Brewery: Lagunitas Brewing Co. | Beer: The Hairy Eyeball
Style: American Strong Ale | ABV: 8.8% | IBUs: 57
Serving Method: 12 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass
Here we have another Stong Ale from Lagunitas. Once again there's a little bit of confusion as to what category this beer falls in—Strong Ale or Barleywine. From what I can tell, Strong Ale seems most fitting, but who really knows. These jerks sure like making it difficult for me to fit their beers in neat little boxes, don't they?
Anyway, The Hairy Eyeball is Lagunitas' Winter seasonal. There's not many published details about specific ingredients out there, save for a mention on their website that "several types of crystal malt" are used.
It's become traditional here on PintLog to post the wonderfully batshit-insane text that accompanies each Lagunitas beer, so without further ado, here's what can be found on the six-pack holder The Hairy Eyeball:
We hope you enjoy our Mondo-ultra-mega-super-premium Holiday Offering. We first brewed this five years ago while in our Ross Street Petaluma brewery and have looked brewery and have looked forward to its' return every solstice season since. For us, these are days of light and hope in the midst of the darkest months of the year. A time when we reflect on the possibilities of the coming year even as our present days are bourne ceaselessly and forever into the past. Hold close what is important to you this season and share what matters—thoughts, meals, long walks, a knowing look from across a crowded room, maybe even a beer. We all are all we have left, and in a world that is ever less forgiving, it's good to have friends.That was a little sweeter and less rambling than normal—warms the heart, doesn't it? To be honest, I'm slightly worried this might end up a little too similar to Brown Shugga', but I'm optimistic. Let's get to it.
Appearance: Dense dark brown body with ruby highlights. A tannish head clocks in just shy of a finger high and great curtains of lace.
Aroma: Lots of sweet, caramelized, almost burnt malt with some dark fruit and a healthy dose of booze.
Taste: Still lots of sweet caramel malt and dark fruit with a little spiciness mixed in and a decent splash of hops for some balance. The alcohol is kept in check, but is a constant companion.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and smooth with low carbonation.
Drinkability: A sipper, but perhaps a little above average for the style.
Verdict: Hairy Eyeball is somewhat similar to Brown Shugga', but certainly different enough to warrant its existence. Perfect for a cold and drizzly day like today. I'll be aging a couple of bottles next to the bottles of Brown Shugga' to see how it evolves.