1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Robert Johnson's Hellhound On My AleRobert Johnson's Hellhound On My Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

1,743 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,743
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 105
Gots: 303 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Hellhound is a super-hoppy ale that hits 100 IBUs in the brewhouse and 10% ABV. It's dry-hopped with 100% Centennial hops at a rate of 100 kilos per 100 barrel brew-length. Can you tell we're stoked for this mighty musical centennial?

To accentuate and magnify the citrusy notes of the Centennial hops (and as a shoutout to Robert Johnson's mentor Blind Lemon Jefferson), we add dried lemon peel and flesh to the whirlpool.

58 IBU

(Beer added by: jsanford on 03-15-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Robert Johnson's Hellhound On My Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,743 | Reviews: 562 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again a nice golden amber color with a little cloudiness. A creamy off white head build up fast and settles about three fingers high.
It holds pretty well and leaves good lacing on the glass.
Smelling the beer the lemony flavors are noticable among other fruity notes.
The taste up front really is a fruity hop composition, where lemon, peach , mango, orange and banana is present. In the middle some malt adds to the sweet start and the end will be a pleasant bitterness to balance all the flavors .
Again a great beer to add to some ones beer collection.

Hopfenpeter, May 07, 2011
Photo of bballmj2k
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up bottle today - poured into tulip glass. Heard mixed things so here we go.

A - Gorgeous DIPA. Clear amber with carbonation streaming from the bottom, several fingers of soapy head.

S - First thing I get are hints of lemon, then comes the tropical fruits. Grapefruit, Mango, Orange, maybe some peach. Smells pretty good.

T - Really nice. Moderate bitterness upfront, hints of citrus and sweetness/malt as it finishes. Not crazy complex, but I don't think thats the goal here.

M - Pretty good mouthfeel. Nice carbonation at the end, not completely sticky. Really smooth considering the 10% abv.

Compared to DFH other IPAs this is nice and crisp, not as malty as 90 minute. A really solid outing by DFH, but I wouldn't put it up there with Bitches Brew. A simple, really well-made DIPA.

bballmj2k, May 07, 2011
Photo of phillybeer7779
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a chalice.

Appearance- Burnt orange in color with a healthy amount of head with some lacing. Some cloudiness, so I'm guessing this is unfiltered.

Smell- Citrusy hop smell, with a hint of lemon. Rather inviting, not overpowering at all.

Taste- The taste matches the smell nicely, though the lemon is more prominent. A very tasty, hop-head friendly beer!

Mouthfeel- Despite the IBUS and the ABV, this was not the palate destroyer I was expecting. Suprisingly easy to drink the entire bottle, even though it is very big on taste.

Overall- I really enjoyed this beer! It may not have the crispness of some of its west coast style bretheren, but it gets huge points for it being so drinkable for such a "big" beer. Another worthy offering from DFH!

phillybeer7779, May 07, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a DFH Goblet.

A - Caramel-orange with creamy, off-white head that never fully disappears, and leaves lots of soapy lacing as it recedes. Typically impressive DFH IPA, pretty stuff.
S - Pungent citrus hops dominate, along with a definite lemon scent and a sweet caramel backbone. The lemon is nice, certainly authentic smelling. I can visualize the lemon "flesh" used, there's certainly more to it then the typical lemon "zest" aroma I get from some IPAs. Very unique.
T - Lots of pungent hops and bitter lemon in here, along with the same moderately sweet malt backbone. The lemon is almost to the point of being unpleasant upon the first sips, but gets easier to handle as the beer warms. Even then, this is a bitter, "pithy" take on a DIPA, but overall I'm diggin' it.
M - Smooth and slightly creamy, with a medium body and moderate carbonation. The ABV is well hidden, not detecting any of the 10%.
O - While not as mind-blowing as I'd hoped, this is a solid effort from DFH that recognized a great music pioneer.

jsanford, May 07, 2011
Photo of Mosley1212
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA.

A--Dull orange with tons of carbonation bubbles. 3" fluffy white head which stayed for a while. Decent retention down the glass, but nothing to write home about.

S--Hops up front with a heavy funky citrus scent on the back end. It was very unpleasant.

T--Biting citrus with an overly sweet aftertaste that leaves a funky taste in the mouth.

M--Bright, medium body with tons of carbonation. Dries the mouth out from the hoppiness, but the biting funk aftertaste is purely unpleasant.

