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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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jsmerig (1590) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Pours golden yellow with ample cream colored head. Very nice lacing. Aroma is zesty spice with fruit notes. Taste is malt forward with a bitter sour mix of hops and lemon. Crisp finish with subtle lingering bitterness. Honestly this tastes like a lighter version of ninety minute with Lemons in it.

anders37 (26657) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2011
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a small white head. Has a fruity hoppy bitter piney grapefruit aroma. Fruity hoppy bitter grapfruit flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit finish.

yumyum (221) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2011
A decent double ipa. This one is more citrus dominant in both the nose and the flavour. Slightly drier the the 90 minute. Lemon is quite prominent. Overall quite enjoyable but would rush out to get another. 90 minute a fair bit better in my opinion.

otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Appearance: coppers and ambers under an off-white pithy head which fades into an equally off-white collar. Blotchy along the sides.
Nose: fresh lemon rind, both pith and outer skin. Biscuit malt in the back, melba underneath. Sweet essence of key lime rind. Fir trees. Candied ginger in the back middle – delectable and teasatory.
Palate: ginger, lemon, spice, and rind. Apple skins. Dried peaches underneath. Lemon rind and key lime linger in breath. Caramelized ginger slices. Spice tickles the breath. Lemon pepper. General dryness of melba along the sides. More lemon in the breath – like biting into a whole fresh lemon while taking a breath. Parched and drying. Homemade lemonade aged in fresh oak barrels.
Final Thoughts: delicious, divine, dry, and refreshing. The adult summer beverage.

kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2011
(bottle) light amber with off white head. Citrus aroma. Flavor was citrus/lemon, pine, caramel malt, quite bitter.

cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2011
Bottle @ Dan’s house. Red orange appearance with an off white head. Grapefruit, lemon citrusy hoppy nose. Moderate lemon peel, mild to moderate grapefruit hoppy, fairly pale malty flavor. Booze is hidden very well. Great citrusy IPA that would probably be excellent for a hot summer afternoon.

GuilTTy (733) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2011
On tap at Tria Rittenhouse in Philly. Pours a light amber with a short khaki head and tons of lacing. Bracing but inviting hoppy aroma with citrus and spruce. Citrusy hops, a tad of yeast, light caramel and milk chocolate balanced with a healthy malt profile. Mild carbonation and refreshingly light texture. Dry, snappy finish. One of my favorite DH brews. Sneaky strong. Surprised it isn’t rated much higher in relation to other IIPAs.

cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Nice hopy and dry grass nose. A bit bright and orange in color. Not very flowal. Taste is bitter and clean and enjoyable.

TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2013 Tap at DFH Alehouse and 750ml from 99, PD, Tacoma Boys and others. Hazy light orange pour with a short, persistent, off-white head leaving heavy lace. Light pine and caramel malt nose. Medium body and carbonation. Spruce, citrus, toast, lemon zest, caramel, and dough (towards the sediment-filled bottom of the bottle). Medium, citrusy, bitter finish. More evenly balanced than the hop-forward Imperials and therefore more traditional, whilst still clearly being an American IIPA. ABV isn’t apparent and one could power down several pints on a sticky Delaware summer day: beware! Another ’greater than the sum of the parts’ DFH special, I’d love to see this one make regular appearances. UPDATE: Later batches have lacked much of the complexity and pleasant aromas of the initial release - this beer has changed since its introduction and I’m adjusting my rating downwards accordingly. Have even had a mishandled/skunked bottle recently (Dec ’12). Will continue to try samples to see if DFH catch up with their new system.

Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Bottle thanks to AndyReynolds
Better than I expected to be honest. I wasn’t sure how I would like the heavy mixture of lemon, spices, and hops advertised on the bottle. But it turned out to be a remarkably refreshing IPA with enough of a unique twist to keep me interested. Refreshing lemon and citrus are combined with a generous amount of hops. The alcohol really started to kick in as it warmed and only then did I realize it was 10% ABV. I think it would be even better if it were a bit lighter on the alcohol. Ever since watching "Brewmasters" I’ve grown more and more skeptical of DFH’s cute little "gimmicks"... but I’m often reminded that I’m rarely let down by any of their beers. As long as I never see something like Brandy Barrel Aged Chicha...

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