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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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2/5  rDev -49.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Miamilice
5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Rschis16
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly clear light amber color, only a slight haze in the glass. A white head resides on top for a long time, showing excellent retention and lots of lacing down the sides. Lots of fresh lemon and a vinous booziness in the nose. Citrusy hops round it out, but more prevelant is a smell of dry lemon rind.

The first sip is a very tasty one, showing off lots of complexity right off the bat. In the front of the palate is a boozy heat that combines with a soft lemon sweetness, followed by a slight tartness that flawlessly moves into a big bitter hoppy middle that is the meat of this beer. The bitterness is cut by the sweetness of lemony citrus and piney hops and then transitions into a bone-dry and boozy finish. This is remeniscent of lemon rind. The booze is again cut by the sweetness of the lemon at the very end of this taste, directly after the finish but right before a lingering almost liqour-like boozy bitterness. Slightly undercarbonated in the mouthfeel, but the prickliness from the intensity of the hops and booze make up for it. That bone-dry finish just begs for another sip.

Very big and boozy beer with lots of influence from lemon and hops. Its a doozy at 10%, but fortunately the alcohol feel works well with this particular beer as it is undercut by other more potent flavors. I definitely recommend if you can find a bottle or two as it is very complex and tasty.

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

Appearance: pretty, clear amber with a substantial off white head.
Smell: Very nice twist on a dips with the added lemon. Rich fruit with very slight hit of bitterness, more than compensated for by fruity floral goodness.
Taste: Easy going despite the high ibu's. In addition to lemon I'm tastin orange.
Overall: very nice dips and kudos to DFH for tryin new things, doing them well, and supporting great music.

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

Had from a bottle purchased at Pinocchio's Beer Garden in Media, PA. Poured a lovely golden orange color with a nice white head that mostly receded, leaving moderate lacing. Had an aroma of sweet and earthy hops, citrus and some floral notes. Tasted like it smelled, and I was surprised at how drinkable it was for 100IBU's. It was actually fairly sweet with citrus, honey and sweet malts. Certainly still very hoppy, but also very drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Finish is dry. A decent brew that I would have again.

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Photo of Weidman26
2.47/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

And another failed attempt by dogfish head.
To be perfectly fair I have quite enjoyed many of dogfish heads amazing beer and that may weigh more heavily in my evaluation as I attempt to review a beer on pure objective criteria and not optimism towards the potentials of the advertised beer.

1. It is a fine looking beer although little head in an imperial/double ipa I find a bit odd. I expect a little bit. Very translucent maize color with a sunray flitter throughout the liquid. Wheat field on a sunny day color.

2. Smells...flat. The expectation with the beer and style is crisp hop infusing into the nostril and instead is a mixture of household chemicals and lemon and grassy hops. In addition the taste is difficult to come to hence the flat predecessor to this diction. It takes several concerted efforts to obsorbe even these stimulations. At first glance(sniff) it's mostly sterile chemicals.

3. Hop sprayed lemon pledge. Truly. That's what this beer imposter contends to be. Good rivals(though it's not my thing) might be to spray lemon pledge into a
bag and inhale,

4. Disappointment. Lemon infused double ipa!!!! Excitement? I'm in!!!! All for it in concept, alas, the delivery is ...see aforementioned debauchery.

Please dfh return to something of quality or dare I say it...try a good imperial stout, maybe barrel age it? Or....a wild ale? Barrel age that too?

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Photo of eslemarc
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint 9.4 oz bottle in a pint glass.

This beer pours with a rather hazy deep gold color, looks like 10 SRM. It has a nice thick puffy head, 2-3 fingers, slowly falls leaving a fairly dense lacing all around. Some light visible carbonation streaming here and there. Looks pretty appetizing overall. As the beer drinks the lacing stays very strong and dense throughout while the heads doesn't quite maintain.

The nose is very floral with light notes of orange and lemon, plenty of lemon.. Certainly a light level of malt sweetness that hides very well behind the hop barrage. Seems to get a little maltier further down the glass and the hop bitterness hits on a different strength, just a little more mellow. Maybe it's the 10.0% ABV kicking in.

The mouthfeel is relatively medium, lightly crispy and very bitter around the edges. Stays very strong on the palate throughout the finish and has a decent warming; I would have imagined. A fine beer, glad I tried it, though I won't seek it out later.

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4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

*This review is from when I had the beer on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA.

I'm often surprised at how different a beer can be when had on tap and in a bottle, and this beer is a prime example of that.

Poured into a stem glass, a golden amber color with a slight chill haze, and a nice white head that retained as a ringlet and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral and citrusy hops, but something else was in there that I couldn't quite identify from the scent. Upon letting the beer dance on my taste buds for a while, this flavor finally registered in my head: Good & Plenty candy! Personally not a favorite of mine, but in this beer, there was a pronounced (and very welcome) taste of licorice and confectioners sugar, overlaid on sweet malts, and citrusy hops. I didn't really get this from the bottle, and quite frankly, the bottle reminded me much of some of DFH's other offerings, but on tap, it was truly a different story altogether, and I'm glad that I was inspired to sample it again. Medium mouthfeel, and very enjoyable overall. I'm glad they brewed it again.

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3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden body with a 2-finger soft white head that shows some good retention. Lacing is a little spotty at first, but turns out very nice.

S- Citrusy (grapefruit, pineapple) up front, a slight hint of grassiness, some sweetness, and only when you really stick your nose in it do you get any alchoholic aromas. A little bit weak.