O--This wasn't a very good brew. It improved as it warmed, but nothing I will seek out again.

Mosley1212, May 07, 2011
Photo of FatJesus
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 bottle into a red hook pint glass. Pours a nice clear orange with nice fluffy head that takes awhile to dissipate, leaving some nice lacing down the sides.

Smell is of lemon, pine and a sweetness like candied sugar but mostly its the centennial hop oil coming through.

Taste is strong on the lemon side right off the bat followed by a slight sweetness with lemony bitterness and some alcohol at the end. Not as hoppy as I was hoping for being 100 ibu's. After awhile you get used to the lemon bitterness and it turns into a nice beer.

Mouthfeel is medium body with nice carbonation . Over all glad I bought it but I've had better dipa's with more diminsion to them. Worth a shot.

FatJesus, May 07, 2011
Photo of wino47
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice citrus aromas with a hint of spicy hop character. Mouthfeel was-medium bodied with good carbonation. This was better than expected but the citrus character clashed a bit with the earthy hop profile on the finish. Less funky than I expected for a 750ml Dogfish brew, overall it was a solid IPA that was a little more along the English style than I normally prefer.

wino47, May 06, 2011
Photo of Nuggethops
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into a Portsmouth Brewery balloon glass yields a nice 1 inch head of white bubbly foam which dissipates pretty quickly to a thin can with bubbles collecting around the rim with minimal lacing. A very hazy orange/amber hue not a bad looking beer.

The smell is definitely not what I was expecting, Where is the huge hop profile? I get a sweetness of candied sugar and caramel, very faint citrus/lemon note, Taste's sweet and a bit nutty up front with a big malt profile coming though followed by a very bitter finish, feeling a bitter bite on the end with the lemon flavor coming in at the end as well as a slight alcohol bite but not too hot at all. After drinking it I can taste the bitterness and lemon in the back of my throat.

It goes down relatively smooth, nicely carbonated but a bit thin. A brew worth trying but not sure i would seek it out again, certainly fell a little short of my expectations, probably would prefer a single glass and was wishing I had opened the 750 ml bottle with a friend around. This beer tastes more like a strong ale to me than a IIPA.

Nuggethops, May 06, 2011
Photo of MLasoski
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's review this beer according to its style and what it advertises in the name.

A: A semi-cloudy copper body with a generous 3/4-1" head. It stayed around for quite some time, diminishing to a 1/8" head while I sipped on it for about 20 minutes.

S: Definitely smells like a typical DIPA; however, a ripe, sour lemon aroma overruns the hops towards the tail end.

T: It's as if someone put a mild hop and lemon rind in my mouth and told me to chew. I liked it! The hop oils definitely overpowered the lemon taste; however, I wasn't surprised being that the beer was meant to be a double IPA.

M: Tastes like a typical DIPA in the beginning and results in tasting like a lemony-hop hybrid DIPA. The lemons aren't sweet so do not expect that as you drink this beer. Imagine biting into a lemon and experiencing the raw, ripe sourness.

D: I'm glad I purchased this 750ml bottle. Dogfish Head puts their own spin... no pun intended... on their brews with Sony and I wasn't disappointed. Was I expecting a lemonade (think Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy) taste? Sort of. I wasn't disappointed when I found out the raw and ripe lemon taste accompanied the strong hops quite well.

Great job DFH!

MLasoski, May 06, 2011
Photo of Chaney
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Looked like a melted orange popcicle, with ever the slightest cool cloudiness, and a massive foamy head that took minutes to subside... car wash-type stuff....

S: I don't like the way DFH bottled beers smell... it's totally different than what I usually get on tap at the alehouses. I got a good bit of that stale strangeness, but not much else: I found a hint of lemon (after I actually searched for it, a bit of candy sugar, and a good bit of Yankee Candle "Clean Cotton" scent.

T: I like the candy sugar aftertaste on this one. It had a bit of that honey-like taste (without the honey of course) that I commonly get on their gourmet, historical brews. However, everything else here failed miserably. It tasted like an infected Burton Baton... seriously. I though the lemon would at least add some sour dimension to this... but I was wrong.

M: Slick, thick, and the carbonation was fine for this style, but who cares? The lacing was substantial.

