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: 2,754 |  Reviews: 973
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bsonk
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 22 into a pint glass. This is a big dark malty beast, should have expected as much from Lagunitas's winter ale. A bit syrupy, little to no head, dark brown color. Very nice toasty caramel malt smell, creamy mouthfeel, but a little too much umami/soy sauce for my liking in the aftertaste. The taste is very fruity/biting though, reminds me of Ninkasi Total Domination IPA that way, with the combo of a little grapefruit-like tang and dark umami malt. Overall a good brew, but not really my favorite style.

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Photo of AnchorsAndAxes
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Lukafer
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of 1FatJ
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Tonello
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of superfriend
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Celtics17
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep ruby color, looks like a stout at first, but turns into a reddish looking ale.

S: Bitter and sweet but not a big bitter beer.

T: Fruits, sweet malts, and bitter herbal hops blend well together with notes of grape juice, apple juice, tobacco, caramel, chocolate. It's like an IPA and Stout in one beer. As the beer warms it feels like a light imperial stout.

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Photo of Sir_Goatman
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of scottfrie
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into imperial pint. 2013 release.

A: Pours a deep ruby color with a very oily, greasy and thick light tan head that slowly faded into a bubbly collar leaving patches of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Bitter and sweet with leafy notes of
T: Fruits, sweet malts, and bitter herbal hops blend well together with notes of grape juice, apple juice, tobacco, caramel, chocolate and maybe a touch of black cherry in the finish. The aftertaste is full of molasses and grape must.
M: Bitter and sugary sweet with a slick and smooth mouthfeel, low and soft carbonation, with a fullish body.
O: Potent and complex. A very smooth sipper with a great flavor. Definitely enjoyable, would drink again.

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Photo of MikeMilanoDesign
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Fatehunter
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of light tan head on a clear, but dark brown body.
The aroma is rich with spice, a dank grain smell, barnyard, molasses and chocolate.
The taste is caramel sweet, mild bitter in the middle, long finish with molasses.
The texture is soft with low carbonation.
Quite drinkable, well balanced and complex.

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Photo of watermelon
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Mahogany pour with tinges or ruby. Off white head with decent retention and very little lacing.

S: Lots of malty sweetness, fruity and sugary.

T: Lots of dark fruit, and dark malts with hints of chocolate.

M: Feels great nice and full with a bit of booze. Chewy feeling in the teeth.

O: This is a damn good beer. At 3.70 a bomber after tax this is a great deal I can see my self buying this as long as I can find it. I recommend this to everyone who is a fan of the style.

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4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bomber into an English pint glass.

A- Dark Brown with amber hues, the beer has two fingers of head. The head is light and airy at the the exterior where it touches the glass, but it has a frothy center. The head is khaki-colored and chewy-looking.

S- Tart fruit, sweet malts, mild hop notes, and oakiness.

T- Slight booziness, vinous, hints of mint, hints of sour brett, tart fruit

M- Present booziness but it is not overwhelming. Hints of sourness through out, subtle hops and a hit of alcohol on the finish.

O- A tasty beer with a lot of complexity on the nose and palate. The alcohol burn is there, so I'd like to stash a bottle or tow of this and allow the booze to settle and the other flavors to come to the forefront. Still, I loved this beer.

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The Hairy Eyeball from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 2,754 ratings.
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