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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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of SawDog505
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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Photo of TaylorK
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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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Mongrel
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep mahogany colored body with heavy bubbles throughout, the off-white head with somewhat thin but rose ridiculously thick after a hard pour rising to maybe just over an inch.

Smell: Smooth roasted sugar and nutmeg, comes off very strong at first but dissipates very quickly.

Taste: Sweet caramel and nutmeg with the right touch of yeasty feel. Honestly after first sip this brew becomes very very addicting. I think I will be buying a few more bottles...tis' the season.

Mouth: mediu carbonation and with a sweet roasted sugar finish that feels a it like toffee. Not as sweet as toffee but just enough that it'll stick with you.

Overall: Very good beer, should be re-classified as an Imperial Winter Ale, has slight spiciness properties feel like your drinking a mellow gingerbread cookie. So if you're thinking what I'm thinking you would best pair this gem with your favorite dessert.

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

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another bomber of another "perihelial release" from Lagunitas Brewing Co. Expectations are fairly high, based on this knowledge. My bottle lists a 9.40% abv.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark caramel-mahogany colored body with about a finger and a half of fluffy creamy tan head. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is very unique and interesting. Bready caramel malt, hint of chocolate malt, brown sugar, toffee, and maybe a touch of alcohol, but lots of fruitiness, vegetals, and florals up front - reminiscent of cantaloupe, muskmelon, melon rinds, and gourds. Very interesting.

T - Taste is also interesting and unexpected. Brown bread, toffee, sweet sugary candied malt, caramel, syrupy alcohol, some grains / corn, and lots of hop fruitiness / bitterness - grapefruit, cantaloupe, melon.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy. Surprisingly light bodied for such a high abv beer, with good moderate carbonation.

Overall, an interesting and unique drinking experience from Lagunitas. As always, you clearly can't beat the quality of the beer for the price point, since I got this bomber for $4.99. Recommended.

Lagunitas The Hairy Eyeball Ale ---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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