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Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery

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2,244 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,244
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 49
Gots: 256 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mothman on 03-26-2013)
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Nightrain87, Jun 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

BKotch, Jun 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

eawolff99, Jun 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Zimm, Jun 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Gagnonsux, Jun 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

rcatalano, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of Jadjunk
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"The continually-hopped India Pale Ale brewed with Syrah grape must." Brewed in the style of an American IPA with fruit notes added. Bottled on 02/26/13. Despite being listed on Dogfish Head's Year Round chart, it was slated to be released in limited batches biannually. I still found dozens of bottles floating around a single bottles store in Decatur recently, but haven't had much luck anywhere else.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to the Dogfish Head signature glass. Served north of 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy pink-tinged white head over a bold red-orange body, moderate haze and ample carbonation. Retention is slightly above average, lacing is medium and clingy. There's a lot of unique coloration in this beer that could only come from the hue of Syrah grapes. It makes for an interesting, but overall enjoyable visual experience. 3.5

(Smell) Syrah tartness leads the aroma with a mild mustiness and a squeeze of sweet grape fruit. Underneath are fainter hints of caramel malt, dominated notes of citrus and resinous hops. The grape must leads the aroma of this beer despite being very enjoyable and inviting on its own. A curious additive. 3.5

(Taste) The mouth is much better balanced than the aroma, with moderate IPA character- expect citrusy and resinous hop characters with a base of grape character, slightly less sweet with a slightly puckering raw rind character that curiously amplifies the hop bitterness. Expect a shallow caramel syrup malt base with a touch of graininess to it. The balance is slightly less sweet than it is tart & bitter- an expectation for the style, but a touch of residual sugar wouldn't have harmed the flavor any. Understandably less-than-clean finish with all the action going on in the flavor, it's very potent and flavorful. A lingering dry vinous grape tartness is one of the most alerting features of the Syrah must. The Syrah does an interesting job interacting with the IPA character, but may be an addition that hits or misses the mark depending on your IPA preferences as it manages to amplify what it doesn't overshadow. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is rather smooth with a touch of mellow carbonation, starkly dry, vinous and resinous finish. Body is medium/heavy for the style and medium+ overall. Alcohol presence is light/medium. The carbonation is as intense as it should be for the style and the dryness is to be expected for the ingredients involved. 3.5

(Overall) I can see where this is the missing link between beer and wine, and am totally fine with how it comes out. There are far more positives than negatives in how the grape character interacts with the hop character of a standard IPA. I don't see this sub-style breaking into the mainstream any time soon but I can see it finding a great many fans with its flavor diversity. In favor of both tart, dry wine fanatics and bold, flavorful bitter hopheads, it manages to find a safe middle ground. 3.5

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Jadjunk, Jun 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

nebula1999, May 31, 2013
Photo of jondeelee
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sixty-One opens to what is mainly a hoppy nose, similar to DFH60, with pine, grapefruit rind and dandelion stem mixing with mint, eucalyptus, and touches of anise, as well as faint hints of citrusy pink grapefruit. Here, however, the hops seem geared more towards the bitter, astringent side, and this impression is bolstered by the grape must, which does add strong, almost Concord grape-like sugarless juice notes, as well as strong overtones of must and funk. Hints of cherry, berry, and apricot fruit esters lie beneath, helping to counter the strong funky grapes, and a bed of biscuit and rye bread adds further complexity. As a whole, the nose is very interesting, smelling quite a bit more like musty grape juice than beer, but in a complex, alcoholic fashion that is closer to cocktail than fruit spritzer.

On the tongue, the beer is very musty, the grape must and light grape notes instantly obvious, but largely blending in with the grapefruit rind and pine notes from the hops, as well as a strong grain presence in the form of biscuit, toast crust, and Grape Nuts cereal. A handful of brown sugar, as well as some berry and apricot fruit esters, help to balance the hop and must bitter funk. The aftertaste is heavy on grains, with fresh wheat and whole grain biscuit notes, as well as lingering bitterness from the hops, and funk from the grape must. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is certainly interesting beer, the grape must adding a noticeable, and mainly complementary mustiness to the bitter hops. There is a bit of clashing, however, especially in the aftertaste, which is overly bitter, but even the main mouthful tends to be quite astringent. It’s certainly worth a try for the novelty, but I’m not quite certain the combination works.

jondeelee, May 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Schmuckles, May 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

TheFightfan1, May 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

EigenBeer, May 30, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -38%

craftbeerasian, May 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

bhurley, May 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

civicm87, May 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

gtermi, May 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

DaveU31, May 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

sneaks2210, May 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

DarthGuitarHero, May 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Looks just like a framboise. Light pink with about 1 inch of white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: Grapes, grapefruit, and citrus.

Taste: Very tart upfront, with the hops receding into the background. The main things I taste are grapes, strawberries, and I don't know what else to call it, but "must." As I keep drinking, I pick up an almost brett-like funk alongside the tart fruit flavors. The hops are there, but just barely.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation and a long finish. It gets tart and almost a little sour at the end.

Overall: A very unique beer, but there is something missing that I can't quite put my finger on. It's very good, but not great. Would buy again though; the price is decent.

weltywm, May 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

sblanton83, May 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

atoulouk, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

BuxMontBeerLover, May 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Kevlee722, May 28, 2013
Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,244 ratings.