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RATINGS: 616   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davey101 (747) - 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 IPA’s. 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 (11116) - 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 didn’t 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 (1946) - 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 (4192) - 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 (2678) - 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 doesn’t stand out at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2595) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Deep golden pour clear orange tint thick foamy off white head and lots of lacing .... aroma is of bitter citrusy hops and a little lemony and very light pine .... taste is very bitter lots of citrusy hops and bitter lemon peel little peppery some malty and a hint of pine ... finishes bitter and hoppy with a lingering lemon abv hidden pretty well ... a good brew bitterness just overwhelms almost all of the other flavors

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SudsMcDuff (7254) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2011
yup, that’s a lemon .. . Pours a medium amber, medium foam, light clasping lacing .. . floral notes, some citrus and of course lemon .. . an ok beer, a bit muddled and under whelming .. . another DFH that seems intriguing but never lives up to how good it sounds .. . Well they should, those filthy buggers. They go from port to port.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Bottle from Wine101. Amber pour. A little darker than I was expecting. Aroma was nice lemon, citrus, toffee, and some floral notes. After the lovely complex aroma this one fell flat for me. mediocre at best IIPA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Capped 750mL bottle. Bottled on 2011. Amber color, nice lacing from a thin white head. The nose is mostly hops, loads of resin & citrus. A touch of lemongrass and caramel malt sugars. Flavor of sweet malts, loads of bitter hops, some pine. Finishes with a palate busting bitterness, lingering form the flavor. Then there is an odd citric acid left behind. I do not detect lemons at all, although the acidity is there, ABV is very well hidden. Smooth body, easy to drink. Overall impression, a citric acidic 90 Minute, minus the vanilla.

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