The Hairy Eyeball | Lagunitas Brewing Company

The Hairy EyeballThe Hairy Eyeball
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-12-2002

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - An active billowing and cascading pour yields a slightly late to develop finger and a half worth of f rich dense slightly off white colored froth with just a bit of a rocky top... Really good retention give way to a mostly full veil of lacing and fairly thick collar... The color is an equal mix of ruby red and light brown... Looks to be a bit viscous as the carbonation within struggles to rise thought there are some quicker streaks of carbonation seen deeper within... A bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass... There's also a bit of an audible fizziness...

S - A very inviting malt forward aroma... Caramel... Figs... Brown sugar... Dark cherries... Toffee... Raisins... Sweet desert breads... There is also a subtle layer of floral hops that linger slightly beneath the surface...

T - A lot of booziness permeates the palate... This compliments the malty goodness exquisitely... All the sweet components of the aroma are plentiful... A bit of smokiness and peat reminiscent of Scotch ales... The minor hop presence adds a nice layer of depth and complexity... Each sips yields a new and subtle nuances...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Uber smooth... Uber sleek... A light carbonated bite... A bit sticky... A bit chewy... A slightly astringent booziness rises on the finish and lingers with a touch of dryness... Very nice...

D - This is a very good beer... A malt bomb that leaves me wanted more... Surprisingly quaffable... I can't say a single bad thing about the beer itself... Also a bargain given the sub $6/bomber price tag... My only minor complaint is that this one comes in bombers... It's a lot a beer for one person... I would certainly buy a lot more if this were available in 12oz bottles...

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

awfully good beer for the price right here, under 5 bucks a bottle, this strong, impressive from the brewery who always frustrates me with the same yeast profile. its not so evident in this one, more of a belgian or a high gravity ale yeast profile, clean and highly attenuated stuff, not the usual from these guys on the yeast front, finally. not as dark as expected in color, looks like an english nut brown, smallish head too is short lived. the nose is caramel heavy, with some cherry and banana yeast notes, as well as some medium roast cocoa and a little residual sugar. the flavor is beautifully rich, a nice juxtaposition to its appearance, with heavy burnt or burning sugar flavors and a vanilla candy finish. great bubbles and i can still taste the grain, which makes this for me. confused on the yeast front, which is better than the typical lagunitas safe realm, but its undecided. shockingly strong, i would have guessed 7% abv before i saw the label. not sure how they can keep putting out beer this good for such a fair price, but the more of these bombers the better. great stuff, really.

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The Hairy Eyeball from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 71% out of 100 with 2,756 ratings
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