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Hairy Eyeball Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Hairy Eyeball AleHairy Eyeball Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,363 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,363
Reviews: 930
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 54
Gots: 305 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 2,363 | Reviews: 930
Photo of ckessler222
4.86/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent strong ale. Well balanced with a sweetness coming from both malt and yeast. Potentially dangerous.

Photo of Southerndiscomfort
4.82/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another great beer from a top notch brewery. Malt forward but has hops and drinkable as fuck. Lagunitas never rips you off on price for high grav brews.

Photo of jerlleutz
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just delicious, taste, smell, lay, the whole yard.

I bought a sixer of this gruel, and it gets better every bottle.

The lacing worked for me, too, and the color is the darkest of coppers out there. The smell of molasses, sundries, and road trip forced me to dive head-in.

The taste is borderline cloying, but with this ABV and this much blackness in flavor, maybe I'm off-mark, but this is probably my only, albeit, jab at this one. Paired with the right food, this may be irrelevant. Food? And beer? Wow, what a night! I think the recession is over.

Great, thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Again, see above re sweetness.

Powerful, so start the night off with this one.

Photo of jcanalia
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very good beer. I'm always happy to buy bombers of most Lagunitas products because of their reasonable pricing policy on those products.

Photo of Jordanmtate
4.77/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very good strong ale! Great!

Photo of CCInCharge
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of radiantdesigner
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Liquid_Pete
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of RusImpStoLuv
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of jpd026
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of ZCW
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of stwok21
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of CorneliusBunker
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of darkksith
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the best American Strong Ale I have had yet. Wish I could find it in a 6-pack instead of on tap.

Photo of Dbrag
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of rphx88
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Hawkinsaj20
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of KFrank729
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Farewell_Transmission
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of jlivings757
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Jakkusu90
4.74/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Malty malty malty. With a roasted finish. Smell and taste caramel. Copper in color with a light off-white head, which fades quickly.

Photo of kraytb
4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Beautiful Taste, Wasn't sure what to expect when cracking open this beauty. Smooth and Flavorful, Low key Soy Sauceish taste but I love it. Can't wait to purchase it again!

Photo of JeffBob
4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW was speechless at first sip

A nice beautiful dark red

S hops and the smell of hiking through hay and wild flowers in the spring.

T So complex at first its kind of stoutish with some yummy chocolatey goodness, the the hops kicks in along with some spice and bright notes then chocolate again fading into a bitterish hopish after taste.

M thick and smooth a bit carbonated but given the dark complexity it is perfect.

O just peachy keen I love this beer.

Photo of irongator
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

drank at room temp. Bigtime alcohol presence. really no smell whatsoever. no hop presence. Lots of malt - malt and warm alcohol that burns your tongue. a little smoky taste to make me think of a cross between an Imperial stout and a doppelbock and a wee heavy. I will be drinking the hell out of this beer, every christmas!

Photo of mooseisloose
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a name, bizarre yet intriguing, I've picked up a six of this before but it was so good, it got downed without a review. Well I scored another, marked at 8.83% ABV, so let's give it a whirl. Popping the top yields a delicious smell of brown sugar, molasses and black and hint red licorice. Pours to a nice translucent deep red brown with a thin tan head. Taste of this brew is complex. It starts with a chewy roasted malt base and progresses to a black licorice flavor with a molasses and anise slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is extraordinary. It starts almost syrup thick then zests ion the middle with carbonation and thins (not overly so) but still sticks to the ribs. This is a perfect example of this style and a very delicious brew. This brew can be very sneaky at 8.83% ABV. This beer is also an extreme value as a six pack sells for less than most four packs of equal or lesser quality. Keep up the good work Lagunitas. May have to cellar a few to see what pans out in a year or two.

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Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,363 ratings.