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Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,990 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,990
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 33
Gots: 157 | FT: 5
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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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

04-06-2013 04:05:58 | More by DerekMorgan
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enelson

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

04-06-2013 02:34:09 | More by enelson
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Chazari99

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -16.9%

04-06-2013 01:41:51 | More by Chazari99
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tree777

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3%

04-06-2013 01:32:15 | More by tree777
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Goldfishman

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -10%

04-06-2013 00:52:25 | More by Goldfishman
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10%

04-06-2013 00:33:41 | More by 2dogbrew
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bchlr4lfe

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -3%

04-05-2013 23:57:38 | More by bchlr4lfe
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MaseFace

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

04-05-2013 23:53:43 | More by MaseFace
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Meerkey

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Gorgeous. Faintly beige/pink head, two fingers, quickly dissipates. Beautiful color, very rich. Burnt sienna with some alizarin crimson. Crystal clear, lots of bubbles.

S: Not very strong smell. Getting the hops and the grapes.

T: Definitely wine-y. The grapes smoothed out the flavors of the 60 minute - the hops are there but not overpowering and citrusy. The hops and grapes combines to make a flavor that is grape and hop-like, but not grape-y and hop-y. A little odd, but interesting.

M: Viscous and smooth. Nice carbonation.

O: Pretty interesting. A nice experiment; I'm glad I had one. Would have been better if it had been boozier - given it that extra kick it needs.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 22:53:10 | More by Meerkey
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.8%

04-05-2013 18:15:32 | More by jpd7374
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C20Percent

Virginia

2.71/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Sooo, where to start with this one. You must applaud Dogfish Head for taking chances like this while brewing beer. Big kudos for them.

Beer looks pretty in the glass. I mean, it's a clean, slightly dark, rose colored with a pinky -- maybe lilac colored head. Big bubbly head too. A very unique looking beer. Would be a big "5" if it was just the appearance being graded.

The beer starts to lose me at the smell. The grape must overpowers this beer -- in really all factors -- but it starts with the aroma. You smell grapes. It pretty much smells like watered down red wine. Any red wine -- table wine, even. You have to fight to get any hop aroma -- any citrus, any grassy that you get in a normal 60-minute is almost completely muted. For the most part, I can forgive this because -- of course you're going to smell grapes. And, if the beer tasted good, I'm sure I'd be applauding the aroma. I expected the grape must and hops to compliment each other, and that is not what's happening.

And, this continues with the taste. Grape must owns the brew. In a blind taste test, you would think you're drinking a rose colored wine. A Zinfandel. Hops are muted. Grapes in the front -- grapes in the finish. It taste like someone took a nondescript Pale Ale and mixed it with two shots of wine. Anything unique about a 60-Minute IPA is missing here.

The feel is fine. The body is fine. Carbonation seems on point -- it didn't strike me as exclusive to this blended brew. But, frankly everything distracts from the feel, and in this case the feel of the beer doesn't add to the drinking experience.

Overall, this beer answers the unasked question -- what happens when you brew grape must with a Pale Ale. You get a watered down red wine. I'm quite confident that a more flavorful IPA would have had different results. Sculpin. Double Jack. Sucks. Any IPA with a lot of flavor would probably fair better being brewed with grape must. If you're looking for a unique, tasty IPA with some unique ingredients added during the brewing then I'd urge folks to look elsewhere. If you have the opportunity to purchase this as a single, then I'd say go for it. Personally, I won't be buying this again, and I'd be a bit surprised if this hits bottles after this initial round.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 13:00:17 | More by C20Percent
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2/5  rDev -44.6%

04-05-2013 11:45:02 | More by Thorpe429
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.56/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

This poured out as an impressive looking reddish pink color. The head was a pale pink color as well . There is a pretty good retention on this beer with a light lacing on the glass also. The smell is more like wine than an IPA. The aroma is fruity, plenty of grape but no hops that I can pick up. The taste of the beer is also grape, kind of screams wine cooler to me. There is a bubblegum flavor in the finish with a faint hop bitterness in the far distance. The mouthfeel was drinkable, light bodied and a bit refreshing. Dry finish and decent carbonation. Overall I am glad I tried it, but I never have to drink it again. I really wasn't into the flavors it had. It's an interesting idea, much like all of DfH beers but this one is a miss in my book.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 03:35:14 | More by Knapp85
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A-What an amazing hue! Tinted cranberry. Bright white head is thin and very bubbly. Body is clear.

