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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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1,688 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,688
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 95
Gots: 289 | 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 Sensaray


4.03/5  rDev +2.5%

Fizzly full golden head with an clear amber hued body. Decent retention and light lacing.

Pours out a lemon hoppy scent upon opening the cap. Some sweetness to the lemon upon closer inspection and also a orangy scent. Somewhat grassy.

Spice notes lead to a balanced lemony bitter hop and sweet malt taste. The after is pretty bitter, the 100 ibus are definitely there, but welcome more as i sip. Alcohol is there too, but it adds to the spice note. Some mint, a bit of caramel.

Good mouthfeel. Smooth carbonation and medium light body.

Hoppy and bitter dipa that has some nice balance as well. Pretty good, glad I tried.

05-17-2011 04:15:12 | More by Sensaray
Photo of mjforres

New York

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into two Perfect Pint glasses.

A - hazy, pale gold; decent head retention

S - citrous hops and alcohol; this is the one aspect that doesn't stand out for this beer

T - malt and high alcohol but balanced by the lemon with a nice, bitter finish; not as big as we expected but very refined

M - coats the tongue nicely which promotes a lingering finish

O - this is a slow, sipping beer; a glass lasted each of us a long time but was very satisfying

05-17-2011 02:37:33 | More by mjforres
Photo of Brez07


3.1/5  rDev -21.1%

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A: Bright orange, slightly clear. Head ultimately grows to 3 fingers high before receding down about 1/4. However, it leaves lots of bubbly lacing

S: Lemon, mostly rind, some hops and malt. Seems like everything is really muted. Was expecting more hop aroma from a Dogfish IPA

T: Fair amount of lemon up front. This is followed by some citrus and pine from the hops but lemon rounds things out. Unfortunately, the hops and lemon aren't blending well. All bitterness from hops plus a lemon rind flavor is too much. There's a brief sweetness from the malt (I'm guessing)

M: Medium bodied. Decent amount of carbonation. Imparts a minimal amount of bitterness

D: Overall disappointed in this beer. I love fresh 90 minute, so I figured they knew how to brew a good DIPA. Maybe it's the lemon distracting from the other ingredients but this beer just seems restricted. Not looking to pick up another bottle. Label is very badass though

05-17-2011 00:23:20 | More by Brez07
Photo of abraxel


3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF 5. Sent by sholland119. Poured into a snifter.

A - Crystal-clear, golden orange, with a few fingers of white head that sinks very slowly and leaves thick trails of lace. Looks very good.

S - Citrusy and earthy hops with a bit of simple, sweet malt underneath. Definitely seems like an IPA.

T - At first it's extremely dry and bitter, with lots of grapefruity hops, but then it becomes clear that there's a pretty solid malt backbone (it's still very bitter, all the way through), and there's a decent amount of alcohol in the finish. The combination of alcohol and grapefruit juice makes me think of a greyhound (a mixed drink of grapefruit juice and vodka), but not too much. All in all, quite tasty. Definitely a DIPA.

M - Thick and smooth, but doesn't leave too much bitterness coating my mouth. Moderate carbonation. The alcohol does detract just a little.

Overall, a very nice DIPA. More grapefruity than any other I've had, but I'm a fan of grapefruit. Even though I can tell there's a fair amount of alcohol, the glass is disappearing quite fast.

Non-blind comments: The lemon explains the strong citrus, but apparently I misinterpreted it as grapefruit. Oh well, it's still very nice.

05-17-2011 00:08:32 | More by abraxel
Photo of lennerja


3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

A- It pours a hazy yellowish amber color with a nice head that leaves good lacing.

S- I pick up the lemon slightly as well as some sweet caramel malts, but the hops dominate the aroma.

T- There is great hop flavor with a slight bitterness to it as well as the hints of lemon and some caramel sweetness from the malts.

M- It is light to medium bodied with nice medium carbonation.

O- This beer is very refreshing due to the hop character as well as the hint of lemon and it is balanced nicely with the sweetness of the malts.

