May 8, 2011 marked the 100th birthday of singer/songwriter/guitarist Robert Johnson — the archetypal Mississippi Delta bluesman who purportedly sold his soul to the Devil at the crossroads of Highway 61 and Highway 49 in exchange for uncanny musical prowess. In honor of the Robert Johnson centennial, Delaware’s Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has created “Hellhound On My Ale,” a super-hoppy brew inspired by the otherworldly soul and complexity of Johnson’s music.
Style/ABV: American Double/Imperial IPA – 10% ABV
A: Clear golden/amber body with two fingers of cream colored head. Nice lacing after a few sips.
S: Big citrus blast, grapefruit and lemon overwhelms. Sweet and spicy. Centennial hops and then some.
T: Much more caramel than anticipated. Lemon is in there, but not nearly as pronounced as expected. The lemon is lost in the hops. Boozy once the ale warms. Bitter as expected and dictated by the style. I was disappointed in the lack of balance.
M: Dry. Thick bodied with nice carbonation.
O: Worth a try if you’re a hophead, but not worth the $12. Pretty “meh”. This will get lost amongst the superior IPA offered by DFH. You’re better off picking up a 4 pack of 90 Minute in my opinion. Robert, if you’re reading, please be forgiving…I did finish this bomber in your honor.