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RATINGS: 624   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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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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.

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

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 it’s so dry, combined with the pine/lemon combo make it somewhat hard to drink, there’s a nice beer here but it’s too boozy, I don’t 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.

cheap (5856) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2011
OK, so I don’t 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 don’t know what hit you. Way over the top and has a long bitter finish that leaves you begging for an impy stout chaser.

GnarlyGnome (770) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle: pours a nice orange color with a thick, sticky head. It’s aroma is a nice citrus hoppiness. The flavor slaps you in the face with alcohol and bitterness. It’s not balanced at allin my opinion which I hate saying because I enjoyed it. It’s got a nice citrus favor that is used in tandem with a woody flavor. Nice brew.

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.

jrob21 (3687) - 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.

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.

Cybercat (5832) - 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!

arminjewell (9636) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Pour out of 750 mL bottle is clear orange with white head that stays pretty well, some bigger bubbles but nice looking. Aroma brings notes of lemon, orange and some slight tangerine, hints of biscuit and some slight spice in there as well. A bit one-dimensional but it smells pretty good. Taste is big lemony, orange, some tangerine, more lemon and some sweet biscuit malt, going into a slightly bitter but a touch alcoholic finish. Not the best DIPA, but still nice flavors and drinks smooth.

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