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RATINGS: 616   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5063) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Bottle thanks to someone. Nose is super hoppy, lemons, fruity, zest, and smooth. Smooth on the palate, lemons, hops, delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (5216) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 29, 2011
750 from Good Food Coop in Lexington. First taste is a big alcohol kick. Then sugar sweetness. Bitterness and citrus. Alcohol present. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hammy78 (903) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2011
Bottle sampled at my brotherís house. Pours a glowing copper colour. Nice half a finger white head and spots of lacing left behind as I drink this beauty. Aroma is sweet and a little hoppy. Tastes sweet and of citrus. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Draft served in a 10 oz. snifter at Tellerís. Pours a cloudy orange color with a small eggshell white head. Aroma of grassy and floral hops, orange and tangerine citrus, caramel malts, and sweet bread. Flavor of caramel and sweet bready malts, pineapple, orange citrus, grassy hops, pine resin, and a hint of honey. Medium-bodied, with a chewy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Interesting DIPA- nothing popped quite as much as I wanted it to, but the balance is solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1736) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 29, 2011
750ml bottle from Julioís Liquors. Pours a hazy burnt orange with a 2 finger thick white head. Aroma is packed with floral hop notes, citrus, lemon zest and golden raisins. Taste is quite citrusy, with lemon & oranges notes, as well as the floral hops that are present in the aroma. Medium bodied and a bit on the dry side. Sharp, bitter finish. I wish I had bought more than one bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Bottle:   Hazy amber, large frothy white head, fairly nice lacing.   Looks tasty!   Straight forward hoppy nose.   Has a very minor lemony aroma as well.   Wow, yeah, that lemon is more pronounced on the tongue than on the nose.   Otherwise hoppy, a bit of alcohol, and strong citrus/lemon peel on the backside.   Not as heavy or smooth as I like my IIPAs, but not bad.   Fairly clean hoppy finish.   There tiz a bit of risidual alcohol tho, but not enough to detract.   Enjoyable, and a little different with that lemon punch right up front.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (6083) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2011
750ml bottle. Poured a straw yellow color. Aroma was mostly lemon, with a touch of hops, malty backing. Flavor was, well, lemon, citrus, lemon and lemon. It was actually quite refreshing for being a 10% ABV brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5010) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Pours deep amber into a tulip. White head with excellent retention recedes to skim surface. Sweet caramel and lemon aromas. Thick and hot with caramel and bread front to back followed by a lasting hot lemon pith finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
suprchunk (2720) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Pours a nice amber color into my oversized, by US standards, pint glass. Big, pillowy off-white head. It dies down but not all the way, leaving a half a finger of frothy goodness. Huge lacing left on the glass. The lacing is so thick and plentiful that it looks as if the head is still reaching the top. Big hop aroma. A bit of a hoppy citrus smell. Big malty backbone. Reminds me of a fairly common IIPA. I really donít get the lemons in the aroma. Not a ding, but I would just thing something touted as an ale made with lemons would be a bit more lemony. The citrus aroma I do get, is mostly from the hops.

Taking a sip makes it less like an IIPA. It is more like a bitter now. A sweet creamy taste is mixed in with malt and hops. A bit carbonic and it makes it a bit more bitter tasting than I think it actually is. There is an abundance of alcohol as well. Not over the top, but you know itís there. I think it is actually quite balanced given that it is 10%. A sweet feeling is left in the mouth after a swallow. And there is a slight bitterness left behind as well. This would be a pretty good session beer if it wasnít so high in ABV. Drop that in half and put it on cask. Then I could drink this all day long. Aside from not getting much lemon flavor, minus maybe a creamy lemon pie - barely, I donít think this is false advertising. I think itís in there, just not enough to make it over the top. Nicely balanced and a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
docsteigs (542) - Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2011 No doubt, this beer had the best ingredients and the best intentions. I just thoughts it was confused with what it wanted to be. Maybe more lemony-sour than it was designed to be(?), I just canít believe the lemon was meant to be this front-and-center in the Imperial IPA I was expecting.

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