Robert Johnson's Hellhound On My Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Robert Johnson's Hellhound On My AleRobert Johnson's Hellhound On My Ale

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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

Added by jsanford on 03-15-2011

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Ratings: 1,873 |  Reviews: 576
Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice combination of malt, hops and lemon. Hops were understated. That is what I am rating

So-so DIPA. Lttle malty smell, where's the hops. Ok looks, its filtered. Pellet hops were used Centennial. Golden body. A little head, lace. Dry hopped Centennial. The lemony finish is the taste, period.Doug's bottle, thank you very much for sharing. OK drinkability.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half finger head with excellent lacing on a clear copper body. Aroma of toasted malts, earthy hops and orange peel. Overall the aroma is pretty mild. Malt foward IPA with citrus hops, candied citrus, toasted malts, lemon and a little caramel. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Fairly oily body. This one is boozy and malt forward although the hops, although a little boring, are still well represented.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

awesome huge ipa. pours sticky honey colored with a nice white head into a snifter at the taproom. smells citrusy and hoppy in a big way. comples nose with some light malty bready doughy depth hiding in the shadows. taste is layered, tangy and definitely lemon up front, acidic slightly, with a more refined hop sweetness and richness taking over. nothing bitter in the finish. mouthfeel is great too, effervescent and thick at the same time. one of the most sessionable imperial ipa's ever. alcohol is not noticible in taste, but you can feel this one

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours out as a copper color with a thin white head. The lacing isn't really all there. The smell is kind of strange on this one. It's not the most pleasant smell on a beer. It seems a little out of place. The taste was very good though. The lemon mixes really well with the very hoppy brew. The mouthfeel is a little stinging on the tongue but overall pretty enjoyable brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another commemorative ale for the music industry. Robert Johnson is reincarnated with this sweet, spicy rendition- peppered with bitter, sharp, and with a bite that sticks in your crawl with a pleasant grind.

On the outside, the beer fits the bill of a Double IPA- Deep golden, light copper and with a gentlemanly clarity that carries only the most modest of haze. Froathy white foam blankets the beer with fantastic staying power and lacing well.

Zesty aromas of citrus carry the hop scent through a blend of grapefruit and orange zest until the clean lemon scent finishes the beer for the slight reminesence of furniture polish. Light caramel sweetness supports the hops very well and without competing for attention.

Where malt sweetness finishes the aroma, they start the taste: Light caramel and corn syrup sweetness give initial flavor while the hops begin to build behind. Soft citrus flavors carry the grapefruit and orange peel taste to mid palate where the zesty lemon acidity begins to take over and eventally balance the hops in finish. The hops/lemon character challenges where the hop flavor/bitterness stop and where the lemon flavor/bitterness begins. Delicious, but I'm still distracted by the taste of furniture polish.

Medium malty richness contributes a soft creamy texture that give a rich start until the hop acidity, bitterness, and dryness rise. Lemony acids, bitterness and mild astringency further reinforce the hop character and amplifies the alchol dryness late. Complex bittering has as much an impact on mouthfeel as they do taste, all leading to a snappy and fresh bitterness with the linger of lemongrass going into the next taste.

A delicious beer that exacerbates intense hop character with actual lemon bitterness, flavor, and acids- litteral and marvellously so.

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2.28/5  rDev -42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic pint glass in me friend's gaff in low altitude Orange, California. Reviewed live.

Served a bit warmer than refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues were anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of fluffy white foam, light cream, good thickness, and great retention for the ABV. Colour is a dark copper. No visible yeast particles.

Sm: Hops - mainly bittering, light caramelized malts, clean malts, and some cream. A mild strength aroma. Not particularly appealing either.

T: Hops - floral more than bittering. Very pleasant fruit esters - I assume passion fruit but lemon comes through. Certainly pleasantly citrusy. Light caramelized malt alongside clean bright malts. The hop bitterness is well disguised. Rings artificial, even a bit syrupy. Not particularly well balanced. Built decently. Very simple compared to how the label describes it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with not enough coarseness to bring out the flavours. Inadequately carbonated. Doesn't complement the flavours hardly at all.

Dr: Hides its ABV really well. Drinkable but boring and simple. I wouldn't get it again. Not at all worth the price. Another gimmick from Dogfish Head. The taste is quite artificial.

High D+

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Photo of oline73
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy light amber color with a finger of off white head. A layer of head remains and there is some nice lacing as well.

Smell: Sweet and hoppy with hints of citrus and herbs. There is quite a large malt presence here.

Taste: This beer is very bitter with a lot of citrus peel hops. There are also some pine notes from the hops. There is a sweetness from the malt and quite a bit of alcohol in the finish. I was hoping for a bit more lemon presence. I can taste it, but I wanted more.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation. The finish is very dry.

Overall: This is a good Imperial IPA, but I don't think it was very special. I don't know that I'd pick up another one.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled in 2012A. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy orange amber color with a dense 1-2 finger cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange peel, lemon peel, tangerine, orange rind, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, bread, toast, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of citrus hops and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon peel, tangerine, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon peel, tangerine, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of citrus hop and malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice DIPA, even at over a year old. Very nice complexity and balance of centennial hop, lemon peel, and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of bubble foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled spicy and piney with a tangy citrus presence.

T - It tasted of burnt toast maltiness with a piney hop presence. It had a subtle lemon presence that showed up in the aftertaste.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a warm alcohol presence and dry finish.

O - This is a very tasty DIPA. I'm glad this one showed up at our tasting.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a rocky head two fingers tall; splotchy lacing leaves a hellhound of a trail for my ale

Smell: The Centennial hops provide great aromatics here, with a lemon twist; citrus hop dominant, with lemon pith, though there is quite a bit of sugary malt underneath

Taste: Despite the very appealing aromatics, the malts jut forward in the taste profile, bringing a sugary base that is followed by the hoppy bitterness in the mid-palate; the hops are lemony and minty with the lemons adding an extra boost to the bitterness; after the swallow, the 100 IBUs linger though the sweetness does compete

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: I wish there weren't quite so much malt flavor in this and, in addition, a blend of hops might have been a better idea than 100% Centennial; still, this is a decent enough DIPA and I am enjoying the Robert Johnson tunes that I am listening to while I am contemplating the brew

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2.65/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a dark amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and hops with weird unrefined grainy notes that are not too pleasant. Taste is a weird mix with off-balance notes of citrus and bitter hops with unrefined notes of grain and the actual lemon notes don’t really bring any additional refinement to this beer. Body is quite full with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This appears to be another one of Dogfish head experiment where they don’t know where to stop.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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