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Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 407
Hads: 2,765
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 75
Gots: 574 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
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. (928 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (927 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
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. (487 characters)

Photo of ckollias
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. (500 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.62/5  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. (350 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served this 12 oz. bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Bottled on 2/26/13. The body was rose colored with a pink head. Clear body and minimal lacing.

The smell was fresh grapes. Candy dust and pepper.

There was a nice balance of hops bitterness and sweet grapes. Very drinkable.

The mouthfeel was medium in body with zesty carbonation. (340 characters)

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

I poured a finger and a half of near-white head into my DFH pint glass. Body is a light purply rose. It is translucent, and some bubbles can be seen rising to the top. Leaves a little bit of head, and has some lacing. I would deem the coloration unique for this style.

Smells of grassy hops, light sweet malt and grapes.

Flavor is initially musty sweet grapes. This lingers on the lips as the malt passes, then the procession of grassy, piney and grapefruity hops begins. A tidbit of spice is noted mingled with the hops.

Mouthfeel is light-medium. It is rather dry, encouraging you to sip again.

I had to have 3 of these to really get the hang of it. Initial feelings were negative on the first two, but I decided to wait a couple weeks and have this beer solo to really kind of see how I felt about it. It isn't bad but it isn't something I would really seek out. It is interesting and unique. (901 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear cranberry juice red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some subdued grape and wine aromas. Taste is much the same with hop and slightly funky flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and somewhat thin mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with an interesting concept but the interaction between the beer and grape must in this one is a bit odd in my opinion. (661 characters)

Photo of YouSkeete
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mildly cloudy red/purple hue with a short white head. Smooth hop character, zinfandel, pale malts and a slight sour mash in the aroma. Much like the aroma itself, the first sip is a delicious combination of soft red sparkling wine and balanced hops. Grapes, cherries, vanilla, and malted barley are all easily recognized components that follow the first taste. Dry, floral, crisp overall mouthfeel and finish. (409 characters)

Photo of lsummers
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright clear rust color with an off-white thin head that dissipates to some slight lingering lacing. Color is attractive, the head is average.

Smells of zinfandel grapes and white wine. Hops come in slightly with some candied cherry/raspberry notes. There's a sweetness mixed with a vinegar note to it.

Tastes of a white zinfandel wine with some red berry hop bitterness that leads into a candy like sweetness with a peppery note to finish. There's a small touch of burnt nutty brown sugar lingering.

Mouthfeel is actually quite carbonated. Fairly dry and fizzy.

Overall, this was one unique beer, from the appearance to the taste. It's worth a try, but maybe just one try. (686 characters)

Photo of erialbill
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasently surprised with this beer. I read some of the reviews and was expected not to enjoy this one especially since I'm not much of a wine guy. The aroma is a bit too musty for me and the hops that you would normally enjoy from a 60 min. are masked with a crisp wine flavor. The result is very refreshing. I really enjoyed the beer and would really welcome these on hot summer evenings. (396 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear purple amber color with a good sized white head that persists for a bit. Smells of bready caramel malt with a solid shot of earthy pine and citrus hops. Grape vinous aromas round out the nose. Tastes like a vinous ipa. Grape and bread with caramel fight each other to be the dominant flavor while earthy spicy pine muddies up the flavor profile. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet vinous resiny mouthfeel. Certainly different and a bit interesting, but it my feeling that the flavors don't mesh very well. (545 characters)

Photo of BrianJohnson
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks exactly like you'd think - tan/brown with just a hint of pink to it. The smell is almost sweet, like a wine cooler. But then you take a sip, and the hops are right there, but mellowed out by a clear taste of wine. Very interesting beer and I would definitely purchase again. I like it. (291 characters)

Photo of Jonada
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled on 2/26/13. Served in a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a light burgundy/purple color with 2 fingers of an off white, slightly pinkish head. Looks like a 60 minute that someone poured some grape juice into, which is essentially what it is.