05-16-2011 21:02:36 | More by lennerja
Photo of armock

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore CA

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is a nose of lemony citrus hops

T - Follows the nose with a mostly lemon citrus flavor with light malt coming through

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - This is a very easy to drink DIPA and honestly until looking the beer up I wouldn't have guessed it as a DIPA thats at 10% abv I like IPAs but not the over the top ones this beer hits the mark for what a big beer should be worth getting your hands on

05-16-2011 04:34:29 | More by armock
Photo of scottbrew4u


4.6/5  rDev +17%

A: Pours a slight hazy amber color with a towering white head that settles slow and clings to the glass.

S: Citric rind and herbal and floral notes from the generous hops with a touch of lemon in that mix. Nice roasted grains and caramel sweetness breathing through the thick hop haze. A hint of vanilla and candi sugar too.

T: Bitter bite from citrus and herbal hop oils and lemon at first and it bites the tongue then it remarkably gives way to a smooth sweetness that does not overstate the hops, just balances it out unlike many other double IPA's that I have had. Malt is a luscious caramel and toffee roastedness that almost cleanses the palate and leaves a mellow taste as opposed to an extreme bitter dry bite. Lemon works well and does not intrude. Some fusel alcohol near the middle of the bottle becomes more stated.

M: Very smooth carbonation and a medium body for this one.

D: One of my favorites from this great brewery! It is even better than the 90min IPA. This seems to have a perfect balance and I can not speak enough of the great smooth, not harsh aftertaste for having plentiful hops in this one. Seek it out and try it now while it is fresh!

05-16-2011 02:42:24 | More by scottbrew4u
Photo of OddNotion

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -12.2%

My girlfriend was nice enough to pick this up today for us to split.

750ml bottle poured into my Russian River Belgian glass.

Appearance: Deep orange red. One finger head that recedes relatively quickly. Leaves a cap and lacing.

Smell: Some citrusy hops, caramel flavor reminiscent of DFH's other big IPAs. As with a lot of other DFH beers, it has a sweetness to it.

Taste: Spicy lemon hits hard. Sweetness. Good hop flavors but overpowered by the sweetness. Too much lemon peel, it is overpowering and takes away from the rest of the beer. I think the base beer has some nice potential. I feel like most of the bitterness comes from the peel.

Mouthfeel: A little thick for the style but for a 10% beer I suppose it can happen easily. Carbonation is good for the style.

Overall: I appreciate how DFH trys to be different and make their beers less mainstream and more off the beaten path. However there is a high level of sweetness and just wayyy too much bitter lemon peel. $13 is too much for this beer.

05-16-2011 01:28:54 | More by OddNotion
Photo of peabody


3.78/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours out a cloudy yellow to slightly amber color with 3 fingers of off-white suds. Lots of lacing.
Slight hop aroma with very little fruit aroma.
The alcohol is hidden so far.
Bland taste. The bitter hop is here but everything else is lacking. Some sugar caramel malts that help to hide this high abv.
Mouthfeel is not sticky at all. Probably because most of the sugar is not here.
Overall I have to give this a poor attempt at matching Dreadnaught. Just can't be done.

05-16-2011 01:23:12 | More by peabody
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.35/5  rDev +10.7%

On-tap at Ale+Witch

A - It pours a straw-golden hue, fairly radiant, and is capped with a proper inch of white head; lace ensues.

S - The nose is citric hoppy and also betrays mineral-y pale malt, but it is generally mild, aromatically, pleasantly so; if the style is factored in, it is highly sublime.

T - The brew tastes deliciously pale, and has a very earthy bitterness that I am really into. The lemon aspect is a delicious nuance, and is not intrusive or dominating; it is sublime. There is a distinct suggestion of lemon wood and lemon oil on the finish which is, again, delicately nuanced. This also deserves credit as a DIPA that is on the far side of the maltiness spectrum, with mellow-light-pale malt presence, and it is tremendously successful as such. 10% ABV may never have been hidden better.

