Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery
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4/5 rDev +10.5%
Another concept beer from DFH, love what they do. This one might have started off as an IPA, but it certainly no longer tastes like one. The smell is almost entirely grapes, definitely a wine like character. Musty, not wine must. The first thing I taste is grape - definitely like a sparkling red wine when it opens. There is some hops through the middle and malt on the back, the usual progression I get with IPAs. More hoppy as it warms up. Hops are piney and a bit citrusy, it goes well with the grape. It leaves a sort of candy sweetness in the mouth that is excellent. Mouthfeel is medium - oily. The hops and especially the malt remain in the background, this one absorbed the grapes through and through. Good and a fun experience, but it won't become part of my regular rotation.
08-19-2014 01:19:36 | More by kthoag
4.18/5 rDev +15.5%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery "Sixty-One"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, dated "BOTTLED ON 03/07/14 0910"
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ
Interesting brew. Nice label. 60 Minute IPA with Syrah grape juice? Wow. I can only assume that there's some kind of odd fungus at work as well, just like in "Noble Rot". It didn't sound like a good combination to me at first, but now I am hooked.
It poured a clear ruby body with a kind of a dark pink cast to it. The pink color was also clear in the head. Unfortunately not much head formed. It rose up about as much as an average lager, and then slowly dwindled down to an almost full surface covering. Some minor spots and splashes were left behind on the sides of the glass.
The nose displayed some resinous hops, and some earthiness. I hate to say mustiness (because I don't want any confusion as it contains grape must - grape "must" is just unfermented juice with some residual grape skin and pulp in it), but yes, it's also slightly musty, and a little bit sweet and fruity as well. The fruitiness reminded me of strawberry, cherry, and a touch of raspberry... the combination of the hops and the berry takes me back to foraging for wild berries in the woods; and it also reminds me very much of some of the very first Belgian framboise beers that I'd tasted.
At this point I was almost hesitant to actually raise the glass to my lips and taste it because I was enjoying the sight and smell of it so much. I was not disappointed. The fruitiness of the Syrah grapes appears upfront, lightly sweet, and mildly sharp (not to imply tangy, but rather not "dull, and yet not "bright"). The hops follow and cover over the grapes, bringing it an earthiness, a very mild mineral-like quality, and then finally, a drying blanket of herbal characteristics. It finishes with a dried leaf character, and some residual wine-like character in the background, eventually evolving into a floral bouquet throughout the whole mouth. Through the progression I found notes or lavender, oil of bergamot, and soft rosemary. The hops are much less aggressive than I thought they'd be, and overall it's a pretty short ride of flavors across the palate, but it is very unique, and satisfying. It's intriguing, and it kept drawing me back for more - before I knew it I'd drank almost the whole bottle!
The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, and mildly oil-like. It was smooth, somewhat astringent, and softly carbonated, giving just enough of a bristle to liven the tastebuds.
Once again, Dogfish Head has created one of the most unique beers on earth, and one that "works". Noble Rot may still stand as the single-most integrated combination of wine and beer in the world, or does it? ... Does this hoppier version of a wine-beer knock it out and take its place?
08-13-2014 19:57:17 | More by NeroFiddled
Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,105 ratings.