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Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

2,217 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,217
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 47
Gots: 248 | 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 Massbmx
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Massbmx, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of slvrmon82
4/5  rDev +10.2%

slvrmon82, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of stephenjmoore
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a light pink color that looks like a rose wine. As it settles into the glass, the body looks like a light ruby color with some pink highlights. The head has a light pink hue as well and leaves a lot of lacing. The unusual colors may not be extremely noticable if you are passing by, but next to a 60-minute, you can see a big difference.

S- A lot of grape wine aromas come through. You can get a little bit of the standard 60-minute malt and hops, but the addition of the grape must completely changes this beer.

T- The grape must comes through in a big way. Again, you can get bits and pieces of what once was 60-minute, but this tastes closer to a wine. Lots of standard wine flavors and tannins with a slight malt backbone.

M- Mouthfeel is pretty good. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, very drinkable.

O- This beer is just what it set out to be, a beer-wine hybrid. I think this has more wine flavors than traditional IPA flavors, so this one is not for people who hate wine. Personally I think this would fit more under the fruit/vegetable category, but like many Dogfish Head beer, this one is not easily classified.

stephenjmoore, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Colosdog
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Colosdog, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of NEO68710
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

NEO68710, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of yottachem
3/5  rDev -17.4%

yottachem, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of bmoney
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

bmoney, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

ejimhof, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of ralphw56
4/5  rDev +10.2%

ralphw56, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of reizorc
3/5  rDev -17.4%

reizorc, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +10.2%

smartassboiler, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of rsr199300
4.5/5  rDev +24%

rsr199300, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this courtesy of my brother - tenderbranson69 -enjoyed chilled in a 'stout' glass from a 12oz.

The color is beautiful - a slight ruby hue with tinges of magenta and great clarity with visible carbonation and thin lavender head with fine bead, lace clings in a thin film. The smell has a deep pine aroma with mild citrus ring and light spice with a floral and fruity accent which is hinting at vinous odor. The feel is good with dry crisp and highly carbonated textures with a spicy tangy hop feel gentle bitterness as it has a mild sweetness in the finish.

the flavor is not heavily grape influenced, yet it does have a slightly spicy vinous element with more tangy and bitter contrast and dry herbal notes with a citrus flavor from the hops with light tangelo and mild grape skin recurring the flavor with light orange hop taste. There is a residual bitter pine hop flavor which seems to accentuate the mild red grape aspect. Overall I like it -it doesn't have a lot in common with 60 minute, but I think that is the point a new twist which works well adds a bit of fruitiness the yeast and hops might not give otherwise with mix of grape must adding dry texture and makes for a very drinkable ale.

Slatetank, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of tzolandz
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

tzolandz, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of fearfactory
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

fearfactory, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of YogiBeer
4/5  rDev +10.2%

YogiBeer, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Axnjxn, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a DFH shaped pint glass. Bottled on 2/26/13.

A - Pours a dark, rosey copper color with a long lasting finger of lacing. The bright white foam shows a pinkish hue, similar to cherry 7-up. Leaves a pretty lacing down the glass's interior. Unique looking brew and bonus points because the finger of head lasted for the duration.

S - Concord grape on the forefront, making for a fruity aroma. Red wine-like tannins unlike I have smelled in any other beer. Some bready malt shines through, but is overwhelmed by the grape must and earthy hops. I usually don't like the smell of fruit beers, but I'm really digging the smell on this one.

T - Same components as the nose, but the grape isn't quite as overpowering. Great balance between the sweet, dry grape and bitter grassy hops. The result is a very earthy flavor. Slightly lactic on the back end with a clean finish.

M - A bit undercarbonated for my liking, but pretty refreshing and crisp nonetheless.

O - I probably wouldn't have recognized this as a take on an IPA had I not already known. I think the grape works very well with the hoppy base beer, adding a fruity and tart character. My fear was that this beer would be cloying, but I found the grape flavors to be held in check by the hops. It is actually quite drinkable and refreshing. It was more expensive than my go-to beers of similar ABV, despite only coming in a 4-pack. It was definitely worth trying, but I won't be rushing out to grab a case of the stuff.

NoLeafClover44, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of bigorange
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

bigorange, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

smakawhat, Apr 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

beercanman, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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.

DrinkSlurm, Apr 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

eggmaggi, Apr 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Kayaker, Apr 09, 2013
Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,217 ratings.