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Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 411
Hads: 2,799
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 38.74%
Wants: 76
Gots: 597 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MikeRoni on 02-01-2013

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Reviews: 411 | Hads: 2,799
Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear ruby red color with large 1.5 inch white head with large bubbles that dissipate slowly, good lacing

S: Mostly red wine, Im thinking cabernet sauvignon, with some hops in the background

T: The red wine taste is the dominant player, I get a little malty sweetness and some hops but they are background flavors

M: Very interesting, your mind is thinking wine and you get the dryness but the carbonation of beer.

O: Good beer. This is a very nice pairing of two classic drinks. I am eager to explore the food pairings with this one.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber color in body that leans strongly towards rose, I'm thinking an IPA with a drop of red dye mixed in. A medium, three finger head forms and retains very well, leaving a good amount of lacing as you drink. The scent on this one is an odd mixture of hoppy IPA and semi-dry red wine. There are both good doses of citrus hops and dark red fruited and spicy wine notes. Overall, the smell is just....odd to me.

The taste hits up front with semi-bitter hops that display a moderate bit of hops bitterness that leans towards the floral flavor side. The Syrah flavors kick in next, with a good bit of dark, red fruit. The cherry and other fruit flavors move into a bitter of peppery spice flavor and by the end of the drink, it kind of feels like you're drinking a carbonated red wine. The beer is rather smooth and drinks a little thicker than an IPA would.

Overall, this beer is a very unique offering and would offer a great drinking experience to a wine drinker. Luckily, I have picked up a taste for red wine lately, and this beer does a good job of being both IPA-like and wine-like.

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Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a huge fan of Syrah, this one piqued my interest. When colder, at a "proper" IPA temperature, the dryness supplied by the Syrah grapes is a bit overpowering. Allow to warm to near room temperature and this one becomes quite nice. Pours a beautiful light ruby with light, white head that retains a ring around the glass even while warming and sitting for quite a long time. Overall a nice, crisp - finishing surprise.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a small foam head that recedes almost immediately, leaving a thin, uneven white head with lacing around the edges.

Not much going on in the aroma. Grape is most noticeable. Raspberry.

Taste follows the nose. Grape comes on rather strong. Really has more of a grape juice/red wine taste to it. A little bit of cherry, possibly some fig. Some light malty notes. A little bit of sourness. Honestly there's just very little going on in the taste here.

Medium bodied. Good carbonation. Goes down a bit sticky, but easily downable.

An interesting brew by DFH, but not one of their better ones. Worth a try, but not worth revisiting.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reddish pour with little head. Some citrus and vino in the nose. Mild bitterness, with wine notes in the front. Not very notable finish - could be a little crisper/cleaner. It's okay.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.59/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful beer that doesn't fit into a particular standardized category... Dogfish Head did an excellent job pioneering something enjoyable, different, and unique when their competitors haven't

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Photo of Moose90
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into 16oz snifter
"Bottled on 05/22/14 1829"
Tasted on 03/02/15 let's see how this is with some age on it

A – Woah purple! Head is tall and bright white, thins to a cap and leaves clingy patchy lacing behind. Crazy color on this one.

S – Red grape must, floral notes, and quite sweet.

T – Light pale crystal malt notes, hoppy, though it is dominated by notes of grape must, red wine qualities, comes across like a blanc de noirs in some sense.

M – Champagne like again, very light, crisp and effervescent.

O – Crazy and unexpected, wine notes are not overly dominant but are very apparent. Nicely balanced and very good overall.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at DFH Fairfax. Clear copper with purplish thin head. Definitely get the grapes on the nose with some malt and earthy hop character. Some sour grape skin flavor with the typical 60 minute malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Soft carbonation, medium bodied, dry finish.

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Photo of leantom
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Decided to purchase a gimmicky beer this weekend. Here goes:

L: Nothing great. Small head that immediately disappears (interesting color, though), no lacing. Raspberry-colored, clear, good carbonation.