S-Grape-must indeed. Fruity and semi-vinous. Underlying citrus hops. Would like to see more of the base beer's hops here. It comes off too sweet but it is very interesting.

T-The flavor flattens out incredibly fast. I'm happy that it isn't as sweet as I was anticipating. It still does start sweet and full of musty fruit, then it dies off to a flavorless void. The flavor resurrects itself in the form of some muted 60 Minute hoppiness which reminds me of soggy orange flesh.

M-Far too bubbly. The carbonation masks the flavor during my more voluminous sips. Off-dry. Lighter bitterness.

O/D-60 Minute IPA is probably my favorite DFH brew. I won't lump this one into the rather large category of DFH busts but its close. I copped a single and a 4-pack at about $11 is far too pricey. Worth a try but once will be enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 01:18:27 | More by VelvetExtract
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

04-04-2013 23:32:50 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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ChugginOil

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3%

04-04-2013 21:23:40 | More by ChugginOil
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PHBoiler

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

04-04-2013 15:09:44 | More by PHBoiler
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xdtfx

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3%

04-04-2013 02:33:41 | More by xdtfx
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Bilco

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

04-04-2013 01:34:37 | More by Bilco
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a fairly vibrant and very clear red/purple color with 1+ finger of light pink colored head. Retention and lacing are ok.

S - Earthy/grassy, some pine and quite a bit of must. Maybe a little grainy as well.

T - Dry semi-sweet grape flavors up front, must and grainyness followed by a slightly dry IPA bitterness follow. Little aftertaste, mildly tart.

M - Light bodied, abundant carbonation, very very refreshing.

O - Totally different than what I had expected, minimal similarities with the 60 minute. Still, very different, sweet, smooth and incredibly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 00:31:20 | More by MacQ32
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confer

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

There is a definite red tint to the beer. Head builds up nicely and hangs around.
The two distinct smell are fighting each other with the hop smell winning. There is a small grape aroma.
The same as with the smell the two tastes are not so much fighting each other as taking turns. It goes from hop bitterness to the dry grape taste and back again a few times.
This is another fun beer beer from DFH.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 23:31:02 | More by confer
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davey101

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 02/26/2013. 12 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A - Pours a ridiculous bright and clear purple/red color that very much so looks like a fruity wine ala Boones Farm. Two fingers of white foam form initially but after ten minutes it's still holding onto a solid fingers worth. Rock on 61 Minute! Silky lacing and some serious retention. Like the kind where after you give it a swirl a layer of foam will form on the top of the glass and the foam will trickle down leaving a cool design, and then it just stays there frozen in time. This looks great.

S - Huh, this is pretty wild. A massive fruity red grape presence blended perfectly with light piney hops, a touch of citrus, and bready malts. The base beer is still present while the grapes have a whole lot of action going on. Somehow, this just works.

T - Red grape juice, kiwi, pine, and some caramel malts on the end. The bitterness goes head to head with the fruitiness and they wind up shaking hands and building a tree fort together. God dammit this is unique and tasty. Finishes with hardly any bitterness, just some malts and residual sweetness. Its pretty juicy compared to the dryness that Noble Rot had. Mouth feel is medium and creamy with really lively carbonation.

O - I can see a lot of people either loving or hating this beer, which is evident by the current 84 rating. I for one am a huge fan of this beer. When its not fresh I can see this being a total mess, but in its month old state it is really nice. Its a fruity take on the standard 60 minute that winds up not being a total gimmick or novelty.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 02:02:44 | More by davey101
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at DFH, Rehoboth

Another DFH beer/wine hybrid of sorts, I found this one much more enjoyable than the likes of Noble Rot and Red & White. Clear, reddish-amber pour, with a medium-sized white head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma was a bit muted, toasted grains, light hops and grape skins. Taste of biscuity malts, crisp citrus and herbal hops, and a musty grape presence that was well-balanced with the other flavors, giving a general sweetness to the beer overall. It wasn't mind-blowing, it wasn't necessarily unique, but it was still tasty and well-crafted. Medium body, and decently drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2013 00:45:11 | More by Rifugium
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.9%

04-03-2013 00:44:26 | More by skaboom420
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briandaube

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

04-02-2013 16:35:55 | More by briandaube
Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,990 ratings.