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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1883) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Enjoyed on tap at the Bad Apple in Chicago, IL while waiting for my food order. Appearance a golden light amber with not much head, white ring around the glass. Aroma like a bomb of centennial hops, just really prominent in the mix with some grassy notes that are apparent due to the type of hops. Taste is rather bitter, but after reading the description maybe not too bitter. The citrus also comes out in the taste and probably offsets the bitterness to make it slightly smooth. Its a big beer but doesnt taste like it, the 10% abv is somewhat masked. Theres also a hint of malt in the back end. Its very hoppy but not too hoppy, its a well rounded iipa and pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (14534) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2011
750 ml bottle poured a clear golden amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of biscuit, lemon, earthiness and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, lemon, light earthiness and light pine with a smooth dry moderatly bitter lingering lemon finish. Super Hoppy? I think not!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Bottle picked up at Ricks in Alexandria. Really looking forward to this one. Served in a Dogfish thin pint. Pours a lightly-hazy peach-apricot color with a good white head and some nice sticky lacing on the way down. The nose carries some light notes of citrus plus a pretty hefty amount of booze. Quite a bit of bready malt in the background as well. The taste is basically a malty mess. There is no real lemon character and the hops are an afterthought. The taste is overrun by a strong alcohol character. Other than that, bready malt and a bit of sweetness. Feel is completely boozed-up and lacks really any bitterness. Not impressive. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-11-2011

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Tap... Hazy golden pour , thin , wispy white head , sparse lace . Aroma of lemons and citrus hoppiness . Malty sweetness upfront with pine and citrus hop bitterness in the middle leading to a dry lasting bitter finish . Some alcohol and a hint of lemon .Medium bodied and carbonation .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2011
Pours a copper haze. Aroma is combination of lemon, light hop. Just below medium bitterness, with some light sour and sweet from the lemon. Medium body, a lit bit of carbonation, very long, somewhat bitter finish that is a little boozy. Hard to believe this is 10%, the only place that seems to come out is in the finish. I feel I could drink this too fast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1986) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2011
750 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about an inch and a half off-white head. The head sticks around for a long time, and theres a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops (grapefruit, lemon peel), with grassy hops and a bit of peppery spice noticable. The brew tastes like lemony hops, lemon peel, grassy/herbal hops, and some peppery spice and bready malt. At first the bitter lemon rind finish is quite strong, but it eases up after the brew warms up (and I let it sit out for around 25 minutes before opening it). Mouthfeel/body is medium, its a bit slick and is well carbonated. Theres a bit too much carbonation for me, but it doesnt hurt the beer much at all. It is easy to drink for being 10% ABV. I liked this brew, I think its definitely worth trying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2011
I liked it! Great nose (thanks centennial hops) but body is a bit muted in flavor. This may be due to the other ingredients, but ends up a little flat and heavy without the bold flavor. Still, it was tasty for sure, just not all I expected with the huge IBU #s

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nickd717 (4613) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 11, 2011
750ml bottle from City Beer. Great clear dark golden color with a 1.5-finger whitish head that fades to swirls. The aroma is rather boozy. Citrusy with lemon and orange with some sweet malt notes. Lemony flavor with sweet pale and caramel malt and a citric finish, with lemon especially. Definitely some alcohol, and the 100 IBU shows. Fuller on the body and mildly syrupy. Boozier than it should be, even for 10% ABV. Not the biggest fan of this overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2011
pours a nice orange with a frothy thick white head. nose is light lemon and sweet hops. taste is more lemon, grapefruit, spice, maltyness. nice palate but a bit sticky. overall a pretty solid DIPA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Medium orange pour with a white head. Aroma is cat pee, resin, lemon rind, citrus, pot. This one is dank. Flavor is not as intense but there are still some good citrus notes and some nice malt balance. Good beer.

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