Robert Johnson's Hellhound On My Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 572
Hads: 1,842
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 25.07%
Wants: 124
Gots: 366 | FT: 7
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jsanford on 03-15-2011

Hellhound is a super-hoppy ale that hits 100 IBUs in the brewhouse and 10% ABV. It's dry-hopped with 100% Centennial hops at a rate of 100 kilos per 100 barrel brew-length. Can you tell we're stoked for this mighty musical centennial?

To accentuate and magnify the citrusy notes of the Centennial hops (and as a shoutout to Robert Johnson's mentor Blind Lemon Jefferson), we add dried lemon peel and flesh to the whirlpool.

58 IBU
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Photo of IckyT2012
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had the good fortune to purchase a bottle aged 3 years. The bitterness is nowhere to be found and the lemon has come on strong. It tastes like if the Belgians tried to make a shandy, but keep it at 9%. Wish I could drink this fresh just to compare.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"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. Dogfish Head pays homage 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, Alc. 10.0% by vol., 10.0 SRM in color, and dry-hopped with 100% centennial hops at a rate of 100 kilos per 100 barrel brew-length. To accentuate and magnify the citrusy notes of the centennial hops (and as a should out to Rovert Johnson's mentor Blind Lemon Jefferson) we add dried lemon peel and flesh to the whirlpool." Brewed in the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA brewed with lemons. Available in 750 ml. bottles and on rotating draft.

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle to a Dogfish Head signature glass. Served above 59 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy frothed head of a buttery white complexion over a densely hazy copper amber body with lots of thick, pulpy sediment in tow, ample lively carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Pithy lemon zest and some tart peel aromas atop a pale and biscuit malt base with a mild sweetness, pairing alongside a light citrusy hop profile of grapefruit and tangerine with a mild bitterness. Potency is modest. 3.5

(Taste) Sweetness and bitterness both forward, with biscuity grain and light caramel syrup body with an accent of lemony acidity after the swallow. Finishes boldly bitter, dry and zesty with a tingle of lemon peel. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, residual, moderately dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a light frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly bitter and tart over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no notable off characters. 3.75

(Overall) I was pleasantly surprised by how well the lemon character plays into accenting the citrus hop characteristics of this ale, and collectively as a Double IPA it comes together as a very bitter, yet flavorful and filling ale. A notably different DIPA against others of its type, and one worth seeking out. 3.75

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Robert Johnson's Hellhound On My Ale

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Photo of Critter1594
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Look who cares it is an IPA it should be cloudy
Smell: centennial shines
Taste: very clean, taste quits promptly. A little too heavy on the lemon.
Feel: appropriate

Awesome nose, but a bit strong on the lemon. Not upset I bought it but probably won't buy again.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber with a slight haze under a 1” finely bubbled dirty white foam collar that grips the glass producing lines of lace.
S: Flowery, spicy lemon, white bread.
T: Lemon rind bitterness form the head mixes with lemon in the body blending in with malt, light biscuit and caramel flavors that gradually dry out.
M: Medium carbonation and body.
O: A big, bitter, alcoholic DIPA that shows suprising balance and drinkability.

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Photo of BrewTangClan77
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nose is all hops. Big hops up front quickly followed by lemon bite. Sweet malt in the finish balances the flavor profile nicely. 10% ABV is detectable but doesn't dominate. Great DIPA.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at brewpub poured into snifter. Hazy copper with half finger of tan head that settles to a ring leaving some patches as it recedes. Aroma is pine, lemon peel and juice, a little bread, some raisin sweetness. Taste is citrus forward then quickly washed away by sweet malts - almost a hint of maple syrup. Lots of booze shows its 10% ABV. Moderate pine and citrus hop bitterness on the finish. Medium body, resinous texture, moderate carbonation, dry and warming finish.

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Photo of i4ourgot
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is smooth and easy, well drinking. The aroma was a little lacking kinda faint, but everything else about this beer was great. I never would have guessed this beer at 10% it does have a strong taste to it, but there's lots of great hop and malt backbone.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.91/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Poured into a snifter, it pours with a HUGE fluffy head which retains for a long while. Hazy and amber in color.

Smell: It's like hoppy lemonade. I really can't describe it any other way. Very sweet smelling.

Taste: Hoppy up front with a nice fade to lemon sweetness.

Feel: Creamy texture, medium feel. Very good!

