Dogfish Head Hellhound On My Ale

Dogfish Head Hellhound On My Ale

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Brewed by Dogfish Head Brewery

Milton, DE, United States

Style:  Strong Ale

10% Alcohol by Volume

58 International Bittering Units

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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. Working again with our friends at Sony Legacy (yup, the same folks we did our Miles Davis-inspired Bitches Brew with), Dogfish Head pays tribute 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, 10.0 ABV, 10.0 SRM in color, and dry-hopped with 100% centennial hops at a rate of 100 kilos per 100 barrel brew-length. Can you tell we at Dogfish are stoked for this mighty musical centennial? To accentuate and magnify the citrusy notes of the centennial hops (and as a shout out to Robert Johnsons mentor Blind Lemon Jefferson) we add dried lemon peel and flesh to the whirlpool.

ID: 42978 Last updated 13 years ago Added to database 13 years ago

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Overall Rank2327
Overall Percentile95.6
Style Rank91 of 799
Style Percentile88.6
Lowest Score3.2
Highest Score4.2
Average Score3.692
Weighted Score3.562
Standard Deviation0.293

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  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 4.0 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A lemon, pepper, spice nose that is pretty well matched on the tongue. A nice looking orange beer with a foamy white head. A good hop punch at the back end, decent.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Sampled on 5/5/2012. This double IPA pours a medium orange gold color from a 750ml bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, touch of orange and orange peel. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. A malt forward, slightly sweet IPA, either that or this is an older bottle. Still has a nice hop presence. Mild carbonation. Good balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

  • JLOZIER 671 reviews
    rated 3.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    I haven't been reviewing much of what I drink lately, but I figured this one deserves it. A friend of mine found this somehwere and picked one up with me in mind. Now that is a beer pal. Medium amber color with a soft soft foamy head. The lemons really come out in the aftertaste. Speaking of lemons, I'm not sure how much of a mentor Jefferson was to Johnson; I'm not sure that they even knew each other. What the hell...they're both dead bluesmen from the thirties, so we'll just throw 'em together. The beer is self is rather tame, perhaps it has mellowed a bit since its release. With the exception of the zesty lemon tingle at the end, there is nothing distinctive about this at all.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Aroma has a strong fruity overtone, rather like a hard cider, with notes of malt and yeast. It pours a beautiful clear orange amber with a thick, fluffy head just a shade off white. Flavor is - whoa, serious alcohol bite, like a liquid pit bull! It has strong woody and fruity notes with a whisper of butterscotch. Smooth flavor has a woody alcohol edge and a fair amount of tingle. Be careful, this is not for the faint of heart!

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    A bright orange-amber colored beer witha big foamy . Lots of into a medium ringlet. Some caramel. Lots of into a medium ringlet. Some caramel. Lots of lemon, acidic-bitter. Lots of floral hops. Light bodied. A nice thirst quencher.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.4 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    yup, that's a lemon .. . Pours a medium amber, medium foam, light clasping lacing .. . floral notes, some citrus and of course lemon .. . an ok beer, a bit muddled and under whelming .. . another DFH that seems intriguing but never lives up to how good it sounds .. . Well they should, those filthy buggers. They go from port to port.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    This is a decent DIPA that could have used more flavour. The extra added lemon didn't do anything to help. The typical golden orange pour gave way to a hoppy aromas, but lacking in 'oomph'. The flavour was well balanced although the alcohol is noticeable with the slight sweetness.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This Hellhound Blues Ale is courtesy of kinger, who sent me this knowing I coveted it. Not the first Blues inspired beer ever brewed but certainly the most ballyhooed. When I first read about DFH and Sony honoring Robert Johnson, I knew that this beer was a "must have" item for me. The Beer: Clear bright amber pour with a very tight white head and lazy lacing throughout. Decent carbonation present. Citrus hops and light lemon zest aroma with a clean almost floral scent, offset by some earthy malts and a near heavy mouthfeel. The lemon zest becomes more prevalent as it warms but still not overwhelming and nicely refreshing. Taste is citrus and lemon hops upfront, hugely so, great bitter linger only cut a bit by the malts. Hellhound did not disappoint. It was as I expected; nothing more, nothing less. Fairly simple like the earthy Delta Blues that Robert Johnson purveys. Music hauntingly playing in my background: Cross Road Blues and Hellhound On My Trail - Robert Johnson - hell, I'm listening to the entire box set of King of the Delta Blues right now! Letting this beer take me to another place and time... a dusty highway crossroads in the middle of the Mississippi Delta, just outside Clarksdale. It's near midnight and a lonely figure in the distance is walking the road carrying a guitar case, silhouetted by what little moon is present. Lightning crashes in the distance. The smell of rain and the heavy humidity is all around me lingering in the Southern night air. Dogs barking near me, chasing the soul carrying that guitar case...

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    A nice beer that unlike Bitches Brew, wasn't quite worth the price. Good amount of malt and a nice hoppy citrus backbone, with the lemons not being as prominent as I figured or hoped they'd be. With 60 and 90 minute ipa already in the line-up, this was needed to stand out more. big, full feel. hid the alcohol well.

  • BEAV 1788 reviews
    rated 3.4 13 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

    The aroma is some caramel and crystal malt with tropical fruits, bubble gum and piney hops and notes of tobacco.

    The flavor is caramel malts and bubble gum with a little tropical fruit. The finish is charred strong bitterness from the hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

    Overall, an OK DIPA. I don't really care for the flavors. It's kind of similar to the Robert Johnson that I listened to while drinking - I was expecting more.

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