Friday, April 18, 2008

The Hairy Eyeball Ale, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, CA

I did not know what to expect when I purchased the Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball Ale. The packaging doesn’t even tell you what kind of ale it is. After having success with another Lagunitas product, I decided to go for this one because the label was wacky as hell. Pouring it into the glass I was intrigued to see it was a brown ale because Lagunitas already has a winter seasonal brown ale, The Brown Shugga. One sip of the Hairy Eyeball’s chocolatey smoothness and I was hooked. This was definitely made for beer fans who like chocolate malted beers and not the hoppy IPAs. The beer is phenomenal. Once again I am picking a beer with a high ABV of 9%, I imagine drinking a few of these makes your eyes look like the label. The Hairy Eyeball is also amazingly similar to the Hillenbrand Double Down Ale. Don’t go searching for that anywhere, it was a beer I designed and brewed 3 years ago. The label on the Hairy Eyeball is awesome, even the dog looks drunk. Look for it now in stores as it is a seasonal beer. The Hairy Eyeball is getting a 4.0 with a bullet, it’s good stuff.

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