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Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery

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2,023 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,023
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.92%
Wants: 38
Gots: 170 | 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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3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A big fluffy off white and very pink head, with lots of soapy retention. Settles slowly with giant bubbles. The body is a deep pink red a light cherry color, and crystal clear, it has lots of cola like carbonation bubbles on the glass which rise incredibly fast. There is some small carbonation but not much of it, and it rises quite quick as well. It looks like Cherry cream soda a bit.

Nose is interesting. It smells like bready malts, a bit of malt sweetness like Dogfish 60, but a minor sour character. Sour grape and hints of raspberry and dark red fruits come out a bit, there's a little bit of candy peppermint like sweetness to this and maybe a little cinnamon.

Palate finally finds the hop action. Very light bodied and slightly wet palate. Bitterness hits on the swallow with a bit of dry pine, which really lingers. The malt sweetness seems to compliment ok, but the grape must seems to try and sneak in and produces a quick weird tannic quality. The hops start to dominate, and seem to overpower the sweetness of the grape.

Overall this is a beer that has some good qualities but it doesn't seem like they compliment each other and they are fighting for the palate, with the hops winning, and the tannic sour grape distracting. It's not horrible but it wont be a beer I'll be having again I think. Ironically the thing that makes the beer a bit of a problem is it's too hoppy (which must beer dorks I am sure would be happy about), that doesn't compliment the other ingredients. Maybe a touch of crazy odd sweetness in here would really make it impressive.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 00:48:41 | More by smakawhat
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

04-10-2013 00:04:03 | More by beercanman
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint at lokal Miami. Pours a grapey purple color with a finger of white foam. Nice hop aromas...lots of hops. So far it smells like an ipa. Taste is very hop fw. Nice malt backbone and finishes with a bit of wine grape. It deff works well... a bit acidic finish but i can deal with that. I wish I had a 60 min to compare but its very similar. The grape addition works very well. Nice brew and hopefully it will be in their regular lineup.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2013 23:43:28 | More by DrinkSlurm
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-09-2013 23:02:11 | More by eggmaggi
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-09-2013 22:30:54 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

04-09-2013 19:52:46 | More by Kayaker
Photo of RblWthACoz


1.73/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Glad to see Dogfish putting out something new on the regular lineup.

This beer is way odd looking with a red hue to it and a pink head that is not normal. Speaking of not normal: the flavor. A wad of fruity tones that carry no definition at all. It's just malty, sweet goofiness. It reminds me of Zima, or something like that.

Really. This is silly. This is going down the drain, and I'm afraid my respect for Dogfish Head is going with it. Get it together people.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 03:00:45 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-08-2013 23:10:06 | More by weezarc
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-08-2013 21:45:01 | More by bluetrevian
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Rhode Island

1.75/5  rDev -51.7%

04-08-2013 15:35:46 | More by SenorHops
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

04-08-2013 13:39:10 | More by jriggins6
Photo of Beergelden


3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sixty-one is Dogfish Head's latest in their beer/wine hybrid offerings. This one is classified as an American IPA, basically their 60 Minute IPA, with the Syrah grape must added, prior to their proprietary yeast being used for fermentation.

Appearance: Pours to a brownish, ruby color with some pink highlights shining through with some light. It has a slight chill haze, and a brilliant white head of tight bubbles. The head pours to about 1/2" but dissipates and hangs to edges of the glass edges. Little to no lacing.

Appearance Rating: 2 out of 3

Aroma: The first hit is a pleasant mix of the floral, perfumy hops DFH 60 Minute is known for and the strong scent of grapes and grape skin. Sweet malt brings up the finish, giving it a champagne-like sweetness to the overall aroma.

Aroma Rating: 10 out of 12

Flavor: The floral hops are, again, the dominant first flavor, then the grape/wine fruitiness, followed by the hop bitterness and malty backbone of the IPA to finish. Somewhat tart. The hops and grapes marry perfectly together, they do not compete for your attention. This brew finishes extremely dry and actually ends with a nice balance, not leaving a totally dominant flavor from either the wine or beer. No real driving yeast character to speak of. As you drink the beer, the hops do get lost, other than their mild bitterness at the backend. It drinks like a dry champagne with a quality beer finish.

Flavor Rating: 15 out of 20

Mouthfeel: Fairly light body with high carbonation, effervescent. A mild puckering effect from the astringency of the grapes. Finishes very clean on the palate.

Mouthfeel Rating: 3 out of 5

Overall: Extremely complex. About as perfect a blend of the beer and wine worlds as I have tasted to date. The classification as an American IPA doesn't seem quite right, due to the high level of dryness and the thinner body than the style calls for, but still a very good brew. This could bridge some gaps for many wine drinkers, without a doubt.

To me, this brew works the same way a Saison is successful. Not because it tastes like a Saison, because it doesn't at all, but because it has such a clean, palate cleansing finish to it. It would be fantastic as a palate cleanser between courses at a meal or paired with just about anything rich in flavor.

Overall Rating: 7 out of 10

Total Rating: 37 out of 50

Very good, but not an everyday drinker for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 12:34:56 | More by Beergelden
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-08-2013 12:27:00 | More by liamt07
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3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Borrowing the sensitivities of wine lovers, the ever coveted hop dominance of their 60 Minute IPA is compounded upon by the taste of grape. The results are....

