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Hairy Eyeball Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Hairy Eyeball AleHairy Eyeball Ale

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very good

1,799 Ratings

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Ratings: 1799
Reviews: 837
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-12-2002)
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4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Lagunitas Mason Jar glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A bready, toasty, and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate and dark fruits. Toasted malts with big upfront hints of biscuit, grains, toasted bread, chocolate, sweet caramel, toffee, nuts, and yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar and molasses. Subtle earthy hop hints. Big presence of dark fruit with hints of raisin, grapes, fig, plum, dark cherry, and prune. A pretty solid malty aroma that reminds me of a Doppelbock.

Taste: Like the aroma previews, a toasted, bready, and sweet malt driven taste with good notes of dark fruit and chocolate. Upfront taste of toasted malts with notes of biscuit, grains, chocolate, toasted bread, sweet caramel, toffee, yeast, and nuts. Sweet taste of brown sugar and some molasses. Big taste of dark fruit with notes of grapes, raisin, plum, fig, dark cherry, and prune. Subtle presence of earthy hops. A very solid malty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, silky, slick, and slightly syrupy. Some booze heat is felt.

Overall: A very solid malt driven brew. Good toasty and bready malt taste with some nice dark fruit undertones. A lot like a Doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 08:12:15 | More by MattyG85
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Alberta (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle.

Appearance- Pours a deep chestnut brown, with amber highlights and a finger width of creamy head.

Smell- Caramel malts, dark fruit, earthy hops, hint of cocoa, brown sugar, toffee.

Taste- A lot of sweetness from malts, caramel and dark fruits, along with some moderate bitterness from the earthy hops. Finishes with a nice touch of sweet caramel malts.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- Some may find the flavour to be a bit cloying, but for me, I think it is a well balanced sweetness. An enjoyable American Strong Ale sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 06:18:26 | More by leaddog
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3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

9.4% ABV confirmed per the label. 56.66 IBUs. O.G. 1.090. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art and branded scrotum blue pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local CO bottle shop and served into an EKU 28 stem-snifter in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. No style is identified on the label.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of white colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Has a nice smooth even consistency. Inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes.

Body colour is a very dark nontransparent sanguine. Rich. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it looks generally appealing but is far from unique or special.

Sm: Raisin, amber malts, cream, faint vanilla, caramel, dark malts, marshmallow, and some dark fruit - mainly grape with some plum there too. The dark fruit is a highlight for me personally. Some rum/sugarcane. Burnt sugars.

No hop character, yeast character, or alcohol is detectable. It isn't an alive aroma. Mild in strength.

T: Rum, dark fruit (grape, plum, cherry), dark malts, light vanilla, cream, caramel, burnt sugars, raisin, and a kiss of anise. It's an interesting build, but I have trouble identifying a clear style. Sort of an American take on a Belgian Strong Dark Ale? Balanced enough, with fair complexity and some limited subtlety. It's not intricate or nuanced. Has some unbecoming bitterness.

No alcohol, yeast character, or hop character comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Scratchy and rough on the palate; it has an assaulting distracting presence. Full-bodied and thick. Overcarbonated. Not as soft as would be ideal. Lightly syrupy.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, or astringent.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV. I'll manage to kill this bottle alone with relative ease. That said, it's not a fantastic strong ale. The dark fruit notes are interesting, but ultimately this is a pretty middle-of-the-road strong ale and I wouldn't pick it up again.


Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 01:16:47 | More by kojevergas
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3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with amber hues when held to the light. Smaller brownish head dissipates slowly and leaves behind only tiny spots of lace.

Smell: Both white and red grape aromas alongside caramel and a touch of woodieness/piney aromas. Smells good, but more subtle and harder to pinpoint exactly.

Taste: Begins immediately with an off-putting metallic flavor. Luckily, this doesn't stay around long and turns into a sweet red wine flavor. Notes of plum, molasses, and caramel mostly, with some piney hops coming through toward the finish.

