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Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery

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2,537 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,537
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.11%
Wants: 60
Gots: 414 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mothman on 03-26-2013

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3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled May 15, 2013

The beer is a pinkish amber, looks like a dark rose wine. Smalish off-white head fades fairly quickly.

Nose is interesting. Red grape juice, with a woody scent accompanying (I want to say 'musty'- is this why that word exists?). Some notable hop aromas, but hard to make out with the grape.

Following the nose, the taste is also unusual. Red wine, grapes, musty flavours and a strong hop presence- citrus mainly. FInish is fairly bitter, with a lot of watered-down wine flavour. I rather like the beer, but I don't think it is something I would want terribly often.

Medium bodied, very strongly carbonated.

Overall, unusual and fairly good. As noted above, I can't imagine myself wanting this very often, but it is fairly tasty.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on tap at the Black Gryphon in Elizabethtown, PA over 15 minutes.
This beer is a pretty pink with light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. Eggshell head with pink highlights, little retention...leaving a layer of bubbles on the surface, piled up slightly around the rim.
Light foxy aromas, not much else.
Like the smell, it tastes of musty red grapes and damp wood. Slightly bitter with a hint of almond. not badly balanced, but too estery.
Rather thin on the palate with some tart and mild carbonation buzz.
In general, I appreciate the creative effort--can see why the makers didn't want to overwhlem the syrah influence with heavy hops, but this brew needs more substance.

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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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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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Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
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