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Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery

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2,567 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,567
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.11%
Wants: 61
Gots: 439 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mothman on 03-26-2013

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of ElGallo
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of gr0g
3.24/5  rDev -11%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a DFH signature pint glass.

Appearance: This is something different, a dark red body that poured a little lighter than it looks with a thin white head that rose to 1/2" or so.

Smell: A wet hoppy scent with passion fruit feel. Smells a little more like an APA the an IPA.

Taste: A smooth complexity to it, mostly bitter hops with a fruit infusion. Not really sweet more hoppy and mellow with light raisin notes.

Mouth: Heavy carbonation, with a sticky sweet bitterness at the end. Not bad at all.

Overall: A real IPA with a light fruit tone to it. Not bad at all. It feels more like something meant for summer and just apparently that is when I reviewed this beer. It is something new and little different to DFH's great IPA selection...either you will hate it or love it. Salud!

Photo of Franziskaner
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reddish amber hue. Pink white bubbly foam about a quarter inch thick on top. Aroma is a complex blend of hearty red wine grapes and hops. The taste mirrors the aroma. The Syrah grape flavor is on the forefront,but quickly fades into bold,sticky Northwest hops.

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2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - like a raspberry tea, that pours a weak head

S - slight hop aroma for a 60 minute base, gives off a "winey" booze nose. Not that super exciting by any means.

T- Taste falls a bit flat for me. I was expecting a real depth of flavor considering 60 minute but it the grape must almost takes away from the flavor I seek out in an IPA. Best was to describe it to me is a diluted IPA with a slight grape/dimetapp finish.

M - nothing exciting going on here, flat feel with no real body. Thought the body would be hard to handle considering the style and added must but I am able to pound this beer.

0 - Overall its a decent beer but nothing special anyone should go out of the way to have. Its a good beer to bring to a tasting or pair with some cheese/charcuterie but to me its anti-climactic in its overall appeal. That being said I think its worth a try for the true heads.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of teromous
2.49/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Brilliantly transparent body that has a dark shade of red-brown. The head is very thin with a pinkish white color to it. Faint carbonation.

S: Catty hops all the way. A bit of a band-aid smell.

T: The catty hop flavor comes out. There's a bit of a funky grassy flavor. There's some alcohol flavor in there.

M: The mouthfeel is mildly bright with some perky bitterness. The beer overall is a bit hard to drink.

O: Personally I was not a fan of this beer. There was nothing of positive value that the Syrah grape must added to this beer, from the experience that I had. It seemed like an empty and pointless gesture.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of Libationguy
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reddish-copper color. Slightly loose light pink/purple head with moderate- retention.

Sweet fruitiness, mild malt, cherry compote, citrus, resin, high-toned red fruit.

Gentle bitterness, light citrus and soft red fruit. Resin notes are still soft, but a little more pronounced on the palate.

Medium- body and a little watery around the edges. Hop bitterness lingers on the finish.

Definite hop impact in the beer but the aroma and flavor both feel a little muddled. Things are not working in harmony with this beer.

Photo of Beaver13
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours clear ruby amber with a big rocky pinkish white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is grape skins and grapefruit with some earthy hops.

The flavor is sweet and bitter grapes with an earthy bitterness and some cranberry in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, an interesting idea, but I prefer their Aprihop.

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3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled on 5/16/13 (just over 1 1/2 months old)

Really more of a wine like color than expected. Pours a deep purple color, kind of pinkish, a skim white head with fairly average retention. Fairly clear. Spotty lace as it drinks.

Not a whole lot of aroma. Kind of a strange sour mash like smell with some frozen concentrate grape juice. Hops not really coming out, more so just adding a strange dank pine sap to the grape juice aroma.

Hops come out more in the taste lending some hop bitterness, but seems less bitter than sixty minute. A bit of bready malt struggles to show, but more so brings a roundness to the palate, still a bit light and watery. Frozen grape juice concentrate. A bit tart with a dry finish. Pine and citrus struggle with the grape juice.

Quite high on the carbonation, more so than sixty minute IPA. Also, quite watery.

Not really for me, but an interesting beer to try. I would've liked a bit more body and a bit more hop to come through.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Eye: Pours very clear and rose colored with a nice foamy looking white head. Lacing is excellent. Looks quite a bit like cranberry juice in the glass. Given that Syrah must has been added to this beer, the presentation in excellent. As it warms I am getting hints of dactyl.

Nose: Pretty much as one would expect an IPA to smell like. Citrus and floral hops...also some of that red wine tannin in there to add complexity to the overall hop aroma. Not quite as potent as I'd like overall, but still pretty good.

Mouth: First thing I notice is the bittering hop right off the get go. This is followed by some light tannins from the grapes. Malt sweetness is there in just the right amount to balance everything out. Finish is floral and medium dry, again wine comes through in the finish adding a touch of complexity. Body is medium with a complimentary amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a beer that I'm glad I've tried, but really its nothing to write home about. Nothing I would seek out, or really; quite honestly, would even tell someone "Oh you have to try this beer." Nothing real special. Nothing real different.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
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