T- A mix of the citrusy hop flavors and some piney-ness. A little sweet up front. More tropical fuits come through with each sip. Slight alchoholic and metallic flavors towards the end.

MF- Just a touch away from being full bodied. It has its share of carbonation that helps out the flavors on the palate.

O- Overall, a good DIPA that I'm happy I had a chance to try. Not the best, but still very good.

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

2011 Vintage - Batch 2

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a DFH Signature glass.

Appearance: Pours a very nice deep gold almost amber in color - nice frothy head stays on top of this one for a bit. Nice clarity. Good head retention, lacing sticks around but somewhat clears up as the head goes away.

Smell: I really get that big lemon aroma when I first take a whiff of this - the citrus profile from those centennial hops are bright and floral but very overwhelmed by this huge lemon aroma! Almost like taking a bottle of lemon juice and squirting it directly into your nostrils. A tinge of alcohol is present as well upon a deeper sniff of this beer - very aromatic and pleasantly warming to say the least.

Taste: Upon the first sip I acutally get the big hop flavors here, those hops are bright and citrusy - very similar hop profile as the 90 Minute but then out of no where comes this HUGE whallop of lemon! Lemon zest quickly takes over and really rips apart your taste buds! A small, but flavorful malt profile kicks in giving off some toasted malt sweetness but quickly gets kicked away from that lemon! Minty and a bit of a bite from the alcohol plays into the finish. Very different and pleasing to say the least.

Mouthfeel: Light to slightly medium bodied - this beer is actually pretty light to say the least - for 10% ABV you'd think this thing would be alot bigger as far as mouthfeel goes but it sits nicely on the tongue without being overly heavy. Nice bitterness.

Drinkability: This beer really punches you in the face with lemon - but I actually enjoyed it. The hops play along with the lemon addition perfectly - adding up to be a balanced yet exciting beer to sip and savor. The added malt profile smooth things up a bit but you really grow to appreciate that lemon flavor that really show it's strength. Another crazy, yet flavorful and satisfying concoction from the Dogfish Head family - I'll take another bottle!

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Photo of patm1986
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes on 2nd Bottle 4 Oct 2011

orange-amber, just burning in the glass. thick-as-hell head on this baby. it looks the part.

smells really herbal, medicinal even. big time floral and earth hop aromas. i'm getting some citrus, but this lemon they're talking about is largely muted for me. it's more like the smell of the pith than the rind.

same thing in the flavor area: i'm just not getting the peel aspect. i taste more of a conflation of over-the-top hoppiness that yields merely confusion; nothing dominant surfaces. it's herbal again, and very grassy/dirty, but the lemon is not bright enough to make an impression.

it is thick though. creamy with a solid hop bitterness that finishes without too much bite.

this was my second turn at this. i drank the first bottle in june and had the same reaction: it's meh. i thought waiting on it some would have a mellowing effect, but it yielded nearly identical results. i guess i was overwhelmed by the lack of a different outcome more than the actual beer. the bottle art is amazing though.

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

Appearance is golden with thin fading head. Lemon peel aroma with hop backing. Tastes like actual lemon peels with some bitterness from hops. Palate was decently bitter with a tangyness of lemon peel. Overall this beer was good but not worth the pricetag. Dogfish head beers are usually overpriced... 7$ instead of 15$ would have been more acceptable.

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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: cloudy yellow/gold with a bubbly off-white head. moderate lacing.

S: Lots of fruity aroma, apples and bananas mostly. My girlfriend says that there aren't any bananas in the aroma, but we disagree on a lot of things. Both sweet and spicy. Molasses-like sweetness with spices of rye, pepper and even some clove. Not much alcohol on the aroma.

T/M: Over the top with fruity flavors, the apple/banana twist is a big hit on the palate. Apple cider-like flavors. Nice fresh hops, spicy rye and peppery spices follow through the drink. Medium carbonation with a medium to full body. Lots of bitterness in the aftertaste along with some milder hints of fruit.

D: Smooth, nice balance between the sweet and spicy, sweet and sour flavors. Overall a well-brewed ale, not a personal favorite.

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2.69/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Orange in color with a great 1 inch head and good retention and great circular lacing

Smell: Lemons and more lemons

Taste: Wow that's a punch in the mouth with lemon. Even with a couple months in the cellar this beer is still a lemon bomb. It reminds me of lemon pine sol almost undrinkable. Shared with 3 friends and I dumped my 1/4 out

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation and dry

Overall: This beer is a god damn mess just like most dogfish head beers.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

well, hearing that hellhound on my ale is going to be released again I figured I would tap into my bottle in the basement

A- an amber orange with carbonation ripping through the body of the brew. Frosting like foam cakes all over the glass with lacing. The properties of the brew make me think of an amped up DIPA, so thus far I am impressed

S- caramel malt bursts from the get go. Herbal and candy like scents are very strong. To me, the lemon is very slight... and most likely it's blocked from the malt. Boozy like tropical fruit malt is the finish

T- the caramel malt has an earthy like taste that is compacted with the candy, maybe fruit malt flavors. Again, to me... the blast of caramel malt is diluting whatever lemon flavors were meant to be there. Hellhound is boozy to say the least. Really is caramel malt and booze

M- very syrupy, but not in an appealing way. A little unnecessarily sloppy

O- Hellhound is essentially a DIPA that I would want more from. Load that lemon peel up on the next batch. To me, this was a amped up rough 90 min... Maybe it was the batch? I have faith in DFH and will give it another shot

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