The Hairy Eyeball | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-12-2002

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#13,141
Reviews:
976
Ratings:
2,763
pDev:
11.46%
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Photo of Chilmer
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ParkbrauFan
4.69/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Bouleboubier
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

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Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bajdog
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

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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 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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The Hairy Eyeball from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 2,763 ratings