Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Beer pick of the week: The Hairy Eyeball

Posted By on Tue, Apr 8, 2008 at 4:55 PM


The Hairy Eyeball

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Petaluma, CA

ABV 8.8%

A seasonal offering from the madmen at Lagunitas, this is an American Strong Ale that might be also be classed as a Wee Heavy Scottish-style ale or a strong brown ale. It pours a clear mahogany brown with some leggy head that hints at the high alcohol content. The taste is rich and malty, with a maple sweetness and a subdued hop profile that is uncharacteristic for Lagunitas. The noticeable alcohol and burnt caramel in the nose make it a sipper, perfect for savoring the buttery-slick texture. Dark fruits like plum and prune come through as it warms. A floral, spicy hop bitterness in the finish gives hints of clove and cinnamon. This would go nicely with some after dinner chocolates.

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