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RATINGS: 612   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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Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2011
750ml, bottled on 10/22/2011 and consumed within the month. The pour yields a mostly clear, very lightly hazy dark orange-golden amber body. A thick head of off-white to light tan froth slowly settles to a low, bubbly blanket, leaving sticky clumps and splotches of lacing all over the glass. The nose booms with pithy, dry, biting lemon sharpness, touching also on floral orange blossom notes that seem overly soapy. Alcohol is prominent, almost overpowering, mixing with the lemon to suggest of boozy limoncello liquor. The hops dominate the underlying crackery, toasty-sweet malt. Flavors are just as out of balance, showing loads of pithy, bitter, biting lemon hops up front, followed by boozy, under-attenuated, bready/crackery malt. Alcohol is astringent and hot. This somehow seems stale after only 3 weeks in the bottle. The palate is cloying, syrupy, and just downright unpleasant. Ugh. This one was a struggle...not to mention a complete letdown.

verd77 (13) - Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Bomber: pours clear amber with a nice lasting head. Very hoppy with a slight lemon taste to it. You can also taste the alcohol in it a bit. still pretty good.

arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Pours an attractive orange color with a nice white head. Aroma is alcohol and lemon pledge. The taste is super alcoholic, slightly bitter, a little taste of lemon. I don’t like it. The lemon/ipa thing doesn’t work at all for me. The hop aroma is completley hidden by alcohol as is the flavor. Not very enjoyable.

dabubbleboy (73) - Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2011
An okay beer, but definitely not a favorite from Dogfish. There is an abundance of earthy and floral hops that are complimented by citrus notes. This is followed quickly by a surprising amount of malt flavor that presents itself as syrupy sweet and ends up overwhelming this beer. Not bad, but far from a favorite.

beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2011
On tap @ the Brewpub, Rehoboth Beach De-Golden/Orange pour w/a slight off white head. Strong hop aroma. Strong flavors of citrus hop, pine tar, pitch....this is a hop bomb. Very one dimentional, too much so for me. I’d much prefer a 60 or 90 Minute....even a 120! Long citrus finish.

Sevenlee (1846) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - NOV 16, 2011
Pours an orange colour with a short lived white head. Aroma is hops with some lemon and other citrusy fruit. Taste is lemon rind and caramel leading to a hefty bitter finish with nice warming alcohol. A really nice and unusual IPA.

XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Pours a nice dark amber color, has a nice citrus scent and taste that hides the biterness well.

GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
750mL thanks to the Tally beer crew at Proof. The pour is a clear yellow with a weak yellowish head. Nose is citrus hoppy, sticky kumquats, big cheesecloth. Taste is spicy, sticky, boozy, with overripe kumquats. Sticky jackfruit and obvious alcohol presence. Not bad. Quite boozy overall though.

Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2011
22oz Bomber: Pours a clear dark copper with a frothy off-white head leaving nice lacing. Aroma and flavor is citrusy with hints of lemon peel. Texture is creamy and sticky with a tangy, bitter dry finish. A well done Hoppy beer!

srobi003 (58) - odenton, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Pours a dark amber color with a moderate white head. Aroma is very citrusy with a slight lemon smell. Taste is bitter throughout with a slight alcohol burn at the end. Overall a very good beer as most DFH beers are but I have to admit that my favorite IPA from them is still Burton Baton.

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