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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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obxdude10 (2324) - 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.

tia (2226) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Very nice. Looked like caramel. Citrusy aroma with some cotton candy. Big piney opening, bit of a lemony note, then finishing dry and bitter. Not too hard in mouth- just a little tickle at the tip of the tongue.

craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2011
750 mL bottle. Hazy copper pour with a smallish bubbly white head. Aroma and flavor both hold definite malt balance to a bitter lemony hop profile. Might be a touch oxidized but it still worked OK. Ok, nothing great.

Blairgus (4613) - California, USA - JUL 26, 2011
26 July 2011, tap at the brewpub. hazy orange with slight lacing. nose is sugary alcohol and lemony hops. hops are astringent but not hugely aggressive. full body and fizzy. really really similar to 120min but not quite as sweet and hops are more astringent. maybe a bit more lemon but not too much. very nice!

brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
A: The beer pours an amber color with a finger of white head. S: Citrus peels dominate the aroma, especially grapefruit. Some sweet citrus notes in there, too. A fair amount of piney hops are also there along with some caramel malts and toffee. T: The beer is just bitter, and that’s about it. Not too much in terms of the hop flavor, maybe some pine. Perhaps a hint of tangerine peel. Some slight caramel sweetness on the back end as well as a bit of pine sol. M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation. O: Just way too bitter without featuring much hop flavors. At least it wasn’t super boozy like a lot of Dogfish Head beers can be.

thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Real solid dipa, I sometimes find them too potent, but this is a perfect blend of hops and malt. Try it if you can.

hopdog (12512) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2011
750ml bottle. Poured a hazy golden color with an averaged sized head. Aromas of citrus, rinds, floral some earth, and caramel. Tastes of caramel, citrus, floral, and toasty.

slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Bottled. Pale straw w/ slight haze. More subtle lemon nose than you’d expect. Taste is a centennial showcase indeed. Where Centennial hope end & lemon additions begin is a fuzzy delicious line to try to draw. Very fun.Wedding gift bottle from Josh C!

cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2011
750 ml bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a hazy amber color with a one and a quarter finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is pine and herbal hops. Finish is fairly bitter, but not astringent. Flavor is hops, esters, light citrus, and light toasted malt. Medium to full body. A good beer.

trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Thanks to Steph for this one. Pours a juicy transparent orange, with a small head. It has a weird, almost medicinal nose. Lemon drops and some sugar over a hop-o-rama. Tons of citrus. Flavor unfortunately keeps the medicinal qualities and amplifies the bitterness. Hops are at the forefront, and there’s a little something extra, but I’m not a huge fan.

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