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RATINGS: 588   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2011
thanks jtclockwork for sharingĖ750ml bottle-pours a tight off white head with trailing lace and gold color. Aroma is soft lemon zest, some pine, light malt. Taste is lemon bite, sweet lemonade syrup, medium malt mid palate, spice hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4424) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2011
On draft at Hoptomic 2011. Pours hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is citrus, lemon, lemongrass, lemon flesh, and some sugar and grass. Flavor is similar with lemon, lemongrass, spice, and booze, and sharp, biting citrus punch. Medium-bodied and very enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 18, 2011
THOUGHTS: Hid the alcohol incredibly well. Very lemony, but very well balanced. Some breweries just make better beer. Maybe even a little too heavy on the lemon. Became almost like the soapy lemon of too much lemon water ice. Tons of flavor and aroma. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, light to medium orangey amber with an average to large, off-white head that mostly diminished and left excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate dark bread, grain and caramel; heavy lemony hops; slightly lighter pine hops; toffee; light alcohol; and something else wonderful that I couldnít put my finger on. But lemon was the strongest aroma. The initial flavor was moderate to rather sweet, light to moderately bitter and light to somewhat acidic; while the finish was rather sweet, heavily bitter and moderately to rather acidic. There was mostly lemon, but also caramel malt, light alcohol, lemony hops, pine hos and almost soapy lemon hops. The nearly full body was a little syrupy and sticky on the lips, but also oily and then rather dry with soft, but tingly, carbonation and a lightly alcoholic and very dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4606) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle: The aroma is very citrusy with orange, peach, mango, and faint lemon peel. It a slightly hazy orange with lots of sediment and a large yellow-tinged head with good retention. The flavor starts with lots of orange, peach, and a touch of mango. The finish has moderate grapefruit, alcohol, and a touch of lemon peel. Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopsessed (37) - Kansas, USA - JUN 17, 2011
750 ml btl. Thanks, again, to The Tyler. This is what you would expect from DFH in an IPA. Solid. Would not bother hunting down, however, as I didnít feel it was overly original. Really wanted the lemon to be less subtle. Could have just been citrusy from the hops. Really didnít prove to my palate that lemon peels were even used. Good DIPA, meh fruit use. Have one more btl. Will try and possibly re-rate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2011
750ml bottle: Pours a clear deep golden bronze with a sticky-lacing froth of clingy white head. Has a unique fresh lemon aroma with some citrusy hop notes and lightly sweet pale malt. Starts with pretty good fullness and fresh resiny piny hop flavor with some light fruitiness and plenty of tart citric hoppiness before a drier, slightly warming bittersweet finish. Borders on being astringent without enough complex sweetness to back it up, but still has some drinkability.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger (1136) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUN 15, 2011
On draft at Urge in San Diego. Hazy golden pour with small ass head. Sweet grassy aroma. Taste is sweet floral with lots of citrus. Tasty

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10699) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Capped 750 from Malt & Vine. Bottled January 2011. Pours an amber so light itís almost gold. Head is 3 finger foamy off-white. Aroma is earthy/piney hop with mild cooked caramel. Near full bodied. Flavor is floral/citrus/earthy/perhaps resiny over detectable malt. This stuff has a lot of flavor. Going well with hot salsa. I take back every bad thought I ever had about assoholes going around the world to get sticks and stones to make odd ridiculous beers. Til the next odd ridiculous beer. This beer is fantastic.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gvmdw7 (186) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Poured a hazy orange hue. The centennial hops and pine are apparent in the smell. Unfortunately it had little hop character in the taste. The taste was citrussy, but the lemon doesnít complement the floral hop character. If anything I thought the lemon counter-acted the hops and produced a double IPA that was light bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (3759) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Location: 750 ml bottle shared by jcos, 6/12/11

Aroma: The nose has a decent amount of citrus, some orange and lemon, some earth and resin
Appearance: It pours a cloudy orange color with a lasting white head and little bit of lace
Flavor: The taste is fairly hoppy, not much sweetness, but lots of pine and citrus hop notes
Palate: Medium bodied, leaning full, with a slightly sticky mouthfeel, and a well hidden abv
Overall Impression: This one will serve as my 100th Double IPA rating! Quite a milestone, as I love me a Double IPA! Anyway, onto the beer, I found this one to be very solid. Maybe not the best IIPA that Iíve rated out of those 100, but rather tasty none-the-less. Iíll start the second hundred soon, but the first 100 will be hard to top.


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