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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

2,328 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,328
Reviews: 918
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 52
Gots: 289 | FT: 3
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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Photo of SpanishUnicorn
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shredder83
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Exeter
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kylo76
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MC-beerman
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dave1999
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zbodnar1
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 2/26/15. Comes in a single 22 ounce bottle with a nice painted on label, as all of their brew have. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 20 ounce French Jelly handled-glass stein.

Pours a pretty mahogany brown in color with about a 1-finger foamy beige head. A good amount of sticky lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the glass. The aroma is of burnt brown sugar for the most part. The taste is pretty much the same actually with some roasted malts also with some spice. You really don't taste the alcohol in it. It will hit you after awhile though. Goes down pretty easy but is more of a sipper kind of brew then say, a chugging for sure. Not really much of a bitter or harsh aftertaste, or is the brew talking? ;) Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. You aren't drinking more than one of these at a sitting at all Overall, I liked it.

Photo of Markyd02
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of anon
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jbowmann
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of montesown
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Just an ok beer - nothing really special.

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

Photo of Bigdoc91
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CTJman
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bmeGT
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not my cup of tea. So take my review with a grain of salt. Tasted metallic and too boozy.

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

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hairy Eyeball pours a dark amber color with a large lacing head. There is a sweet, marshmellow like aroma. The taste is also sweet, nice malty backbone with sweet dry fruit flavors. Great body great flavors. Overall a great drinkable complex beer.

Photo of TheKitsch
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wrigfen
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BFCarr
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jsanmarco
4.59/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hreb
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle served in pub glass. Beer is crimson in color with a moderate tan head, and pours very syrupy. Bold malt aroma. Flavor is rich, simultaneously sweet and bitter on opposite ends of my palate. This is obviously a strong ale (this year's label says 9.1%), but there's no ethanol burn, just strong flavors. And it's not afraid to put some IBUs in there too. American barleywine, perhaps?

I'm really enjoying the balance of this and I have to say I think it's seriously underrated.

Photo of RickS95
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a relatively clearish burgundy brown color. The color of a red wine, but on the clear side. The head slowly forms and when it does, it's a glorious sight of foamy peaks. Off white in color, this thing retains for quite a while. On the sides, a lovely sticky lace.

A malt bomb. Lots of dark malts that present an almost fruity scent as it warms. A hint of brown sugar in the nose. Not much in the way of hops and despite the load of malts and high ABV, there's not much alcohol scent.

This thing packs a flavor punch. All the malts come together and provide a boatload of earthy, grainy flavors. Kind of a toast, bready flavor with a splash of dark ripe fruit and an earthy taste from the hops.

It was still a little on the cold side when I had this, but it's got a nice balance between sweet up front and bitter in the finish. Again, the alcohol is never a bully, only making a cameo in warming, lingering finish. Despite the clearish complexion, it's full bodied and a bit on the creamy side.

Overall, this is top notch. For something so high in ABV, it's exceptionally easy to drink and goes down a bit too easy giving how strong it is. I bought bombers of this for $6 a piece. I stole them.

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Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,328 ratings.