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The Hairy Eyeball | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3.84/5
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,744
Reviews:
975
Ratings:
2,756
pDev:
11.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 2,756 |  Reviews: 975
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brown like color to it, 1/5" off white head. Lots of winter warmer like toffee and alcohol blasts in the aroma.

Taste was more of the toffee/caramel interplay, booze, plenty of hoppy bitterness to counteract. This is a big beer that doesn't drink as big as it nice, a nice point there.

Solid beer.

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Photo of AD17
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of robbase9
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wuthrichj15
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another average beer experience for me from Lagunitas. This is a really malty beer. Carmel taste, lots of malt, fairly sweet, a little booze burn as it goes down. Nothing to freak out about in my opinion.

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Photo of drinkAK
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JakeLevine
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

22 oz bottle shared with friends, and poured into a pint glass.
Brown color and malty aromas.
This beer is a major "malt bomb", but I like the spectrum covered by Lagunitas as most of their beers are great "hop bombs".

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of aknalley
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thebooyakid
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Grinky
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LloydDobler
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TIMMA87698
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark mahogny colored beer with a three finger high, creamy and fluffy head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Nose: Dried fruit, pear, sweet caramel malt, pine, brown sugar and honey.
Taste: A lot of malt! Chewy, pine, oak, caramel, grass and some grapefruit.
Mouthfeel: Full body. Very sweet and thick body. I think this will grow better with aging in my beercellar. A little bit to sweet right now! Medium carbonation. Bittersweet ending.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: March 4, 2016... GLASSWARE: Duvel tulip... OCCASION: the first day of baseball practice--and for the first time in seven years, I am not there! To Bob, Butch, Kyle, Adam and Rob--this one's for you... APPEARANCE: dark ruby body that lets in little light but supports a thick, creamy off-white head that craters slightly and resembles a nitro stout...lacing is significantly hazing... AROMA: strong malts are front and center, with fresh dough, caramel and spices like soft pepper, raisin, and chocolate--not as dynamic as other Lagunitas offerings... PALATE: warm, thick and significant in its trip across the tongue; dry at the finish... TASTE: raisin, dough and prune make for a sweet, barley-forward experience akin to a barleywine... OVERALL:another BIG beer from Lagunitas that lacks the diverse profile of other Lagunitas offerings, but still brings high alcohol and powerful mouthfeel.... this could just as easily create a hangover as cure one... tough to find the hops here, but this is a beer to say goodbye to winter with...

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Photo of Agoguitar
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Extremely Harry and Sweet.

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Photo of BcCraft710
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sinodux
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sanitarium16
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HabaJohn
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jaypeajus
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks: dark hues of copper, no head. After it settled it had the coloration of the polished piece of sap that had a mosquito in it in Jurassic Park. Smells pretty sweet, I expect, like a few other Lagunitas, for this to be thick and leave a thick, viscous, syrupy aftertaste. And...there it is. Not too outstanding overall, kinda blurs the lines for me on whether it is much different than Under Investigation Ale, which I recently had. Biggest dif is this is gonna light me up more cos it's a pint..for $4.39 it was a good buzz, uhmm I mean buy.

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Photo of dbell23
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bretweir
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lovely color that I would expect from an ale of this caliber. Lagunitas is one of my favorite go-to brewers for their IPA - and the Hairy Eyeball is a great submission into my catalog of beers from Lagunitas that I enjoy. The nose (to me) was low and marginal at best, but not to my dissatisfaction. Taste is nutty, malty and slightly sweet with enough hops to give a nice bitter follow-through. Feel is full and creamy without being heavy. Overall a great starter that goes down easy (almost too easy) and creates a craving for another. The ABV suggests otherwise. :)

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The Hairy Eyeball from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 2,756 ratings
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