The Hairy Eyeball | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-12-2002

BEER STATS
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#13,347
Reviews:
976
Ratings:
2,764
pDev:
11.46%
Bros Score:
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look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 2010 bottle purchased from my local bottle shop from their vintage section.

Appearance: Pours with about half a finger of head and had slight head retention on the edges of the glass. Carbonation active in the glass was average to above average. Deep amber copper color to this brew.

Smell: This aspect of the beer has not held up well at all. The most present characteristic is a funky old hops which come off with a wet dog type aroma. Some rubbing alcohol and faint barley can also be picked up on. As the beer warmed up the barley became more present and salvaged some of the smell. You can tell what used to be here but it has just not held up very well.

Taste: The front is a light bodied sweetness of caramel and toffee. The body has a strong malt and barley body which really carry this beer. The alcohol is very tame and can only be found in very light accents on the finish of the beer. Plenty still going on here.

Mouthfeel: The sweet and powerful tones of this beer mix well together and tingle on the palate long after drinking.

Overall: An interesting experiment with this beer at this point. The barley has no doubt become the strong accent and drinks a lot like a barleywine. I would love to try a fresh bottle of this and see how the traditional Lagunitas hop presence being more active would change this brew.

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The Hairy Eyeball from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 2,764 ratings