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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

2,232 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,232
Reviews: 896
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 49
Gots: 242 | 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 Alemmon3
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ToddSoonerFan
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wils1705
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CBear88
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely delicious. Smooth and way too easy to drink.

Photo of jvodom
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.51/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark sugar nose, light fruit, molasses with some spice. Pours clear dark amber with a 1” very finely bubbled, lightly tan tinted white foam cap that leaves rich lace. The beer is clean with no particles or sediment floating in the body. A big malty palate with a malt spiciness that suggests cola and anise and yeast driven fruit flavors, primarily plum or other dark red fruit. A big bitter finish answers a malty sweet beginning. In the end, malt, yeast, hops, and alcohol come into balance. A pleasant alcohol warming on the finish hints at the amount of alcohol in the beer. The beer is big and chewy, almost oily, with a moderate carbonation.

Photo of lloydboss
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of slipperysoup
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schoolboy
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I know I gave the hairy eyeball to this one years ago. It's a huge beer, full of wonderful character and loads of alcohol.

It is a thing to behold in the glass. Reddish with loads of head and lace. The aroma is a strong mish-mash of malts. hops and a dirty yeast. Complex.

The taste is thick. Malty for sure, but with loads of hops to balance that and make it work. It is a busy taste. The malt will get you if you drink it too fast, like I am. All that taste almost buries the alcohol, but if you don't know that a malty, thick ale like this is full of booze you are in for a surprise.

There were some interesting comments in other reviews. No, ageing this would not make it mellow. It would get too sweet. The comment that it is like a fully realized ESB is right on. Americanized. As usual with Lagunitas, this is very worthwhile. Get it while you can.

Photo of mooseo
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisBanks
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Tilly
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, deep blood orange colour with a khaki foam which fades quickly and leaves lace on thee side.
Aromas of toffee and cherry.
Tastes of malt, chocolate and cherry.
Creamy mouth feel with low carbonation. Good bitterness, real good!
Great beer from Lagunitas.

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Strong, sweet, deep, ruddy-reddish brown, and smoothly bitter, this perihelial release is big and rich, but also only a bit syrupy and largely fairly restrained. Compared to a lot of Strong Ales, this actually pretty light: certainly not buoyant, but thinner than many, and less dark in its malt-profile and color. Somehow "Hairy Eyeball" seems apt—but I'm not entirely sure I can articulate how. Mostly, however, it's just very drinkable for a big-abv, malt-sugary ale; and—while it's definitely the stuff of chill winter-eve drinking—it hits its marks and does its job.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can't say this is one of my favs from lagunitas, but it's not bad. Fruity but with a strong flavor component that's heavy on the alcohol. Seems a bit lost and confused, busy but lacking focus. I suppose my extreme love for hop stoopid could be affecting my opinion here, as they are very different beers.

Photo of RobTheKnob
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WMbeer
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MSandahl23
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ohiovania
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spacecake9
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear dark amber color with a small white head and lacing on the sides.
S - Smells of dark cherries and malt.
T - This is one smooth strong ale. I refer to beers like this as "soft" because they envelop rather than shock your taste buds. No sharp edges here. Malty with just a hint of sweet fruit. 9.4% alcohol and you would never suspect it.
M - Full mouth feel with low carbonation.
O - Another great beer from Lagunitas. I almost passed on this one. I have to stop doubting these guys.

Photo of retry4z
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BH712
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nick_isthatstillcool
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmgeng
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Lagunitas and I've been on a Strong Ale kick so this was a win-win for me.

A - Ruby, brown color that is quite striking. Clear with a coarse white head and nice lacing.

S - A very rich character with malt, toffee, some hops, and some dark fruit present. This is a very complex aroma with some alcohol and caramel in the background. It has a traditional ESB, fruity yeast character but to the next level.

T - Matching the smells, the flavor is even more complex with tons of depth. I sense an american brown but with more hops, no chocolate character, and a strong toasted sugar flavor. The fruity yeast and hops are more predominant on the tongue with the malty, grainy, and toffee flavors mixing well together. There is a bitterness but it is in no way dominant and only lends a compliment to the rich malt character.

M - Full mouth-feel with light carbonation. It's lightly syrupy but isn't cloying with some residual bitterness and you can feel that it's alcohol level and attenuation are spot on to make this beer a winner.

Overall, a really delicious beer and definitely the best non-oaked strong ale I've had. This beer is a perfect winter warmer without too much palate punching but enough flavor to keep me admiring the glass. If you find this beer and like a robust strong ale this is a must try.

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Photo of Azpittil57
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,232 ratings.