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RATINGS: 625   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (2216) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Pour is burnt orange with some slight yellow tints throughout. Finger-wide bubbly white head. Aroma is quite hoppy with notes of citrus, resin, and sweet flowers. Flavor is of sweet caramel with a mostly citrus finish. Nice balance of sweet and sour lemon flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (6159) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2011
(750ml bottle thanks to Mora2000) clear rich amber with a film of fine tan bubbles. Nose of lemon, bright citrus, a bit dank, a bit of cream and funk, smells quite fresh. Taste of lemon rind, earth, bitter citrus oils, doesnt taste as good as it smells. Well carbonated with a bitter linger.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StormCoat (123) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Picked up a bottle at Servall Liquor in San Diego, CA. Pours a cloudy amber color with a medium-sized, off-white head. The aroma is delicious, full of spicy citrus notes. Flavors are delicious and beautifully balanced; the bold lemon zest flavor pairs so well with the fresh bitterness of hopswhich is really pronounced and lingering, with a long, resinous finish. I typically would not like a beer this bitter, but the interplay between the hop and lemon flavors is so well-done and interesting that the bitterness becomes pleasant. Id drink this any time. Really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ddemmingjr (800) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2011
pours cloudy golden, real light, fluffy white head. sticky lacing. cloudy sedimentation, good carbonation. awesome looking. grapefruit, spicy hops on the nose. more peppery hops, lemon notes with a long bitter finish. Definitely something Robert Johnson would appreciate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHopster (1111) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2011
On draft at the Cloverleaf, Caldwell, NJ during the Dogfish takeover. An interesting and fun beer to try. Despite the hype on this, I found it on the boozy size with alcohol flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7822) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 750 ml capped bottle. Pours a dark murky orange with a puffy, sticky white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma is fresh and resiny with some piney accents, and a brief wisp of bourbon. Flavor is bold with some pronounced honey sweetness, some bitter citrus notes, hints of doughy, yeasty, goodness. 10% ABV is hidden well. Thickish, rich mouthfeel. Very good,but a bit overpriced at $13.99.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2011
In short: A boozy, citric and sugary blond IPA. Ok.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed relatively fresh approximately 3 months after the beer release
The look: Almost clear dark blonde body topped by a medium white head with medium retention
In long: Unexciting nose of higher alcohols, citric hops and phenolic notes. Taste has a little too much booze upfront, dank and citric hops, grapefruity notes, too much white sugar, wooden biiterness, some bitter grapefruits. Supposed to be all Centenial hops but except for the high alpha-acids I just didnt my usual centennial hops signature at all. Body is a bit thin for a 10% brew and also the mouthfeel is not particularly lively and the texture is quite oily. This is a good beer but Ill take a Dogfish 90 Minutes any day over this Hellhound (same style, similar abv). Anyway Im not sure why so many people gave this beer a good rating, but just so you know, I always check the list of people who gave a good rating on a beer I didnt score well and then I picture you with a mullet. All of you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2011
The IPA pours cloudy amber with a nice white bubbly head. The aroma is lemon hoppines and some flight boozy notes. The flavor is dominant lemony citrus hops, obvi, that are on a clean body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2281) - Qubec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2011
750ml bottle from Winooski.
Appearance : Clear amber with medium foamy head.
Aroma : Very nice malt with light fruity notes. Nice mangos and light spices.
Taste : Mostly alcohol with spices. Finish is quite warm. Not as fruity as the nose. Nice malt still.
Overall : Nose is rather nice with chewy malts and aromatics hops but taste is a bit disappointing. Too much spices for me which with alcohol get a bit overwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Pour is nice hazy yellow with decent off white head. Smell is kinda wheat citrusy and piney. A little lemon comes through but mostly a piney hop note with a little sweet bit of a honey taste in the middle

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