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RATINGS: 612   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Brew pours a mild golden amber color with a fast head that settles softly to a thin silky canopy and a fluffy lace. Smells GREEN. Green grapes, green stems, green alcohol. Medium full nectar with good carbonation. A rich malty brew, mildly sweet with a strong green profile. Thereís a touch of sea salt and fresh white confection. Seriously, this brew is so out of whack. I fell like Iím sucking on a tar bag in a baseball dugout. I got a mouth full of my lawn mowers grass catcher. Cold or room, this brew is not worthy. Knowing the constituents, the lemon has a negative reaction to the beer as a whole and turns it green.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Pours light brown, with a nice off-white head. Very nice aroma with loads of citrus hops, mild alcohol, and piney grapefruit. Flavor is very bitter, with citrus hops, alcohol, and mildly malty (loads of flavor). Finishes VERY dry and a slight alcohol burn! I like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PaulUnwin (86) - Pinellas Park, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2011
floral, spruce, citrus, hazy, nice beer, lively, overall a good tasting DIPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2895) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2011
750 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, tiny bubbled off white, long lived, head with some lacing, over a slightly hazy amber (SRM 9) body....nose is pine, grapefruit, toffee/caramel, pineapple.....taste is grapefruit peel, resin, toffee/caramel, light pineapple finishing with lingering lightly astringent, pine and grapefruit bitterness.....mouth feel light of medium, alcohol heat present, carbonation adds a lovely creaminess. This meets the style, and is quite typical for an I/DIPA. The lemon adds to the citrus qualia, but to me at least, does not add subtlety to the grapefruit layers of the centennial. This is another of the craft beers that must be served slightly warmer than typically done in order to appreciate its true brilliance. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Beautiful Clear golden orange with a creamy white head. Amazing citrus aroma and taste of orange lemon and grapefruit with an exceptionally well balanced bitterness against the sweet caramel and candied lemon peel flavors. Alcohol un-noticeable minus some slight warmth on the back end. Nice creamy palate that accentuates the citrus flavors and hints at vanilla. This is as close to perfection as IPAs get!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2939) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2011
24 karat with a nice tangerine hue and thin ring for a head. Spatters of lacing inside the glass. Nose of mild citrus, caramel, and light pine. Flavor also is subtle with grapefruit, lemongrass, and sharp pith. Still mediocre...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1568) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Nice bottle to honor Robert Johnson and a fine brew. Has plenty of flavor, with a nice lemon, hoppy taste and a bitter, long finish. Another great beer from Dogfish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2011
25 oz. from Chuckís. Yellow-orange in color and cloudy due to suspended yeast particles. Slight citrus--though I hesitate to say lemon--aroma. Wonderfully full malt tempers the 100 IBUs. Big full body with a satisfying finish. The only reason I didnít rate it higher is because Iím not sure how this differs from the 90 Minute IPA. $14 a bottle? Probably not again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjgmd (1642) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Nice memorabilia bottle for the collector, lemony bitter ale, full of flavor and tasty,, easy to drink from the master brewers at Dogfish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2011
The pour is a translucent, pale amber color with a moderately full, pillowy white head which is somewhat lasting and leaves tight, soapy lace. The nose is quite boring for a 10% beer and 100 IBU; some floral, resinous, lemon, grapefruit, and cinnamon. The flavor is similar with lots of resins, a nearly high bitterness, floral still, lemons, light ruby red grapefruit, and some pepper. The palate is moderate to full, slightly warm, velvety, and nearly lively. The finish is bitter, some citrus, but mostly resinous. Honestly, it is bitter but has no hop character. The complexity is completely minimal and the depth is laughable. Maybe they should have spent more time putting together a drinkable beer instead of making sure everything fit to a specific number. Very disappointing for a $16 bottle.

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