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RATINGS: 596   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (2259) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JUN 12, 2011
Surprise tap at the Hop Leaf in Chicago. All they knew was it was a new DIPA. Dark gray-orange/orange tinged brown body. Alc thin head, nose is caramel, perfuming hops. Wow, this is big and tasty. Like a huge hopped dubbel, caramel, toasted-sweet, candi sugar. Heavy, oily hopping .. reminds me of 120min. This is big, full like sweet belgian brune. Great surprise, really amazing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome (892) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Red-brown color, small head. Sweet, hoppy aroma, with notes of lemon and alcohol. Flavor is crisp hoppiness with lemon and herbs, sweetness, alcohol. Sharp, bright feel. Mmm.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (2030) - USA - JUN 10, 2011
Cool drawing of bluesman Robert Johnson on label. Dark gold pour with light head. Very good floral, citrus aroma with a mellow undercurrent of beery elements. Interesting ale with a number of sides to it - as much like a strong lager as a big IPA. Lemon, good hop bitterness, and a lingering warm tingle on the palate. I tasted something like cinnamon too. And hats off to the numerological use of 100 in the brewing process - 100 IBU, 10.0 ABV, etc.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atheist_Peace (954) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2011
On tap at the ACBF. Amber/yellow pour with little head and lacing. There’s a real wooden quality with resinous hops and caramel. Light on the palate with a fruity quality .

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leafs93 (1689) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2011
Thanks to Chalsk for the bottle! Pours burnt orange with white head. Aroma of citrus, resin and alcohol. Taste is caramel sweet with bitters. The alcohol creates a dry and warming finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjuf1853 (1238) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2011
Draft at World of Beer (Land O Lakes, FL). Pours a hazed golden yellow color with a white head. Tons of hops in the aroma and flavor. Nice hints of lemon as well. Goes down extremely smooth for 10%.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jc4031 (129) - Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2011
you could really taste the lemons in this refreshing brew. not as aromatic as i like but had great body and flavor, not much alcohol taste if any for 10% this is a very tasty well balanced beer. glad i got to try one!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheChampion (114) - Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Pours copper with a medium white head. Citrus hop aroma with a touch of lemon. Tastes of loads of hops with some lemon in the finish. Much smoother than expected. Pretty good.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajd6c8 (70) - USA - JUN 6, 2011
A big hop profile resting on a fairly hefty malt backbone, with a noticeable but not overpowering amount of zest and zing from the lemon. It’s a distinctly DFH-esque IPA, that’s for sure. For as big as it is, it drinks pretty clean, actually. What really strikes me is how boozy it is. The nose is overwhelmed with booze. Not too brutal on the palate, however. Smooth & malty up front. The lemon really kicks you on the finish. Hops are definitely there on the aftertaste but are surprisingly not much of a factor on the initial flavor. Overall this is a so-so effort. The lemon thing was risky enough, but pushing it to 10% may have been a bad idea.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4370) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Bottle. Clear reddish gold pour, with a white head. Bitter hops, lemon, sweet malt, slightly metallic, citric acidity, and light bread. Kind of like DIPA lemon drop candy. Pretty good, better than what I was expecting.


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