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Hairy Eyeball Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,009 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,009
Reviews: 849
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 42
Gots: 127 | 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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Photo of 3sheets2wind
2.43/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

This is a very malty beer. Sweet, not much in the hops department. If I was given this blind I would say it was a one-note take on an abbey dubbel. It is a pretty beer. Garnet color with thick off-white head, but that is easily the strongest aspect of the beer. Unfortunately, appearance is also the least important aspect of beer enjoyment. Rare failure from lagunitas.

3sheets2wind, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

duceswild, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of quakeroatmealstout
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

quakeroatmealstout, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of lyletaka
4/5  rDev +4.4%

lyletaka, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of Zuidman
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Zuidman, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of OregonGrown7
4/5  rDev +4.4%

OregonGrown7, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, slight fruit, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with strong malt and slight caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a strong emphasis on the malt aspect all around.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of taylor714914
3/5  rDev -21.7%

taylor714914, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of prock180
4.25/5  rDev +11%

prock180, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of BeerNW
4.25/5  rDev +11%

BeerNW, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of Stinger80OH
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Stinger80OH, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of seandamnit
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't think this was that spectacular until it warmed up.
I'm still training my pallet to pick up on subtle tastes, so forgive me if the taste profiles I list are a little weird, but I taste sweet bread, very little hops, and the booze is well hidden.

Overall I thought this was outstanding for a strong ale at this price, and with this level of availability...I mean, I didn't even have to go to BevMo for this, it was at the local Ralph's grocery store.

seandamnit, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of barnzy78
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2013 release, 9.4% ABV
A - reddish-brown ale capped with a frothy beige head, excellent retention and lacing
S - earthy aroma, bready, brown sugar, chocolate
T - earthy, spicy, bready, malty, chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, faint peat, tends to be overly boozy at times
M - medium-full body, lower but ample carbonation
O - the first time I had this I was not a fan, but it is pretty good. Seems like a wee heavy of sorts with the huge malt flavors.

barnzy78, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of khargro2
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

khargro2, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of WritersBlock
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

WritersBlock, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of asallysal
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great beer from Lagunitas with an even better alcohol level...9.4%!
Pour slow because the head foams up fast. Easy sipping brew with not much of an after taste. The bottle goes down very easy with some delicious caramel notes. overall a great buy that i would drink again.

asallysal, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of Xandrose
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Xandrose, Dec 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

tdm168, Dec 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

jopezu, Dec 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

ChrisMon02, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of JohnnyK
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

JohnnyK, Dec 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

abex44, Dec 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Sparty55, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of Ankur
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Ankur, Dec 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

PatGreer, Dec 20, 2013
Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,009 ratings.