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Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery

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2,320 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,320
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 52
Gots: 288 | 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 xk6m6m5x
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a dark pink/ light red color with a small white head that gradually faded to thin lacing

S: smells faintly of red wine, citrusy hops pretty upfront

T: im not an ipa guy so it was very surprising, slightly dry red wine taset followed buy very mild hoppiness.

M: fairly light, dry, pretty high carbonation compared to what i am used to

O: i enjoyed this beer, i was fairly surprised because im more of a stout porter guy so for an ipa i was pretty impressed, i kno its not a "true" ipa but earlier in the day i tried a tordepo and i think after drinking this brew i could ease my way into the ipa field.

xk6m6m5x, May 01, 2013
Photo of mccallisters_dali
4/5  rDev +10.2%

mccallisters_dali, May 01, 2013
Photo of ZachHodgson
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear cherry red; surprising for an ale.

S: Malty and sweet with a definite red wine aroma.

T: Up-front sweetness with a predominant grape flavor that gives way to the expected lingering bitterness of a sixty-minute IPA.

M: Crisp and dry. Refreshing.

O: Not a bad offering by Sam and the crew down at Dogfish, but I'm a little surprised that this beer is coming into Dogfish Head's core offerings. As out of the ordinary as this beer is, I would expect it to be a seasonal. With the right pairing, I could see this being very nice for the summer.

ZachHodgson, May 01, 2013
Photo of Zorro
2.21/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Another weird beer from Dogfish Head, IPA with grape must.

Purplish pink colored beer with a tall pink head, yep it's weird.

Smells of grapefruit and grape with a bitter scent something like bug spray. Smells like an orchard that has been spayed for fruit flies.

Starts out bitter and a little sour with a clear grapefruit flavor. The IPA and grapes doesn't work so well tastes like rotten grape jelly. Not as good as the other wine beers DFH has made like Red & White and Blue & White.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is terrible. I have three more of these and I don't really want to drink it.

Zorro, May 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

myron317, May 01, 2013
Photo of One2Remeber
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Crystal clear body. Dark pink color. Fizzy white head stays put.

S: Artificial coloring syrup reminds me of Coney Island's Freaktoberfest. No hops. Hint of oxidation, papery.

T: Hops for a brief second before a fizzing, fruity sensation takes over rubbing out any perceived maltiness.

M: Too light to be an IPA. Intense fizzy bitterness.

O: Not too sure about this one. Would not recommend to an IPA drinker or one that prefers fruity ales. Tastes like a grape flavored wine cooler (never actually had one but if had to guess). Would much rather have an 90 minute aged in a red wine barrell.

One2Remeber, May 01, 2013
Photo of smerrell
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in a DFH IPA glass

Pours an almost cough syrup shade of red, as if someone watered down a glass of wine. the head is thin but long-lasting, with nice lacing.

The aroma is wine-like. It reminds me of the smell of the wine chalice at church.

The taste is not nearly as robust as I was expecting, given the sharp aroma. Given the high carbonation, I get almost no immediate flavor form the beer, until the aftertaste. There is practically no hint of 60 Minute IPA in here. Instead, you gt a lot of bubbles, and an aftertaste of cheap wine. If this was sweeter, I would call this a thin, dry wine cooler.

This fits in the long line of "I applaud DFH for what they try, but I don't want to drink more than one of them." I hope they keep this up, but I won't be buying this again.

smerrell, May 01, 2013
Photo of HeadFishDog3030
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Beautiful amber-purple color.

Smell- What you would expect a 60 minute with a hint of wine.

Taste- For those who arent afraid of something a little different. Not an overwhelming wine taste.

Mouthfeel- Lots of flavor a little more bitter than a 60

Overall- Satisfying summery beer

Great find and yet another interesting and great brew by my favorite brewery. Dont be afraid of the fact that it is a wine type blend it works and it pours beautifully.

HeadFishDog3030, May 01, 2013
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of BDF2000
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

BDF2000, Apr 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

blknikon, Apr 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

MarkyMOD, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of Brandywine
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Brandywine, Apr 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Iamstryker, Apr 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

blmar311, Apr 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

avschmitt, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of JMScowcroft
4.26/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dogfish Head Brewery - 61 - 12fl oz bottle

First off I must say that when you purchase something like this, you have to keep an open mind and try to wrap your head around what the brewer is trying to accomplish, otherwise your input really is useless. If you are not a fan of syrah or wine there is no point in buying this beer.

Look - Pours clear purple pink (ruby) with a minimal pink (yes, pink) frothy head. Some lacing.

Smell - The hops and the syrah are at odds here, but I am intrigued nonetheless.

Taste - Snappy carbonated light red (even though syrah is used in shiraz types it comes across light when the hops are done with it) wine bite followed by a dense hoppy overlay. Very crisp.

Mouthfeel - Settles dry and refreshing. Great drinkability. Most poignant on a hot day, perfect for that.

Overall - Good fusion. Strange brew to concoct but DFH makes it work. Appreciated this brew more the second time around.

JMScowcroft, Apr 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

leodarko, Apr 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

cliff1066, Apr 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

MASPuros, Apr 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

crobinso, Apr 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

kylehay2004, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of macrosmatic
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Pours a somewhat disturbing cherry red color, clear, with less than a finger's worth of white foamy head and low amounts of visible carbonation.

S: Sweet, grape, a bit vinous, a bit fruity (cherry? Could just be the suggestion of the color). I get no hop aroma at all. It doesn't smell bad, but nothing like an IPA.

T: Ummm...so I think if I told you that this was a cranberry/pomegranate wine cooler, you would likely believe me. Vinous dry and fruitiness overpowers any malt or hops present. Quite dry.

M: Light body, but sticky sweet. Medium alcohol presence, and decent carbonation.

O: This, in no way, resembles an IPA. I quite enjoy other beers that some would say don't taste like beer (New Glarus fruited beers, some lambics), but this is not those. Not an entirely objectionable liquid to drink, but not anything I'll be drinking again.

macrosmatic, Apr 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

ortie, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of KeyWestGator
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

KeyWestGator, Apr 29, 2013
Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 2,320 ratings.