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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
88
very good

1,722 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,722
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 102
Gots: 294 | 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 rfgetz
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy golden amber with pillow of frothy white head, good retention and lacing. Scent is dominated by a strong lemon note, underneath lies grapefruit with a solid malt backbone. Noticeable alcohol on the nose as it warms. Taste follows scent, a quick burst of lemon before it settles into a standard dIPA, grapefruit and solid carmel malts, touch of spice and warm alcohol. Medium bodied, oily, lingering warmth on the palate. A good beer undone just a touch with its warmth.

rfgetz, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of dfillius
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Gentle pour yields 1/2 finger of white head with good retention. Cloudy orange-amber liquid. Nearly perfect! The head could have been a tad more billowy.
S: A tad restrained. Strong caramel malt with some pronounced citrus. Fair amount of esters as well with some vegetal off aroma.
T: Savory malt opens almost salty, followed by centennial hops and slight lemonade dancing around. After that, a sweet finish with closing bitterness. Very diverse! While it tastes a bit too sweet, it's very nice.
M: Full, rich, sweet and biter. A fair bit shy of cloying but it definitely thought about it. Warmth grows, but never becomes too much.
D: This one grew on me. I like it and I'd order a second. I don't think I'd bu it again though. Good, but not special enough or unique. Very similar to 90 minute IPA.

dfillius, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of prg1976
2.7/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a fizzy white head. Not much lacing or retention.

Smell is sweet, citrus, and alcohol.

Taste just like Squall with a hint of lemon. Not much going on, not very hoppy, just a faded out DIPA with lemon. I'm disappointed in this one.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty sweet with the faint lemony background.

Overall, not impressed. When I read about this one, it sounded amazing, but then I get this...blah! Not bad, just not worthy of such hype.

prg1976, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of CrookedStill
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip.

Pours a clear amber with a very small head, less than one finger, that falls quickly.

Right away I can smell citrus, lemon/orange, not really bitter but still very present. There's a small amount of sweetness in the background.

Not nearly as bitter as I had expected. There is a fairly good amount of citrus bite yet it's volume is somewhat muted by a malty sweetness. Balance wise, it's more on the sweet rather than bitter side. I definitely pick up some lemon and again, not as present as I expected. Alcohol is definitely present at the finish and there's a good amount of burn as it goes down. Fairly boozy.

The mouthfeel was on the fuller side with little carbonation present.

I really enjoyed drinking this and I hope that it makes it was back into rotation at some point. My only complaint is the lack of carbonation. Other than that I really enjoyed the lemon aspect of this beer but really would've like just a bit more bite from the hops.

CrookedStill, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of BranfordBound
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle marked 2011 - 1, into a Delirium Tremens snifter/tulip.

Pours a standard amber color, translucent, with a fluffy two finger head that leaves good lacing.

Aromas of light hops, is this really a DIPA? Sweet malts equal hops.

Pretty balanced in the flavor department, although much more pronounced than the aroma alluded to. Sweet caramel and vinuous malts in the beginning. Hops come in after with some considerable bitterness, strong citrus, with touches of pine and resin. I feel as if the lemon flesh gave this beer that dry, uber tartness that hits at the end. Finishes with hop aftertaste and alcohol heat.

Heavy-Medium bodied, OK carbonation, wet mouthfeel.

I feel like DFH tried a little too hard with the "100" theme. 100 IBU's, 10.0% ABV, 100% Centennial hops yadda yadda yadda. They could have made an amazing citrusy DIPA if they just focused on fruity hops and the lemon flesh rather than striving for something just because of the number 100. Overall it was a decent beer, just could have been much better.

BranfordBound, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of mothman
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours 1/2 finger of off-white head. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Lemon-pledge. Floral and earthy hops. Very light malt profile.

Taste: Much more flavored than the nose. Huge lemon and grapefruit citrus flavors. Some bready malts. A bit of booze. More floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Fairly bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with some alcohol.

