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Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery

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2,461 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,461
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 54
Gots: 358 | 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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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.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear, pink-hued, with a pinkish-white head of foam. A little disconcerting.
Aroma-Faint grape juice and hop note
Taste-Dry, tangy, watery grape juice with a dose of hops thrown in. What is "grape must" anyway? This brew is refreshing in a Berliner-weisse sort-of-way, but the ABV is too high for that style. "American IPA"? I dunno.. Another crazy concoction from Sam. I give the man all due respect for his fearless brewing style.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz beer out of a small tulip glass.

A: Pours a reddish-pink hue with a thin white heat that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass - leaving a great trail - and ending in a solid lace.

S: Slightly hoppy and wine like aroma - with a fruity background.

T: Wine-like flavor upfront from the grape must. Starts out sweet and then turns bitter and hoppy in the end.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting twist on the 60 minute IPA - I like the wine-like addition.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Red wine, just a bit murkier and thicker.

Smell: Light red wine, like a pinot noir or a merlot. Sour lemon as well. A bit too sour overall actually.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Red wine with belgian yeast. An enjoyable if not odd combination. Very crisp mouthfeel.

Overall: Beer or wine drinkers would enjoy this, but may not necessarily love it.

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3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pours a cherry-hued amber, easily the reddest IPA I've ever seen. Que syrah, syrah? Thin head of off-white, some cling but not a complete lace stick.

Aroma - light wafts of soap, citrus, and earth. Interesting blend.

Taste - soapy florals, enhanced by the syrah must, I would imagine. A definite wine influence, the hop character is toned down in bitterness to create some balance. A tickle of bitterness after the swallow, the syrah stays around for the whole time, though. Finishes with fading mild bitterness and soapy florals.

Mouthfeel - crisp, dry, the body and of a sparkling wine.

Overall - unique, not an easy task anymore. Excellent balance between the beer and that extra ingredient. Interesting enough to enjoy several of.

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Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 2,461 ratings.