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RATINGS: 605   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2911) - 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 (1241) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Pours a golden color with a slightly off white large head. Pretty foamy head indeed. I can smell hops, some pepper, and a little lemon! I am listening to some Robert Johnson while drinking this. He has done wrong. Taste is interesting. The lemon sort of mellows the hops. It is a nice added ingredient to the ipa i think.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scottw86 (1134) - Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Poured.a slightly hazy orange color. The head is foamy and off-white. Aroma of lemon with resin hops. Pepper as well as cloves. Taste is hoppy and sweet with lemon. The balance is quite good. Some pine in the finish, but the harshness is softened by the lemon, so it is overall very smooth. I put on some Robert Johnson while drinking this and I can confirm it tastes similar to the music?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kassner (1385) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2011
very nice light amber color and head and lacing, but the beer seems thin. Nice hops nose,but there just doesnít seem to be much there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2196) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2011
shared 750ml bottle. pours a deep orange with a 1 finger white head. dank hop aroma with some lemon seeping through. medium to full body with big citrus notes across the tongue with loads of malt - very well balanced! good caramel malt notes throughout. some deep fruits including raisin, red grapes, dates and plums. sweet. citrus, earthy hop finish that lasts a bit but not long enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Actually found this on tap at Whole Foods. Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma of citrus and pine. Nice bitter flavor, lemon and other citrus. Nice double IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wavers1 (909) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 6, 2011
wow, the lemon neutrizes the maple syrup! dfh should use lemon in every ipa they make! ZING! ;) seriously, not a bad brew, much better than i expected. the aroma is really, really nice. beautiful hop prifile there, enough sweetness from the malts and the lemon adds a nice fresh aspect to it. the taste follows suite, but is a lil rougher. its very bitter and you have to search fpr the floral aspects in the mid body and finish, but they are there. lots of sweet candied grapefruit and pineaplle and such. the lemon is big, especially at first, then it does down some, but its there. amazing its actually pretty drinkable, more so than their sweet iipaís. might as well try it now while its fresh and the hops are crisp, im not sure about old hops PLUS old lemon :/

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beersearcher (2382) - 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.

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