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Hairy Eyeball Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Hairy Eyeball AleHairy Eyeball Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,230 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,230
Reviews: 894
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 49
Gots: 238 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: burgundy/rusy body, finger khaki head
fine lacing

S: toffee, nuts, leather, tobacco, biscuit malt

T: semi-ripe fruit, leather, tobacco, smoky mild bitter finish

M: med mouth, firm oily/smooth balance

O: This LAG beer is quite approachable, not
as boozy many Strong Ales. Would get again.


Photo of thebigredone
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of Modernrickk
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of leaddog
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of fivetime
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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.


Photo of Mosstrooper
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
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...

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jj139
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Amalak
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,230 ratings.