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

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3.93/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,023
Reviews:
575
Ratings:
1,872
pDev:
13.49%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
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Photo of jimbob25
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NatSmith
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of harryhops
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of CMIKEHUNT
4.92/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of joemama76
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sweffin
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gregaroo
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hey now! So hoppy and yet so lemon and fruity. On tap at Barcade in Philly. So good and refreshingly strong. Great aroma and taste. Served in a highball glass because all of the gloves were in use (more for me)!

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Photo of Yellolab2010
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jedk
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JNPIII127
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of trickynicky
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sanitarium16
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrStiffington
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had the good fortune to purchase a bottle aged 3 years. The bitterness is nowhere to be found and the lemon has come on strong. It tastes like if the Belgians tried to make a shandy, but keep it at 9%. Wish I could drink this fresh just to compare.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"2011 marks the 100th birthday of Mississippi Delta bluesman Robert Johnson who, according to legend, sold his soul down at the crossroads in a midnight bargain and changed music forever. Dogfish Head pays homage to this blues legend by gettin' the hellhounds off his trail and into this finely crafted ale. Hellhound is a super-hoppy ale that hits 100 IBUs in the brewhouse, Alc. 10.0% by vol., 10.0 SRM in color, and dry-hopped with 100% centennial hops at a rate of 100 kilos per 100 barrel brew-length. To accentuate and magnify the citrusy notes of the centennial hops (and as a should out to Rovert Johnson's mentor Blind Lemon Jefferson) we add dried lemon peel and flesh to the whirlpool." Brewed in the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA brewed with lemons. Available in 750 ml. bottles and on rotating draft.

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle to a Dogfish Head signature glass. Served above 59 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy frothed head of a buttery white complexion over a densely hazy copper amber body with lots of thick, pulpy sediment in tow, ample lively carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Pithy lemon zest and some tart peel aromas atop a pale and biscuit malt base with a mild sweetness, pairing alongside a light citrusy hop profile of grapefruit and tangerine with a mild bitterness. Potency is modest. 3.5

(Taste) Sweetness and bitterness both forward, with biscuity grain and light caramel syrup body with an accent of lemony acidity after the swallow. Finishes boldly bitter, dry and zesty with a tingle of lemon peel. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, residual, moderately dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a light frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly bitter and tart over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no notable off characters. 3.75

(Overall) I was pleasantly surprised by how well the lemon character plays into accenting the citrus hop characteristics of this ale, and collectively as a Double IPA it comes together as a very bitter, yet flavorful and filling ale. A notably different DIPA against others of its type, and one worth seeking out. 3.75

Dogfish Head Brewery's
Robert Johnson's Hellhound On My Ale
3.68/5.00

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Photo of SLewis
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Kerrie
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MyakkaRiver
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seemed to me to have a similar hop profile as DFH 90. Nice flavor.

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Photo of StevenNebulous
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Critter1594
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Look who cares it is an IPA it should be cloudy
Smell: centennial shines
Taste: very clean, taste quits promptly. A little too heavy on the lemon.
Feel: appropriate

Awesome nose, but a bit strong on the lemon. Not upset I bought it but probably won't buy again.

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Robert Johnson's Hellhound On My Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 1,872 ratings