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
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Lilja's Hell Hound Brown AleLilja's Hell Hound Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by bluejacket74 on 08-26-2011

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of illini4x4
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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 BB1313
2.69/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours hazy auburn with red hues, beautiful huge off white head, great retention and sticky lacing, very very good looking beer. Maple is present in the nose with a slight nuttiness. There's a sweet subtle alcohol aroma as well. A little oak/wood in the mix. Wow, this beer is bitter as hell and really spicy. The flavors feel meshed together with a touch of booze and just fall flat. Lots of malt and bread notes as well. Now the body on this beer is really nice, it's on the heavier side of medium-bodied, creamy and pretty smooth reguardless of it finishing somewhat hot.

Interesting take on a brown ale, it's definitely not traditional. It's like a Brown Ale, Doppelbock, IPA, Altbier and whatever else all rolled up in one.

I've had Lilja's Sasquatch Stout a couple years ago and loved it, two years I revisit them with this and wasn't impressed at all. Looks like we need a rubber match..

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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 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 imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Love finding random Wisconsin brews on mixed-six racks. This one pours a garnet-brown topped by a finger of cream-tan foam. The nose comprises light caramel, rye bread, light chocolate powder, and a touch of candied orange peel. The taste, though, reverberates with the echoes of harsh, almost acrid walnut. Yup, that's what my tongue is telling my brain, all in shrill, punctuated yelps of pain. Damn, this actually kinda hurts to drink... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly dry finish. Overall, a decent brown, unless you count the horrid flavor...

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Photo of afroraines
4/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of areich6
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of scruffwhor
2.9/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Color is a ruddy ruby and brown mix with a clear complexion.. Head is a pretty good two fingers with a constant layer of foam for all twelve ounces. Not much bubbling though.

Toasty biscuits with a little syrupy marmalade of orange. More malt niscuit, rye bread crust, and maybe a little pumpernickel crust.

The texture is little syrupy from teh front to middle of the palate. Resiny citric hops combine with the abv. to make a dissatisfactory bitterness. The malts throw in some powdery, deep toast to light roasted malt flavors. But the alcohol and hop bitterness combo on the finish, leaves much to be desired.

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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 lurpy1
1.83/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer sounds promising, looks promising, even smells promising. But evil beer gnomes have raised hell with the taste of the beer. I am not sure what happened. After a decent start with a somewhat malty, coffee flavor, I get an unmistakable sucker punch of pure, unblended alcohol. Bad medicine. After a while of trying to gut it out, it's just to brutal.Into the sink it goes.

I will try Sand Creek again, and with great reservation might try this beer again to see if it was just the bottle. But first impression is: ick.

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