M - Nice IPA. Wait, this is a DIPA? 10%! Could've fooled me; did, in fact.

O - I am very impressed with this brew; it is one of the better DFH offerings in memory.

05-15-2011 22:13:27 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of danielplainview


3.7/5  rDev -5.9%

Appearance: Wow really pours nice with a fluffy thick head. Hazy golden color that looked very vibrant and inviting

Smell: the nose reminded me of some of the saison's I have had recently. Hops are there with the citrus being very forward

Taste: Subtle hops on this. Lemon and Honey are the flavors I get the most.

Mouthfeel: seems a little light for a double

Overall: I found this to be strange for the style. More fruit than I would have expected to come across but not the hops I expected. I don't often say that about Dogfish. Well made solid beer. At the price though I probably won't buy it again

05-15-2011 18:04:15 | More by danielplainview
Photo of cbriggz

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -22.9%

Very excited when a friend of mine picked me up two bottles from total wine in DE. Opened and shared with the wife last night. Served in dogfish goblets/snifters. Smell was ok at best hints of lemon. Taste was very similar to Squall in my opinion just a little dryer with a slight lemon finish. Not something i would seek out again glad i didnt put much effort into finding this one.

05-15-2011 14:28:39 | More by cbriggz
Photo of JizackFH

New York

4.4/5  rDev +12%

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy orangish amber color. It has a big 3-finger slightly off-white head. The head has great retention and leaves nice looking lace on the glass.

S - There are big lemon, citrus, and hops right off the bat. There is also a light caramel malt backbone and some notes of tropical fruit.

T - Wow, there is a big lemon presence right off the bat. There is nice hop presence that melds very nicely with the lemon. There is a nice sweet caramel maltiness in the background that balances this out nicely. The finish leaves a lingering hop bitterness on the palate, and there is also some citrus and a bit of an alcohol presence.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down quite smooth and the flavor is great. There is some lingering hop bitterness and a bit of alcohol warmth in the finish.

O - There's good drinkability here. It goes down easy and I find it to be very refreshing. This is a very unique beer, I have never had a beer with such a strong lemon presence. I really like how the lemon and hops come together. Overall, I think this is an awesome beer, and I'm glad I got the chance to pick it up.

05-15-2011 09:13:27 | More by JizackFH
Photo of rootbeerman


3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

A: pours cloudy orange. Has a very large two and a half finger head, that is off white in color. The head leaves a nice amount of lacing.

S: a nice mix of lemon peel, smooth malt, and grapefruit/floral hops.
T: long lasting hop bitterness. A nice sweetened lemon, and a light lemon peel pith. Malt balances with the lemon and hops and provides a nice amount of sweetness.
M: good clean, and nice carbonation. A little coating.
O: a little bit overhyped. Good flavor and feel. Lemon adds to ipa well.

05-15-2011 02:55:29 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of CraftAleRookie


3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

A- Wonderfully THICK 2.5 finger foamy head, that very slowly bubbled down. Deep copper color with very nice clarity. Thick sticky lace now lingers as I prepare to take in the aroma.

S- Typical hop-forward notes of pine and citrus, with a subtle hint of the lemon (faintly) in the background. That trailing lemony note is a nice touch!

T- Wow- the IBU's in this brew do not punch you in the face at all; in fact, it feels like the lemon softens the hop bitterness a bit. Nice (but soft) hop flavors, and like the smell just a hint of lemon on the finish. Also a very slight note of alcohol toward the end too.

M- Softer, lighter feel (for a DIPA). Good fizz (trailing nicely from the DFH logo on the bottom of the glass), but not a fuller body like you'd expect in a double.

D- This is a good brew- like Aprihop, the fruit in this ale is very, very subtle and doesn't overpower the experience. Not as stong (re- bitter, hoppy) as a 90 Minute IPA, but a solid DIPA on the lighter end of the scale. DFH noted on their facebook page that this ale wasn't brewed to age, but I may just let a bottle get dusty to see how it turns out.