Mouthfeel: Heavier in body with balanced carbonation. Finish is sticky, with a burning touch from the alcohol.

Overall: Definitely a good, but not quite great brew. The initial metallic taste was kind of odd and unexpected, but luckily does little to detract from an otherwise good beer. Definitely a sipper given its alcohol content; maybe something worth sharing on a winter day. Seems a lot like a barleywine to me...

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 00:06:23 | More by Mosstrooper
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4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a bomber poured into a pint glass

A - Dark, dark brownish-copper with a beige 3 finger head. Lacing coated the glass long after the brew was gone.

S - Shy but complex - Molasses, caramel, pine-resin, yeast with a very slight hint of band aid or piney-oil/petrol (I couldn't quite put my finger on it). I know that sounds off putting but it wasn't in the least.

T - Creamy and full of malt, caramel, raisins. With 9.4% ABV you could feel the warmth of the alcohol.

M - Medium carbonation and body with a dry finish that made you want to enjoy another sip.

O - You definitely feel the 9.4% ABV. An enjoyable beer and I look forward to having another sometime soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 23:50:17 | More by jj139
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New York

3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's dark brown with no real head or lacing. It's basically crystal clear. Seems flat, but the look of it. There's a nice bubblegum scent there. It's smokey with a sweet candy taste, true to the scent. It's a strong, full-bodied ale. Bold alcohol. A bit too bold...quite frankly, but a real nice drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 22:52:33 | More by Amalak
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3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark copper colored with a short off white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: very malty, dark stone fruit, fig, tangy balsamic vinegar

T: very malty, biscuit, bread, dark fruits, eatery, sweet

M: full bodied with lower carbonation, alcohol is there but mild

O: surprisingly un-hoppy for Lagunitas, tasty if in a malty mood

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 02:45:03 | More by M_C_Hampton
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3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark reddish-copper color with a thick head into my glass. The label offered little clue on what to expect from this ale.

Pine tar, molasses and a slight touch of citrus greet the nose. Smells almost like a barleywine.

Of course, what sets this apart from an actual barleywine is a stronger emphasis on the hops themselves. Never gets TOO hoppy though.

Pine and citrus combine with molasses at the back of the throat. Surprisingly clean finish with minimal heat.

Easier to drink than a few other examples of the style (Arrogant Bastard comes to mind) and well worth the purchase if you want to go beyond the usual cycle of IPA-DIPA-IPA (like myself).

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 15:22:17 | More by Brad007
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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip. allowed to sit about 20 minutes before first sip.

A - dark brown with a slight ruby like hue, clear, and inviting. looks nice in the light

S - really not a strong smell, but what there is, maybe caramel, maybe raisin....smell reminds me of a dopplebock, right or wrong, but get some fig type funk I like.

T - Wow. Raisin, plum, fig, sweet, boozy, warming...layers. Love it, a lot going on here and it is all good.

M - Sticky, warming sugar. Makes me think of Christmas, but it is January, and not your loaded with nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon crap. Just pleasant, inviting, and warm. Boozy, but balanced.

O - Just wow. Sweet, delicious, wish I had another, and you know I am going to run out and find more before it is gone. Do not know what I expected, but man this is good stuff. And a decent price point for what it is, most breweries would charge $8.99 for what I just paid $5.99 for. Lagunitas is class, where is the $8.99 is the same, just drop the cl...

Get this. Try this. Really good offering...

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 03:04:17 | More by whiterabbit
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New York

3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear amber red with a slightly yellowed head on top. After a few minutes and the head dissipates it leaves some lacing on the glass. Not much visible carbonation.

S: First thing I notice is a dark fruit tone that gives way to a malty bready character. Booze is evident. Reminds me a bit of an abbey dubbel.

T: Starts off with the dark fruits that are evident in the aroma. Hops have some flavors in there. Nice carmely and roasted malt aspect too. Alcohol is a bit strong.

M: Medium body with a sorta thin mouthfeel for being so strong. Crisp finish, a touch hot.