Overall, nothing impressive for a DIPA, even with the addition of the lemons. Not bad, just not something and exciting. Why not 12 oz bottles?

mothman, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of bbeane
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a DFH laser etched chalice... starts with a finger thick head on top of an amber colored beer with lots of fine sediment and light activity

S- Decent hop aroma... not overpowering but nice, with hints of lemon citrus and alcohol

T- Has a nice hop bite accompanied by some hints of malt and lemon, with a fair amount of booziness in the finish

M- Lighter in body than other big IPAs IMO... with light carbonation

O- Like most of DFH's creations I enjoyed this one, though not as much as other stuff that they've put out. The alcohol came through a bit more than I prefer, but otherwise I thought it was pretty on point to be a quality DIPA

bbeane, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a translucent orange with a firm two finger head. Retention is excellent as is the lace.

S: Endless lemons, some tangerine peel and pine needles mixed in there.

T: Clearly a DIPA, and much more "West Coast" than 90 Minute that's for sure. Lemon zest, citrus heavy, some melon rind. Overall has a great lemony flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, but lush on the palate, it's bigger than what you actually feel. Very clean, not a huge aftertaste on this one, crisp biting carbonation adds to the palate cleansing.

O: This is a really good beer, very much my style of flavours when it comes to DIPAs, went great with some tacos tonight.

Halcyondays, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of lestat314
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at bruery provisions east coast flight.

A- Medium reddish brown, with 1.5 finger head, laces glass amazingly and legs for days.

S- Normal ipa on the nose, lots of hops up front, but there's something different here that i cant quite pinpoint. (in a good way)

T- Starts off wonderfully balanced for an ipa, bitterness fades to sweetness on the tail end. after longer, the bitterness came back for me and made me want to drink some more.

M- Clean and refreshing, like an ipa should be.

O- Decent beer, would deff drink it again... and prolly again..

lestat314, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle courtesy of brees6221, thanks Ben! Pours a mostly clear, light copper color. Modest cap of tan head leaves a bit of lace.

At first the hops and lemon are most noticeable on the nose, but upon further inspection there is a nice toasty biscuit malt background. Lemon is discernable.

The alcohol/lemon combo overwhelms a bit and almost lends a pine-sol taste effect...almost, never quite crosses the line into unenjoyment though. The malts are understated, but there is plenty of lightly sweet caramel and even some toast. I think the ABV could have been more restrained by a percentage point or two and the hop flavors would pop a bit more. Plenty dry and bitter on the finish. Not bad...good idea, but the components dont work all that well for me.

twiggamortis420, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A – Tangerine orange. Bone-white head with a touch of yellow. Ok retention and lace.

S – Mildly earthy with green peppercorn and fresh cut grass. Bright lemon zest and a mineral, almost brackish tail end.

T – Bright bitterness with a lemony sharpness. A crisp acidity dominates the middle of the profile with a supporting cast of soft malt, pepper, thyme, and sage. The sea water note from the nose comes through in the finish beneath a sharp acid bitterness.

M – Medium body with a balanced carbonation. Lingering bitter, and mildly sweet, finish is fairly clean.

O – Nice lemon flavor, but the acidity is too much overall. Touch salty.

vfgccp, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice combination of malt, hops and lemon. Hops were understated. That is what I am rating

So-so DIPA. Lttle malty smell, where's the hops. Ok looks, its filtered. Pellet hops were used Centennial. Golden body. A little head, lace. Dry hopped Centennial. The lemony finish is the taste, period.Doug's bottle, thank you very much for sharing. OK drinkability.

Sammy, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of DoctorDog
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: From a 1 pint 9.4 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- A bit of a pale orange, and fairly hazy.Pours with ~2 fingers of off white head, which fades gradually into a thin cap.

S- Lemon zest, citrus, and a bit of floral hopiness....a bit of bready malt character slips through....

T- Assertive hop bitterness which has the lemon zest and spicy characteristics. Some of malty sweetness manages to find it's way around the hop assault. Fairly solid kick of alcohol on the finish.

M- Moderate carbonation and a fairly full feel.

O- Good. Interesting, and fairly easy drinking despite the assertive hop bitterness.

Future outlook: A decent beer that I'm happy to have tried, but not one that would have been worthy of any extra effort to obtain. I will admit that listening to RJ's "32-20 Blues" while drinking did add considerably to the overall experience though....nothing like a classic song about extreme domestic violence to get me in the mood for a beer...