Smell: Piney and floral hops, red grape, very slight tartness, and a hint of malt sweetness in the background

Taste: Grassy and piney hop notes upfront. Middle of the mouth, the grape becomes more noticeable, with a slight tartness as well as some bready malt. Finishes dry with a slight bitterness that doesn't linger for long.

Mouthfeel: Lighter end of medium bodied with medium/high carbonation.

Overall: Another interesting one from DFH. It's almost like the hops and grape must are battling each other, rather than working together to enhance the overall flavor. Not a homerun by any means, but still a tasty brew. (875 characters)

Photo of OMGTheyKilkenny
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful, deep rosé color, somewhere between orange, ruby, and dark grapefruit. Thin white head with a subtle hint of pale pink in it.

S- Hops hit first, a sweet blend of grassy hops and rich malts that you'd expect from DFH, followed up by the aroma of a sweet red wine, reminiscent of Franzia's Chillable Red (don't judge).

T- At first, I tasted more beer than wine, very similar to the 60 Minute, but tempered a bit by the grape. Hops provide a pleasant little bite on the finish. Somehow, as I made my way to the bottom of the glass, the wine began to assert itself over the beer. By the end, it was as though I was drinking a sweet, sparkling red with a hint of beer.

MF- Relatively high carbonation, but coats the whole mouth from lips to throat. It wants to linger, and I don't mind.

D- Tough to judge without a frame of reference, as this was my first beer/wine hybrid, but I hope it's not my last. Very refreshing, and somehow lighter than the sum of its parts. Highly enjoyable, and far more efficient than drinking beer and wine separately. If Sam Calagione can somehow work Scotch into this thing, I can quit wasting my time drinking anything else. (1,177 characters)

Photo of themind
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well this stuff pours a nice head and looks appealing. That said it flounders in the taste department. I can smell the grape in it but it basically tastes like a lager/IPA/What?...I cant really figure it out. It's easy to drink and for the price smokes any commercial trash but in the World of craft beer it falls short.

Bottom Line: good for a party (351 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a solid, clear, medium amber/copper color with a mainly white but slightly pink (first time I've ever had even a slightly pink head on my beer!) head that is about 3/4 inch thick when first poured with lots of little bubbles continuously rising up to the top of the glass even long after the beer had been sitting for awhile. Settles to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a very nice solid surface coating of foam and excellent lacing. Aromas of fruity tartness of grapes and berries, floral citrus hops, and somewhat toasted biscuity maltyness. Good citrus and floral hop flavor upfront that gives way to the tart grapes that are present and is rounded out with some nice slightly toasted biscuity caramel malt sweetness on the back end. Very nice balance between the different flavor profiles going on here. Has a crisp, yet smooth and frothy, prickly, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Has a clean finish and a dry aftertaste. I found this do be very drinkable in the way well crafted beer should be. A very interesting and tasty unique offering here from the folks at Dogfish Head. Not something would drink night after night all the time, but try it for sure if you get the chance! I hope to drink it again.

Eric (1,346 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 26FEB13

Pours a nicely pink hued copper with a slim sheet of light pink foam. Smells juicy out the gate with grapes, and I have to admit that the grapes carry that dirty, inky depth of Syrah grapes. Also some bits of resin, but mostly dominated by the grape character. Standard sweet english malt dominance in the DFH beers, some bitterness, a bit of blueberry and musty earth. Medium bodied with light carb and a semi dry finish. Interesting beer, I'm really left unmoved, but wouldn't shy somebody away from the beer. (528 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Ow man I missed the "pink tinted" beer since I drank it out of the bottle! Ow well the carbonation was good reaching the neck of the bottle.
S - Smells like a 60 minute with a mild grape tone. No noticeable alcohol smell so hopefully this will not taste like wine.
T - Well like the brewery itself it's a very odd brew. It has the bright crisp piney balanced one note hops that I enjoy of a typical 60 minute, a better drink ability since it has some fruity grapes that make the beer tasty, but like a double edge sword the dry aspect is noticeable making it somewhat unsatisfying.
M - Spot on like the 60 minute light to medium body, very hoppy, but an odd drying fruit note that doesn't seem to click.

