremont897
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GFish
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of delgotit99
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dredmahawkus
4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dhesington
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,247 ratings.