S: Good. Grapes, raspberries, some pine from the hops.

T: Just OK. Grapey, cherry flavor; rather spritzy. Some pine and grapefruit from the hops. Kind of funky.

F: Well-carbonated but nothing special.

O: OK beer. Would not purchase again, however.

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Photo of MNJR
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This stuff is expensive, and not really worth the price. I'm sure the brewing and ingredients are "worth it" but the taste is a little poor. It has a weird color of half amber ale and half pink lemonade. It smells a little medicine-y and sour. Decent mouth feel and body, but the taste is basically an unremarkable IPA with a couple of drops of Robitussin in it. Sorry, not a winner from Dogfish Head. Not undrinkable, and if you put forth some effort it is sort of interesting, but it never rises to being very good.

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Photo of njtmayhem
4.76/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Well if you ever wondered what would happen if you topped off your 60 min with some wine here ya go. Its wonderful, perfect with some food or after as dessert.

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Photo of EFitzsimmons
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orange-red solid looking beer. Light carbonated head that fades to just a light rim around the sides rather quickly.

Malt, citrus, and the Syrah scent comes through pretty clear as well. Nothing too strong here.

Fresh citrus bitter to start, then a slightly sweet grape flavor along with a bit of sour to it. Interesting and enjoyable.

Mostly this beer stays on the lips and towards the front part of your mouth. The carbonation is refreshing and matches the flavor pretty well.

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Photo of BeerNW
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Did not care for this one. The grape smell is a bit offputting and felt like this was just a subpar IPA. Dont mind the attempt but was not my favorite.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, cloudy, deep, dark amber color with reddish highlights and a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of malt, piney hops, and earthy, musty, slightly sweet, slightly vinegary (in a good way) fruit. Interesting aromas.

Taste: Wow! Delicious! Strong flavors in equal amounts of toasted malt and piney, slightly bitter hops up front, followed by caramel-like sweetness, grape-like fruity sweetness and sourness. I really like it!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very effervescent as there is quite a bit of carbonation. With an ABV of 6.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a great, no, fantastic beer! I don’t like IPAs, as I find them too hoppy, too bitter for my taste. However, this IPA I really, really like. No, I love it! The addition of the Syrah grape must, which adds some very nice, fruity, sweet/lightly sour flavors really balances out the piney, bitter hops. Delicious!

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - 4 - Pours a nice auburn.
S - 3.25
T - 3.25 - The grape zest gives it an aftertaste that is more bitter wine than bitter hops.
MF - 3.75
O - 3.5 - This is one of those wild and crazy Dogfish brews that just does not work for me.

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Photo of Harvest06
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Purple in color, reminds you of a red wine with an amber ale.
S: Pleasant smell of Syrah grapes and earthy hops with subtle citrus undertones. Grape flavors mingle with earthy yet slightly citrus hops and subtle sweet malts. A good integration of the flavors. Gives off a slight sourness.
M: Mouthful is light body with high carbonated. Light, refreshing, pairs well with food a Syrah or Shiraz would. Overall outstanding job of integrating the grape smell with that of malts and subtle hops. The hops are subtle as are the malts.
O: This has a overall complex, slightly sour profile that goes well with food. Tastes more wine like characteristics. I wouldn't call this an IPA.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle

Appearance is like a carbonated cranberry juice. No lacing. Very little head even on a vigorous pour.

Aroma is extremely complex. It almost smells of cotton candy. The grape must is clearly present! Definitely a fruit sweetness, with still a present hop aroma! Very unique!

This beer is not meant to be consumed cold. The flavors SUCK when overly chilled. It is perfect after sitting for a few minutes. When the beer finally warms, it is a nice balance between the hop bitterness and this cherry-ish ending sweetness. I get more cherry than grape (weird I know). It's balanced but instead of malt sweetness, it's the grape must instead.interesting....

