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Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,637 Ratings

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Ratings: 1637
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15%

Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mothman on 03-26-2013)
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Photo of JWU


3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- a very pretty, perfectly clear amber with purple hues. A white head sits on top, but doesn't sick around all that long. Decent lacing.

S-an interesting mix of grape and citric and earthy hops.

T- I'd never guess that this would work, but it somehow does. You get a muted 60 minute flavor, citric and earthy hops, that distinctive DFH yeast flavor, and a big dose of sweet wine. If I didn't know it was Syrah, I'd guess Zinfandel or Syrah due to the lack of dryness. Tanic and earthy hop finish.

M- lighter side of medium, dry on the finish from the hops AND the tanic qualities of the syrah must.

O- DFH pushes the boudaries again.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 22:21:09 | More by JWU
Photo of MattyG85


4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A very fruity and fairly sweet hoppy aroma with big hints of grapes. Upfront citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange, lemon, mango, and pineapple. Some grassy hop hints as well. Big scent of the Syrah grapes throughout. Sweet malt presence with hints of caramel, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Very forward with the grapes. A pretty interesting and good aroma.

Taste: Like its smells, a fruity, sweet, and earthy hop forward taste with big notes of Syrah grapes. Citrus hops with juicy notes of grapefruit, lemon, orange, pineapple, and mango. Grassy and floral hop notes. Big taste of grapes. Bready malt with sweet notes of caramel, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Very juicy with a laid back bitterness. A very interesting and good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, creamy, and pretty smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A pretty unique and solid take on a IPA. Has the citrus notes you expect with a very big grape presence that blends well with the hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 06:21:11 | More by MattyG85
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3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a light copper. Head is one and a half fingers, falling flat somewhat quickly. Lots of carbonation bubbles coming up.
S- The grape presence is definitely there. I am not getting any hop notes, or for that matter, anything that reminds me of 60 minute. A good aroma, but not what I was expecting. Grapes, and a bit of honeylike sweet aroma.
T- Again, I am not really sure that this should be categorized as "American IPA", despite the base beer being what it is. Starts a bit sweet, but then some grape flavors and associated tannin come through. Quite sweet throughout.
M- The mouthfeel was a letdown for me. I liked where the flavors were going, but this is a beer that needs a clean finish to it, I think, and I wasn't getting that. Kind of slick all the away around.
O- This is a hard to review beer for me. I like where they were going for it, but if I hadn't known ahead of time, I would have had no idea this was a modification of 60 minute. Good flavors, and interesting idea, but I think there needs to be some tweaks to it. Worth trying once, but I think I can check this one and move on.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 02:58:00 | More by jsprain1
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Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: all-natural cranberry juice, frothy pink head.

S: strong IPA hops, hints of fruit.

T: noticeably similar to the 60 minute IPA but with a muddled and elusive sweetness. the bitter finish of the 60 min is all but gone.

M: the hops don't stick around as with the 60 or 90 mins, the result being a beer that has practically no presence. a VERY minor aftertaste, but only sometimes.

O: it's the 60 minute without the full intensity of the IPA's hops. the added grapes are visible but don't seem to confer much of anything to the taste. a decent beer, but not a necessary one.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 23:40:51 | More by NEdward
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4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark caramel in color with a white head. The aroma was really subtle and hard to pick up on but it was all hop and no wine or grape notes. The aroma was more on the citrus side. This beer was not very bitter and it was very well balanced. I was a little nervous I would be drinking a beer with a strong grape/wine flavor but it was very subdued. The body was lite and the beer seemed a little drier than your normal 60 min. Maybe this is from the simple sugars from the grapes. The subtle grape flavors really pop the citrus hop flavors in this beer. This is a great beer very easy drinking for an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2014 21:47:59 | More by i4ourgot
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap poured into a tulip glass

Appearance- A redish/pinkish color to the beer, almost looks like an IPA mixed with a Pinot Noir which I think was the point of this beer...just amazing to look at very well done

Smell- Some citrus from the hops, but a lot of wine character coming in the front of this beer, very well put together, a lot of wine notes to this beer that I was not expecting to be so present in the nose

Taste- Some citrus from the hops, wine notes, grape sweetness, some funk in the back end of the palate very smooth easy drinking beer very well done

Overall- Very well done one of my favorite DFH beers I have had this beer in the bottle and its good but having it one tap is the better way to go...Just a great beer for beer and wine lovers...CHEERS

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2014 04:54:15 | More by Tony49er
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Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall this beer, which is being enjoyed 2 months after the neck's "bottled on" date, is a very pleasant surprise!

