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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

1,929 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,929
Reviews: 846
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 35
Gots: 108 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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

California

4.55/5  rDev +19.1%

Poured a ruby/amber with a big creamy, condensed tan head. Left great lace. Smells of malt, caramel a bit of fruit and spicy/citrusy hops.
Rich sweet malt flavor with dark brown sugar, fruit, baking spices and hints of nuts and creamy chocolate. Excellent balance with the citrusy/resinous hop profile Kinda reminded me a little of Deschutes Jubelale.
Medium to full bodied with a nice thick, rich and creamy mouthfeel. Great carbonation to lighten it up a little. The great balance and hiding of alcohol make this exceptionally drinkable. This goes down scary easy for an 8.8% brew.

02-20-2004 03:07:35 | More by rkhaze
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BeerAngel

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +19.1%

Pours a beautiful clear yet dark mahogany color with a massive tan head that lingers for quite some time. The blended scent of a light fruit, butter, roasted chocolate malt, and hops are combined superbly! The taste is a well balanced complex mix of roasted chocolate malt, light raison sweetness, just the right amout of hops. This is a medium bodied brew that finishes lightly sweet. This is a VERY good beer! The only thing that sort of slows me down drinking this one is it's richness. Almost like eating extremely rich fudge...it's delicious, but not too much.

Notes: So far this is by far my favorite brew from Lagunitas. It's smooth rich complex character is like a meal in a bottle. I will definitely have this brew again.

03-23-2004 03:08:53 | More by BeerAngel
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adamette

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +19.1%

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!

03-30-2009 01:19:52 | More by adamette
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JohnLasher92

New York

4.53/5  rDev +18.6%

Served from 20 or so oz. bottle into large beer glass which was frozen. Pours a great head, medium lacing. Appearance is very dark (the darker the better).. The first sip packs a wallop - strong alcohol content paired with a rich, creamy taste that keeps you sipping. There is a subtle hoppy background. Delicious to the last bubbly drop. So far this is my favorite beer of the few I've had. I would drink it over and over again. Very well done from Lagunitas. Overall, I would highly recommend this brew to anyone who enjoys the darker variety.

08-03-2014 23:09:02 | More by JohnLasher92
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +18.6%

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

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

California

4.53/5  rDev +18.6%

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.

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%

(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.

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%

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.

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

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-28-2013 01:01:26 | More by aleslover
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tweezer159

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

02-02-2014 06:12:34 | More by tweezer159
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rmjacobson

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-08-2014 03:51:08 | More by rmjacobson
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Rave

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

06-08-2014 23:27:42 | More by Rave
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Eurytos

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-14-2012 14:35:25 | More by Eurytos
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richbrew

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

11-15-2011 16:51:50 | More by richbrew
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JazzIPA55

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

12-30-2011 23:11:52 | More by JazzIPA55
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CWhite

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-10-2012 17:31:26 | More by CWhite
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stumac

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

12-19-2013 04:36:17 | More by stumac
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Paz8812

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

03-09-2014 21:29:08 | More by Paz8812
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FriedSlug

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

12-26-2013 01:04:26 | More by FriedSlug
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chefdave37

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

04-05-2014 21:47:46 | More by chefdave37
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BryantForestry

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-26-2014 04:59:40 | More by BryantForestry
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dandmc24

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-26-2012 11:02:18 | More by dandmc24
Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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