"And if she gets unruly, thinks she don't want do
If she gets unruly, and thinks she don't want do
Take my 32-20, and cut her half in two"

DoctorDog, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hellhound On My Ale pours a light copper or amber color. It’s mostly clear, and looks orange when held to light. A glorious off-white head covers the top. It stands over three fingers tall, and recedes at a very slow pace. Lacing was quite sticky and thick. Pretty good lookin’ stuff.

The nose alright. It seems to be a little lacking in strength, but isn’t bad. It kicks off with sweet caramel and toffee. It’s sweet, but not offensive. There’s a touch of toasted malt and some bread-like scents. Hops add citric grapefruit, orange, and mango notes. Alcohol comes through and is very easy to pick up. It smells alright. Nothing really stands out much. Not great, not bad.

The flavor is above average. It’s sweet up front and features a little caramel and toffee malt. They’re not overly abundant, and provide a pretty solid base. I’m definitely getting a touch of toasted malt. Doesn’t really add much. The hop profile has a pretty good flavor. Citrus grapefruit and orange are the strongest flavors. It’s a little bitter, but is balanced pretty well by the malts. Light floral hop notes are also noted. Lemon is definitely noted and takes on a spicy character late. Alcohol is quite strong in flavor and runs a bit warm. Finishes lemony, boozy, toasty, and a bit dry.

The body is medium and actually has a nice feel. Carbonation is dialed down nicely. Goes down pretty smooth. But, given its big and boozy character, a 750 is a bit much.

Hellhound On My Ale is pretty good beer. It’s not great by any stretch. I’m not a big fan of the toasted malt flavor or its booziness. I believe a tweak or two would really improve it. It’s not bad though. Definitely worth grabbing at least one bottle. Although, I wouldn’t suggest selling your soul to get it. I doubt Robert Johnson would.

prototypic, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of mattbing
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy and dark, with a medium head, poured into a Duvel glass. Small lace all over the glass.

S - Malty and sweet, but I don't get lemon.

T - Centennial hops, and lots of it. Lemon hints all the way through the finish.

M - Medium to full bodied.

O - The lemon flavors stay in the background, and aren't enough to keep me interested. Consider for a four-pack of Dogfish 90 is about the same price as one bottle.

mattbing, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky orange apricot, good white head slow to leave, tons of cling lace.

S - Very malty, bitter hop end.

T - The lemon is there in small part, but mostly an DIPA heavy on the malt.

M - It's good, but not extremely good. The lemon is hard to grasp for me.

D - All in all, a pretty tasty and drinkable beer.

srandycarter, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of largadeer
2.3/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale golden amber with a slight haze. The head rises a couple of inches and then slowly settles to a thin crust. Smells pretty boozy, like rubbing alcohol. Some fairly pleasant hop notes as well, floral and perfumey, backed by grainy, malty sweetness. Little bit of fruitiness, with lemon being subtle on the nose. The palate is even more boozy than the aroma; it actually burns going down. Lemon is noticeable, more bitter than sour. A lot of the hop flavor is covered up by harsh alcohol and bitterness, though there's a hint of that signature centennial floral character. Malt is barely noticed after a while, as the abrasive finish sticks to the tongue more and more. Pretty mediocre stuff overall, verging on bad - the nose is decent but beyond that it has little going for it.

largadeer, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of smulkowski
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Relatively pale, nice head retention, some lacing.

S: Lemon zest, West Coast Hops with a Belgian undertone...some alcohol burn on the finish.

T: Lemon zest start, short east coast IPA finish, with lingering relatively smooth malts and a sweet lemony aftertaste.

M: Nice body.

O: I do not think this tasted at all like any of DF's standard offerings. The nose was all IPA, but the taste was not. The lemon taste was interesting. All in all, a well crafted, well balanced, extremely enjoyable beverage.

smulkowski, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of jbriggs7036
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Awesome stuff. Tasted from the tap on location at the DFH Brewpub in Delaware.

A- Hazy and light yella with a medium white head

S- Smells delightful...citrus-y lemon-y with a classic wheat undertone.

T- Lemon-y with fruity undertones again, but a very light perfected lemon zest flavor on from the start.

