Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 399
Hads: 2,743
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 72
Gots: 560 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
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 -2.8%
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 -1.9%
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 +20.2%
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 -3.6%
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 +8%
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 +3.3%
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 +22.1%
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 -14.6%
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 +17.4%
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 -9.9%
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 +4.4%
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 +2.5%
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%
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 +10.5%
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 -6.4%
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 -2.5%
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)

Photo of HoppyBammer
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Intrigued by the label and pitch from a coworker made this my Friday after work beer of choice (which on principal should be stellar on principle alone.) Poured in a plum like color which initially caught me off guard but the aroma was bright and floral my initial comparison was that of my girls White Zin. That proved to be very much the case, crisp and flavorful with a very subtle hop. Honestly, not what I was looking for but a nice summer ale nonetheless. If your into White Zin than definitely try this beer. (515 characters)

Photo of babaracas
2.71/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear orange tinted pink with one finger thick white head... spotty lacing though a decent layer of foam sticks around. Smell: caramel, diactyl, berry, vinous of discernible hop aromas, whee! Taste: the base beer at least makes some appearance here, but it's muddled and... it could be anything buried beneath the buttered toast and watery, sweet, fruity wine...what a mess. Should have been a drainpour. Bottled late Feb. (441 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz single, a rare DFH impulse buy.

Seemed like a cool concept, but of course not. DFH being abstract with seemingly no attention to creating a fine product. Seems like a real stark contrast to what i remember from 8-9 years ago. The syrah must imparts a pinkish hue to this IPA - the hop profile is weird, the wine isn't showcased the weigh it should be. It was fine, but just not what i was hoping for. (407 characters)

Photo of NoleDoc
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from bottle to wine snifter.

Once poured, has a dark plum color to it. The head was rather strange, white about 1 finger in thickness. Almost looked like an effervescent. Not too strong of a hoppy aroma, but you can definitely smell the hops from the "60" and the Syrah wine. Had a light refreshing mouthfeel. Tastes the hops at the very end, Syrah hits you a little after. Not bad, been wanting to try it. (415 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

P: White Zinfandel appearance with ADHD carbonation. Crystal clear with a finger of sudsy white pink tinted wine head. Leaves behind soapy residue on the edges.

S: Tart grape must forward aroma that dominates the nose. Earthy, musty hops, grapefruit, blood orange, flower petals and fruit vines. Subtle booze.

T/M: Sour, acidic and boozy. Very wine like. Taste follows the nose but the hops come through more to counteract the sweetness. Bubbly light medium body that swishes nicely in your mouth. Finish is dry earthy flavored bitterness with a touch of black pepper.

O: A white Zinfandel mimic with a dash of hops. This is probably my favorite fruit beer so far and I would recommend it for sure. I love how DFH changes stuff up and gets creative. As far as I'm concerned this is a success. Cheers! (806 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

While it pours, it appears to be a very pale pink color. Once in the glass, however, it's more of a darker orange-purple. The just off-white head towers at first and ends up about half a finger as a dense foam. The head left drops lacing in massive patching until it reaches about halfway to the bottom, then patching remains pretty heavy the rest of the way.
I get grape must on the nose, that's for sure; very earthy, dusty, pure grape aromas are first, though there is a hope bitterness. A minerality comes out on the palate more strongly but does begin in the smell. It's plenty earthy and mildly vinous, though in a different way from either a white wine or a beer like a Kolsch. Something about how the hops and grape combine gives off something of a mustiness, though it's not bad. There's a light touch of acidity that's kept in check. I think people expecting more of an IPA will be surprised. I expected more hops, though they're certainly here.
The medium body offers good support combined with a steady carbonation. It's surprisingly creamy off a big, well-sustained crispness, and it flows very nicely. It's definitely smooth drinking all around. (1,159 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a strange light brown color with reddish tints (presumably from the wine content) and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A somewhat underplayed aroma of hops, malt and the advertised wine.

T: Tasted basically like it smelled: Hops, a vinous quality, and some malt. The hops content was not nearly high enough - either that or the vinous quality overpowered it. Either way the flavor is somewhat thin and uneven.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly thin finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Like a lot of DFH's beers, this one is an experiment. This one doesn't quite work. It has its good points, but it's not something I'd readily come back to. (751 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours a pinkish red with a minimal head. Very clear. Looks like a minimally carbonated Rose wine.

Smell - Weird and unpleasant musty grape wine smell. Unpleasant off aroma. Diacetyl? Can't discern it. No hops.

Taste - More like an IPA, but not much. Slightly hoppy, lots of grape. Mild sweetness. The off flavor comes back in the back along with very low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium low body. Easy to drink at least.

Overall - Off flavor ruins it and the grapes really add nothing interesting to Dogfish's base IPA. (573 characters)

Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.