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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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (1104) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2014
750ml bottle - pours a hazy orange with medium off white head . Big lemon aroma with some herbal hop notes . Lemon citrus flavors lead to earthy bitterness . Moderate carbonation . Bitter finish that dissipates quickly . Really nice . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
altonbrownd (5415) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JUL 10, 2016
[Jan 9 2016] Big bottle from Bethesda Food and Beverage. Nice copper body with slight head. Nose is malty, peppery, lemon. Taste similar of malts, caramel, and lots of hops too. Alcohol noticeable and warming. Nice finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ctipping (1155) - Florida, USA - APR 15, 2016
750 mL bottle. Originally reviewed 5/30/2011. Big white head and a dark amber body. Head retention is good and the lacing is ample. A bit dark for an IPA, but itís Dogfish, so Iím not surprised. Smells of lemons and hops. Citrus character of the hops is overwhelmed by lemons. Smells malty, too. The combination reminds me of lemon Pine-Sol. Itís not really appealing. The taste is better. The lemons donít get in the way of any hop flavor. They seem to complement the hops and make it feel fresher. It really does just taste like 90 with lemons, though. No getting around it. Heavy for an IPA. Too heavy, really. Fills me up way too quickly. I was glad I split the bottle with someone. The smell is off-putting, but the taste is good, and thatís what I care about most. Itís 90 with lemons, which is an interesting twist, but I wonít be picking up any more of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (4951) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2016
Pours a golden amber color. Aromas of floral hops, some sweetness, and a touch of fruit. Flavors of hops, pine and citrus. Light body with a bittersweet finish and long aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sinfull (1378) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2016
Cloudy , amber color. Nice , off-white head. Honey , pine , lemon in aroma. Aggressive, hoppy bitterness balanced by caramel sweetness in taste. Good stuff from Dogfish, as usually.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thorongil2 (2216) - , Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2015
(tap) clear, bright amber colour with a medium tall beige head; aroma of citrus, stewed fruit; creamy palate; balanced flavour with a long, light bitter finish with a hint of lemon

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
corby112 (2804) - 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, thereís 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 Iím 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 (4832) - 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 (6929) - 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 (1442) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mnoud (311) - 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

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