M- Average, could use maybe a touch less carbonation, but fine as is

O- Love it, everything about this ale from the flavor to the toast to Robert Johnson and the bottle art really gets me. Even made me look up some Rob Johnson and get into the oldie Blues for a day. Awesome DFH!

jbriggs7036, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of jmeyers78
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glassware: Dogfish Head signature glass

A - Pale amber with a thin white head that settled very fast

S - hops and slight lemon smell...more of a rind smell than the actual fruit if that makes sense. Strong alcohol odor as well.

T- This brew seems to be more malt forward than most DIPAs I've had. The hops and lemon taste is faint. The taste is pleasant, very refreshing for a 10% ABV

M - syrupy and quite sticky

O - solid beer but could've been so much more. Another reviewer said 90 min plus lemons...I could see that but something was missing for me.

jmeyers78, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of phishgator
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide mouth chalice. Nice deep golden/almost copper color. Head retention is a little slight with good lacing. The aroma is a mix of floral hops and and a bit of fruity belgian yeast. The taste is a good bitterness up front followed by a solid malt backbone. The residue bitterness is interesting and I cannot place it, but you feel it in the back of your tongue for quite some time. The body is not too full for a DIPA, but neither is it thin. I never got the lemon taste, but I will be trying it again.

phishgator, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Axic10
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy dark golden with a finger of fluffy off white head that settles down to a thin layer after a minute or so.

Smell: Lemon zest, surprisingly not that hop forward, bready malts and a slight alcohol burn on the finish. The nose is a definite let down.

Taste: Bitter start then it goes sweet at the end. Very malt forward with the lemon zest mentioned in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and quite sticky.

Overall: I had high hopes for this beer, but it was a definite let down. Glad I only bought the one bottle I had.

Axic10, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Big white head and a dark amber body. Head retention is good and the lacing is ample. A bit dark for an IPA, but it's Dogfish, so I'm not surprised.

Smell - Lemons and hops. Citrus character of the hops is overwhelmed by lemons. Smells malty, too. The combination reminds me of lemon Pine-Sol. It's not really appealing.

Taste - The taste is better. The lemons don't get in the way of any hop flavor. They seem to complement the hops and make it feel fresher. It really does just taste like 90 with lemons, though. No getting around it.

Mouthfeel - Heavy for an IPA. Too heavy, really. Fills me up way too quickly. I was glad I split the bottle with someone.

Overall - The smell is off-putting, but the taste is good, and that's what I care about most. It's 90 with lemons, which is an interesting twist, but I won't be picking up any more of this.

Alieniloquium, May 31, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- pours a orange color with lots of lacing.

Smell- smells like 90 minute with lemons.

Taste- tastes like 90 minute with lemons.

Mouthfeel- smooth and easy drinker.

Overall- 90 minute with lemon not really sure what the point is of this beer. Instead of all these different beers how about making enough of the core beers the right way.

ejimhof, May 31, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hellhound on my Ale has a body the color of brass; it is definitely a little darker than most IPAs. A collar of off-white foam lingers for a while and leaves a few splotches of lacing behind.

This beer smells unpleasant, but I cannot put my finger on just what the problem is. I really don't want to study the aroma too much to figure it out, so I'll skip the sniffing and move on to the drinking.

I'm happy to report that this tastes better than it smells.
Hellhound leads off with a considerable amount of citrus and bitterness, both from the hops. Grapefruit and maybe a bit of orange, however, give way to a pronounced lemon character. The addition of lemon to this beer is definitely my favorite part. Both hops and lemon are bitter and fruity, but in very different ways. It seems they both complement and cut through the other at the same time. The lemon seems to weaken the bitterness but not the flavor of the hops. The lemon gives way to an expansive malt profile, with lots of biscuit, caramel, and some toasted flavors. Some warmth comes through in the finish.

A little on the full side for the body of a IIPA, but it certainly isn't unpleasant.

I like this one, but without the addition of the lemon I'm not sure I would feel the same way. This is definitely a malty IIPA. The malt profile might be more pronounced than the hops. I'm hoping this beer encourages other brewers to throw lemon peel and or pulp into their IPAs to see what happens.

Hojaminbag, May 30, 2011
Robert Johnson's Hellhound On My Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,722 ratings.