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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

2,254 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,254
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 51
Gots: 260 | 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 Auraan
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a gorgeous clear reddish brown body with a half-finger of off-white head. A very appealing looking rich strong ale. Scents of rich malt, caramel, dark fruit with notes of plum, red cherry, prune and raisin, candied, liquor-soaked fruit and fruitcake. Cherry predominates the fruit aromas with a bready malt aroma also present and hints of brown sugar. Overall impression of aroma is of a sweet, rich, malty beer with a nice rich fruitcake-like aroma lent by the alcohol and the profile of the fruity esters. Quite nice and very appealing as a Winter ale. Flavor begins sweet and malty with notes of caramel, sweet bready malt, fruitcake, cherry, raisin and prune. The middle opens up flavors of alcohol and light chocolate malt flavors. Finish is medium-sweet, with notes of alcohol and dark fruit, with further notes of fruitcake and preserved fruit, but with a light bitterness from roast and toasted malt lending a roasted malt and slightly burnt toast flavor and hints of dark chocolate. Aftertaste is lightly bitter with notes of alcohol, dark chocolate, black coffee and roasted malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a very malt-forward, dark fruit heavy, sweet initial flavor, giving way to a bitter finish that keeps the beer from being cloying. Very nice, warming and pleasant, a good ale for a cold Winter night. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with medium-light carbonation and a sticky, rich feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good strong ale, warming, rich and full, but not overwhelming. Overall this is a fantastic strong ale. It has a wonderfully rich and sweet aroma that is a wonderful mix of malt and esters. This carries over into the flavor but is aided by roast malt lending a richer, deeper, darker flavor. The mouthfeel is a nice balance between rich and full, and modest and drinkable. A very fine ale all around and well worth drinking.

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

Photo of poriggity
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall, a decent beer, but a little boozy for my liking.. You can really tell there is booze in this thing.. Given the price, it's totally worth it for the little bit of boozy feeling you get from it. I think I paid $5 for a bomber.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 5 - Pours a beautiful, dark ruby and mahogany brown. The red hues within the brown remind me of Founder's Backwoods Bastard. Forms about a finger of light tan, decently dense head. Low head potential, medium head retention. Spotty lacing left on the walls of the glass.
S - 3.50 - Not complex, but bold. Strong malts, blackstrap molasses and perhaps a slight hint of caramel. Strong and simple.
T - 3.75 - Quite complex and hard to pin down. Lots of malt and molasses, touches of scotch ale, touches of bock style, light caramel sweetness. Reminds me a lot of Founder's Curmudgeon if you've had it.
F - 4.75 - Really nice, oily and creamy, decently thick mouthfeel.
O - 4.50 - A good brew. This seems more like a food pairing brew to me than a standalone experience. Would work wonderfully with smoked and braised meats. I recommend giving this one a shot.

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

Photo of hipHOPSanonymous
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HopintheSouth
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,254 ratings.