Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 399
Hads: 2,743
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 72
Gots: 559 | 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 RexBanner
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Ruby, almost fuscia appearance. Modest carbonation bubbles. Very light pink 1/2 finger head that dissipated fairly quick. Nice lacing on the glass.

Typical IPA aromas of citrus, pine, some floral notes as well.

The taste followed its aroma for the most part with the exception that I detected a grapefruit taste. Also there was a very subtle tangy aftertaste that I attributed to the grape must.

The mouth feel was smooth. Didn't really notice the carbonation in the mouth.

Overall, it was a nice beer. Flavorful with a slight hop bite. Refreshing on a summer day. I would recommend this beer to folks that like flavored IPA's. (684 characters)

Photo of Risenhower
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

One of the more odd-sounding mixtures I have encountered. The grape must pairs pretty nicely with the hops to create a brew that tastes quite a bit like sparkling grape juice, although certainly not as sweet. I certainly wouldn't say that it tastes like wine, although a rose might be a good approximation to the color of the beer. Nose is sweet grape (duh) with citrus notes from the hops. Not my favorite DFH by any means, but still worth a try. (447 characters)

Photo of kthoag
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Another concept beer from DFH, love what they do. This one might have started off as an IPA, but it certainly no longer tastes like one. The smell is almost entirely grapes, definitely a wine like character. Musty, not wine must. The first thing I taste is grape - definitely like a sparkling red wine when it opens. There is some hops through the middle and malt on the back, the usual progression I get with IPAs. More hoppy as it warms up. Hops are piney and a bit citrusy, it goes well with the grape. It leaves a sort of candy sweetness in the mouth that is excellent. Mouthfeel is medium - oily. The hops and especially the malt remain in the background, this one absorbed the grapes through and through. Good and a fun experience, but it won't become part of my regular rotation. (787 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery "Sixty-One"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, dated "BOTTLED ON 03/07/14 0910"
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Interesting brew. Nice label. 60 Minute IPA with Syrah grape juice? Wow. I can only assume that there's some kind of odd fungus at work as well, just like in "Noble Rot". It didn't sound like a good combination to me at first, but now I am hooked.

It poured a clear ruby body with a kind of a dark pink cast to it. The pink color was also clear in the head. Unfortunately not much head formed. It rose up about as much as an average lager, and then slowly dwindled down to an almost full surface covering. Some minor spots and splashes were left behind on the sides of the glass.

The nose displayed some resinous hops, and some earthiness. I hate to say mustiness (because I don't want any confusion as it contains grape must - grape "must" is just unfermented juice with some residual grape skin and pulp in it), but yes, it's also slightly musty, and a little bit sweet and fruity as well. The fruitiness reminded me of strawberry, cherry, and a touch of raspberry... the combination of the hops and the berry takes me back to foraging for wild berries in the woods; and it also reminds me very much of some of the very first Belgian framboise beers that I'd tasted.

At this point I was almost hesitant to actually raise the glass to my lips and taste it because I was enjoying the sight and smell of it so much. I was not disappointed. The fruitiness of the Syrah grapes appears upfront, lightly sweet, and mildly sharp (not to imply tangy, but rather not "dull, and yet not "bright"). The hops follow and cover over the grapes, bringing it an earthiness, a very mild mineral-like quality, and then finally, a drying blanket of herbal characteristics. It finishes with a dried leaf character, and some residual wine-like character in the background, eventually evolving into a floral bouquet throughout the whole mouth. Through the progression I found notes or lavender, oil of bergamot, and soft rosemary. The hops are much less aggressive than I thought they'd be, and overall it's a pretty short ride of flavors across the palate, but it is very unique, and satisfying. It's intriguing, and it kept drawing me back for more - before I knew it I'd drank almost the whole bottle!

The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, and mildly oil-like. It was smooth, somewhat astringent, and softly carbonated, giving just enough of a bristle to liven the tastebuds.

Once again, Dogfish Head has created one of the most unique beers on earth, and one that "works". Noble Rot may still stand as the single-most integrated combination of wine and beer in the world, or does it? ... Does this hoppier version of a wine-beer knock it out and take its place? (2,792 characters)

Photo of DirkDoingWork
4.44/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm generally not a huge fan of IPAs, but I very much enjoyed this. It is unique.

The beer has a unique color with a ever so slight burgundy tint. While it's subtle, you can detect the scent from the grape must.

It tastes like a beer/wine hybrid, but certainly not in a bad way. There's a hint of wine with distinct hoppiness.

Good stuff. (344 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It is rose colored with amber highlights. It is topped with an inch of beige head.

S - The grapes really come through in the smell. It is a little vinous. I don't get a lot of citrus or really an IPA characteristics.

T - The taste is heavily influenced by the grapes. There is some slight bitterness in the finish. It is an odd combination. Again it has some vinous attributes.

