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

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Ratings: 1,810
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 115
Gots: 335 | 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 Reaper16
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle served into a snifter (@ The Beer Trappe, Lexington, KY)

Pours a vibrant orange color. It's pretty standard-issue as far as body appearances for double IPAs go. A gentle pour yields one finger or less of eggshell white foam, composed of fine bubbles. Decent amount of lacing in spite of the small amount of foam.

The aroma is not up to par for the style. For one, the malts dominate. This was a bottle that had been refrigerated ever since its release into the Lexington market, so the hops shouldn't be all THAT faded. Still, the crystal malts are the star of the show here. Sure, there's some pine character, some grassy notes. The lemon peel does show up a tad bit with warmth. But it never quite comes together for me on the nose.

Thankfully, this beer is more interesting on the palate. The lemon peel is there, but not strongly. It's mostly an added bit of zing on the finish. The beer is mostly straightforward: think in your mind of a solid, above average double IPA. That's probably what Hellhound On My Ale tastes like. It's a bit too malty for my preference, but it is a competent beer in the style. Good balance, good drinkability for the ABV%.

The added maltiness (this is an East Coast double IPA after all) does negatively impact the mouthfeel. It's thicker than I would ever like. It isn't offensive to me, but it isn't the clean, thin mouthfeel that I so prize in hoppy beer. Overall, this is an above average double IPA. The lemons are interesting, but they don't feature prominently enough to elevate this beer into the full-on "good" category. I'm glad I got to try it.

Photo of azdback
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Spaten tumbler. Bright clear orange color. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles that lead to a semi-sticky two finger off white colored soapy looking head. Lace is quite patchy but sticking around.

Smell is of sourdough bread and malted barley. With a quick swill of my glass and another whiff I get??? Rubbing alcohol? Quite boozy. I am kind of getting some lemon smells, lemon head candy like. It really does smell like a freshly cracked Silly Putty egg. Hmm??

Taste is mostly high alcohol sweet malts. I am licking the sweetness off of my lips as I type. There is some lemony (or bitter citrus flavors) but they are hard to find and kind of simulated or artificial.

Mouth is online for the style. Carbonation is good. Flavors or richness don't fade with the swallow. It is a bit boozy though.

Overall this is not even close to the best DIPA I have ever had. With there not being very much hop punch, I think letting this age for a while to calm down the alcohol burn wouldn't be a bad idea.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml. bottle, 10% abv. Bottled in 2011. Hazy orange copper color. Off white frothy head holds well for a minute, fading to a thin color. Nice patches of lace.

Hop aroma is bursting out here. Citrus, big and juicy. Some pine notes. Caramel malt backbone.

Some caramel malt, along with some fruity notes. Hoops are more earthy, not as juicy and citrus based as the nose indicated. Finishes pretty dry.

Medium body with good carbonation. Some heat from the alcohol. Interesting hop combinations here. Not bad.

Photo of mcallister
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Copper colored with a slight haze and a huge pillows, rocky head of off white with great thick lacing, sticky as hell.

Big floral Dogfish hop aroma, grilled peach, light grapefruit, lemon zest, Bready malts, with some alcohol bite.

Tastes much different the the aroma. Hot in the mouth and chest, sweet and chewy mothfeel, thick juicy resiny hops with nectarine, peach, pineapple, hints of lemon and orange. Floral and effervescent, with some earthy flavors on the finish. Not a bad beer.

Photo of ebby82
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light caramel color with a one finger head.

The aroma is overwhelmingly hoppy. I'm trying to sense the lemons, but they either aren't there, or are overpowered by hops. Definitely a bit of a malt aroma as well.

The taste is once again, bitter to the end. However, in the taste, the aftertaste has a definitive lemony taste, which differentiates it from most DIPA. At first I thought the lemon flavor was straight up alcohol, but it is certainly lemon.

Mouthfeel on this one is a might alcoholic.

Overall, an interesting, if not amazing DIPA from DFH. The lemon is both interesting and unwelcome.

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky orange with what appeared to be sediment floating around, not a huge amount of clarity, huge carbonation and sticky spider web lacing.

