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

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Lilja's Hell Hound Brown AleLilja's Hell Hound Brown Ale

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75
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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 21.15%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: bluejacket74 on 08-26-2011)
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

jaemeno3, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of barczar
3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky brown with copper highlights and a lingering thin layer if cream foam.

Nutty caramel and floral hops dominate the aroma, with a touch of sourness.

Flavor reveals more floral hop character underlying slightly sweet caramel malt. The finish is decidedly bitter, too the extreme. There's a touch of citrus.

Body is moderate to a touch full, with moderate carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

Good malt character, but lacks flavoring hops. Bittering hops are just too bitter, and not in a good way. Flavor is pretty good, but the aftertaste is not at all.

barczar, Jul 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +28.2%

neckwrestler, May 14, 2014
Photo of Beerlover
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Beerlover, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of bkwhoppa66
3/5  rDev -3.8%

bkwhoppa66, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

bigbluebeerguy, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
2/5  rDev -35.9%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of russpowell
2.8/5  rDev -10.3%
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...

russpowell, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of Jimbotron
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Jimbotron, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of Suds
3.74/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Suds, May 18, 2013
Photo of czfreeman
3.14/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

czfreeman, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of TaylorK
2.9/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

TaylorK, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of lilsmizzul1225
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

lilsmizzul1225, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of Vogie
1/5  rDev -67.9%

Vogie, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of HoistinBrews
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

HoistinBrews, Sep 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

guytyping, Aug 08, 2012
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3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This label immediately caught my eye at the store. I had to pick it up. After all, it is certifiably luscious.

Off the pour it looks pretty good. You get a lot of foam (about three fingers). It dissipates down to scum thereafter, but the lacing it leaves behind looks really good.

I really enjoyed the smell on this. There is a lot of malt, and some chocolate notes there. I wonder how that plays in. I didn't see chocolate anywhere on the bottle. This smells really good.

The malt and nuttiness comes through pretty well. I like a lot of the aspects. Unfortunately I also pick up on some bitterness and metallic taste. I really wish they weren't there.

The metal and bitter really stay on the tongue. I wish they would back off. This really hurts the experience.

ummswimmin, Aug 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

DruC4, Jun 18, 2012
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2/5  rDev -35.9%

Luckytiki, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.65/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 9 Jan 2012. Courtesy of R&S, thanks! Served in the 0.4 L Gordon Biersch becker.

Large light brown head. Minimal carbonation. Clear orange brown in color. Aroma of light malts, a touch nutty, bready, some vanilla and ethanol. Starts much the same, lightly malty with a bit of nutty bitterness. Hints of vanilla and brown sugar, toffee. Medium to light body, ethanol is slightly warming and present throughout. Moderately astringent-bitter finish. Lingering light nutty bitter aftertaste.

Decent but these brown ales that are fairly high in alcohol always seem a bit not quite right to me.

htomsirveaux, May 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

illini4x4, May 04, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

DavoleBomb, Mar 08, 2012
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2.6/5  rDev -16.7%
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..

BB1313, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.93/5  rDev +26%
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.

Brenden, Feb 08, 2012
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Lilja's Hell Hound Brown Ale from Sand Creek Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.