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Lilja's Hell Hound Brown Ale - Sand Creek Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Lilja's Hell Hound Brown AleLilja's Hell Hound Brown Ale

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18 Reviews
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Reviews: 18
Hads: 40
Avg: 3.17
pDev: 20.19%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: bluejacket74 on 08-26-2011

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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 40
Reviews by czfreeman:
Photo of czfreeman
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice ruddy copper tone. Already looks quite like a Red or Amber to me rather than a brown. Head is light, leaves decent lacing.
Smells of corn syrup, or a fake nut extract. Really sweet, malty, and pretty one-dimensional.
I can't really pick up on a hop profile or something to clean up the aroma..kinda messy.
Flavor is half a notch better. Some good peppery bitterness, roasted barley, malt, touch of grass, finishing with an almost coffee bean flavor.
Pretty light for a brown ale.I would have guessed this to be an amber ale in a taste test.
Sand Creek produces some solid brews... unfortunately this one I'll pass on in the future.

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Photo of Brenden
3.91/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hellhound is a medium brown color with a bit of orange-red tint to it. The light brown head is impressive, not massively tall but plenty tall nonetheless. It is exceptionally creamy with a denseness that's more thick than rocky. It never dissipates, but the heavy foam that's left drops a creamy sheet of lacing in its wake.
This is a heavily malted beer as evidenced in the aroma, but with balance from plenty of floral hops. There's a bit of nuttiness for sure. A candy sugar note isn't unwelcome but doesn't mesh perfectly.
The flavor some have mentioned but not as a prominent one is hops. Floral and a bit herbal with a biting pine in the back, they're plentiful in this beer. It takes the edge off the sweetness in the aroma without diminishing the nut, which comes through more strongly in taste than smell. I don't know what people are tasting according to previous reviews, but we might not be drinking the same beer. A tinge of warming alcohol peeks through in a dry, hoppy finish, but not "OMG drinking rubbing alcohol" as at least one person seems to have gotten.
The feel starts off very creamy and ventures.more toward crisp as it sits. Carbonation is moderate in a medium body.
Maybe others got bad bottles. Maybe I got a good one. All I know is that this is not a bad beer.

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Photo of DruC4
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of russpowell
2.84/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

No freshness dating

Pours an effervescent copper with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Stellar lacing & head retention, the only good aspect of this otherwise sorry beer...

S: Toastyness & wet grain

T: Faint toastyness & brown bread, husky grains & astringency up front. Toastyness & a little caramel as this warms, then leafy hops & astringency. Astringency & old hop bitterness in the finish

MF: Light/medium bodied, moderate carbonation, somewhat grainy

Mediocre brown from a mediocre brewery, think I'm done with these guys...

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a somewhat hazy reddish/brown color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing that sticks around on the glass for a while. The aroma is very malty, the brew smells like toffee, toasted and caramel malt, and some coffee and nuts. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some slight hops leaving a bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit coating and has moderate carbonation. I think it's a decent enough brew, I'd drink it again in the future. Worth a try.

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3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of lurpy1
1.83/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer sounds promising, looks promising, even smells promising. But evil beer gnomes have raised hell with the taste of the beer. I am not sure what happened. After a decent start with a somewhat malty, coffee flavor, I get an unmistakable sucker punch of pure, unblended alcohol. Bad medicine. After a while of trying to gut it out, it's just to brutal.Into the sink it goes.

I will try Sand Creek again, and with great reservation might try this beer again to see if it was just the bottle. But first impression is: ick.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed plum color. Two fingers of creamy beige head with good retention and glass covering lacing.

3.0 S: Strange. The strongest aroma is an almost tangy plum fruitiness. After that, the brown ale settles in offering a thrust of toastiness followed by raisin and a light nuttiness. It's decent, but would be better without the tanginess.

3.0 T: Fortunately, it's a little cleaner in the taste. Less plum and more toastiness and nuttiness. Grainy malts. Still hints of raisin and tobacco. I can't tell if this is overly hopped in the bittering category or there's an ashy bitterness from the malt.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. A touch too much carbonation. Mild, but pleasant creaminess. Bitter finish and aftertaste.

