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Sixty-One (61) | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 2,929 |  Reviews: 438
Photo of Falcone
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Excellent head especially for a bar pour. Lots of blanketing lace. There's a reddish hue to the dark amber color. It appears to be quite clear.

I smell iron and leftover soup. No typical smells from this style.

The flavor is marked improvement to the smell. There's a strong, deep malt base on the initial sip. The hop is subtle, as if to simply balance the the mild sweetness. The body is full with a moderate level of carbonation.

This is a real mixed bag. When you get by the aroma, the beer stands well on its own.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells like 60 minute, piney earthy and citric hops, bright white head, looks like 60 minute but with a slightly pink hue. A good beer again very much like 60 minute but with less bitterness masked slightly by a rich and savory Syrah taste along mid palate that follows it into the finish taking away from the hops a bit. While 60 minute leaves hops on your breath, 61 leaves red wine. I like it, it's definitely different then 60 minute but not in a better way I think, the wine detracts from the hops a bit and even takes over some of the delicate malt favors, it's all still there you just got to look for it. The wine presence isn't even overpowering, but red wines a powerful flavor and makes itself known.

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3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- walks the line between beer and wine. The beer is a clear amber but with an interesting purple hue from the grape must. The head has nice retention and also has some similarity to sparkling wine. Big lacing, as well.

S- Unique. A light hops aroma bounces between the caramel malt and grape "sweetness", although it's not really sweet but there's no good way to describe it. There's an interesting tangy and earthy quality to it.

T-Not at all what I was expecting. There is definitely the IPA qualities in there but the addition of the syrah definitely makes this not an IPA. It's almost like an IPA but with some of the hops bite counter-acted. It's definitely not like a lambic or even remotely sweet. Hard to really describe it beyond saying it grew on me as the beer went on.

M- A little thinner, probably due to the must, but not unpleasant.

O- I'm not sure I'd want to drink this regularly, but I enjoyed trying it. It's interesting to see what the folks at DFH come up with.

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3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark copper color with golden orange edges and a two finger, frothy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy, musty aroma with soil-y, piney hops, sweet malt and vinous dark fruit notes. The hop profile is a bit tame and one dimensional for my preference with hints of grass, dirt and pine needle. Sweet malt backbone is prominent with caramel toffee and dark fruit along with jammy grape must. The grape must really stands out in the nose with a prominent jelly-like character along with some plum, raisin and other berries. I like the grape and other dark fruit notes but the hops are almost completely buried/overpowered. Doesn't really smell like an IPA.

The flavor profile is almost the complete opposite of the aroma. The nose was dominated by vinous fruit with subtle hops but the flavor is very hop forward with dry, earthy bitterness that lingers over the malt backbone and vinous fruit flavors into a dry finish. Floral and earthy with grassy, piney hops that provides bitter resinous flavor which is countered by caramel malt, toasted bread and dark fruit. The grape must stands out with jammy sweetness along with hints of currant, raisin and plum. The grape must provides a nice counterpoint to the bitterness but the hops are a bit one dimensional and the malt backbone is stronger than I prefer. Easy to drink and an interesting take on the continuously hopped minute series but it's not a beer that I would seek out again.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger faint pink head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear copper/red color. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Light hop nose and flavor is tart grapes and some hops. $3.49 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA.

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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: orange-amber hue with a light haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam with a little bit of a pink cast to it. A bit of a weird look, but not bad.

Smell: big sweetness, probably from the must component. The fruitiness of the grapes complements the earthiness in the malt, which come together to remind me of a biscuity amber ale. Not particularly successful, in my book.

Taste: this really reminds me of a boring amber ale, plus some tartness and astringency from the grapes. It just doesn't float my boat.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big creaminess; easily this beer's best feature.

Overall: this beer is just not for me. It appears that, for now, wine and beer ingredients should be kept separate.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 2,929 ratings
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