Sixty-One (61) | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Sixty-One (61)Sixty-One (61)

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A continually-hopped IPA brewed with Syrah grape must.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.99/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really liked this IPA, I´ll buy this everytime I see it in the shelf. Syrah grapes show nicely in the color and taste. It´s mild but with character.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.95/5  rDev +36%
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

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Photo of njtmayhem
4.76/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Well if you ever wondered what would happen if you topped off your 60 min with some wine here ya go. Its wonderful, perfect with some food or after as dessert.

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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 Oakenator
4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a amber to purple with a frost white head that lingers well and leaves some lacing on the glass. Definitely unique for an IPA.

S: Grape must dominates with hint of hops hidden behind. Almost like a grape sparkling cider but more depth.

T: Sometimes I taste a sparkling wine, sometimes an IPA - all in the same glass. I really like the play on each other. Crisp, fresh and a great for summer time.

M: Relatively light, but not too much so.

O: Unique brew and appreciate the different spin. Look forward to more availability on this year round brew.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.59/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful beer that doesn't fit into a particular standardized category... Dogfish Head did an excellent job pioneering something enjoyable, different, and unique when their competitors haven't

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Photo of Celtics17
4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It looks like grape juice, or wine. You can smell the grape, and some berry notes. The finish tastes just like a wine, it's dry. Taste- Starts off with a mixture of Syrah, some light cherry and strawberry. You can taste some hops like you normally do from an IPA, but the marriage between wine and beer is great with this beer. There isn't much of a piney taste with this beer, and that's great with this style of IPA, and wine.

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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 jtw004
4.46/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - Fantastic pinkish dark color

S - Heavy flavor from the grape must blends to make a somewhat wine smell

T - HInts of grape juice, a deep dry red, and a light amber beer offer together another unique dogfish experience

F - Excellent mouthfeel, a high carbonation, dry while strangely moist

O - Not a typical IPA, but this is expected of Dogfishhead. An excellent beer for those seeking a wine-beer crossover. I unique experience for a good fall beverage.

Served: Bottle

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Photo of AyeMito
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
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!

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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 BurgeoningBrewhead
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a four-pack of these, poured into teku/flute/tulip just for fun. Pours a pretty pink-purple with a lovely contrasting white fizzy head. Smells of both beer and wine...similar to the Noble Rot. Taste starts with the grape flavor of a white or pink wine, then hops take over, then a dry wine-like finish. Incredibly drinkable and refreshing, I wish I had another 4-pack to enjoy. It's not quite beer, not quite wine...certainly not a fruit beer as some have said. This is a delicious hybrid by a brewery that isn't afraid to break the rules.

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Photo of OMGTheyKilkenny
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful, deep rosé color, somewhere between orange, ruby, and dark grapefruit. Thin white head with a subtle hint of pale pink in it.

S- Hops hit first, a sweet blend of grassy hops and rich malts that you'd expect from DFH, followed up by the aroma of a sweet red wine, reminiscent of Franzia's Chillable Red (don't judge).

T- At first, I tasted more beer than wine, very similar to the 60 Minute, but tempered a bit by the grape. Hops provide a pleasant little bite on the finish. Somehow, as I made my way to the bottom of the glass, the wine began to assert itself over the beer. By the end, it was as though I was drinking a sweet, sparkling red with a hint of beer.

MF- Relatively high carbonation, but coats the whole mouth from lips to throat. It wants to linger, and I don't mind.

D- Tough to judge without a frame of reference, as this was my first beer/wine hybrid, but I hope it's not my last. Very refreshing, and somehow lighter than the sum of its parts. Highly enjoyable, and far more efficient than drinking beer and wine separately. If Sam Calagione can somehow work Scotch into this thing, I can quit wasting my time drinking anything else.

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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 NJBeerguy
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I would not have believed it, the marriage of beer and a wine grape that works well.
I've been suspect of some of the unusual beers of late coming from this brewery but this is one that not only works, but is sending me back to the store for more, if I can find it.
It starts with a subtle white head that does not hold for long but rather lingers in the background all the way down the glass. The nose is pleasant enough with a wisp of the grape that is named on the label. The taste is first that of wine with a distinguished sweetness that follow into a quick dryness that lingers on the tongue. Is it the grape or the hops that create the dryness (it's for the brewer to know and for us to find out). Let me not forget the playful color of light ruby red. Does Marnie Old know about this beer or was the debate of beer vs wine the inspiration. Whichever this is a beer to seek out.

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Photo of erialbill
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasently surprised with this beer. I read some of the reviews and was expected not to enjoy this one especially since I'm not much of a wine guy. The aroma is a bit too musty for me and the hops that you would normally enjoy from a 60 min. are masked with a crisp wine flavor. The result is very refreshing. I really enjoyed the beer and would really welcome these on hot summer evenings.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Off-white head, moderate retention on a copper body with some hues of purple. Some sticky lacing. Aroma includes some pungent hop bitterness married with some grapey sweetish tartness. Interesting. Taste is sort of as expected. The hop bitterness is slightly muted by the addition of the grape and the tart/sweet flavor isn't overbearing. Nicely carbonated and cleansing on the tongue. Very approachable beer for IPA drinkers and non ipa drinkers alike. Unique, interesting and tasty.

