Hairy Eyeball Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Hairy Eyeball AleHairy Eyeball Ale

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-12-2002

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Photo of beerluvr
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a fine tan head that leaves nicely clinging Brussels lace down the sides of the glass. Clear amber/brown liquid. Brown sugar/molasses and malt in the nose. Taste is earthy hoppiness mixed with roasted grain and bitter chocolate, quite tasty! The hops return after swallowing, along with a nice warming alcohol sensation. Finishes long and dry and roasty...a great sipping brew for a cold, cold night here in N.J.

Thanks again to xlperro for "Beering It Forward"!

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Photo of Gusler
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an intense ruby red with the head pretentious in its size, the texture frothy, and the lace a thick sheet to occult the glass. The bouquet of toasted grain, sweet caramel, light brandy tone also present, seems more like a "Barley Wine" than an "American Strong Ale". Front is malt, somewhat sweet; the top is medium in feel, mildly acidic with the hops perky in their spicy bite, aftertaste quite dry and long lasting a real "Belly Warmer".

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Photo of sinistersteve
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well,with a name like 'Hairy Eyeball' and from a brewer like Lagunitas I knew I would be in for a wondeful treat. Nice, dark amber color but not much head from the pour though . I loved the well balanced flavor. Not overly hopped for those who are scared of such things I'll take this one anytime.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Auburn with Ruby highlights / Creamy Tan Head leaves sticky lace. Malty (caramel-like) Aroma and slight hop aroma. Intense Maltiness along the lines of a Barley Wine. Definite Alcohol presence. Full bodied, slick, viscous, smooth and creamy!

I would have put in the American Barley Wine category but it prob fits both styles fairly close.

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

I've got to give this one style points just for the name . . . Seriously, though, I agree with the first reviewer that this beer is reminiscent of Stone Brewing's Arrogant Bastard. It looks similar, and the same smells and flavors are there, but they're just a little more subtle (perhaps except for the hops). Pretty reddish-amber color, good tan head that retains well. Maybe a little less balanced than AB, more towards the citrusy hop side than the malt side. A very good beer with a great name (for what that's worth).

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Photo of Jordan
4.97/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Copper and red hues. Fabulous aromas of prunes, brown sugar, and rich malts. Complex and 'juicey' mouthfeel. Full bodied, slight abrasive hop coarseness. A one of a kind. Delicious, delightful, a delicacy in beerdom.

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Hairy Eyeball Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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