M - Medium

O - It was a unique tasting experience. I would probably have it again. I would like to have it on tap. (541 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from BevMo in late May for $2.69. Bottled on 2/20/14.

Beer poured a burgundy color with a thin white head.

Nose is sweet grapes and malts.

Taste is balanced and plays pretty well between the citrus hops and the grapes.

Mouthfeel is carbonated like an ipa should be and is decently refreshing.

Overall this is a pretty interesting experiment. Glad i had a chance to try it! (396 characters)

Photo of ASirahSyrah
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another great beer from dogfish head to write home about! Maybe I'm just biased towards the company because I love their approach to brewing and the taste of their unique suds. All that aside, this is an incredibly refreshing beer despite it's potentially deceiving look. I would highly recommend it for an evening with friends or as a night cap. (346 characters)

Photo of TheTrevor
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aw, that's cute. It's pink! Minimal head. The smell is some piney hops and a definite hit of grapes. Not wine-like, but actually grapey. The taste starts with some sweet grapey malt that it cut fairly quickly by some nicely balanced grassy hops. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with some moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty good idea that translates into a tasty beer. (372 characters)

Photo of AyeMito
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really appreciate the concept Dogfish Head went for with this one. Syrah grapes add a wonderful aroma and body to this IPA and give it a slight fruity tone. It all combines together wonderfully giving crisp notes of pine and citrus with a mellow finish of booze soaked raisons. I would buy this again for sure! In my opinion its a perfect autumn IPA. Quite the skillful blend! (378 characters)

Photo of Radome
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a wine goblet.

A - Color is a light to medium amber with a definite burgundy cast. Clear but not brilliant. Head is white, creamy and smooth but not very thick. Good lacing.

S - Overall impression in the aroma is sweet and buttery. No overt malt, but there is a definite musty, red wine aroma. Hops are there, but restrained. The hops aroma seems to combine with a strong red wine aroma to become something earthy rather than sharp and citrusy. Very different but inviting.

T - Flavors are very malty, with biscuit and buttered toast coming to mind. There's a definite buttery note along with crystal malt sweetness. There is also an unmistakeable red wine flavor that blends with everything else seamlessly. Hops bitterness seems moderate.. Some low citrus and earthy hops flavor.

M - Medium to heavy body with some creaminess, almost like an oatmeal effect. Carbonation is creamy but not overly strong. Low alcohol presence.

O - The hops aspects of this IPA seem to be blunted and toned down by the unusual wine ingredients. Hopheads will be disappointed, maybe even irate, but I enjoy this beer on its own quirky merits. (1,160 characters)

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into pub glass.

A: I wasn't expecting this pour... A cranberry hue with hints of amber around the edges. A purple-tinged white head stands at about 1 1/2 fingers in stature and faded quickly to a bubbly cap, leaving one or two instances of lacing down the glass.

S: Smell is of red wine and subdued grapefruit with hints of sweet, bready malts. Grape is a little too overwhelming for me.

T: Much like the nose, the red grape flavor is the dominating flavor. Hints of grapefruit peek through. The malt is primarily hidden and doesn't make an appearance, and some grassy bitterness comes through in the middle before fading back that red wine profile. Aftertaste is slightly sweet, resembling fresh grape juice and sugar.

M: Not too much to ramble about here. Medium body not offering much. Carbonation is effervescent and lively and pairs well with the overall wine-like flavors.

O: While I'm not blown away, this is a solid and interesting offer from Dogfish Head. It doesn't trump 60-minute and perhaps it should be called "fifty-nine" because it's definitely a notch below, but I enjoyed the medley of red wine flavors and the juicy, citrusy hop profile. Worth a try if you're into IPAs and are looking for an interesting spin-off. (1,258 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy ruby color which is quite reminiscent of a dark rose wine. The half finger of white head dissipates quickly. Sour wine notes co-exists along with hops in the nose. The flavor profile also seems like a hybrid between a beer and a wine. This offering is light and refreshing with a dry mild bitterness on the finish.

In the days of everything remotely hoppy being misclassified as an “IPA,” perhaps we should consider this a “GIPA – Gose IPA.” (465 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A- Purple! Like a grape G2. Never seen a purple beer before.
S- I don't get much aroma. A bit of slight sweetness from the grape skins.
T- Taste is intersting for sure. Somehow the grapes with the hops and malt make almost a white wine taste.
M- Mouth feel is just fine. Light and crisp.

O- Intersting brew. The color is the coolest part of this beer. The fact that it ends up tasting like a sweet white wine is ok, but not amazing. (464 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle into Tired Hands stemware.

Pours a light pink-purple frothy head with decent retention. Beer is a stunning, clear dark purple. Lacing is stringy and spotty with good stick. Really unique given the style. I'd expect nothing less from DFH.

Nose is candied grape, gummy, cane sugar and just the slightest bit of tropical hope bite. Really sweet and sugary.

