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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Reviews: 435 | Ratings: 2,912
Photo of CHickman
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank from the bottle so gave it slightly above average 3.5 looks since its a DFH brew. Kind of hard to smell from the bottle, but inhaled enough to state it's very musty with more yeast and cracker than hops; some very mild spices come through, but it's really musty and fruity smelling which seems sweet overall. Tastes old, best way to describe it is like a lager sitting too long in your grandfather's fridge or a fresh beer with green grapes that turned brown and started to rot. After that initial flavor there is quite a bit of malty biscuit, graham cracker, chalky yeast, mild floral hops and light spices like coriander and pepper. It's almost like the base beer wants to jump through the suppressing grape must, but just can't make it through. Barnyard funk and frost brewed vegetables seem to sweep through at the end to just make it confusing. This was a nice light beer with mild carbonation, a medium body and a slightly bitter finish that was pretty dry....however, it was so far removed from the classic and delicious base beer that it had to be a disappointment. It's not a bad beer, just a letdown to me since its a Dogfish Head and I thought the added fruit would make for a more dynamic 60 Minute. Oh well, I tried it.

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Photo of ZBowden
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear ruby copper rose with small white head, smells of hops and must very sweet grape tart smell, tastes of lemongrassy hops with red wine aftertaste, mouthfeel is smooth with bright carbonation lasting finish.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep pink-purple red clearly shows addition of grapes.
Not much smell.
Tastes like a run-of-the-mill IPA with grapes added. So the bitter from the hops is balanced with a little sweet and tart.
Overall, maybe a good gateway to IPAs for people who prefer wine to beer. For those who like beer, an interesting change.

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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 ARoman
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap, poured into a snifter. The aroma is sour, fermented fruit - sangria-like - with some floral tea hints. It pours a deep, clear, red mahogany with a thin foam head that has good retention and a light lace. The taste is a medium bitter and sweet with a light sourness. The beer is slick and fuzzy with a medium body that's similar to a dry, red wine with some light citrus and berries and it finishes smooth, dry, and clean with a red wine cloyingness and an aftertaste that's lightly wine, astringent, and tart

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Photo of IronLover
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Garnet orange in color with a heavy pink hue and a light haze. Poured with a short white foam with good retention. Medium malt aroma with lightly sour dark fruit and earthy resinous hop aromas. Medium bodied with a smooth, light creamy feel and medium light carbonation. Medium malt avors with dark, lightly sour, fruitiness. Resinous malt flavors and medium hop bitterness near the end Finished semi-dryly with dark fruit and light bitter finish. An interesting twist with red wine grape fruit character. A nice balance with the the wine grape, hop, and malt flavors. Easy drinking and quite unique.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine glass from a 12oz bottle

A - A lovely semi-opaque blood red copper, half finger very white fizzy like head and little to no legs/lacing

S - the complexity and richness of the Syrah shines as bright as the over the top hoppiness does! Syrah, pine, Oak, concord grape, sugar, sweet flowers, slight bread yeast, fresh red/purple fruits. Each smell is very individual and intense. How the wine and IPA remain so isolated but in such harmony is pretty neat.

T - Syrah and a very nice sour note that finishes hoppy bitter sweet. Very floral, some brown earthy notes, slight pine, bread yeast, oak, a slight funk, roasted/toasted grains and malts.

M - medium minus body, medium acidity, medium carbonation, well balanced, nice complexion and a very nice sour/fruit/vegetable to bitter sweet hop finish.

D/O - Goes down smooth, tastes great, it's originality doesn't take away from it being a solid "flavored" IPA. Definitively different yet accessibly the same and keeps you coming back for more. Very interesting and very tasty. Well played, Dog Fish Head, well played!

Final thoughts - First off $11 for a 4-pack is kind of silly. 90-Minute is 9.0 and only around $9 a 4-pack. None-the-less, this one is worth a try. Staying to to the IPA yet adding something different is quite fun and a 6.5% ABV isn't too bad.

