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RATINGS: 612   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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CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2011
750ml bottle: Pours a clear deep golden bronze with a sticky-lacing froth of clingy white head. Has a unique fresh lemon aroma with some citrusy hop notes and lightly sweet pale malt. Starts with pretty good fullness and fresh resiny piny hop flavor with some light fruitiness and plenty of tart citric hoppiness before a drier, slightly warming bittersweet finish. Borders on being astringent without enough complex sweetness to back it up, but still has some drinkability.

JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUN 15, 2011
On draft at Urge in San Diego. Hazy golden pour with small ass head. Sweet grassy aroma. Taste is sweet floral with lots of citrus. Tasty

bhensonb (15347) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Capped 750 from Malt & Vine. Bottled January 2011. Pours an amber so light it’s almost gold. Head is 3 finger foamy off-white. Aroma is earthy/piney hop with mild cooked caramel. Near full bodied. Flavor is floral/citrus/earthy/perhaps resiny over detectable malt. This stuff has a lot of flavor. Going well with hot salsa. I take back every bad thought I ever had about assoholes going around the world to get sticks and stones to make odd ridiculous beers. Til the next odd ridiculous beer. This beer is fantastic.

gvmdw7 (188) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Poured a hazy orange hue. The centennial hops and pine are apparent in the smell. Unfortunately it had little hop character in the taste. The taste was citrussy, but the lemon doesn’t complement the floral hop character. If anything I thought the lemon counter-acted the hops and produced a double IPA that was light bodied.

ben4321 (6547) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Location: 750 ml bottle shared by jcos, 6/12/11

Aroma: The nose has a decent amount of citrus, some orange and lemon, some earth and resin
Appearance: It pours a cloudy orange color with a lasting white head and little bit of lace
Flavor: The taste is fairly hoppy, not much sweetness, but lots of pine and citrus hop notes
Palate: Medium bodied, leaning full, with a slightly sticky mouthfeel, and a well hidden abv
Overall Impression: This one will serve as my 100th Double IPA rating! Quite a milestone, as I love me a Double IPA! Anyway, onto the beer, I found this one to be very solid. Maybe not the best IIPA that I’ve rated out of those 100, but rather tasty none-the-less. I’ll start the second hundred soon, but the first 100 will be hard to top.

Travlr (25267) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Bottle. Holy cow, I can smell this one from across the room! Pours murky golden, medium thick white head with a solid curtain of lacing. Aroma of pine, lemon rind and hay. Taste is bitter throughout, with lemon in the background, bitter finish. Pretty straightforward.

pressboxjoe (464) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Bottle from Cold Spring (Yardley) poured into small snifter. Pretty good looking beer, very rich color and strong white head with immediate lacing. As opposed to yesterday when an iced tea flavor was an indication of something wrong, I suppose in an ale brewed with lemons it makes some sense. Malty, but sour. Lemon aroma is strong and different from the standard hoppy citrus smell. More like dish detergent. Bitterness somewhat harsh for DFH, but diminishes as it warms and becomes slightly more balanced. Not my favorite, but glad I tried it.

luttonm (6484) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Surprise tap at the Hop Leaf in Chicago. All they knew was it was a new DIPA. Dark gray-orange/orange tinged brown body. Alc thin head, nose is caramel, perfuming hops. Wow, this is big and tasty. Like a huge hopped dubbel, caramel, toasted-sweet, candi sugar. Heavy, oily hopping .. reminds me of 120min. This is big, full like sweet belgian brune. Great surprise, really amazing.

williamstome (1902) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Red-brown color, small head. Sweet, hoppy aroma, with notes of lemon and alcohol. Flavor is crisp hoppiness with lemon and herbs, sweetness, alcohol. Sharp, bright feel. Mmm.

Slipstream (2651) - USA - JUN 10, 2011
Cool drawing of bluesman Robert Johnson on label. Dark gold pour with light head. Very good floral, citrus aroma with a mellow undercurrent of beery elements. Interesting ale with a number of sides to it - as much like a strong lager as a big IPA. Lemon, good hop bitterness, and a lingering warm tingle on the palate. I tasted something like cinnamon too. And hats off to the numerological use of 100 in the brewing process - 100 IBU, 10.0 ABV, etc.

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