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Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery

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2,128 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,128
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.92%
Wants: 43
Gots: 217 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mothman on 03-26-2013)
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3.29/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

04-27-2013 08:23:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.1%

04-19-2013 11:24:02 | More by djrn2
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

04-05-2013 11:45:02 | More by Thorpe429
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -17.1%

04-13-2013 01:48:39 | More by nmann08
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New York

3.71/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

07-22-2013 01:44:49 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

3.61/5  rDev -0.3%

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

07-05-2013 22:11:17 | More by brentk56
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

06-13-2013 03:46:46 | More by zestar
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-21-2013 20:50:04 | More by acurtis
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

09-22-2013 17:50:51 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

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!

04-08-2013 05:31:26 | More by BEERchitect
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-01-2013 22:52:05 | More by kjkinsey
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

01-07-2014 06:51:42 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

06-05-2013 01:35:36 | More by Texasfan549
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

05-11-2013 23:28:14 | More by GRG1313
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-29-2013 00:46:16 | More by kylehay2004
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3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

09-09-2013 00:10:44 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

05-26-2014 03:00:37 | More by jaydoc
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2.56/5  rDev -29.3%

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.

04-05-2013 03:35:14 | More by Knapp85
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North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

04-16-2013 21:38:01 | More by oberon
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3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

Served in a shaker pint glass at Bigby's Pour House.

Now, if only Sam and his folks will brew an IPA for every minute between 0 and 120... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of lightly-glowing off-cream foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, grass, pine resin, and a very light twinge of menthol in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with no menthol character, but with a balance that would inspire envy in any brewer. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice IPA, one showcasing the beauty of balance without sacrificing a strong hop character.

06-05-2013 23:56:58 | More by TMoney2591
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

06-07-2013 23:40:01 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-21-2014 00:37:51 | More by zeff80
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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

06-07-2013 19:57:29 | More by largadeer
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4.18/5  rDev +15.5%

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery "Sixty-One"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, dated "BOTTLED ON 03/07/14 0910"
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Interesting brew. Nice label. 60 Minute IPA with Syrah grape juice? Wow. I can only assume that there's some kind of odd fungus at work as well, just like in "Noble Rot". It didn't sound like a good combination to me at first, but now I am hooked.

It poured a clear ruby body with a kind of a dark pink cast to it. The pink color was also clear in the head. Unfortunately not much head formed. It rose up about as much as an average lager, and then slowly dwindled down to an almost full surface covering. Some minor spots and splashes were left behind on the sides of the glass.

The nose displayed some resinous hops, and some earthiness. I hate to say mustiness (because I don't want any confusion as it contains grape must - grape "must" is just unfermented juice with some residual grape skin and pulp in it), but yes, it's also slightly musty, and a little bit sweet and fruity as well. The fruitiness reminded me of strawberry, cherry, and a touch of raspberry... the combination of the hops and the berry takes me back to foraging for wild berries in the woods; and it also reminds me very much of some of the very first Belgian framboise beers that I'd tasted.

At this point I was almost hesitant to actually raise the glass to my lips and taste it because I was enjoying the sight and smell of it so much. I was not disappointed. The fruitiness of the Syrah grapes appears upfront, lightly sweet, and mildly sharp (not to imply tangy, but rather not "dull, and yet not "bright"). The hops follow and cover over the grapes, bringing it an earthiness, a very mild mineral-like quality, and then finally, a drying blanket of herbal characteristics. It finishes with a dried leaf character, and some residual wine-like character in the background, eventually evolving into a floral bouquet throughout the whole mouth. Through the progression I found notes or lavender, oil of bergamot, and soft rosemary. The hops are much less aggressive than I thought they'd be, and overall it's a pretty short ride of flavors across the palate, but it is very unique, and satisfying. It's intriguing, and it kept drawing me back for more - before I knew it I'd drank almost the whole bottle!

The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, and mildly oil-like. It was smooth, somewhat astringent, and softly carbonated, giving just enough of a bristle to liven the tastebuds.

Once again, Dogfish Head has created one of the most unique beers on earth, and one that "works". Noble Rot may still stand as the single-most integrated combination of wine and beer in the world, or does it? ... Does this hoppier version of a wine-beer knock it out and take its place?

08-13-2014 19:57:17 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-13-2013 03:18:54 | More by SocalKicks
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Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
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