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Hairy Eyeball Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

1,972 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,972
Reviews: 847
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 38
Gots: 122 | FT: 1
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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

AGust82, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

JeffTheJuice, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Guitars_and_beer, Dec 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

meangreenc, Dec 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Swift989, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of JAFoley
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Deep clear amber body with a couple fingers of pale tan head. Nice lacing and retention.

S - Malty and sweet

T - Big malts; dark, smokey, chocolate, earthy, and sugary. Slight bit of pine hop throughout. Lots of flavor helps bury the ABV which is slightly more obvious in the aftertaste.

M - Medium/full body with moderate/light carbonation. Thick and syrupy yet washes away nicely.

O - This is great beer especially for the holiday season. And the high ABV pairs nicely with the snow we're getting in New England!

JAFoley, Dec 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

ScaryEd, Dec 17, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

TaborTime, Dec 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Canti4341, Dec 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

baconman91, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep mahogany colored body with heavy bubbles throughout, the off-white head with somewhat thin but rose ridiculously thick after a hard pour rising to maybe just over an inch.

Smell: Smooth roasted sugar and nutmeg, comes off very strong at first but dissipates very quickly.

Taste: Sweet caramel and nutmeg with the right touch of yeasty feel. Honestly after first sip this brew becomes very very addicting. I think I will be buying a few more bottles...tis' the season.

Mouth: mediu carbonation and with a sweet roasted sugar finish that feels a it like toffee. Not as sweet as toffee but just enough that it'll stick with you.

Overall: Very good beer, should be re-classified as an Imperial Winter Ale, has slight spiciness properties feel like your drinking a mellow gingerbread cookie. So if you're thinking what I'm thinking you would best pair this gem with your favorite dessert.

BlurryVisi0n, Dec 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another bomber of another "perihelial release" from Lagunitas Brewing Co. Expectations are fairly high, based on this knowledge. My bottle lists a 9.40% abv.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark caramel-mahogany colored body with about a finger and a half of fluffy creamy tan head. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is very unique and interesting. Bready caramel malt, hint of chocolate malt, brown sugar, toffee, and maybe a touch of alcohol, but lots of fruitiness, vegetals, and florals up front - reminiscent of cantaloupe, muskmelon, melon rinds, and gourds. Very interesting.

T - Taste is also interesting and unexpected. Brown bread, toffee, sweet sugary candied malt, caramel, syrupy alcohol, some grains / corn, and lots of hop fruitiness / bitterness - grapefruit, cantaloupe, melon.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy. Surprisingly light bodied for such a high abv beer, with good moderate carbonation.

Overall, an interesting and unique drinking experience from Lagunitas. As always, you clearly can't beat the quality of the beer for the price point, since I got this bomber for $4.99. Recommended.

Lagunitas The Hairy Eyeball Ale ---4/5.

mfnmbvp, Dec 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

brandon911, Dec 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

jimmah120, Dec 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

moarmare, Dec 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

jwat, Dec 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

BigTrubble, Dec 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

BrewmanCapote, Dec 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

bwarren82, Dec 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

EB1, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

JaBes, Dec 15, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark ruby brown and clear with a tan foam about a finger high that draped some lace as it slid down the glass

S: sweet and fruity, some spiciness and earthy dankness

T: malts suggest some cocoa and booze, fruity yeast and hop action bringing out orchard and holiday fruits and sweet spices; some toffee, some candi sugar, some pineapple, orange, and clove

M: smooth, slick, medium-bodied, flat, slightly sticky

O: a decent beer, but doesn't really do anything to identify itself as anything special

Greywulfken, Dec 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

coz, Dec 15, 2013
Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,972 ratings.