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Hairy Eyeball Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Hairy Eyeball AleHairy Eyeball Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,243 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,243
Reviews: 898
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 50
Gots: 249 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

brown. very brown. nut brown ale type of brown. no head.
smells like a sweet nut brown from Newcastle. my bottle says 9.4%. and the story on the side of my bottle paints a terrible picture of utter uncomfortability. not how I want to feel. nor would I want to drink a warm 1/2 bottle of anything in that condition. also slight band aid flavor= aroma....
taste is . . . tangy. different, syrup-y, nut-brown-ale-ish, but tangy. I suppose it is categorized as a "strong ale". is that really a category, by the way?? or a catch-all for stuff that finds the cracks like coins and change in a seat cushion? thick. syrup-y (again). much thicker than it looks sitting in the glass... again, the impression is of a Newcastle, but hence, the reason for no foam.
lagunitas to me equals hops, much like stone used to. I was very happy to try this one because I thought it would be a high strength nut brown, but this is just way too syrupy for me. the smell turns out to be a warning rather than an oddity, after tasting it.
reading the other reviews of the past, I wonder if the recipe has changed. regardless, there are not many beers which are so totally toxic they do not deserve a 'decent' rating... let's call it a 'winter warmer' although it's still 72 degrees out at 5pm here on SoCal...

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

Served out of a 22 oz bottle on a cold foggy night in Boise. I thought the 9.4 alc would warm up the evening and it did. Dark amber with red highlights. Medium head, firm but collapsed quickly. Dark roasted malts, linger on the palette. Alcohol whispers through the hint of fruit. The near sweetness of barleywine but not quite. Do I taste oak? Close, it muses with the barrel but never delivers. On glass down, the frozen fog outside does not seem quite as cold. A very good winter tale. Cheers Nice story on the bottle's side panel.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

Pours a clear red-brown with a fluffy, cream-dolloped tan head that settles from two fingers to a suitable film. Good retention; sporadic stringy lacing.

Soap, spices, earthy hop aromas, pumpkin, and caramel malt.

Sweet, warm, and round. Raisins and cloves, robust hop funk, alcohol and overripe fruit at the finish.

Creamy feel overall (and a little boozy) with a medium body and good carbonation levels. Suitable aftertaste for the style and a lingering alcoholic warmth.

Fine beer.
This is a warm and filling beer that is rich and full-flavored in addition to being boozy enough for a cold winter night. Pleasing in every way that it could be. The flavors are bold enough without overtaking everything else and the subtlety of the alcohol's presence is something that other winter ales could learn a thing or two from.
Would have again; worth trying (especially if Christmas beers, et al. are your thing).

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on December 26, 2013.

The color is a reddish=dark amber with a short-lasting off-white head that dissolves completely. The lacing is also short lived.

Dark roasted malts and dark fruit or red grapes are the chief characters on the nose. There is also a brown sugar sweetness and a boozy quality the booziness reminds me more of a wine.

Medium to full body.

Like the aroma, the taste begins with a full barley malt character almost akin to a Barleywine with a subtle sweetness balancing off the the boozy finish. Hops linger at the end but so does a molasses-like sweetness. Interesting but I wonder how it would be after it cellared for a few months.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,243 ratings.