Beergelden (4) - - APR 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sixty-one is Dogfish Head’s latest in their beer/wine hybrid offerings. This one is classified as an American IPA, basically their 60 Minute IPA, with the Syrah grape must added, prior to their proprietary yeast being used for fermentation.
Appearance: Pours to a brownish, ruby color with some pink highlights shining through with some light. It has a slight chill haze, and a brilliant white head of tight bubbles. The head pours to about 1/2" but dissipates and hangs to edges of the glass edges. Little to no lacing.
Appearance Rating: 2 out of 3
Aroma: The first hit is a pleasant mix of the floral, perfumy hops DFH 60 Minute is known for and the strong scent of grapes and grape skin. Sweet malt brings up the finish, giving it a champagne-like sweetness to the overall aroma.
Aroma Rating: 10 out of 12
Flavor: The floral hops are, again, the dominant first flavor, then the grape/wine fruitiness, followed by the hop bitterness and malty backbone of the IPA to finish. Somewhat tart. The hops and grapes marry perfectly together, they do not compete for your attention. This brew finishes extremely dry and actually ends with a nice balance, not leaving a totally dominant flavor from either the wine or beer. No real driving yeast character to speak of. As you drink the beer, the hops do get lost, other than their mild bitterness at the backend. It drinks like a dry champagne with a quality beer finish.
Flavor Rating: 15 out of 20
Mouthfeel: Fairly light body with high carbonation, effervescent. A mild puckering effect from the astringency of the grapes. Finishes very clean on the palate.
Mouthfeel Rating: 3 out of 5
Overall: Extremely complex. About as perfect a blend of the beer and wine worlds as I have tasted to date. The classification as an American IPA doesn’t seem quite right, due to the high level of dryness and the thinner body than the style calls for, but still a very good brew. This could bridge some gaps for many wine drinkers, without a doubt.
To me, this brew works the same way a Saison is successful. Not because it tastes like a Saison, because it doesn’t at all, but because it has such a clean, palate cleansing finish to it. It would be fantastic as a palate cleanser between courses at a meal or paired with just about anything rich in flavor.
Overall Rating: 7 out of 10
Total Rating: 37 out of 50
Very good, but not an everyday drinker for me.
gschrade (465) - Collinsville, USA - APR 21, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours reddish amber with a white head. Taste grape, sweet, more fruit beer than IPA. I thought this was good. I would drink this again.
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jbuskirk (305) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - APR 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
While I consider Sixty-One to be more of an IPA than a Fruit Beer, Dogfish Head’s creation is an odd, bold ale from a brewery that has a knack for making odd, bold ales. Luckily, Dogfish is also known for making beers that are delicious, and Sixty-One holds to tradition in that respect, too. The grape element adds a fascinating layer to this IPA. Grapes tame the hop bitterness, yet bring out the juicy character in the hops. Rather than the usual flavors of citrus, Sixty-One’s hop profile hints at apple and berry. Aside from adding a bit of tartness to the flavor, the grape must creates a mildly sour aroma and a dry mouthfeel. While some connoisseurs have suggested that Dogfish’s latest creations are more hair-brained than nuanced, Sixty-One is the one that proves them wrong. The minds at Dogfish Head still have what it takes to make new beer that is unusual, unique, and superb.
samsmith33 (317) - - APR 19, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is moldy, earthy. A touch of grape, but not strong. Reddish tan appearance, clear. Small white head. Taste is sour grape, wheat like taste. Warm aftertaste ...Apple?
Not bad, Not great, but very interesting.
alliance100 (375) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Monarch Club - pours a dark pink , red grape and pine hop aromas . Taste is mostly tannic red grape with earthy hop . Ok .
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rlgk (9492) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at the Hotel in San Diego. Deep golden beer with a rich offwhite head. Sourish hop flavor, creamy, grassy, grapefruit, citrus, some herbal notes. Fruity hop flavor, caramel, vinous, grapefruit, hay, some grapes. A bit strange.
TreborWhip (392) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours mahogany with tan head. Aroma of wine. Flavor began more like a sour lambic with tart grapes and a light hop bitterness. The flavor became a little sweeter as it warmed and, to me, was better at a cool temperature than a cold, out of the fridge, temperature.
tightslice (140) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 12, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a watery wine. Aroma is musty wine. Taste is watery, musty wine. Not a fan.
troyc (2227) - Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
[Tap] Pours a reddish golden color with low carbonation levels. Aroma of grapefruit and grape juice. Taste is pretty similar. I don’t get quite as much wine in here as other people, but just that little bit just gives it a weird taste. High in acetaldehyde notes. Ehh.... Tasting notes from 2/2014.
MrDick (336) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 7, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I’m not even sure what to make of this beer. The grape must overwhelms anything resembling a DHF 60 Minute. It’s very dry. It looks like a carbonated Rose wine. Oh wait! It’s a wine cooler with hops! Now it all makes sense.
ziel (76) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2014
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I do not consider this a fruit beer even though yes, grapes are fruit. I enjoy this especially when I just finished a couple of glasses of red wine and don’t want to open another bottle.