Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery
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2.91/5 rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75
A: Pours redder than an amber ale with a thick bubbled light gray head that persisted throughout and left nice lacing. This is among the best head retention of any DFH beers I've had.
S: Alas, here's where it falls apart. The nose is fairly one-dimensional, dominated by a slightly sour berry note (grapes never smell like grapes, it seems). The hop aroma is trapped by this other note, and the whole thing seems flat and off-kilter.
T: There is very little development across the palate. From start to finish, this is lightly malty with slightly fruity overtones. Until that aftertaste, that is. Initially, you think it's going to be a rich hop bitterness (given that PFH calls it an IPA, that's not a bad supposition). However, it turns into a prolonged metallic harshness.
M: This is a fairly creamy, smooth beer with little alcohol burn.
O: I've loved some of the other DFH must-wort combos, so I was surprised at how disappointing I found this one. Rather than rounding out a great beer, as was the case on some of the other cases, the must here seems to give rise to some very unpleasant off-flavors.
Serving type: bottle
11-02-2013 21:12:22 | More by speter
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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 1,998 ratings.