Sixty-One (61) | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

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:
2,920
Reviews:
437
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
14.84%
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
695
For Trade:
4
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Photo of MJSFS
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Burgundy, clear, with a short cast of white that laces mildly.

S - A hint of grape, a definite spike of pine, and a hint of funk and minerality.

T - A bright fruit front, a bitter hit of both hop and grape skins, and a trail suggesting lime skin and stone.

M - Thin, clean, with a mild bitterness in the close.

O - This sum is not as good as the parts. The fruit is good, the bitter IPA elements solid, and yet in their melding, something is somewhat lacking. Decent but not as good as some of DFH's other beer-grape hybrids.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty ruby colored beer with no head.
A sweet fruit aroma.
Taste of grape, with a little bit of late piney hops.
Light, a little bit tart.
Not a beer I would drink again.

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Photo of bmcl16
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sposter4
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sabitu
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jakep2021
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mtn
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Cavanaghty
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Purple in color with a thin white head, very different appearance then I expected.

Smell: Not much for scent, mild fruity smell.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of pine notes and hops, maybe a bit a sour after taste.

Overall: Not the best I've had, probably would not get this one again.

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Photo of Theogre83
2.53/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of FinkMeister
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JayRichter44
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rbenitez25
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely fantastic nose. Juicy red wine nose ia very prominent. Great tasting and great looking as well.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This mediocre beer is, unexpectedly, one of the reasons I love this brewery! Is it a beer for wine lovers? A wine gateway for beer lovers? Something else entirely? Who cares? As a beer lover and wine liker, it's not really great enough to recommend to anyone as anything other than a curiosity beer, but as a curiosity beer, it's fantastic!

It pours a fizzy, zippy, pinkish purple color that already looks like what you'd expect it to. Little head and no lacing, but the body keeps plenty of carbonation on hand to make it a crisp and refreshing beer. Unfortunately, the flavor and mouthfeel is a bit too dry to be truly refreshing - I was expecting a hoppy wine cooler-type drink, and this isn't sweet or fruity enough. Between the choice of syrah grapes - which typically have a fruity, but not jammy character and a lot of spice and tannins - and the hopping, what we have is a beer that has some grape, blackberry, and plum flavors, plus some pepper and heavy tannic quality from the must, and some piney, citrusy, and finally bitter character from the hops. Smell is much the same.

This tastes like an experiment, and not a spectacularly well-executed one. It reminds me a bit of a more professionally-done version of some college-age drunk mixing some wine beer and calling it his new favorite crappy party drink. Buuut, this isn't crappy. It's actually pretty interesting. At some points, the flavors blend together too much while still contrasting, and you have sweet and bitter, grapes and hops, all fighting for space on the palate. Instead of a complex, multi-dimensional beer with lots of notes coming together in harmony like a Mozart symphony, you have a cacophony of noise like a Sonic Youth rock-out. It's fun, it's interesting, it's reasonably tasty, but it's also flawed, half-baked, and not something I'd drink too regularly.

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Photo of Jack_Frost79
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of meehandennis
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kalosjakar
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reddish/slightly purple/ brown concoction with an extremely foamy head. very airy bubbles, not tight whatsoever.

Smells like grape juice to me, and even the foam (it started to overflow) tasted like grapes/wine.
There is definitely a tartness to it as well.

This stuff is unique, and good.. but I do not see how this is an IPA. The grape flavor overpowers anything else, which is not a bad thing. I love me some grape juice.

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

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

Photo of TheBeard89
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of qcghost
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JayKay412
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of NateDyk47
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: clear reddish color, hint of purple
S: grapefruit
T: light citrus and grape flavors; not bitter at all for an IPA
F: light/thin & easy to drink, not too carbonated

I was a little wary at first as it looked kind of weird, but I actually liked it a lot. I might have to buy a 6 pack of this at some point.

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

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