O: The worst DFH beer I've had in a while, and that's saying a lot, because I like their stuff overall, even a lot of the ones that fall flat to other people. It just didn't work for me...

Chaney, May 06, 2011
Photo of mavbrew
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a caramel color with orange highlights, the head is two fingers thick and off-white in color, it takes a few minutes to dissipate and leaves some nice lacing.

S: The nose is slightly hoppy, some piney hops coming through, but not aggressively hoppy. There is also definitely a lemon scent to it, as stated on the bottle that it is brewed with lemons, and also a bit of maltiness (caramel perhaps).

T: The taste is very citric acid like, the lemons come through pretty strong. This is followed by the slight malts that quickly fade with more citrus flavor. The finish is dry and lemon zest like.

M: Medium bodied with a bit of tingly carbonation. The feel is lemon and zesty.

D: Usually I'm a huge fan of DFH IPA's, but this one is, IMO, not up to their usual standards. There is too much lemon rind flavor throughout. It feels like I've been chewing on the skin, kind of a let down.

mavbrew, May 06, 2011
Photo of JRed
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy deep orange in body with creamy white head that leaves attractive lacing. Strong aroma of mint, pine, grass, lemons, and hops. Tastes are eclectic and all are equally powerful: citrus juice, pine, grass, pineapple, resin, warming booze, lemon juice is only an echo behind the rest and it rides out with booze and hop bitterness. Heavy body with medium carbonation. A cloying full bodied beer. Big, cloying, impressive yet fearsome. One hell of a brewski.

JRed, May 06, 2011
Photo of philly224
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25 oz bottle.

A: Light golden colored pour with a thin white head on it.

S: You can smell the citrus right off the bat. A lemon scent is noticeable but not overly strong.

T: Very bitter when you first take a sip, it sweetens up a bit and you get a more citrus taste at the end but it is still very bitter.

M: Somewhat light mouthfeel compared to other IPAs with a good bit of carbonation

O: Overall I loved this beer and am going to go pick up a few more bottles if I can get it before it runs out. Very drinkable for a 10% abv beer. Fantastic!

philly224, May 05, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a tumbler at Birch Barley/Chuchkey.

An off white small head is given, there is LOTS of carbonation from the bottom coming up sitting on a slightly clear orange amber body with hints on red. Killer sheets of lacing while drinking this beer, lots of lace looks magnificant.

Kind of a small muted orange/tangerine bent nose and a hint of lemon. No sense of malt character, but more tea like. Still nice though.

Initial taste and feeling at first though is butter and malt. A soft hop sensation comes up that goes into herbal tea like character. Feels a little syrupy but not too bad, thick bodied it seems no doubt to high abv maybe? But at least it's not a boozy rush, it's actually quite nice.

Overall still quite enjoyable to drink and I would have again no problem.

smakawhat, May 05, 2011
Photo of Genghis22
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden orange color. Big frothy white head.

S - Lots of sweet citrus hops. The centenials really shine. Clementine, ripe grapefruit and lemongrass. Some piney and resinous hop aromas as well.

T - There is a sharp bitterness at first, not from the hops, but from the lemon. It is a puckering bitterness, like biting into the rind of a lemon. Slightly medicinal. The citrus hops come in afterwards, with their lucious sweetness. The aftertaste is more of the weird medicial lemon bitterness. It really bites at the back corners of your tongue.

M - Medium body, with nice prickly carbonation. Surprised this isn't a touch thicker, considering the abv. Overall it goes down nicely, with a crisp dry finish.

O - Meh. It was tasty, and smelled nice, but the lemon was weird. I was excited at the prospect of this beer, but it really didn't knock my socks off. The lemon gave it a strange medicial flavor and biting bitterness that just didn't agree with me. The bitterness was there, it just wasn't the right kind of bitterness.

M -

Genghis22, May 05, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-Pours clear amber with 2 inches of creamy off white head. Reduces very slowly, leaving thick, fluffy lacing.

S-Light tangerine hoppiness, sweet, grainy malts, zested lemon.

T/M-I'm failing to see why this costs $14.99. It's an average IPA with a tannic lemon skin dryness in the finish. All other lemon character gets lost in the citric hop profile, which is suprisingly understated, for what was advertised as a big, hoppy beer. The mouthfeel is Hellhound's best asset. Soft and creamy, with a dry, prolonged finish. The alcohol is well hidden, but the boozy warming quality snuck in halfway through the bottle.

