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RATINGS: 625   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2743) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Bottle. Moderate malt notes of roasted, nutty and caramel, moderate grapefruit for the hops, light dough for the yeast, with background notes of date, toffee and leomn juice and peel. Head is averag size, frothy, white with fair lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. color is hazy yet sparkling amber/orange. Flavor is lightly sweet and moderately acidic to start and the finish is lightly sweet and acidic, and has a long heavy bitterness that is definitely lemon related. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily, with a lively carbonation and a moderately alcoholic finish. Mellow aromas that are certainly DIPA, but the addition of lemon gives a powerful punch to the flavor. Whats od is that my score for the aroma goes up and the score for flavor goes down as it warms.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VRBJG (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2011 Pour is burnt orange. It would be clear, but there is a nice haze of lemon peel and pulp in the mix. The taste starts sweet but ends with a bigger hop taste. I like the way the two movements work together. Another solid Dogfish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2011
750 bottle. Pours a deep golden color with a small white froth. Aroma is interesting, bursting candy lemon fruitiness, some melon and tangerine, still very sweet, a bit of booze. Flavor starts sweet, the melon and tangerine are definitely there. Bam, big booziness in the finish, really takes over with an aggressive cloying sweet graininess. Luckily it fades out pretty quickly too leaving some citric and piney notes. Not much bitterness but its there. Medium to medium full body. Interesting beer. Some aspects I like, the hops character with the lemon is nice, but its too boozy for its own good, I wanna try a 6% version of this

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Bottle dated 10.22.11 thanks to funkybrewster. Pours a near clear amber with a small frothy fine white head. Aroma of lemon, citrus and light pine, alcohol, slight vegetal note in there too. Flavor follows, the malt profile is nice but the strong booziness because its so dry, combined with the pine/lemon combo make it somewhat hard to drink, theres a nice beer here but its too boozy, I dont know... weird bitterness. I really like the attenuation but the resulting booziness is just too much. Has been in the fridge most of this bottles 5 week life... but it already tastes quite oxidized.

1.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
cheap (5544) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2011
OK, so I dont like IPA, so sue me. Yes this beer is on style, so much so that it eventually makes this lager lover almost gag, but in a good beery way. Weird experience; the taste starts off mild, it starts off medium and then it morphs into a hop monster, slowly comming on until you dont know what hit you. Way over the top and has a long bitter finish that leaves you begging for an impy stout chaser.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GnarlyGnome (852) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle: pours a nice orange color with a thick, sticky head. Its aroma is a nice citrus hoppiness. The flavor slaps you in the face with alcohol and bitterness. Its not balanced at allin my opinion which I hate saying because I enjoyed it. Its got a nice citrus favor that is used in tandem with a woody flavor. Nice brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - NOV 25, 2011
Really delicious IPA, like their 60 minute. The touch of lemon really makes the citrus stand out, but it really enhances the flavor instead of dominates it.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (3524) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Light cloudy orange with a big frosty white head. Aroma is slightly citrusy. The description builds up this big hop profile that I just did not pick up. There are some hops there but not in an overpowering hop bomb sort of way. Pleasant, just not a hop head delight. A little bit of peppery spice and a nice refreshing lemon flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Hazy orange, hugr frothy head, sticky lacing, coats glass. Aroma is loaded with citrus zest, sticky resin and light alcohol. Huge resiny hops up front, sticky pine, stone fruits, light alcohol and backend sweetness. Full body and mouthfeel. Tough to tackle a 750 all alone.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (5342) - Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Aroma has a strong fruity overtone, rather like a hard cider, with notes of malt and yeast. It pours a beautiful clear orange amber with a thick, fluffy head just a shade off white. Flavor is - whoa, serious alcohol bite, like a liquid pit bull! It has strong woody and fruity notes with a whisper of butterscotch. Smooth flavor has a woody alcohol edge and a fair amount of tingle. Be careful, this is not for the faint of heart!


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