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Hairy Eyeball Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Hairy Eyeball AleHairy Eyeball Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,325 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,325
Reviews: 918
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 52
Gots: 288 | 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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Part of a semi-special beer birthday tasting. This 6 pack is from winter of '09. 2nd bottle that I have had (roughly 10-12 months apart).

Pours dark into my glass, but when held up to the light, it's actually dark ruby in color. Not a lot of lacing or head retention.

Wow carmel, toffee, malt bomb on the nose.

More of the same on the palate. Tons of malts, but not overly sweet. Pretty much nailed the hop profile to match the ridiculous grain bill.

Fairly thick syrupy after taste. Not bad, but a little sticky.

Despite the alcohol being well hidden, I'd definitely say this beer is a sipper. I'm not sure how much longer this beer will age. Will be interested in revisiting it in a few more months.

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Pours a clear dark ruby with a tan head. Nose is heavy with hops and a slight touch of alcohol...though not much. Flavor is heavily influenced by hops, but the alcohol seems to mute it a bit. And if my naiveté is skewing my judgment, the hops are definitely reigned in after being allowed to run out in the open for two seconds. In the overall sense, it is a good flavor pattern. Feel is a bit thin. Doesn’t seem to be a lot of carbonation on it. Overall it is a good brew. For a limited release though, I can’t say I consider it anything special. Just another hoppy release that is still good to try.

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On-tap at Smokin' Joe's Saloon, East Carson, Pittsburgh's South Side. This one really caught us off-guard since there was no description, just the title so we assumed it was an APA or IPA. NOT!

A= mahogany brown, modest tan head and some lacing.

S= toasted caramel, nutty notes, dry grasses, hints of maybe cherry or other fruits, nice nose of hops bitters and florals.

T= somewhat like mixing a solid IPA with a nice nut-brown. Best of both worlds, hops bitters and florals, burnt caramel/toffee and burnt nutty flavor, roasted malts.

M= slightly nutty but otherwise similar feel to an APA/IPA, plus some light syrup.

D= very drinkable with forewarning of what this beer is!

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Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,325 ratings.