The Hairy Eyeball | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,756 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
Ratings:
2,756
Reviews:
974
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.4%
 
 
Wants:
82
Gots:
504
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 2,756 |  Reviews: 974
Photo of Gear54
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

pour is a hazy brown/amber color with minimal foam that fades quickly. Little if any lace left on the glass.

Smell is very malt forward with caramel and toffee. I get some bread notes from the yeast and some earthy and grassy notes from the hops.

Taste is sweet nuttiness with roasted malt and caramel. I little more sweetness than i had expected but not in a bad way.

feel is medium with a dry finish. Moderate carbonation makes it a touch effervescent. A bit rich and sweet for what i like to see in a strong ale.

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Photo of Studfarm69
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmaskell33
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AuntBea
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jbexphys
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of morky92
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Party animal I was, but now I chill at home
All I do is write rhymes, eat, drink, shit and bone

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Photo of CBrodbeck
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yaksurf
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I never drank the earlier renditions of this ale so I can't compare the recipes.
But this one achieves two things.
First, it handles its hops well.It is balanced. At 56.6 IBU, it is above my threshold where my throat starts to close down and I can't drink anymore. (In some social situations this is good.) The caramel malt actually wins in the end.
Second, it does not hit you in the face with its alcohol content. This also is the sign of a master brewer.
I'm guessing, but this bottle and recipe came out of their Chicago plant serving the rest of the country and -- as I understand it -- the craft brewers of this metropolis.
If so, you done good.

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Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puftdank
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of todfug
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vonSchulze
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zbooks
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrMustard2012
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of toadsmoto
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nyrblue2
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Chestnut with crusty tan. 4
Sticky caramel, jam, licorice, erasers, and red jellies. 4
Strawberry cough drops, some toffee crisp, coffee candy and no hops. 3.75
Medium, chewy, salty. 4

Just… so… sweet. Barleywine maltiness without the hops or even like a Quad without the phenols. Only a touch of sherry and the alcohol heat serve to temper this. Grown up candy, for better or worse. 3.75

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Photo of kyle_goochstink
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought 22oz bottle from Times Fujiokas $4.89
Dark, reddish brown color
Heavy moutfeel
Medium-low carbonation
Sweet, caramel, maple taste
Overall not for me.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of izzyismyrott
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BSecaida
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Skellbop
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Hairy Eyeball from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 2,756 ratings.
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