The Hairy Eyeball | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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The Hairy EyeballThe Hairy Eyeball

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, rich mahogany with hints of rich amber, ruby, and brown. The beers with a head of medium sized, off-white/nearly-yellow bubbles that sit a healthy fingers width above the beer once they settle down, and leave a nice medium width lacing along the sides of the glass. In body, the beer is nearly too dark to see through, but is crystal clear and clean of any sediment or particles. On the nose, the beer smells tamely of toffee and caramel malt. There are touches of biscuits and rustic bread thrown in, but overall the nose is subtle sweet malt, which is surprising given the ABV. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet, nearly cloying, with a fizzle of hot booze on the edges. Dark fruit sweetness is very prominent from the malts, and subtle acidity does work its way into the corners of the mouth, but bitterness is subtle to none-existent in the mouth. In flavor, the beer begins as rich toffee and bread malt, working its way towards oatmeal bread, then caramel. Sweeter caramel and booze enter towards the finish and carry a middling-length finish of raisin bread and caramel, almost like a bread pudding. The aftertaste is light, spicy booze and sweet malt caramel. A touch of stale bread runs across the palate. In the mouth, the beer feels on the plus side of medium in body, with a middling carbonation that does put a nice tickle on the tongue. Mouthfeel is crisp, slightly syrupy, and a bit prickly. When the beer leaves, the mouth is left sticky with malt sweetness and a little river of saliva in the cheeks. Overall, this is a nice simple strong ale/barleywine/old ale/what is the difference between those styles, really? This beer treads on the maltier side of the tracks, and carries a supreme drinkability, which is dangerous given the ABV. It doesn’t hit me over the head with any intense or decadent flavors, but merely provides good flavor and warmth to the belly. This is a perfect sipper after dinner, as it will not weigh the belly down too much. A nice beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is sticky sweet with a great mouthfeel heavy lace and overall great appearance and smell, the alcohol content is superb and compliments the overall experience. The taste is orange like but not overwhelming a nice strong ale. Nice Job Lagunitas.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into a snifter. The brew appears a clear burnt copper color with yellowish head about 2 fingers strong. As the cap fades, it leaves patchy lace on the glass.

The smell includes notes of minerals initially that gives way to a blend of fruity alcohol/hops. More whifs reveal some burnt grain aspect. Overall the nose is a bit strange.

The taste is sweet with a perfume-like alcohol feel overtop herbal hops and minerals like the nose suggested. The flavor is a bit disjointed and not that good.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Meh its an ok offering, I remember now why I havent bothered writing a formal review when I had it before.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into snifter

Appearance - A mixture of rich dark brown and amber when light shines through, 1/2 finger off white head,

Smell - Roasty, malty, dried prunes, sweet.

Taste - At first it's a subtle tartness that is quickly blanketed by flavors of dried prunes and dark grapes. The middle brings forth a subtle sweetness that is blanketed by roasty character. Semi sweet chocolate, subtle coffee and just a touch of bread. Alcohol becomes a bit more noticeable as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp.

Overall - Good beer. Lots of interesting characteristics. Fruity but not citrus, roasty but not overwhelming. Seek one out and see for yourself. Wasn't sure what to expect, but I'm not dissipointed.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to glass.

A- Dark brown with a hint of red. I saw mahogany on here and agreed. Dark stained mahogany or rosewood.

S- Alcohol kick with a rich plum following.

T- Starts with a deep dark malt flavor and finishes with a little hint of sweetness.

M- High gravity and leaves a little tingle on the tongue.

O- Nice beer, deep and rich but really only one note. The ABV doesn't need to be this high for a beer like this and actually kinda hurts it. I really like how the color sets it apart from other strong ales.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

The Hairy Eyeball from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 2,759 ratings
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