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RATINGS: 625   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3235) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours amber with an average off-white head. Aroma of citrus, pine and lemons. Flavor was citrusy hops, pine, lemon peel, light caramel and a touch of grapefruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours a beautiful hazy orange/bronze color with a nice frothy rocky off white head sitting on top that creeps down the side of the glass as it goes down. Aroma is citrus and pine hops. Lemons. Smells quite boozy. Sipping this beer down, The first thing I notice is itís sweetness. Sweet citrusy hops. with quite a bit of piney notes following through for bitterness. Itís backed up with some pale or caramel malt. Has a light lemony citrus bitterness towards the end. Not much of a bite as much as it is just a lingering bitterness that is balanced by the sweet malt.. And I will say there isnít much masking the alcohol here. Oily sticky texture and medium bodied. Itís a smooth sipper with quite a bit of alcohol warming up the feeling as you drink. had it on draft before and thought it was unimpressive. More less a lemon-y IPA. Better in the bottle even if the alcohol takes over a bit much of the taste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2011
(750ml bottle) Pours a clear copper body with a small white head. Aroma of lemons, grass, grapefruit, light pine, and herbs. Flavor of lemon, caramel malt, herbs, and grass with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Draught at Craft Ale House: Aroma of crystal malt, hops, citrus, pine and grapefruit. Poured amber in color with a medium-sized, creamy, rocky, frothy, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Slightly hazy. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of hops, fruit, citrus, grapefruit, sugar, and pine. Medium to full body. Oily, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Hop, crystal malt, citrus, pine finish is dry. 10%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sloth (2813) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Large white head with good retention and a nice, sticky lacing. Hazy, copper orange colored brew. Nose is lemony with notes of bandaid. Medium body, an almost spritzy carbonation, light oilyness and astringency. Overly sweet malts for a DIPA that are backed by off putting phenolic notes, band aid being the main distraction. The lemon does,nt interact well with it either. Finish is a bit sweet with no real hop bite to speak of. Bummer. 750 from statelineliquors

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cmc619 (501) - California, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Dark orange-bronze with a slight haze. Head thins out a bit, but keeps a tight cap on the beer. Not a ton revealed in the aroma. Maybe itís the lemon rind addition, but this beer has the nice crisp finish of a summer ale. Some lemony tartness and dryness as well. For 100 IBUs, a reasonably balanced beer--balanced in terms of "big" (all around). The palate is intense--really interesting, and maybe my favorite part of this beer. Another nice feature: the alcohol is really hidden. Most beers of this strength will either be too "hot" or too syrupy. This is a really interestingly conceived beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmm635 (994) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Pours clear and orange with a large soapy head. Super hop aroma. Lots of citrus aromas, especially lemons and oranges. Nicely balanced flavor. Very bitter with just enough sweetness. Real nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (14663) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 15, 2011
750mL bottle, pours a hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma of citrus and resinous hops, some pine and some caramel malt - very subtle nose. Flavour is very lemony, with lots of bitter citrus hops that bitterly linger on and on. Almost no malt backing. Solid, though way unbalanced and not complex. 90 Minute slays this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2011
Ho hum. Another bitter IPA. Great story. Hell hounds. Sold soul. Who could ask for anything more? Itís a well made, perfectly balanced IPA. Hard to tell itís 10% until you try to walk after finishing a bottle. Hard to tell itís 100 IBU because, well, again, it is perfectly balanced. No flaws. Nothing to complain about. But nothing to get excited about either. A hoppy hazy amber IPA, with a lot of lemon in the nose and the taste. i do like it. I donít love it. And with that much alcohol and with that kind of price tag, it should have been remarkable. Even a slight downgrade because of the price and the alcohol. Wonít do another bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Bottled in 2011 1. Finally tracked down a bottle. 750ml into a DFH signature glass. I pulled up some Robert Johnson on Youtube....ugh, this worked much better with bitches brew. A - Dark amber body and a soapy off white head. Great IPA lacing. S - Woody and citrusy. Some floral notes, some light lemon and orange, biscuity malts, and a hint of alcohol. Not a lot of hop aromas actually. T - It starts off with sweet fruit. Apricots, tart lemon rind, oranges, and tangerines. Some biscuity malts and a lightly bitter finish. Nice and creamy mouth feel. Dangerously drinkable. O - Certainly off centered. Not in the usual DFH way, but in the way of IPAís. I really enjoyed the sweeter fruits and tart lemon flavors. It was very subtle and worked well with the bitterness of the hops and breadiness of the malt.

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