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RATINGS: 613   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.2
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2011
The pour is a translucent, pale amber color with a moderately full, pillowy white head which is somewhat lasting and leaves tight, soapy lace. The nose is quite boring for a 10% beer and 100 IBU; some floral, resinous, lemon, grapefruit, and cinnamon. The flavor is similar with lots of resins, a nearly high bitterness, floral still, lemons, light ruby red grapefruit, and some pepper. The palate is moderate to full, slightly warm, velvety, and nearly lively. The finish is bitter, some citrus, but mostly resinous. Honestly, it is bitter but has no hop character. The complexity is completely minimal and the depth is laughable. Maybe they should have spent more time putting together a drinkable beer instead of making sure everything fit to a specific number. Very disappointing for a $16 bottle.

3.2
Arayaga2 (2224) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Clear chestnut with an inch of off-white head. Aroma is mildly lemony, and taste is like a gin and tonic, with dark alcoholic citrus pith, and oxidized english yeast into the finish. $10/750

3.2
dabubbleboy (73) - Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2011
An okay beer, but definitely not a favorite from Dogfish. There is an abundance of earthy and floral hops that are complimented by citrus notes. This is followed quickly by a surprising amount of malt flavor that presents itself as syrupy sweet and ends up overwhelming this beer. Not bad, but far from a favorite.

3.2
arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Pours an attractive orange color with a nice white head. Aroma is alcohol and lemon pledge. The taste is super alcoholic, slightly bitter, a little taste of lemon. I don’t like it. The lemon/ipa thing doesn’t work at all for me. The hop aroma is completley hidden by alcohol as is the flavor. Not very enjoyable.

3.2
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2011
750 ml. Bottle pour. Get a lot of lemon. This beer sounds a lot better than it tastes. The hops are not as prominent as the lemon.

3.2
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Poured into my Duvel Tulip, two to three fingers white head. Smell is a hoppy citrus, very floral. Taste is deceivingly smooth. Pretty bitter, not much citrus zest to speak of. Lots of hop presence. Bit of a chalky after taste. Big, big mouthfeel. Interesting, but not worth the price.

3.2
yespr (49173) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2012
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is citrusy and crisp hoppy. Sweet, hoppy and light fruity. Bitter and slight hoppy. Biter and hoppy into a little fruity finish.

3.2
MrNic (16) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - JAN 3, 2013
750ml bottle Appearance - Pours a hazy dark orange/amber color with a 2 finger white head. Aroma - Citrus, maltiness, mango, and a little pear. The bottle says they added lemon peel, but I didn’t really pick that up. If it was there, it was lost in the aroma of the centennial hops, which tend to have a citrusy aroma to begin with. As the beer warmed up, I did notice a little bit of lemon aroma. Taste - Moderate bitterness, roasted maltiness, pineapple, pine, caramel, spicy. Again, the lemon didn’t come through at first, but after the beer warmed up, it did. This is a very well balanced beer. Mouthfeel - Medium body, dry finish, lingering bitterness. Overall - Good, but for an IIPA it could use a lot more hop flavor and aroma. I tasted no alcohol whatsoever, so it was very drinkable for a 10% ABV beer.

3.2
maley1 (1301) - Calgary, CANADA - FEB 13, 2013
Golden orange pour with slightly off white head. Aroma of hops, pine, grapefruit and caramel. Taste is very sweet caramel giving way to a syrupy texture of pine, hops, malts and slightly floral. A little cloying.

3.2
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Bottle and served in Duvel snifter: pours a nice amber hue with some orangy notes topped by a nice head and good lace. The aroma has notes of booze, sugars, caramel, resiny and tropical hop esters along with some lemon zest and grains of paradise. The taste is initially cloying sweet but the lemon and hop bitterness to help keep it check. The fruity nature is nice but the alcohol level is a bit too much. The mouth feel is sticky and lush with a slight metallic finish. While there are some aspect of this beer I like overall I would call this a muddled mess and yet another disappointing DFH offering.


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