S: Some lemon zest and, as usual a big malty sweetness to it, that to me is not exactly welcome in this style. Some herbal notes round it out.

T: This comes off like a Scotch Ale that has been hopped to an extreme level. The bready and biscuit notes take first stage and provide a huge presence with lingering sweetness, the hops dry the palate nicely in a more pine and herbal way, characteristic of high alpha acidity that I usually am not a fan of but for a beer this chewy is works pretty well.

M: Again, just a huge expansive Pilsbury breadiness. The hops are certainly along for the ride and not dominating this platform. I should also mention that, strangely the heat from the alcohol presents a strange slipperiness in the mouthfeel, which is odd given the 10%. I would expect it from an obnoxious 15%+ Avery concoction but it feels out of place here.

D: It all depends on what you are looking for I suppose. If you have an archetype for a DIPA in mind, this will likely be off base and you wont find yourself looking for more bottles of this. However, this was still enjoyable and just a bit different in execution. I wont be buying it again but it wasn’t the kid in the class who learns compound curse words first and brings fireworks to 2nd grade.

Narrative: A cloud of dust swirled idly in the gutter and Spud Barker skillfully tossed a bottle cap against the side of his guitar case. “SPUD! We got a gig in Birmingham!” The manager rounded the boys up into the beat old struggle buggy. Spud gripped his straw hat and jumped into the idling car with his bass guitar case in hand. The life of a traveling jazz player was never ideal, but it granted a type of blustery gratification that life at the General Store simply couldn’t afford. Spud was smitted by Jellyroll Morgan and was unable to ever go back from that precipice. “Hey Spud, watcha thinking about hepcat?” Spud rolled the toothpick idly from side to side on the corners of his mouth. “Ehh you’s guys, I was just thinking maybe, just like syncopation, we are all just beats in the-” “Holy ham and eggs? you get a load of Spuds here? Talkin about beating up life!” Spud ducked his head down and felt the steady bob of the car. He wanted so badly to rise above to a new level, but brackish outside influences held him back.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Cool label. One time release bottled into April or May of this year. It was a slightly hazy, amber color with plenty of carb streams. It had a large foamy head that slowly settled into a thick collar and foam cap. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was bready malt, lemon, centennial hops and booze. Good aroma but wish the booze was toned down several notches and more of the hops came thru. Same with the taste. Good with a malty start then moderate hop bite but the booze overshadows the hops. A bit sweet as well. Good but not great. Full, creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation and good aftertaste.

Overall, a pretty good beer that misses being great for me due to the booze factor and the hops being a little subdued by it. A little too sweet as well. Still high recommend on it. Not avail here in TX. Got from ummagum, many thanks as usual!!!! Rotation - one time release and I was damn lucky to get this one. [O;O]

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

Reviewed while listening to the Hellhound on My Trail anthology of essential recordings by Robert Johnson.

Clear apricot copper. Big creamy bone white head with good retention. superb tight sheets of lace.

Floral, Pine, and Lemony citrus. Toasty sweetness with some vanilla and alcohol.

Citrus and lemon, with floral and piney flavors well integrated. sweet rich toastiness. Some bitter lemon peel and pine sap. A little booze kick with a touch of vanilla.

Creamy sticky silk body. Just enough carbonation (med-low). A bit of booze heat, could benefit from some aging to smooth it out.

Devilishly tasty and boozey IIPA. Nice Lemon, Pine, and Floral flavors and aromas. A balanced sipper. Could be interesting to try again with a little age. I got another bottle, so I will try this again when I feel its time.

Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of a somewhat hazy, orange-copper body. The head settles down quite quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Lots of juicy, tropical fruit hop aroma with a little bit of orange. Some bready malt in the background with some light toffee.

T - Bready malt with some moderate hop bitterness and herbal, grassy hop flavor. More toffee malt and some sweaty, almost vinous hop flavors come out in the middle. Bread and lightly fruity toffee malt character in the finish with moderate bitterness and some grassy flavor followed by a hint of pine.