Pours an odd but distinctive pinkish colour with a limited white head. Aroma has fruit elements but is mild and unremarkable. However the grape adds a real depth to the flavour, a wine and barrel-edged mustiness that pairs well with the apricot in the baseline beer. That fruitiness complements the IPA bitterness nicely, yet doesn't add any sweetness to the finish.

Bought this bottle in MI on a proverbial lark but will pick up more (for sharing) if another opportunity presents itself...

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 18:49:18 | More by hopsolutely
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3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.25 A: Clear light amber color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is about average with just a few wisps of lacing left behind.

3.75 S: This is definitely an interesting take on the normal brew. Earthy and citrusy hops. Caramel maltiness. Awesome extra layer of goodness with the grape in there. It works very well.

3.75 T: Grape is the feature of the nose. It leads the way with every sip. Earthy and citrusy hops with caramel malts.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be a bit creamier, but good enough.

3.5 D: Interesting take on a solidly drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 01:18:23 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Paincane


3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish body topped by a frothy lightly pink head. Nice lacing and head retention.
S: Aromas of grapes, floral hops and fruit.
T: Slightly sweet fruity taste. Vinous flavors transform this IPA and remove hop bite.
M: Smooth, dry and lacking any hop bitterness we would expect from an IPA.
O: The Syrah grape must completely changes the nose, taste and feel of this brew. It is an interesting hybrid.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 23:05:54 | More by Paincane
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3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Purchased without looking at any review,

Poured into a chalice glass, beer coming out of the bottle with a notably pinkish hue.
Head is thin, beer is copper with a rosiness to it. Let sit in glass a few minutes and it appears to separate, showing a clear pink at the bottom.

Smell of must, pressed grape skins, hard to picture it's a beer with eyes closed. Not pleasant, not horribly awful either.

Taste in sharp contrast to nose, grape fruit on tongue with some hopiness on finish. Vibrant feel in the mouth and lively flavors with the subtle malt and hopiness just enough to let you know it's a beer first. Awkward, but balanced, all in all, I'm surprised to say pleasant. The more I drink, the more I'm reminded of a wine cooler and the wine is more like white zin, and less like a robust Syrah.

I most likely would not buy at the price again, but would pour for a friend to see their reaction, I would have just one if a friend offered.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 06:36:33 | More by Bonsall_Phil
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3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This pours a semi-clear red amber color with a slight head. The aroma is mild with malts and a touch of hops. The taste is smooth, easy drinking with a decent amount of flavor. The taste is unique with the combination of wine. This finishes with a crisp, bitter finish with a touch of grape. Like everything dogfish head makes, this is delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 00:34:29 | More by Lemke10
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3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Gold and orange-red. White head. Poured in a snifter.

S: I get those Syrah grapes right off the bat. Also some wet hops and malt.

T: Oh yeah.. syrah grapes all the way. This is an excellent touch to the IPA style. It makes it more delicate and flavorful. I'm getting sweet then bitter, then sweet again. Floral hops, malt backbone, and lovely sweet grapes.

M: Medium with a good carb kick. A lot like the 60 minute.

O: A lovely brew. Loved the touch of syrah grapes added into the mix of other wonderful flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2014 16:42:33 | More by titty_mcbitty
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4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks like a light fruity tea, or a watered down cranberry juice. light foamy on top that disappears quickly. smells like a chardonnay, kind of.... cool and refreshing with a wine kind of feel to it. not getting that ipa feel to it and it does feel a bit like a novelty. but right now, 85 degrees outside, hungover still at 3pm, first beer of the day.... it hits me good. it is refreshing and light, especially for packing a 6.8%. i'm not much for novelties usually, but this is borderline serious beer and it is done decently. just don't push a Zima on me... I wonder if there is a review on BA for Zima???

