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Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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422 Reviews
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Reviews: 422
Hads: 2,857
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 38.46%
Wants: 76
Gots: 657 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

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: 422 | Hads: 2,857
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 Gajo74
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look- amber and dark orange look, modest head, not much lace retention.
Smell- Big musty Syrah grape smell; some malt. More wine like than beer. Not much by way of hop aroma.
Taste- taste is more conventional in that there is some malt presence along with the Syrah grape. Overall, a more mellow fruity taste without the hops presence usually associated with IPAs
Feel- Medium to slightly heavy mouthfeel. The soft carbonation makes the mouth feel weighty and a bit listless at times.
Dogfish Head is one of my all time favorites, but not this one. It is a pleasant enough drink if you are in the mood for a mellow beer with wine like elements, however, its classification as an IPA can be considered as potentially disappointing for hops heads seeking something representative of the 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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Photo of flyingpig
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle as a gift from Virginia:
Bright amber boardering on orange to red with a 0.5cm foamy, white head. Slightly cloudy with little movement throughout.

Starts like a typical IPA with citrus & pine with a nice balance & nothing too strong. Some floral notes & sweetness come through next. The grapes start to come early on with various fruits, sweetness & malts following not far behind. The hop bitterness is quite subtle & some wine -like notes round things off.

Citrus & pine but it's lighter than the nose. Some white grapes & a slightly acidic taste that is reminiscent of white wine come next before sweetness & malts come through with hints of tropical fruits as well.

Smooth with more carbonation than I was expecting, maybe just past medium with a nice tang to it with hints of spice too. Some sweetness appears with a hint of alcohol towards the end.

Quite a good effort from Dogfish Head & on its own a really nice beer but when it follows on from the previous two from the brewery that I've tried it has to be said that this one definitely wasn't their best.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.75/5  rDev +3%

A- Light purple. Big pillowy head that dies to a nice rim around the glass. Lots of lacing clings to the glass.

S- Lots of red grape and oily hops. Earthy and tart. Sweet. But it's clean smelling at the same time.

T- Again, it's like the nose. Very tart from the syrah grapes. Big upfront hop bitterness. Its citrusy and piney in nature. Theres also a slight salty quality as well and a faint sour note towards the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium to full on the mediun side. Its very crisp tasting. Again, the finish is somewhat sour and salty until the sweetness changes over to a drying quality.

Overall this is a very unique IPA. I'd be careful with this one if you've never had an IPA before. It's much different than the 60 or 90 Minute IPA.

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Photo of jellikit
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Bottle.
A: cranberry in color. Thin, foamy, light pink head.
S:
T: light beer and Cabernet flavors. Weird. I am lost for a description. Literally carbonated Cab.
M: medium high carbonation. Crisp. Dry.
I: good "beer". Strange, but good. Hard to describe. Tasty. The only beer in 155 ratings I can't describe. But, I like it.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Newt's in Shippensburg PA. Served at around 6deg C

A- 3.75- Dark red color. No head at all.

S- 3.5- No much here. Can't smell the Shiraz at all. The hops overpower all.

T- 3.25- A bit bland. Sour a bit yes but not a well blended mix. Don't think this is young or anything, just not mixed well

M- 3.0- Not much carbonation at all. Not the fault of anything but exceptionally flat.

O- 3..5- This is what I wish I could give this beer.

Food Pairing

I had this beer with..... Hoagie burger. Pretty good burger.

Enjoy

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Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours a clear, copper/purple color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong hops, citrus, sweet malt, slight yeast, hint of wheat, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pine, hint of citrus, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hint of yeast, and hint of alcohol. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, decent feel, and good body.

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Photo of FLima
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice amber reddish color with a thin head.
Aroma of red fruits, sweet cranberries, peaches and pineapples.
Flavor of cranberries, green tea, cinnamon, apples, spicy yeast, musty taste and red wine. Very dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation.
Original IPA fruity flavored, though a bit cloying. Nevertheless, worth trying.
Ap.3,75 Ar.3,75 Sab.4 Sens.3,75 Cj.3,75

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Photo of joe12pk
4.7/5  rDev +29.1%

Poured into a glass.

A - Light clear pink grapefruit. Two finger white head. Excellent retention. Nice lacing.

S - Grapefruit, grapes, a little pine

T - Starts with a burst of grapefruit, malt, and pine. Ends with light grape notes.

M - Light. Leaves an enjoyable coating on the mouth, reminiscent of grapes.

O - Drank this for 20 minutes. I don't think this smacks of a beer/wine combo like others have posted. However. The longer it sat, the more the grapes shone through. An exceptional beer experience.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

I bought a couple of bottles of Sixty-One in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pub glass.

Pours a predictable grape red color I guess, with a thin bubbly head.

Smell is a sweet fruity aroma, grape I guess, with a hint of a hop scent.

Taste is OK. It's a grape flavored fruit beer. I think it tastes a little like the old High C fruit punch.

Mouthfeel is a bit flat. Not the zip you would expect from an IPA.

Overall just an average novelty beer. I wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of kellyej
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

A: Dark, reddish/pink/gold color, light head
S: Cracker, pine, citrus, musty, a bit savory/meaty
M: Smooth, little coating
T: Grape juice, a bit musty/dank (in a good way), pine, plum

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Photo of kkleu357
3/5  rDev -17.6%

From notes on 12/26/13

Pours a red pinkish color. not cloudy at all. Has a nice hoppy fruity aroma. Hop smell like the 90 minute. Haven’t tried 60 so can’t compare that. Kind of a sour aroma to it. Very bitter flavor. Can tell there was grape added. Has a white wine sourness to it. Interesting, but not really my thing. Overall, I would probably not buy again.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%

I should not bring any expectations to the table. Even reading the label threw me off.

Pours a cloudy redish purple with no head and no lacing.

Smells of bready malt. Not what I was expecting. No hops. Some red wine in there.

Taste is the same but more pronounced. I would never call this and IPA if I hadn't read the label. Definitely some red wine and berry flavors from the must but they are not intense enough. Again, the hop signature is no where to be found for me.

Overall this beer was light and drinkable. %6.5 is masked well. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. However, what I would want in a beer with this description is more flavor from both the hops and the wine.

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Photo of RexBanner
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

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Photo of Risenhower
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

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Photo of kthoag
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

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Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.