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Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery

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418 Reviews
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Reviews: 418
Hads: 2,829
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 38.74%
Wants: 75
Gots: 624 | 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: 418 | Hads: 2,829
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%

A: cranberry in color. Thin, foamy, light pink head.
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.


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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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
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?

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Photo of DirkDoingWork
4.44/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.