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 Headís 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 doesnít 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 doesnít 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.
Frozer (182) - Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served in a snifter.red color nice grape and hop aroma. Upfront sweet grape and berry flavor. background hop bitterness and finish.
svandyke (99) - USA - APR 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz- Lots of head, smell of hops and nice pinkish tint, Good hoppy taste with some grape at the end. Interesting...
plaugher (238) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 22, 2015
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2015 12oz bottle into an English pint. Pours a murky orange amber with some traces of pink highlights, no head. Emphasis on the musty (read: old socks) on the nose, with a bit of apple and grape. Tastes better than it smells, bitter, with some wine sweetness. Not a fan overall.
andrewje41 (1097) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pour. This was actually one of the first beers from these guys I ever tried a few years back, and I enjoyed the hell out of it. Pours a pink tinted orange color with an apple grape like aroma. Flavor shadows a sweet wine, with some grape like flavor. Decent hop profile throughout as well, and makes for a very unique brew. Donít think Iíve ever had another IPA like it. I like this beer overall. Iíll grab one here and there.
sunevdj (3355) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home. Pours a clear pinkish amber with a small white head. Very bitter with resiny hops aromas. Also aromas of dry white wine and fresh cask wood. Spicy hints. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Quite bitter finish with more resin and cask wood.
Joakgust (1076) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear amber beer with a large white head. Aroma is fruity with notes of caramel, bread, herbs, hay and vanilla. Flavor is fruity with notes of citrus, caramel, grain and herbs. Well balanced but not super fresh.
DuffMan (7540) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Heliotrope hue, average white head. Aroma is very soapy with grape undertones. The palate isnít soapy thankfully, but does have a strong perfumey grape must character with a firm hop presence as well. Sweet but with a bitter finish. Quite nice, interesting.
geologyguy (901) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured with HUGE head! Smells like grape juice with slight off smell, taste is mostly a slight sweetness...starts a bit bitter but changes to the slight sweetness relatively quickly, besides the slight grape there isnít anything special about this beer...decent taste but nothing else stands out..quite carbonated
Mjp12 (637) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drunk from the bottle, so the aroma didnít really come through, I was expecting more influence from the grape must
N3lson1 (378) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank from a twelve ounce bottle, Thank you Kevin! Nice beer aroma. Delicious beer taste with a wonderfully complex wine flavor finish.