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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Ratings: 2,762 |  Reviews: 976
Photo of gkob
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of snaotheus
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a pair of large snifters. This bottle's label says it's 9.4%, not the listing's 9.0%. 312 3 6510 0222 is the bottle code.

Pours dark brown, but not cloudy. Little to no head. Little active carbonation. Smell is mild, oaky, a little smokey, a little cherry. Yeast.

Taste is a little yeasty, a little cherry, a little wood and must. Some piney bitterness, but certainly not on the forefront.

Mouthfeel is a little flat, thinnish, not very sticky. A little oily or slick. Overall, it's certainly not bad, but it's not exciting.

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Photo of bigbeers84
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GuitarIPA
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of tmt71883
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of Hopinista
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of 3sheets2wind
2.45/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

This is a very malty beer. Sweet, not much in the hops department. If I was given this blind I would say it was a one-note take on an abbey dubbel. It is a pretty beer. Garnet color with thick off-white head, but that is easily the strongest aspect of the beer. Unfortunately, appearance is also the least important aspect of beer enjoyment. Rare failure from lagunitas.

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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of quakeroatmealstout
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of lyletaka
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Zuidman
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of OregonGrown7
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, slight fruit, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with strong malt and slight caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a strong emphasis on the malt aspect all around.

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Photo of Thesoundandthefury
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of prock180
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of BeerNW
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

Didn't think this was that spectacular until it warmed up.
I'm still training my pallet to pick up on subtle tastes, so forgive me if the taste profiles I list are a little weird, but I taste sweet bread, very little hops, and the booze is well hidden.

Overall I thought this was outstanding for a strong ale at this price, and with this level of availability...I mean, I didn't even have to go to BevMo for this, it was at the local Ralph's grocery store.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2013 release, 9.4% ABV
A - reddish-brown ale capped with a frothy beige head, excellent retention and lacing
S - earthy aroma, bready, brown sugar, chocolate
T - earthy, spicy, bready, malty, chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, faint peat, tends to be overly boozy at times
M - medium-full body, lower but ample carbonation
O - the first time I had this I was not a fan, but it is pretty good. Seems like a wee heavy of sorts with the huge malt flavors.

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Photo of khargro2
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of WritersBlock
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of asallysal
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great beer from Lagunitas with an even better alcohol level...9.4%!
Pour slow because the head foams up fast. Easy sipping brew with not much of an after taste. The bottle goes down very easy with some delicious caramel notes. overall a great buy that i would drink again.

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Photo of Xandrose
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of jopezu
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

The Hairy Eyeball from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 2,762 ratings