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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

1,905 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,905
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 34
Gots: 102 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-12-2002)
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adamette

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from a 2009 bottle into my Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale glass. I did not observe a freshness date if there was one.

A Great light brown generous 3 inch head over a mohogany translucent body with visible carbonation rising up. Really great look.

S Sweet malt with the outline of hops. The hops are well presented as a frame for this beer's smell. The smell cannot be improved. Inviting and complex, the alcohol can be smelled as well.

T Divine. Malt predominates as it is mostly sweet but that frame of hops detected in the smell is picked up (appropriately secondary to the malt and barley) in the taste. Really great rounded, balanced beer.

M A big beer with 8.7% ABV (according to the label on my 12 oz. bottle anyway) and big tastes of malt with the secondary hops.

D I would likely drink only 2 or 3 but I savor every last drop of this one.

Notes: This is the one and only time that I bought a case of any beer since I really started getting into finding and rating a lot of different beers. I did so since last year I was so impressed with this one and I went back to the same store (World Wines and Liquor in Mentor) to discover that it is a seasonal. I was not going to let that happen again. Also it was an early (not the first) craft beer that really turned me on to the scene. Really though, this is a great beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 01:19:52 | More by adamette
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark, yet transparent. Garnet-red when held up to the light. Light brown at a glance. The head retains in a splotchy pattern and leaves bubbly sheets of lacing

S- Sweet, mellow bourbon essence created by vanilla and caramel fumes. Savory aromas of sweet potatoes and pumpernickel rye bread

T- The flavor is a masterpiece. It brings out the greatest aspects of beer and leaves all the rest lurking in the shadows. Too much for words. See for yourself with a sip. Would be a 5, but could use a darker roast profile.

M- Smooth and sticky with a slick, refreshing quality

D- I don't know what this beer is, but it works fine as a nightcap

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 05:30:39 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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pjwilson

California

4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: bright amber red color, very deep dark. Nice head

smell: smooth gingerbread malty smell, nice caramel. yeah, smells like cookies, for real.

taste: great, great beer. There is little to no hop flavor, but huge hop bitterness, in a good way. Most of the actual flavor comes from chocolatly tasting malts, more smooth malts with a puckering bitterness. Yet, down in a straight forward easy to comprehed way. I was gonna cellar this but why? I got the last 6 in sac so they told me and it won't last long...
edit: yeah, taste's like plums, figs, candy. Just a fantastic beer, unique and can't get enough of this stuff

mouthfeel: unbeatable quality for a beer of this strength, great mix of thick and thin. fuckin' great sipping beer, you know it's 9 percent because the bottle says so, but you don't care, it's so good you just keep rockin'.

drinkability: for a beer of this strength, completely in check. This isn't like Bigfoot, where or two bottles tops feels like the limit. This stuff is highly drinkable, only the bitterness hold you back....but it's so balanced it just works right.

I highly recomend this beer, I;m sure it would be good in a different way with some cellaring, but I don't think I need to wait because it's so good already.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2006 05:49:23 | More by pjwilson
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bishopia

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-17-2014 02:49:53 | More by bishopia
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a dense but clear deep brown body with a slightly red hint in the light. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the spongy tan head. After a moment the head sags to a thick meniscus but last for most of the beer.

S- This beer has a smooth full malty nose with a slightly dry light caramel note and a faint coffee malt hint.

T- The taste of sweet lightly toasted malt has some caramel qualities and lightly roasted notes for support. There is a brown sugar note that fades to a soft pine note in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture and no real alcohol heat.

D- This beer has a nice big malt profile that is not too sweet and the alcohol is very well hidden. This makes a great sipper but it really catches up to you with the 8% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 19:52:49 | More by rhoadsrage
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AnEscapedMind

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

12-09-2013 02:13:57 | More by AnEscapedMind
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bpascale

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-08-2014 02:34:20 | More by bpascale
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Scott4_

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I wish this wast not a seasonal beer! I really like this beer! I think it is barrel age
or bootle conditioned, it is very smooth. I am really picky about beer. I live in Europe and
enjoy dark beer. I have to wait til next year to buy some more. classic winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2014 02:13:18 | More by Scott4_
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aleslover

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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Florida

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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thereal_adam

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-13-2014 03:17:56 | More by thereal_adam
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Florida

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

02-14-2014 23:44:35 | More by kratsmit
Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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