Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 2,718
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.79%
Wants: 69
Gots: 543 | 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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Reviews by AndyP612:
Photo of AndyP612
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter.

A- Pale ruby red with one finger of grayish head made up of stacks of small, compact bubbles.

S- Very subtle hops with the syrah coming out quite a bit. Smells of dry red wine with hints of blackberry and black currant. Quite subtle nothing huge.

T- Follows nose quite closely with even more subtle hop coming through. Very interesting as the hops and alcohol hide behind the syrah must. The IPA and wine combination is especially interesting as the abrasiveness of the IPA is balanced by how subtle syrah grapes (especially French) can be. Not sweet and stays a little on the dry side.

M- Very interesting mouthfeel on this one as it's quite effervescent with the tightly stacked bubbles. Medium in body slight dry finish.

O- I really liked this experimental IPA from Dogfish Head. It combines two of my favorite things in the world and does it well. I was expecting the IPA to overpower any grape characteristics but it was the other way around and the syrah fruit won out! I wasn't going to try this until I saw the dissonance in the Bros between the BAs reviews and I am glad I did. Cheers.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
2.67/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was skeptical about this brew, so luckily I was able to find a single instead of having to buy four. It pours a dished out mix of amber and copper, pretty deep in hue with gazing, ruby tones when held to the light. A light, lavender head foams up big on top; creamy, chunky, and lasting for over half the glass at a substantial height. The beer looks pretty good.

I drank a lot of Welch's Grape Juice as a kid, and this beer smells like Welch's Grape Juice. A faint hint of must sits behind the grapes, kind of dry and damp woody-ish, almost like how your basement wall would smell after the window above it leaks, just before it starts to mold. Faintly leafy hop hint in the back end, but nothing takes away from those grapes.

Grapes rule the flavor profile as well, but let's take care of this first: this beer does not taste as good as it smells. It doesn't smell bad at all. It doesn't smell much like beer, but it still doesn't smell bad. Something's going on with the flavor, though, and I'm really struggling to figure out exactly what I'm tasting, here.

Grapes, with a nasty, cellar-ish, old funky, weird musty off-flavor. Keep in mind, none of these descriptors are being used in the sense that they'd be used for a lambic or gueuze. It's downright nasty funk. The heavy grape flavor blunts some of the awful-ness, but this is still pretty hard to drink. Thin bodied, spritzy carbonation, weird sweet grape, funk aftertaste.

Well, my expectations for this beer were low. The look and aroma kind of redeemed things a bit for me. But then tasting it pretty much just killed everything. I don't know where things went wrong, but this was a disaster. And I don't understand how it can be labeled an IPA. It's more like a wine cooler gone wrong. A half & half mix of 60-Minute and Boone's Farm would probably taste better than this stuff.

Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a standard pint glass a deep reddish pink with a light pink colored head atop,I was really suprised at the pour it looked almost like som framboise beers,pretty cool for an IPA.Aromas are fruity and musty,lightly citric hops with a bit of lightly toasted bread to go along with the grape must,very interesting but not something I loved.Flavors are on the dryer side up front with some resiny but not in your face hops,some mild sweetness follows with a more rich tasting wine grape flavor in the finish.Hmm interesting and not bad but after half a bottle it started to get to me a little.

Photo of BryanFlaherty
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great tasty beer. Lots of fruity flavors.

Photo of MadScientist
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A: A light cooper beer with a red hue and good clarity. Produces a good head stand on the pour with a long lasting off-white head of rocky bubbles.

S: A medium citrus hops aroma with a fruity and diacetyl fermentation character from the yeast. There is something else in there that doesn't make sense until you take a sip, even then I don't call.

T: A nice hops bitterness blends with a jammy, red fruit flavor and citrus hops. There is a good balance of malt to counter the moderately strong bitterness leaving a balance that is fairly bitter. The finish is off-dry and the aftertaste is of citrus hops, some bitterness and a lingering red wine like finish. It confuses the palate in a good way.

M: A fantastic, fresh sort of creaminess with moderately strong carbonation on a medium bodied beer. Some light slickness on the palate.

