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RATINGS: 610   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 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!

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4786) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Pours light amber with a small white head. Citrus and malt aroma. Resinous hops on a medium body, with just a hint of the lemon. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oldgrumpy (104) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2011
This is great stuff. Well balanced. Full body and flavor. very refreshing. lots of hops. A great beer/

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (9280) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011
So-so DIPA. Lttle malty smell, where’s the hops. Ok looks, its filtered. Pellet hops were used Centennial. Golden body. A little head, lace. Dry hopped Centennial. The lemony finish is the taste, period.Doug’s bottle, thank you very much for sharing. OK drinkability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (2002) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Bottle thanks to rwinzing on BA. Clear deep yellow pour, very well carbonated and an aroma of soapy hops, citrus. Flavor is syrupy lemon, hops, overall a very rich beer. Decent and unqiue enough to pick up, but not sure if I’d trade for it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Draft - Poured a slightly hazy orange-amber in color with a small off-white head that disappeared quickly. Aroma is of citrus hops (lemony) with a decent amount of mat mixed in. Flavor was missing some of the bright citrus present in the aroma, but the pine resin made up for it. Maltiness provides a good balance to the hop bitterness. A decent DIPA...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kbutler1 (1375) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Bottle. Poured into a DT tulip glass a copper orange color with a slight collared head. Nice aroma of orange, lemon, and slight pine. Medium mouthfeel. Not overly bitter, has a nice maltiness to it. The lemon comes out minimally but is a nice addition to it. Some floral type notes as well. Some pine.

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