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Photo of Rojopunk
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - wonderful red amber in color with a surprisingly one finger of light pink head

S - Grapes and red wine. Slightly fruity . The hops are almost non existent

T - Very red wine like with lots of grape hops come through at the end

M- Medium to light body finishes Well and goes down pretty easy.

O - I was so excited to try this beer when it came out . This is probly the best year round offering dogfish head has come out with awhile. This beer comes through with a punch of grape flavor then leads you to a musky wine like taste then lets you have just a bit the hops before it slips away smoothly. There is a .5 increase in alcohol strength but you would never no it . Very drinkable light and full of flavor . Loved this beer

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Photo of u2carew
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this before but wanted to do a full review to see where it landed. Outstanding IPA that I enjoyed very much, not sure why it is getting dinged so much although not as much bitter on the finish for hop heads. A good beer and an IPA that those who are not looking for bitter can enjoy.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought a 4-pack while at the Rehoboth Beach brewpub in early September. Bottled on date on neck read 8/8/13. Poured into a snifter for review.

A: Pours a light cranberry color with nice head and great lacing. Ample carbonation protrudes from the glass.

S: Grape must is quite evident along with subtle hoppy notes typical of 60-minute. Definitely smells like a beer/wine hybrid.

T: Sweet malty notes with grape complexities. Finishes dry with ample bitterness. Hop flavors seem to be muted by the grape must.

M: Excellent bitterness and dry tasting. Very smooth.

O: I'm very much impressed with this beer/wine hybrid. I honestly didn't like it at first when I tried it at NHC, but now having it at home I'm really digging this. I could drink this beer all day or night long. Seems like it would pair with a plethora of foods.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Spiegelau glass bottled on 5/6

A: small soapy head nice light red grape color to it looks like a white zin around the edges

S: huge grape smell almost smells like a wine cooler with the maltiness to it and the fruity grape

T: lots of a nice grape taste some maltiness and a touch of bitterness

M: medium mouth on it lowish carbonation not in your face

O: pretty tasty beer really nice addition of the grape musk a little too malty for an IPA but 60 minute was a sweeter maltier IPA. Not bad at all reminds me more of a wine cooler instead of beer

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Photo of davey101
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 02/26/2013. 12 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A - Pours a ridiculous bright and clear purple/red color that very much so looks like a fruity wine ala Boones Farm. Two fingers of white foam form initially but after ten minutes it's still holding onto a solid fingers worth. Rock on 61 Minute! Silky lacing and some serious retention. Like the kind where after you give it a swirl a layer of foam will form on the top of the glass and the foam will trickle down leaving a cool design, and then it just stays there frozen in time. This looks great.

S - Huh, this is pretty wild. A massive fruity red grape presence blended perfectly with light piney hops, a touch of citrus, and bready malts. The base beer is still present while the grapes have a whole lot of action going on. Somehow, this just works.

T - Red grape juice, kiwi, pine, and some caramel malts on the end. The bitterness goes head to head with the fruitiness and they wind up shaking hands and building a tree fort together. God dammit this is unique and tasty. Finishes with hardly any bitterness, just some malts and residual sweetness. Its pretty juicy compared to the dryness that Noble Rot had. Mouth feel is medium and creamy with really lively carbonation.

O - I can see a lot of people either loving or hating this beer, which is evident by the current 84 rating. I for one am a huge fan of this beer. When its not fresh I can see this being a total mess, but in its month old state it is really nice. Its a fruity take on the standard 60 minute that winds up not being a total gimmick or novelty.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11-5-15 drinking 12 oz. bottle packaged on 6-5-15. L: I pours a beautiful, bright brilliant burgundy under a 1” off-white rapidly dissipating foam cap that produces a latticework of lace. S: An initial grape nose seasoned with hop spice cedes to an even balance between grape, malt, and hop aromas. T: The attack starts with grape, malt and a hop bitterness on the finish. There is an interesting meld of flavors with a definite Syrah character sweetened with light malt and seasoned with fruit and citrus hop flavors. Has an artful balance. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: This is an interesting and enjoyable beer to drink. It does not have a lot of IPA character but is still a nice beer.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a solid, clear, medium amber/copper color with a mainly white but slightly pink (first time I've ever had even a slightly pink head on my beer!) head that is about 3/4 inch thick when first poured with lots of little bubbles continuously rising up to the top of the glass even long after the beer had been sitting for awhile. Settles to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a very nice solid surface coating of foam and excellent lacing. Aromas of fruity tartness of grapes and berries, floral citrus hops, and somewhat toasted biscuity maltyness. Good citrus and floral hop flavor upfront that gives way to the tart grapes that are present and is rounded out with some nice slightly toasted biscuity caramel malt sweetness on the back end. Very nice balance between the different flavor profiles going on here. Has a crisp, yet smooth and frothy, prickly, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Has a clean finish and a dry aftertaste. I found this do be very drinkable in the way well crafted beer should be. A very interesting and tasty unique offering here from the folks at Dogfish Head. Not something would drink night after night all the time, but try it for sure if you get the chance! I hope to drink it again.


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Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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