Overall a good price and one that would be interesting to age. A bit forward now but has qualities that would add some layers of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 01:55:09 | More by CloudStrife
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4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

General - Found a 22 oz. bottle of this at a local store and picked it up to be enjoyed over new years. I missed that by a couple of days but that's OK, it's doesn't go bad that's for sure! I poured it into a New Belgium Tulip style glass for the review.

Appearance - A perfectly clear beer with an almost reddish hue to it. The head is slightly off white and is comprised of a foam rather than individual bubbles. The head clings to the glass and gives a lovely lacing as it is enjoyed.

Aroma - A malty hit up front with a hint of alcohol. At 9.4% I completely understand that alcohol hit but it is more pronounced than I would like.

Taste - There is a nice smooth malt to this with a slight alcohol burn. I love it, for an american strong ale this thing hits the mark. It is almost a little of a coffee flavor to it. A touch of astringency from the alcohol that dries out the mouth after each sip.

Mouthfeel - This seems to coat the mouth in a thin vail of boozy goodness. Moderate level of carbonation seems to fit with this beer really well.

Overall - A very good example of an american strong ale. If you see this you are fortunate and should buy it. If you don't like high alcohol beers, I would stay away from it because the alcohol warming is the biggest piece of this beer, otherwise it is a good one to have. One top of that it taught me a new word "Perihelial" because the label says it is the Perihelial Release. Look it up.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 22:52:48 | More by BeerEngineer
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3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 5.49. As with most Lagunita's beers, any bottle dating eluded my search. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a nice clear ruby chestnut with a half finger of pale, sandy froth. The head lingers and leaves specks of lace.

The nose seems slightly subdued. There is an unfortunate astringent cleanser-like aroma but there are a few more pleasant notes like caramel, canned fruit, brown sugar and faint earthy, floral hops.

Tastes of toffee, caramel, earth, nutty, brown sugar, bread crust, simple syrup, cranberries, floral hops, mild cocoa, piney bitterness and a solid dose of booze. Alot of things going on. Really reminds me of an English barleywine more than an American strong ale.

Syrupy, slick medium full body with moderate carbonation. Lingering bitter earthy finish with traces of toffee and caramel.

A departure from what I expect from both Lagunitas and American strong ales. Not necessarily bad but surely different. But it's cheap enough that I might grab another bottle to age and possibly enjoy in a year or two as the English barleywine I think it wants to be.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 03:47:29 | More by ThickNStout
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is incredibly good. However, "American Strong?" Of course no such BJCP category, but even if elsewhere I would assume this would at least be more aggressive hop-wise. No: this is your good old Strong Scotch Ale with caramelization, Maris Otter and Munich-like goodness. Sweet malt dominates with complex profile malt wise and a slight bitter in the background.

No peated malt, but that that's NOT necessary for Scotch Ale.

Luxurious deep sweet malt flows over the palate seeking a home and leaving the mouth wanting more.

The alcohol is obvious, but only strong support as it licks the roof of the mouth reminding you, eh, "strong?"

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 00:54:16 | More by kencarman
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3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter

A Dark transparent mahogany. One finger tan khaki head fades slow. Little lacing or carbonation.

S Definitely grainy. Rye is prominent. Sweet malts. Almost like smelling a Barqs. That's cool.

T Quite a bit going on. When cold, the malt was too prominent. Too sweet. Crystallized sugar. Coffee follows. Light rye flavor. When warmed up the complexities became a little more agreeable. Not as sweet. Some cocoa. I'm getting very much rye. Has the usual Lagunitas bitterness.

M A little foamy from the malts, which are abundant. Slick and buttery. Has a boozy hot finish.

O Ahh, with this one I don't really know. I love it one moment and dislike it the next. The first sip when cold was bad. Way too sweet. However it did smooth out when it warmed. Just seemed like too much of everything (malt, hops, coffee, rye, toffee, booze) that it all conflicted with the others. I wouldn't say it was bad, but I wouldn't say it was great. Just a middling brew. No knock on Lagunitas here. I dig a lot of their brews but this one isn't my fave. This may be pretty interesting with a year, maybe two, on it.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 04:59:55 | More by PieOhMy
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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into Lagunitas Mason Jar

A: Dark mahogany color, crystal clear with a light tan head that is very dense and creamy when poured aggressively. Good lacing and head lingers for a while. Looks good.

