Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 399
Hads: 2,743
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 72
Gots: 559 | FT: 3
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MikeRoni on 02-01-2013

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Photo of thehooksman
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I saw this on bottle shop shelves and put it back per the description. Then I had a chance to get it on tap so I went for it. Glad I did. This shouldn't work, but somehow it does. The most unique things about it are the pinkish purple color (even the head is pink) and the flavor that balances an IPA and fruitiness in a much better way than I have tasted before. (367 characters)

Photo of markcat
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I didn't think this was as bad as some mentioned here. It was quite dry with some complex fruity flavors going on. It is a nice marriage of grapes and hops. I am not sure I would buy it again though because there are so many other great IPAs available. I'll stick with the DogfishHead 90 Minute. (299 characters)

Photo of jongleich
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really interesting beer, which tastes almost exactly as described. Hoppy but with the softness and flavor of the barrel and grape. As with nearly all dogfish beers, this executed perfectly and well worth a try, but it's not for everyone. (240 characters)

Photo of Myotus
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours with a half a finger's worth of white foam that dissipates into a quarter's worth within 30 seconds. The color is strange and I can only describe it as a purply copper color. Has moderate lacing and an abbundance of bubbles (leaves me wondering why the head isn't bigger). Has very strong fruit aromas--consisting of mango, red grape, and grapefruit--that combine with mild floral and citrus hop aromas and a hint of sour yeast. Inital taste is of mild fruit and sour yeast flavors. Mild floral hop flavors with a hint of smokey flavors enter immediately after the initial flavors. Mild citrus hop flavors along with a hint of earthy yeast flavors enter lastly in this symphony of flavors that is this beer as all previous flavors persist in strength except for fruit flavors, which disappear, and sour yeast flavors, which grow from mild to strong. Light-bodied, subtly carbonated, with a dry finish that clings to the back of the throat. I have to say that this is an underrated beer. This had a very complex taste that my nose could have never detected. I loved the challenge in deciphering what was occuring on my palate. (1,185 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a handsome, murky, copper color with an inch of roseate, soapy froth--one of the more distinctive looking IPAs I’ve come across. Very mild aroma carries whiffs of hops and a vague fruitiness, perhaps augmented by the grape must. It’s hard to dissect because it is so faint. Patches of lace cling to the glass as the beer recedes.

The taste is quite intriguing, and dare I say at least as fruity as it is hoppy. It has an almost champagne-like quality to it, both in the taste and in the mouthfeel. The flavors are well integrated, though it’s possible to discern grapes, mild grain husk, peppery hops, noble hops, apple skin, and a touch of caramel as well. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation support the flavor profile well, though the mouthfeel is ever so slightly thin up front.

On the whole, this is a unique beer. I’d never heard of Syrah grape must, but apparently it can work some sweet voodoo in the right context. Don’t let the name fool you; the taste and appearance of Sixty-One are quite different from 60 Minute IPA. This brew works of its own accord, and I enjoyed it even more than I did 60 Minute. (1,147 characters)

Photo of jzlyo
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is bread, grapes and a mild hint of nuttiness. The flavor is malts, citrus, nuttiness, fruit/grapes and a mix of mild heat/tart/slightly bitter in the finish. (164 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle bottled 2.2015

L - reddish copper, 1 finger of head and some nice lacing left on the glass

S - A 60 minute with berries...surprise! Smells interesting and inviting

T - Not as good as I was hoping. The berries distract from the beer, not add. Not sure what it is...but they don't mix very well

F - medium body, well carbonated

O - I will pass on getting this one again (388 characters)

Photo of silverking
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- bright golden with a fluffy, pure white head. Decent head retention and spotty lacing while the head lasts.

S- caramel, malt, pine. Slightly vinous.

T- definitely tasting the grape. Bread, lightly bitter hops. Despite only being 6.5% ABV, I can detect some alcohol. Slightly bitter finish.

M- very carbonated. It foams up the second it hits the tongue. The carbonation is very fine, and not prickly.

O- interesting... There is nothing wrong with this one, it just wasn't as intriguing as I had hoped. (522 characters)

Photo of Tilly
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a red/orange hazy color.
Aromas of wine, grapes, fresh bread and fruit.
Tastes like apple, good hops, pine and must grape (just)
A very exciting mouth feel. The tartness gets you right under the tongue that stays for a while and then I pick up the bitterness in the back of the tongue. Nice carbonation. It's the most exciting thing about this beer.
Interesting beer. (377 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy golden orange with a very good head of foam, good lacing, and aggressive carbonation.

Smell: Pine, hops, sweet malts, and red wine.

Taste: Pine, sweet malts, and red wine.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry, with a tart grape finish.

The Verdict: Delicious. Most brewers who try to blend beer and wine create an evil tasting monster, but Dogfish Head has discovered the secret to it with both this and and Midas Touch. Nicely balanced and very tasty. (471 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually think this stuff is under-rated on here. I got a growler fill with it. Great look, reddish pink notes with completely white head. Nice drinkablility and body, the grape must flavor provides a nice tartness. (217 characters)

Photo of JeffBlue
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(12oz bottle) a strangely decent beer but not an IPA (kinda musty). Probably wont try again though.

Others:
60 minute IPA (favorable)
90 minute IPA (favorable) (160 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.75/5
A nice lighter red orange, a typical level of head, fairly clear, but some haziness. Carbonation seems about average.

Smell - 3.75/5
Grapes (beer brewed with Syrah grape must), light pine hoppiness. Slight sweetness to the aroma.