Deep in a ruby-mauve, the beer is surprisingly un-IPA-like. Clear in its deep maroon coloration, the beer caps with a frothy-fizzy blend and holds its structures semi-firm. The late session wants to evacuate its head character and prefer wine. Mild interspersed retention foam laces the glass- albeit randomly.

Medium aromas of straight-up grape juice is of concord grape that fuses with grapefruit, cherry, and under ripened berries. The fruit aromas blend with hop, probably as designed, but they also detract from the clean hop aromas that are so prized in 60 Minute.

Flavors are fruit-forward and lead with the grape. As the fruit juice dissipates, the tart and mildly acidic taste disguises the malt support and gives the beer a wine-like taste through middle palate. Late, the hop flavors of grapefruit, oranges, grass and pine have a slight showing before revealing its moderate resinous balance.

Lightly tannin-like, the beer's mouthfeel resembles as much of red wine as it does beer- Early conceived sweetness translates to wine must and not malt. The dry character is of alcohol warmth, grape seed, and tartness and less of bitterness. Crisp and refreshing to close, the beer is lacking the IPA character that's necessary to appease the hop-heads.

In closure, the beer is a highly refreshing beer that quenches the thirst of any summertime drinker, but as an IPA, the fruit additions interfere with hop crispness and clarity and muddle the taste that is otherwise beloved in the classic IPA taste. Sorry Dogfish Head, but this beer does not expound upon the 60 MInute recipe, but detracts from in slightly. The Aprihop version is much better!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 05:31:26 | More by BEERchitect
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-08-2013 01:33:28 | More by Daniellobo
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

04-08-2013 01:23:26 | More by ShanePB
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-nice amber with a thin white head. while pouring, it definitely had a pink tint to it.

S-actually a fairly strong scent of sweet grapefruit and some grapes. smells actually reminds me of a pink wine a little bit too.

T-comes in with a sweet and slightly sour flavor of grapeskin and grains, though the grains come out stronger as time goes on. it's definitely reminiscent of a pink wine i'd say, not so much like a syrah/shiraz though. lasting after-taste of grains with a touch of bitterness and sweetness.

M-dry medium carbonation with a wet finish

O-as an IPA, this sucks. a strict hop head will hate this and get upset that this is classified as an IPA (it's not one). i'd say this drinks more as a fruity pale ale. it's not a terrible beer, but i'm not sure what the target audience is? most craft drinkers won't like this, but has a certain bitter edge to it that might keep girls and macro drinkers away also. i'm glad i tried it, but the worst IPA from DFH yet.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 01:00:19 | More by AdamBear
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3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Smells like an IPA. Light citrus and pine. A little musty at first, but that give's way fairly quickly. Grape juice is noticeable. Hints of bergamot. Very interesting.

Apperance: Ruby-amber and crystal clear. Fizzy pinkish-white head bubbles up around one inch and laces down decently.

Taste: Very interesting. Hops take over most of the flavor - grapefruit and pine. A little grape juice. A fleeting note of biscuity malt. It's crisp and effervescent with a fairly dry finish.

Overall: It's decent, but it's kind of a mess. The flavors are fairly muddled (though they clean up some with a little warmth). However, it's certainly good enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 21:34:51 | More by sjverla
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

04-07-2013 20:58:10 | More by Newbiebeer
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-07-2013 19:36:12 | More by mkppisdead
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

04-07-2013 18:02:10 | More by cfinch2
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3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- very nice reddish hue, looks very appealing

Smell- Some subtle hops, faint grape. Not much, I was expecting more.

Taste- Some hops but not much, and do not get much of the grapemust. But I will say it is very drinkable. Having three or four would not be too difficult. I was slightly disappointed, I was expecting more of a flavor bomb.

Mouthfeel- average, a tad bit thin.

Overall- A good drinkable beer from DFH, I was expecting more of a flavor bomb, but very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 17:39:19 | More by JoeyBadaBingBoom
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

04-07-2013 03:21:29 | More by redfox405
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-07-2013 00:42:46 | More by jplopez21
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3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Eager and nervous to try his one... Starts with a very crisp pop of the bottle cap...

A - A fingers worth of icy white colored slightly fizzy crisp whimsical slightly thin head... Surprisingly solid retention gives way to a full veil of lacing and a slight to moderate collar... The color is pale cranberry with a slight copper hue when back lit... A slight bit of carbonation that raise in streaks at a rapid pace...

S - Sweet grape must is at the forefront of the nose... Some light red wine tannins... A faint citrusy hop component lurks beneath the surface... Some light floral and grassy notes as well... Quite pleasant...

T - Not nearly as sweet as I expected... An unexpected funkiness... Red grape skins... Some dried cranberries... The hops take on a very floral character... Rose and hibiscus... A light herbal presence as well... The grape sweetness rises on the finish, but is still quite muted...

M - Starts dry... Finishes even drier... Light to medium bodied... Delicate, but not thin... A surprising bit of carbonation...

D - Another very unique offering from Dogfish Head... At first sip, I wasn't quite sure what to make of it... Still a bit confused by the end, but the subtle nuance in every facet makes this one fun to drink... The wine like qualities are undeniable... It will be fun to share with wine lovers to get their take... Undeniably interesting... Not something that I would drink with regularity, but some I may want to revisit from time to time... Likely would pair well with a wide range of foods... I can recommend to the curious beer drinker...

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 00:03:44 | More by philbe311
Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
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