Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by Pinknuggets:
3.33/5 rDev -8%
Bottle to Hill Farmstead Sniffer
A: This definitely is a unique color especially for an IPA, it is ruby red with hints of copper. When poured there is a light bright white head that dissipates into a thick lacing around the top of the glass. It looks clean, clear and totally translucent so in terms of looks this beer has the right qualities as well as a uniqueness.
S: This smell is a few things first two things that come to mind are unpleasant and hard to describe. I don't have a trained nose, but I can't really tell what this smells like it almost smells plasticy like freshly made tupperware. I don't know but I do not like it.
T: The taste fortunately is not unpleasant like the nose, but it quite unique. Upfront it has the taste that is closer to a hoppy pale ale then an IPA. The taste is also juiciness too it that makes me think of grapes but I think the knowledge of grape must may have biased that opinion somewhat as it is not super distinct in flavor for me. Moving on to the finish of the beer the juicy flavor fades into a more distinctly wine like flavor but it seems like watered down red wine and the must gives an unpleasant tinge that reminds me of what happens when you drink the yeast in the bottom of a red wine bottle. The finish doesn't ruin the taste completely but it does does hurt what is a solid unique taste upfront, but thats just my opinion.
M: In terms of the feel it is light and watery which makes it go down pretty easily as the abv is noticeable either. There is a juiciness to it but it doesn't resemble wine other then the funk that almost feels like grape must is still floating around the beer, but you wouldn't want that in your wine. Like the taste the upside is its drinkable the downside is its kinda weird.
O: This is definitely an interesting beer and as always props to DFH for using unique and non-traditional ingredients as a brewery that has a fairly large distribution for a craft brewery. That begin said some are hits some are misses and although this one is more towards the middle of the spectrum it is more of a miss then a hit for me. The look is really good and the taste and feel are solid, but the smell is one of the worst I have experienced (just unpleasant) and the wine beer mixture that sometimes works for DFH just doesn't work this time as it is just weird.
04-06-2013 23:05:21 | More by Pinknuggets
More User Reviews:
3.69/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
04-16-2013 21:38:01 | More by oberon
2.58/5 rDev -28.7%
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.
07-22-2013 11:16:07 | More by tectactoe
4.04/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
06-07-2013 01:48:28 | More by MadScientist
2.95/5 rDev -18.5%
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.
07-04-2013 23:35:41 | More by Beaver13
3.91/5 rDev +8%
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
05-04-2013 12:36:54 | More by Billolick
3.75/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
07-12-2013 13:49:23 | More by tigg924
Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
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