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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

2,239 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,239
Reviews: 896
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 50
Gots: 248 | 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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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

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

Photo of TBoneJones
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, clear mahogany into my pint. Very nice color, moderate visible carbonation, and this off-white head is foamy and thick, receding a bit to leave caked-on lacing.
Smells faintly of bread, and even more faintly of hops. Nothing much here though.
Tastes of rich, sweet malts and hops together, mildly roasted, caramel, some pepper, and quite balanced. Mellow grapefruit citrus comes through in the hops department now, and mixed with the aforementioned, this is turning out to be a tasty ale.
Medium-thick, smooth and creamy, slick but not so sticky.
I don't visit the strong ale variety much, but this beer tastes fine. From Lagunitas, I'm not too surprised.

Photo of djchrismac
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not sure what an outlier is or why it was detected. I have to justify my rating with a review. So here's the review...this beer rocked. Period.

Photo of AmishLightning
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mcwill51
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint, 6 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a deep amber that reflects almost red if held to the light. Head is dark brown and small. It recedes quickly with no lacing. Smell is a bit muted but I get bread, caramel, toffee, and maple, maybe a hint of vanilla. Reminds me of a old ale a bit as it warms. Taste is malty and toasted with some rich caramel and maple coming through again. Some sweet dark fruit in there that reminds me of raisins. There are some bitter hops on the end but just enough to clean up the sweetness that presents in the middle. Finish is dry and slightly bitter from the hops. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy and sticky but doesn't linger. Dangerously sippable given a 9.1% ABV. Overall it doesn't blow me away but I can't come up with any glaring flaws either other than maybe the nose could be more prominent. A very nice American Strong Ale worth a look.

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

Photo of JMUduke
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a dark brown with red highlights. Tan head that leaves a ring and some lacing.

Nose has some dried fruit, malt, some booziness.

Taste reminds me a little of a Belgian ale. Malt up front with some sweet fruit. No booze in the taste. Very smooth.

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Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,239 ratings.