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Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,386 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,386
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 54
Gots: 320 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

seplo, May 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

mikeburd1128, May 10, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Rochefort10nh, May 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

twenty5, May 10, 2013
Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

NickThePyro, May 10, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.79/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded bronze colour pressure cap and interesting iconic label acquired at a local SoCal beer store earlier tonight and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; not a big Dogfish Head guy usually but I like a select few offerings. "India Pale Ale brewed with Syrah grape must." 6.5% ABV confirmed. Bottled 02/26/13 (refrigerated since receipt at the store).

Served cold straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger dreadfully thin white-pink colour head of horrid thickness and pretty decent (~3 minute) retention. Body colour is a unique rose/pink. Clear, fluid, clean, and translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is thin, uneven, and unappealing. Weak-looking; lacks vibrance or solidity.

Sm: Floral, soapy, and light piney hop character. Malty sweetness. Sweet syrupy grape; it's not appealing. Juicy grapeskin. Some lychee. Sticky and nectary (in a bad way - and not from the hops). No hop bitterness comes through, though the sticky sweetness is so distracting I'm not sure I'd notice it if it did. An imbalanced, off-putting aroma of moderate strength. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Lightly syrupy sweet grape juice reminiscent of a generic brand fizzy grape drink. Lacks body, with weak pale and crystal malts trying to hold it up but failing; this beer has no backbone. Overly sweet with heavy grapeskin and lychee-like syrup. Poorly balanced and badly built. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Hop character is generic and floral; poorly done for an IPA. Weak, pathetic, unrefreshing. Not getting any wine notes or wine must notes.

Mf: Weak, clean, smooth, wet, thin, and lightly watery. Good carbonation. Poor body. Poor presence on the palate. Not at all to style. Doesn't suit the flavour profile well.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. It's unique but poorly done. I wouldn't get it again, but I applaud the experimentation. Priced highly for the lack of quality. Another gimmick brew from Dogfish Head. Not recommended.

Low C

kojevergas, May 10, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -38%

mattafett, May 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Beer4Baltimore, May 10, 2013
Photo of JRBecks
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

JRBecks, May 09, 2013
Photo of smooth_aleing
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a sparkling, decent head that quickly fizzles. Appears like a dark rosé in the glass. Definitely a good grape nose, with some pine and slight hops in the background. Taste is prominently from the Syrrah grapes, though again, a bit of pine and citrus even it out. Overall an interesting beer...don't know if I'd buy a whole 4-pack of it, but if I saw it again, especially in the warmer months, I'd give it another go.

smooth_aleing, May 09, 2013
Photo of adam42381
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 2/26/13 stamped on bottle neck.

Appearance: Pours a clear medium cranberry-pink color with orange highlights a 1 finger bubbly snow white head which dissipates quickly but never disappears. Tons of effervescent bubbles throughout.

Smell: Floral hops and sweet citrus with sweet malt and a nice fruitiness that I assume comes from the Syrah must.

Taste: Mild floral and citrus hops along with sweet malt up front followed by grassy hops in the middle before ending with lemon zest and tannic grape hulls at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter and puckering.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. A bit watery for an IPA.

Drinkability: Medium drinkability. It's goes down easy, but I wouldn't want multiples.

Overall: Average beer overall. I was excited to try this one, but it didn't really work for me. It's worth a shot, but I wouldn't really seek this one out again.

adam42381, May 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

HinghamRick, May 09, 2013
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3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Gorgeous red color that slowly turns Pink as you finish it. However, no lacing. Two-finger head that appears to be more fizzy than foamy.

S: A slight berry and grapefruit aroma, but that is all. I don't get any hop aromas at all whatsoever.

T: It seems like this beer is trying to fuck with me. The taste profile just doesn't work. There are two completely different flavors and they just don't correlate with each other. This is supposed to be an IPA-based beer, but I don't taste any hops, or any IPA characteristics at all, for that matter. The Syrah grape must has clearly defeated the hops.

M: Mouthfeel is alright I guess, but nothing too impressive. Each sip I take, I get a slight fizziness on my tongue - similar to a soda.

O: I like the idea of this particular beer. I admire the creativity of DFH and will always support them... HOWEVER, this "61 minute" reminded me of when I was a kid and used to drink cherry soda. I understand that DFH is trying to expand their Wine/Beer hybrids, but there's only so much they can do.

Don't give up, DFH!

stlunatic15, May 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Beer21, May 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

EyePeeAyBryan, May 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

tommyguz, May 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

BMart, May 08, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

MrBuckHigh, May 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

RichH55, May 08, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a reddish coppery amber with a half finger odd-tinted off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of grape juice and sweet light biscuit malt, slightly musty. Flavor starts with biscuit malt and grassy hops, then slightly oaky, dry red wine becomes dominant; finishes dry and tannic. Medium bodied. An interesting experimental hybrid, but the fresh hops that make 60 minute great are muted by the vinous flavors and the finish is too dry and earthy for a ale for my taste. When I drink wine, I prefer dry, oaky reds, but this combination just doesn't work for me. I'd rather have the individual components. Kudos to Dogfish for an intriguing try, but didn't work for me.

LiquidAmber, May 08, 2013
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3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear pinkish brown with a light pink head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of a little grapes and some floral hops.

Tastes of the fruitiness with some light IPA notes underneath. Fruity grape notes lead off with a fair amount of sweetness. This leads into a little citrus and floral hops. A bit of caramel and toasted grain comes through after this.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I don't like this. I don't find any of the flavors to be offensive, but it really comes off as a wine cooler with hops to me.

ocelot2500, May 08, 2013
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2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A - light ruby/garnet color, very similar to watered-down sangria, pink tinted head that recedes to an 1/8". Light carbonation streams throughout

S - faint scent of malts, with a Loire-like rosè aroma. Hop are present but take a backseat. Refreshing smell!

T - extremely disjointed, the fruit doesn't know where to fit in. Slight piney-hop flavor that fades very quickly into an odd, metallic, lingering finish

M - great weight and carbonation. Well made in this aspect. A feel on the palate like an Anjou wine.

O - Need to go back to the drawing board. Very disappointed that this wasn't better. I will still support DFH through and through!

Cubatobaco, May 08, 2013
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3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A- pours red-amber color with some ruby hue, small foamy white head that almost had a purplish tone, long retention after the pour

S- Concord grape juice, grainy and cracker-like malt, artificial grape candy, vegetal and earthy

T- tart grape flavors provide somewhat wine flavors, mid-palate is slightly sweet and malty, the finish is strong herbal hops with some medicinal flavor, dry-yet-bitter finish with herbal and floral hop linger

M- medium-light body with medium carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- not really sure what to think about this one, I find it hard to classify this as an IPA. It's certainly different but not something I will be purchasing again

Treyliff, May 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

dalepryor, May 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Cheezus, May 07, 2013
Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 2,386 ratings.