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RATINGS: 615   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hair6a11 (1428) - Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Bottle; pour is dark dark gold with an average off white head ; modest retention , spotty lacing in this tulip. Caramel malts, orange peel, lemon zest, and grassy hops on the nose. The flavor profile seems fairly straightforward to me, though. There is a creaminess from the head, certainly a bitterness is very present from the hop profile; it is grassy, piney. The lemon element is hardly present, but I realize it adds a certain uniqueness to this brew. The middle of this brew is probably the disappointment. Anyway - I enjoyed the experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zizzybalubba (1645) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2011
750 mL bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Pours the expected dark orange with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is full of tangerine and assorted citrus hops, caramel malt, and fresh grass but also contains a coriander-esque spice that gives this a Belgian type feel. The initial taste provides the hop bitterness I was hoping for but this is quickly met with some component that I presume is either in the yeast or the malt that seems to be working in contrast with the hops. The results arenít a disaster but this comes off as a Belgian DIPA. Not sure if thatís what the brewer intended but to me the two styles donít work together but so well. For all of my criticism this is still a good, just not great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2011
750ml bottle from grape & gourmet. pours a slightly hazy, copper cold with a thick, creamy, off-white head leaving a head of bubbles and sticky lace on the glass. aroma is great with a big citrus hop blast of nectarine, white grapefruit, and lemon zest with subtle hints of pineapple and apricots backed by raw pine esters, grass, and wildflowers. flavor is delicious as well with the tart, dusty lemon peel adding a bit of zest to the piney, resinous centennial hops and backed by notes of apricot, orange marmalade, and dry grass with smooth, sweet biscuity malts on the back end. palate is medium bodied and smooth with fine carbonation and a bitter, resinous finish. overall, a damn nice brew from DFH.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2791) - Ocean County, 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? ;)

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