I happened upon Lagunitas The Hairy Eyeball Ale the other day at a bottle shop and could not recall having it before so I snagged a bottle. The 9.1% ABV beer has touted 56.66 IBU and was a big ole bottle of maltiness with a hop backbone to keep it from becoming cloying. The website says, Especially formulated for when you wake up feelin’ like you need to shave your eyeballs to see the new day, and while I am not sure it would be the first thing I would grab in the morning as a hangover cure, it wasn’t a shabby beverage. With a kick in the pants in the hops department this coulda been a contender. Definitely a strong ale heading into old ale territory, but to me it needed a tweak in one direction or another to be interesting enough for me to purchase another bottle.

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