Overall I am starting to think that not only do I hate wine but grape based beers seem to not work for me either. Not a bad beer/wine hybrid certainly the most drinkable one I ever had. (895 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a pale pinkish red, much like a rosé wine, and it pours with a very fizzy, eggshell white head, much like a frizzante wine. The head quickly peels away to leave a light scrim, but that scrim is constantly punctured by a rapid torrent of carbonated bubbles working their way to the top of the glass. In body, the beer is nicely clean and clear, appearing much like a rosé wine. On the nose, the beer smells spicy and bready with sweet, jam-like fruit notes also coming through. Oddly enough, the nose actually reminds me of a softer smelling Soft Parade by Shorts Brewing Company. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet, then lightly acidic, and then nicely bitter at the end. The flavors begin as sweet, and almost sour, generic berry flavor with a touch of earthy spice, which slowly moves into a tongue tingling bitter that mellows over the tongue and gives some nice grassy notes of flavoring. The finish is nearly pure IPA with just light touches of fruity berries, and the aftertaste is just bitter medicinal hops in the mouth. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium with a tongue tingling carbonation that helps to scrub back some of the Syrah’s sweeter notes, and which helps to pave the way for the hops bitter back end of the flavor. The mouth is left surprisingly dry, though there is a slight syrupy feel at the middle of the tongue. Overall, this beer is an interesting step in the ongoing experimentation with beer-wine hybrids. It sweet up front, and bitter in the back, but it doesn’t quite give the Syrah flavors that I was hoping for, and honestly, I was kind of hoping for some tannic bitter on the back of the tongue. I think a tempranillo grape, with its big earthy and spicy notes would be a better match for an IPA, which has me hoping that DFH will maybe do a series of this beer with different grapes. In the end, this is an interesting beer, but not Dogfish Heads best. (1,931 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: This was an odd light pink tinted gold color. It poured with a small fizzy cap.

s: Mostly straight up 60 minute; piny hops with some citrus and plenty of caramel. But I think someone used my glass for grape juice and didn't wash it.

t: Odd but good. But odd. This is basically 60 minute, but with a fairly subdued grape flavor that works pretty well with the base IPA. Sort of.

m: Sticky and slick.

o: I like it. Yeah I'm pretty sure I do. I don't think I'd buy it again though. (485 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is an amber-tinted copper coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy white surface coating. Literally looks like 60 Minute with a drop of red coloring in it. Aromas of subtle grape sweetness and tang, with a solid biscuit backbone and hints of hops at the end. Flavors of tangy sweet, wine-like characters initially. Almost like a muscato or even wine spritzer, where it has hints of dryness and terroir, but the sweetness is amplified. Solid, balanced backbone of hops bitterness and biscuit, both toasty and bready. Very balanced and dynamic brew. The beer has a dry sweetness in the aftertaste, with a slick, dry finish. Light, smooth bodied in mouth. If you didn't know from the packaging, you wouldn't relate this to the 60 Minute IPA at all. It is a stand alone brew, and deservingly so. Very unique, tasty brew. (861 characters)

Photo of mpedara429
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out a clear reddish pink color. Sort of like a red ale with a pinkish hue. There was a thin layer off white head. Again, with a pinkish hue.

S: Dank pine, grape and some spicy scents.

T: Similar to the smell.

M: Medium body that is a little creamy. Carbonation is microbubbles, sort of like champagne but not so harsh.

O: I feel like it was a good idea but could've been executed way better. The hop flavor, whether it be lacking the correct hops, or getting outshined by grapes was not what I was looking for. A nice citrus and fruity hop profile would've made this one much better. (596 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear reddish hue with a finger of pink-tinted white head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: Sweet citrus notes up front with pineapple and tangerines. Grape aromas follow with a bit of muskiness. There are also notes of fermented fruits.

T: Some citrus notes here as well along with a little tartness. Musky grape and wine-like flavors make up most of the profile with a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is light and sudsy feeling.

O: An interesting beer overall. Very unique, and while some aspects of it are a little odd, none of them is offensive and the result is an interesting, drinkable IPA. (679 characters)

Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.