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Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 419
Hads: 2,831
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 38.46%
Wants: 75
Gots: 627 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MikeRoni on 02-01-2013

A continually-hopped IPA brewed with Syrah grape must.
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Reviews: 419 | Hads: 2,831
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, Botled on 2-26-13

Pours ruby hued medium amber. Off white head, again with a ruby accent.

Nose is slightly floral, with hops in the rear.

Tasty IPA, 60 minutes hops in near full force, with a noticable floral/wine note adding to complexity. Interesting and different, I find the results of this experiment to be quite successful.

Worth a try, I expect this one to go along well with rustic, flavorfull BBQ in some summer warmth

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Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A very reddish, amber beer with a medium-sized head. The aroma is very wine-like...grape skins, wine tannins, backed by herbal, earthy hops. Not much malt in the smell. The taste is semi-dry, with some grain character....notable fruit...grape and apple....yeast and some tartness. The finish is lingering and more bitter than I anticipated. Nice and here sting beer.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.82/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a light pinkish/purple with a very small head that dissipated quickly. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Grape and some wine, the 60 minute attributes are a bit muted, a little bit of pine.

T: More grape, again the IPA part of this beer is very minimal. A little bit of pine, not like 60 minute at all.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lingering taste.

O: Not very good, which I suppose was to be expected as I am not a huge fan of noble rot.

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Photo of Frankinstiener
1.06/5  rDev -70.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Picked up a four pack of this dated 2/28/2013. I like wine, I like beer so why not?
Pours a red/ purple color with a thin white head. Smells bad, musty, no hops. Taste is just awful. I get no hop tastes, just cheap wine then bitterness. Tastes like some sort of sparkling wine than went terribly bad. If you poured this into my glass and didn't tell me what it was, I would think it's the worst glass of wine I have ever had. In reality, it's the worst glass of beer I have ever had.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Funky light pink/purple foamy head. Dark purple brew. Intriguing lacing. Unique spin.

Grape notes for sure. Piney, resinous, dank. Funky cotton candy aroma.

Awkwardly bitter and dry. Carbonation is perfect and light. Flavors are mixed, lots of light IPA pine, yet must comes though wonderfully, although dry. Crisp. Rounded out nicely.

This could have been an awful mess, but it came out very drinkable and light. Nice IPA attributes with a kick of experiment. It's definitely an experimental brew, but it was fun to try once. Recommended as a single @ $2.50/12oz

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Photo of Brad007
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a beet red/garnet with a reddish-white head into my glass. I was intrigued by the description on the bottle and the color is even cooler!

Citrusy hops with a touch of the syrah grape must in the nose. It's very subtle and doesn't infringe upon the hops.

Taste is hard to describe but I'll try. Citrusy hops with a strong, sour touch of the syrah grape must. I'm not sure if it goes very well here.

Clashes with the hops in the mouthfeel. You get too much of the grape must and little of the hops themselves.

Eh. Could have been much better. After all, Midas Touch uses grape doesn't it and that beer is a lot more drinkable than this. I see an attempt to cross beer and wine here and it doesn't work for me.

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Photo of xk6m6m5x
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a dark pink/ light red color with a small white head that gradually faded to thin lacing

S: smells faintly of red wine, citrusy hops pretty upfront

T: im not an ipa guy so it was very surprising, slightly dry red wine taset followed buy very mild hoppiness.

M: fairly light, dry, pretty high carbonation compared to what i am used to

O: i enjoyed this beer, i was fairly surprised because im more of a stout porter guy so for an ipa i was pretty impressed, i kno its not a "true" ipa but earlier in the day i tried a tordepo and i think after drinking this brew i could ease my way into the ipa field.

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Photo of ZachHodgson
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear cherry red; surprising for an ale.

S: Malty and sweet with a definite red wine aroma.

T: Up-front sweetness with a predominant grape flavor that gives way to the expected lingering bitterness of a sixty-minute IPA.

M: Crisp and dry. Refreshing.

O: Not a bad offering by Sam and the crew down at Dogfish, but I'm a little surprised that this beer is coming into Dogfish Head's core offerings. As out of the ordinary as this beer is, I would expect it to be a seasonal. With the right pairing, I could see this being very nice for the summer.

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Photo of Zorro
2.23/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Another weird beer from Dogfish Head, IPA with grape must.

Purplish pink colored beer with a tall pink head, yep it's weird.

Smells of grapefruit and grape with a bitter scent something like bug spray. Smells like an orchard that has been spayed for fruit flies.

Starts out bitter and a little sour with a clear grapefruit flavor. The IPA and grapes doesn't work so well tastes like rotten grape jelly. Not as good as the other wine beers DFH has made like Red & White and Blue & White.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is terrible. I have three more of these and I don't really want to drink it.

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Photo of One2Remeber
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Crystal clear body. Dark pink color. Fizzy white head stays put.

S: Artificial coloring syrup reminds me of Coney Island's Freaktoberfest. No hops. Hint of oxidation, papery.

T: Hops for a brief second before a fizzing, fruity sensation takes over rubbing out any perceived maltiness.

M: Too light to be an IPA. Intense fizzy bitterness.

O: Not too sure about this one. Would not recommend to an IPA drinker or one that prefers fruity ales. Tastes like a grape flavored wine cooler (never actually had one but if had to guess). Would much rather have an 90 minute aged in a red wine barrell.

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Photo of smerrell
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in a DFH IPA glass

Pours an almost cough syrup shade of red, as if someone watered down a glass of wine. the head is thin but long-lasting, with nice lacing.

The aroma is wine-like. It reminds me of the smell of the wine chalice at church.

The taste is not nearly as robust as I was expecting, given the sharp aroma. Given the high carbonation, I get almost no immediate flavor form the beer, until the aftertaste. There is practically no hint of 60 Minute IPA in here. Instead, you gt a lot of bubbles, and an aftertaste of cheap wine. If this was sweeter, I would call this a thin, dry wine cooler.

This fits in the long line of "I applaud DFH for what they try, but I don't want to drink more than one of them." I hope they keep this up, but I won't be buying this again.

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Photo of HeadFishDog3030
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Beautiful amber-purple color.

Smell- What you would expect a 60 minute with a hint of wine.

Taste- For those who arent afraid of something a little different. Not an overwhelming wine taste.

Mouthfeel- Lots of flavor a little more bitter than a 60

Overall- Satisfying summery beer

Great find and yet another interesting and great brew by my favorite brewery. Dont be afraid of the fact that it is a wine type blend it works and it pours beautifully.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
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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Photo of macrosmatic
3.15/5  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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Photo of hosehead83
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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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Photo of ckollias
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
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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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.75/5  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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Photo of Cresant
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of lsummers
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of erialbill
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.