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RATINGS: 596   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.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Dogfish and hoppy donít work for me. Lemon is too slight and so are the hops. Donít know what the end beer should be. A bit of a dissapointment.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3390) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2011
750ml bottle. Amber colored pour with a medium offwhite head, very active apparent carbonation bubbles floating on top. Aroma of citrus and pine hops, some resin. There is some fleshy lemon apparent in the aroma as well. Flavor is hoppy, pine and resiny, with a lemon rush towards the middle. It caught me a bit off guard, but I like it. Lemon actually dries it out and bitters it up. It also hides the alcohol well. Medium bodied, somewhat slick on the palate. Soft carbonation. The Lemon is quite an interesting addition to a double IPA. I applaud Dogfish Head for making a beer that completely took me by surprise. Normally Iím underwhelmed by their offerings, and the hype surrounding this beer combined with how difficult it was to track down a bottle gave it some pretty loft expectations from myself. However, I like it. I think itís a great beer, bordering into must try territory.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalsk (1065) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2011 Pours a golden orange color with a white foam head. Has an aroma of citrus, pine, caramel, earthiness, and lemon. Has a candy sweet start with a nice bitter hit. Lemon is there but mixed in nicely. This is a hop bomb. Some spice from the resiny hop notes. But the malts are there to balance. Damn tasty. UPDATE: May 14, 2011 - on tap at RHB Brewpub. Really creamy and smooth. Not much more of a difference than from bottle. Still surprised about the smoothness of this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Lemony citrus as opposed to more often found grapefruit citrus. Nice refreshing DIPA, a good start to the warmer weather preferred drinks.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Goodgrief (1792) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Orange amber pour with frothy head. Big floral and caramel aroma. Super centennial flavor in this with some light fruitiness and a lemon citrus zing in the back end. Not as bitter as I expected with the 100 IBU hype. Well balanced, but maybe a little on the sweet side.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lebshiff21 (174) - Skippack, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Aroma is sticky hops and solid maltiness. Well balanced across the palate. Fruity, spicy as expected from the Centennial hops. Finishes with a nice bitter lemon bite. Enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (4045) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2011
750 ml bottle shared by pineypower, thanks Dean. Poured a mostly clear orange/amber body with a small to average sized bright white frothy head. Aroma was far more malty then I was expecting for a 100 IBU monster. Notes of dry hops, lemon zest and wet grains and crusty bread. Flavor is the same as the aroma with a lot more malt notes then I normally like in my DIPAs. The palate on this one isnít boozy but you can almost feel the 10% ABV as you sip it. Good beer but paled in comparison to the beer of the night which also was a DIPA Surly Abrasive.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LinusStick (2860) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2011
On tap at Vintage Estates. Meh....not a terrible IIPA but obviously east coast. Aroma was decent. Grassy hops and a big malty character. Pour was a nice medium gold with a one finger off white head. Taste was weird. It was good and full of piney and earthy hops, but the taste literally disappeared mid swallow and left an astringent flavor in the mouth. Thatís when the sweet caramel malt kicks in. Decent carbonation. Hides the alcohol well.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewBoxer (2025) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Draft at the ginger man. Pours a brown tan color. No head. Smells of bread, lemon and vanilla. Taste is sticky, not overly hoppy. Boozy finish, almost like a barley wine

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Bottled poured into snifter. Good looking clear gold in color with smears of pale brown and burnt orange. Big fluffy head dissipates gradually. Thick strings of lacing remain. Aroma is very pleasant. Full of slight caramel, booze, yeast, honey, tangerine light lemon, light earthy hops. Maybe a touch of ginger? Very crisp and complex. Makes me think something very refreshing is to come. Pretty full bodied and thick on tongue. Not as carbonated as I would have thought. Slight dose of caramel sweetness to start followed by some resiny hops and a little more honey. The lemon comes in subtley and nicely at the end on the sticky finish. Booze is there and warms a little, but not overwhelming. Solid overall, aroma is highlight. Not as bitter/hoppy as I anticipated.


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