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RATINGS: 599   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brenn79 (1582) - Idaho, USA - JUN 3, 2011
750 ml. bottle- Pours hazy orange with nice lacework and a nice head that collapses fairly quickly. Aroma is hoppy resinous at first then malty, I detect berries, and lemon pledge. The taste is definitely hoppy, with berries, some lemon, alcohol is apparent, it could be hidden better. Body is full, carbonation is medium, big beer. Overall a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (1767) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JUN 3, 2011
750 ml bottle into tulip. Pours hazy orange with a large off-white head with good retention that leaves some nice lacework. Aroma is honeysuckle floral, sticky buns. Taste is bittersweet, meaty, and alcoholic. Lemon is there but not in your face. Finish is long and bitter, carbonation is medium, mouthfeel is creamy. Different than your average DIPA, but thatís a good thing. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Bottle. Glowing orange fluid. head was all soapy and shit with some wet drippy lacing. Must accented fruit hop nose with some apricot jamming in there, and some of that alcohol too. Flavors are bitter in like a wrong way...like plasticy, or the white stuff on an orange or lemon peel, or aspirin, or just fuck man, leave it to dogfish head to bring an extreme kind of bad bitterness to the $13 bottled beer experience...and fucking christ, the alcohol is oh so present, so not only is it retarded wrong bittered, its fucking boozy too, makes me feel quesy...dried lemon peel + 10% alcohol = a dumb idea.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 2, 2011
Bottle. A hazy golden color with a white head. A strong pine aroma with a dry, bitter piney malty and cereal flavor. A decent body but it doesnít shine in either the aroma or flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3717) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2011
Robert Johnson--a musical figure worthy of a beer. Floral, fruity--softer citrus than a traditional DIPA. Tickles at first with some acidity and bitterness, turning deeply bitter in the mid-palate, but mellowing with a round (though still somewhat astringent) Italian note: something like basil and rosemary. Some alcoholic plain through the late finish, tingling up the nose. Reasonably good but could use cellaring or some taming of some kind. Thanks to Jazz88 for all that he is and does...like having good beers in the fridge. :-)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mrmartin (707) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2011
Orange-tinted golden pour. Big eggy head. Big Citrus hoppy nose. Kind of greasy body* Strong bitter slightly viscous finish. Nice Strong DIPA but not my favorite. *brewers should be careful with citrus peel, it leaves an oily remnant that IMHO is unpleasant. I had the same problem with Moylanís Black and Orange

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6036) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2011
bottled, thanks to mora2000, golden color with no head, nice pine, citrus aroma with sweet pineapple, hoppy lemon head, some heat on the finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfrancis (2511) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2011
Pours a gorgeous foggy golden yellow with a thin white head and great lacing. Aroma is great pine hops with a lemon tartness that blends so well with the hops it just tickles the nose. Taste is a blast of pine hop bitterness with the tartness of lemon. I can feel the booze hit but I donít mind it. I embrace it. Iíd definitely have it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bth122 (1297) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2011
Aoma of fresh citrus floral hops, Taste was a generous medium bitter. Hmm,is alot like 90min (like the Squall), but with a touch of lemon. Nice bitter finish. Canít complain.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 30, 2011
Bomber. Pours opaque apricot, thin white head. Aroma is potato chips and faint hops. I canít believe how light the scent is--thought there would be more of a hops bite. Flavor is hoppy bitter, crisp, with a lighter body than I expected. Finish is rather alcoholic, and not as well blended as I would prefer. If thereís one thing I dislike from a beer itís feeling a definite alcohol heat. I reserve that for liquor. I usually enjoy imp IPAs, but this particular beer (or bottle-maybe itís off) is not my bag.

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