O: A good IPA with fruit inclinations. Did someone use Ringwood Ale yeast, I've thought this yeast need more a a diacetyl coma than a rest but it totally works here. A bit overpowering at first but it sort of works together after a few sips. If you haven't had it's worth picking up.

Photo of Beaver13
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours clear ruby amber with a big rocky pinkish white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is grape skins and grapefruit with some earthy hops.

The flavor is sweet and bitter grapes with an earthy bitterness and some cranberry in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, an interesting idea, but I prefer their Aprihop.

Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, Botled on 2-26-13

Pours ruby hued medium amber. Off white head, again with a ruby accent.

Nose is slightly floral, with hops in the rear.

Tasty IPA, 60 minutes hops in near full force, with a noticable floral/wine note adding to complexity. Interesting and different, I find the results of this experiment to be quite successful.

Worth a try, I expect this one to go along well with rustic, flavorfull BBQ in some summer warmth

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: purple in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: grapes, wine, and light hops

Taste: grapes, wine, and pale citrus hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet start with a bitter middle and a less bitter end

Overall: A different summer treat. What I would expect as a mix of an ipa and a dry red wine. I would not rush out to get this, but I can see this as a great substitute for wine.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle picked up at Merchant's Fine Wine in Dearborn, MI. I've been getting into red wine recently, so this one certainly piqued my interest.

Poured into my stalwart drinking champion, the Duvel tulip. The wine quality to this brew is evident immediately, as the Sixty-One has a lovely light red wine hue - similar to the colour of a good Pinot Noir. Pour produces a half inch of light pink foam, which recedes into a thick ring with some streaks of lacing.

Interesting nose of grape skins, muskiness, grapefruit, caramel, a bit of chocolate, currant. Swirling this brew is an absolute must. Certainly intriguing, to say the least.

Tasty brew - I'm enjoying this one a great deal. Since it's been quite a long time since I've had a 60 Minute, I'm finding I'm able to enjoy the brew for what it is, rather than as a comparison, which helps a bit. Dry red wine, grapefruit hops, mild black currant and cherry, a touch of yeast, and a dry bitter finish with a hint of pepper, though not as strong as in a bold glass of Syrah. Interesting beer.

This is a brew that I have spent a considerable amount of time sipping in an attempt to pull all the pieces together, and so far the result has been pretty good. There's a lot to pick out here, and so this brew would be both an excellent slow sipper or a fine summer afternoon quaffer. Take your pick. I'd really need to sit this one next to the 60 Minute to see what has been changed or improved between the two, but as it stands I count myself as a fan of the Sixty One.

Photo of PhilHagen
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(Note: This was for the test batch at the brewpub. If my opinion changes with the retail release, I'll update here.)

Really enjoyed this. Nose reminded me of wine tasting in Napa, first hit on the palate was almost exclusively 60min IPA. After that, the taste was a very discernable blend of the two.

I enjoy both beer and wine, and this was a very nice bridge between the two.

This won't evict the 90min IPA from its reserved section of of the beer fridge, but I can definitely see having this on hand most of the time.

Photo of jondeelee
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sixty-One opens to what is mainly a hoppy nose, similar to DFH60, with pine, grapefruit rind and dandelion stem mixing with mint, eucalyptus, and touches of anise, as well as faint hints of citrusy pink grapefruit. Here, however, the hops seem geared more towards the bitter, astringent side, and this impression is bolstered by the grape must, which does add strong, almost Concord grape-like sugarless juice notes, as well as strong overtones of must and funk. Hints of cherry, berry, and apricot fruit esters lie beneath, helping to counter the strong funky grapes, and a bed of biscuit and rye bread adds further complexity. As a whole, the nose is very interesting, smelling quite a bit more like musty grape juice than beer, but in a complex, alcoholic fashion that is closer to cocktail than fruit spritzer.

