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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
sandcreekbrewing.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by bluejacket74 on 08-26-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
40
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.17
pDev:
20.19%
 
 
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2
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Photo of aussiebeer
4/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 BPMeyer27
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Alpha309
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of jaemeno3
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of barczar
3.21/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of neckwrestler
4/5  rDev +26.2%

Photo of Beerlover
3/5  rDev -5.4%

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3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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2/5  rDev -36.9%

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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3/5  rDev -5.4%

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 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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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 lilsmizzul1225
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Vogie
1/5  rDev -68.5%

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of guytyping
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ummswimmin
3.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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3/5  rDev -5.4%

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2/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.67/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Lilja's Hell Hound Brown Ale from Sand Creek Brewing Company
3.17 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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