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RATINGS: 598   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGB (515) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2011
On draught at the pub in Gaithersburg. Reddish amber color with thin fine head. Mild aroma but tough to tell more due to the delicious smell of ribs emanating from the kitchen. Taste is bright and hoppy with notes of grass, lemon, and peach, some almond taste as well. Finish is tart and the lemon cones through more but pretty nicely balanced. Tasty and mildly adventurous Dogfish offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Pours amber and slightly hazy with a white, lasting head. Smells metallic, soapy, some citrus, sage. Tastes of strong citrus, spicy with some peppery notes and a honey hint on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (2867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Hoppy aroma with some lemon. Golden amber pour with an off-white head. Superb lacing. Hops, lemon, and alcohol make up a sophisticated flavor. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5890) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2013 Draft at the Birch. Nice bright honey color with a nice head. The aroma is subdued if a bit citrusy. But the flavor is grand, yet mellow at the same time. Tangy with just a hint of lemon, the 10% is well hidden in a quaffable, light body. Delish. (#4109, 5/21/2011).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernovice39 (3156) - Montana, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Draft at Leonís. Hazy orange pour with a thin white head. Scent is citrus. Taste is light lemon and pine? Kinda boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 20, 2011
On tap at urbn pizza for Taphunter 2nd anniversary party. Nose pinetree and bit of bubblegum hoppiness. Taste big pinetree with gooey sweet pine back. Amazingly itís not too far over the top. Sharp alcohol in there you bet! 10oz pour is plenty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2352) - New York, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Bottled. Poured a clear amber orange citrus hops and lemons to taste. Decent head. Quite bitter. Can taste all the IBUs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Bottle shared by atom. Pour is hazy copper orange with a nice large white head. Nice citrusy aroma with lemon peels being up front. Somewhat reminds me of sour lemon flavored candies. Taste is slightly sweet like candied citrus, with grapefruit and lemon citrus, and a strong bitterness towards the finish. A lemon sour flavor lingers for a while and causes my mouth to water. This is pretty slick on the tongue, but it coats the sides and roof of my mouth which is a little off putting for me with this sour lemon flavor lingering. Pretty solid though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atom (1436) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Bottle pours bubbly cloudy amber/orange with a large khaki head. Aroma of citrus, floral, malt, honey, lemon, and apricot. Taste is very sweet citrus and caramel slight biter pine with lemon peel on the finish. Alcohol is very present on the finish lots of malt throughout. Not bad but not overly impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Draft on tap at Mariaís (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice decent hazed golden orange pour, good glow with a decent sized offwhite head atop, laces small. Aromas are a moderate citrus hop presence, lemons and grapefruit, grass and florals mesh with bready malts, some sweeter caramel, toast. Hop presence grows as it warms. Initial is medium bodied, dusty lemons, bread dough, fairly sweet malt complex with a moderate hopping, florals, grass, a touch of perfume. Hops grow, but still quite sweet. Perfumey florals, some resinous pine works in. Fresh, without the most complex hop profile in the world. Not a bad DIPA, with very floral and piney hops, not the most citrusy. Finish is dry, bitter, fruity elements throw some pear, booze, and pineapple. A touch hot. A solid DIPA, but the hop profile isnít for me. And the nose is sweet, almost apple juicey. Strange.

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