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Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery

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2,567 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,567
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.11%
Wants: 61
Gots: 439 | FT: 4
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mothman on 03-26-2013

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear cranberry juice red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some subdued grape and wine aromas. Taste is much the same with hop and slightly funky flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and somewhat thin mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with an interesting concept but the interaction between the beer and grape must in this one is a bit odd in my opinion.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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2/5  rDev -45.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear red in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has some pinkish hues and died down a bit, leaving a thick layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of musty grapes are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has musty flavors of red grapes along with some hints of sweetness and red wine. A slight amount of bitterness is present from the underlying beer.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation and some faint hints of tartness.
O: I found the mixture of an IPA and syrah grape must to be rather interesting and unique as it neither tastes like a beer nor a wine but is quite easy to drink and has some interesting flavors.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pink lemonade color with an odd greenish tone; the head was the most impressive aspect, displaying great retention and lacing

Smell: The combination of the Syrah must and the 60 Minute creates an interesting dynamic, producing a complex interplay between grapefruit and grape that winds up in a berry-like place

Taste: While the aroma is somewhat enticing, the flavor doesn't capture the interplay nearly as well, producing a beer that tastes more like a sweet berry alcopop with little flavor development or complexity

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Dogfish tried to do something experimental but the result was more like something that many will denigrate as a chick beer

Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Borrowing the sensitivities of wine lovers, the ever coveted hop dominance of their 60 Minute IPA is compounded upon by the taste of grape. The results are....

Deep in a ruby-mauve, the beer is surprisingly un-IPA-like. Clear in its deep maroon coloration, the beer caps with a frothy-fizzy blend and holds its structures semi-firm. The late session wants to evacuate its head character and prefer wine. Mild interspersed retention foam laces the glass- albeit randomly.

Medium aromas of straight-up grape juice is of concord grape that fuses with grapefruit, cherry, and under ripened berries. The fruit aromas blend with hop, probably as designed, but they also detract from the clean hop aromas that are so prized in 60 Minute.

Flavors are fruit-forward and lead with the grape. As the fruit juice dissipates, the tart and mildly acidic taste disguises the malt support and gives the beer a wine-like taste through middle palate. Late, the hop flavors of grapefruit, oranges, grass and pine have a slight showing before revealing its moderate resinous balance.

Lightly tannin-like, the beer's mouthfeel resembles as much of red wine as it does beer- Early conceived sweetness translates to wine must and not malt. The dry character is of alcohol warmth, grape seed, and tartness and less of bitterness. Crisp and refreshing to close, the beer is lacking the IPA character that's necessary to appease the hop-heads.

In closure, the beer is a highly refreshing beer that quenches the thirst of any summertime drinker, but as an IPA, the fruit additions interfere with hop crispness and clarity and muddle the taste that is otherwise beloved in the classic IPA taste. Sorry Dogfish Head, but this beer does not expound upon the 60 MInute recipe, but detracts from in slightly. The Aprihop version is much better!

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light purple color ale with a small foamy head with light retention and almost no lacing. Aroma of bitter hops notes with some grape notes. Taste is also dominated by bitter hops with light citrus notes with some grape juiced and vinous notes also noticeable. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation. Interesting mix between the IPA and the grapes.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Knapp85
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

This poured out as an impressive looking reddish pink color. The head was a pale pink color as well . There is a pretty good retention on this beer with a light lacing on the glass also. The smell is more like wine than an IPA. The aroma is fruity, plenty of grape but no hops that I can pick up. The taste of the beer is also grape, kind of screams wine cooler to me. There is a bubblegum flavor in the finish with a faint hop bitterness in the far distance. The mouthfeel was drinkable, light bodied and a bit refreshing. Dry finish and decent carbonation. Overall I am glad I tried it, but I never have to drink it again. I really wasn't into the flavors it had. It's an interesting idea, much like all of DfH beers but this one is a miss in my book.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

if this is the regular 60 with grape must added, I think its a great failure, as the hops don't come through this really at all. if it is a new beer wine hybrid with a misleading name, I think its pretty good when compared to the field. it pours a pink tinted copper color, clear as day, with a half inch of bone white airy fizz. the nose is more wine than grapes, with some tannic properties that don't totally jive with the hops. the hops seem scaled way back, or less fresh or something. 60 minute is one of the great American india pales, and this makes it seem so average somehow. the flavors really do work pretty well though, with the fruity grape must sticking to the sweeter malt and developing nicely. I just wish I got more hop bitterness and flavor out of this towards the finish, but it just isn't there. I don't know how, but they killed that part of it with the grape must. lighter in body than expected, with enough carbonation and a sweet dry finish, which is an interesting twist to al already out there brew. not my favorite, but like all dogfish head beers, it is well made and worth a try.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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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3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

4-pack - 12 ounce bottles - $8.98 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled on: 08/01/13.

Appearance: Pours a dark pink-purple body, clear, with a medium-sized, white head. Very meager lacing.

Smell: Displays a blend of citrus, a sliver of sweet-scented malts, mild spice, moderately vinous grape must with a lightly tart, berry vibe to it.

Taste: Slender malts, a nibble of cracker, a faint sweetness. Berryish flavor from the syrah grape must with a middling tartness about it. Growing spiciness and citrusy, faintly resiny hops with an anticipated pop of bitterness. 61 walks the line between being vinous and hoppy on the back half until the fairly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation, lightly foamy.

Overall: Not bad, not great, but I finished the four-pack. It was a nice twist without entirely sacrificing the original's hop character.

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Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
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