The Hairy Eyeball | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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The Hairy EyeballThe Hairy Eyeball

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-12-2002

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with obvious ruby tones to it. Big foamy tan head falls very slow leaving full, clinging lace.

Nice ale aroma with hops present and an interesting smoke background.

Full bodied ale with nice hops. Spiced nice and has a caramel malt taste and a raisin sweet finish.

Bit dry, bit boozy. Somewhat full mouth feel with an alcohol mouthfeel.

Nice sipping beer. Decent offering from Lagunitas.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle - says 9% ABV, OG 1.090, IBU-56.7.

A deep clear mahogany color. Small off-white head that stays well. Some lacing.

Granny smith apple-esque smell with some malt aromas.

Some licorice taste and a little alcohol burn. Has a sweet taste.

Goes down well with a slight alcohol burn in the throat. Full bodied.

A beer that would be excellent in autumn or early winter. Great session beer.

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

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

Appearance: Clear reddish broen color, with a small off-white head, modest streams of carbonation, lots of broken lacing.

Aroma: Prominent caramel aroma and mild hops, with a slightly buttery note.

Taste: Heavy toasted malt, lots of sweet caramel notes, and spices, finishes with a slight metallic hop note that lingers on long after the taste ends.

Mouth feel: Smooth and very full, with almost no sting of carbonation, very pleasing.

Drinkability/notes: A very pleasant and understated strong ale, not really suitable as a session beer due to the high alcohol content, but a very pleasant beer to share with friends. In this area (Central Texas), Lagunitas bombers, including this one, sell for $2.99 - $3.49. In my opinion, this is a very good value for the price paid.

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

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

Poured into a pint glass pours an impressive reddish brown with some serioud head that leaves some thick fat lace on the glass. Smell is very sweet with hints of raison and maple in there also a bit of sweet molasses. Taste is pretty awesome of raison with malt backbone and a bit of a hop bitterness. This is pretty awesome stuff and rivals what some of the other big players are doing out their for their strong ales, In my book simply put, awesome stuff.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a deep ruby red to copper with a full and creamy head that left great lacing. The sweet malty aroma held a bit of fruit as well as a slight roast. The taste was very malt forward with a burnt bitterness underneath. There were notes of caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit with some fruity hops for good measure. It left a lingering bitterness on my tongue from a combo of the roasty malts and fruity hops. The Hairy Eyeball is not as hop forward as most of the Lagunitas brews but the hops play second fiddle to the big malty sweetness. A different and dynamic beer all around that has a good balance of sweetness with a touch of hops. While it was slightly boozy at the start, the booziness dissipated as it warmed and the creamy chewy body really became a deliciously easy drinker.

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The Hairy Eyeball from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 2,761 ratings