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Hairy Eyeball Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Hairy Eyeball AleHairy Eyeball Ale

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very good

1,952 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,952
Reviews: 847
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 36
Gots: 118 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

KevdoggNasty, Mar 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

mtnwesdew, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a reddish-brown color with a thin off-white head that burns out fairly fast. Thin spotty lacing. The aroma is on the sweet side with malt and plums, along with a touch of alcohol. Rich and smooth body with a nice toasted malt flavor, along with warming alcohol and dark fruit flavors. Some hops are in there but it could have used a bit more. The finish is sweet and toasty with a lingering malt aftertaste. Above average overall.

Dogbrick, Oct 05, 2007
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

sharpski, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

mattreitz49, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark red, approaching brown, body. Two fingers of dentable tan foam.

Sweet aroma, candied sugar cookies, a wee bit of alcohol.

Taste begins extra sweet, not just caramelly, put with a dusting of pixie stick. Not cloying though. Dark fruits washed in a light syrup. Enough hops to achieve some balance. Warming "fire in the belly".

Thick mouthfeel. Good drinkability, but two at a time might be a limit.

Good winter warmer, don't be put off by the name.

RonfromJersey, Feb 08, 2007
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

AHeaston8, Mar 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

I2uss, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of stonelis
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a deep dark red with a 2 finger head. Some fruity esters and very mild pine like hops. Very malty and sweet, kind of like a Dopplebock. Hint of raisins and brown sugar. This is tasty and easy to drink. I would seek out another one of these!

stonelis, Sep 15, 2010
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Niceroad77, Jan 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

jstewart1130, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

DarthGuitarHero, Mar 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

cvengeance, Feb 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

OB1, Jan 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

NooseJustice, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

TobyRoseman, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of azdback
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Deep dark orange red color. Head is about a finger of off white creamy goodness. The lace is quite sticky and hanging around in patches.

Smell is of floral and citrus hops. I also get some sweet malts. No alcohol at all, this being so high in ABV.

It has the same tastes that the smell gave. Sweet malts, almost molasses is taste. Hop is a bit orange in both sweetness and citrus in bitter. Kind of a caramel taste and some alcohol warming in the throat and belly.

The mouth is that of a barleywine. Sweet and rich to the end. I will even use silky to describe it.

The first couple of times I tried this I just drank it out of the bottle and I didn't like it that much. The strong taste of Belgium yeast was over powering. Not this time. It was poured into a glass and became a different beer. Quite enjoyable. If you get a chance to pick this one up... Do!! And don't sip it out of the bottle on a camping trip. Pour it out and let the beer do the talking.

azdback, Apr 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Zimm, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of SargeC
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber brew with a dense tan head.

Smell: Malt, caramel, toffee, dark fruit alcohol and sugar.

Taste: Very subdued flavor that I did not expect. The malt rides alongside some sweet fruit flavors that remind me of mince pie. Slight alcohol bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. The brew is very dry throughout the flavor.

Drinkablity: Interesting and unique beer. Not as over the top as I expected.

SargeC, Feb 19, 2008
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep ruby, slightly hazy with a very thin head.

S - Hops and alcohol present in the nose as well as sweet, tangy fruits and sugary malt.

T - Bitter with a Belgian yeast kick. Warming alcohol bite with faint carob aftertaste.

M - A nice smooth beer with a soft carbonation.

O - A good strong ale. Deeper flavors would have been nice but this is a solid brew.

BeerForMuscle, Jun 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

t_carterb, Jul 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

longisland1983, Mar 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Roger85, Mar 08, 2014
Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,952 ratings.