I think this beer could stand up to a lot of different food pairings. I think it would go extremely well with salmon. It's not a beer that is absolutely amazing, nor one I would keep readily stashed. However, it's just so unique, that it's fun to try once in awhile. The beer is also a tad bit watery for my taste... Especially for an IPA.I give it an 83/100

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Photo of plakers
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a unique rose hue, somewhat subtle, citrus aroma of hops. Thin head, small bubbles, little lacing at fridge temps.

Initial taste--wow. A bit of grapefruit, a bit of grape, no malt. Mouthfeel fizzy and light like a cheap champagne, a bit too thin. Very little bitterness lingers, definitely not sweet.

A great beer to try, maybe a beer for the wine lover, great balance of differing flavors.
Not an everyday beer for me but really like the way it stands apart from other beers.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

The color is slightly hazy amber/orange with a thick layer of foamy white head.

The smell is grapefruit, as expected with a juicy hop flavor that sits in the back in the edges.

The taste if this beer is lip smacking with citrus flavor. There is grapefruit flavor here but also a tease of melon that has a slight presence. There is a navel orange pith that slight over the sense and then goes away as tiny under-ripe watermelon comes into the light.

The feel of this beer is light with a smooth finish. This goes down easy and really seems to disappear from glass faster than expected. Thumbs up.

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Photo of Gear54
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

From a bottle into a snifter.

Color is ruby red. Beer has little carbonation, no head, and no lace.

Smell carries hints of grape and pine. Not a combination I've come across yet.

Taste is bitter hops and citrus with grape juice undertones. Lasts longer on the toung than I expected.

Overall good drinkability and enjoyable flavors!

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Aroma: Citrus and grapefruit up front, but with a tannic grape skin aroma at the end. Rounded hop and fruit aromas. Slight sweetness.
Appearance: Copper to nearly pink color that is quite unusual for a beer. Excellent clarity. Large fine white head with hints of pink that is very persistent. Nucleation sites on the bottom of the glass accentuate this effect.
Flavor: The hop bitterness and citrus flavor is dominant up front on the initial taste. The citrus then fades to a somewhat dry red grape skin flavor. The flavors all disappear off the tongue quite quickly leaving you with the impression of blandness at the end.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and almost creamy at first. The finish is off-dry and a bit tart.
Overall: An interesting take on a pale ale and quite unique for my palate. The grape adds complexity, but I feel that it draws some attention away from the hops in this style beer. This was fun to try, but like a lot of Dogfish Head beers, it isn't one I'd drink much of.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%

Pours a thin head on a rose colored body. Pretty.
The aroma is pine and lots of ripe grapes. Interesting.
The taste is nice at first, mild grape sweetness with just a little bitterness, then the pine and lemon bitterness take over the middle to end. It's a bit of an assault.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
Worth trying but not my style.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.39/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into glass. 6.5% abv.

Appearance- Deep red, with a bit of a purple hue to it. Very thin head, yet has good retention.

Smell- Bready malt with orange peel and notes of fresh grapes.

Taste- A caramel malt flavor with strong pine and citrus notes. The sweetness from the grapes comes through midway, and lingers right along with the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and the carbonation is there despite the minimal head after the pour. Very good.

Overall- A very fresh beer packed with fruit and hop flavors that highlights grapes. What else would one expect from DFH? This is original and well done. One of these of draft would be exceptional. Thumbs up.

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Photo of curasowa
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, red color with one finger of head that fades with a nice curtain of lace.

Aroma: Biscuity malt, grape juice and kind of a funky yeast aroma

Taste: Sweet, caramel malt, a little bready, earthy and citrus hop bitterness, the becoming really sweet and fruit juicy. Finish is lingering and alternates between bitterness and grape juice.

The Rest: Very interesting variation on an IPA. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of saison90
4/5  rDev +9.9%

this is a great way to introduce people to IPAs. the grape must does a great job cutting the harsh jumps in bitterness that usually turn people away. probably not for the well seasoned IPA fan, but a good beer nonetheless

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Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.