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RATINGS: 612   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2682) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Pours out a moderate amber/orange color with a fading white head. Aroma is of light citrus hops, lemon zest, and some light sweetness. Taste is citrus hops, light sweet malty notes and lemon. The lemon couples with the hops on the finish, and almost calm down the hoppiness rather than compliment it. Solid brew, but reading 100 IBU, I was expecting more straight forward hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phillybeer7779 (101) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Poured from the bottle into a chalice. Appearance- Burnt orange in color with a healthy amount of head with some lacing. Some cloudiness, so Iím guessing this is unfiltered. Smell- Citrusy hop smell, with a hint of lemon. Rather inviting, not overpowering at all. Taste- The taste matches the smell nicely, though the lemon is more prominent. A very tasty, hop-head friendly beer! Mouthfeel- Despite the IBUS and the ABV, this was not the palate destroyer I was expecting. Suprisingly easy to drink the entire bottle, even though it is very big on taste. Overall- I really enjoyed this beer! It may not have the crispness of some of its west coast style bretheren, but it gets huge points for it being so drinkable for such a "big" beer. Another worthy offering from DFH!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2011
750ml bottle. Dark amber-ish pour with a thick fluffy off white head. Aroma was citrusy, a tad spicy, and hoppy. Flavor had a good amount of malt backing with the hops and citrus taking the for front here. Not the best DIPA Iíve had but a good showing non the less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
jar72404 (426) - USA - MAY 8, 2011
Bomber. Dark gold with lots of white head. Aroma is lemon and a little pine. Flavor is lemon. Surprisingly mild and one-dimensional for DFH.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrmac (331) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2011
A lemony IPA, yep. This beer is under my category of hot day need refreshing drink. Nose is light lemon and hops. Body is smooth with more lemon and hop notes, with no real malt presence. Finish is quick but crisp.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TylerPow (122) - Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2011
This stuff is cool. Its a nice blond color and you really only get a faint whiff of malts while the beer is cold. Once it warms up you catch more and more citrus in the nose. Starts so clean and refreshing and the finish is dry and hoppy and bitter and I love it. A very unique brew. Iím not sure the IBUís should be 100 but really the only thing I can say about this beer is WOW, you gotta try one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
treadyroc (149) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Pours clear amber with a fizzy creme-colored head. Can definitely taste the lemon in the beginning, & finishes bitter, which stays on the palate for a good while. Pushing almost pilsner bitterness, but the aroma still carries the hop characteristic youíd expect from a DIPA. An interesting brew - but isnít that the norm from DFH? ;)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2925) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 8, 2011
On draft at the Washington Street Alehouse. Pour was amber-orange, slight off-white color to the decent head that yielded good lacing. Aroma was lemons, citrus, mustiness. The flavor followed, strong lemons with some citrus hopping action, bitter pine. For as big as this beer was, I didnít get any alcohol heat, the hops were firmly present, and this thing didnít yield over to often common DFH malty sticky sweetness. Sure, it could have been more bitter, but it was a pretty decent brew. Mouthfeel full, moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2011
750ml bottle, 2011 batch 1.

Pours lightly hazy orange/amber with a large white head that leaves some clumps of lacing and holds a small foamy cap and ring.

Aroma is tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon and other citrus, a little bit dank, some caramel and bread. Very good strength.

Flavor is interesting...the lemon peel really comes through, perhaps a bit too much as it masks the underlying grapefruit/orange citrus of the hops, some caramel malt but very little sweetness, good bitterness, finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, medium to high carbonation.

Good stuff, just feel the lemon addition is a bit overdone as it really takes over the flavor and I feel there is an excellent DIPA under all that lemon peel. As it warms it does start to mesh together better. Also, as a Robert Johnson fan, itís great to see him getting some recognition in the brewing world. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with and courtesy of Vinnie. Popped this while listening to the beerís namesake, "Hellhound On My Trail." Pours a glowing ruby-orang with an insanely massive, foamy, soapy white head which slowly fades and leaves a nice snowy mess of lace. The aroma is pretty odd on this--perhaps fitting for such an odd notion for a beer; the dry, Centennial hops overwhelm the nose at first, but soon give way to musty, farmhouse funk, lemon zest, and soft hints of honey and vanilla. Thereís also an odd hint of wet dog. Perhaps it is a sign of the hellhound! Flavor is heavily bitter dry hop, pine, and boozy lemon juice. Tight, dry, somewhat tart palate with a medium body to support it all. Finishes with a bunch of tangy hops and even a bit of citrusy lemon and orange notes. Pretty good double IPA from the old off-centered alesmiths. I guess, sometimes, Iím just not off-centered enough.

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