S: Slightly sweet, a touch boozie and citrus hops.

T: Very nice smooth rich caramel malt sweetness with a nice boozie and hoppy combo that just flat out works. Delicious!

M: Full bodied beer with a nice warm sweetness that lingers after a touch of bitterness.

O: Extremely drinkable! I can not beleive this is 9.4 % abv, this tastes like it was a label mistake. You get some booze in the aroma and a little in the smell but the smoothness and caramel sweetness fools your mind into thinking this is closer to 5 % abv! (Updating my previous statement. Booze did come through and is very prevalent as the beer warmed up, but still delicious!)

What a great beer and just like all Lagunitas gems, very reasonably priced. At $3.99 for a bomber this is amazing and will buy again, you should too.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 04:23:18 | More by MarioM
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3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a deep red amber with a two finger head, but the appearance is probably the best part of the beer. There isn't much aroma at all. The taste Is largely a malty sweetness of caramel and bit of berry fruit taste. There is a slight hop presence, but the malt definitely is the main part of this beer. Overall this beer is good, but this runs on the sweeter side and needs something to balance it out. Worth giving a try considering its only 5 bucks.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 23:47:10 | More by CTbrew32
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3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- a deep clear borwn with a thick creamy light tan head. Great retention and lacing

S- mild and malty with some earthy hops

T- reminiscent of a barley wine, with deep caramel malt notes and again with the earthy hops

M-thick and full with a nice crisp bite from the hops. Unctuous

O- a great winter ale, giving all the spice and Christmas crap a miss

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 23:17:31 | More by delta490
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New York

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a 12 ounce pour in a tulip at 4th Avenue Pub on New Year's Day.

The appaearance was dark mahogany brown with a khaki colored head. The lacing was great as it left rings around the glass after each sip.

The smell was a little funky, not what I was expecting. It was a combination of malt, expired bread, roasted nuts, and cream. Kinda strange.

The first taste I found was a creamy malt. Not much is the way of hops, which could be a good thing. Brown sugar comes through as does toffee but when mixed with the overwhelming bread/malt flavor it's not the most pleasant.

Mouthfeel was decent. For a strong ale, I couldn't detect too much alcohol (in a good way). The creaminess of this beer was great but the lack of wanting another sip knocked this down a notch.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2014 13:42:22 | More by WheelsPSU
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4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I dont know what everyone else is drinking but this one is outstanding. Beautiful color, big malty aroma followed by big malty taste. Apples and pears, not very hoppy. Thats ok and I wonder if the lack of overbearing hops influences the lower scores a bit. Perfect for this time of year, great mouthfeel, easy drinking, yet packs one helluva punch. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 12:52:34 | More by RacerX5k
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North Carolina

2.89/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber purchased from Total Wine in Raleigh , NC 12/30/13

9.4% abv

Poured into a tulip Snifter from 22oz bottle.

A - deep amber in color when viewed in direct light. Reminds me of bread crust.

S - very off putting to me. It seems like someone opened a plastic bag of bread from the grocery store that had been soaking in water for a few days.

T - once again I'm picking up cheap grocery store brand bread soaked in water. Some caramel maltiness comes through with warming up. NO chocolate hints at all, like the Lagunitas' website says.

M - my lips are puckering, but in a negative, your body is telling you to quit drinking this way. Mild carbonation that is hardly noticed due to the overwhelming smell of fermented bread.

O - I'm not at all impressed with this beer. Lagunitas says this a beer you'd reach for on a hungover morning. I'd imagine so, if one wanted to evacuate anything consumer from the night before. Not a great candidate for a Strong Ale. Seriously...what's with all of the hype with this brewery?

