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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 utopiajane
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured the color of cranberries and although clear, a little dark for itself with champagne carbonation. Bubbles constantly streaming up from the bottom. It had a ruby tinted head of otherwise white foam that was tall and billowy. It fell slowly to a nice layer, then a thick cap and collar. Shimmering wet lace. Very unique appearance. Nose is woody. Beautiful and strong with malt character. Sweet caramel and deeply full. It's wine like and smells like grapes. Plenty of hop perfume and floral. Oak. Taste is also very unique. The malt is engaging and the grapes are vinous and deep. Tastes like some kind of berries. Maybe blackberries. The fruit is so rich, there's oak and tea like qualities as well. The malt is steady, fat and smooth and compliments the wine like aspects more than you would think. It offers a little spice on the palate and some tartness from grapefruit. Finishes like wine. Almost dry and terribly fruity. The mouthfeel is like satin. Smooth and thick with ripe fruit. Surprisingly light.

This was a perceptibly unique beer that brought two worlds together with expert care and craftsmanship. My hat is off to Dogfish Head for this one. I really liked it. Dangerously different with captivating flavor. Impressive and innovative.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a ruby pour with a finger of bright white head.. no lacing left behind. smells of wine barrels and cascade hops, caramel and barley grain bill. the flavor is a little weird, slightly fruity, sweet, but hoppy bitter and then the bitterness from the grapes comes in as well. not as bad as i thought it would be, but i'm probably never going to buy this again (and glad i only picked up one bottle.. it's a little hard to drink to be honest). basically is way more on the wine side than it is ipa.. including its dry finish. as a hop head, i can honestly say nothing about this is like an ipa. it doesn't help that i very seldom find a wine i enjoy drinking. i'm just not that thrilled about this one, sorry dfh.. i'm usually backing up most of your one-offs, but i feel like it's a dick move to make something like this one a year round beer while there were other excellent way more "for everyone who likes beer" that could've filled its shoes.

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Photo of dheacck11
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour is frightening. Purple maroon tint, with a little golden glow. 1/2 finger of soft pink head, lingering with some lace.

Nose is rather grapey, with a hint of cranberry. Also some subtle hops, but though to find.

Taste is really weird. Little bit of orange up front, followed by a burst of grape and not quite ripe blackberry. Finishes with a little bit of grapefruit and dry hop.

Body is ridiculous. Super thin, with a strange astringent bite to it. Almost fizzy. Weird.

An experiment, seemingly gone wrong. Not horribly, like cut off the wrong leg, but maybe cut off the wrong toe kind of wrong. Glad I only have 1 to drink.

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Photo of AttitudeBrew
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A- red- orange hue . Very small , very lightly purple head
S- Syrah at first then slight floral notes
T - Syrah comes through at the forefront, bitterness at the end. Slight caramel notes
O- interesting beer. I was hoping for more ipa sliding into Syrah but not bad

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

A: Light ruby red with a light purple head. interesting. looks like a rose wine with some carbonation.

S: Strawberries, syrah spice and earth. You can tell there is wine there but on the second smell huge DFH east coast hops. Grapefruit and very herbal.

T: Dry with a berry upfront. Lots of wine qualities although much lighter. Spicy earthy with some definite syrah characteristics. The berry plays off the caramel malt. IPA finish all the way. Dry earth, piney grapefruit hops. A true blend of wine and beer!

M: light. small amount of carbonation. easy drinking for sure.

O: To start this off i am also a wine drinker so this is something that appeals to me. My fiance is more of a wine drinker and she greatly enjoyed this. Its unique. Enough of an IPA that you know its there but the syrah shines. Very balanced between the two styles. Delicate and floral! /90

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Dogfish Head Brewing and Eats in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

This wasn't as bad as I though it would be!

Smells much like regular 60 minute, get some citrus (grapefruit) zest, and some caramel malt, with some fruity sweetness that I can't really peg as grapes or wine, but I assume that's what I'm smelling.

In the taste, the wine aspect of this one comes through a bit more. I get some juicy and fruity grape flavor, along with what you'd expect from 60 Minute- a sturdy, balanced, and well-built IPA. I feel the grape aspect wasn't actually as strong as I though it would be. It seems like reviews point out how strong the grape is, I felt like it was well integrated it.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp and juicy mouthfeel, along with a moderate level of carbonation.