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Photo of dcotom
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a wine glass. Appearance is very pleasing, a translucent deep copper color with a faint tinge of purple and topped by a creamy white head. Quite beautiful in the glass. Aroma was mild and not at all hop-heavy, with some fruity notes from the Syrah must. Nothing harsh on the palate here, with the Syrah contributing some fruitiness to the mild hop character. Finishes cleanly with only a hint of bitterness. Very enjoyable departure from the typical beers of this style.

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Photo of thehooksman
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I saw this on bottle shop shelves and put it back per the description. Then I had a chance to get it on tap so I went for it. Glad I did. This shouldn't work, but somehow it does. The most unique things about it are the pinkish purple color (even the head is pink) and the flavor that balances an IPA and fruitiness in a much better way than I have tasted before.

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Photo of markcat
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I didn't think this was as bad as some mentioned here. It was quite dry with some complex fruity flavors going on. It is a nice marriage of grapes and hops. I am not sure I would buy it again though because there are so many other great IPAs available. I'll stick with the DogfishHead 90 Minute.

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

Really interesting beer, which tastes almost exactly as described. Hoppy but with the softness and flavor of the barrel and grape. As with nearly all dogfish beers, this executed perfectly and well worth a try, but it's not for everyone.

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Photo of Myotus
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours with a half a finger's worth of white foam that dissipates into a quarter's worth within 30 seconds. The color is strange and I can only describe it as a purply copper color. Has moderate lacing and an abbundance of bubbles (leaves me wondering why the head isn't bigger). Has very strong fruit aromas--consisting of mango, red grape, and grapefruit--that combine with mild floral and citrus hop aromas and a hint of sour yeast. Inital taste is of mild fruit and sour yeast flavors. Mild floral hop flavors with a hint of smokey flavors enter immediately after the initial flavors. Mild citrus hop flavors along with a hint of earthy yeast flavors enter lastly in this symphony of flavors that is this beer as all previous flavors persist in strength except for fruit flavors, which disappear, and sour yeast flavors, which grow from mild to strong. Light-bodied, subtly carbonated, with a dry finish that clings to the back of the throat. I have to say that this is an underrated beer. This had a very complex taste that my nose could have never detected. I loved the challenge in deciphering what was occuring on my palate.

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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 MaximalC
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a handsome, murky, copper color with an inch of roseate, soapy froth--one of the more distinctive looking IPAs I’ve come across. Very mild aroma carries whiffs of hops and a vague fruitiness, perhaps augmented by the grape must. It’s hard to dissect because it is so faint. Patches of lace cling to the glass as the beer recedes.

The taste is quite intriguing, and dare I say at least as fruity as it is hoppy. It has an almost champagne-like quality to it, both in the taste and in the mouthfeel. The flavors are well integrated, though it’s possible to discern grapes, mild grain husk, peppery hops, noble hops, apple skin, and a touch of caramel as well. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation support the flavor profile well, though the mouthfeel is ever so slightly thin up front.

On the whole, this is a unique beer. I’d never heard of Syrah grape must, but apparently it can work some sweet voodoo in the right context. Don’t let the name fool you; the taste and appearance of Sixty-One are quite different from 60 Minute IPA. This brew works of its own accord, and I enjoyed it even more than I did 60 Minute.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is bread, grapes and a mild hint of nuttiness. The flavor is malts, citrus, nuttiness, fruit/grapes and a mix of mild heat/tart/slightly bitter in the finish.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle bottled 2.2015

L - reddish copper, 1 finger of head and some nice lacing left on the glass

S - A 60 minute with berries...surprise! Smells interesting and inviting

T - Not as good as I was hoping. The berries distract from the beer, not add. Not sure what it is...but they don't mix very well

F - medium body, well carbonated

O - I will pass on getting this one again

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Photo of silverking
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- bright golden with a fluffy, pure white head. Decent head retention and spotty lacing while the head lasts.

S- caramel, malt, pine. Slightly vinous.

T- definitely tasting the grape. Bread, lightly bitter hops. Despite only being 6.5% ABV, I can detect some alcohol. Slightly bitter finish.

