Sixty-One (61) - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,713 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,713
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.79%
Wants: 69
Gots: 542 | FT: 3
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

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Photo of squasha
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

better than I thought. Especially for a syrah wine + IPA combo.right buy again.

Photo of Sludgeman
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - 4. A nice auburn
S - 3.25
T - 3.25 - the grape zest gives it an aftertaste that is more bitter wine than bitter hops
MF - 3.75
O - 3.5

Photo of Harvest06
4.16/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of KrissyKat6
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Complex and different. Really enjoyable.

Photo of SackBlabbath
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really awesome flavor. For whatever reason it reminded me of a pouch of those snack gummies, grape flavor of course.

Photo of DaverCS
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
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

Photo of brente19
5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down one of the best beers. Complex yet drinkable.

Photo of plakers
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of citylifelover
4.44/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Refreshing and fruity - an overall excellent IPA.

Photo of bluehende
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was not to my taste at all. The wine musk seemed to give a flavor that destroyed the nice hops that are there.

Photo of loudidonato
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Refreshing IPA with a slight wine kick

Photo of Duhast500
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of st9647v3
2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This unfortunately didn't do it for me

Photo of gonzo000
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

Extremely smooth - lacking some hop bite. Very, very good beer.

Photo of Gear54
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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!

Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%

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.

Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Good grape taste. Fruity and hint of hops

Photo of PA-hunter
4.39/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Photo of curasowa
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of saison90
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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

Photo of flyingpig
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

Photo of jellikit
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

Photo of DaveBar
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
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

Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 2,713 ratings.