zach8270 (3370) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle - 750 ml) Clear orange pour with a thin white head. Outstanding citrus aroma with lots of grassy hops and a lot of grapefruit sweetness. Flavor isnít as potently hoppy as the aroma leads you to believe. Mild bitterness with a very prominent lemon zest aftertaste. Slightly bitter on the palate with a mild lingering bitterness.
adam42381 (372) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.
Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber color with orange highlights and a fluffy 3 finger off-white head. Excellent head retention and nice lacing.
Smell: Lemon is the dominant aroma but there are hints of pine, bready grains and malt in the background.
Taste: Lemon zest and bready malt up front followed by piney hops in the middle before finishing with a blast of bitter lemon peel. Aftertaste is bitter with a touch of maltiness. The malt presence is more than I expected from a DIPA brewed with lemons. The 10% ABV is well-masked.
Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a fairly low amount of carbonation. This is much lighter and thinner than I would have liked.
Drinkability: Average drinkability. This isnít something Iím going to savor to the last drop. The alcohol is well-hidden so it could sneak up on you if you decide to finish the whole 750ml bottle by yourself (Iím splitting the bottle 60/40 with the wife this evening).
Overall: Average beer overall. I had high hopes for this beer and those hopes were heightened when I saw how beautifully it poured. Unfortunately, things went down hill from there. The smell was slightly above average and the taste was nothing more than average. Pair that with a below average body for a DIPA and you get what I consider to be an average beer at best. Dogfish Head is one of my favorite breweries and this is one of the few times that theyíve not met or exceeded my expectations.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured into a snifter.
4.0 A: Hazed medium to dark orange color. Two fingers of creamy off-white head with average retention and a small ring of lacing.
3.5 S: Not quite as hoppy as I would have expected, but quite nice nonetheless. Hops are spicy and grassy foremost with a light citrusy, grapefruit component. The lemon is about as powerful as the hops. Malts are mostly neutral with a light sweetness and maybe a hint of crystal. Surprisingly clean and free of booziness. Yeast gives a touch of breadiness.
3.0 T: Lightly biscuity malts with a bready yeast component. Just a touch of caramel sweetness. Moderate bitterness with piney, grassy, and lightly herbal hops with a touch of grapefruit. Lemon adds a nice addition, but overall this is pretty tame for 10% ABV and 100 IBUs. Again no booze.
4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very nice creaminess going on and super smooth.
3.5 D: This is a pretty unexciting beer given itís stats. This has neither a strong hop component, nor a strong malt component. Itís tasty, but doesnít ever make you think that you are drinking something special.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-12-2011 00:30:16
HonusWagner (1323) - Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Why would you add all this lemon? Very detectable lemon taste with accompanying bitterness and slight, slight hints of tart. But itís just a bit hard to drink, not overwhelmingly sweet but a bit too bitter. At least itís different.
daknole (8863) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear gold. Lemons and hops with some thyme. Flavor is bitter like bitter lemon peel. Not amazing but worth drinking.
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One dogfish head beer that doesnít taste like an afghaniís bunghole. Actually quite yummy. hides the alcohol real well.
bluesandbarbq (33) - Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This Hellhound Blues Ale is courtesy of kinger, who sent me this knowing I coveted it. Not the first Blues inspired beer ever brewed but certainly the most ballyhooed. When I first read about DFH and Sony honoring Robert Johnson, I knew that this beer was a "must have" item for me.
Clear bright amber pour with a very tight white head and lazy lacing throughout. Decent carbonation present. Citrus hops and light lemon zest aroma with a clean almost floral scent, offset by some earthy malts and a near heavy mouthfeel. The lemon zest becomes more prevalent as it warms but still not overwhelming and nicely refreshing. Taste is citrus and lemon hops upfront, hugely so, great bitter linger only cut a bit by the malts.
Hellhound did not disappoint. It was as I expected; nothing more, noting less. Fairly simple like the earthy Delta Blues that Robert Johnson purveys. Music hauntingly playing in my background: Cross Road Blues and Hellhound On My Trail - Robert Johnson - hell, Iím listening to the entire box set of King of the Delta Blues right now! Letting this beer take me to another place and time... a dusty highway crossroads in the middle of the Mississippi Delta, just outside Clarksdale. Itís near midnight and a lonely figure in the distance is walking the road carrying a guitar case, silhouetted by what little moon is present. Lighting crashes in the distance. The smell of rain and the heavy humidity is all around me lingering in the Southern night air. Dogs barking near me, chasing the soul carrying that guitar case...
pacond (187) - Muncie, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden orange color. Candied fruits and the essence of lemon towards the finish make this beer stand out.
kylefleeger (105) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2011 This beer is really nice. The artwork and nastalgia if thatís how it is spelled, is wonderful. The beer pours hazy and copper colored with the distinct and advertised lemon smell. There is a thick white head that laces the glass very lightly. I like this beer but to be honest itís a little one note for me. Granted the hops and lemons are supposed to be very distinct but I was expecting there would be a little more to it.
CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pour is a very slightly hazy lt gold in color, almost orange. Huge billowing head, fades fast to slightly sticky lacing that runs down the glass. Aroma is slightly weak: some lemons, pine and citrus hops, just a touch of alcohol. Taste is where its at: Huge, assertive lemon on the front, moving to crazy pine, citrus, and floral hop bitterness on the end with a bit of residual caramel sweetness. Long lasting bitterness. Fairly dry. A great beer.