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RATINGS: 593   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
Lagunitasfan (1313) - 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 it’s 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 (2209) - 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 (1331) - 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 (5672) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Draft on tap at Maria’s (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 isn’t for me. And the nose is sweet, almost apple juicey. Strange.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2631) - 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 (7824) - 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 (1824) - 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 (5989) - 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.

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