The Hairy Eyeball | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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The Hairy EyeballThe Hairy Eyeball
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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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a brownish amber with a one inch off white head that leaves behind lots of lace. Smell is very powerful rum soaked raisins, alcohol, burnt brown sugar, toffee, and turpentine. Taste is all of that, but better than the nose would have you expect, balanced nice. Body is medium large, nice carbonation, a touch dry, and a bit of a sipper. This is solid, I would say taste like a old ale to me, but that is subjective.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've not really a lot to say about this one. It started out as just a big, sweet brown ale without much complexity at all. It developed some dark fruit/raisin/grape character similar to a quad, but without the added interest of Belgian yeast. The smell was initially sort of dull and off-putting, but it too grew in its dark fruit sweetness, with a whiff of booze on the nose too. Thick molasses is the overriding flavor, and while it's far from a bad beer, I just expect so much more from Lagunitas.

But at roughly $5/bomber, it packs a nice punch and the booze is pretty well hidden, present only at the finish where, coupled with the hops, it coats the palate in a cool, oily slickness.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Deep clear amber body with a couple fingers of pale tan head. Nice lacing and retention.

S - Malty and sweet

T - Big malts; dark, smokey, chocolate, earthy, and sugary. Slight bit of pine hop throughout. Lots of flavor helps bury the ABV which is slightly more obvious in the aftertaste.

M - Medium/full body with moderate/light carbonation. Thick and syrupy yet washes away nicely.

O - This is great beer especially for the holiday season. And the high ABV pairs nicely with the snow we're getting in New England!

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