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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Bottle thanks to AndyReynolds
Better than I expected to be honest. I wasnt 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" Ive grown more and more skeptical of DFHs cute little "gimmicks"... but Im often reminded that Im rarely let down by any of their beers. As long as I never see something like Brandy Barrel Aged Chicha...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Bottle. Amber pour with a dry hoppy and citrus aroma. Taste of hop, citrus, caramel malts, lemon and yeast with a dry finish. A good brew, not their best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wedgie9 (2697) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Tasted on 6/10/11 on draft at Bad Apple. Pours clear bright orange with an average off-white head that slowly recedes to thin, spotty lace. The nose is a typical sweet, more malt driven, DIPA with som interesting lemon hops, earth, caramel, and a bitter citrus peel aroma. The flavor is sweet, malty caramel, bitter citrus peel, and resin hops with a unique bitter dimension. The body is medium with a sticky texture, average carbonation, and a long bitter citrus peel and resin bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2011
From a 750ml from Grape and Gourmet brought back on a plane from Virgina Beach to good old Carbondale, IL. Poured into a snifter. Color is a beautiful orange/amber. Has a huge amount of bright white head that is nice and frothy, takes forever to go down, and leaves excellent lacing. Aroma is nice floral and citrus hops with a slight smell of sweet lemonheads. Strongly bitter with a slightly sweet aftertaste. You can definitely taste the lemon in there. You can also definitly tell this this bad boy is 10% ABV. Not in a bad way like some of the higher alcohol beers Ive had, but in a very good way. Medium bodied with a sticky oily texture. Soft carbonation and a long bitter finish. Overall, this is an absolutely awesome beer. This is everything I could ask for. I just wish I could get more. The only thing I could ask for was a bit more of a lemon taste. This is one Ill totally be looking for again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2011
(750ml bottle from Papago). Pours a slightly hazy orange-copper color with some small sediment in suspension. Has a pillowy off-white head that leaves some lacing. Carbonation is about average to slightly active. Aroma has some lemon, pith, 7-up, grapefruit and resin. Taste is sweet with some lemon hard candy notes followed by sharp bitterness. The bitterness does fade and blends with the sweetness. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Bitter finish with some alcohol given off some warmth. The alcohol is pretty well hidden until the last of the aftertaste. Interesting brew and one that Im glad finally made its way to Arizona.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8987) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Grapefruit and tropical fruit aroma. Pine and grapefruit flavor with light caramel and light earth. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Pine and grapefruit lingers with light earth. Alcohol noticeable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Bottle. Aroma has notes of caramel, citrus fruits, lemon and ginger. Medium amber orange hue with an average sized off-white frothy head that left great lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily soft. Overall a very nice IIPA. Great looks and aroma. Loved it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2011
(bottle - 750 ml) Clear orange pour with a thin white head. Outstanding citrus aroma with lots of grassy hops and a lot of grapefruit sweetness. Flavor isnt as potently hoppy as the aroma leads you to believe. Mild bitterness with a very prominent lemon zest aftertaste. Slightly bitter on the palate with a mild lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
adam42381 (386) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber color with orange highlights and a fluffy 3 finger off-white head. Excellent head retention and nice lacing. Smell: Lemon is the dominant aroma but there are hints of pine, bready grains and malt in the background. Taste: Lemon zest and bready malt up front followed by piney hops in the middle before finishing with a blast of bitter lemon peel. Aftertaste is bitter with a touch of maltiness. The malt presence is more than I expected from a DIPA brewed with lemons. The 10% ABV is well-masked. Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a fairly low amount of carbonation. This is much lighter and thinner than I would have liked. Drinkability: Average drinkability. This isnt something Im going to savor to the last drop. The alcohol is well-hidden so it could sneak up on you if you decide to finish the whole 750ml bottle by yourself (Im splitting the bottle 60/40 with the wife this evening). Overall: Average beer overall. I had high hopes for this beer and those hopes were heightened when I saw how beautifully it poured. Unfortunately, things went down hill from there. The smell was slightly above average and the taste was nothing more than average. Pair that with a below average body for a DIPA and you get what I consider to be an average beer at best. Dogfish Head is one of my favorite breweries and this is one of the few times that theyve not met or exceeded my expectations.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Poured into a snifter. 4.0 A: Hazed medium to dark orange color. Two fingers of creamy off-white head with average retention and a small ring of lacing. 3.5 S: Not quite as hoppy as I would have expected, but quite nice nonetheless. Hops are spicy and grassy foremost with a light citrusy, grapefruit component. The lemon is about as powerful as the hops. Malts are mostly neutral with a light sweetness and maybe a hint of crystal. Surprisingly clean and free of booziness. Yeast gives a touch of breadiness. 3.0 T: Lightly biscuity malts with a bready yeast component. Just a touch of caramel sweetness. Moderate bitterness with piney, grassy, and lightly herbal hops with a touch of grapefruit. Lemon adds a nice addition, but overall this is pretty tame for 10% ABV and 100 IBUs. Again no booze. 4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very nice creaminess going on and super smooth. 3.5 D: This is a pretty unexciting beer given its stats. This has neither a strong hop component, nor a strong malt component. Its tasty, but doesnt ever make you think that you are drinking something special. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-12-2011 00:30:16

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