Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by hopsolutely:
3.81/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Overall this beer, which is being enjoyed 2 months after the neck's "bottled on" date, is a very pleasant surprise!
Pours an odd but distinctive pinkish colour with a limited white head. Aroma has fruit elements but is mild and unremarkable. However the grape adds a real depth to the flavour, a wine and barrel-edged mustiness that pairs well with the apricot in the baseline beer. That fruitiness complements the IPA bitterness nicely, yet doesn't add any sweetness to the finish.
Bought this bottle in MI on a proverbial lark but will pick up more (for sharing) if another opportunity presents itself...
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2014 18:49:18 | More by hopsolutely
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4.04/5 rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Served from a 12 oz bottle into a wine goblet.
A - Color is a light to medium amber with a definite burgundy cast. Clear but not brilliant. Head is white, creamy and smooth but not very thick. Good lacing.
S - Overall impression in the aroma is sweet and buttery. No overt malt, but there is a definite musty, red wine aroma. Hops are there, but restrained. The hops aroma seems to combine with a strong red wine aroma to become something earthy rather than sharp and citrusy. Very different but inviting.
T - Flavors are very malty, with biscuit and buttered toast coming to mind. There's a definite buttery note along with crystal malt sweetness. There is also an unmistakeable red wine flavor that blends with everything else seamlessly. Hops bitterness seems moderate.. Some low citrus and earthy hops flavor.
M - Medium to heavy body with some creaminess, almost like an oatmeal effect. Carbonation is creamy but not overly strong. Low alcohol presence.
O - The hops aspects of this IPA seem to be blunted and toned down by the unusual wine ingredients. Hopheads will be disappointed, maybe even irate, but I enjoy this beer on its own quirky merits.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 03:26:24 | More by Radome
Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,011 ratings.