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Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

2,208 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,208
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 46
Gots: 245 | FT: 4
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 ShanePB
4/5  rDev +10.2%

ShanePB, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of AdamBear
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

AdamBear, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of sjverla
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

sjverla, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of Newbiebeer
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Newbiebeer, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of mkppisdead
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

mkppisdead, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of cfinch2
4.5/5  rDev +24%

cfinch2, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of JoeyBadaBingBoom
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

JoeyBadaBingBoom, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +24%

redfox405, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of jplopez21
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

jplopez21, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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...

philbe311, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Handsome red with an impressive off white head on the pour. "different" points for the red must hue.
smell: Odd at first sniff but as it warms a bit the grape and hops form a fruity, bready interesting balance. Doesn't smell like an IPA anymore but it works.
taste: Much like the nose. A bit more of the 60 minute crisp hops than in the nose.
overall: another fine and unusual beer from Dogfish.

cindyjeffsmith, Apr 07, 2013
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3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Hill Farmstead Sniffer

A: This definitely is a unique color especially for an IPA, it is ruby red with hints of copper. When poured there is a light bright white head that dissipates into a thick lacing around the top of the glass. It looks clean, clear and totally translucent so in terms of looks this beer has the right qualities as well as a uniqueness.

S: This smell is a few things first two things that come to mind are unpleasant and hard to describe. I don't have a trained nose, but I can't really tell what this smells like it almost smells plasticy like freshly made tupperware. I don't know but I do not like it.

T: The taste fortunately is not unpleasant like the nose, but it quite unique. Upfront it has the taste that is closer to a hoppy pale ale then an IPA. The taste is also juiciness too it that makes me think of grapes but I think the knowledge of grape must may have biased that opinion somewhat as it is not super distinct in flavor for me. Moving on to the finish of the beer the juicy flavor fades into a more distinctly wine like flavor but it seems like watered down red wine and the must gives an unpleasant tinge that reminds me of what happens when you drink the yeast in the bottom of a red wine bottle. The finish doesn't ruin the taste completely but it does does hurt what is a solid unique taste upfront, but thats just my opinion.

M: In terms of the feel it is light and watery which makes it go down pretty easily as the abv is noticeable either. There is a juiciness to it but it doesn't resemble wine other then the funk that almost feels like grape must is still floating around the beer, but you wouldn't want that in your wine. Like the taste the upside is its drinkable the downside is its kinda weird.

O: This is definitely an interesting beer and as always props to DFH for using unique and non-traditional ingredients as a brewery that has a fairly large distribution for a craft brewery. That begin said some are hits some are misses and although this one is more towards the middle of the spectrum it is more of a miss then a hit for me. The look is really good and the taste and feel are solid, but the smell is one of the worst I have experienced (just unpleasant) and the wine beer mixture that sometimes works for DFH just doesn't work this time as it is just weird.

Pinknuggets, Apr 07, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Hugonaut13, Apr 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

random846, Apr 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Danny1217, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

TripelMark, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of deadonhisfeet
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into a DFH IPA glass. Interesting looking pour. It looks like a beer with a shot of grenadine added to it. Slightly yellow but mostly a light cranberry color. Very clear with no haze. A rough pour produces a thin head that vanishes as I type this. Interesting nose too. I get very faint traces of grapefruit and a little bit of dark fruit.

Very light body and mild flavor. If this was made from 60-min IPA, you've got me fooled. The hops are just not here like I expected, or if they are they are jockeying for position with the fruity notes from the grape must. The beer is rather dry and refreshing and reminds me of a wine spritzer. Unfortunately, I don't think the flavors work all that well. The dry cracker-like malt notes and what hops there are seem to work with the grape must to produce a slightly unpleasant metallic undertaste. As I drink it, I'm thinking of fruit flavored tonic water without enough fruit sweetness to balance it out.

Thought I'd give this a try. I'm done with it. I have to give DFH credit for being daring and inventive and always looking for new ways to make beer. However, sometimes I think they should spend a little less time brewing new oddball beers and a little more time making their oddball beers taste as good as they possibly can. This might be a really great beverage, but in drinking it I can't help but think it was rushed to market.

deadonhisfeet, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

mmmmbeer, Apr 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

DerekMorgan, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

enelson, Apr 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Chazari99, Apr 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

tree777, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Goldfishman
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Goldfishman, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

2dogbrew, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of bchlr4lfe
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

bchlr4lfe, Apr 06, 2013
Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 2,208 ratings.