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

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Robert Johnson's Hellhound On My AleRobert Johnson's Hellhound On My Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,794 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,794
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 110
Gots: 319 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: jsanford on 03-15-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by ZeroSignal:
Photo of ZeroSignal
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into DFH Snifter

A - Pours a medium amber with a slight haziness. Two fingers worth of dense, white head with good retention and a sticky lace.

S - Citrus and a bit of resin in the nose, with a background of sweet, toasted malts. Feint lemon aroma in the background, but honestly, if I hadn't found myself searching for it, I don't know that I would have noticed it.

T&M - Starts with a crisp tang carrying a bit of a pithy quality. Fuller bodied with a generous malting, carrying a sweet, somewhat bready nature. Citrus and a bit of resin abound throughout, carrying a bit of an oily feel, but an intense citrus shows mostly in an intensely hoppy finish that persists long after swallowing.

O - Finely balanced, and one of the more interesting IIPA's I've had. Intense, but clean flavors. I'm hoping this becomes part of the Dogfish rotation.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remeber as a teenager getting into the blues and Robert Johnson's persona and legend really stood out in the early 90's,glad to see DFH make a brew to honor him,even if it wasnt that great.Poured into an imperial nonic a deep copper color with a nice sticky 1/2 finger white head.A mix of alcohol,biscuit,and lemon pith in the nose,the alcohol played a big role here,you can tell its a beast before even taking a sip.Sweet and alcoholic at the start with some bscuit malt,the citric hop profile is nice but a little muted because of the alcohol/sweetness.Its a sipper and isnt a real bad beer,but the big alcohol seems to dominate the beer a little in my opinion.

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of MadScientist
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of npala86
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Tiernan
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful hazy yellow to golden pour with great, active carbonation. The head is sturdy and bright white, eventually settling into a thin layer of foam. The aromas of hops and citrus are very upfront. Not really picking up the Lemon, as advertised. Taste-- there's the lemon! Hard hitting bitterness engulf the mouth and hammers the tongue...nice. The hop finish is strong and lingers nicely, not acidic. The hop flavor does not linger on the front of the tongue, making the flavor a little less full than I'd like. The heat from the alcohol reaches the back of the throat after the first couple of sips. As the foamy lace makes its way to the bottom of the glass, my mouth won't stop watering. The citrus, hop, and alcohol coalition is brutal (in a good way). The body is medium and only slightly slick after half a glass. Overall the mouthfeel is pleasant if you can stop focusing on the beating the back of your pallet is taking. I really like this AIPA and wil have another and another (not all tonite).

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Robert Johnson's HellHound Ale, 10% alcohol brewed with lemon. Imperial IPA style. Served in a Chimay goblet.

A- Pours a bright orange fluid with firey red edges in the sunlight, quarter inch head falls to a thin frothy head leaving mild sticky lacing on the glass.

S- Smells of flowers at full bloom, summer grass, and light lemon scents are dominate factor on the smell.

T-M- Taste is a very strong lemony zest with fresh cut grass and a dominate yeasty malt flavor. Mouthfeel is slightly mild with smooth carbonation that dances over the buds adding to drinkablity.

O- Good beer for the taste but the price could be better.

Photo of ricksrealm
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of KevlarBrewing
5/5  rDev +27.2%

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

Bottled 2011 1
750 ml bottle in a snifter.

Cherry amber color, slight haze. Medium-sized off white head.

Lots of citrus in the aroma: mostly lemon and lemon zest, but also orange and tangerine. Some sweet malt. A hint of alcohol.

Taste followed aroma. A lot of citrus, with citrus hops. Sweet malt. Alcohol not detectable; would never know it was 10% ABV.

Nice balance.

Dangerously drinkable.

Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours orange-brown with a bit of noticeable sediment. One finger of off-white head fades pretty quickly to a collar but leaves some lacing behind.

S - Lemon rind and juice dominate the aroma, though some pine hops do come through. A bit of malt also present, and some sweet florals as well.

T - Bitter up front with both pine and lemon bitterness. Lots of lemon, again rind and pulp. A little one note, but I'm enjoying it. I can taste and feel some malt, but can't put specific flavors to it. Some noticeable alcohol in the taste.

M - Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Finishes bitter but not clean.

O - Overall probably not worthy of Robert Johnson, but a pretty good beer. Has bitterness in spades, but missing a more balanced flavor profile. Glad I tried it, but not sorry this is a one-off.

Photo of Afroman
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
1.8/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had this on tap late summer '11 at the advice of an enthusiastic barkeep.

Preciously served in a DFH snifter. Looks deep bright orange on the pour. Oooh this looks nice.

But my hopes were dampered upon smelling this beer. Was expecting to encounter a nice citrusy hop bomb, but instead smelled some dirty, earthy off concoction. Yuck.

Took a hard first sip and found myself recoiling. Very unpleasant musty taste, the malt & hops are fighting each other in this beer. Lots of unpleasant hot alcohol flavors too.

Took a break and drank some water after the first taste just to re-gain my bearings. Took another sip and it was just as disjointed as the first.

Struggled through a few more sips then pushed the glass toward the barkeep. Told him I hated his suggested beer and thankfully he took it off the tab.

Photo of marvin213
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Translucent but cloudy, a heady foam caps the liquid. It's like orange marmalade with marshmallows on top. Heavy hop lacing cakes the glass.

It smells of balanced IPA with a hint of lemon zing. If I had a lemon, I'd throw one in for more influence--turns this into a helluva shandy!

Good, relatively heavy malt bill w/ more lemon influence as it warms. I'd say Squall's better, but it's fun 2 enjoy. :-) L8er.

Photo of Beaver13
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is some caramel and crystal malt with tropical fruits, bubble gum and piney hops and notes of tobacco.

The flavor is caramel malts and bubble gum with a little tropical fruit. The finish is charred strong bitterness from the hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK DIPA. I don't really care for the flavors. It's kind of similar to the Robert Johnson that I listened to while drinking - I was expecting more.

Photo of TTripp725
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of bishopdc0
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared the bottle with my wife.

Poured into my New Belgium chalice.

The beer is orange amber with a sticky white head. The head laces but doesn't stick.

The aroma is bold hops with a mix of malt. The nose is very earthy with an almost spicy alcohol at the end.

The taste has a match to the aroma but the alcohol is more subdued that I thought. The taste is sweet malty with a big earthy hop. As the carbonation subsides a nice bitter finish.

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of mverity
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle with a bottled on date.

Color: Brass, clear w/ a beautiful froth on top.

Smell: Herbal, lemon from rind to juice, buttery ghost, bready, sweet, golden raisins and light broth.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Super smooth, fuller body. Fierce alcohol, solid malt foundation, lemon theatrics. Peel talks to grain, alcohol humbly on its own ... warming everything, toasty but not hot. Citric and mint hops, fresh hay maltiness. Lemon lingers and so does the grain and alcohol.

Overall: Hellhound has a lot to say but only whispers a little bit with every sip, lots of sips to take so I'm pretty sure I got the whole gist of it.

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