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Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

2,617 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,617
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.11%
Wants: 66
Gots: 473 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MikeRoni on 02-01-2013

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Ratings: 2,617 | Reviews: 406
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2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Odd pinkish white head, mostly loose larger bubbles which crest around one finger and rapidly decline from there, the lacing is smooth sheets with close to zero stickiness. The liquid looks like cranberry juice diluted with water, bright but lacking in intensity, very active bubbles, rising rapidly to the surface. The nose is sour, cranberry, cherry, red grape fruit, pulped oranges, minerals, cracked pepper, comes across more as wine than beer. Light-bodied, the carbonation tries very hard to create presence and does add crispness. However, it still seems dilute and lacking in heft. Here you do get more leafy qualities and grain to well baked country bread. The quinine to mineral persists. Hard to discern any clear malty flavors, more of a textural contribution. Citrus peel, same array of cherry, raspberry, strawberry type fruits. Some dried pine sap and pressed flowers as an aftertaste. Monochrome and not really all that interesting. You easily get tired of sipping it, albeit it is not flawed in the strong sense.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I must have passed this up at the beer stores a million times since it came out. Figured it was just another IPA from DFH. Don't get me wrong, they make great IPA's... But I wasn't moved to try it. Hops scare me sometimes and I'm sometimes hesitant to try new IPA's because I'm a bit of a coward about it.

Anyway, after hearing how it got started and what it actually is; I was intrigued. A sort of wine-beer fusion. So I grabbed a fourer (man that sounds nowhere near as cool as a "sixer") and took it home to try.

Excellent. Poured a nice red tea color with some underlying rose hues. The head was an off-white color... sort of like the palest rose color imaginable for foam. Floral hops hit the nose, the grape must light and delicate in the background.

Very palatable beer, not overwhelmingly bitter. Definitely a unique brew.

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Photo of jrenihan
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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3.35/5  rDev -8%
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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Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,617 ratings.