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 03:46:11 | More by jerefreakinmiah
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New York

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a brilliant and fiery copper with good clarity. It's thick in the pour and the bubbles rise very slowly to a head of off off white foam. It's a thin head that falls fast but leaves a ring and a film on top. The stream of effervescence in the center of the glass is slow and lazy.

Nose at first reminds me of canned fruit cocktail. Syrupy and sweet with pineapple. Over ripe orange and orange peel and thankfully some lemon. There's some spice on this , predominantly cinnamon but there is also some soft clove and I can't make up my mind if I notice ginger or not. There is a mild touch of alcohol on the nose as the beer warms. There is a strong floral or berry like quality as well.

Taste is met in the first sip by a sharp bite of alcohol. It doesn't achieve medicinal or fusel but it's sharp. Then you notice a syrupy sweetness. Subsequently it smooths out a bit. The taste is dark caramel. brown sugar, syrup, it could a have a nutty presence but is shy and a spice character that's heavy. The drink is slow and sluggish and it does not travel the palate well. The carbonation is not enough to lighten the sticky syrupy body. The finish is a slightly bitter, a hodepodge of spice and sweet fruit and a reminder of that alcohol and some warmth. Astringent int he finish and a bit flat . overall it lacks luster and courage. It's unctious,and a bit cloying. I think this is just ok.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 17:03:00 | More by utopiajane
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3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 12.1.13

A - Pours a dark cola brown with a huge light tan head with good retention.

S - Subtle, malty and sweet.

T - Malty, acidic-woody. Unimpressed.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Mild and subtle all around. Decent flavors, but nothing memorable or complex.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 03:28:33 | More by HuskyinPDX
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3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64oz growler (with a cozy!) into newish 16oz mason jar stemware. (For transparency's sake, we didn't do a great job of washing out the moscato we had been drinking.)

A- Beer poured a nice clear velvety amber with a pretty significant opalescent head (took up the screw part of the mason jar, maybe a finger and a half of haphazard, Jackson Pollack-esque lacing).

S- Pretty wheaty, with a good amount of dark fruit, toffee, and malt.

T- Mildly bitter, cocoa up front and raisin in the back, with a smooth caramel throughout. The coffee and nuts unfurled their subtle banners in the fourth quarter.

M- A tingly creaminess, like drinking icy-hot. Consistent but light carbonation. The alcohol burns a little. It's a strong beer.

O- It's a little too bitter for my taste, but it's a good winter beer. I'm into the dark fruit. I'd get it again.

Serving type: growler

12-29-2013 23:54:49 | More by beer-princess
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3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tall weizen glass.

Appearance: Clear amber color. Creamy beige head that settles to an 1/8" foam that lingers the entire beer. moderate lacing.

Smell: Boozy with nondescript dark fruits swirling around. Getting boozier as it warms.

Taste: Syrupy sweet booziness. Dark fruits, roasted malts, Mild hop presence on the end helps cut the sweetness. Nothing REALLY stands out but it's a decent beer. Reminds me of a barleywine.

Mouthfeel:Thick & syrupy. Mild carbonation. Bit of alcohol heat lingers and gets heavier as it warms.

Not a favorite from Lagunitas but it's alright and the price points are usually a great aspect.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 20:41:43 | More by nimrod979
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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark red /amber color. Poured a creamy 1/2 finger head. Awesome trailing and lacing.
S- Raisins, plum, dark cherry, caramel, and booze.
T- Raisins, plum, dark cherry, caramel, tropical fruit, spicy hops, a hint of dark chocolate, and something like nutmeg...
M- Medium body with crisp carbonation - almost syrupy. Very drying.
O- I'm grading this as it tasted cold. The warmer it got, the less I liked it. The booze just became too prominent as it warmed. This beer is pretty complex with tons of different flavors going on. the ABV is never really hidden, but the flavors are good enough to distract you for a while. I can't say I'll ever have it again, but I recognize quality when I taste it.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 19:03:34 | More by tmm313
Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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