M- very carbonated. It foams up the second it hits the tongue. The carbonation is very fine, and not prickly.

O- interesting... There is nothing wrong with this one, it just wasn't as intriguing as I had hoped.

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Photo of Tilly
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a red/orange hazy color.
Aromas of wine, grapes, fresh bread and fruit.
Tastes like apple, good hops, pine and must grape (just)
A very exciting mouth feel. The tartness gets you right under the tongue that stays for a while and then I pick up the bitterness in the back of the tongue. Nice carbonation. It's the most exciting thing about this beer.
Interesting beer.

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Photo of TheMarkE
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy golden orange with a very good head of foam, good lacing, and aggressive carbonation.

Smell: Pine, hops, sweet malts, and red wine.

Taste: Pine, sweet malts, and red wine.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry, with a tart grape finish.

The Verdict: Delicious. Most brewers who try to blend beer and wine create an evil tasting monster, but Dogfish Head has discovered the secret to it with both this and and Midas Touch. Nicely balanced and very tasty.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually think this stuff is under-rated on here. I got a growler fill with it. Great look, reddish pink notes with completely white head. Nice drinkablility and body, the grape must flavor provides a nice tartness.

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

(12oz bottle) a strangely decent beer but not an IPA (kinda musty). Probably wont try again though.

60 minute IPA (favorable)
90 minute IPA (favorable)

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Photo of mchegash
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.75/5
A nice lighter red orange, a typical level of head, fairly clear, but some haziness. Carbonation seems about average.

Smell - 3.75/5
Grapes (beer brewed with Syrah grape must), light pine hoppiness. Slight sweetness to the aroma.

Taste - 4/5
Taste pretty similar to the smell. A good light pine hoppiness with a subtle yet very present grape flavor. The grape aspect reminds me of DFH's Midas Touch, though the grape flavor is different, and Midas Touch is much more grapey. I do really like the taste. It's not super bitter nor extremely hoppy, and the grape twist makes things interesting. Personally, I wish the grape was a little more pronounced, but besides that I have no big complaints about the taste. Very light level of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Very crisp, a medium-high amount of medium intensity carbonation. In between light and medium bodied.

Overall - 4/5
Overall this was a great IPA, especially for someone that isn't a super hop-head. If you like beers with grape flavors this is definitely a good one to try.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pinkish amber with barely any head. Berries, piney hops, and cereal grain. I like the mixture of the grape with the grassy and piney hops. Not too crazy about the malt and yeast. Almost a vegetal quality. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some prickly carbonation. Overall an interesting beer, but there's something about DFHs house taste that I can't get into.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear ruby red color with large 1.5 inch white head with large bubbles that dissipate slowly, good lacing

S: Mostly red wine, Im thinking cabernet sauvignon, with some hops in the background

T: The red wine taste is the dominant player, I get a little malty sweetness and some hops but they are background flavors

M: Very interesting, your mind is thinking wine and you get the dryness but the carbonation of beer.

O: Good beer. This is a very nice pairing of two classic drinks. I am eager to explore the food pairings with this one.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber color in body that leans strongly towards rose, I'm thinking an IPA with a drop of red dye mixed in. A medium, three finger head forms and retains very well, leaving a good amount of lacing as you drink. The scent on this one is an odd mixture of hoppy IPA and semi-dry red wine. There are both good doses of citrus hops and dark red fruited and spicy wine notes. Overall, the smell is just....odd to me.

The taste hits up front with semi-bitter hops that display a moderate bit of hops bitterness that leans towards the floral flavor side. The Syrah flavors kick in next, with a good bit of dark, red fruit. The cherry and other fruit flavors move into a bitter of peppery spice flavor and by the end of the drink, it kind of feels like you're drinking a carbonated red wine. The beer is rather smooth and drinks a little thicker than an IPA would.

Overall, this beer is a very unique offering and would offer a great drinking experience to a wine drinker. Luckily, I have picked up a taste for red wine lately, and this beer does a good job of being both IPA-like and wine-like.

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Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,912 ratings.
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