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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 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 (981) - 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 (13056) - 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 (750) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
750 mL bottle shared by obguthr at Butters Slutfest 2.0, Richmond, VA, 4.23.11. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized creamy white head. Good head retention and lacing. The aroma is citrus forward, lemon particularly, with faint floral hop notes and toffeeish malts. The taste is toffee, resiny and citrus hops and a tart citrus bite in the finish. Medium-full bodied. Nice beer, but if I didnít know ahead of time this had lemons in it I would have just chalked it up to the hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1959) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Hazy orange-gold with good, creamy, off-white head / Mild nose of cream, soap, and citrus / Medium body, very creamy and lightly sweet, smooth, flavorful but mellow hopping, good balance and mildly biting finish / Flavors of cream, orange, grapefruit, banana, and cut pine / I love the creamy, mellow, body of this one. Lack the biting hops expected from a Dog double.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4198) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Bottle... Poured burnt orange with a thick mildly off-white head. Thick, foamy palate. Very bitter with resinous, high alpha hops. The lemon offered some tart citrus and acidic burn towards the finish. Wood shavings. Some very noticeable alcohol heat in there too. Bitter rind-like tones. More hop pine flavors, ginger, yeast spices, grassy earthiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2729) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2011
soft citrus hopping, a touch of flowers, green grass, a little peachy with cookieish malts. Hop flavors are light and peppery up front, a little floral behind that, with a medium sweet bready malt, a little light on body, with a citrusy bitter finish. Hazy amber, full foamy head, nice lacing. Lingering peppery bitterness with hints of lemon juice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - AUG 2, 2011
Draft at toronado. Orange color with a normal amount of head. Aroma is citrus hops and probably the lemon peel. Flavor is rich and malty, but also quite bitter. I would put it among the good IIPAs, but it doesnít stand out at all.

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