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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

2,362 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,362
Reviews: 930
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 54
Gots: 305 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-12-2002

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Ratings: 2,362 | Reviews: 930
Photo of derkfromwi
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hairy Eyeball pours a dark amber color with a large lacing head. There is a sweet, marshmellow like aroma. The taste is also sweet, nice malty backbone with sweet dry fruit flavors. Great body great flavors. Overall a great drinkable complex beer.

Photo of TheKitsch
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wrigfen
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BFCarr
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jsanmarco
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hreb
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle served in pub glass. Beer is crimson in color with a moderate tan head, and pours very syrupy. Bold malt aroma. Flavor is rich, simultaneously sweet and bitter on opposite ends of my palate. This is obviously a strong ale (this year's label says 9.1%), but there's no ethanol burn, just strong flavors. And it's not afraid to put some IBUs in there too. American barleywine, perhaps?

I'm really enjoying the balance of this and I have to say I think it's seriously underrated.

Photo of RickS95
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a relatively clearish burgundy brown color. The color of a red wine, but on the clear side. The head slowly forms and when it does, it's a glorious sight of foamy peaks. Off white in color, this thing retains for quite a while. On the sides, a lovely sticky lace.

A malt bomb. Lots of dark malts that present an almost fruity scent as it warms. A hint of brown sugar in the nose. Not much in the way of hops and despite the load of malts and high ABV, there's not much alcohol scent.

This thing packs a flavor punch. All the malts come together and provide a boatload of earthy, grainy flavors. Kind of a toast, bready flavor with a splash of dark ripe fruit and an earthy taste from the hops.

It was still a little on the cold side when I had this, but it's got a nice balance between sweet up front and bitter in the finish. Again, the alcohol is never a bully, only making a cameo in warming, lingering finish. Despite the clearish complexion, it's full bodied and a bit on the creamy side.

Overall, this is top notch. For something so high in ABV, it's exceptionally easy to drink and goes down a bit too easy giving how strong it is. I bought bombers of this for $6 a piece. I stole them.

Photo of meehandennis
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NonicPanic
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajm5108
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lots of raisin and some rum peach on the nose & the taste, a little boozey on the finish, nice medium bread maltiness to add some warmth.

Photo of danoble1
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dripa8
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Loganbrau
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AllanPatchin1016
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had one that was a bit.... soy saucy. It is Lagunitas so I am definitely willing to try it again.

Photo of WoostaBia
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcruelty
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aight. It IS boozy though. Label says "perihelial release"-- not sure what that means.

perihelial: noun, plural perihelia [per-uh-hee-lee-uh, -heel-yuh]. Astronomy
1. the point in the orbit of a planet or comet at which it is nearest to the sun.

Still not entirely sure

Photo of paresis
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nhoelzen
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgiordano88
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SicemWT
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of charlesjwinkler
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Iamleoromo
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,362 ratings.