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: 2,920 |  Reviews: 437
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 biertrinkenja
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.07/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Pinkish-red color and a 3-finger bubbly, foamy, pinkish-white-colored head. Really nice retention and some great patches of lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles. Interesting color.

S – Most of what I get is musty and earthy grape juice aromas. There may be some citrus hops here, too, but they get overshadowed by the grapes.

T – It starts off with some definite sweet grape juice. As the taste progresses, it picks up musty yeast, some grainy malt, and finally a touch of hops with mostly citrus flavors. Again, like the aroma, it’s tough to pick out the hop flavors here due to the strength of the grape component.

F – Medium-bodied, good carbonation, a sticky and mouth-coating feel, and a mildly sweet, bitter, musty, and very dry finish. Some bitter and earthy hop and possibly yeast flavors linger for a bit.

O – This is a decently tasty beer but it’s not an IPA at all. I don’t really have any idea what it is. If I was rating strictly by style, this beer would be way down in the cellar. But the reality is that, no matter what style it is, it’s pretty tasty and decently drinkable. An interesting idea, and nice to try, but I won’t be getting it again.

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Photo of KMcG
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of kindestcut
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of suspect
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Middle Ages pint glass.

A: Deep pink color with golden hues throughout. Aggressive pour leads to a 1 finger fizzy light pink head that fades pretty quickly. Lacing is spotty but present.

S: Sweetness up front with hoppy notes and a big whiff of the syrah grape must which brings grape notes and some mustiness on the pleasant end. Very decent nose.

T: Well balanced between hoppy and tart and sweet. Very nice refreshing blended beer. Doesn't really taste much like an IPA but definitely has a hoppy presence that I find is not only blended well but also make a nice compliment.

M: Light, crisp finish. Perfect carbonation.

O: A very interesting and well done beer. Would love to see this available in 6 packs. Very refreshing, perfect for a nice summer day.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Emporium Bar Arcade. Logged from notes. Appearance is light and pale with no collar and some sticky lacing. The nose is white grape forward with grassy light hops. Weird combo here that I can't quite get behind. The taste is sweet and grainy with the grape must taking on the primary notes here. Notes of caramel sit beneath the grape, minimal hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little thicker than I'd want. Overall, just not a fan of this wine/IPA hybrid.

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Photo of Jeremy_Zim
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of ste5venla
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of jaywes754
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of seanchai
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ChipMurray
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of neckbracesub
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of jryanj927
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of maketheheartglad
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a raspberry color, almost like a dark rose wine with a rose tinted head with very nice retention
S-pine, some citrus and lots of syrah in the nose
T-very balanced with great ipa characteristics with the wine providing a nice berry flavor
M-medium bodied and very smooth
O-Really interesting beer looking forward to having this again

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours pink and clear with a white foam head that reduces to a ring. No lace.

Some hop leaf and maybe a whiff of grape vine. Some malt.

Medium hoppiness, with some toasted malt and a little vine edge to it. Malt is less pronounced as is the hop profile compared to their 60 minute IPA. Finishes moderately bitter.

Medium body, good carbonation.

They kinda...dumbed down their 60 minute IPA here by reducing the depth of the hops and the malt. The grape must really doesn't do much for this one, other than color. But this is a solid IPA. Drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
2.57/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Wow is this a flub from DFH. I read the reviews and didn't want to believe them, but this was a great attempt but a fail.

Appearance -The beer pours beautifully with a great white head. Dark red almost purple color brings out the grape for sure.

Smell - light citrus smell with a well balanced malt

Taste - this beer is not very balanced for me. This is way to acidic for me.

Mouthfeel - like the taste the acidity is overwhelming. Just leaves a poor taste in my mouth.

Overall - read above it just didn't do anything for me.

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Photo of icehawk
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of tubeyes
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of dwren89
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: reddish orange with pinkish hues in the light, somewhat like a rose wine, white diminishing head, good clarity

Aroma: caramel, floral hop bouquet, sweet and tart red grape aroma,

Taste: very subtle grape flavor during the drink but coming in strong on the finish to curb much of the bitterness of the 60 minute IPA hopping regime. The floral hops and grape must combine with the pale malt to create a caramely like flavor that makes the drink seem more beerish, but the grape must on the finish steers it more towards a wine taste. An interesting beer overall.

Mouthfeel: much like the 60 minute IPA, smooth, crisp, moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting a delicious drink that was designed with wine drinkers in mind. Sliding gracefully between a beer and a wine in terms of flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel, the 61 is a must try, especially if you or someone you know doesn't like beer or prefers wine. I gave it to my mom, who hasn't drank beer in 25 years but loves wine, and she loves it!


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Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,920 ratings.
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