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RATINGS: 620   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
2011 marks the 100th birthday of Mississippi Delta bluesman Robert Johnson who, according to legend, sold his soul down at the crossroads in a midnight bargain and changed music forever. Working again with our friends at Sony Legacy (yup, the same folks we did our Miles Davis-inspired Bitches Brew with), Dogfish Head pays tribute to this blues legend by gettin the hellhounds off his trail and into this finely-crafted ale. Hellhound is a super-hoppy ale that hits 100 IBUs in the brewhouse, 10.0 ABV, 10.0 SRM in color, and dry-hopped with 100% centennial hops at a rate of 100 kilos per 100 barrel brew-length. Can you tell we at Dogfish are stoked for this mighty musical centennial? To accentuate and magnify the citrusy notes of the centennial hops (and as a shout out to Robert Johnsons mentor Blind Lemon Jefferson) we add dried lemon peel and flesh to the whirlpool.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GnarlyGnome (852) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle: pours a nice orange color with a thick, sticky head. Itís aroma is a nice citrus hoppiness. The flavor slaps you in the face with alcohol and bitterness. Itís not balanced at allin my opinion which I hate saying because I enjoyed it. Itís got a nice citrus favor that is used in tandem with a woody flavor. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - NOV 25, 2011
Really delicious IPA, like their 60 minute. The touch of lemon really makes the citrus stand out, but it really enhances the flavor instead of dominates it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (3335) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Light cloudy orange with a big frosty white head. Aroma is slightly citrusy. The description builds up this big hop profile that I just did not pick up. There are some hops there but not in an overpowering hop bomb sort of way. Pleasant, just not a hop head delight. A little bit of peppery spice and a nice refreshing lemon flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Hazy orange, hugr frothy head, sticky lacing, coats glass. Aroma is loaded with citrus zest, sticky resin and light alcohol. Huge resiny hops up front, sticky pine, stone fruits, light alcohol and backend sweetness. Full body and mouthfeel. Tough to tackle a 750 all alone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (4744) - Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Aroma has a strong fruity overtone, rather like a hard cider, with notes of malt and yeast. It pours a beautiful clear orange amber with a thick, fluffy head just a shade off white. Flavor is - whoa, serious alcohol bite, like a liquid pit bull! It has strong woody and fruity notes with a whisper of butterscotch. Smooth flavor has a woody alcohol edge and a fair amount of tingle. Be careful, this is not for the faint of heart!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9210) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Pour out of 750 mL bottle is clear orange with white head that stays pretty well, some bigger bubbles but nice looking. Aroma brings notes of lemon, orange and some slight tangerine, hints of biscuit and some slight spice in there as well. A bit one-dimensional but it smells pretty good. Taste is big lemony, orange, some tangerine, more lemon and some sweet biscuit malt, going into a slightly bitter but a touch alcoholic finish. Not the best DIPA, but still nice flavors and drinks smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrewtopiaofPJ (37) - Miller Place, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Pours a nice amber color, almost copper. Citrus lemony aroma, creamy and tangy with a bitter finish. Delicious! grass, citrus, lemon, orange, hops and more hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2011
750ml, bottled on 10/22/2011 and consumed within the month. The pour yields a mostly clear, very lightly hazy dark orange-golden amber body. A thick head of off-white to light tan froth slowly settles to a low, bubbly blanket, leaving sticky clumps and splotches of lacing all over the glass. The nose booms with pithy, dry, biting lemon sharpness, touching also on floral orange blossom notes that seem overly soapy. Alcohol is prominent, almost overpowering, mixing with the lemon to suggest of boozy limoncello liquor. The hops dominate the underlying crackery, toasty-sweet malt. Flavors are just as out of balance, showing loads of pithy, bitter, biting lemon hops up front, followed by boozy, under-attenuated, bready/crackery malt. Alcohol is astringent and hot. This somehow seems stale after only 3 weeks in the bottle. The palate is cloying, syrupy, and just downright unpleasant. Ugh. This one was a struggle...not to mention a complete letdown.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
verd77 (13) - Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Bomber: pours clear amber with a nice lasting head. Very hoppy with a slight lemon taste to it. You can also taste the alcohol in it a bit. still pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arondee (599) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Pours an attractive orange color with a nice white head. Aroma is alcohol and lemon pledge. The taste is super alcoholic, slightly bitter, a little taste of lemon. I donít like it. The lemon/ipa thing doesnít work at all for me. The hop aroma is completley hidden by alcohol as is the flavor. Not very enjoyable.

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