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The Hairy Eyeball | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3.84/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,965
Reviews:
975
Ratings:
2,757
pDev:
11.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
503
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4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LJWalker
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of fthegiants
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jkblr
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottled October 2015 poured into a tulip glass at fridge temp 9.1% ABV. The beer appears brown with red highlights when held to light. The head is thick from an aggressive pour and light brown in color. Lacing is substantial and the beer keeps a thin head while consumed. The aroma is dark fruit, chocolate and a little booze. The taste follows with sweet, slightly oxidized dark fruits and a balancing bitterness that finishes with a dark chocolate note. The mouthfeel is chalky, and a bit thin. Overall, very good, but probably better fresh. My cellar isn't perfect temperature so I can't say if it's the beer or the conditions that didn't let it improve.

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Photo of bshefftz
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OKbrew89
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Timtac
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 1 1/2 pint bottle into stein glass, no freshness or bottling date.

L: Gorgeous garnet with two finger tan head with great retention.

S: Dried fruits, nutmeg, vanilla, citrus hops, brown sugar, honey.

T: Plum, date, honey, nutmeg, bready malt and caramel with honey. Citrus and pine hops, very complex and smoothly balanced.

F: Full bodied, warming velvety smoothness.

O: Home run by Lagunitas here.

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Photo of Grupatre
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of angelmonster
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is of a bomber about 2 years old.

Pours an extremely dark walnut body. Head is beige and 1/5th of an inch.

Smell is heavy on toffee, caramel, biscuit malt, and chocolate malt. Smells like somewhere between a bock, dubbel, and barleywine. For 9%, alcohol isn't very present, neither are hops.

Taste is a big malt bomb. Getting some fruity esters similar to a dubbel, but less spice. Caramel, toffee, burnt biscuits and light char take over as beer warms. Alcohol is there but not too overpowering, no hops at all.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated with a nice head that stuck around for awhile.

Overall this beer was unique and one note at the same time. Got a ton of malt from the beer, yeast strain must have been something Belgian, dont know where else the dried fruit characteristics would come from. Even though it was very sweet and malty I think it'd make a good dessert beer.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MeIquiades
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bongobeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep amber brown color with a thin creamy off-white head that has good retention

S- malt-forward aroma with caramel and raisin. Grassy & earthy, rubber, licorice & bread crust

T- malty up front with notes of caramel, brown bread and raisin. Mid-Palate brings some earthy hops poking through, plenty of booze kicks in as it nears the finish, strange saltiness on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns slight creamy into a boozy finish

O- the booze was so detectable that it almost tastes like vodka on the linger. Lagunitas' strong ales just don't do it for me, and this one is no different

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4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesLeung
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jagada
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrennenTallman
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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The Hairy Eyeball from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 2,757 ratings
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