Overall: This may be the best IPA I've ever had. Then again, I'm a stout guy.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love Dogfish Head so much! Another winner! Pours a copper to golden with a ceeamy lace. Aroma reminds me of earthly blends including grassy tones. This might sound weird, but I also detect a soapy fragrance that is quite pleasant.Taste is quite malty, sweet and fruity. I do not detect lemon as the bottle advertises; rather more of an orange finish. I also notice that this is less hoppy than your average double IPA. Feel is creamy, medium to full bodied and lightly carbonated. Overall an excellent job by possibly my favorite brewery in America!

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Photo of kkleu357
3.6/5  rDev -6%

From notes on 12/10/13

Nice orange brown cloudy pour. Mostly white, thick head. Has a hoppy smell like most centennial IPAs, but there is a strong aroma of lemon. Unique taste. Again, like your typical IIPA with centennial hops, buy very very citrusy from the lemon. Never had so much lemon flavor in a beer. this beer is no where close to as smooth as 90 minute. Much harsher. Still very good. Another greatly unique beer from Dogfish Head. Had the Midas Touch earlier, which was very different. Great job to them creating different tasting brews.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

A: hazy; deep bronze; 1 finger pillowy, off white head that receded slowly to a thick cap; nice lacing;

S: lemon Pledge;

T: all lemon up front; malt peeks through mid-palate, but the lemon is still the star; finish is moderately bitter with the lemon still holding sway;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation:

O: I understood going in that this was brewed with lemon. Still, I didn't expect the lemon to be so dominant. For my taste, I would have liked a little more balance.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gotta the artwork.

Huge white foam with a nice bright amber/copper colored ale.

Aroma has a lot of malt present with light lemon whiffs in the background. Wishing for more.

Taste was pretty good. I am getting more of the lemon on the swallow with nice hoppiness playing around with the malt.

Good amount of carbonation on each swallow, bit not overly.

Overall I was intrigued by the artwork and my man-love for DFH. Unfortunately I was not totally impressed with this offering. I was hoping for more hops and zest but was met with a bigger dose of malt. The lemons didn't make that much of an appearance to the party either. I did like reading the label though.

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Photo of Uglylilpup
1.8/5  rDev -53%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I was really looking forward to drinking this beer--I loved Dogfish Head's Positive Contact. With this one, I ended up pouring it down the sink. The lemon flavor was so strong it was like drinking Pledge. I couldn't even get through half a glass. Alas.

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Photo of bnes09
2.96/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep and translucent orange color. Dense head with excellent retention and generous, sticky lacing.

Sweet malty aroma with a bitter, soapy hop edge.

Malt is present on the palate with a biscuit character but takes a back seat to the super aggressive, pungent hop arsenal dropping bombs on my taste buds. I do enjoy the lemon flavor. Finishes with a rough soap and herb aftertaste.

Dense, sticky body. Rough, grainy texture. Highly carbonated.

Not as good as I expected. Unbalanced due to excessive hops and a little rough around the edges.

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Photo of AmericanPaleMale666
3.02/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - light red orange body, almost no head to speak of

N - when fresh you can smell and taste the lemons but currently drinking a bottle that almost a year old and the lemon seems to have disappeared.

M - light

T - again, when fresh you can definitely taste the lemon which I love but with just about 11 months since bottled the lemon has dissappeared. Still a great hoppy bitter taste that goes down easy

O - when fresh I love this brew, 11 months past its not bad by any means I just miss the lemon.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This pours a hazy, dark amber color with a fluffy, beige head. The aroma is mild with a slight hint of malts and lemon mixed with some bitterness. The taste is smooth and easy drinking. The overall tone is very bready with some citrus and bitterness. Very well-balanced and smooth drinking for a 10% beer. This is a well-made brew all the way around.

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 750ml bottle was a gift from Bro Artied2.... Enjoyed in a Sammy perfect pint glass.

It is slightly hazy, and the color is a deep golden/light amber. Head is thin, creamy and fine, and is a light tan color, leaving some decent lacing behind. Aroma has some malty caramel with some sweetish hopping. The body is medium, with a light touch of prickle as it traverses the tongue.

Like the aroma, the flavor has some caramel malt leading off. There's a healthy amount of hopping here, with citrus all over. It is a bit grapefruity and a touch pithy, along with some lightly sweet apricot. A subtle touch of lemon is detectable as well, and the flavors linger nicely in the finish. Also, the 10% ABV is scarily well-hidden.


4/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of mttaylor1066
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

True to form, this is an off-center ale that is a good palate-refresher.

Pours a coppery orange, very little mousse.

The nose is of hops and lemons.

The taste is of smooth malt followed by punchy lemon rind (lots of it!) and finished with a drying lemon aftertaste. It has surprising body for the amount of lemon in it.

