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RATINGS: 588   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2600) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Tap at Redlight. Hazy light amber pour. Huge resiny citrus hop taste with hints of peach and apricot and a light crisp malt body. Aroma is much the same, very dominant on the citrus, peach notes that do not fade for the entire glass. A very hoppy, way too easy to drink brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2011
750 mL bottle from Capone’s. Pours hazy pumpkin colored with 3-finger fizzy, loud white head. The head is so loud it says to me, "I wish Stedman would beat Oprah’s ass". The nose is citric,m with pineapple, lemon, and grapefruit notes, resiny hops, caro syrupy apricotty malt. Tastes rich, very hoppy, with a pronounced lemony and grapefruit flavor, caramel malt, and more hoppy than malty. The palate is lively, very carbonated, with floral and citric notes late, and a heavy IBU load. This comes off like a floral Belgian IPA late more than a hop bomb. Good, not great. The alcohol asserts itself late, but overall is pretty well integrated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2011
Delicious idea, fairly basic DIPA result. The lemons really have no purpose other than to provide a slight citric bent to the nose; they appear nowhere in the flavor. Rather, this beer tastes like a run-of-the-mill Imperial IPA, heavy, heavy malts providing a floormat of sweetness, piney, bitter hops doing the rest of the work. Maybe, just maybe, I find some lemon peeking through way into the aftertaste, but not enough to justify this beer’s hype. A beer invoking Robert Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and hellhounds deserves much more sturm und drang than this mediocre beer before me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (1809) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2011
Bottle. Pure white head on a fairly clear light orange. Zesty hops, piney, citrusy, but not catching lemon really, faint whiff of booze. Definitely hoppy, but brought back with heftier malts....still citrusy and grapefruity but not overly sweet. Medium body with bubbly carbonation, and definitely warming. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (5980) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2011
5/18/11. 750mL courtesy Lance! Hazy amber pour with a big frothy head. Somewhat light aroma of caramel malt, hops, and lemon. Sweet caramel flavor with lemon, mint, and pine... and a touch of alcohol. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beaver (1264) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2011
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is some caramel and crystal malt with tropical fruits, bubble gum and piney hops and notes of tobacco.

The flavor is caramel malts and bubble gum with a little tropical fruit. The finish is charred strong bitterness from the hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK DIPA. I don’t really care for the flavors. It’s kind of similar to the Robert Johnson that I listened to while drinking - I was expecting more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brigg (499) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 17, 2011
(bottle) Bright amber body with a medium off-white, creamy head. Fruity and floral hops aroma: grapefruit, vanilla, honey, lemon, orange; sweet, some earth. Full bodied, soft carbonation. Lemon is more prevalent in the flavor than in the aroma, but not overpowering; it blends in well. Otherwise: moderately sweet, pale malt, Light earth, wood, and medium spice notes. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky, lightly warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (7897) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2011
Bottle shared by me with Jcwattsrugger. Pours orange amber. White head. Nose/taste of lemon peel, caramel malt and some spice. Taste also has medicinal feel mid palate and a dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyReynolds (859) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - MAY 17, 2011
Bottle. Pours an amberish gold with a nice white head. Aroma is hoppy with a nice malt backbone. Notes of citrus, lemmongrass, carmel, and some sweet malts stand out. Palate is thick with mild carbonation. Taste is bitter, bringing out some alcohol notes finishing dry. Not as sweet as the normal dfh ipa, but still pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2011
Bottle shared by a friend. Pours hazy amber with a medium white head. Aroma of grassy and piney hops with a strong lemon note. Piney hop flavor with sweet malt and a citrus back.

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