O-Way too expensive for what it is.

DaveHS, May 05, 2011
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750-mL brown bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

Deep clear golden-amber with a full three-fingered head of rocky beige foam that recedes fairly slowly to a fat topping, leaving behind thick rings of stickage on the walls of the glass as it empties.

Spicy and a bit earthy in the nose, with a whiff of lemon peel and basil.

Medium-full-bodied with a pleasantly mild carbonated mouthfeel. A slightly sweet, caramel-tinged opening leads swiftly into a dominating hop profile that doesn't fade away even long after the finish. Notes of lemongrass, herb, white and black pepper, a bit of tangerine and a touch of citrus pith. Fairly balanced throughout, though a bit dry in the finish, with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon and grassy herb.

Flavorful and rather complex, though the mix seems a bit disjointed. Alcohol content isn't overly present in mouthfeel or flavor, but sneaks up quite easily; a full bottle isn't so much a chore to move through, but is more than enough to satiate even the most adept beer lover. The overall combination of flavors is an interesting and unique melange, though not for everyone; sharing a bottle is highly recommended.

superdedooperboy, May 05, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich DIPA with a nice fresh edge accentuated by an emerging and assertive lemony side.

Presentation: 750 ml brow capped bottle. Dark blue with orange typography label with the DFH branding, and a nice illustration o the blues man with the Hellhound lingering behind him. Side offers a narrative with the story of the brew, inspiration, intent, and main ingredients. Notes 100 IBUs, "2011 1" bottling, and 10.0% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Faintly hazy pale to medium amber pour, good frothy head and retention, with fine lacing.

S - Nice hoppy nose with a fine malty touch, grassy and hoppy feel with the citrus accentuated by more citrus emerging more strongly as it settles.

T - Flavor follows with a deeper character structured over a good malty sense, resinous hoppy feel, and the lemony side emerging, softly at first and more accentuated in the finish.

M - Medium-full body with a finely tuned carbonation, smooth stickiness with a nice finish.

O - All in all a pretty solid and pleasing brew, the lemon takes command in the second half of the brew alongside a bit of a more assertive edge.

Notes: Nice commemorate brew. Johnson deserves it, the record label I´m not so sure. But if one is into that edge it is a nice musical collaboration. The lemony accented DIPA works pretty well and with good flavor.

Daniellobo, May 05, 2011
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours a hazy light orange with a two finger fluffy creamy white head that quickly dissipates leaving tons of residual lacing.

S. Lemon with some citrus hops atop a strong caramel malt backbone.

T. Lots of caramel and toffee notes with a lot of alcohol. The lemon peel comes through nicely, but the hops seem to mostly contribute sheer bitterness rather than a lot of citrus character. It ends dry with some resin-y leafy notes.

M. Fairly thick with a high level of creamy carbonation that fills your mouth.

D. My wife picked this out (obviously for the label and because it's a DFH brew), but doesn't like bitter beers which means I finished this on my own. A decent brew, but not something I'd seek out

BeerAndBourbon, May 05, 2011
Photo of Wadsey
2.48/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hard poured in a New Belgium tulip.

A: Deep gold, clear and effervescent. Head is short-lived, which is not too surprising, given the high abv. Splotchy lacing.

S: Surprisingly malty in nose: caramel, biscuits and crackers. Grapefruit peels and lemons. Some alcohol is evident.

T: In quick succession: sweet malt, grapefruit or orange peel and then lemon peels. A blend of lemon peels, alcohol, and bitterness hold onto the palate for a while. A fairly weedy finish. As I work my way to the bottom of the glass, I keep thinking of lemon dishwashing soap.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Smooth and somewhat creamy. Definitely warming.

O: Hellhound On My Ale certainly looks good on paper; after all, lemons should work well with citrus hops, right? The label is also a clever bit of prose, revealing the sort of over-thinking I've come to expect from DFH. The beer itself, unfortunately, does not deliver, and I'm quickly realizing that drinking the rest of the bottle will be a chore.

Wadsey, May 05, 2011
Photo of ism
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep tangelo-coloured body with a white 2-finger head. Consistent rings and webs, and below-average retention, but good for the ABV.

Bright lemon and zest in the nose up front, roasted caramel malt providing a solid basenote, and plenty of piney hop character after the citrus. A bit of a bread yeast character.