A nice experiment from DFH. Regular 60 Minute is better, but this is pretty good too.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 05/16/13. Poured in to tulip.

A - Pale grape/purple colour with two fingers of dirty white head (with a grape tinge).

S - Grape notes mixed with pine and some caramel sweetness.

T - Grape musk up front with a good bitterness and lighter pine notes. The grape is very dominant and seems to flush out the natural flavour profile from the hops, making this a fairly one dimensional beer.

M - Medium body. Somewhat creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had beers brewed with wine grapes before and it is an interesting hybrid....neat to try, but more than one, for me would be tough. This beer poured a brown with violet hue. The head was slightly purplish and did not lace. The smell had bitter hops and slight essence of wine. The taste was very bitter from start to finish. Toward the end you could taste a dry wine like flare. The mouthfeel was medium in body with ok carbonation. Overall it was neat to try, but so many other awesome offerings from DFH....I would choose them over this.

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Photo of cxr1037
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Vendome in Fullerton.

a - a centimeter of head sits on top a warm, dark red-orange body, reminiscent of wine.

s - the syrah comes through immediately. not much of the typical IPA smell at all. after a moment, however, i think the IPA aromas mix with the syrah to make something that smells similar to cherry cola. There's also an odd perfume-like fragrance in there that i can't figure out.

t - a weird clash of flavors. not bad, just...strange. like on the nose, the syrah comes through strongly. i like syrah, so this is pleasing. but as time drifts by it starts to get a strange bitterness from what i assume are the hops. the cherry cola taste is also in there.

m - perfectly carbonated. very refreshing to me right now (which i wasn't expecting due to the appearance. the hops and wine leave a mild, fruity bitterness in my mouth. pleasant.

o - i am still enjoying this beer as i type. i think it's gotten better as it's warmed up a little bit. all in all, a neat experiment and something i would buy again, especially for drinking on warm evenings.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours what looks to be purple as it is coming out of the bottle, but to my surprise when I looked at it in the glass it had an brown tone with good clarity. The head still held some purple / reddish tint in it. Excellent head retention and webbing during the drink. The head has a sparkle to it when viewed on the glass with light in the background.

S - The grape / fruity smell takes center stage in the nose. Some pine and citrus notes in the back end.

T - Muted and toned down IPA characteristics blended with some grape / fruity and citrus. A bit drying finish to this brew.

O - Balanced but overall a toned down version of what I love in an IPA. This is solid and a nice one off of the normal IPA line. A refreshing brew.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this infused DFH brew pours a surprisingly red color, still mostly brown, but huge red highlights. The pour wells up two fingers of white head that slowly fades a tan film across the beer. Copious amounts of carbonation stream up the glass.

S - The aroma alludes to a well blended beer. The hop profile is prevalent in true DFH fashion. Pine and citrus aromas share the scene with a definite dry champagne grape aroma.

T - Does not taste like Sixty Minute with an extra minute and grape must added. It is blended seamlessly. A dry, champagne-y fruitiness is intertwined with the hop bittersweet-ness. If I didn't know that it was grapes I wouldn't pick that out. The dryness would be a hint, but there's a slight strawberry quality also.

M&D&O - well crafted, layered, blended. A nice brew for the summertime. Not sure if I would pick this over 60, 90, or 120 minute at the store.

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

Wow. This is another interesting brew from Dogfish Head. I had a Midas earlier, and that's an old favorite, but this is new to me.

It's basically an unusual ale with a lot of grape flavor. It has a cool, unusual purple color. The head is thin but lace is very nice.

The taste immediately lets you know that this is special. Special plus grape. It isn't really sweet. It is an interesting balance.

The aftertaste is truly unique. Grape!

I will add this to my list of go-to interesting brews. I like Midas better, but it is a completely different animal.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

picked up locally, enjoyed from a DFH snifter.

brew poured a semi transparent ruby with a pinkish head. interesting look for an ipa, but attractive, none-the-less. the smell is also quite interesting, but this is DFH so lets say off centered. the grape must comes through in a fairly big way. taste is more of the same. very syrah with almost a pale ale underneath. this gives the beer an almost fruit beer kind of vibe. the feel is fairly malty and almost a bit lagery or even marzen with the aftervibe. i like it, don't love it. i'll enjoy my 4 pack but probably won't seek this one out again...but also wouldn't shy away from it. decent beer, but not if you are looking for an ipa.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. bottled on: 05/10/13.

