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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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1,795 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,795
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 110
Gots: 319 | FT: 7
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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)
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Photo of TheStove
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pour of this at City Beer - SF.

Pours nice and opaque orange/peach color. Served in a tulip it almost looks as if one is holding a piece of fruit.

Smells and drinks like an IPA, there is a light spice interplay with the initial hop flavors. The fun comes in the end of the sip where citrus flavors of the hop give way to the taste of lemon candy. Starts to be a fun beverage as the tasting of a balanced hop complexity gives way to the repeating lemon candy flavor. As glass is half done, lemon fades into light citrus flavors of the hops and is almost unnoticeable.

On the fence about this one. Given some of the better IPAs out there, this one kind of seems like a one trick pony with the obvious lemon flavor at the end, however it is difficult to deny that this was a fun beer to drink.

Photo of celticfutblclub
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml meet pint glass.

comes in bright and cheery (orange style) sporting a nice white head three fingers deep that laces very well and has some great retention. smells of dough oily hops and pine come through. sweet malts are up front followed immediately by a big hop bang. orange peel, pine, resiny hops round out the hop flavor. lots of carbonation medium bodied with lots of puckering and mild alcohol feel on the throat (for 10%) lend a good mouth feel to this. a very good offering from dogfish head and very glad i splurged on this one.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bronze/copper colour with a high foamy head that recedes to a nice blanket. Good lacing down the glass.

S: Pleasing earthy-grass hop notes along with some biscuity malts. Quite a bit of sweet honey aroma. Faint hints of lemon.

T: Bready malts with quite a bit of caramel and honey sweetness. Hop notes are a bit more subdued but present in the middle. Finishes with a bit of lemony zest. Overall nice but quite sugary-sweet. Alcohol is noticeable and comes across pretty strong.

M: Full with an oilyness and fairly viscous.

D: Not sure I would pursue this again, but a decent Dogfish Head offering. I think I was looking (and hoping) for more of a lemon kick in this, but instead found more of a sugary sweetness.

Photo of Robtobfest
2.78/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had high hopes for this one.
Appearance was pretty. Has some great head retention wit the aggressive pour. Golden in color.

Smell, what where is the lemon, heavy citrus element that this should have. All I smell is alcohol.

Taste is all booze. I am so dissapointed with this! It reminds me of my dissapointment with Hoptimum. Over the top booze overpowers everything else.

Overall, not only would I not seek this out, but i'd run away from it. The only good thing about this beer is the artwork on the bottle. Heard the original recipe had this coming in much loer in ABV. Should have stuck with that.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a 9oz. rocks glass - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a fairly clean, dark honey-like hue, with a massive white head that lingers, leaving a ton of lacing in its tracks - very nice!

S: Extremely hoppy - soapy citrus rinds, which the prevalent lemon zest lends well to, finishing with a hint of biscuit and other earthy goodness in the mix as well.

T: On point with the nose, but the lemon gets a bit out of control wiping out the hop entirely, and unfortunately there is a ton of booze from start to finish that really distracts the finer qualities of this ale - reminds me of a holiday drink my mother-in-law makes each year called Limoncello (grain alcohol, lemon rinds and sugar) very tasty but too much heat! Kind of a weird DIPA if you ask me (???).

M/D: Medium bodied and well carbonated with a ton of resiny hoppiness that lingers well beyond each sip, finishes crisp and clean as a good DIPA should. Drinkability is alright, but way too much weird lemon zest and hot booze. I finished it, but man it took some nursing!

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml shared into tulip, from notes, consumed within two weeks of 2011 release.

A: A very bright and straw colored body, white head with good levels of carbonation and head retention.

S: The floral aspect of this brew show subtle hints of the lemon and a major role played by the hops that are very piney and citrus in character.

T/M: The beer is a very nice IPA, but the pine does seem to be in the fore front of the overall taste. The malt body is found in the texture of the mouthfeel, but does not make it past the hop profile. Carbonation levels are spot on for style and the finish is indeed hoppy.

O: Not too much multi-dementionality to this one, just a solid, yet typical IPA and classic DFH hop and yeast characters.

Photo of ckollias
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Golden yellow ale with a thick 2-finger foam that quickly dissipates into a fine wispy lace. Leaves a nice trail all the way down the glass.

S: This beer has a lemon zesty hoppy aroma. It is not overwhelming but rather very mild and pleasant to the nostrils.

