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Hairy Eyeball Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Hairy Eyeball AleHairy Eyeball Ale

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very good

2,098 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,098
Reviews: 860
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 48
Gots: 150 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of utopiajane
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.79/5  rDev -1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of beer-princess
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of nimrod979
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,098 ratings.