Hits the tongue big. Thick, almost chewy, with a nice sharp carbonation. There's a slight resin dryness. Big toffee balanced with piney hop, and vanilla emerging late. Grainy bread undercurrent. The finish evolves from citrus-pine to grain, with the bitterness blooming all the way through. One of the more complex finishes I've come across in an D/IPA.

Hides the alcohol quite well, but can be evident in the tail-end of the finish. A nice tribute to Robert Johnson, and pairs well with his music.

ism, May 05, 2011
Photo of dragonWhale
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ahh, the newest of the DFH things. A beer that actually sounds interesting. Double IPA with lemons? Could be an outstanding brew. At least it's an outstanding idea.
Murky orange with chunks of sediment floating about the glass. Decent head, sticky up on it.
First impression of aroma is of caramel malt, followed by some grapefruit and lemon flavored pine-sol. Not in a bad way either.
Taste is sort of like a 90 minute to start, malt forward, balanced bitterness, with pine and citrus hops coming on at the end, followed by a very odd, slight, but carrying lemon acidity. Not a well-matched final mouthfeel to what the hops start with on the finish.
I feel like this beer could definitely work: I've had my partner's homebrewed double IPA brewed with grapefruit that was outstanding and my buddy's golden ale fermented with lemons that was exceptionally drinkable on a summer day, but this lies unbalanced somewhere along the way towards a successful homebrew experiment. Stay the course, though..I know you will.

dragonWhale, May 05, 2011
Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Hazy orange-ish body with a decent head. Incredibly citrusy smell with lemons taking precedence over oranges. Even more citrus in the taste. Hops are more for flavor than for bitterness. Also a noticeable almost chocolately malt sweetness. Medium-bodied mouthfeel, but not much hop stickiness at all. I'm not quite sure what to make of this. It drinks more like a summer fresher than an IPA, but it's far too big for that. I'm intrigued enough to want to try it again to see if I can make more sense out of it. That's a good thing, I guess.

BarrelO, May 05, 2011
Photo of Patrick999
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Solid appearance - not a big thick crown, and I'm not really getting too much lacing in a clean glass. Nevertheless, I see that slightly hazed DIPA gold - the beer has pretty good clarity, maybe just on the hazier side of clear.

My first instinct when sniffing is that it's an ordinary DIPA. I wasn't getting the lemon, but as it warms, I get more of the lemon rind aroma I was expecting along with a little cornsilk.

I think the bitterness with this one sneaks up on you. At first I thought there wasn't much, but it's building on my palate - mostly citrus-y hop bitterness with the actual lemon coming in more as an accent than as any dominant flavor. I don't get a great deal of malt backing here, which is surprising for Dogfish Head. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, not as resinous as DIPAs often can be. This actually makes the beer better for warm weather drinking than it otherwise would be, but I think I prefer my DIPAs to be more sticky. 10% alcohol is not as much of a factor as I thought it would be, which is good, though I think I'd still prefer to see this clock in at 8-9%.

Patrick999, May 04, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review is based off the bottle consumed last night, straight from the brewery in DE. Split between myself, Nick, Brian and Gary at Craft Ale House. I was fortunate enough to have this on-tap this past weekend as well at the Rehoboth Beach pub, though my sinuses really screwed up my perception of flavors.

A: Golden body, bordering on a medium copper, fluffy white head that brings a rather impressive amount of sticky lacing around the glass. Slow dissipation and excellent retention - a really great looking IIPA.

S: Citrus hop notes - orange, white grapefruit - traditionally West Coast seemingly in style, a nice departure for DFH. Some dried lemon peel/zest and candy orange slices. No real bitterness in the nose at all and no grassy/piney hops, either. Weak malt base, almost one-dimensional here.

T: For being 10% and "100" IBUs, it drinks easy - no alcohol burn whatsoever - and the bitterness is definitely here. Unfortunately, that is the main focus of this beer - bitter. Some pineapple and more grapefruit come through, but the lemon is rather understated in the taste. For being advertised in print on the front of the label, lemon is the last thing I notice (if at all).

M: A little thin, though the lower carbonation gives it a nice medium body, nothing special. It's lacking that "creaminess" I look for in big IIPA's.

ShanePB, May 04, 2011
Robert Johnson's Hellhound On My Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,743 ratings.