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 22:25:01 | More by pkalix
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3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear, bright reddish copper with a white finger width head. Good retention results in a broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is streaky/spotty with good stick.

Smell - Earthy aroma, with notes of caramel and a moderate fruity ester vibe; hints of green apple and grape.

Taste - Well, that's different. Hits first on a bit of caramel, then citrus kicks in along with a chardonay-like quality. Finishes with a light zest of lemon and a ghostly faint grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - On the lighter side of medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Very smooth down the hatch, then a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Was this supposed to be hoppy? Way too much balance and funky weirdness for this to be considered an IPA, me thinks. Maybe more appropriately labeled as a Fruit/Vegetable beer? Regardless, pretty tasty. Worth the high asking price? Probably not. I'll finish the 4-pack, then probably never buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 03:57:49 | More by TheSixthRing
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3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Very dark pour for an IPA, but not really sure what it should look like with the grape must. Thin white head and lots of carbonation.

S - Dark grape skin, lots of malts. Still getting a little citrus from the hops. Very fresh and similar to a white wine.

T - WHOA! What an odd flavor! I can't even tell if I like it. Lots of white wine citrus and almost gives the feeling of barrel aging. Malts balance out the sweetness. Finishes very dry and fruity.

M - Very crisp and effervescent.

O - As usual, a very unique brew from Dogfish. Might be able to please wine and beer drinkers with this one. Not something I would daily drink but a really nice change from the normal IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 20:18:03 | More by ThePaleRider
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3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: clear, light rosy amber color with one finger of diminishing pure white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Earthy complexity results from a combining of husky grain and honest vinous fruit. Savoriness is bold but inconsistent with integrated floral hops barely detectable.

T: Begins dry, with fermented vinous fruit and bready pale malt. The middle becomes somewhat darker and slightly sweeter, with cherry fruit developing gradually. The finish is slightly bitter, with a stale, well-aged quality.

M: Medium viscosity, creamy and supple on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Difficult to categorize, this beer represents one of Dogfish Head's more interesting--if not successful--experiments. While the base beer may be IPA, the finished product has undergone profound transformation. Wine-like qualities invade almost every aspect of it, yet never to the point of excluding the native beer qualities. Despite its freshness on the palate, it has an unfortunate fatiguing effect. The brewer should take what they have learned here and apply it to a stronger, more decadent base recipe. It will truly be ready for sharing, because a little of this wine must treatment goes a long way.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 23:45:52 | More by beagle75
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 2/26/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, floral hops, grapes and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and some citrus that are quickly followed by a mildly tart grape flavor. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is on the thin side for the style but creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it’s a good twist on a good beer but I prefer the regular version.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2014 00:11:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
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2.44/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

Eh, pretty boring. Not very appealing to any of the senses. I can taste and smell the grape must and but doesn't seem to mix well with the beer. The color is strange with no head...very thin. Just kinda gave me a flat soda feeling.

Just using this space to get my 250 quota.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 00:47:25 | More by LimpHarness
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New York

3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

I'm a little confused by the appearance. It kinda looks like I used a dirty glass that someone had been drinking wine out of. Superthin head that disappears immediately. But that color is really interesting. Rosey. Kind of classy.

So lets take a sniff. Its got a really mild scent. To the point i had to go smell something else to ensure that I'm not congested or something… Nope. It just does;t have very much smell.