Opens slightly tart grape skin and lime. Hints of pineapple, more grape and a tropical hope bitterness in the middle. Finishes grape skin, a slight bit of booze, and the mellow, hop bitterness. Same aftertaste. Ok.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down aggressive and slightly dry. Dry finish with a filmy, resiny aftertaste. Solid.

This beer is great on the presentation but a bit shallow on substance. The grape addition doesn't work well with the tropical hop presence and it all ends up being a bit confused. Unique for sure though. (956 characters)

Photo of mthomp081
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - one inch creamy purple head, color is reddish-purple

S - hops, grain, grape, some wheat, some type of mixed berries

T - bitter from the hops, but sweet from the fruitiness from the grape, can taste berries, almost like a red wine taste, there is taste of malt as well

M - medium bodied, crisp, slightly tart

O - I find this beer to be very good for an IPA that has a good amount of hops but also some sweet from the fruit beer in it. Really excellent balance of grape and hops. Not a session beer, but something that I would enjoy on summer day. Great aroma of hops and citrus/grape fruits that really carry all the way through to the taste. (649 characters)

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.95/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my trusty pint glass. Nice color and some head. Not bad Looks and tastes like a red seedless grape. And red seedless grapes are a great seller so this beer is your cross between a beer and a nice fine red wine. Love this beer to death and the price isnt bad for its quality. Cheers to Dogfish Head (309 characters)

Photo of utfiero
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color- peachy amber. Full head with faint pink tint.

Aroma- dry white wine with hints of lemon and grapefruit.

Taste- starts with a light grapefruit and dry white wine fizzy intro, then the middle is very subdued with notes of unsweetened grapefruit popsicle and saw palmetto, dry white wine punch, and finishing with hints of pineapple and ruby red grapefruit (pleasantly dry). This may be a good gateway to beer for wine lovers.

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted June 2014. Purchased at Whole Foods in North Austin. (600 characters)

Photo of M-girard
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: it has a nice clear pinkish brown color. The head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: the aroma is definitely complex. There is notes of fresh hops and fruits that leave lingering hints of something sweet; caramel maybe or maple syrup.

Taste: similar to the aroma, it is well balanced with bitterness and sweetness. The fruity character from the grapes definitely rounds out these two and lingeres in your mouth alongside mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: it has a medium carbonation which contributes to the balance of this beer.

Drinkability: it is very smooth and balanced, not too overwhelming even with the addition of grapes. Solid beer and quite innovative for and IPA.

Serving type: bottle. (732 characters)

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

A relief from the common IPA.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Does not have the malt stickiness of most IPAs.

Appearance is dark brown, with a hint of purple from the grapes.

Hops are present, but subdued by the addition of the grapes.

While this is sort of a fusion style, to say the least, I think it's my new go-to when I want an IPA. I'm exhausted by the sticky malts and the boring additions to the style lately.

This is great. (427 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of mild hops, a bit of grapes. Taste is a bit different, the hops are kind of muted a bit, some grape flavor, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while a bit different for this style, is a pretty good beer. (326 characters)

Photo of u2carew
4.29/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz longneck

A) Pours with a big two finger head - tight, creamy and settles slowly. Mostly clear bronze colored body with some ruby hues.
S) Fragrant citrus and floral notes. Hints of rose, peach and caramel.
T) Well balanced IPA - strong malt backbone, good hop bite and the touch of grapes. Nice slightly tart finish.
M) Crisp, yet creamy. Medium body. Subtle wine-like finish - tannins.
O) Delicious! I would definitely drink another one. (444 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(Served in a teku)

A- This beer pours a ruby-red hue to a copper brown body that is slightly dense and a head of big bubbles which fades to a thick ring of off-white.

S- The hint of mellow red wine tannin and green woody hops blends softly.

T- the nice woody green hops leads to a mellow red wine flavor with some dry jammy characters coming through as the beer opens. The finish is pretty dry itself.

M- The light mouthfeel has a crisp little fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat.

O- The nice balance of of hops and grapes make this unique beer very drinkable. This could be a good session beer. (607 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very interesting beer. The appearance was dark pink with a blush colored head that left a bit of a trail as it fizzed out. The smell was a lot of grapes, but you could get the floral hops coming through as well. The taste was converse for me. The start was a great blend of hops and malt that I loved from sixty minute and then a slow sweet build from the wine grapes. It was much more enjoyable than I thought it would be and would definitely recommend trying it out. (470 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled on 02/10/14:

Pours dark pink with a thin light pink head that soon becomes patchy. A little lacing sticks.

The smell is of citric hops, syrah grape fruitiness. a hint of caramel. Interesting nose - hoppy and grapey - and blends very well.

The taste is like the 60 Minute IPA with sweet fruity syrah grapes. The sweetness fades to a bitter-ish finish. Hoppy with a firm caramelized malt backbone.

Very smooth - easy to drink.

A different, but pleasant, twist on an American IPA. Something to have when wanting "something different". Well-done! (555 characters)

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