Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dogfish Head Hellhound On My Ale

Type: Imperial IPA
Origin: Milton, DE
Price: $12.99/750 mL
ABV: 10.0%
NSP: 5.77

I was sitting around a couple of weekends ago watching the Buffs get obliterated by Washington, and I thought, well, if they're getting obliterated, I might as well too. So I busted out this SOB, which had been sitting in my fridge waiting just for such a day.

DFH made this beer to commemorate the 100th birthday of delta blues kingpin Robert Johnson (if you don't know who he is, shame on you). Everything about this beer involves 100 (I won't run through all of it, just check out the website)- except the price, which is unfortunate because it drops the NSP rating. DFH has done a nice job honoring Mr. Johnson- it makes you feel like you sold your soul to the devil, but instead of becoming a legendary bluesman, you just get drunk.

DFH brewed this beer with dried lemon (which also ties into the Robert Johnson theme, again check the website), and it comes through on the nose. As with all DFH IPAs, there's a big malt backbone with an interesting wood smells of rich mahogany. The lemon's a bit hard to pick out in the flavor, but I'll chalk that up to my own palate, which tends to have trouble with citrus unless it's really strong (like the Port High Tide). The lemon does come out on the finish and adds a nice little accent. The alcohol is well masked other than a little tinge on the finish. While 10% ABV and 100 IBUs might be a bit of overload in isolation, in this case they sort of fight to a stalemate and end up in a decent balance. All in all, this is a really rich beer, kind of like what I envisioned when I talked about hopping the shit out of a scotch ale. Your turn next, Sambo.

P.S. Why doesn't anyone have a cool nickname like Blind Lemon anymore? Nowadays it's all stupid hyphenated crap like A-Rod and J-Lo and Toadfucker-Andy. Pick it up, folks.

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