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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 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.

Photo of jaemeno3
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pintwacky
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hoppy91
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1koolrule
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brewlinson
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of samtrillo
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbryan5
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Hozat
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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