2.5 D: This would be a better beer if the bitterness was put in check. The malts don't have a chance to shine. Still, worth a try.

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Photo of jaemeno3
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BB1313
2.69/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours hazy auburn with red hues, beautiful huge off white head, great retention and sticky lacing, very very good looking beer. Maple is present in the nose with a slight nuttiness. There's a sweet subtle alcohol aroma as well. A little oak/wood in the mix. Wow, this beer is bitter as hell and really spicy. The flavors feel meshed together with a touch of booze and just fall flat. Lots of malt and bread notes as well. Now the body on this beer is really nice, it's on the heavier side of medium-bodied, creamy and pretty smooth reguardless of it finishing somewhat hot.

Interesting take on a brown ale, it's definitely not traditional. It's like a Brown Ale, Doppelbock, IPA, Altbier and whatever else all rolled up in one.

I've had Lilja's Sasquatch Stout a couple years ago and loved it, two years I revisit them with this and wasn't impressed at all. Looks like we need a rubber match..

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3/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of TaylorK
2.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not sure what to think about this beer. The packaging looks a little wild and I've not heard anything about the beer or the brewer. The artwork seems a little erratic, strange and perhaps a bit over the top.

A: The beer is a very dark copper. The head, at least on my pour, was huge. It was a thick foamy head with large air bubbles throughout. The head dissipated unevenly and big chunks of the head clung to the side of the glass leaving little dry bubbles as the head went down.

S: The beer smells metallic. Almost smells like a light beer in a can even though I poured into a glass. There's also something in there with a dark roasty or chocolate aroma. That part is almost completely eclipsed by the metal though.

T: The flavor is okay. Particularly when it was cold. As it warms up, a metal flavor really comes out to match the smell. I found myself reaching out quick for a palate rinse after this one was over.

M: Light, but something from this beer really seems to feel like it sticks on the tongue.

O: Sorry. but no thanks. I was kind of unimpressed by the beer.

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.85/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This appears to be a reddish brown brew with just a ring around the top for a head. Not much happening.

Dark malts and a pinch of coffee and brown sugar show in the nose.

The taste is pretty solid. The coffee bitterness comes through nicely and is balanced by a blend of roasty malts.

The feel features a medium body with a good deal of carbonation.

I'm pleasantly surprised with this in terms of the taste. I wasn't expecting much and really enjoy the flavor.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Love finding random Wisconsin brews on mixed-six racks. This one pours a garnet-brown topped by a finger of cream-tan foam. The nose comprises light caramel, rye bread, light chocolate powder, and a touch of candied orange peel. The taste, though, reverberates with the echoes of harsh, almost acrid walnut. Yup, that's what my tongue is telling my brain, all in shrill, punctuated yelps of pain. Damn, this actually kinda hurts to drink... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly dry finish. Overall, a decent brown, unless you count the horrid flavor...

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3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of aussiebeer
4/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Suds
3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is mostly clear with some noticeable floaters, a small head, and is a dark copper color. The smell is malty...bread, a little yeast, and pie crust. Some distant fruit..berries. The taste is firm, sweet, and very malty. Some warmth, it shows its alcohol at times. The body is full and just heavy. Not bad, but not outstanding.

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Photo of david131
3.12/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark leathery brown liquid with a massive amount of tiny floaters. The off white head is creamy and thin.

S- Caramel and butter up front with a bit of a floral aspect on the finish. Simple and nice.

T- Bitter hops, sweet caramel and butter, some nuttiness and earthiness.

M- A nice amount of carbonation with some strong lingering bitterness.

O- A fairly average take on the style. The alcohol is a bit apparent which takes the drinkability down a bit.

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Photo of jabo134
2.52/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Vogie
1/5  rDev -68.5%

Photo of areich6
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

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Lilja's Hell Hound Brown Ale from Sand Creek Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.