No trace of alcohol, even at this ABV. This could be a dangerous ale on a hot day. You could down a liter and a half before you know it.

The carbonation is very light.

I'll have another bottle in July and another in August. Would go great on my back deck.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow....that's a whole lot of hops. Despite the hoppiness, this beer doesn't get overly bitter. There's a pleasant and light bitterness, punctuated by citrus. The flavor profile actually reminds me of a bitter lemon soda, but with a nice herbal notes. The only things I don't care for is the smell of this beer. It has a weird musty / funky smell and is off putting as I drink.

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Darker than I expected, copper orange, 2 finger white head that's gone in a flash and some patchy soap like lacing.

S - Surprisingly I'm hit with a bready sweet maltiness first with lemon, citrus, tropical and peach notes that come through. Hop aroma is layered in leaving a slightly piney finish to the nose. Not too big on aroma, really had to work to pull out the layers.

T - It's got lemon, citrus forward unlike the nose. Lemon juice, meat, rind and pith it's all in there. A hefty sweet bready malt stops it from going nuts. Piney hop notes make a presence mid palate. Finishes lemon bitter and it lingers. Different for sure.

M - Very drinkable for a 10% ale, medium body with a lower but nice level of carbonation and a coating finish on the palate.

O - It's different, and I like that. Would I drink it again? I got this as a gift, but for $12.99 I won't seek it out on my own. I applaud this for its use of a different ingredient but as a double IPA it's good, not outstanding. In the end this one fails to pull the flavor profiles together, the aromas are on the weak side, and for half the price I could get a world class IPA/IIPA.

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Photo of PeterParker
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a burnt orange with opacity and a finger of fluffy white head. Good lacing and tightly formed bubbles.

Lemongrass, pine, juicy hop aroma. Lemon sticks out the most. Slight detection of a sweet malt here. Sourish smelling hops.

Hops hit first. Not too hard, but instantly gives way to lemon peel. Insane amount of lemon. Sour tartness derived from it. They're not kidding when they say this is brewed with lemons. It is the most prevalent note. Very tart.

Low carbonation, medium body, lemony aftertaste that sours out.

Overall this is pretty good. Nothing great but worth a try. Wouldn't seek this out but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into large tulip.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a thin layer with crazy lacing from the reduced head. It is a hazy dark orange with little clarity or vision of bubbles. Spotty lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: Super centennial citrus and floral notes with some lemon, caramel, and bready malts. Orange peel, tangerine, and grapefruit are the most present citrus aromas.

Taste: Nice citrus characteristics followed by caramel, bread, and mild lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A bit smooth, chewy, mild bitterness, medium to full bodied, a little booze, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid DIPA. Seen it for years. Happy to have finally enjoyed this one.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into dimple pint

Three fingered head with moderate carbonation, dark orange-amberish body

Smells: Lemon hops

Taste: Hops and Lemon, with a malt backbone. The Lemon flavor lingers in the finish, but it isn't too tart at all.

Overall, this is a very pleasant beer! The centennial hops really shine through, and the citrus fruits only enhance and do not detract.

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Photo of AnonymousNick
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I imagined a unique experience with this beer, partly due to its relatively high price, but also the promise of the lemon addition accenting the hops. It turns out to just be a variation on the 90 Minute IPA and the lemon barely pokes itself out. Dogfish Head's stuff is usually dependably unique, and this disappoints by simply being a twist on an old formula (as good as it is) and not really a new beer. Don't sell your soul for this one, you can just buy some 90 minute IPA and slice some lemons nearby for the same effect.

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Photo of Emnmarko
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orangish-amber with a white billowy three finger head. The huge head loiters around like a teenager in the mall before it finally dissipates to leave a thick cap that leaves moderate lacing on my glass.

S- Bitter danky floral hops and a earthy malt bill fills my senses. Lemons, pine, and bitter sweet fruit.

T- Wow. There is a lot more going on here than the nose suggests. The lemons that were in the background before are now in control. A bitter sweetness with lemon comes on strong at first. A menthol flavor along with it, almost like a lemon halls cough drop, but more enjoyable. Dank hops mingle with earthy sweet malts and only time reduces its power.

M- Surprising drinkable for 10%. The alcohol is well hidden with this one. A little fizzy but I'm not going to knock it too badly for it. Clean feel and refreshing.

O- I have been wanting to try this one for a while now. I have great respect for Dogfish head and I was not let down here. This brew is refreshing and delicious. An interesting beer that gets ya drunk! I guess I am a little off centered. Dogfish head rules!

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