T: Great zesty lemon flavor crossed the palate. It is smooth and slightly bitter at the same time. This alcohol is present but masked nicely by the lemon and hops. It has good balance and is very drinkable.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: Interesting double IPA with a lemon twist. High ABV @ 10% but an easy drinkable bber. Another great beer by dogfish head but nothing I would pick up on a regular basis.

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

A: Poured a clear a golden color with good carbonation and a small white cap

S: Citrus and thats about it

T: Starts out with a hint at pine and lemon zest. Some other light fruits but not much on hops.

M: Well carbonated, nice feel, clean but the hops are subdued and played out by the lemon and citrus

O: Average

Photo of beerbully
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a big fan of RJ and lover of the blues I was excited to buy this beer.

Poured into a pint glass

A-Copper hue with a thick foamy 1 1/2 inch head that hangs around for a while and leaves thick lacing. Lots of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass

S-floral and extremely citrusy. Smells unbelievablely good. Grapefruit / orange / mango

T- quite different from its smell. Quite surprised with the initial taste as I was expecting something different based on the aroma. Can taste the lemon which I didn't pick up in the nose. Strong flavor in the back of my throat. Aftertaste mellows out and leaves a taste in the mouth which is closer to the aroma.

M-Beer has good body and coats the mouth. Quite refreshing. Good summer brew.

O-Smells like a very citrus DIPA but throws a curveball upon the first sip. Certainly can taste the lemon. This beer seems to have me searching for more than what is there. For me, the aftertaste is better than the initial sip. Flavor hangs in the mouth long after the beer has been swallowed. Happy to have scored a bottle and have tasted it which was not the case with Bitches Brew

Photo of ToddT
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Hazy amber color topped with a thick and fluffy off white head. Head falls quickly to a cap and then a ring but leaves a little spotty lace on the glass.

S- Subtle grapefruit and floral hop aroma, slight hint a alcohol as well.

T- Tart citrus as first, grapefruit and lemon dominate. The middle is mainly a malt wash, but the finish is where the lemon really comes out, leading to a bone dry and very tart finish. Fair amount of alcohol warmth in the finish too, not overpowering but noticeable.

M- Medium in body and carbonation, feels pretty clean for a Imperial IPA too. I think the tartness of the lemon takes out any hop oil that might be left on the palate.

O- Different, not your standard DIPA, the 10.0% ABV is not completely hidden but it’s not out of control either. Not sure if I could drink a lot of this but I’m glad I tried it.

Photo of jjboesen
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here we have another Dogfish Head specialty to pay homage to an icon of American music - another was Miles Davis (Bitches Brew). I ha dthe opportunity to check this out during a recent visit to Max's: poured into a tulip glass, it begins with a thin head atop a dark amber body. The lacing and carbonation was minimal.

The nose is buffeted with massive notes of vanilla and clove; meanwhile, the palate is overwhelmed in a thick chewy blanket of malt and honey. To quote Eric Cartman: "Sweeet!"

While this is not one to be pounded down, it is an interesting quaff and should be tried if available.

Note: Robert Johnson was a blues guitarist from Mississippi.

Photo of wscaffe
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A - Orange hazy color with an creamy white two-finger head. It leaves a decent lace on the glass

S - Intense citrus notes coupled with a floral hop aroma.

T - Not a very malty backbone. At 100 IBUs I definitely taste the hops. Some lemon character but not as evident as the description would lead you to believe. Even so, I think the lemon couples with the hop flavor nicely.

M - Medium bodied. Hops linger on the palate.

O - Overall I think that this beer could have been more carefully crafted. I like the overall concept but I think it could have been more balanced. I would definitely drink this beer again. For a beer clocking in at over 100 IBUs I still could see myself drinking this beer in the hot summer sun.

Photo of dtivp
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange with an off white two finger head that fades slowly into a ring with moderate lacing.

Aroma of floral hops and heavy on the citrus.

Taste followed the nose with lemon, grapefruit that added to the hop bitterness, as it came to room temperature a slight caramel malt sweetness was present.

Mouth Feel was medium body with light carbonation, very prickly and dry.

Overall this was a summer time beer, not the best IPA that Dogfish Head brews.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Have had Hellhound a few times, both form bottle and on tap at the DFH brewpub.

A: Hellhound pours a hazy orange with a foamy white head that dissipates rather quickly. Considering the head did not last very long, there was some nice lacing that hung onto the sides for a bit.

S: Typical citrus notes come through, some orange and grapefruit. I get hints of lemon, but not more than other hopped up beers that aren't made with lemon. A little bit of graham like malt base and a touch of caramel.

