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RATINGS: 621   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Appearance: coppers and ambers under an off-white pithy head which fades into an equally off-white collar. Blotchy along the sides.
Nose: fresh lemon rind, both pith and outer skin. Biscuit malt in the back, melba underneath. Sweet essence of key lime rind. Fir trees. Candied ginger in the back middle Ė delectable and teasatory.
Palate: ginger, lemon, spice, and rind. Apple skins. Dried peaches underneath. Lemon rind and key lime linger in breath. Caramelized ginger slices. Spice tickles the breath. Lemon pepper. General dryness of melba along the sides. More lemon in the breath Ė like biting into a whole fresh lemon while taking a breath. Parched and drying. Homemade lemonade aged in fresh oak barrels.
Final Thoughts: delicious, divine, dry, and refreshing. The adult summer beverage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2011
(bottle) light amber with off white head. Citrus aroma. Flavor was citrus/lemon, pine, caramel malt, quite bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10445) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2011
Bottle @ Danís house. Red orange appearance with an off white head. Grapefruit, lemon citrusy hoppy nose. Moderate lemon peel, mild to moderate grapefruit hoppy, fairly pale malty flavor. Booze is hidden very well. Great citrusy IPA that would probably be excellent for a hot summer afternoon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2011
On tap at Tria Rittenhouse in Philly. Pours a light amber with a short khaki head and tons of lacing. Bracing but inviting hoppy aroma with citrus and spruce. Citrusy hops, a tad of yeast, light caramel and milk chocolate balanced with a healthy malt profile. Mild carbonation and refreshingly light texture. Dry, snappy finish. One of my favorite DH brews. Sneaky strong. Surprised it isnít rated much higher in relation to other IIPAs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Nice hopy and dry grass nose. A bit bright and orange in color. Not very flowal. Taste is bitter and clean and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2013 Tap at DFH Alehouse and 750ml from 99, PD, Tacoma Boys and others. Hazy light orange pour with a short, persistent, off-white head leaving heavy lace. Light pine and caramel malt nose. Medium body and carbonation. Spruce, citrus, toast, lemon zest, caramel, and dough (towards the sediment-filled bottom of the bottle). Medium, citrusy, bitter finish. More evenly balanced than the hop-forward Imperials and therefore more traditional, whilst still clearly being an American IIPA. ABV isnít apparent and one could power down several pints on a sticky Delaware summer day: beware! Another ígreater than the sum of the partsí DFH special, Iíd love to see this one make regular appearances. UPDATE: Later batches have lacked much of the complexity and pleasant aromas of the initial release - this beer has changed since its introduction and Iím adjusting my rating downwards accordingly. Have even had a mishandled/skunked bottle recently (Dec í12). Will continue to try samples to see if DFH catch up with their new system.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Bottle thanks to AndyReynolds
Better than I expected to be honest. I wasnít sure how I would like the heavy mixture of lemon, spices, and hops advertised on the bottle. But it turned out to be a remarkably refreshing IPA with enough of a unique twist to keep me interested. Refreshing lemon and citrus are combined with a generous amount of hops. The alcohol really started to kick in as it warmed and only then did I realize it was 10% ABV. I think it would be even better if it were a bit lighter on the alcohol. Ever since watching "Brewmasters" Iíve grown more and more skeptical of DFHís cute little "gimmicks"... but Iím often reminded that Iím rarely let down by any of their beers. As long as I never see something like Brandy Barrel Aged Chicha...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2720) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Bottle. Amber pour with a dry hoppy and citrus aroma. Taste of hop, citrus, caramel malts, lemon and yeast with a dry finish. A good brew, not their best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wedgie9 (2596) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Tasted on 6/10/11 on draft at Bad Apple. Pours clear bright orange with an average off-white head that slowly recedes to thin, spotty lace. The nose is a typical sweet, more malt driven, DIPA with som interesting lemon hops, earth, caramel, and a bitter citrus peel aroma. The flavor is sweet, malty caramel, bitter citrus peel, and resin hops with a unique bitter dimension. The body is medium with a sticky texture, average carbonation, and a long bitter citrus peel and resin bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2011
From a 750ml from Grape and Gourmet brought back on a plane from Virgina Beach to good old Carbondale, IL. Poured into a snifter. Color is a beautiful orange/amber. Has a huge amount of bright white head that is nice and frothy, takes forever to go down, and leaves excellent lacing. Aroma is nice floral and citrus hops with a slight smell of sweet lemonheads. Strongly bitter with a slightly sweet aftertaste. You can definitely taste the lemon in there. You can also definitly tell this this bad boy is 10% ABV. Not in a bad way like some of the higher alcohol beers Iíve had, but in a very good way. Medium bodied with a sticky oily texture. Soft carbonation and a long bitter finish. Overall, this is an absolutely awesome beer. This is everything I could ask for. I just wish I could get more. The only thing I could ask for was a bit more of a lemon taste. This is one Iíll totally be looking for again.

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