The Hairy Eyeball
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
American Strong Ale
Ranked #115
Ranked #19,222
3.84 | pDev: 11.2%
Saturday at 06:53 PM
Jan 12, 2002
Very Good
The Hairy EyeballThe Hairy Eyeball
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Reviewed by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I was on quite a kick of this strong ale style at the time, and always a fan of Lags brews. This was no exception. I believe it's the best I've had to date, though the hopping level combined with the malt character is not really what I'm after these days.
Saturday at 06:53 PM
Rated: 4.5 by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands

Feb 17, 2022
Rated: 3.85 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 11, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
650 ml bottle, bought in the brewery store, consumed in Sacramento. Reddish brown colour. Nutty and moderately roasty malts in aroma and flavour, followed by piney American hops, seems somewhat unbalanced. The alcohol is not very well hidden. Not my favourite from Lagunitas this one.
Apr 18, 2021
Rated: 4.09 by Sellen from Connecticut

Jun 13, 2020
Rated: 4.22 by Cfitty from New York

May 24, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
Rated: 5 by thesherrybomber from California

Apr 10, 2020
Rated: 3.77 by peachy-tay from California

Apr 08, 2020
Rated: 4.43 by chiefz1 from New York

Mar 28, 2020
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Reviewed by Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
22oz bottled poured in to a nonic glass.

Look- Clear dark mahogany/cola color, nice light khaki head that recedes fairly quickly to a thin cap, a light amount of lacing. Light carbonation streaming as it sits.

Smell- Caramel/toffee type malt, brown sugar, dates and raisins, cocoa, light coffee and nuttiness, light spice notes.

Taste- Follows the nose well, fairly sweet with a bit of a light cherry cola type finish.

Feel- Medium/light bodied, smooth with a lightly bitter finish, nicely balanced. Moderate carbonation on the tongue.

O- Good but not one of Lag's better offerings. Pretty inexpensive but I doubt I'll be going back to this one.
Mar 18, 2020
Rated: 3.83 by BeerMe8 from Florida

Feb 13, 2020
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Rated by Ohknows from Nevada

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
This beer is awesome.
Feb 08, 2020
Rated: 3.96 by craigbelly from Iowa

Feb 06, 2020
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Reviewed by maxpower from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Fresh 22 oz bottle pours clear dark brown color. Creamy off white head with some large bubbles that quickly dissipates. Not much lacing. Aromas of raisins and coca, Perfect meld of sugar and dark fruit flavor. At $3.99 a 22 oz. bottle is amazing!
Feb 03, 2020
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Reviewed by Livyatan1996 from Missouri

4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
does the fact that it was only a few bucks play into this rating? hopefully not. poured into a tulip a deep slightly amber, mostly brown color with a big foamy off white head. some bits of lacing left behind, stream of bubbles constantly flying from down below. nose is a whole lot of roasted, nearly burnt malts and sugars. caramel/toffee is the star here, with some dried fruit, char and a touch of booze also seeping out of the glass. flavor wise it's a lot smoother than i was expecting, with brown sugar and biscuit/toast mixing with caramel/toffee. there's a good chunk of sweetness but i'm not against that with something like this. various dried darker fruits, the slightest hint of bitterness and an ever increasing warmth fill in the profile. does remind me of a belgian/german malt bomb without the hop/yeast balance. smooth drinking overall, not particularly full bodied and plenty fizzy. i'll probably grab a few more while they're around, good stuff.
Jan 17, 2020
Rated: 3.39 by CraigDeMoss from Kansas

Jan 16, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri

Jan 15, 2020
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Reviewed by sjrider from California

3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a bottle - clear very dark amber / brown with quickly dissipating off white head leaving bubbly lacing. Nose is mild dark earthy malt with a hint of sweetness. Taste follows more or less. Finishes a bit thin.
Jan 01, 2020
Rated: 3.77 by travolta from California

Dec 28, 2019
Rated: 3.99 by tyjohnson55 from California

Sep 15, 2019
Rated: 4.82 by thegreatnicoli from Texas

Apr 10, 2019
Rated: 3.91 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

Mar 21, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by DKGreen from California

Feb 14, 2019
Rated: 3.98 by Reggie_Dunlop from Pennsylvania

Dec 22, 2018
Rated: 3.88 by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

Dec 01, 2018
Rated: 3.93 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 27, 2018
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Reviewed by iguanodon from Utah

3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
[Original rating 2014-03-01] Pours dark reddish brown with a thick light brown head. Aroma is sweet malt, faint earth. Taste is sweet malt, too sweet for me.
Oct 24, 2018
Rated: 3.92 by sweetbrew82 from California

Aug 08, 2018
Rated: 3.91 by robotic_being from Florida

Jul 18, 2018
Rated: 3.4 by Chilmer from Iowa

May 23, 2018
Rated: 4.69 by ParkbrauFan from Iowa

Mar 31, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Feb 11, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by heysuz from Indiana

Feb 11, 2018
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
(22 oz bottle, no indication of age... purchased at State Line... poured into a fat Delirium tulip)

L: crystal-clear, ruby red liquid; tall, spongy, off-white foam that upon collapsing leaves chunky lace around the lip of the glass... upon refill with remainder of bottle, specks do suspend but do not offend

S: wood embers, hearty bread and med-dark crystal malt, hint of pine, mellow phenolic cinnamon/potpourri spice, hint of dried strawberry... floral aromas creep up back out of the nose as it goes, while the scent from the glass gets doughier... shows some raisin and brandy later on

T: candy malt with light sweetness which gives a tail to its dried-fruit hop flavors... the taste seems pretty typical for a darker Lagunitas beer - dried cherry, subtle candy-bar caramel, faded pine essence - the little extra baby fat in its malt foundation being the stand out element here... hints of light chocolate and hard candy push to the front with each sip, as well as some lingering (candied) citrus rind in the aftertaste... it's almost as if this was a Belgian holiday ale hopped like a West Coast barleywine - tasty but maybe too much

F: foamy, fuzzy, semi-thickish but flat like a puck... subtle oily viscosity at the bottom... the alcohol awakens but only delicately heats the palate... could probably drink pitchers of it while sporting, playing billiards - it's got that touch

O: I guess I shouldn't be surprised that the flavor profile here doesn't deviate all that much from their shtick (nothing that bad about having a signature framework)... the taste degrades, leading me to believe this is an older bottle - I will likely revisit this in fresher states
Jan 15, 2018
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 01, 2018
Rated: 4.38 by Bajdog from Maryland

Nov 29, 2017
Rated: 3.73 by LJWalker from Indiana

Jul 04, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The appearance has a semi-dark brown colored body with a thin less than a half fingered white foamy head that ends up leaving a very good drastic clingy lacing to the glass. The smell has some very sweet roasted caramel malts. The taste is exceptionally sweet, bready, and sticky in the flavoring. There is a super sweet sticky caramel aftertaste with a dry sweet finish. On the palate, it sits about a medium on the body with a decent sessionable aspect to it. The carbonation is decent for the style and for me as its semi smooth and barely anything harsh. Overall, pretty nice American Strong Ale.
Jun 28, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by fthegiants from California

May 26, 2017
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