T: A bit more lemon here, but still not quite what I was expecting. There is a bit more orange and grapefruit than lemon, similar to the aroma. Quite bitter on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drank pretty smooth when cold, but was a bit tougher when it got warmer.

O: It wasn't bad, but compared to other DFH beers, a bit of a letdown. Was hoping for a lot more of a lemony flavor.

Photo of thebrood1987
4.88/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It has a very concentrated smell of resinous pine hops plus some lemons and that 90 minute smell in the background. On the initial sip its a sweet smooth malty sweet taste and then ending with a resinous pine bitterness but then the lemon comes in and mixes in with the hop flavors AND the bitterness subsides a bit and adds a refreshing I want another sip aftertaste to it. You get the lemon mouth pucker a bit too but in a really sweet way... this is world class beer. The only thing I would say that I think is unecessary a bit is the alcohol percentage. Real cold the alcohol bite comes out more in the smell and taste but warmed up the beer starts to turn into perfection. This beer could have easily worked at 8 percent but I guess Dogfish knows more than me. All in all this is an excellent beer and again one of my favorite from this brewery.

Photo of mullenite
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful copper color with two fingers of white head that last a while and leaves some sticky lacing on the glass.

I can smell this from a foot away. Piney and resinous with some grapefruit hanging out in the background. I like my DIPAs a little fruitier but this is damn good.

Lots of bitterness in the flavor with more citrus than the aroma. Lots of orange rind/pith and grapefruit.

Medium body with lots of carbonation and a nice lingering feeling on the tongue and palette.

Overall, I really dig this. I'm glad to see a really bitter DIPA again, it seems they have been getting away from that and it's refreshing to have something bitter again.

Photo of Dan3279
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle right when it came out and I decided to save it for July 4th. I poured the bottle into a snifter glass to find a hazy bright orange body with a white one inch head. Citrus just dominates the aroma in a good way, grapefruit and lemon stand out with hints of malts and pine. Its actually a good smelling beer.

The taste was exceptional, more mellow than the aroma but just a great beer. I expected the lemon to stand out much more than it did, but it was balanced in with the rest of the flavors so well. I really enjoyed the bitterness and maltiness of the beer as well.

The beer was medium bodied with medium carbonation, the alcohol was very well hidden and overall this beer was easy to drink and enjoy. Overall a solid offering from DFH I wish this was an annual beer instead of a one time shot.

Photo of phantomwyse
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a heavy honey hued body with yellow trimming the edges. Moderate carbonation works its way up to a patchy froth of about a finger or so. Cathedral lacing.

S: Dense weaving of hops and malts. Graham crackers, molasses cookies, raw sugar hit up front with a massive dose of grapefruit hops working its way in with a light touch on pine and lemons.

T: Up front there’s a rush of biscuit malts and then astringent alcohol. Hops come in next with just a battering ram of bitterness. The lemon flavor helps cut the bitterness at the end, erring on refreshing, but denied.

M: Medium bodied that finishes tart and dry.

O: Oh, hey there, two hundredth review! Overwhelming? Yes. Delicious? Yes. A bit too much of both, probably. The aromas and flavors are straightforward, raw, and overpowering: the Mike Tyson method of brewing. All of these flavors are brilliant in their simplicity, however they are sucker punching one another and never quite find harmony. Will I enjoy this beer? Absolutely. Will I keep a spare bottle to see how it ages, you know it.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A copper body holds a bright-white head. The head leaves some nice lacing, but quickly fades to a small white cap atop the beer. A little hazy after the full pour.

Smell: Lemon zest jumps through a solid hit of grapefruit. Loads of grapefruit and lemon zest. Malts run a bit toward biscuit, but bring a little earthiness as well. Some hints of something toasted linger in the background.

Taste: A solid punch of straight bitterness greet the tongue, quickly followed by an almost oily smack of lemon zest. The grapefruit notes are aggressive, but they need to be to mellow out the lemon. The malts bring enough sweetness to the table to keep things interesting, but they fall apart a little in the long run. leaving the hops and lemon to have their way with the tongue. A small hint of alcohol on the back of each sip warms as the beer goes on.

Mouthfeel: Nice full body with a little dryness on the back and a lively carbonation. It's not syrupy thick, but also doesn't feel thin and overcarbonated. A little dry on the back, but that can be chalked up the ABV.