A: pours a light shade of pink. looks red, almost copper in the glass. nevermind, this is pink. big frothy white head. rim retention, mild lacing.

S: aroma starts hoppy. hops resins and pine jumps out at first. certainly can smell the wine must as well. as the aroma develops these two seem to battle a bit more.

T: certainly get plenty of syrah grape must. sweet Jesus, tastes like some seltzer water was blended with red wine. aka a wine spritzer of the rarest kind. hop bitterness comes through in the finish, a little.

M: average carb on a medium body.

D: certainly unlike any brew I have had before and while I appreciate this, I think this could use some tweaking. what that is, im not even sure. maybe dial up the IPA and dial back the must? yeah, that would probably be my best idea. thanks for trying DFH!

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a purple-ish red color with a half finger white head with a tinge of purple to it.

S: Grape lady taffy, candied grapefruit, syrah, musty oak and some cotton candy.

T: Kind of a strange blend of lemon, hops and wine. Hops come off a bit citrusy, but the sweetness of the wine keeps holding them down. Hints of bready malt as well. A lingering kind of off sourness throughout. An interesting experiment, but I don't know if this one really works.

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Photo of mactrail
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Another head-scratcher from the mad scientists at DFH. I find it hard to put the pieces of this together. Attractive orangey pink color, like a rose wine. Fizzy, club soda taste.

Fruity hint but with most of the sweetness boiled out, leaving a syrupy residue. A dry sensation that keeps getting drier. Herbal bitterness that latches on like a bulldog, but lacking in any normal kind of IPA hoppiness. Beery but tart, like old fermented apple cider mixed in. Best feature is the sparkly mouthfeel.

Overall this is more like a dry saison, a beer for Lenten repentance. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Liticker's Liquor in San Diego.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Stella chalice.

AP: Colour looks like the inside of a plum, light purple/red. Head was creamy white with some pinkish hues, started 1" think then fizzled down to 1/4". Decent lacing when the glass is tilted.
AR: Grapes and hops mostly. Some cereal and cracker malts. I'm just not getting much in the nose.
T: It's not bad but it's nothing extraordinary either. Lots of wine grape in the taste, but very thin compared to a wine. Citrus (light grapefruit, lemon, tangerine) from the hops and the cereal/cracker malts for balance. That's about it as the grape flavour is like throwing a blanket over the other tastes.
M: Decent body, not too thin with moderate carbonation, nice off dry finish.
OV: Honestly, I was expecting more from this beer. As I said above, it's like the grape flavour just throws a blanket over the other flavours, muting them. It's decent if you like wine grape taste, but it needs the other flavours to stand out more and blend with balance.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into SN IPA glass. Bottled 2/2013.

A: Pours an interesting shade of pink, reminiscent of pink grapefruit, rose wine or watered down cranberry juice. Head is just a shade pink of white, and huge, fluffy and very bubbly. Head slowly faded into rocky chunks of lace. Great long lasting head retention.
S: Citrus grapefruit hops, lemon zest, and vinous grape must. Leafy, with dominant citrus pith.
T: A clean ipa with a splash of dry vinous grape. Citrus hops, cracker malt and a splash of slightly sweet red grape juice work well together. Lightly bitter finish with notes of biscuit malt and caramel. Drying, vinous, and lightly tart aftertaste. Hops are there but toned down by the wine grapes.
M: Airy carbonation, medium-full body and a drying, sweet, and tart mouthfeel. Slick on the tongue with a tart tannic grape skin aftertaste.
O: Definitely unique and interesting. Not a good way to get a hop fix but a refreshing beer that I'd enjoy now and again. Gotta be in the mood for grapes though. Cheers

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: cabernet sauvignon with bubbles streaming from the bottom of my tulip; ivory head about a finger thick left some lace arms in the glass; white fizzy head persisted

S: some fruity/wine-like aromas, sweet and tart suggestions, almosty yeasty brighness

T: a nice wine-beer hybrid for sure - I was leery as I suspected it might be too sweet, but they went in another direction here, and produced a winey, delicate tasting drink with flavors of aged red grapes, musky hops, and subtle malts; tart

M: light, fizzy, sparkly - due to ample carbonation, and with a dry finish that is alternately tart and bitter

O: I was pleasantly surprised here - not a beer I'd drink as a go-to, but for the experience and creativity? Hell, yeah. Very appealing, successful rendition from the masters of the experimental beer, Dogfish Head.

