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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

2,094 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,094
Reviews: 858
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 48
Gots: 147 | FT: 1
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with 1 finger of a very light tan head. Body is clear with moderate amounts of visible carbonation.

Smell: Bready malt, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruit, floral hops.

Taste: Big sweet maltiness, brown bread, floral hops, raisins, slight nutiness. Huge malt bomb, but balanced out really well with a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Fuller end of medium bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium

Overall: Really good beer and a good value as well.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If not for any other reason, you've got to try this beer just so you can say you drank a Hairy Eyeball. Aside from the catchy name, this is a really good beer. At nearly 9% abv, it reminds me of a Bass Pale Ale... on steroids! Has the same soft malty aroma as Bass, but that's where the softness stops. Pours a dark gold color. Strong malty, hoppy flavor. Smooth, bitter finish. Liked this beer more with every sip it took. Thumbs up. Recommended.

Rating by Tommy from BrewFanatics.com

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep raison like color with good carbonation and a dirty white head. Nose is sweet, burnt, brown sugar, caramel. Taste is molasses, caramel, brown sugar, with some dark fruits on the end. Mouthfeel has a light sourness, booze tinge with a stickiness. Pretty good and drinkable.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Pints O Plenty for $1.70.

Appearance: Dark brown with clear reddish highlights. Off white to light brown head is huge, filling most of the snifter. Good retention, great lacing.

Smell: Very sweet. Caramel, honey, toast. Some sweet citrus hops. No trace of alcohol.

Taste: Dark caramel malts are sweet and toasty. More hops flavor than smell and just enough hops bitterness to help offset that huge sweet malt load. Finish is toasty and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Very soft. Despite the excellent head, it seems a little (just a little) undercarbonated. This beer has enough body to stand a little more carbonation without making it feel too light. Smooth and just slightly sticky.

Drinkabilty: I've avoided this beer for a couple of years for some reason. I wont anymore. This is a great, malt forward strong ale. Sweet and toasty.

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Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,094 ratings.