bb (6726) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Purple-amber beer with a purplish-cream head. Grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit flavor with light fruitiness. Medium bodied. OK bitterness. Grapefruit and light grape fruitiness lingers.
keanex (1379) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: The body is an odd color, maroon to brown with pink tinges. The head is thin with poor retention, but settling into a frothy coating.
Aroma: Sweet caramel comes to mind instantly with slight earthy notes backed by a sweet grape aroma. Upon swirl the nose becomes less sweet, more semi-sweet red wine like with light grassy and floral hop notes. I keep coming back to this, I enjoy it.
Taste: Right away the wine flavors greet the tongue, which are quickly met by a mild to moderate floral bitterness which overlies a sweet caramel base that becomes more prominent by the finish as the wine and hop flavors subside. The wine flavors come off dry with a slight spice to it. The finish lingers of the wine for a bit, coming off a bit wine cooler esque. Overall a decent beer.
Palate: Medium bodied with almost spritzer levels of carbonation.
Overall: This is an interesting beer that I like, but at the same time I donít. I wonít buy this again, but this will certainly bridge some gaps between wine drinkers and beer drinkers.
Chad9976 (1127) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into the official Dogfish head tumbler glass. It was bottled on 2/26/13. It cost $3.80 ($0.32 per ounce).
Appearance: A light purple/dark magenta color. Dark but clear with mild carbonation visible. Forms a large, pinkish white, soapy head that retains and laces well.
Smell: And odd combination of citrusy hops and some kind of berry juice (not grape juice).
Taste: Weíve come to expect the unexpected from Dogfish Head, so no matter how strange their brews may be they shouldnít be surprising. Sixty-One is much more interesting than it is anything else as itís technically an American IPA brewed with Syrah grape must. I believe the intention was to create for a beer/wine hybrid, though the final product is more of a berry-flavored beer with hops. Itís not bad, but Iím not sure I understand the appeal.
Slight grapey tartness at the beginning, which quickly gives way to the base 60 Minute IPA palette. Itís a weird transition to go from a juice-like flavor to strong bitterness. I think the intention was to pair the sharp tartness from the grape must with the citrusy bitterness of the hops. In that respect it works somewhat since itís not completely distracting, but itís not perfect synergy. The finish is a bit strange with equal parts grape juice and IPA. I think this taste would grown on me eventually, but at $3.80 a bottle I literally canít afford to take that chance. One serving was good enough for me, and I have a feeling most drinkers will feel the same way.
Drinkability: While the taste may be rather odd, Dogfish Head Sixty-One is at least drinker-friendly. The mouthfeel is noticeably soft and a bit thick but still crisp. The aftertaste is surprisingly clean, though I wouldnít describe it as refreshing per se. At 6.5% it feels a bit lighter than that weight would indicate, and a single serving is definitely satisfying.
NeoHippie2 (907) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red/copper pour with an off white head. Some floral and citrus hop aromas with some grape skin hints. Flavor is malty with some hops presence but the hops seem a bit toned down and the grape must character is just a hint at best. Decent beer, but not spectacular.
Sregnar35 (952) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours ROSE with a small white head. Aroma is sweet and earthy with some citrus. Flavor is very smooth, sweet musty grape skins, slightly tart, with malt and citrus hops, amazing.
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Thisis12ptfont (810) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JUN 8, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of hop resin, plums, raisins and grapes. Magical appearance. Immediately blueish purple, quickly turning into a deep copper. Strong fruity overtones with a slick molasess, candied caramel, herb and blueberry malt base. Overall, flavor is everchanging and unique. Strong complexity. I like this. Iíd give this an A rating.
CaraCurtis (116) - Nevada, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strawberry nose, burnt pink color, prominent head on the pour, then dissipates quickly to a thin layer on the top, no lacing, a tiny bit of bubbly on the palate, a bit of bitterness on the roof (does not last), dry finish. Earthiness, husks, a tiny hint of grape. I can see myself grabbing this when I want a light tasting beer of this style. Unique to itís style, I definitely give it that!
chalicemaster (109) - Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Great purple color, nice foamy head. Unfortunately, the sweet aftertaste isnít for me and left me slightly nauseous. Doesnít really work that well, certainly not like the peach one.
b33r (668) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice amber-ruby color with small light pinkish white head and little lacing. Aroma was pretty weak with some light hops and fruitiness. Flavor was a bit sour with light hop bitterness and a little fruit. Interesting but Iíd rather have a 60-Minute
crazyvin (1900) - New York, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2013 Poured a nice pinkish amber hue with a nice white head that had good retention and no lace. Aroma had a nice mix of wine grapes, mild caramel malts and a nice grapefruit hop note. Flavor had some nice hop notes, leaning towards the grapefruit side, mild flavor from the grape musts and a nice delicate sweetness.