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RATINGS: 604   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dagimp (747) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2011
From a 750 into a sniftah. Pours a very pretty straw/blond. Not much if any head, just a 3mm coating on top of the liquid. Great, great aroma. I noticed it the moment I opened the cap. Flowers and honey and hops and mango...mmmmmmmmm. Palate is decent to good. Itís a heavy beer with a good amount of carbonation, so it works well. Taste is good, but not great. Itís solid but didnít overwhelm me. I expected more from a $10 bottle. Good tropical hops flavor profile. Overall, quite good. Now if they could drop the price and put it in 12 oz bottles, Iíd buy it again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertjm (779) - Albany, California, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Poured a wonderfully foamy white head. This held for quite some time till it eventually fell, leaving a bit of foam around the glass. Not really much carbonation visible in the glass and mouthfeel reminds me of something thatís came out of a hand pump at a pub. Pretty dark golden body. Slight hoppy aroma, but not much. Good hop character in the flavor. Lots of hay and pine. Perhaps some lemon coming up in the aftertaste. Warmth in throat after a fashion. Was interesting to try, but not necessarily on the redo list.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robgibbens (418) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Found this one in Olney, MD. Only allowed one bottle! This brew pours a nice bright amber color with a very tall and lacy head. The foam sticks to the glass very nicely. The aroma is citrusy and doughy with a warm lemon coming through. The flavor is bitter with a hint of lemon and finishes clean. This is a really nice brew. Itís mellow and flavorful. I love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2785) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2011
I donít get the Robert Johnson hype. He was an innovator but he is not on my top 10 list. Anyway this beer is pretty good. Not my idea of an IPA though. It has a malty bready yeasty aroma from an amber pour with a big head that diminished quickly. The flavor is more Belgian Strong I think. Nice but maybe the style is off a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (4070) - Arizona, USA - MAY 23, 2011
On draft at the Julios Spring Beer Fest, typical big IPA from dogfish head. Dense complex malts without a big hop presence. Pretty good, close to 90 min IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5431) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Lightly hazy amber color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, caramel malts, earth, pine, DFH yeast, and citrus. Taste of citrus, caramel, lemon peel, and earthy bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGB (524) - 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 (2918) - 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 (5927) - Phoenix, Arizona, 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).

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