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.
ZacM612 (438) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a distinct purple color with a purple-hued head. A nice hoppy IPA with notes of grape. Not bad.
drpimento (2769) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not bad on everything except for the flavor which kind of reminds me of refrigerator taste.
klaing (192) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light brown, clear, highly carbonated with frothy PINK head. Taste is musty dry, winey with floral hops at the finish. OK. Did I mention it has a PINK head.
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ExpendableHero (800) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Drank this one at a winery in Vero Beach FL. They had lots of wine and a few beers. No pint glasses though so... straight from the bottle rating. Aromas of floral hops and something musty. Tastes of bitter floral hops, some weak citrus, and bitter grape juice. Bitter, almost sour, finish. Easy to drink but not a favorite. Think of an IPA with hints of dark wine.
mansquito (4649) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At the brewery: pours reddish with a pinkish frothy head. Aroma is citrus, malt, and hints of grape. Taste is not very bitter, somewhat sweet, kind of confused but not off balanced. I guess that is the DFH way.
Zita (5936) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
light fruit malty aroma,red, clear, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter,light hoppy bitter finish.
Percy0103 (361) - MEXICO - DEC 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 355ml. A clear beer with a small white head that fades away quickly. Color is kind of orange and slightly pink. Aroma reminds me of grape juice and red apples. It’s not very intense. Taste is bittersweet with moderate carbonation and astringency. Aftertaste has a hint of grapes, but is not as sweet as I expected. Medium bodied with slightly stinging bitter end.
Sdaniel90 (638) - Mexico City, MEXICO - DEC 19, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 355ml. Clear peach with a minimal offwhite head. Musky aromas of grapes, spices, honey. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Sweet with low to moderate bitterness. Dry and oily, with a stinging rooty bitterness. Fresh and experimental. Nice to try.
SpringsLicker (3319) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear rosy/amber pour with a fleeting pink head.
Light fruity aroma. slightly vinous.
The flavor is IPA highlighted by the hop bitterness on the front, with a wine-like finish with acids and tannin.
echudy (147) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 13, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells sweet and hoppy, has a nice dark reddish color to it. It's sort of watered down IPA with a tiny bit of hop and something sweet which I guess is the grape. It's sort of a tease to an actual IPA.