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RATINGS: 624   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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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4.5
robgibbens (432) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Found this one in Olney, MD. Only allowed one bottle! This brew pours a nice bright amber color with a very tall and lacy head. The foam sticks to the glass very nicely. The aroma is citrusy and doughy with a warm lemon coming through. The flavor is bitter with a hint of lemon and finishes clean. This is a really nice brew. It’s mellow and flavorful. I love it.

4.5
IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2011
Nice fresh hoppy aroma. Good amount of head. Tastes pretty much like any double IPA with nuances of lemon zest. The lemons seemed faint to me but they were there, nonetheless. Slightly sweet and alcohol is well hidden for 10%. Finishes fairly bitter.

4.5
obxdude10 (2324) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Yet another outstanding super-hoppy beer from the great folks at DFH. It wasn’t even on the beer menu at the Rehoboth pub, but thanks to my awesome server, Jeanine, I was able to enjoy a snifter of this awesome IIPA. The Hellhound poured a dark orange color with a decent-sized off-white head. The head left a nice amount of thick but silky lacing around the glass. The nose featured a nicely-balanced nose, with just enough malt, bready and earthy tones to compliment the citrusy and piney hops. The body was full, very drinkable and super hoppy. But just as in the nose, the flavors were balanced perfectly, too. I got plenty of prickly and spicy hops, along with just the right amount of caramel malt, earth and rye bread. The finish was spicy, yet balanced and delicious. It’s obvious that DFH has something going on, especially with the IPAs. I don’t need to announce that, because everybody already knows. But sometimes you just have to state the obvious.

4.5
BeeriedEyed (211) - USA - JAN 27, 2012
Excellent IPA. Very hoppy of course. Nice touch with the lemon coriander. Glad I could try this gem.

4.5
rajendra82 (1092) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2014 Very attractive, orange amber colored body, which was clear, and topped with a craggy, three finger tall, beige colored head. The aroma was hoppy, but more restrained than is typical for the style. There were whiffs of citric fruits like oranges, tangerine, and grapefruit in the smell. The taste was sweeter than the typical DIPA, as the massive malt bill had not quite been fermented away by the yeast. There were flavors of raisins, burnt sugar, cherry, and butterscotch, and the hops were providing a bitterness that was citric and herbal in character. The mouthfeel was very sticky, and the aftertaste was bittersweet, and long lasting. There was a good bit of carbonation as well. I was expecting a bit more based on the label.

P.S. - I got another bottle this year, and I think I underrated the beer last year. Corrected the scores based on what I taste this year, which was a delicious citrus rush.

4.5
Hophead1977 (14) - , Connecticut, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Excellent Saison Type ale. Wonderful aroma, mouthfeel and finish. Citrusy notes, with a decent hop profile.

4.5
Yomonk1 (4) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2014 does not count
On the nose, graham cracker, dried flowers, lemon oils. Hazy, burnt orange appearance. Off white, creamy head. Taste- chalky, slightly herbal, lemony and pleasant hop bitterness. Perhaps a little burnt toast. Very creamy finish. Overall assessment - very solid imperial IPA. Great hoppiness. Will hold up to a spicy Mexican dish as well as Thai cuisine while keeping pace with a nice roasted pork. Certainly a must try for IPA lovers

4.5
jesperhammer (4735) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2014
15-MAY-2014, botlle @SpringHill Suites Newark, from Harrys Teeter, NoMa, Washington. My birthday gift (or part of it) from Marianne and the kids. Very hazy orange with lasting, lacing off-white head. Wonderful hoppy aroma with grape fruit and pine, over ripe fruit, liqour-like orange notes, alcohol. Taste the same. With even more citrus. Full body, medium carbonation, sweet but never cloying. Actually a bit dry on the long very bitter finish. Fantastic. Just what i hope for in an IIPA. Thx family:-)

4.4
Braudog (6710) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2013 Draft at the Birch. Nice bright honey color with a nice head. The aroma is subdued if a bit citrusy. But the flavor is grand, yet mellow at the same time. Tangy with just a hint of lemon, the 10% is well hidden in a quaffable, light body. Delish. (#4109, 5/21/2011).

4.4
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 couldn’t 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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