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RATINGS: 613   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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boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Bottle... Poured burnt orange with a thick mildly off-white head. Thick, foamy palate. Very bitter with resinous, high alpha hops. The lemon offered some tart citrus and acidic burn towards the finish. Wood shavings. Some very noticeable alcohol heat in there too. Bitter rind-like tones. More hop pine flavors, ginger, yeast spices, grassy earthiness.

PhillyBeer2112 (2895) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2011
soft citrus hopping, a touch of flowers, green grass, a little peachy with cookieish malts. Hop flavors are light and peppery up front, a little floral behind that, with a medium sweet bready malt, a little light on body, with a citrusy bitter finish. Hazy amber, full foamy head, nice lacing. Lingering peppery bitterness with hints of lemon juice.

golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - AUG 2, 2011
Draft at toronado. Orange color with a normal amount of head. Aroma is citrus hops and probably the lemon peel. Flavor is rich and malty, but also quite bitter. I would put it among the good IIPAs, but it doesn’t stand out at all.

italianjohn (3259) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Deep golden pour clear orange tint thick foamy off white head and lots of lacing .... aroma is of bitter citrusy hops and a little lemony and very light pine .... taste is very bitter lots of citrusy hops and bitter lemon peel little peppery some malty and a hint of pine ... finishes bitter and hoppy with a lingering lemon abv hidden pretty well ... a good brew bitterness just overwhelms almost all of the other flavors

SudsMcDuff (8496) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2011
yup, that’s a lemon .. . Pours a medium amber, medium foam, light clasping lacing .. . floral notes, some citrus and of course lemon .. . an ok beer, a bit muddled and under whelming .. . another DFH that seems intriguing but never lives up to how good it sounds .. . Well they should, those filthy buggers. They go from port to port.

ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Bottle from Wine101. Amber pour. A little darker than I was expecting. Aroma was nice lemon, citrus, toffee, and some floral notes. After the lovely complex aroma this one fell flat for me. mediocre at best IIPA

unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Capped 750mL bottle. Bottled on 2011. Amber color, nice lacing from a thin white head. The nose is mostly hops, loads of resin & citrus. A touch of lemongrass and caramel malt sugars. Flavor of sweet malts, loads of bitter hops, some pine. Finishes with a palate busting bitterness, lingering form the flavor. Then there is an odd citric acid left behind. I do not detect lemons at all, although the acidity is there, ABV is very well hidden. Smooth body, easy to drink. Overall impression, a citric acidic 90 Minute, minus the vanilla.

nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2011
The aroma is powerful hops with pine citrus and some soap. The malt is very sweet and the alcohol is strong. The appearance is orange gold with a large head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a good beer all around but I am disappointed that I don’t really get much lemon here.

Palidor19 (3193) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2011
This beer has a strong hoppy presence with lots hops and malt. The bitterness is the dominate flavor with grass and pine. Palate is not that heavy. Get a slight soapy taste at the end. Still it’s a winner

obxdude10 (2374) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Yet another outstanding super-hoppy beer from the great folks at DFH. It wasn’t even on the beer menu at the Rehoboth pub, but thanks to my awesome server, Jeanine, I was able to enjoy a snifter of this awesome IIPA. The Hellhound poured a dark orange color with a decent-sized off-white head. The head left a nice amount of thick but silky lacing around the glass. The nose featured a nicely-balanced nose, with just enough malt, bready and earthy tones to compliment the citrusy and piney hops. The body was full, very drinkable and super hoppy. But just as in the nose, the flavors were balanced perfectly, too. I got plenty of prickly and spicy hops, along with just the right amount of caramel malt, earth and rye bread. The finish was spicy, yet balanced and delicious. It’s obvious that DFH has something going on, especially with the IPAs. I don’t need to announce that, because everybody already knows. But sometimes you just have to state the obvious.

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