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Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery

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2,218 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,218
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 47
Gots: 249 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mothman on 03-26-2013)
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Reviews by apants007:
Photo of apants007
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

apants007, Feb 24, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

oberon, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

tectactoe, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

MadScientist, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of npala86
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

npala86, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Tiernan, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3/5  rDev -17.4%

BubalooBrewMaster, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of Kjanisch7
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Kjanisch7, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

kuishinbo_tantei, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of freshflesh
4/5  rDev +10.2%

freshflesh, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of DWolf
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

DWolf, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Todd, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of dieBlume
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

dieBlume, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Beaver13, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of TTripp725
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

TTripp725, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -17.4%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of dgfool
3/5  rDev -17.4%

dgfool, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Doomcifer, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of JakerLou
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

JakerLou, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Beerswag, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

megamass, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Jason, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
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

Billolick, May 04, 2013
Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

tigg924, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

aquazr1, Apr 10, 2014
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Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
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