M - A fairly thick, almost syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Very interesting and, to be honest, a bit odd. The malt is strong throughout, as expected from DFH, but it really kicks hard in the finish and, along with a touch of alcohol, it actually reminds me in an odd way of a Helles Bock. This is a fairly sharp contrast with the much more hoppy and American hop aroma that is full of orange and guava. The flavor is not at all unpleasant, but I really think I would prefer it if it were to be more similar to the aroma profile. Kind of strange and while I don't mind finishing the bottle, I don't need another for the cellar.

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy off white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away, leaving thick lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell is very citrusy and has notes of grapefruit, lemon and orange.
T: Like the smell, the taste is also quite citrusy but the lemony flavors are much more prominent. The taste is also somewhat more balanced and has hints of caramel malts and sweetness as well as notes of alcohol in the finish. A moderate amount of bitterness is present from the initial taste through the finish.
M: It feels a bit heavier than medium-bodied on the palate, somewhat crisp and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink considering its strength and amount of bitterness, yet while the addition of lemons adds an interesting twist, it doesn’t make this beer drinkable enough for me to want to try another.

Photo of scinerd3000
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a traditional pint glass on 6/17/11. From notes.

A: Dark straw color with orange highlights. Formed a nice head and had decent lacing.

S: Lemons and lemonade and citrus hops up front. No malt aroma. Very floral.

T: Mild for a 10% ale. Hops and lemons up front, with zest and a slight grassiness. Goes down smooth! Aftertaste of lemons are heavy followed by hop bitterness from American citrus hops. Alcohol is evident especially when the beer begins to warm. Has light caramel notes.

M: Smooth and well carbonated. Low-medium body. Finished somewhat dry.

O: Damn good beer and worth trying. I was happy with the price I paid and would do so again. Save for a special occasion.

Photo of farrago
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very foamy, a pour down the middle of the glass yields an initial four fingers of tan to eggshell white, considerable amount of medium to larger bubbles which keep it loose and add to dimpling, retention is good given this, the lacing is not only sticky but thick and pushes piles from the glass. The liquid is an burnished orange chrome to zinc metallic color, some tiny floaties in there. The nose steadily builds in presence, mixing mocha and cocoa notes with a base of sweet tangerine, pink grapefruit citrus, pine and rose petals, its grassy bite cancels out some of the sugariness in the apricot, peach, apple fruit, develops some peat and earth nuances, not simply dependent on sweetness for effect. Medium-bodied, here the foaminess attempts to soften the brunt and create a more creamy texture but only partially succeeds, the bitterness of the grass and herbs the largest factor plus the alcohol brings some burn here. The citrus more lemon, white grapefruit, sour orange in the mouth, sticky and drying. The florality cloaked some, the cocoa to milk chocolate and caramel notes pick up some of the slack. Conversely to the nose, the ripeness of the apricot, peach, nectarine, pineapple fruit brings sweetness. Any pine dry and tacky, maybe a pinch of pepper. After awhile the bitterness wears you out and draws your attention from the array of flavors.

Photo of Beertinez
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 755ml bottle into a goblet glass. Pours a shiny copper color. Hazy with a huge, foamy white head. It eventually dissolves to about a little less than half of a finger.

Aromas of grassiness and citrus fill the nose. A hint of alcohol.

Taste. Its warmed in my glass a bit by now. On first sip is a little malty with a touch of lemon zest. Weird. Not alot of that grassy hoppiness in here like i had on the nose, the glass i had on tap, or the first bottle i had. Hm. Could be because this last bottle has been sitting the fridge for a while. Next sip, the hops start to pop out a bit. The tip of the tongue is getting this malt character that reminds me of caramel. Followed by a tart lemon "sweetness" that is quickly followed by some grassy hops and lemon peel bitterness.

Full bodied brewed thats high in ABV, 10%. This is the type of beer i like to label as deciptively drinkable. Taste is nice but strong in terms of alcohol.

Overall, a great offering by DFH. I've had this brew twice before. This, the 3rd, and the 2nd time from a bottle, and thie 1st time from tap, which was awesome, btw, at a DFH event that happened here in Chicago. Between this and 90 Minute, i want to give 90 Minute the edge but at the same time, part of me wants to give this the edge since I went out of my way to obtain this. I'm glad I did and and also claim I have since this might never be brewed again.If there is any fresh ones out there left, then hell yes! Grab one! If not, see if you can bum a taste off a friend.

