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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3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark rusty color. Dense khaki head that holds nicely. Smells malty, and very boozy. Its an older bottle, it was the last one at the store and quite dusty. I think it tastes so much better than is smells. Really smooth and creamy for a 9%er. Yeast flavor it similar to other Langunitas beers, floral and fruity. Tastes like American hops, citrusy and pungent. Lots of caramel and grainy base flavor. Pretty unique, like Old Ales I've had but American in character.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar. Bought at the brewery.

A: Murky plum-hued root beer. Pours a finger head, which settles to 3 cm, but what spectacular looks, lacing, and staying power do those 3 centimeters have! The frothy goodness just stays and stays and stays, smothering the sides of the glass at the same time.

S: Wow, complex. Dark cherries, grape Juicy Juice (yep, that wondrous childhood drink from a can!), vanilla, prunes, and some veggie notes as it warms. Malty and boozy. No detectable hops.

T: This is sublime. Dark fruits lead the way (cherries and grape skin), then I get a jab of bitter chocolate (no where in the nose), some buttery flashes, and then some light wet hops. The alcohol blends amazingly well and adds a lot to the flavor profile. A bittersweet malt finish.

M: The Eyeball has one of the best feels I've ever experienced. I wish every beer had such an interesting and balanced MF. Thick and coating and creamy and warm, yet highly drinkable, with a perfect amount of muted carbonation.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at MacGregor’s Grill and Tap Room in Canandaigua, NY. It arrived in a standard goblet, and showed a deep brown color, bordering on a rusty red. It held a one finger yellowish head that had medium retention. No sediment or haze was noted, and carbonation appeared high. The first thing noted from the aroma was a thick burst of tropical fruit, with the sweetness of Juicy Fruit bubble gum. The fruit itself was made up of distinct notes of mango, lime, passion fruit, and strawberry. The malts were toasty and burnt, and of the caramel variety. Hops were citric, and came more towards the back of the nose. As we sipped, mango and pineapple became apparent from the very start. These mixed, sitting well behind the darkish malts that came crashing in. This beginning was pretty reminiscence of your standard brown ale. The middle showed a bite of earthy hops, with metals of yeast and baked bread. The malts deepened a bit, becoming darker, with hints of coffee. The finish is a booze bomb. Vodka alcohols hit you like a ton of bricks, with spicy pepper, caramel toast, and a clean piney hops for a final balance. The aftertaste breathed of bitter malts, bitter piney hops, fusel booze, and hollow echoes of tropical fruit. The body was medium and the carbonation was medium. The feel showed a steely thickness which was cutting and cool. The mouth was eventually coated with a fine astringency. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank as a sipper.

Overall, the best thing about this brew was the unique fruitiness, especially for the style. The malt profile was also interesting, as it started lighter and paler, and moved to an almost stouty mouth. A negative, however, was how overly boozy the finish seemed. If not for the nice balance from the rest of the flavoring it would have made this one a bit hard to handle.

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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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