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RATINGS: 590   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (3919) - 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 isn’t 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 (2822) - 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. That’s 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 (1886) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3292) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2011 25.4 oz bottle. Foggy orange brown with a pocked bone head. Nose is vanilla pudding, cut grass and lemon peel with hints of chloraseptic. Medium to full body with a tang, some numbing and a bite. Taste is bitter, doughy and pithy but kind of neutral flavorwise. Lemon peel adds a needed lift in the finish. Not my favorite hop variety but does keep my interest. Passing the legendary wetherel on the Big Beers list.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adrian910ss (2329) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2011
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep clear orange gold with a large and thick off white-light cream colored head. Aroma of light lemon, barley, and hops. Taste of light lemon, barley, hops, malt, bread dough and yeast. Has many of the 90 min IPA characteristics. Finishes off with a pleasant lemon citrusy feel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (2950) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2011
From a bottle poured an amber color with a good amount of head. Strong malty flavor with a lingering finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 2, 2011
On tap at City Beer. Pours with a hazed golden body with a lasting but small white head with good lace. Aromas are hoppy, citrus aromas with notes of orange, some minerallity, and an odd lemon verbena note. A bit sweet, malty. Flavors are sweet, alcohol, medium bitter. Finishes dry, but the malt feels kind of sticky overall. Plenty of citrus, oranges, lemon. Very light bubbles, finishes dry.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
EHouse (170) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Listening to Robert Johnson, Hellhound pours a transparent rusty orange with a medium head of ivory. Nose is lemony hops with some pine and a bit of caramel. A perfectly bold body rolls over the tongue tasting like thick citrus and a ton of caramel malt that is in perfect balance with the spiciness of the hops. The lemon comes through slightly in the finish in the form of zest. This is a very drinkable beer: bold, simple, balanced, and fulfilling just like the blues it was inspired by. I’m really digging these music collaboration brews from Dogfish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ExpendableHero (745) - Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Hazy golden beer with a white, frothy head. Excited about this collaboration beer. Aromas of citrus, pine, and some grassy hops. Tastes strongly of pine/spruce, hints of grapefruit, and some bits of lemon. The lemon is not too noticeable, but is a nice touch. Not as bitter as I thought it would be. Clean, hoppy finish. Quite refreshing, but ultimately does not stand out in the crowd of double IPAs.


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