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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4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this a Giant Beer Garden & Eatery in Linglestown, Pa, enjoyed chilled in a mug.

The color is deep garnet with bronze highlights, clarity is good with visible carbonation and thick cap of biege about 2 fingers depth with fine bead and copious lace. The smell is a mix of sweet and toasted malt with a caramel accent and light dried fruit ester from the yeast with mild pine fragrance of hops. The feel is great, sweet yet balanced by enough hops to keep it from seeming cloying or sugary. The carbonation level is spot on with a mild alcohol warmth and semi-dry finish.

The taste is great, lots of malt layers with subtle toast and an almost bready yeast underneath the slight fruitiness with a hint of dark sugar and a mild pepper-like taste up front which is a bit of alcohol taste yet there is a mild pine flavor which I am guessing is hop derived. The bitterness level seems to present itself more as it warms with a nice chewy malt flavor and slight dark caramel taste coming in later. The alcohol is very mild in the taste..I only noticed it halfway into the bomber, but it enhances the flavor I am sure since there is a fresh raisin-like element that adds to the light roasted malt flavors. I would drink this again for sure since the value for such a quality beer at a great price is usually a no-brainer. I consider this one of the better strong brown ales I have had recently.

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3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, dark amber color with less than one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. Light spotty lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild and malt-focused, with some well-behaved caramel and complementary husky grain. A fine thread of wintergreen, seeming equally authentic and artificial, is also detected while the beer is still rather cold. Coconut slowly emerges as it warms. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins very off-dry, with mostly dark crystal malt up front. Molasses is more heavily represented than unrefined grain, although the tendency is not extreme. Acidity is strong into the middle where some medicinal bitterness develops. Malt turns more toward the brown during the second act. The finish is surprisingly short, drying, with the earlier bitterness lingering in a pure--but not particularly appealing--form. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidic at times but also fairly wet on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer follows the blueprint for a very ordinary American strong ale, but does so effectively. It exhibits some semblance of balance, with hops and malt each evident to some degree. That said, it is the malt influence that is most appealing and memorable.

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The Hairy Eyeball from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 2,765 ratings