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RATINGS: 616   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doghair (306) - Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Nice amber color with a white foam. At first it smells like a big IPA all hops and mslt but after it wars a bit you get t lemon. Taste is a very good double IPA. Nice hop/malt balance. Slight sweetness grom the malt. The lemon is interesting. It come towards the end. Moderate carbonation works well with this big beer. Generally a great beer with a unique lemon finish. I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
corby112 (2736) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ. Pours a cloudy and very dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind. Earthy, floral hop aroma with lots of resinous pine countered by sweet citrus and a strong malt backbone. Grassy and dank notes follows by lemon juice and citrus peel. Carmael malt backbone with some toffee and biscuit character. Malts are too strong for my liking, overpowering the citrus and hop notes. Medium bodied and fuller than expected with tight carbonation and a dry, earthy hop presence that provides prominent bitterness which lingers over the citrus notes and caramel malt backbone into a dry finish. Dank, earthy notes followed by lemon juice, citrus peel orange and grapefruit. Although there is some citrus sweetness, there’s not enough for my taste. Really dry and bitter and the malts are too strog for me as well. Lots of caramel sweetness, nut and toffee. Abv is very well masked but I’m not a big fan of this combination of flavors. Some peppery spice as well, maybe coriander or clove but this is very one dimensional and boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (4290) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Bottle. Pale copper with a bit of haze. I know this bottle is past its prime, and the hops have faded a bit. Caramel, booze, and lemon/citrus. Moderate bitterness. Pretty hot still.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (6172) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2015
Clear brilliant copper with a thin off white rocky Delightful hoppy nose thats a bit grassy with lemon peel and floral hoppy resins, and a kiss of boozy caramel. Big powerful flavor with a punchy grassy and lemony hoppy bitterness. Balanced while remaining big, bitter, lemony sweet, and tangy. Lots of lemon flesh and peel in the flavor as well as a swell grassy and slightly piney bitterness. And loads of caramel, and a touch of booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flatmatt (1317) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2015
750 mL bottle dated 09/30/2013, bought on clearance. Fully hazed caramel pour with an off-white head. Lemon and oxidized grassy hop aroma. Lemony grassy flavor, spicy hops, and an earthy oxidized hop character that’s not really bad. Holds up surprisingly well for a hoppy beer of this age. I actually like it this way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mnoud (304) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2015
2015.05.19-Dogfish Head Hellhound on My Ale-750ml bottle in pint glass. Brief review. I've had this bottle for a few years so it's probably 2011 vintage. As for the 100 IBU, that's long gone it seems but it still tastes delightful. There seems to be grapefruit-y remnants but I think most of the citrus is coming from the lemon at this point. This is honestly tasting a bit like a year old Bells Hopslam. Golden ale with a bit of the "stale hops" taste (though not unpleasant) and citrus notes. The honey in Hopslam replaced by a more biscuity malty sweetness. Not bad, even this old. Aroma 8/10 Appearance 4/5 Taste 8/10 Palate 3/5 Overall 14/20 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrol (187) - - MAY 19, 2015
Bottle - Aroma is hop and a slight lemon. Golden brown color. Hop and strong sweet flavor on this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (2910) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 13, 2015
Bomber from Five Points Bottle Shop (Atl Highway). Yeasty nose, with caramel and shortbread. Hazy light copper color. Breay initial, with caramel. Lemon comes through heavily in mid palate. Then the caramel reemerges. Big stuff all around. Very refreshing, though, for a big scale brew (100 of everything).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Hell hound jumps out of the bottle like a rocket. Strong IBUs make for a seriously hoppy beer that is a great tribute to the former musician.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enwiebe (226) - - FEB 17, 2015
2/16/15. Bomber from the brewery. Pours burnt orange with a nice sticky head. Minimal lacing. Huge citrusy hop nose. Citrus in the mouth but no hint of sour. High ABV balances the hops but still taste the strong hop backbone. Goes down with just a slight bite. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Tasted in store. Reddish/orange pour with an off-white head. Aroma is lemon. Taste is lemon and a nice malty base. Lemon in the finish. Nicely balanced beer between lemon and hops. Alc. well hidden.

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