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Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,461 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,461
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 54
Gots: 358 | 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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Photo of eldiablito
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Jwale73
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle served in a tulip. Bottled on 2/26/13 indicated on the neck. Pours a coppery brown hue with a slight haze to the clarity and a two-inch, bright white head that slowly collapses into a consistent 1/8th inch cap that coalesces around the shoulders. Thick swaths of lacing coat the glass just above the line of the liquid. Nose expresses grape juice, buttery notes and an herbal/piney character at the back. Taste is a bit strange - a little buttery, a little acidic and some earthiness. Not much of a hops presence. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a prickly carbonation and a slightly watery/oily texture. Overall, not my cup of tea. I was hoping for an interesting hybrid like Noble Rot, but this beer falls short. Maybe it is too far past its prime, but it doesn't even really resemble an IPA.

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DonFrap
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Farky87
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of mrfrancis
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light salmon-tinged amber with a thin, creamy pinkish white head that quickly recedes, leaving a thin ring of lace around the sides of the glass.

S: Subtler than many IPAs, delicate aromas of Syrah, biscuit, caramel, and citrus take some time to reveal themselves.

T: Notes of Syrah, oak, cedar, lemon, lime, bitter orange, herbs, juniper berry, pine, and spruce are underscored by delicate flavors of buttered toast, biscuit, caramel, and heavy cream. The finish is complex and resinous with lemon, lime, bitter orange, juniper, pine, spruce, and cedar gradually giving way to toast, biscuit, Syrah, and oak flavors. Really nicely layered.

M: On the fuller side of medium and a bit sticky. Firm, crisp carbonation cuts through the stickiness to a degree, causing this beer to gradually dry out toward the finish. Filling, but not overly bloating, this ale has the perfect amount of malt heft for me.

O: A really nicely executed experimental brew. In all honesty, I'm kind of surprised that the average review on this site sits around 3.50 because this ale is flavorful, but also incredibly well balanced. My only complaint is that the aroma could be a little stronger and a little more complex. If you, like me, are an odd bird and think the idea of Syrah and IPA together sounds both natural and incredible, then give this one a go. It's worth it.

Photo of Givemebeer
2/5  rDev -44.9%

Photo of jdhowe
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bottles in El Sobrante.

A: pours a slightly murky grape-tinged golden color. A finger of lightly lavendar head that dissipates to a film. Plenty of lacing down the glass.

S: interesting. Definitely malty, hoppy, and with an added sweet grape character. Probably my least favorite part of this beer.

T/M: taste is nice, with sweetness from the malt and grape up front leading into hop bitterness on the fiinish. The transition is just a little strange andon warming the malt starts to overwhelm the ber. Mouthfeel is medium and a little sticky.

O: glad I have tried it, but also glad I don't have a ton more of it waiting for me.

Photo of skateclutch
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this the other night finally after reading good things.

Appearance : Pours with a thick Reddish dark amber hue. With a light pink white head about a 1/4 inch on top.

Smell - The aroma is very nice I could smell a blend of hearty red wine grapes the nice smell of hops and .

Taste - The taste is very similar to the aroma. The Syrah grape flavor is on the forefront, almost like a wine, but quickly fades into bold,sticky taste of the hops like a 60min. The after taste wasn't too storng but left you with a small taste of grapes making me want another sip...and another..

Mouth - nice amount of carbonation you can feel but still pretty light.

Overall -Leave it to dogfish to do something like this and I think it works but not really something I'd go out of my way to get.

Photo of Drknight
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of PopnLoads
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Lambocalrisien
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of cp45
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of KYGunner
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Raspberry like redness hints towards the grapes brewed with it, this IPA sets itself as unusual. Very champagne like fizz set itself atop and disappeared quickly.

The aroma is nice with big notes of grape, wine like alcohol, cranberry, raspberry and sweet malts.

The taste takes on the grape must and holds tight. The feel lends to bubbly champagne and keeps the taste of fermented white grapes on the tongue. Some sweetness of grape mixes with floral piney notes and lends to a decent aftertaste. The feel may be a tad full as the carbonation is alive in the mouth.

All in all this is unique, vivacious and tasteful. It holds some qualities of the IPA but the grape must steers it in its own direction.

Photo of dcollinsOX
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Hessian257
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of cfoley
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of MJsGhost
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Morey
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Zbeetleman
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of ElGallo
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of gr0g
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kind of a reddish-amber color while the head has a slight purple-ish hue. Okay head retention and lace formation. Very fruit forward aroma, decidedly un-IPA like save for a floral, citrusy back end. There's a definite grape-like note, between white grape and grape-flavored candy.

Bitterness is moderate, not quite in IPA territory. There's maybe a flash of sweetness after which the flavor becomes dry. Clean, bland finish. Citrusy hop profile rides atop a malt backbone that's mixed with a vinous quality. Slightly tannic. Carbonation is kind of fizzy and harsh at first but settles down eventually.

Sixty-One is another DFH special that comes across as more of a novelty beer than a worthwhile experiment. The Syrah must is an interesting addition, but the end product is decidedly inferior to the rest of the Dogfish Head IPA lineup. Aprihop is a much better fruit IPA.

Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 2,461 ratings.