jredmond (4882) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Alla Spina with PJ. Pours a light, hazy pinkish amber body with thin soapy white lacing. Aroma is floral, white wine, soap and berries. Mouthfeel is thin with notes of wheat, wine, flowers and soap. Barely any hop profile, and Iíd never pin this to be an IPA. Glad I was offered a taster by the bartender, because I wouldíve struggled to finish a pint of this.
beersearcher (2268) - Glendale, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a cherry red with some white lacing. Aroma seems typical DFH to me. Low bitterness in the initial sip. But the wine character is front and center. An interesting and tasty beer but not an IPA to me.
pineypower (2359) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. From Canalís. pours an attractive looking reddish with a small off-white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, grapes, light sweetness and herbal notes. Taste is much as advertised, some light citrusy hoppy notes with some semi dry wine influences, hops are slightly subdued by the grape favors, but not in a bad way. Definitely unique.
JDBaker11058 (1108) - Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: bright, clear pink, with a short, fizzy bright white (hint of pink) head and minimal lacing. Aroma: light herbal, floral hops with some notes of stone fruits and raspberries. Taste: tart, with some vinous notes over floral hops, giving way to a warm brown bread and graham cracker malt base. Finish: dry, with a tannic astringency that lasts longer than the fading hops but not as long as the slightly sweet and toasty malts. Notes: Interesting indeed. The original 60 minute IPA is there underneath, but the grape must has provide ample vinous, astringent notes that arenít strictly complimentary, but are definitely new. The look of the beer was pretty cool, only ever seen such a pink beer in Magic Hatís Hex. The malt backbone was actually the best part of this beer.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Odd sounding combo. Pours with a completely clear pinkish red with a slightly offwhite head (large in size, good retention and lace). The take away is mostly malt and grape. A touch of candied ginger. Flavors are dry, vinous, tannic and slightly astringent. Grapes, lightly herbal hops. Mostly wine, but somehow it tastes both thin and biscuity/caramel/dextrinous malty. Odd. I donít dislike it, but it tastes like bitter sangria with dme added. Medium bitter and grassy, fuller bodied and lively carbonation. As it warms there is a butterscotch like note that I wonít swear is diacetyl, but, its close. Very torn, not undrinkable, experimentation is nice, but the result is mediocre and the idea of IPA with Syrah is not the best beer/wine fusion that I can think of.
arminjewell (5588) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, clear purple pour with white head, aroma has grape, orange, pine, grass, hints of soda like sweetness. Taste is a mix of sweet grape, slight soda, touch of grapefruit, slight grass, conflicting a bit, finishing sweet, slightly bitter.
obxdude10 (1964) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dogfish is definitely one of the most creative breweries on the face of the planet, but unfortunately, I think they missed the mark on this one. Sixty-One pours a dark red color with a purple hue. The head is off-white and sticks nicely to the glass. Then the experience takes takes left turn and heads down the hill. The nose is full of sweet grapes and light hops. The flavors are slightly less than delicious. The grapes are very overpowering and create an overall sour flavor in the beer. The finish and aftertaste feature most of the hops. This is a very unique brew, to say the least.
tmoreau (2061) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2013 12 oz. bottle poured to a Czech-pils glass at Lunar Brewing Co., displaying a clear, copper color, with creamy, off white head foam, and ultra clingy ribbons & spots of lacing. The aroma was doughy and yeasty, with light tart to sour hints. Apprehensive, I proceeded into the flavor which presented fruit, vinous hints, and a moderate but dry hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied with lively effervescence. The grape seemed to subdue a good deal of the IPA nature, but I enjoyed this variation regardless of style confusion. Next time was a draft version to a tulip at American Tap Pub & Eatery in Addison, IL., and a nice improvement over the bottle. The color was a clear & bright burgundy, the head was a very frothy, pink tinge, with lacing that was clingy & full, like ocean spray. (no pun to the color!) The nose was less yeasty, and more perfumey & estery as grape & plum. The taste included a touch of sweetness, but finished dry & pleasantly astringent. Tasty! +.2
poisoneddwarf (1600) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from a four pack. Pours slightly hazy amber with a medium white collapsing head. Aroma is bready, catbox, fruity (I smell berries but I guess it could be grapes). Taste starts out sweet, but quickly turns sour from the grapes; finishes dry. Mouthfeel is velvety, carbonation average, leaves the mouth dry. Bottom line: an IPA with a fruity, sour character; tasty but maybe not as good as I was hoping.
brenn79 (1411) - Idaho, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle- Pours mostly clear ruby red with a white head that has a hint of pink in it. The aroma is peppery hops and dark fruits, iíd like to say Syrah grapes, but if I didnít know it was i probably wouldnít have said that, but definitely the dark fruits. The taste is fruity, followed by a spicy hop taste, then more grape, you taste the tannins in this, weird beer. I almost think this should be in the fruit beer category itís a hopped up fruit beer really. Carbonation is high and body is medium to somewhat light. Overall I will take a regular old IPA any day, but this is interesting.