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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8139) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Grapefruit and tropical fruit aroma. Pine and grapefruit flavor with light caramel and light earth. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Pine and grapefruit lingers with light earth. Alcohol noticeable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Bottle. Aroma has notes of caramel, citrus fruits, lemon and ginger. Medium amber orange hue with an average sized off-white frothy head that left great lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily soft. Overall a very nice IIPA. Great looks and aroma. Loved it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2011
(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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
adam42381 (386) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2011
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonusWagner (1978) - Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10801) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Clear gold. Lemons and hops with some thyme. Flavor is bitter like bitter lemon peel. Not amazing but worth drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2011
One dogfish head beer that doesnít taste like an afghaniís bunghole. Actually quite yummy. hides the alcohol real well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluesandbarbq (33) - Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2011
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. The Beer: 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pacond (188) - Muncie, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Golden orange color. Candied fruits and the essence of lemon towards the finish make this beer stand out.

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