So let's take a taste. Hmmm… Well, it kind of reminds me of a flavored lager. Not really what I've come to expect from Dogfish. More like an Abita - purple haze or strawberry. It has some mild fruit. Blackberry. Though it also kind of tastes like purple Kool-aid. No hops to speak of. A little citric acid - like the taste in your mouth after eating a chewable vitamin-C. It's not bad. But it really tastes like I poured a mediocre beer into a glass I had just used for an emergen-C. After a couple sips it's actually kind of refreshing. I just want to drink it really fast - not what I'm really going for most of the time. The carbonation is nice small fizz. Feels good in the mouth. As I said before it just makes you want to drink it fast. I'm almost done after just a few sips…

Overall, I'm not mad at it… I'm even enjoying it despite what I would consider some rather negative attributes. I won't seek this out again… to many fish in the sea. But if someone brought some by I would not consider them to have bad taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 05:18:04 | More by apants007
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3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap and in bottle. I have to say they came across very differently. The tap pour I had did not come across with the must flavoring like the bottles did. I enjoyed the tap brew but the bottles flavor seemed to come through better. I think it was the warmer temperature of the beer that brought out more flavors.

Had the 60 minute IPA taste with a layer of syrah over the top. I could distinguish both very well and it was a pleasant blend. Good sipping beer. Had a light mouthfeel and was very carbonated, maybe a little too much. May pick up some more to give it a proper review.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2014 18:44:53 | More by LittleChris
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4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Blackthorn Pub in Holly, Michigan as a guest tap. Has a nice, sweet aroma. The beer has an attractive appearance: a red hue and a nice foam cap on top. The taste is a slight mix of the bitter IPA and the fruity taste of the wine. Very nice overall.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2014 15:16:21 | More by brutusmuktuk
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New York

3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Date: 2/19/14
Location: Half Time Poughkeepsie
Glassware: Broken Bow Pint Glass

Appearance: Copper in color, much darker then 60 minute but with with the same head and retention.
Aromatics: The Syrah grapes come through strongest. Then the malt and lastly the citrus from the hops
Flavor: The carbonation comes first and heavy. The mouthfeel is a bit oily, assuming from grapes with the flavor following. The flavors include the grapes, the malt and the hops in the back of the throat.
Finish: The finish starts with the carbonation mellowing into the oils of the hops and grapes and but surprisingly little of the actual flavors stay with the beer.

Notes: Bottled 12/06/13

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 23:11:59 | More by KornWallace
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4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Sampled on 11 February 2014.

A: Body is a reddish-copper color. Head is small, fizzy, slightly pinkish white, and fades fast to a ring with some surface retention. Lots of visible carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Herbal note - piney and grassy, like a damp forest. Sweet smells of grapes and green raisins, some citrus.

T: Seems to start like an IPA...then it gets funky, in a good way. The herbal note comes in, followed by a bitterness. it is all overlaid with a vinous character from the Syrah grapes. Not terribly sweet, very balanced. Finishes with an unmistakable IPA flavor, that is exactly like 60 Minute...slightly bitter and boozy.

M: Medium body, well carbonated making it light to drink. Slightly dry feel.

O: It's an off-centered ale...like everything from DFH. Sam and the gang have mixed up the venerable 60 Minute to give us a really interesting variation that includes Syrah grape must. The only let down was the finish, it seemed a little off for the rest of the flavor, but that's science... I really enjoyed this, will definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 01:13:04 | More by Badger6
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New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 5, 2014.

The color is a deep copper-amber with a short lived off-white head that fades to a ring. There is busy carbonation.

Grassy nose with grapes and citrus hovering around the edges and a buttered malt character.

Medium body that is fairly carbonated causing a lot of burping.

Again with the grapes in the taste and an herbal note with a tart yet dry bitterness that roars up from behind but dissipates just as quickly.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 20:50:05 | More by puboflyons
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3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Medium head, dissipated quickly. Has a rich copper color with almost a grapefruit colored hue when held to some indirect light
Not too pungent of a beer, there are light smells of grape, honey and malt. Sticky, sweetness and raisins also come through
Slightly bitter finish. Some of the tastes I get are rather ambiguous, tangy on the taste buds. There’s something about the grape must that adds an odd element to it. Maybe some slight honey flavors, but not much is coming through for me
I don’t know exactly what to think about this... It was different- yet I was sort of unsure what I was drinking. I’m glad I tried it, but won’t be picking this one up again.


Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 17:37:03 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
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