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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

2,237 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,237
Reviews: 896
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 49
Gots: 248 | 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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Photo of ckessler222
4.86/5  rDev +26.9%
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 +25.8%
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 +25.3%
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 Jordanmtate
4.77/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very good strong ale! Great!

Photo of CCInCharge
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of radiantdesigner
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of Liquid_Pete
4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of jpd026
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of ZCW
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of stwok21
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of CorneliusBunker
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of Dbrag
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of rphx88
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of Hawkinsaj20
4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of Jakkusu90
4.74/5  rDev +23.8%
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 JeffBob
4.73/5  rDev +23.5%
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 +23.2%
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 +22.7%
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.

Photo of Dmann
4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Top notch stuff here people. When I poured this beer it was a very dark amber red with a great head that left large ammounts of lacing around the glass. The smell was unique with a mix of carmel malts, various spices and a touch of cedar. This beers flavor was unique as well with a good dose of carmel malt sweetness which opens up into a nice subtle hop bitterness and spice flavors. The mouthfeel is nice and airy and complements the beer very nicely. This is another good beer from lagunitas.

Photo of blackcompg
4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Poured a quick 3 fingers of light mocha colored foam, body is a transparent and brilliant deep copper amber, nice gently carb rises consistently in the body, lacing is unbelievable, leaving thick rings after each quaff.

Smell - Dark fruits of fig and plum, candied cherry, peach marmalade, rich dark toffee, and freshly baked fruit/rum cake.

Taste - Starts with rich dark fruits of cooked rope plums and figs coated in brown sugar, candied cherries soaked in alcohol join with a flavor very much like amaretto. There is a rich slightly roasted malt and warm dark toffee backbone supporting all of this. Then near the end of the quaff the sweetness falls off just enough to allow some faint herbal hop notes and caramel coated citrus piths to develop, along with some candy coated peach pit.

Mouthfeel - There is a nice weight here, and this winter ale is on the heavier side of medium and almost mouth coating, but is kept in check with some light carb and the perfect amount of warming alcohol. The carb is creamy smooth and struggles to leave a few edges along the sides of the tongue. Perfect for a strong winter ale on a winter night.

Overall - This is what I think of for a winter ale - the flavors are perfect, bold, complex and balanced. Such an excellent and potent example of the style. I highly recommend that you get a few bottles of this and share with family and friends during the holidays. Perfection. Two thumbs way up, thank you Lagunitas.

Photo of amajors8
4.68/5  rDev +22.2%

Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,237 ratings.