Sixty-One (61)
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Sixty-One (61)Sixty-One (61)
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #6,260
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #37,291
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 14.36%
Reviews:
460
Ratings:
2,995
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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
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Notes: Sixty One was born at the crossroads of serendipity, experimentation and brotherhood.

Whenever Dogfish Head President Sam Calagione and his neighborhood friends gather for drinks, they give each other a big ol' man-hug and order a round of 60 Minute IPA. A few years ago, Sam also ordered a glass of his favorite red wine and poured a little into each pint of 60 Minute. They all dug the combination of fruity complexity and pungent hoppiness, and the blend became a beloved tradition.

Sixty One captures that tradition in a bottle and marries two Dogfish Head innovations: beer/wine hybrids -- which Dogfish has focused on for well over a decade with beers like Midas Touch and Raison D'être -- and continually hopped IPAs.

The name Sixty One is a reminder that this beer is Dogfish Head’s best-selling 60 Minute IPA plus one new ingredient: syrah grape must from California. The label, painted by Sam, is a twist on a typical watercolor. Rather than using water, Sam mixed the green pigment with beer and the red pigment with wine. And because Sixty-One pairs so well with chocolate, he painted the browns on the label with melted chocolate.

Sixty One debuted in March 2013.
Reviews: 460 | Ratings: 2,995 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Beer_Right_Back
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Where 60 minute has deficiencies, this beer has complexities. We love the combination of 60 minutes flavor with the addition of grape. It give you some dry hoppy bitterness, and also some fruity tartness. All of this happens subtly; a quick sip will not give you all full appreciation for it.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Clear ruby color.

Off-white head; spotty lace.

Raspberry & malt nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Oat-y malts with a hint of raspberry.

A nice, easy drinking session ale with subtle flavor.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sixty-One (61) | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's rocking a two finger thick off-white head, spotty lacing, and a deep brown amber body.

Smells like a crisp blend of the ingredients. Not too sweet.

I taste the added "grape must" blending with the hops. Very juicy and refreshing throughout.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I've chosen to rate Sixty-One (61) | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery with an overall 4.25

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Photo of beersampler6
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very interesting beer, sort of a mixture between a mildly hoppy IPA and a grape-light wine blend. Pours a medium brown color with some purple haze and a little lingering head and lacing. Smells of faint hops, grapes and wine, malt and a little caramel. Taste follows the nose, and the hops presence was not too forward; in fact, it did seem a little murky and distant. The malt backbone was nice, I just wish they was a little more complexity and depth to the flavors. Smooth, thin, mild mouthfeel with good carbonation. A decent beer, just not one that I would likely buy again as there are many other superior offerings in the IPA category.

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Photo of Tigerbrau
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tastes better than 60min. Look is amazing. Smell is very good. I would definetly get this again if more available but just got it in a Christmas 12pk variety.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear dark brown with a violet hue. Thick pinkish head sticks around and leaves generous lacing. Aroma is very grape forward. Flavor is red wine forward with some malt and very little hop bite. Feel is light bodied and crisp, well carbonated. Overall not something I'll seek out again, Part of a variety pack.

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Photo of Tweezerjam
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This reminds me of the slightly sweet Magic Hat #9. It's delicious and packs a punch. One of the best beers I've had in a while. Fuck pairing it with anything- just enjoy it on its own.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 12 oz bottle (“bottled on 10/17/18”) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: Clear, bright, reddish pink - like pomegranate seeds. Tall, dense head of pink foam and streaky lace.

Smell: Pale malt grains, piney hops, and red fruit.

Taste: Pleasantly grainy malt body with a crisp bitterness, but the expected hops notes fall flat. Juicy grape notes emerge towards to close, adding a nice depth.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: An interesting combination; drinkable, but not as good as either of its parts.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a pretty ruby with a moderate head. The aroma has a distinct fruit and umami funk upfront, with notes of red currant, cinnamon, burnt orange peel, and dried pine needle. The flavor starts with a bright burst of straberry, cherry, and red currant, followed by nutty malt, and a dry piney bitterness to finish. The flavor is medium bodied with bright fizzy carbonation. Overall this is an interesting beer, and the wine characteristics are very strong, maybe a tad too dominant. A noble experiment, but perhaps not the best realization.

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Photo of lucius10
3.07/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A different take on an IPA by Dogfish head. They get much kudos for trying different things and having the courage to do so. And an extra point for the purple color! I got a hint of chocolate and red grapes on the nose. The taste didn't follow at all for me and the hoppiness didn't come in smoothly at the end...you almost have to reach for it. Not for my palate, but I'm sure, just with it being this different that it will fit others.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. bottled 10/10/18, so 2 months old.

Clear, light red wine colored body. Pinkish hue to the white head, which dissipates to a thick ring and covering. There is some lacing

Faint, vaguely fruity aroma. clean smelling beer.

The taste is bitter, grapey. unfortunately, the combination isn't to pleasant to this palate. The aftertaste is none too peasant either.

Mouth around medium, finish bitter & unpleasant.

Overall, I'll try anything that DFH puts out, it's one of my favorite breweries, since they are willing to try things outside the box. However, I should probably stay away from their wine ipas.

