Sixty-One (61) | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by MikeRoni on 02-01-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,918
Reviews:
436
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
14.84%
 
 
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82
Gots:
695
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4
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of ryand14
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of tectactoe
2.67/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was skeptical about this brew, so luckily I was able to find a single instead of having to buy four. It pours a dished out mix of amber and copper, pretty deep in hue with gazing, ruby tones when held to the light. A light, lavender head foams up big on top; creamy, chunky, and lasting for over half the glass at a substantial height. The beer looks pretty good.

I drank a lot of Welch's Grape Juice as a kid, and this beer smells like Welch's Grape Juice. A faint hint of must sits behind the grapes, kind of dry and damp woody-ish, almost like how your basement wall would smell after the window above it leaks, just before it starts to mold. Faintly leafy hop hint in the back end, but nothing takes away from those grapes.

Grapes rule the flavor profile as well, but let's take care of this first: this beer does not taste as good as it smells. It doesn't smell bad at all. It doesn't smell much like beer, but it still doesn't smell bad. Something's going on with the flavor, though, and I'm really struggling to figure out exactly what I'm tasting, here.

Grapes, with a nasty, cellar-ish, old funky, weird musty off-flavor. Keep in mind, none of these descriptors are being used in the sense that they'd be used for a lambic or gueuze. It's downright nasty funk. The heavy grape flavor blunts some of the awful-ness, but this is still pretty hard to drink. Thin bodied, spritzy carbonation, weird sweet grape, funk aftertaste.

Well, my expectations for this beer were low. The look and aroma kind of redeemed things a bit for me. But then tasting it pretty much just killed everything. I don't know where things went wrong, but this was a disaster. And I don't understand how it can be labeled an IPA. It's more like a wine cooler gone wrong. A half & half mix of 60-Minute and Boone's Farm would probably taste better than this stuff.

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Photo of 59rockabilly
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear red in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has some pinkish hues and died down a bit, leaving a thick layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of musty grapes are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has musty flavors of red grapes along with some hints of sweetness and red wine. A slight amount of bitterness is present from the underlying beer.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation and some faint hints of tartness.
O: I found the mixture of an IPA and syrah grape must to be rather interesting and unique as it neither tastes like a beer nor a wine but is quite easy to drink and has some interesting flavors.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jordanmckell
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on 05/16/13

A: Pours a mostly clear ruby brown with a small white head that has a hint of pink in its hue. Average amount of visible carbonation. A few spots of lacing.

S: More malt than expected for an IPA, dont get me wrong there is still some earthy hops in there. The grape does come through as a musty, wine like tone. Bit of citrus from the hop comes through as well.

T: Interesting flavor going on here, the red wine flavor comes through more than I anticipated. The IPA qualities are a bit subdued and malt seems to be more present. Captures the effect of a dollop of wine poured into a 60 minute.

M: Light to medium body with fairly low carbonation. Dry finish from the grape is reminiscent of a red wine.

Overall an interesting approach on the standard IPA. Leave it to DFH to be continuously pushing the boundaries. May not be one I go back for again but was worth the experience.

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Photo of vermilcj
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of heeterh
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of illidurit
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of sgregory
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of choda
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GRBLUE12
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of plaid75
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Sapsuckers, Huntington, NY.

Poured a dark copper and ruby hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured citrus and piney hops with a touch of vinous sourness.

The taste was likewise piney with a wine grape astringency backe by a grainy malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall an interesting IPA. Tasty to boot.

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Photo of bbrown12
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of cbutova
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Might as well give a new DFH 12oz a shot, usually solid enough.

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle into the pint glass with a dark red body. Off-white head foams up to about a finger high and has just decent retention. Small fizzy ring leaves spotty lace here and there.

S- Piney IPA hop backbone with a definite boost of fruit notes. Vinous and dark grape juice notes are very apparent from the addition of Syrah must. This seems to take over more and more with warmth.

T- The Syrah must picks up even more strength here. It lends a pretty big wine feel along with that of grape juice and berries. The IPA backbone is on the other end of the spectrum with citrus, pine and floral notes. Malts and yeast are relatively subdued under these big flavors.

MF- Fizzy and foamy feel to this IPA which has a medium-light consistency overall. Carbonation is moderately high and bitterness from the hops shows in the finish.

A pretty cool experiment overall. The flavors don't meld amazingly but I actually like this a lot more than some of the other edgy DFH beers.

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Photo of Beejay
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A light orange pink. Very interesting... I have had a few pink beers, and I don't think I was particularly fond of any of them. SOme light pink head on top, full of frog eyes.

S: The first thing that comes out is American style hops. grapefruit, and a hint of tropical fruit flutter towards the nose before the Syrah grape must takes over. Sweet with light berry aromas, and an almost champagne like character. Interesting going between the hops and the wine scents.

T: Big hit from the hops up front, with a berry and crisp finish from the wine must. There is almost a cherry type of tartness that melds into the bitterness, and drops a little almond flavor as it goes. Interesting, but not amazing.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is right in the middle, the finish is very crisp and dry while the bitterness lingers for a bit. Interesting indeed.

O: An interesting experiment, but not something amazing. Always interesting to see what DFH is coming up with, the beer is an interesting mix of wine and beer, but fails to meet expectations.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,918 ratings.
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