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

Hellhound pours a hazy amber color with a medium bodied frothy white head. The foam dissolves quickly leaving behind a sheet of lace on the sides of the glass.

Hoppy aroma with notes of lemon and grapefruit citrus. Notes of caramel malt and a touch of flowers are also present.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is slightly chewy with a crisp carbonated snap and a dry finins. The flavor is nicely balanced between citrus hops and sweet malt. It begins sweet with pale malt and honey. Citrus hops notes of orange and lemon quickly move before it finishes bitter with a linger lemon zest flavor when gone. A nice lemon flavor fills the background of this beer. It reminds me of a lemon cough drop.

For 10% abv this beer hides its alcohol well. It's easy to drink and well balanced. I'd like to try this on tap if I can find it.

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 xnicknj
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into tulip

Pours a golden amber color with some brighter hues in the light. A fluffy white head fades slowly, leaving some splotchy lacing on the glass.

Scents of bitter hops mixed with strong citrus notes in the nose. Strong lemon with zest and rind, hints of caramel and malt with honey.

Decent hop profile up front with bitterness and citrus. Plenty of lemon with rind and pith. Caramel, honey, and bread crust in the malt backbone. Finishes hoppy with some alcohol bite.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation, drinks pretty well, but definitely not worth the $10 price tag.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice and got a finger of froth that dissipated quickly. A lot of bubbles running up the sides. The color is a clear ruby/orange. Nose is a lot of lemon hop and spice. Sweet caramel with a lot of the lemon carrying through. The flavor is a huge bite of lemon citrus hops. Some light malty body but a lot of lemon. The lemon moves from bitter sharp to tangy like lemonade.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Matt (DIPAbrewer) for the bottle.

Appearance -- Pours a honey amber hue with two stiff fingers of lily-white head. Lots of craggy lace. Looks good!

Smell -- Kooky, to say the least. Gobs of caramel, lemon honey tea, pine resin, and harsh leafy hops. Not something I was wafting more than once or twice.

Taste -- Big honey malt sweetness, assertive leafy hop bitterness, and strong lemon flesh flavor that, over time, began to become reminiscent of cough lozenges. Finish is bitter leafy vegetation and lemon. Additionally, the alcohol is highly perceptible.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. It felt syrupy.

Overall -- It's okay. The hops were definitely assertive, but perhaps too assertive for their particular profile. The lemon was interesting, but over time it became distracting.

With a few tweaks (lower IBU, less lemon slices) this could potentially be worth making regularly.

Photo of Gambac
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

Nice dull orange, approaching an amber. Decent head retention, lots of lacing from both pours

Get a little lemon, not as much as expected. Definitely more alcohol than expected, really did expect more lemon than hops. Oh well.

A little bit of sweetness on the taste, accompanied by some lemon bite and some hops. Finishes fairly drying for an ale, not as much complexity as other DFH brews.

Medium mouthfeel, if that. For whatever reason, this feels a little bit light, not sure if that's the lemon rind or not. Either way, expected a little more finish. Sometimes, going doing smoothly isn't the best thing

Expected way more of a lemony ale, definitely disappointed in this regard. Not a bad ale, but by DFH standards, seems like something is missing in this ale. Wouldn't buy it again, but wouldn't prevent people from giving it a shot

Photo of patreely12
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - pours a somewhat cloudy, but bright orange. the head is fairly large, about 2 fingers of orange tinted cream. not a whole lot of lacing.

S - heavy doses of fresh lemon, citrus and centennial hops. fair amount of alcohol in the nose as well.

T/M - faint note of buttery bread malts up front. strong bitterness from lemon rind and piney, centennial hops make up the majority of the flavor. there are light hints of honey, and some caramel to give the beer a bit of sweetness. decent amount of alcohol that in combination with the high carbonation tingles the tongue. finishes slightly dry. medium bodied.

Overall - I was sort of let down by the presence of the lemons. It seemed to be made with more rind than actual lemons which only added to the bitterness, not sure if DFH was going for that or not. This is still a great beer though.

