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RATINGS: 613   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerSquare (117) - - DEC 16, 2012
Trying it for the first time in about 18 months, Iím reminded how much of a barn burner this thing is! Iíve tried a few other 10% ales recently, none give off the vapors that this thing puts forth. I didnít remember the wonderful clean lemoney white grapey nose from before-- all I remembered were the lemons (this stuff is so acidic I take antacids with it. . . but who cares itís totally worth it). Pretty tame carbonation and a less sticky mouth feel than you might expect-- the lemons really give it a clean, tart sweetness. Drinking it on a cold december night reminds it tasted pretty good on a very hot day as well. Definitely worth keeping a few around for a special occasion-- I cellared one more from this batch, and will be really interested to see what a few years in the cellar does for something with this much fruit and gravity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aumentm (418) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flatmatt (1250) - 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 thatís not really bad. Holds up surprisingly well for a hoppy beer of this age. I actually like it this way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (2687) - 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 17/20
stevoj (2835) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Hops and citrus, definitely lemon, mostly citrus hops, completely masking the malts. Slick body, small tight head, slightly sticky. But still damn good....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mnoud (293) - 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 (102) - - 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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh (8437) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 9, 2015
750 ml bottle. (Whole Foods) Washington, DC. Slightly cloudy golden colour with a small off-white head. Fresh fruity, fruit tea and pine hops, lemon, citric notes, moderate bitterness, sweetness, malt and some alcohol in the aroma. Yummy! The flavour is dry hops, birch and pine hops, lemon, quite strong bitterness, sweetish maltiness and mild yeasty notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UncleKorm (1051) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2015
750ml bottle poured a murky orange hue w/ large creamy beige head and thick lacing. Moderate sweet honey and citrus aromas. Initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ a bold bitter finish of moderate duration. Tastes are malt, orange, lemon, honey and crackers with a piney hop in the finish. Full bodied.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enwiebe (198) - - 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

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