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Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery

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418 Reviews
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Reviews: 418
Hads: 2,830
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 38.74%
Wants: 75
Gots: 625 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MikeRoni on 02-01-2013

A continually-hopped IPA brewed with Syrah grape must.
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Reviews: 418 | Hads: 2,830
Reviews by beatenbyjacks:
Photo of beatenbyjacks
2.57/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
2.67/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of BryanFlaherty
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great tasty beer. Lots of fruity flavors.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MadScientist
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of npala86
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Tiernan
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RockyRaku
1/5  rDev -72.5%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Kjanisch7
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of SmellTheGluv
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of freshflesh
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of gleason_usmc
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Beaver13
2.96/5  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.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.