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RATINGS: 573   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inabil1ty (24) - - FEB 3, 2014
The lemons are very prominent. Not sure lemon is a good flavor match for a hoppy IPA. Still, I’m going to finish this bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
t8dd (41) - Mascoutah, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Bottle. Poured into a snifter. Huge citrus aromas. Poured a hazy yellow with a nice thick white head. The lemon really complements the citrus and pine character of the hops. Reminded me of a shandy with a bitter aftertaste but good. Really enjoyed this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (676) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Thanks for sharing, Eric! Pours murky orange amber with white head, some lacing. Aroma: whoa, caramel malty sweetness. Plus lemon. Maybe orange, but lemon is what comes to mind. Taste: awfully sweet, caramel and citrus - basically a lemon head but without the tartness you might expect. Full body, creamy texture. Overall: drinks more like a so-so barley wine than a do-so double ipa. But I do love me some Robert Johnson, so I guess I’m glad this was made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (4622) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2014
750mL bottle Bottled On 10/21/2013. So, right then. Nose is hoppy, just hugely floral, with resin, juicy oil, lemon/orange/light grapefruit, some pepper, rind,/peel. Pours deep, clear orange with light carbonation and a creamy, thick beige head. In the mouth, very oily with some citrus juice squeezed in, medium bitterness but relatively dry as far as gravity goes, a little booze seeping through but very little. Has the rough-/coarseness of their 90mins without going overboard on the astringency or even getting rubbery, slightly warms the chest with volume but otherwise I’d say they’ve nailed the ‘big beer’ aspect. The juicy/oily character brings out a wonderful white grape/must character with peach, apricot, some white pepper and something guava/kiwi-y in the middle. A very drinkable medium body, dangerously so! Super smooth. Love this, though I suspect its slight age prevented me from experiencing the Centennial deluge. Worth hunting down!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jflopsu (437) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Pours a light orange. Has a unique aroma of sweet malt and slight citrus hops. Taste starts malty with some citrus hops, caramel and spices. Aftertaste is a mix of light hops and heavy malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (3546) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Aroma is lemons, citrus, malts and a hint of earth. The flavor is lemons/Starburst candy, citrus, malts, mild earthy notes and tangy/bitter finish. Don’t know that I’ve ever had an ale/beer that tasted anything like Starburst, quite interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
valpoaj (613) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Tap Pour - Brown/Orange with a robust off-white head. Aroma is strong and biting - heavily hopped and fully of lemon/orange/grapefruit citrus. Good stuff! Flavor is quite good as well, but actually found it to be a bit less bitter than anticipated. Palate was slightly harsh, but the 10% doesn’t show...just has a bit of a ’bite’ that made it slightly off in my mind. Good brew...would happily enjoy a pint!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Yomonk1 (3) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2014 does not count
On the nose, graham cracker, dried flowers, lemon oils. Hazy, burnt orange appearance. Off white, creamy head. Taste- chalky, slightly herbal, lemony and pleasant hop bitterness. Perhaps a little burnt toast. Very creamy finish. Overall assessment - very solid imperial IPA. Great hoppiness. Will hold up to a spicy Mexican dish as well as Thai cuisine while keeping pace with a nice roasted pork. Certainly a must try for IPA lovers

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jdskinns (194) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with foamy white head. Aroma is citrus, lemon, and hops. Taste is huge on hops and citrus, and a good deal of lemon that really goes well with the rest of the beer. Would be very happy to try this one again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (639) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Orange Tan with small head. Some honey with malt and moderate citrus hop aromas. Malts dominate the most of the flavors. Great beer, but, its overpriced. A lot of hype over the name, for a normal Dbl IPA

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