Thanks, Sam!!

05-15-2011 01:29:17 | More by CraftAleRookie
Photo of deltatauhobbit


3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours a clear golden color with hints of copper, a very large white fluffy head fades at a slow rate and leaves a good sized cap on top for the most part, some patchy lacing on the glass as it empties.

Smell is of the sweeter variety for a DIPA, picking up some lemony citrus notes, the piney hop aroma is not very strong with this one, sweet malt rounds out the nose.

Taste is initially sweet and almost sugary at times but doesn't cross over into full on cloying, the lemon and citrus then come into play, the hops are only present in the citrus elements and I'm not picking up any sort of resiny pine or hop bite, carbonation is active but soft in the mouth which creates a very creamy mouthfeel, the strength is very well hidden and I would not for an instant believe this to be 10%.

This one is all over the place, the hops are very muted for a DIPA and far too sweet. On the flip side, it is a tasty beer and I could drink the hell out of it. It also has one awesome label, it might be the first DFH empty bottle I keep.

05-14-2011 23:34:49 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of Skarod


3.4/5  rDev -13.5%

big bottle poured into Sam Adam's beer glass

Appearance - cloudy warm brown color good head.

Smell - being brewed with lemons I expected more citrus smell not too much of any aroma for me.

Taste- I love IPAs this tastes like your basic DIPA finishing bitterness was a little too much for me at first but 2nd half of the glass was much better

mouthhfeel - full body not too heavy just enough to make you take it slow and enjoy

Overall - I very much enjoyed it, but for the price point around here I could find several similar IPAs and save some money

05-14-2011 19:56:54 | More by Skarod
Photo of BeerThursdays


3.65/5  rDev -7.1%

On tap at Timothys in Newark. 10oz pour.

A - Slightly hazy copper color with a three finger head. Head dissipated very quickly and left almost no lacing.

S - Citrus fruits, especially the Lemon coming though. Lost maltiness and some pineapple. Very nice smell. Like a super citrusy IPA.

T - Taste isn't as good as the smell. Somewhat subdued. The lemon is almost overpowering the IPA(ness) of this beer. Still a nice malty backbone, but then there is a lot of the lemon flavor that comes through before you get any bitterness. Some bitterness in the finish, but more like a summer type beer.

M - A bit more thin than I would imagine with such malty backbone, but that's what comes through. Carbonated well, and very little alcohol burn at all.

O - Decent beer. A lemony version of 90 Min IPA with a bit more alcohol. Good beer, but don't see this one being in the top of the DFH list, let alone top of the best beers list.

05-14-2011 19:07:50 | More by BeerThursdays
Photo of Schmittymack


3.05/5  rDev -22.4%

Thanks Josh for sharing this one with Ratman and me. Poured a lighter amber color with a nice white head. Aroma was mostly lemon, a little caramel, and some hops. Taste was too much lemon; so much lemon I could barely make out anything else. Expecting more hop bitterness that never happened. Nice to try this one but I won't be buying a bottle. Just too much lemon to really get me into liking this one much.

05-14-2011 04:51:27 | More by Schmittymack
Photo of Beejay


3.63/5  rDev -7.6%

A: Hazy light amber with a nice rose tint. Good white head on top with a couple of fish eyes.

S: Very hoppy aroma coming up. Pine, a touch of caramel and a nice lemony scent at the end. Almost a lemon cake like smell.

T: Bitterness is definitely strong in this one. Earthy, piney hops come out at first. The finish brings a bit of the lemon into it with a touch of grass.. Very nice, but I could take a bit more complexity. There is a bit of an herbal thing going on.

M: Medium in body, fairly high carbonation, and drying.

O: Overall I like it, but I think the hop/lemon combo almost comes out a little medicinal. Not my favorite, but certainly not bad.

05-14-2011 03:41:50 | More by Beejay
Photo of kingcrowing


3.58/5  rDev -8.9%

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a nice ruby amber brown with a small white head. Nose is spicy, malty and lemony, but the lemon is not up front.