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

Pours a clear golden yellow. a good amount of white head. Looks like a typical IPA./DIPA. Very well carbonated and not too thick. Smells like lemon and hops... the lemon is a bit overpowering and the hops are almost in the background. Some light citrus on the tonue. Tastes bitter and lemon heavy. Too much to detect some of the subtler things going on. Overall its not awful but fairly disappointing. Nothing about it really stands out to me and the overwhelming lemon bitters kills the taste :(

Photo of Gmann
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with some brownish highlights. The off-white head is dense and clingy, settled into a light cap.

The aroma is quite subtle which is surprising. I pick up a bready malt with some honey notes. A light general citrus hop aroma is present but not very strong. Some light pineapple notes as well.

The taste is of an ultra bready malt with honey and caramel notes. The hops are slightly citrusy but seem to be more bitter than flavorful. The hops do bring some piney notes. I like the addition of the lemons as it provides the beer with a welcomed fruity flavor. I am a bit disappointed in the hop profile, thought it would be more flavorful.

Moderate to full bodied with airy carbonation. Starts off malty sweet on the palate but finishes with a piney/asprin like chalky bitterness. Not a big fan of a chalky finish but it is better than a syrupy sweetness that some DIPAs can have. At times the ABV seems well hidden, at other times a get some belly burn.

An average DIPA. I thought the hops would have much more flavor. Perhaps the hops faded. The beer drinks like an imperal pale ale. If I am going to drink something with this much ABV I want more hop flavor, dangnabit

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/18/11
*From notes

A: Pleasant golden-amber hue with a healthy three finger head and some generous lacing.

S: Citrusy hops on the nose, wow. It's a stunner. A bit of alcohol is detectable, though it comes off like a West Coast DIPA. This is the first time I recall DFH doing a beer with such a Left Coast influence.

T: When cold, this one drinks incredibly well. It's extremely hoppy yet balanaced. If you hadn't told me there was a hint of lemon zest in this, I wouldn't have known, though it did show up a bit when it warmed. Slightly boozy and acidic. As it warmed though, it got quite bitter and almost dishsoapy. DRINK THIS ONE COLD!

M: Creamy and properly carbonated. It' rich and big, but easy enough to go back to.

O: I know the opinions are split here, but I must say that the fresh bottle of DFH's Hellhound On My Ale I consumed was simply awesome. It's one of the best new brews Sam & Co. has produced in some time. Drinking it cold was an absolute pleasure, though I wouldn't recommend cracking one open at or near room temp.

*Paired with a grilled chicken gyro

Photo of brotherloco
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml. Bottled in 2011.

Pours a cloudy gold with a bit of tiny floating sediment. Off white to beige head sticks around for a bit, but settles pretty thin. Medium lacing.

Citrus is intense in this aroma, not surprising given the lemon addition. Grapefruit and orange sneak through as well with a real honey tea sweetness supporting it. Some sort of fermented fruit comes out as well.

Taste comes on with a medium strength, but is a bit muddled. Fairly balanced sweet and bitter flavors quickly shift into puckering lemon sourness. Not like a crazy bacteria laced sour, but soapy lemon sting.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation, but a touch syrupy over time. Alcohol flavor is quite well hidden, but no surprise there is a growing heat after half a glass.

I like this like I like Aprilhop, it's an original twist on a style (specifically fruit + IPA), and I'm glad it was brewed, but it doesn't transcend the original style.

Photo of kevinv
2.56/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into a snifter. I picked this bottle up from Rick's Wine & Gourmet in Alexandria, VA.

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange/light copper-ish color with about 1 finger of creamy off white head. Decent head retention and some nice sticky lacing. Looks about average.

S - The nose is largely bready malts with a caramel sweetness. I get an insignificant amount of lemon zest. Earthy/musty hops notes. Pretty heavy on the alcohol.

T - The taste seems to be largely a mixture of bready malts and alcohol. There's only a light presence of lemon, similar to the smell. The hops are definitely in the background and don't balance well with the malt. Surprisingly un-bitter. Drying finish.

M - The mouthfeel was about average. Medium body with a moderate carbonation.

O - Overall, this one didn't work for me and was quite a letdown. Definitely a slow sipper.

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