Taste - 4/5
Taste pretty similar to the smell. A good light pine hoppiness with a subtle yet very present grape flavor. The grape aspect reminds me of DFH's Midas Touch, though the grape flavor is different, and Midas Touch is much more grapey. I do really like the taste. It's not super bitter nor extremely hoppy, and the grape twist makes things interesting. Personally, I wish the grape was a little more pronounced, but besides that I have no big complaints about the taste. Very light level of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Very crisp, a medium-high amount of medium intensity carbonation. In between light and medium bodied.

Overall - 4/5
Overall this was a great IPA, especially for someone that isn't a super hop-head. If you like beers with grape flavors this is definitely a good one to try. (1,056 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pinkish amber with barely any head. Berries, piney hops, and cereal grain. I like the mixture of the grape with the grassy and piney hops. Not too crazy about the malt and yeast. Almost a vegetal quality. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some prickly carbonation. Overall an interesting beer, but there's something about DFHs house taste that I can't get into. (365 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear ruby red color with large 1.5 inch white head with large bubbles that dissipate slowly, good lacing

S: Mostly red wine, Im thinking cabernet sauvignon, with some hops in the background

T: The red wine taste is the dominant player, I get a little malty sweetness and some hops but they are background flavors

M: Very interesting, your mind is thinking wine and you get the dryness but the carbonation of beer.

O: Good beer. This is a very nice pairing of two classic drinks. I am eager to explore the food pairings with this one. (550 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber color in body that leans strongly towards rose, I'm thinking an IPA with a drop of red dye mixed in. A medium, three finger head forms and retains very well, leaving a good amount of lacing as you drink. The scent on this one is an odd mixture of hoppy IPA and semi-dry red wine. There are both good doses of citrus hops and dark red fruited and spicy wine notes. Overall, the smell is just....odd to me.

The taste hits up front with semi-bitter hops that display a moderate bit of hops bitterness that leans towards the floral flavor side. The Syrah flavors kick in next, with a good bit of dark, red fruit. The cherry and other fruit flavors move into a bitter of peppery spice flavor and by the end of the drink, it kind of feels like you're drinking a carbonated red wine. The beer is rather smooth and drinks a little thicker than an IPA would.

Overall, this beer is a very unique offering and would offer a great drinking experience to a wine drinker. Luckily, I have picked up a taste for red wine lately, and this beer does a good job of being both IPA-like and wine-like. (1,097 characters)

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a huge fan of Syrah, this one piqued my interest. When colder, at a "proper" IPA temperature, the dryness supplied by the Syrah grapes is a bit overpowering. Allow to warm to near room temperature and this one becomes quite nice. Pours a beautiful light ruby with light, white head that retains a ring around the glass even while warming and sitting for quite a long time. Overall a nice, crisp - finishing surprise. (422 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a small foam head that recedes almost immediately, leaving a thin, uneven white head with lacing around the edges.

Not much going on in the aroma. Grape is most noticeable. Raspberry.

Taste follows the nose. Grape comes on rather strong. Really has more of a grape juice/red wine taste to it. A little bit of cherry, possibly some fig. Some light malty notes. A little bit of sourness. Honestly there's just very little going on in the taste here.

Medium bodied. Good carbonation. Goes down a bit sticky, but easily downable.

An interesting brew by DFH, but not one of their better ones. Worth a try, but not worth revisiting. (655 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reddish pour with little head. Some citrus and vino in the nose. Mild bitterness, with wine notes in the front. Not very notable finish - could be a little crisper/cleaner. It's okay. (183 characters)

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.59/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful beer that doesn't fit into a particular standardized category... Dogfish Head did an excellent job pioneering something enjoyable, different, and unique when their competitors haven't (203 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into 16oz snifter
"Bottled on 05/22/14 1829"
Tasted on 03/02/15 let's see how this is with some age on it

A – Woah purple! Head is tall and bright white, thins to a cap and leaves clingy patchy lacing behind. Crazy color on this one.

S – Red grape must, floral notes, and quite sweet.

T – Light pale crystal malt notes, hoppy, though it is dominated by notes of grape must, red wine qualities, comes across like a blanc de noirs in some sense.

M – Champagne like again, very light, crisp and effervescent.

O – Crazy and unexpected, wine notes are not overly dominant but are very apparent. Nicely balanced and very good overall. (664 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at DFH Fairfax. Clear copper with purplish thin head. Definitely get the grapes on the nose with some malt and earthy hop character. Some sour grape skin flavor with the typical 60 minute malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Soft carbonation, medium bodied, dry finish. (274 characters)

Photo of leantom
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Decided to purchase a gimmicky beer this weekend. Here goes:

L: Nothing great. Small head that immediately disappears (interesting color, though), no lacing. Raspberry-colored, clear, good carbonation.

S: Good. Grapes, raspberries, some pine from the hops.

T: Just OK. Grapey, cherry flavor; rather spritzy. Some pine and grapefruit from the hops. Kind of funky.

F: Well-carbonated but nothing special.

O: OK beer. Would not purchase again, however. (467 characters)

Photo of MNJR
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This stuff is expensive, and not really worth the price. I'm sure the brewing and ingredients are "worth it" but the taste is a little poor. It has a weird color of half amber ale and half pink lemonade. It smells a little medicine-y and sour. Decent mouth feel and body, but the taste is basically an unremarkable IPA with a couple of drops of Robitussin in it. Sorry, not a winner from Dogfish Head. Not undrinkable, and if you put forth some effort it is sort of interesting, but it never rises to being very good. (526 characters)

Photo of njtmayhem
4.76/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Well if you ever wondered what would happen if you topped off your 60 min with some wine here ya go. Its wonderful, perfect with some food or after as dessert. (159 characters)

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Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.