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The Hairy Eyeball | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3.84/5
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2,757 Ratings
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,983
Reviews:
975
Ratings:
2,757
pDev:
11.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
503
Trade:
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out a darker brown color with a stable 3mm tan foam lid that sticks around for several minutes. Medium levels of lacing are left behind on the glass.
Smells mostly of dark fruits and brown sugar, some molasses aroma as well. Tastes of all of these things, but also has a stronger raisin/spice element with a medium texture and a hint of stickiness.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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1/5  rDev -74%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 2/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip.
Pours a dark red brown amber with a light tan head that dissipated to a thin film. Aroma of bready malt, dark fruit, sweet. Lots of flavor; malt, light and dark fruits, vanilla, but but somewhat subdued. Almost like a lightly flavored barley wine; subtle, but complex. Quite different. The thick, creamy body and pleasant overall taste are excellent. A second bottle had more assertive flavors. A great American strong ale.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For a strong ale, this is a massively sweet & creamy beer. Loads of caramel, toffee and other sticky sweets come through on the nose and tongue. It's slightly boozy, but not bad for a 9%. There is a slight hop bitterness there, although I imagine with time a bottle of this would turn out similar to their Olde Gnarlywine. Another solid entry from this brewery.

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Photo of jsanford
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dunno the vintage. 12oz bottle

Pours a very dark brown, almost like root beer. Thin off-white head settles to a nice ring and swirls of haze. Big, malt-forward aromas of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, booze, and some residual hop bitterness. Something like a cross between a Barleywine and a big Brown Ale. Taste is similarly malt-heavy, with more sweet toffee, brown sugar, and caramel, some roasted nuts, baked brown bread, and some slightly grassy hops. Very signature of a Lagunitas brew. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, with a medium-full body and low carbonation. Overall a solid stab at a maltier beer from Lagunitas. While I enjoyed it, I doubt I'd pass up a Little Sumpin' Sumpin' for it.

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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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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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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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

The Hairy Eyeball from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 2,757 ratings
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