Taste is very spicy, a bit malty and creamy. There's a good chewy sharp finish on it that's fresh and light. Quite solid.

05-14-2011 01:44:55 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of steve8robin


3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

Found this at a local beer store. 750ml bottle, 2011 vintage...

A: A nice clean looking bright golden color with a 1 inch white head that fades at a decent pace to a lace atop the brew. Good.

S: Holy hop! Smells of some nice bitter citrus hops upfront with a nice earthy bitterness. A very faint maltiness on the backend. Very good.

T: Tastes of some nice lemon bitterness upfront with some faint alcohol dryness in the middle and some mild spices on the backend. Decent.

M: Medium body with a hard carbonation. A dry hoppiness on the backend. Good.

O: All in all, this smelled so much better than it tasted. Don't get me wrong, it's very good, but not mind blowing. Good to try if you like DIPA's.

05-14-2011 01:44:22 | More by steve8robin
Photo of jnn4v


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

A: Copper colored, translucent beer with an orangeish hue. Split between two pint glasses, there was tons of foamy white head on the first glass and almost none in the second. Odd. Slight sediment and haze (maybe from bottle conditioning yeast?)

S: Definitely smelled the lemons when I first poured it. However, after a few minutes, the scent dissipated significantly. Coppery metallic hops, butterscotch malt, and a hint of grassy / citrusy background hops.

T: Surprisingly sweet and bready. Wasn't expecting either characteristic, but they were the two dominant flavors. Lemon and orange. Vaguely reminds me of an arnold palmer.

M: Good viscosity / thickness. Seems fitting for the 10% ABV and for a DIPA style. Moderate carbonation.

O: Honestly not bad at all. I heard lots of disappointing reviews before trying it, and it's really not much like a true DIPA, but it's still an enjoyable beer. Maybe more of a lemony "American Strong Pale Ale" or something along those lines, but enjoyable nonetheless.

05-13-2011 23:17:54 | More by jnn4v
Photo of bluejacket74


3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

750 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about an inch and a half off-white head. The head sticks around for a long time, and there's a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops (grapefruit, lemon peel), with grassy hops and a bit of peppery spice noticable. The brew tastes like lemony hops, lemon peel, grassy/herbal hops, and some peppery spice and bready malt. At first the bitter lemon rind finish is quite strong, but it eases up after the brew warms up (and I let it sit out for around 25 minutes before opening it). Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and is well carbonated. There's a bit too much carbonation for me, but it doesn't hurt the beer much at all. It is easy to drink for being 10% ABV. I liked this brew, I think it's definitely worth trying.

05-13-2011 21:53:48 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of AdamBear


4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

Thanks to recall1242 for sending this one my way!

A-golden amber, slightly cloudy. thick frothy light tan head that keeps some lacing.

S-sweet hops, more grassy but slightly citrusy. i can slightly smell some lemon juice. the more i smell, the more lemon i smell. it might be because i'm expecting it. its a medium strength. doesn't smell monumental.

T-it comes in with a good bitterness of lemony hops. it hits the mouth pretty hard, harder than any other DFH IPA. it gives off a real warming taste of alcohol. Up to this point, its a mediocre IPA, but then all of sudden the magic happens: a wonderful, bitter, spicy, lemony after-taste of hoppy herbs. its a powerful and unique taste that lasts quite awhile. its a powerful after-taste and it lasts quite awhile. not very well balanced, but this is tasty.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-its not every day that you get to try a new IPA from DFH. they got my hooked on IPAs, so I was super excited to try something new from them. its definitely not a ground breaking IPA, nor did I expect it, but it was definitely great and unique. thank DFH for putting this in the 750mL bottle, i'm not sure i would've been happy with only 12oz...its that tasty. this is definitely addicting and goes down much easier than almost any other 10% beer i've had.

05-13-2011 05:37:24 | More by AdamBear
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