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

Lilja's Hell Hound Brown AleLilja's Hell Hound Brown Ale
BA SCORE
3.11/5
40 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by bluejacket74 on 08-26-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,071
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
40
pDev:
20.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
2
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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of aussiebeer
4/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +28.6%

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4/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of Brenden
3.91/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.85/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This appears to be a reddish brown brew with just a ring around the top for a head. Not much happening.

Dark malts and a pinch of coffee and brown sugar show in the nose.

The taste is pretty solid. The coffee bitterness comes through nicely and is balanced by a blend of roasty malts.

The feel features a medium body with a good deal of carbonation.

I'm pleasantly surprised with this in terms of the taste. I wasn't expecting much and really enjoy the flavor.

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Photo of Suds
3.7/5  rDev +19%
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 htomsirveaux
3.67/5  rDev +18%
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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Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a somewhat hazy reddish/brown color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing that sticks around on the glass for a while. The aroma is very malty, the brew smells like toffee, toasted and caramel malt, and some coffee and nuts. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some slight hops leaving a bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit coating and has moderate carbonation. I think it's a decent enough brew, I'd drink it again in the future. Worth a try.

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Photo of youngleo
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a two fingered head with big bubbles. Head was light brown in color. Ale itself was dark brown or maybe a cola colored. Head retention was good. Nice and thick. Left some globs of lacing on the sides of the glass. Smelled of a hint of alcohol, caramel, roasted malt, and perhaps some slight nut smell going on. Tasted of roasted malt, a little alcohol, and slightly sweet. Had a bitter aftertaste that hung around for a little while. i thought the carbonation was good. Also felt a little thick in the mouth. Ill buy again. Perhaps when the weather is a little cooler.

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Photo of lilsmizzul1225
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of nrbw23
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown color with a fairly thin light tan colored head. Head has okay retention and leaves some nice spotty lacing.

S- Nothing mind blowing here. Picking up some sweet malts, light coffee, toffee and nuts.

T- Taste really follows the nose well. Coffee bitterness is balanced out by quite a bit of sweet malts, and nuts. A bit of alcohol comes through too.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and a tad bit too high in carbonation.

O- Not too bad of a beer, but nothing to write home about either. I'd say just run of the mill Brown Ale.

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Photo of illini4x4
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of ummswimmin
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
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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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of barczar
3.21/5  rDev +3.2%
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 czfreeman
3.13/5  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.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.12/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark leathery brown liquid with a massive amount of tiny floaters. The off white head is creamy and thin.

S- Caramel and butter up front with a bit of a floral aspect on the finish. Simple and nice.

T- Bitter hops, sweet caramel and butter, some nuttiness and earthiness.

M- A nice amount of carbonation with some strong lingering bitterness.

O- A fairly average take on the style. The alcohol is a bit apparent which takes the drinkability down a bit.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.01/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of DruC4
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of guytyping
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of jaemeno3
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Jimbotron
3/5  rDev -3.5%

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Lilja's Hell Hound Brown Ale from Sand Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.11 out of 5 with 40 ratings
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