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.
BrettTaylor (370) - Radford, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from bottle from cellar at 54F. Pours a ruby gold with a two finger slightly pink, mostly white, soft head. Aroma is clearly hoppy, mostly citrus, with undertones clearly from grape. The grape is clearly Syrah having that jammy red fruit aroma typical of Syrah/Shiraz, especially those from Australia. This has a very smooth mouthfeel. Tastes a bit winey with some citrus initially, followed by almost muddy grape flavors, then caramelly malt, and bread, leaving a finish of a touch of resin and mineral. I find myself wanting to keep drinking this, but I am not really sure why. I donít find it particularly tasty, and yet I keep wanting another drink. In the end, I am not sure it is a great blend of wine and beer.
KyotoLefty (5798) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from BOTW. Pale purple-maroon color, clear, lacy head. Nose of grapes and citrus hops, musty. Interesting fruity flavor, must, some caramel, grass, citrus. Interesting and a bit weird. Ok.
ChrisFields (65) - Ashtabula, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a carnation red with a slight rose pink head. Aroma is light citrus in wine. Taste is doughy malt with very little hop bitterness. The grape flavors are muted to a lingering sweet dry finish. Overall, less than I had hoped for but not terrible.
matthewjk (847) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iím usually a fan of DFHís wine / beer experiments, but this didnít hit any marks for me; it lacks a depth of flavor and is uninspired compared to their superior brews. Drinks smooth, but not interested in another. Serving 12 oz bottle.
dlovell2 (538) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Clear ruby color with white head. Fruity grape aroma with floral, cirtrus hops notes. Start is tart fruity grape and apple flavor finsished with herbal and hop flavors. Silky smooth palate.
BadAprilia1000 (192) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear reddish color with a thin white head. Aroma is very fruity, grape, light malt, not much else. Taste is sweet red grape, bitter like a skin of a plum, very thin cereal malt, and maybe a slight bitter but not much. Overall a very drinkable beer, but not very flavorful, still good for 6.5% too.
maddmatt639 (135) - Belmont, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light retention and very light lacing. Smells of Syrah grapes and apples. Tastes of Syrah grapes and apples. Barely any aftertaste.
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GreatDane1632 (131) - Louisiana, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Catching up on some old ratings from Untappd -- First rated on 16 Jun 2013. Interesting. Not sure what to think about this one.
vyvvy (3565) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours reddish copper with a small off-white head. The aroma has caramel malt, cream, strawberry, light grape must and no hops I can ascertain. It has a medium / light body thatís pretty crisp and has a bit of sharp carbonation. Well, the taste certainly is unique. Starts off with a mix of semio-sweet maltiness, dry red grape flavors (but not real wine-like notes), spicy/piny hops and minerals. The finish has more mineral notes, lots of phenolic spice and an aspirin quality. Not fully sure what I think of this.
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured with huge ultra lite brown head and lots of lacing that sticks around forever. Its like a lite IPA