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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonusWagner (2155) - Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Why would you add all this lemon? Very detectable lemon taste with accompanying bitterness and slight, slight hints of tart. But its just a bit hard to drink, not overwhelmingly sweet but a bit too bitter. At least its different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10941) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Clear gold. Lemons and hops with some thyme. Flavor is bitter like bitter lemon peel. Not amazing but worth drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2011
One dogfish head beer that doesnt taste like an afghanis bunghole. Actually quite yummy. hides the alcohol real well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluesandbarbq (33) - Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2011
This Hellhound Blues Ale is courtesy of kinger, who sent me this knowing I coveted it. Not the first Blues inspired beer ever brewed but certainly the most ballyhooed. When I first read about DFH and Sony honoring Robert Johnson, I knew that this beer was a "must have" item for me. The Beer: Clear bright amber pour with a very tight white head and lazy lacing throughout. Decent carbonation present. Citrus hops and light lemon zest aroma with a clean almost floral scent, offset by some earthy malts and a near heavy mouthfeel. The lemon zest becomes more prevalent as it warms but still not overwhelming and nicely refreshing. Taste is citrus and lemon hops upfront, hugely so, great bitter linger only cut a bit by the malts. Hellhound did not disappoint. It was as I expected; nothing more, noting less. Fairly simple like the earthy Delta Blues that Robert Johnson purveys. Music hauntingly playing in my background: Cross Road Blues and Hellhound On My Trail - Robert Johnson - hell, Im listening to the entire box set of King of the Delta Blues right now! Letting this beer take me to another place and time... a dusty highway crossroads in the middle of the Mississippi Delta, just outside Clarksdale. Its near midnight and a lonely figure in the distance is walking the road carrying a guitar case, silhouetted by what little moon is present. Lighting crashes in the distance. The smell of rain and the heavy humidity is all around me lingering in the Southern night air. Dogs barking near me, chasing the soul carrying that guitar case...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pacond (188) - Muncie, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Golden orange color. Candied fruits and the essence of lemon towards the finish make this beer stand out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kylefleeger (105) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2011 This beer is really nice. The artwork and nastalgia if thats how it is spelled, is wonderful. The beer pours hazy and copper colored with the distinct and advertised lemon smell. There is a thick white head that laces the glass very lightly. I like this beer but to be honest its a little one note for me. Granted the hops and lemons are supposed to be very distinct but I was expecting there would be a little more to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Bottle. Pour is a very slightly hazy lt gold in color, almost orange. Huge billowing head, fades fast to slightly sticky lacing that runs down the glass. Aroma is slightly weak: some lemons, pine and citrus hops, just a touch of alcohol. Taste is where its at: Huge, assertive lemon on the front, moving to crazy pine, citrus, and floral hop bitterness on the end with a bit of residual caramel sweetness. Long lasting bitterness. Fairly dry. A great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12347) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2011
thanks jtclockwork for sharing750ml bottle-pours a tight off white head with trailing lace and gold color. Aroma is soft lemon zest, some pine, light malt. Taste is lemon bite, sweet lemonade syrup, medium malt mid palate, spice hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5419) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2011
On draft at Hoptomic 2011. Pours hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is citrus, lemon, lemongrass, lemon flesh, and some sugar and grass. Flavor is similar with lemon, lemongrass, spice, and booze, and sharp, biting citrus punch. Medium-bodied and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 18, 2011
THOUGHTS: Hid the alcohol incredibly well. Very lemony, but very well balanced. Some breweries just make better beer. Maybe even a little too heavy on the lemon. Became almost like the soapy lemon of too much lemon water ice. Tons of flavor and aroma. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, light to medium orangey amber with an average to large, off-white head that mostly diminished and left excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate dark bread, grain and caramel; heavy lemony hops; slightly lighter pine hops; toffee; light alcohol; and something else wonderful that I couldnt put my finger on. But lemon was the strongest aroma. The initial flavor was moderate to rather sweet, light to moderately bitter and light to somewhat acidic; while the finish was rather sweet, heavily bitter and moderately to rather acidic. There was mostly lemon, but also caramel malt, light alcohol, lemony hops, pine hos and almost soapy lemon hops. The nearly full body was a little syrupy and sticky on the lips, but also oily and then rather dry with soft, but tingly, carbonation and a lightly alcoholic and very dry finish.

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