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

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

L - chill hazed red/amber color with a pink/white head that left a few spots of lacing.

S - berries, earthiness and a hint of citrus.

T - the grape flavor starts things off being met with sweet malt and finishing a bit tart with a mix of sour berries and lemon zest.

F - medium bodied, it's got good carbonation and a crisp feel.

O - worth a try but not a beer I'd drink more than one of in a session.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A: A light cooper beer with a red hue and good clarity. Produces a good head stand on the pour with a long lasting off-white head of rocky bubbles.

S: A medium citrus hops aroma with a fruity and diacetyl fermentation character from the yeast. There is something else in there that doesn't make sense until you take a sip, even then I don't call.

T: A nice hops bitterness blends with a jammy, red fruit flavor and citrus hops. There is a good balance of malt to counter the moderately strong bitterness leaving a balance that is fairly bitter. The finish is off-dry and the aftertaste is of citrus hops, some bitterness and a lingering red wine like finish. It confuses the palate in a good way.

M: A fantastic, fresh sort of creaminess with moderately strong carbonation on a medium bodied beer. Some light slickness on the palate.

O: A good IPA with fruit inclinations. Did someone use Ringwood Ale yeast, I've thought this yeast need more a a diacetyl coma than a rest but it totally works here. A bit overpowering at first but it sort of works together after a few sips. If you haven't had it's worth picking up.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a reddish hued orange color with a pink tinted head of about 1.5 fingers. The head has a decent level of retention fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is of a red wine grapiness with some aromas of malt and a moderate amount of citrus hop. Along with the grape aroma so too comes a bit of mustiness as well as a more tannin like smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a moderate showing of a red wine like flavor with this flavor growing stronger throughout the taste. Mixed with the wine upfront are some flavors of a bready malt and a bit of caramel. Hop flavors of a mainly citrus nature start coming to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste. They are joined by a light pine hop taste more toward the end. Although there is a presence of both citrus and pine hop, they remain rather light in comparison to the wine flavor which becomes more tannin in flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the average side in terms of thickness with a carbonation level that was rather average as well. A slightly thinner body may have been slightly more appropriate of the wine characteristics making it slightly easier to drink.

Overall – Not really my thing. Too much red wine like, not quite enough hop for an IPA and a little confusing tasting. Worth a try, but not one I would go back to on any real occasion.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Bigby's Pour House.

Now, if only Sam and his folks will brew an IPA for every minute between 0 and 120... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of lightly-glowing off-cream foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, grass, pine resin, and a very light twinge of menthol in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with no menthol character, but with a balance that would inspire envy in any brewer. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice IPA, one showcasing the beauty of balance without sacrificing a strong hop character.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First time having this. Bottled 5/10/13.

First thing I can say is that 61 minute is a really interesting beer. Initially, the pour made me think of a Belgian Tripel or Quad in appearance: it's got this dark fruit red color, with a bright white head that starts out less than a finger but sticks around for the entirety of the experience. EXCEPT, it's pretty transparent and holds light really well. Nothing too special about the smell, considering this is an IPA. It's definitely "musty" but subdued; sour and tart aromas are so present. Taste is really interesting as well. It has that fruity musty character to it, a little sour and sweet. It doesn't really taste like an IPA. Mouthfeel is a little biting at first, but mellows and smooths as it warms up. Super drinkable. Overall this is really unique beer, so glad I have three left to enjoy. Not what I was expecting.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5/16/13 bottling date, 3 wks old
The beer pours an impressive looking, clear crimson/rusty brown with 1/2 an inch of a bleach white head that laces. The nose is interesting, a pungent interplay between grapes and hops, predominantly a slightly tart, grape seed, vinous sweetness and tropical fruits put off by the continually-hopped base beer. The taste presents the same interesting grape-IPA harmony, subtle yet distinct, but more of the yeast cuts through adding complexity and depth. Sweetness upfront, a solidly medium body, slightly tart, vinous, and semi-dry finish, no booze, very drinkable. I do enjoy the combination, more so using the IPA-base compared to the saison base because of the interesting character the hops add. I'd say it's worth a try for most IPA/hybrid-beer lovers and I'd definitely try this beer again.

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Sixty-One (61) from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,911 ratings.
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