Overall: A definite plus for Dogfish Head. It's probably best described as 90 minute shot full of lemon and an extra dose of hops. It drinks surprisingly well for such a big beer, but it doesn't really hold together over the entire drinking session.

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

Thanks to Nick Ge. for this beer!

Off-white head, good lacing, good bubbling, and a copper, soft amber color.

Toasty malts, caramel and biscuits, come together with lemons and other various citrus aromas. This beer smells lemony and bitter. But still very toasty.

Toasty malt mixes with heavy citric flavors to make a bitter, malty, syrupy textured beer. Ohh, and lets not forget some high abv. heat added to the texture.

Warm, syrupy, bitter palate taht is great for sipping. You can taste the lemons, but they don't stand out much. Either way this DIPA taste pretty good, and I'm glad I could try it before it was unavailable.

Photo of thain709
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served with a hazy, bronze colored body...orange highlights are apparent too...small, white head recedes to an even smaller wispy cap...slow carbonation bubbles are visible...some lacing is left behind

S - A lot of citrus in the nose...big dose of lemon with orange and grapefruit too...this one is going to be bitter...slight trace of alcohol

T - The flavors are a bit different than what the nose suggests...there is a big sweetness up front with caramel leading the way...that sits around for a while...some alcohol sneaks in towards the middle but it's minimal...a lemon rind flavor comes in towards the middle-end of the beer...the beer finishes as the nose suggests...bitter

M - Medium bodied...smooth and very bitter...almost like biting into a lemon rind...resinous

O - I missed out on having the Miles Davis brew so I jumped on this one when I saw it...the nose was pleasant but the flavors disappointed...a lot of lemon going on...solid bitterness...a decent IIPA

Photo of Tucquan
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-07-2 in Columbia, PA

A - A nice golden orange with a 2-finger white head and moderate lacing.

S - Mild lemon and orange with some hop floral.

T - Sweet caramel malt, then lemon flesh quickly followed by lemon peel, earthy spice and grapefruit juice. Despite the lemon, it's not a bright citrus taste. The alcohol is evident and comes on a bit too strong. The bitterness is significant @ 100 IBU, only partially moderated by the sweetness of the malt and lingering tart lemon flavor.

M - Medium body with light-medium carbonation. Prickly and moderately resinous. A lighter feel than I expected.

O - Love the label and the contents of the bottle are good too. Not a top-shelf DIPA but enough of a unique taste with the addition of the lemon to make me glad I've tried it.

Photo of OStrungT
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly cloudy orangish golden color, with a thick, fluffy off white head. the head fades very slowly, leaving a massive curtain of lace.

This beer has a citrusy aroma. I detect lemons, grapefruit, and a mild orange aroma. I pretty much only detect fruity hop aromas.

This beer tastes like it smells. Lemon and grapefruit up front with some orange in the back. It has a mild grassy flavor also.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. The alcohol makes an apprarance on the way down. Although well hidden in the aroma and flavor, it warms the throat on its way down. Carbonation is high, fitting the style well.

This beer wouldnt make a great session beer. It is high in alcohol, and aggressive. It isnt a bad beer, but the flavor would become cloying after a few pints.

Overall: Thanks to inlimbo77 for once again hooking me up with some great beer from Dogfish Head. I always love a chance to try something from them. I liked this beer. The lemon was a pleasent change. Well worth trying.

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

Dogfish Head : Robert Johnson's Hellhound on my Ale. 10% Double IPA brewed with lemons.

25 oz bottle, pours a light straw, a bit cloudy. Smell of floral hops, musty lemon as well, some malt sweetness. In the flavor, a nice earthy bitterness, alittle pine, lemon peel and rind. Mild citrus, flavorful hop oils, the lemon is there but in the background. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Overall, a tasty lemon IPA, big, but easy drinking.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's a theme of 10's in this Mississippi Delta inspired beer. On-tap at Bruery Provisions, on to the beer:

A bolder orange with yellowish hues look through the glass. There's a lot of milky white lacing that sticsk around the glass as the beer is consumed. Hoppy! Clean, fresh, orange and candied lemon fun in this Dogfish Head DIPA.

Taste is good, though it's not like the aroma. The taste is more along the lines of tree sap and pine, quite balanaced overall. Candied orange is there, the 10% alcohol goes unnoticed. Still, it seems a little light in body and the carbonation is low.

Without a doubt another quality beer by Dogfish Head, but I have a feeling that the pricetag of a 750 ml bottle would scare me from its purchase.

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