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Photo of haines710
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight smell of grape but pretty similar to 60 Minute IPA. Nice for a change but I miss the hoppyness. I like hops so that would have made it better for me.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Comes in a clear purple color with bubbly carbonation and small off white head. Good retention and streaks of lacing.
Smells like Concord grapes, pine, grapefruit, grass, and vague malt.
Tastes like grape juice mixed with 60 Minute. Concord grape juice, pine needle, pine sap, pine cone, grapefruit peel, white grapefruit juice, and biscuit malt. Finishes dry with grape must dryness and some lingering pine needle, grapefruit peel bitterness. Just a hint of grapey sweetness and very drinkable.
Feels medium, well carbonated, crisp and crushable.
A nice take on a Dogfish Head classic. The grape must is quite flavorful and delicious on its own. An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Very nice purple color with rich white foam and very heavy lacing.
N: Grapes, hops, and mild citrus.
T: Follows the nose, a light citrus/wine feel with soft hops throughout. Semi-Dry feeling.
M: Light/Medium
O: This is ok, seemed a little light on flavor, if it had more hops and such it would have been better.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

A - Amber red colored pour with thick white lacing and light carbonation.

S - Slight red grape skin aroma with some metallic presence.

T - Red grape skin, slight paper taste, and finishes with a bitter wine character.

M - Medium body.

O - "Unique", that's all I can say.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sixty-One (61) brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, with an ABV of 6.50% This American IPA pours out a nice deep copper brown color with a small off white head. Really digging the copper color of this brew. There is a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with hop bitterness, and earthy grains and malts. You also pick up on some mild sweetness in the smell as well. So far this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You first pick up on the hoppy bitterness, mixed with a light sweetness. Then the earthy grains and malts tie it all together. There is a lot going on in this brew. The body of Sixty-One (61) is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. This American IPA would go nice with a dinner, or a cool spring day. The mouth feel is Bold, Hoppy, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Sixty-One (61) a 4.25 out 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, did a real nice job with this brew.

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Photo of MoMaMe
3.04/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dissapointing and nothing like an IPA, although the concept of using grapes is interesting.
The color reminds me of a rosé with a slightly brownish tint. Little head.
The aftertaste is dissapointing - lingering bitterness without much flavor. The fruitiness is hard to pinpoint. It lacks body and complexity.

Sorry for the negative review, but I would not recommend this beer.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I think I like this better than plain old 60-minutes...

The beer pours a reddish color akin to something like a strawberry or cherry soda, but there is nothing truly sweet about this beer. The head has some staying power and there is good lacing down the glass. The odor had a twinge of raspberry that didn't quite blend well in my nose with the strong hoppy character. Mouthfeel was surprisingly medium-bodied, had a slight creamy texture to it even though it was heavily carbonated. I did enjoy the taste - raspberries, strong hops, it worked better as a fluid. This is definitely a good, solid beer.

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Photo of EMV
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the Main Street Pub in Bally. Poured into a goblet

L: Clear rose colored pour. 1 finger of white head. Solid lacing.

S: Muted hops... mild citrus... red wine/grape must.

T/F: Not a lot here. Smelled solid... but the hops were quite muted. Light citrus and a bit of pine. Not overly bitter... more tart. Some oak character, grape must, and some red wine notes. Light in body. Tasted almost watered down.

O: Dogfish Head does some great beers. This wasn't one of them. An interesting idea but just didn't work for me. Sort of a tart dull IPA. Looks/smells interesting. Not much to drink and wouldn't be interested in revisiting.

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Photo of jkblr
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled 9/29/17 poured into a DFH branded teku glass at fridge temp 6.5% ABV. The beer pours bright red tinted amber with rose tinted head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is part grape, part citrus hops. It's pleasant, but not very strong. The taste is very wine-like with a barely tart grape note up front, transitioning to a hopped dry red wine finish. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, sharply carbonated, and dry with the exclusion of some hop oil. There is a lasting IPA bitterness after swallowing. Overall, unique and enjoyable.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured deep clear dark cherry, mild head with plenty of lacing.

Scents are musty, apple, grape juice. Smells very artificial.

Some malt upfront which quickly gives way to a tart juice bomb with a short dry finish. A bit of a mess, and loses much beer identity. medicinal, spicy.

Beautiful to look at, less so to taste.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I guess this is another in the long line of 60,90, 120 minute type of beers. This one has grapes, white wine grapes, added into the mix. Will it be just more ingredient preening on behalf of DFH or will it be actually substantive?

Pours an amber and copper color, solid 3/5" white head. Aroma of hops, caramel and yes, white wine like grapes giving off a little bit of a rural feel to this. Worthy thus far.

Taste is good, a little more toasting for the crystal and caramel malts, nice grape presence adds to dryness. Solid hopped pale ale with some lighter edge grapes providing a little musty and dryness on the back end mouth feel wise.

Worthy of being in the lineup.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.07/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

**
04/19/14
Aroma is moldy, earthy. A touch of grape, but not strong. Reddish tan appearance, clear. Small white head. Taste is sour grape, wheat like taste. Warm aftertaste ...Apple? Not bad, Not great, but very interesting.
**

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep purple-maroon color which becomes bright tomato tropicana when held up to the light. The head is pinkish and 2 fingers tall.

Aromas of musty grapes, some fresh hop, and baked malts. Some Arbor Mist/7UP action going on when agitated firmly.

Flavor is somewhere between moldy and malty. Grapefruit and citrus pith with some watery pink zinfandel. Woody and stemmy qualities. Finish firms up and ends like a figgy doppelbock.

Feel is wet and quenching, with a semi dry finish. Leaves a starch on the tongue.

Overall, it's not bad. I'm actually thinking about aging this one and seeing what the wine qualities do in this. Will it be similar to an aged 120? We'll see.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Syrah grape must," whatever that is, didn't make this an upgrade over Dogfish 60. The beer simply tastes too much like wine. The beer is a nice golden orange color, so it is visually appealing.

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Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 2995 ratings