On the tongue, the beer is very musty, the grape must and light grape notes instantly obvious, but largely blending in with the grapefruit rind and pine notes from the hops, as well as a strong grain presence in the form of biscuit, toast crust, and Grape Nuts cereal. A handful of brown sugar, as well as some berry and apricot fruit esters, help to balance the hop and must bitter funk. The aftertaste is heavy on grains, with fresh wheat and whole grain biscuit notes, as well as lingering bitterness from the hops, and funk from the grape must. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is certainly interesting beer, the grape must adding a noticeable, and mainly complementary mustiness to the bitter hops. There is a bit of clashing, however, especially in the aftertaste, which is overly bitter, but even the main mouthful tends to be quite astringent. It’s certainly worth a try for the novelty, but I’m not quite certain the combination works.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reddish amber hue. Pink white bubbly foam about a quarter inch thick on top. Aroma is a complex blend of hearty red wine grapes and hops. The taste mirrors the aroma. The Syrah grape flavor is on the forefront,but quickly fades into bold,sticky Northwest hops.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled on 5/16/13 (just over 1 1/2 months old)

Really more of a wine like color than expected. Pours a deep purple color, kind of pinkish, a skim white head with fairly average retention. Fairly clear. Spotty lace as it drinks.

Not a whole lot of aroma. Kind of a strange sour mash like smell with some frozen concentrate grape juice. Hops not really coming out, more so just adding a strange dank pine sap to the grape juice aroma.

Hops come out more in the taste lending some hop bitterness, but seems less bitter than sixty minute. A bit of bready malt struggles to show, but more so brings a roundness to the palate, still a bit light and watery. Frozen grape juice concentrate. A bit tart with a dry finish. Pine and citrus struggle with the grape juice.

Quite high on the carbonation, more so than sixty minute IPA. Also, quite watery.

Not really for me, but an interesting beer to try. I would've liked a bit more body and a bit more hop to come through.

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of Libationguy
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reddish-copper color. Slightly loose light pink/purple head with moderate- retention.

Sweet fruitiness, mild malt, cherry compote, citrus, resin, high-toned red fruit.

Gentle bitterness, light citrus and soft red fruit. Resin notes are still soft, but a little more pronounced on the palate.

Medium- body and a little watery around the edges. Hop bitterness lingers on the finish.

Definite hop impact in the beer but the aroma and flavor both feel a little muddled. Things are not working in harmony with this beer.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a four-pack of these, poured into teku/flute/tulip just for fun. Pours a pretty pink-purple with a lovely contrasting white fizzy head. Smells of both beer and wine...similar to the Noble Rot. Taste starts with the grape flavor of a white or pink wine, then hops take over, then a dry wine-like finish. Incredibly drinkable and refreshing, I wish I had another 4-pack to enjoy. It's not quite beer, not quite wine...certainly not a fruit beer as some have said. This is a delicious hybrid by a brewery that isn't afraid to break the rules.

Photo of dwren89
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: reddish orange with pinkish hues in the light, somewhat like a rose wine, white diminishing head, good clarity

Aroma: caramel, floral hop bouquet, sweet and tart red grape aroma,

Taste: very subtle grape flavor during the drink but coming in strong on the finish to curb much of the bitterness of the 60 minute IPA hopping regime. The floral hops and grape must combine with the pale malt to create a caramely like flavor that makes the drink seem more beerish, but the grape must on the finish steers it more towards a wine taste. An interesting beer overall.

Mouthfeel: much like the 60 minute IPA, smooth, crisp, moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting a delicious drink that was designed with wine drinkers in mind. Sliding gracefully between a beer and a wine in terms of flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel, the 61 is a must try, especially if you or someone you know doesn't like beer or prefers wine. I gave it to my mom, who hasn't drank beer in 25 years but loves wine, and she loves it!


Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ruby red hue pink tinged white head, fine even lacing, so that's what Syrah grape must does to continually hopped IPA. 61 IPA from our friends at DFH. It's nose is earthy fruity with grape must, slightly sour with bready grains filling the dominant aspects of the aromatics. Flavor is tart up front with the grapes kicking, tartness is nice very drinkable earthy hops slide along the palate as well it's actually a good combo. Mouthfeel finishes nice and dry ample even natural carbonation through each sip this is an enjoyable experience, overall I didn't know what to think when I saw 61 on the shelves.

Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a pilsner glass. A thin coat of sediment was lwft stuck to the bottom.

Well, the "Syrah grape must" is obvious on pouring as this "India Pale Ale" has an unusual rosy amber color. The head was cent if a bit thin and weak. Spotty lacing.

The grape addition is also obvious in the aroma, where the grape must about holds its own with the hops. Grapes and hops blend nicely here, as long as you don't mind that the grapes really tame the hops. Mildly bitter/sweet flavor approaches 4. Well carbonated with a dry finish.

O: I quite enjoyed this off-center IPA both times I've had it. Be forewarned that the hop level is more that of an Amer. Pale Ale, and the bitterness is low even for that style.

Photo of Tilly
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of KrissyKat6
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Complex and different. Really enjoyable.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
2.57/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Wow is this a flub from DFH. I read the reviews and didn't want to believe them, but this was a great attempt but a fail.

Appearance -The beer pours beautifully with a great white head. Dark red almost purple color brings out the grape for sure.

Smell - light citrus smell with a well balanced malt

Taste - this beer is not very balanced for me. This is way to acidic for me.

Mouthfeel - like the taste the acidity is overwhelming. Just leaves a poor taste in my mouth.

Overall - read above it just didn't do anything for me.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(Served in a teku)

A- This beer pours a ruby-red hue to a copper brown body that is slightly dense and a head of big bubbles which fades to a thick ring of off-white.

S- The hint of mellow red wine tannin and green woody hops blends softly.

T- the nice woody green hops leads to a mellow red wine flavor with some dry jammy characters coming through as the beer opens. The finish is pretty dry itself.

M- The light mouthfeel has a crisp little fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat.

O- The nice balance of of hops and grapes make this unique beer very drinkable. This could be a good session beer.

Photo of StuporJew
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my handy DFH Tulip.

A - Pours a light garnet, that reminds me of Rose' of Malbec wines.
Easy to see through, with a one-finger head that falls quickly, leaving a nice, light lacing on the glass.

S - For lack of a better term (And for the use of a stupid pun), it smells a little musty...
No, really! The alcohol is much more apparent on the nose than regular 60, and the hops add herbal notes, but the pine notes aren't there. Some bready malt comes to mind, as well, with not much influence from the Syrah apparent here. Well, maybe a little, but it's not a forward as you would expect, coming from Sam and the gang.

T - Oh, hello... THERE'S the Syrah... It's strange how well the berry notes from this grape meld with the loads of sticky hops that go into this beer! When I say berry, I mean Blackberry, and over-ripe raspberry. The herbal notes from the nose show up, but the almighty Syrah grape gives them a pretty swift kick in the ass... More bready malts, little to no heat from the ABV. YUM.

M - Somewhat thin, sad to say, with the carbonation doing nothing other than pushing the massive load of Syrah across the palate. This is the one department this beer really lets me down in. Silky smooth, though, so there IS that.

O - Another great effort from the fine folks up in Delaware! Everything I've said should sum it up pretty well... Needless to say, I have once again fallen in love with yet another beer that, for all rights and purposes, shouldn't work, but does. Well Played, Dogfish Head... Well played.


Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

While it pours, it appears to be a very pale pink color. Once in the glass, however, it's more of a darker orange-purple. The just off-white head towers at first and ends up about half a finger as a dense foam. The head left drops lacing in massive patching until it reaches about halfway to the bottom, then patching remains pretty heavy the rest of the way.
I get grape must on the nose, that's for sure; very earthy, dusty, pure grape aromas are first, though there is a hope bitterness. A minerality comes out on the palate more strongly but does begin in the smell. It's plenty earthy and mildly vinous, though in a different way from either a white wine or a beer like a Kolsch. Something about how the hops and grape combine gives off something of a mustiness, though it's not bad. There's a light touch of acidity that's kept in check. I think people expecting more of an IPA will be surprised. I expected more hops, though they're certainly here.
The medium body offers good support combined with a steady carbonation. It's surprisingly creamy off a big, well-sustained crispness, and it flows very nicely. It's definitely smooth drinking all around.

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Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
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