The Hairy Eyeball | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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The Hairy EyeballThe Hairy Eyeball
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3.84/5
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2,757 Ratings
The Hairy EyeballThe Hairy Eyeball
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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,966
Reviews:
975
Ratings:
2,757
pDev:
11.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
503
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 2,757 |  Reviews: 975
Photo of Jordan
4.97/5  rDev +29.4%
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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Photo of pmcadamis
4.87/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - This brew is deeply purple/crimson/amber/ruby...an outstanding hue that seems to change the light like a prism (think Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album cover). The small but dense one finger head stays put for quite some time, and looks pretty much solid. Big sheets of wet lace glide down the sides of my snifter and leave some nice webwork behind.

S - Deep woodsy leafy notes and ripe fruit aromas combine to produce a scent that is much like what I would imagine a dark forest in one of Grimm's fairy tales to smell like. Ripe, nearly rotten, apples jump out at me, along with a dank fern-studded gully or cave-like note. There is also something that reminds me of chocolate covered cherries, although there aren't really any obvious chocolate notes. It's more like an artificial chocolate and raspberry or cherry aroma. This one is knocking my socks off in the nose department!

T - This is loaded with firm and tight woodsy notes. Walnuts, wet sticks collected from the woods after a rain, sesame seeds, and some hidden flavors of dried fruit (dried apple). Rhubarb? Some beef-jerky salty smoke adds complexity, and makes this a brew to be worshiped by any smoke-beer lover such as myself. Some bourbon characteristics are present due to the boozy flavors created by the high ABV. This is a damn tasty concoction!

M - Full bodied, boozy, tight, firm, and woody on the palate. Full with very subtle carbonation, this is thick but never flabby. A muscular brew if you will. This is silky and smooth, but simultaneously brutal and dry. Oh, man...this is good.

D - This is a mind-blowing brew! It's extremely complex and tasty, and could serve as an excellent sipper or a semi-sessionable brew (for a short session at home, when no driving is necessary). When I first heard the name, I immediately associated a hairy eyeball with a ball sack or single nut, but then I realized that hairy eyeball probably refers to the blood shot state of inebriation that could be attained by drinking more than one of these bad mofos!

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Photo of ckessler222
4.86/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent strong ale. Well balanced with a sweetness coming from both malt and yeast. Potentially dangerous.

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Photo of Southerndiscomfort
4.82/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another great beer from a top notch brewery. Malt forward but has hops and drinkable as fuck. Lagunitas never rips you off on price for high grav brews.

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Photo of jerlleutz
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just delicious, taste, smell, lay, the whole yard.

I bought a sixer of this gruel, and it gets better every bottle.

The lacing worked for me, too, and the color is the darkest of coppers out there. The smell of molasses, sundries, and road trip forced me to dive head-in.

The taste is borderline cloying, but with this ABV and this much blackness in flavor, maybe I'm off-mark, but this is probably my only, albeit, jab at this one. Paired with the right food, this may be irrelevant. Food? And beer? Wow, what a night! I think the recession is over.

Great, thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Again, see above re sweetness.

Powerful, so start the night off with this one.

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Photo of jcanalia
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very good beer. I'm always happy to buy bombers of most Lagunitas products because of their reasonable pricing policy on those products.

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Photo of Jordanmtate
4.77/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very good strong ale! Great!

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Photo of CCInCharge
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of radiantdesigner
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Liquid_Pete
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of RusImpStoLuv
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of jpd026
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of ZCW
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of stwok21
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of CorneliusBunker
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of darkksith
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the best American Strong Ale I have had yet. Wish I could find it in a 6-pack instead of on tap.

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Photo of Dbrag
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of rphx88
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Hawkinsaj20
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of KFrank729
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Farewell_Transmission
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of jlivings757
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Jakkusu90
4.74/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Malty malty malty. With a roasted finish. Smell and taste caramel. Copper in color with a light off-white head, which fades quickly.

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Photo of kraytb
4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Beautiful Taste, Wasn't sure what to expect when cracking open this beauty. Smooth and Flavorful, Low key Soy Sauceish taste but I love it. Can't wait to purchase it again!

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Photo of JeffBob
4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW was speechless at first sip

A nice beautiful dark red

S hops and the smell of hiking through hay and wild flowers in the spring.

T So complex at first its kind of stoutish with some yummy chocolatey goodness, the the hops kicks in along with some spice and bright notes then chocolate again fading into a bitterish hopish after taste.

M thick and smooth a bit carbonated but given the dark complexity it is perfect.

O just peachy keen I love this beer.

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The Hairy Eyeball from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 2,757 ratings
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