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RATINGS: 621   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1779) - Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2011
Pours a copper haze. Aroma is combination of lemon, light hop. Just below medium bitterness, with some light sour and sweet from the lemon. Medium body, a lit bit of carbonation, very long, somewhat bitter finish that is a little boozy. Hard to believe this is 10%, the only place that seems to come out is in the finish. I feel I could drink this too fast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1797) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2011
750 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about an inch and a half off-white head. The head sticks around for a long time, and thereís a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops (grapefruit, lemon peel), with grassy hops and a bit of peppery spice noticable. The brew tastes like lemony hops, lemon peel, grassy/herbal hops, and some peppery spice and bready malt. At first the bitter lemon rind finish is quite strong, but it eases up after the brew warms up (and I let it sit out for around 25 minutes before opening it). Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit slick and is well carbonated. Thereís a bit too much carbonation for me, but it doesnít hurt the beer much at all. It is easy to drink for being 10% ABV. I liked this brew, I think itís definitely worth trying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2011
I liked it! Great nose (thanks centennial hops) but body is a bit muted in flavor. This may be due to the other ingredients, but ends up a little flat and heavy without the bold flavor. Still, it was tasty for sure, just not all I expected with the huge IBU #s

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nickd717 (4102) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 11, 2011
750ml bottle from City Beer. Great clear dark golden color with a 1.5-finger whitish head that fades to swirls. The aroma is rather boozy. Citrusy with lemon and orange with some sweet malt notes. Lemony flavor with sweet pale and caramel malt and a citric finish, with lemon especially. Definitely some alcohol, and the 100 IBU shows. Fuller on the body and mildly syrupy. Boozier than it should be, even for 10% ABV. Not the biggest fan of this overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2011
pours a nice orange with a frothy thick white head. nose is light lemon and sweet hops. taste is more lemon, grapefruit, spice, maltyness. nice palate but a bit sticky. overall a pretty solid DIPA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Medium orange pour with a white head. Aroma is cat pee, resin, lemon rind, citrus, pot. This one is dank. Flavor is not as intense but there are still some good citrus notes and some nice malt balance. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hair6a11 (1470) - 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 (1780) - 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 (3034) - 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.

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